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Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk says it cost the province about $80.7 million to handle asylum seekers crossing the Canada-U.S. border in 2017-18. (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/CP)

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Auditor says cost of irregular border crossers was overestimated

Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk says it cost the province about $80.7 million to handle asylum seekers crossing the Canada-U.S. border in 2017-18 — not the $200 million the government estimated. “Most of the $200 million of costs were for providing services to not just irregular border crossers but to all refugee claimants, including those who entered Canada at an official point of entry,” Lysyk said. Of the $80.7 million, she noted, the federal government has provided only $15.6 million.

Tories criticized for omnibus COVID-19 bill

The Progressive Conservative government yesterday introduced an omnibus bill intended to help Ontario recover from the pandemic. A government press release says the proposed legislation, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, would create jobs, speed up infrastructure projects, “and improve the quality of life in every community across the province.”

NDP MPP Peggy Sattler called the bill an abuse of power, and Liberal MPP John Fraser said parts of the legislation — including changes to how justices of the peace are appointed — are unrelated to the economic recovery.

Ford vows to make air conditioning mandatory in LTC

Premier Doug Ford said yesterday the provincial government will “move forward rapidly” with a bill that would force all long-term-care facilities to install air conditioning. On Tuesday, Ford said it was “unacceptable” that some homes still did not have air conditioning, leading to calls from the NDP to introduce legislation.


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Announcing the end of school streaming is easy. Implementing it will be hard

The minister of education is promising solid new equity policies for Ontario schools. But ensuring they actually work is going to take more than promises. Columnist John Michael McGrath examines the never-ending debate around high school streaming.

A COVID-19 lesson: Ontario cities need toilet training

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The pandemic has made more people aware of how few places there are to go. Reporter Diane Peters speaks to advocates such as epidemiologist Raywat Deonandan, who says it’s time to embrace bathrooms as infrastructure. “Public health had fallen in priority, but now it’s number one on people’s minds,” says Deonandan. “And public health includes public hygiene, which includes public bathrooms."


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The Agenda in the Summer: Battling a superbug

Steffanie Strathdee is an epidemiologist. Her husband, Thomas Patterson, is an evolutionary sociobiologist. But this couple’s expertise was no match for an antibiotic-resistant superbug that nearly killed Patterson. They talk to host Nam Kiwanuka about his treatment and recovery — the topic of their book, The Perfect Predator.

Political Blind Date: Urban versus rural

Outgoing federal Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie set out to settle on the differences and similarities between urban and rural voters.


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7 p.m. — Off the Beaten Path with Kate Humble

Kate Humble and her Welsh sheepdog, Teg, travel from the most northerly farm on mainland Wales, just outside Llandudno, to the sleepy hamlet of Nantmor in Snowdonia. Along the way, they experience the comeback of old-style shepherding, learn how canine power is saving lives on the mountains, and see a forest through the eyes of a pack of huskies.

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Vivek Shraya

Do Twitter and Instagram help or hinder creative friendships? Author, visual artist, and musician Vivek Shraya talks about her book, The Subtweet — a look at friendship, creative connections, and the complicated racialized etiquette of social media.

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