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At Queen’s Park, Premier Doug Ford announced measures to protect workers during the pandemic. These include no longer having obtain sick notes for employers and the assurance that workers wouldn’t lose their job if they have to self-isolate or stay home to take care of ill family members. Labour Minister Monte McNaughton said the new legislation would be retroactive to January 25, 2020, when the first coronavirus case appeared in Ontario.
And Health Minister Christine Elliott said Telehealth’s capacity would be boosted by 130 nurses to meet the rising demand for information from the public.
Yesterday’s new COVID-19 cases in Toronto included cases which were unlinked and suggested community spread, said Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s medical officer of health. She asked that the hospitality industry do its partto “flatten the curve” by stopping dine-in services in restaurants, and asked nightclubs, movie theatres and concert venues to close immediately.
As of last night, Ontario had 32 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 177, with 422 cases in all 10 Canadian provinces. Three additional deaths were reported in British Columbia yesterday, all from the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver. This brings the total of COVID-19 deaths in Canada to four.
The Agenda presents the latest on Ontario's response to COVID-19 from Queen's Park. Then, Toronto Mayor John Tory explains what measures the city is taking. We also look at the economic realities of the global pandemic.
As Prince of Wales, George IV was a spendthrift whose debts ballooned in tandem with the royal waistline. But in the third episode of this four-part series, art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon argues that, as a collector, George was one of the great artistic figures of the Romantic age.
Northeastern Ontario Hubs reporter Nick Dunne reports on what’s being done about the spread of COVID-19 in Sudbury. “Health Sciences North opened an assessment centre Friday at 56 Walford Road to ease pressure on the emergency room,” he writes. “To be eligible, you must have a fever and have travelled either internationally or to an affected area such as PDAC (Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference) — or come into contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or someone exhibiting symptoms who has travelled internationally.”
Tonight on TVO
The Agenda: Italy, COVID-19’s European epicentre
In the worst COVID-19 outbreak outside of China, cases and deaths continue to rise in Italy, overwhelming the health-care system. In response, the country of 60 million became the first democratic nation since the Second World War to impose a countrywide lockdown. The Agenda speaks to those on the ground to gain a better sense of how Italy is coping with the outbreak. Tonight’s guests are Ercole Rocchetti, a reporter at Italy’s national public broadcaster, RAI, and Eric Reguly, TheGlobe and Mail’s European bureau chief.
9 p.m. — The Housing Gap: Airbnb: Dream or Nightmare? and Priced Out
Critics say gentrification and the sharing economy have caused housing prices to soar out of reach for many people in the world’s largest cities. Mikael Colville-Andersen, host of TVO's The Life-Sized City, introduces two documentaries airing tonight on TVO: Priced Out and Airbnb: Dream or Nightmare? The former explores how racism has warped Portland’s housing market, and the latter looks at the ways in which Airbnb is disrupting the rental sector.