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Four men and one woman are dead after a shooting in Oshawa on Friday morning. One other woman was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. According to police, the shooter is among the dead and is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There are no additional suspects, and no additional information had been released about the identity of the victims as of Friday afternoon.
The World Health Organization announced today that it did not expect that a coronavirus vaccine would be in widespread use until mid-2021. Spokesperson Margaret Harris said that none of the vaccine candidates currently in advanced clinical trials have demonstrated that they met the threshold of efficacy the organization says is needed.
Recipients of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit experienced significant delays last week. Some did not receive their payments for several days. Prime Minister Trudeau blamed the delay on “hiccups” caused by the program’s extension. A spokesperson for the Canada Revenue Agency said that the “vast majority” of payments should be received within three to five business days.
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We’ll be taking Labour Day off — you’ll get the next edition of the newsletter on Tuesday, a little later than usual, as the TVO.org team works to bring you the latest news from across the province.
The Agenda: Challenging assumptions about culture and identity
Filmmaker Danielle Ayow joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss her documentary But You’re Not Black — about being Caribbean-Chinese and fitting in when people don’t think you belong. It’s part of the CaribbeanTales Film Festival.
For most Canadians, high-quality tap water is easily accessible. So why do we buy so much bottled water? The Water Brothers visit a treatment facility and discover that water from the tap is often better than the stuff at the corner store.
A new report finds that a decade-old decision by a long-gone prime minister cost Ontario big in terms of federal transfer payments, writes TVO.org’s Queen’s Park columnist, John Michael McGrath. “Ontario could afford to build almost the entire Ontario Line — the marquee subway that’s a core part of Premier Doug Ford’s transit vision for the GTA — with the money that Stephen Harper has cost Ontario since 2010,” he explains.
TVO.org speaks with Megan Fowler of Journalists for Human Rights about what institutions can do to create environments where Indigenous journalists can thrive. “The training aspect is important. That being said, we don’t want to go into a newsroom, give people JHR training, and then they check off the box and don’t feel like they need to take any further steps,” Fowler says.
This weekend on TVO
Saturday, 9 p.m. — Hurley
American racing legend Hurley Haywood speaks about being gay in the macho world of motor sports and sets the record straight about his relationship with co-driver Peter Gregg.
Sunday, 9 p.m. — Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
A group of scientists has proposed that we’ve entered a new epoch: the Anthropocene. Directed by Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal, and Nicholas de Pencier, this documentary is a cinematic meditation on humanity's massive re-engineering of the planet.
Monday, 9 p.m. — Extraordinary Women: Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori challenged convention to pioneer a radical new system of education. She focused on the child as an independent learner, and her idea spread to all corners of the world, affecting the schooling of millions.