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All of Ontario now in Stage 2
Leamington and Kingsville entered Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan today, meaning the entire province is now in the same stage. The southwestern Ontario communities had been held back by COVID-19 outbreaks at local farms, which the province believes are now contained. Premier Doug Ford said to celebrate he would get his first haircut in months: “Let’s pick a barber somewhere in Leamington or Kingsville.”
Ontario reports no new COVID-19 deaths for the first time in months
Province to end streaming in Grade 9
Ontario will no longer stream Grade 9 students into applied and academic courses. The practice has been criticized because a disproportionate number of Black and low-income youth are streamed into applied courses instead of the academic courses that prepare students for college and university. “The time is now to end this practice and start giving racialized kids in schools a fair chance at success,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce told the Toronto Star. The province will also ban suspending elementary school children — a practice that is also disproportionately applied to Black students.
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From the Brothers Grimm to Disney, fairy tales influence our behaviour and understanding of the world. Author and disability activist Amanda Leduc joins The Agenda to discuss her book Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space.
NDP MPP Peter Tabuns and Conservative MPP Bill Walker examine the government's plans for hydro rates and energy policy in Ontario. They debate the merits of retrofitted energy-efficient homes, community wind turbines, and nuclear power.
Colin Ellis welcomes back Alex West, co-host of The Faculty of Horror podcast, to discuss Best Worst Movie, a 2009 documentary about the low-budget film Troll 2, which has become a cult classic, delighting audiences at midnight-madness screenings with its unconvincing acting and terrible dialogue.
On June 29, Toronto city council voted down a motion to reduce the police budget by 10 per cent. Reporter Monika Warzecha examines the political, demographic, and geographic factors at play — including Premier Doug Ford’s decision to cut the size of council before the 2018 election.
In 1897, Berlin, Ontario — now Kitchener — unveiled a bust of Kaiser Wilhelm I in a downtown park. Journalist Nate Hendley tells the story of how the statue disappeared after the First World War broke out and the city reckoned with its Germanic ties.
8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Race and campus life in Ontario
Author and journalist Eternity Martis joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss her experience as a Black undergraduate at Western University. Her memoir, They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up, was published in March.
8:30 p.m. — Political Blind Date: Guns
Ontario Liberal MP Marco Mendicino debates Alberta Conservative MP Glen Motz about legislation to tighten regulations around gun ownership, and whether new rules are strict enough to prevent illegal guns from being used in violent crimes.