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Reopening details leaked
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on May 14, 2020
A draft news release obtained by CBC News outlines phase one of the province’s reopening strategy. (iStock.com/Arpad Benedek)

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Reopening announcement coming

A draft news release obtained by CBC News outlines phase one of the province’s reopening strategy. It includes the lifting of restrictions on retail stores with street entrances, construction sites, seasonal businesses, and some outdoor spaces. There is no date specified, but the province is expected to make an announcement today. Other businesses listed in the release include pet services, household cleaning and maintenance, and in-person health and counselling services.

Province redeploying education workers

The province announced that it’s redeploying some education workers to congregate-care settings such as long-term-care homes and women’s shelters. Education Minister Stephen Lecce said that the redeployment is voluntary and that some education workers in Kenora are already assisting hospitals. The government will launch an online portal later this week to connect workers with opportunities in their communities.

Meanwhile, Lecce said the province is waiting on updated pandemic modelling before it makes a final decision on the fate of the school year — but schools will be open “for sure in September.”

Province can take control of long-term-care homes

Queen’s Park issued a new emergency order allowing it to temporarily replace the management of any long-term-care home unable to handle a COVID-19 outbreak. “By taking this step, we will be better prepared to immediately swing into action if a home is struggling to contain this deadly virus,” Premier Doug Ford said in a statement.

Federal government announces help for rural areas

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund will flow through six regional development agencies — including those for northern and southern Ontario. The $962 million fund will go to regional economies, communities, businesses, organizations, and community futures development corporations, which support small businesses and rural communities.

TVO.org publishing regional updates

Every day, we will publish a collection of COVID-19 news items from across the province. Please visit TVO.org for the latest. Here is Wednesday’s edition.


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COVID-19: A gift to conspiracy theorists?

Feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, and powerlessness push people toward conspiracy, according to Joseph Uscinski, the author of Conspiracy Theories: A Primer. He joins The Agenda to discuss his work in the context of COVID-19.

Superfoods: Tomatoes, soybeans, red wine

Does a glass of red wine really keep the mind sharp? Are fermented soybeans a fountain of youth? And does the common tomato really prevent cancer? Journalist Kate Quilton examines the health claims behind so-called superfoods.  


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#onpoli: Ontario moves on long-term care

The provincial government has announced an emergency order that gives it the power to take over individual long-term-care homes. Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss.


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What Ontario is getting right (and wrong) about homelessness during COVID-19

Stephen Gaetz, president of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, speaks with TVO.org reporter Mary Baxter about the work that Ontario municipalities are doing to protect homeless populations during COVID-19 — and what they could be doing better. “I feel like we kind of planned our way to this point, and we're figuring things out as we go,” he says. “But we may be looking at a situation where the current response to homelessness will become overwhelmed. So the planning on what happens after needs to be happening. And I'm not sure to what degree that is. I don't think people are fools about the possibility of crisis after the first wave, but it's something we should be paying attention to.”

Should Manitobans be allowed to visit their Ontario cottages?

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Manitobans are heading for their Kenora-area cottages, but should they be? TVO.org reporter Jon Thompson speaks to local officials such as Ian Gemmill, the region’s interim medical officer of health, to find out whether the area is ready for a potential surge of COVID-19. “These are the things that are going to create a spike in the curve again,” Gemmill says of tourists. “This is like you’re draining a hose, and now you’ve got your finger on the hose and you’re trying to stop it. It’s trickling, but you know as soon as you let go, you’re going to have a steady flow.”


Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Studying human nature during a pandemic

How have governments and public health authorities convinced people to break long-held habits during COVID-19? The Agenda welcomes Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioural economics at Duke University.

9 p.m. — Big Life Fix

The team builds a BMX bicycle for a boy born with no hands or feet and tries to help a man with locked-in syndrome communicate with family and friends.

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