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School-reopening plan coming today
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 30, 2020
Education Minister Stephen Lecce will today release the government’s plan to reopen Ontario’s schools. (



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Lecce to announce school-reopening strategy

Education Minister Stephen Lecce will today release the government’s plan to reopen Ontario’s schools, according to Travis Dhanraj of Global News.

Yesterday, experts from Sick Kids hospital updated their earlier report on school reopening to say that children should be in class five days a week and that smaller class sizes should be prioritized.

Toronto and Peel move into Stage 3

The province announced that Toronto and Peel Region will move into Stage 3 of the reopening strategy on Friday, leaving only Windsor-Essex in Stage 2. In Stage 3, playgrounds, movie theatres, and indoor dining can open, with some restrictions. The province says it is “supportive” of increased safety measures for bars and restaurants adopted by Toronto city council — including movement restrictions and mandatory customer logs to help with contact tracing.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported just 76 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday — its lowest total since March 22.

More details on long-term-care probe

Frank Marocco, an associate chief justice of Ontario’s Superior Court, will chair the three-member panel leading the inquiry into the province’s long-term-care sector, according to the Toronto Star. Marocco previously served as the province’s lead counsel for the Walkerton water inquiry and prosecuted the Bre-X gold fraud case. The other two panel members are Jack Kitts, the recently retired president and chief executive of the Ottawa Hospital; and Angela Coke, a former associate deputy minister with a long career in public service.

First Nations schools say they’re not getting federal help

Elementary schools on First Nations reserves in southwestern Ontario say they are not getting the help they need from the federal government to reopen in September, according to the London Free Press. These schools are funded by Ottawa, not the province. Officials say they’ve received “zero” information from the federal government about needed supports. “The horses are still in the barn and the cavalry is still in the bunk beds,” said Joe Miskokomon, deputy grand council chief for the southwest region of the Anishinabek Nation. “There’s too much uncertainty.”

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The Agenda in the Summer: Racism and sexism in STEM

University of New Hampshire professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss the stubborn barriers that women — especially women of colour — face when looking to break into STEM fields.

The Water Brothers: Bottlegate

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.

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The Ontario government could be headed into a very expensive week

To this point, provincial spending during the pandemic has been dwarfed by that coming out of Ottawa. But, with challenges such as fixing long-term care and reopening schools on the horizon, columnist John Michael McGrath says that’s about to change.

How this health centre is providing culturally appropriate care during COVID-19


Meditation by phone. Traditional healing via video chat. In the midst of a pandemic, the Noojmowin Teg Health Centre is adapting to meet the needs of its clients.’s reporter covering Indigenous issues, Shelby Lisk, speaks to those involved. Click here to read the article in Ojibwe.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Public spaces after COVID-19

How will COVID-19 affect our use of public space? Host Nam Kiwanuka is joined by Andrew Frontini, design director at Perkins and Will; and Cheryll Case, founder and principal urban planner at CP Planning, to discuss the post-pandemic future of cities.

8:30 p.m. — The Water Brothers: The Pure and the Poisoned

The Ganges river plays a central role in many of India's diverse cultures and religious traditions. Each stop along the river, from Kanpur to Varanasi, teaches something new about how religion, human population, and pollution intersect.

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