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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.
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Ontario’s tourism sector has already lost billions of dollars — and summer hasn't even started. The Agenda discusses the state of the industry with Beth Potter, president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario; and Ray Sapiano, owner of the Marten River Lodge.
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.
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.
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.'"
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.