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Ottawa-based Shopify’s total stock value surged to more than $120 billion — making it less than $1 billion shy of Canada’s most valuable company by market capitalization, the Royal Bank of Canada. Shopify, which makes e-commerce software used by more than 1 million businesses, said it has been increasingly busy as shopping has moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
The provincial government announced an expanded list of retailers allowed to operate fully, including hardware stores and garden centres. Additionally, all retailers with a ground-level entrance will soon be able to offer curbside pickup. Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss these moves.
Hospitals across the province paused elective surgeries and shifted resources in order to prepare for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients. How has that affected Ontarians who’ve been waiting for care? The Agenda welcomes Danielle Martin, executive vice-president and chief medical executive at Women's College Hospital; and Alison Thompson, associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
Hundreds of millions of people around the world lack access to clean drinking water — a problem made worse by climate change and rising populations. In this film, scientists and engineers struggle to find local solutions for the global water crisis.
A shortage of personal protective equipment makes it difficult to operate supervised-consumption sites safely during COVID-19. “While staff at funded sites have daily conference calls with the ministry during which they provide updates on their inventory levels and current needs, St. Stephen’s has no such regular access,” journalist Audrey Carleton writes. “Instead, Barb Panter, manager of housing and drop-in services, says that she and her team have been posting requests for donations on social media and reaching out to family and friends.”
As Ontario businesses await the green light to reopen, columnist John Michael McGrath wonders whether they can depend on a still-wary public to return. “A new poll from Leger released Tuesday shows that huge majorities of people are profoundly uncomfortable with the idea of returning to public spaces in a big way,” he writes. “The relative good news is that 41 per cent of people say they’d be willing to dine out at a restaurant, but it gets bleaker from there. Only 23 per cent say they’d fly on an airplane, and about one in five say they’d be willing to go to the gym or attend large public events, such as concerts or sports. Only 17 per cent say they’d be willing to go to a bar or pub.”
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: COVID-19 and immigration uncertainty
The COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges for migrant workers, non-status individuals, and other vulnerable groups. The Agenda discusses immigration uncertainty with Francisco Rico-Martinez, co-director of the FCJ Refugee Centre; and Rupaleem Bhuyan, an associate professor at the University of Toronto and a member of the Rights of Non-Status Women Network.
9 p.m. — Big Life Fix
A terminally ill photographer who can no longer use his hands. A remote Welsh village without internet access or a reliable telephone connection. A young designer with Parkinson's disease who is unable to use a pen. Can a team of inventors find solutions to the challenges these people and communities are facing?