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The Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program is meant to reduce the financial burden on small businesses — but many business owners say it isn’t enough. The Agenda welcomes Michael Smith, co-founder of Save Small Business, to discuss.
Host and journalist Kate Quilton visits the New York Predators football team to learn about the muscle-healing properties of cherries. Then, she investigates whether dark chocolate is beneficial for the heart and whether spinach really makes you stronger.
A day after a report revealed horrifying conditions in five Ontario long-term-care homes, the province announced that it will move up an independent review of the sector. Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss the details.
TVO.org columnist John Michael McGrath writes that anyone at Queen’s Park who claims to have been surprised by Tuesday’s report on the state of Ontario’s long-term-care sector “is lying to you.” “The common thread for a generation or more has been a province that can’t make long-term care a consistent focus. The sector has been run on a shoestring budget and kept as much as possible outside the public service. When things go wrong, the response has been to obfuscate and to deny the problems while shielding the sector from extensive regulation or real transparency so that fewer problems come to light in the first place.”
Many Ontarians are developing a greater appreciation for wildlife during COVID-19. Brock University’s Kendra Coulter and Western University’s John Drew provide tips on how to keep animals safe and thriving. “If we take the time to notice how hard our animal neighbours are working, we gain a deeper appreciation for their families, cultures, and lives,” they write. “We can empathize with their struggles to survive and navigate daily life. We can marvel at their uniqueness and what we have in common. The more we know, the more we will care.”
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Ontario’s long-term-care tragedy
A Canadian Forces report this week detailed a grim picture of Ontario’s long-term-care sector. The Agenda welcomes Donna Duncan, CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association; Sharleen Stewart, president of SEIU Healthcare; and Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, a national seniors’ advocacy organization.
10:30 p.m. — Grand Trunk: A City Built on Steam
Stratford once served as a railway hub for the Grand Trunk Railway, the precursor to the Canadian National Railway. This documentary celebrates Stratford's history as a vital railway town.