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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.”
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.
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.
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.
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. TVO.org’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.