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Ontario has extended its state of emergency to July 15, but Premier Ford hopes this extension will be the last. After the state of emergency expires, the province can’t enact new emergency orders, amend existing orders, or re-enact expired ones. Existing orders, such as the ban on large gatherings, can remain in effect.
Host Colin Ellis welcomes health law researcher and author Timothy Caulfield to talk about the popularity of diet and health documentaries and why people should approach them with a dose of scientific skepticism.
Should Toronto make masks mandatory? Columnist John Michael McGrath argues that, even if it’s good medical policy, the answer is still no. “Already in this pandemic, there have been numerous cases around the province of police or bylaw enforcement officers applying public-health rules in absurd, disproportionate ways,” he writes. “A father was attacked in Ottawa. A mother was ticketed in a park in York Region. Two women were told, ‘I’d be licensed to shoot you’ by a Toronto bylaw-enforcement officer. The sheer number of these cases makes it impossible to have any confidence that a masking rule would actually be applied fairly or reasonably in the real world.”
Scientists at McMaster University want to use wastewater to detect the coronavirus in municipal sewage systems. TVO’s Hamilton and Niagara journalist Justin Chandler examines the idea of using viral particles shed from human feces to help determine the virus’s prevalence within specific populations.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Mark Saunders
Toronto’s police chief, Mark Saunders, is stepping down after more than five years leading the city’s force. He joins Steve Paikin to discuss his career, his departure, and the future of policing.
9 p.m. — Chasing Perfection: From Birth to the Starting Line
In the first of two parts, sprinter Michael Johnson explores the science and psychology of elite athletes. He considers New Zealand’s national rugby team; the Brazilian Paralympics team; and the latest in wearable technologies.