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Long-term care homes neglected to protect hospitals
Doctors have told a commission looking into how more than 1,950 long-term care residents died during the pandemic’s first wave that many homes were directed to keep residents out of hospitals to ensure space for an expected wave of COVID-19 patients. The result was homes overwhelmed by COVID-19 outbreaks. “In the first wave we didn’t understand that the surge was happening in long-term care,” said Evelyn Williams, former president of Ontario Long-Term Care Clinicians. “There were empty beds in the hospital, and in the long-term care home, which was full, [they] could not actually look after everyone who was sick.”
New COVID-19 benefit glitches on first day
Many were unable to apply for the new Canada Recovery Benefit Monday, due to website problems. "The technical issues which impacted the application process for the Recovery Benefits has now been restored. Taxpayers may now resume their applications,” the Canada Revenue Agency said in a statement. The Canada Recovery Benefit, which will pay $500 per week for up to 26 weeks, is for Canadians who missed work because of the pandemic.
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Toronto mosque remains closed following violent threats
A downtown Toronto mosque remained closed Monday night after receiving several threats made over the weekend. "These messages were extraordinarily violent," said Mustafa Farooq of the National Council of Muslims. "And that's why the mosque was shut down and remains shut down." Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Toronto Mayor John Tory have condemned the threats, and police are investigating.
Award-winning science fiction author Robert Sawyer joins The Agenda to discuss his book The Oppenheimer Alternative — which covers an alternate scenario about how America developed the atomic bomb.
Extraordinary Women: Audrey Hepburn
Perimeter Institute: Quantum physics meets data science
TVO@50: In dialogue with the stars
As the host of Dialogue, Richard Ouzounian interviewed Ontario’s actors, choreographers, broadcasters, comedians, and filmmakers. Now, TVO’s former creative head of arts joins host Steve Paikin to discuss his most memorable celebrity interviews — and how arts programming changed during his tenure.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Remembering the October Crisis
Fifty years ago, a homegrown terror group launched a violent campaign for Quebec’s independence. The Agenda explores the roots of the October Crisis and examines its lasting emotional impact.
9 p.m. — Sunken El Dorado
Over the years, more than 3,000 shipwrecks carrying cargoes of precious metal have been found on the ocean floor — and today, access to these riches is now within reach. Companies invest millions each month to comb the seas, but discovery is just the beginning. Who owns the spoils? Is it the nations whose territorial waters host the wreck, the countries originally plundered, or the public at large?
It's TVO's 50th Anniversary Party!
Plus, an interview with legendary TVO alum Martin Short, the premiere of TVO Original Margin of Error, and an Odd Squad marathon for the kids! Learn more.