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It’s budget day
Finance Minister Rod Phillips will unveil the details of Ontario’s budget this afternoon at Queen’s Park. Yesterday, Phillips promised there would be “no new taxes, no new charges” contained in the budget — which is expected to run a severe deficit.
$680 million for better internet and cell service
Premier Doug Ford announced the province will spend roughly $680 million to improve internet and cellphone service throughout the province. “This pandemic has shown us the importance of access to high-speed internet and reliable cell service access that so many of us take for granted,” Ford said. The government did not offer a regional breakdown of the spending.
Experts worry new COVID-19 guidelines are too lax
Doctors and public health experts are worried the province’s new five-level system to determine COVID-19 restrictions are not sufficiently stringent. The new guidelines require a 10 per cent positivity rate before a region is moved into the “control” level — the second highest on the scale. “Ten per cent positivity is really like, you have no clue what's going on in your community," infectious disease physician Zain Chagla told CBC News. “Things are running wild at that point."
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Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — Ontario’s 2020 budget
First, Finance Minister Rod Phillips presents his government’s budget for the next year. Then, opposition MPPs offer criticism. Finally, The Agenda dives deeper into the province’s fiscal outlook.
10 p.m. — Dangerous Borders: A Journey Across India and Pakistan
Journalists Adnan Sarwar and Babita Sharma travel through the province of Punjab, along the volatile border that divides India and Pakistan. Nowhere is the land division more keenly felt than along this lush and densely populated region.