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Long-term care residents to get four hours of care
The province promised that the average hours of daily direct care given to long-term care residents will increase to four hours a day — with a pledge to achieve the goal by 2024-25. The current average is 2.75 hours. Premier Doug Ford said the change “will mean hiring thousands and thousands of new support staff.” NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the change doesn’t go far enough. She is calling for LTC residents to receive a minimum four hours of care, rather than an average of four hours.
Demand for flu shots jumps 400 per cent
Health Minister Christine Elliott said yesterday the province is reaching out to the federal government and international suppliers to ensure it has enough flu vaccinations to meet surging demand. Pharmacies alone have administered 1 million flu shots in Ontario so far in 2020, compared to 250,000 shots at this time last year. “I know there are a number of pharmacies that don’t have any right now because shipments are still coming in,” Elliott said. NDP MPP France Gélinas criticized the government for not securing more doses already. “No one should have to scramble to get a flu shot in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.
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Province’s chief medical officer retiring in February
Health Minister Christine Elliott confirmed yesterday the province is looking for a new chief medical officer of health. David Williams, who has held the role since 2016, is retiring in February.
The Agenda welcomes political satirist P.J. O’Rourke to discuss America’s deepening divisions, the 2020 presidential election, and the future of U.S. politics. His new book is A Cry from the Far Middle: Dispatches from a Divided Land.
The story of the Iraq war told by those who lived through it. Like Waleed Nesyif who was 18 at the outset of war. Nesyif was infatuated with America — the movies he watched with his friends told the story of a life much more free than his own.
The province wants to axe ranked-choice voting. London wants to keep it. Southwestern Ontario reporter Mary Baxter speaks to officials exploring the city’s options.
Before sending his mail-in ballot, Myeengun Henry, of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, reckoned with questions of citizenship and identity — and the complexities of the 1794 Jay Treaty. TVO.org's reporter for Indigenous issues, Shelby Lisk, speaks with Henry before the results are tallied.
It's been a long week for the provincial government — and its only Tuesday. Premier Ford is facing questions about his ties to Charles McVety, whose evangelical Christian College of Canada has applied for university status. McVety, a social conservative who has espoused transphobic and Islamophobic views, publicly supported the premier in his leadership bid.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Teenage Head
The Agenda discusses the story of Teenage Head, Canada’s most notorious punk band, from its Hamilton roots to its place in the 1970s music scene.
9 p.m. — Picture my Face: The Story of Teenage Head
Forty years after sparking the notorious punk rock riot at Ontario Place, Teenage Head is determined to re-enter the limelight. In this TVO Original documentary, the band prepares a new album and a cross-country tour — but founder and lead guitarist Gord Lewis is battling crippling depression. It features appearances by Marky Ramone; writers Jon Savage and Nina Antonia; and rare 16-millimetre colour footage from the 1980 Heatwave Festival. Viewer discretion is advised.