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Ontario reported 133 new coronavirus cases yesterday, making it more than a week of days with 100-plus cases. However, as Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter, the majority of public-health units reported no new cases.
Government releases plan for COVID-19 cases in schools
The provincial government yesterday released a plan for what will happen when a student or school staff member tests positive for COVID-19. The plan spelled out the roles of the public-health units and school boards, and it clarified when parents would be notified of an outbreak. It also gave guidelines as to when a classroom, cohort, or school would need to shut down.
Trudeau says he won't replace Governor General
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said yesterday that he has no plans to replace Governor General Julie Payette. The announcement comes a month after the CBC broke a story alleging that Payette had created a “toxic climate” at Rideau Hall. The prime minister said his office is conducting a review of working conditions there.
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The Agenda: Teachers on reopening schools
Premier Doug Ford told teachers concerned about the school year to “step up.” But do they have the tools for a safe and successful school year? What are their concerns? The Agenda welcomes three teachers to discuss.
Have you ever seen a piano, free to play, in a public park? How about at a bus stop? If so, you’ve likely come across the work of artist Luke Jerram, whose whimsical installation Play Me, I'm Yours has visited cities around the world. His creations include large-scale installations, performance art, and intricate glass sculpture.
Ontario’s back-to-school plan doesn’t accommodate students with disabilities, advocates say — and it offers more evidence that they have been forgotten throughout the pandemic. “The government’s reopening plan contains no guidance for families of children with disabilities and leaves it up to individual school boards to decide how to support these students as they transition back to school, whether through distance learning or in the classroom,” writes TVO.org assistant editor Sarah Trick.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Are Ontario classrooms ready to face COVID-19?
This summer, SickKids Hospital released influential — and controversial — recommendations for reopening Ontario’s schools. The Agenda examines the report to determine which of the guidelines are feasible and which aren’t getting enough attention. Guests include Ronnie Cohn, president and CEO of SickKids; Prachi Srivastava, an associate professor at Western University who specializes in global education; and Lindy Samson, an infectious-diseases physician and chief of staff at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
9 p.m. — The Battle for Hong Kong
Experience the most intense clashes of Hong Kong’s 2019 pro-democracy protests from the front lines. In this film, five protesters make their case against what they see as increased influence from mainland China.