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The pandemic’s deadly ripple effects
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Apr 29, 2020
Toronto’s University Health Network estimates that 35 Ontarians have died due to postponed cardiac surgeries and Health Minister Christine Elliott says more may have died because of delayed cancer surgery. (iStock.com/nimon_t)

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Delayed surgeries may have caused dozens of deaths

Toronto’s University Health Network estimates that 35 Ontarians have died due to postponed cardiac surgeries and Health Minister Christine Elliott says more may have died because of delayed cancer surgery. Medical procedures deemed non-urgent were postponed starting in mid-March to ensure hospitals could handle a surge of COVID-19 patients.

According to Ontario’s financial accountability officer, the provincial health-care system will spend an additional $3.3 billion this fiscal year, an increase of 5.4 per cent over initial projections.

Ford promises ‘clear’ guidelines for businesses

Premier Doug Ford said the province will this week release “clear, sector-specific guidelines”  for the reopening of businesses. Prabmeet Sarkaria, the associate minister of small business and red-tape reduction, also announced the launch of a new website that lets companies suggest temporary regulatory changes intended to remove some obstacles during the pandemic.

Federal projections show virus is slowing

Modelling released by federal public health officials shows the COVID-19 epidemic in Canada is still growing, but at a slower rate. While the number of new cases was once doubling every three days, it is now doubling every 16 days. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cautioned, “We are not out of the woods yet.” The modelling predicts between 53,191 and 66,835 total cases across the country by May 5, and between 3,277 and 3,883 deaths. According to CBC News, about 79 per cent of COVID-19 deaths so far have occurred in long-term-care facilities and nursing homes.

TVO.org publishing regional updates

Every day, we will publish a collection of news items from across the province about the pandemic. Please visit TVO.org for the latest. Here is Tuesday’s edition.


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#onpoli: The pandemic’s deadly ripple effect 

Health officials estimate that at least 35 people in Ontario may have died. Podcast hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss the ripple effects that the coronavirus is having on patients in the health-care system. Also, Garima Talwar Kapoor, director of policy and research at the Maytree Foundation, joins the podcast to discuss the province’s decision to deduct the Canada Emergency Response Benefit from social-assistance income. 


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The Agenda: Dealing with cancer’s aftermath

Teva Harrison’s book Not One of These Poems Is About You chronicles the late author's experience living with metastatic breast cancer. Her husband, David Leonard, talks about the posthumous release of this illustrated poetry collection and his experience with love and loss.

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What it’s like at the patient ombudsman’s office during COVID-19

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Ontario’s patient ombudsman’s office has issued a call for whistleblower complaints about the province's long-term-care facilities. Southwestern Ontario reporter Mary Baxter talks with executive director Craig Thompson about the office’s role during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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8 p.m. — The Agenda: Global solidarity or nationalist isolation?

Some countries are responding to COVID-19 with increasingly isolationist policies. But Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, argues that a successful response to the pandemic requires global co-operation. She joins Steve Paikin to discuss.

9 p.m. — Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories

This documentary offers unique insight into the life of Portuguese-born painter Dame Paula Rego, whose work reflects politics, feminism, and personal tragedy. Notoriously private, Rego discusses battling fascism, a misogynistic art world, and manic depression.

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