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Toronto and Peel get green light for Stage 2
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jun 23, 2020



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Toronto and Peel to enter Stage 2

Toronto and Peel Region will enter Stage 2 of Ontario’s economic restart plan on Wednesday, meaning indoor malls, barber shops, restaurant patios, and other businesses can reopen. “Today’s announcement is another sign that we continue to make steady progress,” Premier Doug Ford said.

Ford slams farmers in Windsor-Essex

Meanwhile, Windsor-Essex will be the only Ontario region stuck in Stage 1 — and Premier Ford is blaming the area’s farmers. Too many agricultural workers are getting sick, he said, and employers aren’t doing enough. "To the people in Windsor-Essex, I'm sorry, it's not fair,” he said. “I'd knock down a brick wall for farmers. They're the hardest-working people I know. But please cooperate. There's 8,000 temporary workers there.”

Supervisor named to tackle racism at Peel schools

Education Minister Steven Lecce announced that Bruce Rodrigues will supervise the Peel District School Board as it tries to eliminate racism and dysfunction within its ranks. Rodrigues has previously served as the director of the Toronto Catholic District School Board and as the deputy minister of education. “We expect all schools and classrooms in the province to be safe and inclusive. For far too long, this has not been the case at the Peel District School Board,” Lecce said in a written statement. publishing regional updates

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

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#onpoli: Toronto cautiously enters Stage 2 of reopening 

Ontario’s capital city is entering Stage 2 of reopening but what does that mean? Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath look at the logistics and the caution surrounding the move. While Toronto is moving forward with reopening, Windsor-Essex is not. Also, the federal government is grappling with how to bring workers back into offices safely. Has the pandemic changed office life forever? 

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The Agenda: Jim Balsillie and new possibilities for tech

Canada’s tech industry will be critical to the COVID-19 recovery, says Jim Balsillie, chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators. He joins The Agenda to discuss the sector’s future.

Queen Victoria and her Nine Children

After the 1861 death of her consort, Prince Albert, a devastated Victoria tries to rein in her children when they show signs of rebellion. In the first of a three-part series, learn about the domestic challenges of the widowed queen’s later years.

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The rise and fall of Toronto’s first police force

Abolish the police? It’s happened before — sort of. Journalist and historian Jamie Bradburn writes about the time Toronto’s entire police force was fired in 1859.

Is the Toronto police budget really untouchable?


Calls are growing to defund the Toronto Police Service. Journalist Monika Warzecha examines the numbers.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Green Party leadership debate

Steve Paikin moderates the first of two candidates debates for the Green Party of Canada leadership contest. In the first instalment: Judy Green, Amita Kuttner, David Merner, Glen Murray, and Annamie Paul. On Wednesday: Meryam Haddad, Courtney Howard, Dimitri Lascaris, Dylan Perceval-Maxwell, and Andrew West.

10:10 p.m. — The Doctor Can See You Now

For nearly a decade, the small town of Chapleau, near Sudbury, went without a regular family physician, leaving the community isolated from consistent health care. In 2005, the new Northern Ontario School of Medicine aimed to change that by training doctors from northern Ontario for northern communities. Former nurse Doris Mitchell, from nearby Brunswick House First Nation, entered the school in midlife. She and two other graduates now serve as family doctors in their own communities, and have become models for innovative rural health care.

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