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More money, more masks for COVID-19 response
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Apr 07, 2020
Ontario yesterday announced financial helps for parents during COVID-19. (iStock.com/AnVr)

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Governments announce more financial help

Ontario yesterday announced a one-time payment of $200 per child younger than 12 years of age — and $250 for those under 21 with special needs — to help parents cover additional tools needed to keep kids mentally active while schools are closed. To apply, parents should visit Ontario's Support for Families web page. Parents who signed up for direct-deposit payments during the teacher strikes will be enrolled automatically.

In Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government’s emergency response benefit program will be expanded to cover more workers, such as those working part-time or whose working hours have been reduced because of the pandemic.

Masks on their way after border hold-up

Manufacturer 3M says it has struck a deal with the White House that will allow it to sell N-95 respirator masks to Canada. Ontario was told Monday it would receive 500,000 of the masks, but that still left millions more it had bought stuck at the border after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered 3M to stop exporting medical gear to Canada and Latin America. Premier Doug Ford had previously said that without new masks, Ontario’s supply would run out in a week.

First responders can now ask about COVID-19

Paramedics, firefighters, and other first responders may now ask individuals if they are infected with the coronavirus prior to treating them, Health Minister Christine Elliott and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones have announced. “During this pandemic, it is crucial that our first responders have access to this critical information when they are preparing to respond to an emergency in order to protect themselves and the public and help stop the spread of this virus,” they said in a shared statement. The move comes after a Peel Region paramedic tested positive for COVID-19.

TVO.org publishing regional updates

Every day, we will publish a collection of news items from across the province about the pandemic. Please visit TVO.org for the latest. Here is Monday’s edition.


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The Agenda: COVID-19 and the corrections system

How should Canada's penal institutions respond to the COVID-19 pandemic? The Agenda welcomes Lee Chapelle, president of Canadian Prison Consulting; Kim Pate, an independent senator; and correctional officer Chris Jackel.

Digging for Britain: East

Alice Roberts visits archeological excavations around the United Kingdom. In this episode: a monument as old as Stonehenge, a dig at the site of Britain's first tank battle, and some disturbing Roman burials.


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#onpoli: Ontario’s scramble for N-95 masks 

Podcast hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss Ontario’s dire shortage of personal protective equipment for medical workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 treatment. 


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COVID-19 is in northern Ontario and there aren’t enough doctors to handle it

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario last month introduced a temporary certificate that allows graduating residents to serve as doctors without taking their professional examinations. They will also be eligible to become locums — physicians who travel into communities on a short-term basis. Northwestern Ontario reporter Jon Thompson speaks to medical students hoping to help.

How Ontarians came together to fight the Spanish flu

When the Spanish flu appeared in Ontario in 1918, volunteer organizations played a crucial role in delivering social services. Writer Karen Black explains how the province rallied to provide support.


Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Revisiting basic income

Will the COVID-19 pandemic lead to greater acceptance of the concept of a universal income? Experts Evelyn Forget and Mike Perry join Steve Paikin to discuss what the current crisis tells us about the future of economic policy.

9 p.m. — Ballet Boys

Meet three young Norwegian boys who are passionate about ballet. Near the end of high school, their friendship is tested as they discover whether they have the dedication and skill to make a career in dance.

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