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Flying blind into the second wave
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 08, 2020
Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto. (Chris Young/CP)

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Toronto’s top health official: ‘Yes, the situation is that serious’

The province confirmed 583 new coronavirus cases yesterday, and Toronto is emerging as the epicentre of the epidemic. The city’s chief medical officer of health, Eileen de Villa, warned that the city is on track for a record-high number of cases — possibly peaking next spring. She urged people to spend Thanksgiving only with their own household. “If you live alone, the best thing to do is to connect with other people virtually,” she said. “Yes, the situation is that serious.”

Takeout booze is here to stay

Prabmeet Sarkaria, the associate minister of small business and red tape reduction, confirmed that the province will permanently allow restaurants and bars to offer takeout alcohol. “We have had the opportunity to hear from small businesses and restaurant owners that were impacted by this pandemic and this has been a measure that has really helped them so we are committed to making it permanent,” Sarkaria said.

Ottawa to ban grocery bags and other single-use plastics by 2021

Federal environment minister John Wilkinson announced a list of single-use plastics that will be banned by 2021, including: disposable grocery bags, plastic cutlery, and straws. "When a ban comes into effect, your local stores will be providing you with alternatives to these plastic products, like reusable or paper bags in place of plastic," he said. The government has set a goal to produce zero plastic waste in Canada by 2030.

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The Agenda: Canada’s data sovereignty

How can Canada protect its data and become a more digitally resilient country? The Agenda welcomes Scott Malcomson, author of Splinternet: How Geopolitics and Commerce Are Fragmenting the World Wide Web; Eileen Donahoe, executive director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University; and Dipayan Ghosh, author of Terms of Disservice: How Silicon Valley Is Destructive by Design, to discuss.

Fake or Fortune Series 7

In the first episode, art detectives Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould attempt to prove that a still life is the work of celebrated British artist William Nicholson.

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The second wave is here — and we’re still flying blind

Testing snafus. Unclear advice. Premier Doug Ford came through the first wave with plenty of support, but columnist Matt Gurney says the public may not be as forgiving this time around.

Do Ontarians dream of electric vehicles?

Electric-vehicle sales have been up and down in the province — but reporter Diane Peters speaks to experts who say they’re poised to accelerate.

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TVO@50: Saturday Night at the Movies

For nearly 40 years, TVO presented Ontarians with classic films and interviews with their cast and crew. Producer Risa Shuman made it all work. She joins host Steve Paikin to discuss landing her role, working with legendary host Elwy Yost, and the emotional finale of Saturday Night at the Movies. 

Tonight on TVO

7 p.m. — Arctic Secrets: Devon Island

Nunavut’s Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island in the world. With temperatures below freezing for nine months of the year and annual rainfall comparable to the Gobi Desert, its terrain is used by NASA to simulate conditions on Mars.

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Higher education in a pandemic

A group of post-secondary students join host Steve Paikin to discuss how the pandemic has changed their college and university experiences.

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