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More money for schools in pandemic hotspots
The province announced it will spend an additional $35 million on schools in Peel, Ottawa, Toronto, and York Region. A government press release says the money will be used to hire more staff and to improve remote learning. As of yesterday, the province reported 335 schools with at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 — nearly 7 per cent of all publicly funded schools.
Ontarians want scaled-back Thanksgiving and Halloween
A survey by Campaign Research for the Toronto Star found that one-third of Ontarians think Thanksgiving celebrations should be limited to those living in a single household — and an additional 48 per cent think the guest list should be kept below 10. Only 10 per cent of respondents said people should be able to celebrate however they want.
With regards to Halloween, 60 per cent of poll respondents said children shouldn’t be allowed to go trick-or-treating this year.
Motion designed to avoid snap-election passes unanimously
The Ontario legislature unanimously passed a motion by Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter that declared “it would be reckless and unnecessary” for Ontarians to go to the polls before the next scheduled provincial election in 2022. Some were concerned that Doug Ford’s government was preparing for an early election, but the Tories joined the opposition in supporting the motion.
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COVID-19 cases are up, and Ontario’s testing system is faltering. Columnist Matt Gurney says that’s a recipe for only one thing: another lockdown.
#onpoli: Who would make the call on the next shutdown?
Toronto’s medical officer of health Eileen de Villa asked the province for new health measures, such as closing indoor dining. So far, the premier has refused — but some argue de Villa could do it herself.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: What to do about Russia
What does Russia want from the next decade? And what is it willing to do to get it? Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, joins host Steve Paikin to discuss.
10 p.m. — Shadow of Gold
The gold industry is as lucrative as it is controversial. The first episode of this two-part documentary links the fortunes of mining companies to pollution and corruption worldwide. Discover what our lust for gold costs — and who pays the price.