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Ontario hiring hundreds of contact tracers
The province announced it hired 100 new contact tracers, with another 500 expected by mid-November. "With rising COVID-19 cases and outbreaks, we need more contact tracers to ensure the province is able to identify and isolate new cases to limit and stop the spread of the virus," Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a statement.
Elliott also said there is not a shortage of flu vaccines, despite some pharmacies reporting running out of stock. She said shipments of the vaccine are coming in and should be delivered to pharmacies in the next few days.
Two more schools closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks
Public health officials in York Region have closed a school in King City and another in Woodbridge after at least four COVID-19 cases were reported over the last several weeks. As of yesterday, the province reported that five schools in Ontario were currently shut down due to coronavirus infections. In total, 421 Ontario schools reported at least one case of COVID-19 — nearly nine per cent of all publicly-funded schools.
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Six Nations ‘in crisis’ after coronavirus surge
Officials at Six Nations of the Grand River near Brantford reported a spike in COVID-19 cases, reportedly stemming from family gatherings over the Thanksgiving weekend. "Our health care staff are exhausted, and contact tracing is not yet complete,” director of health services Lori Davis Hill told CBC News. “They are working around the clock to keep us safe," According to the band council, the community of about 13,000 residents now has 14 active and 33 probable cases.
More than a century ago, two residential-school students died near the institution in Sault Ste. Marie. Northwestern Ontario reporter Charnel Anderson speaks with researchers and survivors that are trying to discover their identities.
Sure, there will be pubs and restaurants when this is all over. But columnist Matt Gurney writes that he wants his favourites to survive.
Joanne Souaid is known for her role hosting TVO’s fundraising telethons. She joins host Steve Paikin to discuss addressing Ontarians, hat in hand, to ask for a small donation in exchange for high-quality educational programming.
Tonight on TVO
7 p.m. — Arctic Secrets: Delta Discoveries
The Mackenzie Delta is an Arctic network of channels and islands at the mouth of the Mackenzie River. As a transition zone between the boreal forest and the tundra, it’s a biological hotspot, and home to the ancestral lands of the Inuit. This documentary shows how the area is adapting to climate change.
8 p.m. — The Agenda: The future of Pearsonian diplomacy
As the international order faces unprecedented threats, is it time to for Canada to abandon its "Pearsonian” approach to world diplomacy? The Agenda welcomes Ben Rowswell, president of the Canadian International Council and former Canadian ambassador to Venezuela; Jennifer Welsh, director of the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies at McGill University; and Lloyd Axworthy, chair of the World Refugee and Migration Council and former foreign minister, to discuss.