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Ford on federal campaign: ‘I am so swamped right here'
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 25, 2020
Ontario MPP Vic Fedeli looks on as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford leave an announcement at a facility in Brockville, Ont., Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (CP/Adrian Wyld)



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Ford won't campaign for federal Conservatives

Premier Doug Ford said he would not campaign for the federal Conservatives and new leader Erin O’Toole in an upcoming election. “I am so swamped right here,” he said. “I'm going literally around the clock every single day, and I can't take my eye off the ball for an election or anything else.” He went on to say he has a “phenomenal relationship” with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland. “I wish everyone all the best, and let the best person win.”

MPs and health experts call for aggressive vaccine trials

A group of health experts and politicians published an op-ed asking the federal government to consider allowing volunteers to be deliberately infected with COVID-19 in order to speed up the progress of potential vaccines. It argues that, while these so-called challenge trials carry risks to those infected, a faster vaccine process could save millions of lives. Signatories include Western University infectious-disease expert Michael Silverman, as well as Ontario MPs Marcus Powlowski and Helena Jaczek. Other experts, such as infectious-disease physician Isaac Bogoch, disagree. Bogoch tweeted that, given the advanced state of global vaccine trials, “this does not really seem to be reasonable now.”

Ontario again reports more than 100 new COVID-19 cases

The province reported 105 new coronavirus cases yesterday — the fourth consecutive day above 100. In his daily news conference, Premier Doug Ford emphasized that most of the cases are concentrated in Peel Region, Toronto, and Ottawa. In the rest of Ontario, he said, “the province and the people are doing great.”

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The Agenda: Alison Wearing

Memoirist Alison Wearing ties together ancestry, birding, and opera in her book Moments of Glad Grace. It depicts her journey to Ireland with her father, who obsessively searches for the reasons his ancestors came to Canada. In the process, she comes to terms with his declining health due to Parkinson’s.

Water Brothers: Ocean Spies

How do we monitor the health of the world’s oceans? In this episode, the brothers visit Palau in the western Pacific Ocean to learn about the technologies — drones, robots, and satellites — that help protect our largest bodies of water and the animals that depend on them.

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Why Leslyn Lewis is the one to watch from the Tory leadership race

In normal times, Erin O’Toole’s victory would’ve been the biggest story of the night — but 2020 has been anything but normal. Steve Paikin writes about the competitive showing from third-place finisher Leslyn Lewis.

How COVID-19 kicked virtual medicine into high gear

The future of medicine is virtual — but what will the proliferation of private-sector tech in public health care mean for patients? Journalist Abigail Cukier examines the rapidly growing field of virtual medicine in Ontario.

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7 p.m. — The Blue Realm: Deep White

How do scuba divers get close enough to observe great white sharks? For decades, photographers have captured dramatic shots by baiting sharks with food. This documentary looks at the practice, known as chumming, and at how an increase in shark attacks has prompted many countries to ban it.

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Serving better food in institutions

Can better food help fix the problems that exist in Canadian institutions? Chef and food activist Joshna Maharaj joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss her book, Take Back the Tray: Revolutionizing Food in Hospitals, Schools, and Other Institutions.

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