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The opposition parties will also have their first chance at question period since early March. Moving forward, the legislature will sit twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from May 19 until at least June 3.
The premier’s office issued a statement saying “we continue to rely on Ontarians to use their best judgment when interacting with individuals from outside their household, e.g., staying six feet apart, ensuring people are symptom free, and continuing to practise proper hygiene."
TVO.org publishing regional updates
Every day, 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.
On Saturdays at Queen’s Park, you can often find a small but noisy cluster of anti-lockdown protesters — among them, COVID-19 vaccine deniers who are hoping to amplify their message. The Agenda discusses anti-vaxxers with Timothy Caulfield, author of The Vaccine Picture; Jennifer Reich, author of Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines; and Samantha Hill, president of the Ontario Medical Association.
The financial accountability office has projected that the province’s deficit could balloon to $41 billion — the largest in Ontario history. Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss what this means for the financial future of the province.
Also on Monday, Premier Doug Ford revealed that two of his daughters had come over for a visit — breaking with public-health recommendations. Paikin and McGrath discuss mixed messages coming out of Queen's Park.
In Chatham-Kent, shelters are trying to accommodate the hidden homeless — people who would normally couch-surf or stay with family and friends. Southwestern Ontario reporter Mary Baxter examines the region’s struggles. “‘From February to March, the homeless count there went from below 90 to more than 200,’ says April Rietdyk, Chatham-Kent’s general manager of health and family services,” Baxter writes. “Rietdyk suspects that physical-distancing rules limiting gatherings to fewer than five people are what triggered the surge.”
With the long weekend approaching, many Ontarians are deciding what do to about their cottage. Steve Paikin examines the growing divide between urbanites looking to escape the city and permanent cottage-country residents worried about health-care capacity and food supplies. “Well, the issue is, what if the virus comes upon you suddenly, and you have to rely on the very finite resources of rural Ontario’s health-care system? What if you run out of food or supplies sooner than you think?” Paikin writes. “We’ve heard plenty of stories about the difficulties the supply chains in more remote areas are facing.”
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Ontario’s economic outlook
Ontario’s financial accountability office released its spring economic outlook, which projects the province's largest-ever deficit. The Agenda welcomes Peter Weltman, the province’s financial accountability officer, to discuss the economic impact of COVID-19.
10 p.m. — Michael Mosley vs. The Superbugs
With bacterial infections becoming more resistant to antibiotics, Michael Mosley goes in search of resistance hunters — scientists developing and testing new treatments. Can these pioneers save us from superbugs?