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Relief coming for Ontario municipalities
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 28, 2020
Ontario municipalities will receive a total of $4 billion from the federal and provincial governments. (Adrian Wyld/CP)



Good morning, Ontario.

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Province announces municipal money

Ontario municipalities will receive a total of $4 billion from the federal and provincial governments to help with public transit and COVID-19 relief as part of the federal government’s “safe restart” plan. The plan, announced earlier this month, saw Ottawa pledge $7 billion to help Ontario recover from the pandemic. Jamie McGarvey, president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, called the announcement “an important investment in communities in every part of our province.”

Opening schools safely could cost $3.2 billion

The Ontario Liberal Party released a multibillion-dollar strategy for safely reopening schools. It involves 17,000 more teachers, 14,000 new rooms, and 10,000 additional custodians. Party leader Steven Del Duca said “students and their parents have been waiting for far too long to hear what will happen in September … Since the government hasn’t unveiled a plan for the fall, I did.”

The Canadian Union of Public Employees released its own report, which says that the province needs to spend $1.49 per student per day — or almost $590 million — just to purchase touch-free hand sanitizers and refills; personal protective equipment; and Plexiglas, as well as to hire extra education assistants and custodians.

New COVID-19 cases dip

Ontario reported 119 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, with 30 of the provinces 34 health units reporting five cases or fewer. Windsor-Essex reported 40 new cases, the most of any health unit. Of the new cases, 60 per cent were among people under 40 years old.

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The Agenda in the Summer: Duncan McCue

As a teenager, Duncan McCue spent five months on a Cree trapline in northern Quebec, learning how to live off the land and speak the language. He joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss his book The Shoe Boy: A Trapline Memoir, as well as his work helping fellow journalists cover Indigenous issues properly.

Extraordinary Women: Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori challenged convention to pioneer a radical new system of education. She focused on the child as an independent learner, and her idea spread to all corners of the world, affecting the schooling of millions.

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Can the Tories’ love of nuclear power overcome their hatred of electric vehicles?

A new report shows that, on top of all their environmental benefits, electric cars could be a boon for Ontario’s nuclear power plants. Columnist John Michael McGrath wonders whether that’s enough to get Doug Ford’s government to change its tune on EV infrastructure.

Turning old hotels into new housing


COVID-19 has hit the tourism industry hard, and some hoteliers are looking to convert their buildings into permanent housing. assistant editor Josh Sherman explores the hotel-conversion market — which, some critics say, won’t actually improve affordability.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Back to school

The Agenda welcomes Pam Belluck, a New York Times health and science reporter; and Kristin Rushowy, from the Toronto Star, to discuss reopening schools, Ontario’s plan for education, and what needs to change to put parents at ease.

8:30 p.m. — Water Brothers: Valley of the Dammed

The Mekong River has shaped the culture of southeast Asia. Now, climate change and overfishing are decimating fish populations and water quality. The brothers examine the future of the river, including the potential impact of 11 planned mega-dams.

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