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COVID-19 contact-tracing app delayed
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 02, 2020
The provincial government reported 153 new cases of COVID-19 this morning. (iStock.com/No-Mad)

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Province reports 153 new COVID-19 cases

The provincial government reported 153 new cases of COVID-19 this morning. “Today, 29 of Ontario’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with fully 23 of them reporting no new cases at all,” Health Minister Christine Elliott wrote on Twitter. “Windsor-Essex added 20 new cases over the past two days as we’ve continued targeted testing across multiple farms.”

Contact tracing app delayed

Ontarians hoping to download a new COVID-19 contact tracing app will have to wait a bit longer, the Canadian Press reports. Officials originally said COVID Alert would be available July 2. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health now says the province is still working with the federal government on the app and it is expected to be released soon. A new date for COVID Alert’s launch was not given.

Mandatory masking on TTC starts today

The Toronto Transit Commission is requiring passengers to wear face coverings starting today. Failing to wear a mask is punishable with a fine of $195, but TTC CEO Rick Leary tells the Toronto Star the agency will lean on education rather than enforcement. Children under the age of two and people with conditions that prevent them from covering their faces are exempt from the rule.


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The Agenda in the Summer: Perdita Felicien

Two-time Olympian Perdita Felicien joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss her hard-won career as an athlete, her second career as a broadcast journalist, growing up in Ontario as a first-generation Canadian, and her debut book, My Mother’s Daughter: A Memoir of Struggle and Triumph.

Political Blind Date: The Housing Crisis

Toronto city councillors Ana Bailão and Stephen Holyday examine the city’s housing crisis. On topics from multi-residential and laneway housing to rapid densification, these two politicians hold very different views on how to house the city's exploding population.


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Why now may be the time for Ontario to go cold turkey on its gambling addiction

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A new report from a Hamilton think-tank argues that COVID-19 presents the perfect opportunity for Ontario to end a “tax on the poor” and replace it with something better. Columnist John Michael McGrath speaks with the authors of the report and explains why casinos being closed for months will leave Ontario Lottery and Gaming, and thus the province, with a billion-dollar hole in its books.


Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: History's most menacing weapon

Mosquitoes are the second-deadliest threat to humans besides humans themselves. They carry diseases such as malaria and the West Nile and Zika viruses. Historian Timothy Winegard joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss his book Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator.

9 p.m. — Golden Girl

Frida Wallberg was an accomplished boxer until she suffered a knockout blow that changed everything. This documentary examines Wallberg's life as a professional athlete and her struggle to recover.

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