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Why Toronto, Peel, and Windsor have to wait to reopen
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jun 22, 2020
More regions will move to Stage 2 of Ontario’s reopening plan on Friday. (iStock.com/ArtMarie)

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More regions will move to Stage 2 of reopening

More regions will move to Stage 2 of Ontario’s reopening plan on Friday — leaving only Toronto, Peel Region, and Windsor-Essex behind. In Stage 2 more businesses can reopen, including restaurants, hair salons and malls. “We’re making steady progress and if we keep working together, I’m hopeful that all communities in Ontario will be able to enter Stage 2 very, very soon,” said Premier Doug Ford.

CERB sticking around

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government will extend the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for people unable to work. Currently, people can access CERB for a maximum of 16 weeks —meaning people who applied to the program when it began are already nearing the limit. “We'll have more details this week, but for today, I want you to know that we'll continue to be there for you and your family,” Trudeau said.

Health-care workers still waiting for pay bump

The province has confirmed that 375,000 frontline health-care workers have not yet received the promised pandemic pay raise. Workers were meant to receive a $4 hourly raise, and anyone working more than 100 hours in a month was supposed to receive a $250 bonus. A spokesperson for Health Minister Christine Elliott said the program was taking time to coordinate. “We are committed to expediting the work required to get this money onto the paycheques of the critical workers across the province,” Hayley Chazan said in a statement.

Province to collect race-based COVID-19 data

The province will support a regulatory change to allow the collection of data outlining the race, income, language, and household size of confirmed cases of COVID-19. "We recognize that some Ontarians may be at greater risk of COVID-19 infection. This includes racialized Ontarians and individuals with lower incomes," Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a statement.

TVO.org publishing regional updates

Every weekday, we will publish a collection of news items from across the province about the pandemic. Please visit TVO.org for the latest. Here is Monday’s edition.


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The Agenda: What does it mean to be an ally?

To discuss anti-racism allyship, The Agenda welcomes Kathy Hogarth, an assistant professor at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo; and Bryan Ferguson, a pastor at Koinonia Christian Fellowship.

1916: When Myth and History Rhyme

This documentary series examines the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin and the events that led to an independent Irish state. The third and final episode deals with the surrender of the rebellion’s leaders.


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#onpoli: Why Toronto, Peel, and Windsor have to wait  

More of Ontario is set to reopen this Friday but three major centres — including Toronto, Peel Region, and Windsor-Essex — didn’t get the go-ahead. Podcast hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath explain why and look at the estimated $20-billion hit that the province’s tourism industry has taken because of COVID-19.


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Remembering one of the most important Ontario politicians you’ve never heard of

Stuart Smith, a two-time Ontario Liberal leadership candidate who died last week at 82, also left his mark on federal politics. In 1965, he wanted to run for the federal Liberals in the Montreal riding of Mount Royal, but the party had another candidate in mind: Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Steve Paikin writes: “In later years, Trudeau would joke that, had the fates decided differently, Smith might have become a prime minister from Quebec and Trudeau the Ontario Liberal leader. It was more than a gag line: the two men had so many things in common, from their hometown, to their appearance, to the sound of their voices, and many mannerisms as well.”

Hunting for summer jobs during COVID-19

The job market for high-school and university students has dried up. Reporter Eliana Lev examines their options and what governments are doing to help.  


Tonight on TVO

7 p.m. — Arctic Secrets: Delta Discoveries

The Mackenzie Delta is an Arctic network of channels and islands at the mouth of the Mackenzie River, Canada’s longest river system. As a transition zone between ecosystems, from the boreal forest to the tundra, it’s a biological hotspot, and home to the ancestral lands of the Inuit. This documentary shows how the area is adapting to climate change.

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Being hopeful about human nature

Are people kinder, more co-operative, and more selfless than they’ve been given credit for? Rutger Bregman joins The Agenda to discuss his book, Humankind: A Hopeful History.

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