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Ontario budget released today
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Nov 05, 2020
Ontario Minister of Finance Rod Phillips. (Twitter/RodPhillips01)

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Good morning, Ontario. 

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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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