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Should park-goers get tested?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on May 26, 2020
The province has delayed its plan to loosen public-gathering restrictions. (Frank Gunn/CP)

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Province not loosening gathering restrictions yet

The province has delayed its plan to loosen public-gathering restrictions and move to a 10-person, rather than a five-person, maximum. Health Minister Christine Elliott says that a recent uptick in new COVID-19 cases — likely stemming from the Mother’s Day weekend — has made the government hesitant to act. “It is something that will be coming forward, but it has been pushed back a little bit,” she said.

Meanwhile, Premier Doug Ford urged the thousands of Torontonians who gathered at Trinity Bellwoods Park on Saturday to get tested for the virus. “I'm disappointed, to say the least, with everyone who showed up at Trinity Bellwoods on Saturday," Ford said. "Why don't you do us all a favour and get tested now?” However, Barbara Yaffe, Ontario's associate chief medical officer of health, said park-goers should instead self-monitor for 14 days and avoid contact with vulnerable people.

Hospitals take charge of two long-term-care homes

The Ministry of Long-Term Care has ordered two homes to come under hospital management for at least 90 days. Southlake Regional Health Centre will temporarily manage River Glen Haven Nursing Home in Sutton, and Humber River Hospital will temporarily run Downsview Long Term Care in North York. “Despite receiving hospital support for weeks, these homes have been unable to contain the spread of COVID-19,” said a ministry press release.

Trudeau pursues national sick-leave policy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is working with provinces to ensure that every worker gets at least 10 paid sick days a year. “Nobody should have to choose between taking a day off work due to illness or being able to pay their bills,” he said. The federal NDP said its support for suspending the full House of Commons schedule was contingent on the policy. "As more and more businesses are being asked to reopen, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh secured two weeks of paid sick leave for every worker in Canada by pushing the federal government to act," reads a party statement. Sick leave is typically a provincial concern.

TVO.org publishing regional updates

Every day, we will publish a collection of COVID-19 news items from across the province. Please visit TVO.org for the latest. Here is Monday’s edition.


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Digging for Britain: The Romans

Historian Alice Roberts follows an entire year of British archeology, connecting the results of digs and investigations across the country. The results are astonishing — and sometimes disturbing.


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#onpoli: Trouble at Trinity Bellwoods Park 

Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss Saturday's scene at Toronto's Trinity Bellwoods Park, Premier Doug Ford’s stern words for commercial landlords, and Ottawa’s plan to get all Canadian workers 10 paid sick days a year.

On Docs: Bruce Beach’s plan to save the world

Bruce Beach owns the largest private nuclear-fallout shelter in the world, located northwest of Toronto in Horning's Mills. Director Paul Kell followed him for eight years for The Dawnsayer, which examines Bruce's complicated legacy, eccentricities, successes, and failures.


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Why Doug Ford may have to rescue Toronto 

Someone is going to have to bail out Toronto, which is facing a multibillion-dollar budget hole. If Justin Trudeau won't, it may come down to the premier. "The responsibility for Ontario’s cities and towns will fall on Doug Ford’s shoulders (where it actually belongs, in any case)," writes columnist John Michael McGrath. "He’s not premier by accident or happenstance: he wanted this job and worked hard to get it. The job description might not have included 'dealing with a global pandemic' when he won the 2018 election, but it absolutely did include 'keep Ontario’s cities from collapsing due to unforeseen emergencies.'"

Playing chicken with the law in Thunder Bay

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Unlike some Ontario municipalities, Thunder Bay does not allow backyard chickens on residential properties. TVO.org’s northwestern Ontario reporter Charnel Anderson reports on a new pandemic-fuelled interest in urban agriculture. “While Canadian chicken farmers have lowered their production more than 10 per cent in response to market changes,” she writes, “including reduced demand from food-service industries, a number of hatcheries in Ontario and Manitoba say they’re experiencing a rise in sales to first-time chicken owners.”


Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Documenting wrongful arrests

The Agenda welcomes filmmaker Martin Himel to discuss The Arrest, a TVO Original documentary. The film follows Ontarians whose lives have been shattered by wrongful arrests.

9 p.m. — The Arrest

In Ontario, 44 per cent of those arrested eventually have their charges dropped, but the arrest and judicial process leave many permanently scarred. Toronto lawyer Davin Charney fights for the wrongly charged.

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