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Premier Doug Ford has announced that much of Ontario will enter Stage 3 of the province’s reopening strategy on Friday. Some areas — including Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor-Essex and Lambton — will not move ahead with the rest of the province. In Stage 3, movie theatres, indoor dining rooms, playgrounds, and bowling alleys — among other businesses and services — can reopen. Read the complete plan here.
Federal wage subsidy to last all year
The federal government is extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy until at least December, according to The Canadian Press. The program — under which Ottawa subsidizes up to 75 per cent of the wages of some employees to help businesses stay afloat — has paid out $18 billion to 250,000 companies so far. Finance Minister Bill Morneau said he hopes the program grows as businesses continue to reopen. “We need to reduce disincentives to growth,” he said last week. “We need to make sure the subsidy is appropriate for the challenges facing enterprises in actually rehiring and getting people back to work.”
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The province announced an agreement with Flying Post First Nation, near Timmins, settling a 115-year-old land claim. The $14.1-million settlement is meant to address a land shortfall resulting from the James Bay Treaty of 1905. “I'm pleased that Ontario is fulfilling its outstanding obligation to Flying Post First Nation, dating back more than a century,” said Minister of Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford. “Settling land claims through co-operative negotiations and respectful dialogue is a key step towards reconciliation with Indigenous people.”
Investigative journalist Robert Kolker joins The Agenda to discuss his research into the Galvins — a family in which six of 12 children were diagnosed with schizophrenia. In part one, we learn about the family circumstances.
Dozens of Hollywood's premier composers discuss the challenges and creative secrecy in the world of film scores. The film features interviews with John Williams, Danny Elfman, Howard Shore, Quincy Jones, and Mychael Danna, among others.
Many Ontarians with disabilities count on personal-support workers to live independently — and that’s sparking worries about a heightened risk of COVID-19. Southwestern Ontario reporter Mary Baxter speaks to those affected.
A former premier and national party leader, Bob Rae now heads to New York to take on the same job his father once had. Steve Paikin spoke to the incoming UN ambassador. “He finished our conversation with an interesting admission,” Paikin writes. “When I asked him whether he ever doubted the ‘next big mission’ would happen, he candidly answered: ‘No. I was always confident it would. And so now, the job is to do what you can with what you can.’”
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: The science of schizophrenia
In part two of the investigation into the Galvin family, host Nam Kiwanuka and author Robert Kolker discuss the family’s impact on medical research.
8:30 p.m. — Political Blind Date: Asylum seekers
Quebec Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus and Toronto Liberal MP Rob Oliphant travel to the border to see how Canada deals with asylum seekers. Then they head to Toronto, where they see evidence of the importance of refugees to Canada’s economy and social fabric.