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Nearly 800 new coronavirus cases
Ontario reported 790 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. Additionally, nine new deaths were reported, up from three the day previous. There have now been 66,686 lab-confirmed cases of the disease in Ontario, including 57,325 recoveries and 3,062 deaths.
EU takes Canada off approved travel list
Canadians have been removed from the European Union’s list of approved travelers because of the country’s climbing rate of COVID-19 cases. Canada was part of a “white list” of countries, which allowed travelers to visit EU countries without restrictions such as quarantine and mandatory testing. Tunisia and Georgia were also removed from the list, which now includes just nine countries: Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Uruguay.
Parliamentary committee labels treatment of Uyghurs ‘genocide’
The Parliamentary Subcommittee on International Human Rights issued a statement yesterday condemning China’s “genocide” of its Uyghur minority — and called on the government to introduce new sanctions on the country. More than a million Uyghurs in northwestern China have been detained in what Chinese officials call “vocational and educational training centres.” Last week, China’s ambassador to Canada said his country would have a “strong reaction” if parliament called the situation a genocide.
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The Agenda: Barbara Amiel
Discover how railway engineers have conquered valleys, canyons, and waterways to build the world's most innovative rail bridges, from Scotland's Forth Bridge to a vertigo-inducing viaduct in rural New Zealand.
The former premier has announced she won’t be running for re-election. Columnist John Michael McGrath says that, like her or not, she leaves big shoes to fill. “Wynne is something else,” he writes, “an MPP who was always comfortable with the details of policy but tempered her policy-wonk side with a deep well of empathy for people she wanted to help.”
Borje Salming and Inge Hammarström were called “Chicken Swedes” and worse. But Steve Paikin writes that they were pioneers in the NHL — and had a huge impact on English Canada’s hockey mecca.
TVO@50: Prisoners of Gravity
TVO has broadcast its share of quirky shows, but none more so than Prisoners of Gravity. It was hosted by “commander” Rick Green, who fled Earth for his space station. There, he interviewed luminaries in the science fiction and comic book worlds — such as Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby.
Tonight on TVO
7 p.m. — Arctic Secrets: Fall on the Tundra
As the days shorten and the temperature drops, the inhabitants of Nunavik, Quebec, prepare to face the approaching Arctic winter. Muskoxen fatten up while ptarmigans hunt for berries, and Inuit residents make use of the last warm days of the year.
8 p.m. — The Agenda: The northern opioid epidemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing issues in Ontario’s north. In Timmins, homelessness and opioids remain deadly epidemics. The Agenda examines the situation — and what can be done about it.