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Residential evictions begin this week
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 04, 2020
According to a new study from Public Health Ontario, only 1.1 per cent of blood samples taken in Ontario in June tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. (iStock.com)

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A clearer picture of COVID-19 spread

According to a new study from Public Health Ontario, only 1.1 per cent of blood samples taken in Ontario in June tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. Public-health experts say this shows the true case count is likely four times higher than reported numbers but that the province has done a good job suppressing the virus — making it more susceptible for a resurgence. "It's still a very small population within Ontario that's been exposed or has at least for now an immunity, so it shouldn't change anything in terms of our behaviour,” said Dominik Mertz, associate professor, division of infectious diseases, department of medicine, at McMaster University. “It's probably not even enough to slow down any further transmission."

Ontario tenants brace for evictions

The province’s Landlord and Tenant Board begins processing thousands of evictions today, and advocacy groups are pushing for relief. The province lifted its ban on residential evictions in late July. “This week we are looking at a situation where the enforcement of outstanding eviction orders and the making of new eviction orders by the Landlord and Tenant Board can continue,” said Cole Webber, a legal worker with Parkdale Community Legal Services.

Surprises in Toronto Public Health data

According to a Toronto Star analysis of COVID-19 data, the city’s lockdown was highly effective at mitigating spread in its richest, whitest neighbourhoods — but was largely useless in its poorest and most racialized.

Star reporters also found that the virus began spreading in Toronto as early as Valentine’s Day, and the primary sources of travel-based spread were the United States and the United Kingdom — not China or Italy.


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The Agenda in the Summer: Preserving the Credit River

The Credit River flows from the headwaters above the Niagara Escarpment near Orangeville to Lake Ontario at Port Credit. How has climate change affected one of Canada's most precious biospheres? The Agenda welcomes Deborah Martin-Downs and Jeff Payne from the Credit Valley Conservation Authority to discuss.

Push

House prices and rental costs are skyrocketing in urban centres around the world, including in Canada — but incomes are not. This documentary sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, declining livability standards in cities, and an escalating housing crisis.


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Ontario’s most beloved (and now longest living) former premier turns 81

On the occasion of Bill Davis’s birthday last week, Steve Paikin says his record as premier still looks pretty good, 35 years on. “Davis’s contrasts are part of what made him so interesting to watch,” he writes. “He could take bold decisions. But he was also teased for turning procrastination into an art form.”

On the front lines of Sudbury’s opioid epidemic

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Ontario is experiencing a surge in suspected drug-toxicity deaths. Northeastern Ontario reporter Nick Dunne speaks to front-line harm-reduction workers who are fighting to save lives during the pandemic.


Tonight on TVO

7 p.m. — The Blue Realm: Toxic Invaders

Lionfish are now invading the Atlantic — apparently the result of aquarium fish being released into the sea. In these regions, the tropical-reef species might be a greater threat to the existing ecosystem than global warming or pollution.

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Reconsidering the bat

Bats have often been vilified — especially lately. But what if we’re thinking about them all wrong? Nancy Simmons, curator of the department of mammalogy at the American Museum of Natural History; and Burton Lim, assistant curator of mammalogy in the department of natural history at the Royal Ontario Museum, join The Agenda to discuss the evolutionary history of bats, their essential role in our ecosystems, and what’s putting them at risk.

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