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Windsor-Essex, welcome to Stage 3
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 11, 2020
Wajid Ahmed, Chief Officer of Health for Windsor-Essex County. (Rob Gurdebeke/CP)

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Windsor-Essex enters Stage 3 Wednesday

Windsor-Essex will join the rest of the province in Stage 3 of Ontario’s economic reopening plan on Wednesday. “The decision was based on positive local trends of key public health indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, ongoing hospital capacity, public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, and a significant increase in testing,” according to a provincial government press release.

Optometrists fight with province

The Ontario Association of Optometrists has told its members to redirect at least one patient a day to emergency rooms or other health-care providers to protest what it considers insufficient provincial funding. According to the Toronto Star, the move costs the province about $250,000 each day. “Once we start hitting the half a million dollar mark in redirection costs ... this is a leverage point to get commitment from the government to fix the funding problem,” association president Sheldon Salaba wrote to members in July.

Report criticizes Toronto police conduct toward Black people

Black people are more likely than others to be arrested, charged, and have force used against them by Toronto police, according to an Ontario Human Rights Commission report. The Black community accounts for just 8.8 per cent of Toronto’s population, but 32 per cent of people charged by Toronto police. "The time for debate about whether anti-Black bias exists is over,” Ena Chadha, the OHRC interim chief commissioner, said in a statement.

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The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts


Six craftspeople move to a remote country house and immerse themselves in the dreams of visionaries such as William Morris. Cut off from 21st-century life, they must transform the property by decorating and furnishing key rooms — making everything by hand, from scratch. In this episode, the crafters restore the parlour.

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When the pandemic closed indoor theatres on March 17, drive-ins seemed like a ready-made alternative — and today, Ontarians are watching movies under the stars. In this photo essay, reporter Shelby Lisk captures movie-goers across the province.

Should Ontario make a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory?

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Last week, we got the first signs of when a vaccine might become available in Canada. Columnist John Michael McGrath argues that the province has to start thinking about whether Ontarians will be required to get it.

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