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Windsor-Essex stuck in Stage 2
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 05, 2020
Ontario reported fewer than 100 new cases of COVID-19 on each of the past two days, with 88 on Monday and 91 on Tuesday. (iStock.com)

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COVID-19 caseload continues to drop

Ontario reported fewer than 100 new cases of COVID-19 on each of the past two days, with 88 on Monday and 91 on Tuesday. “Today, 29 of 34 public health units are reporting fiver or fewer cases, with 16 of them reporting no new cases,” Health Minister Christine Elliott wrote on Twitter.

However, the caseload has not dropped sufficiently in Windsor-Essex, so the region will remain in Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan. The area is still home to outbreaks on local farms. Elliott said Windsor-Essex would remain in Stage 2 “until the data indicates they can safely move to Stage 3.”

Migrant workers raise human-rights concerns

Migrant workers across Canada are concerned about potential human-rights abuses, according to the Globe and Mail. Workers say their movements are restricted by their employers and that they are being overcharged for food, among other concerns. “A Jamaican man who works on an Ontario vegetable farm said he felt he had no choice but to sign a form saying that he voluntarily wouldn’t leave the premises to buy groceries,” write reporters Tavia Grant and Kathryn Blaze Baum. “The form, which the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change advocacy group said is being widely used by employers, states that the worker agrees that the employer or a service will arrange food delivery to the farm.”

Ford on school reopening: ‘It’s not our plan’

Premier Doug Ford said the plan to reopen schools in the fall is not the government’s, but instead was developed by health experts including those at SickKids Hospital. “I fully understand why the parents are nervous,” he said at a press conference yesterday. “I’d be nervous if my kids were back in school.” However, the province’s school-reopening plan runs counter to SickKids’ recommendations, which suggest smaller class sizes.


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The Agenda in the Summer: Reconsidering the bat

Bats have often been vilified — especially lately. But what if we’re thinking about them all wrong? Dr. Nancy Simmons, curator of the department of mammalogy at the American Museum of Natural History; and Dr. Burton Lim, assistant curator of mammalogy in the department of natural history at the Royal Ontario Museum, join The Agenda to discuss the evolutionary history of bats, their essential role in our ecosystems, and what’s putting them at risk.

Water Brothers: Dead Zones

“Dead zones” are bodies of water with greatly reduced oxygen levels, killing off marine life — and they’re becoming increasingly prevalent. Join the Water Brothers to visit habitats that were once teeming with life that are now reduced to biological deserts.


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Advocates call for employer-provided sick days

The federal government has announced a plan for paid sick days during COVID-19 — but many say it doesn’t go far enough. Reporter Zaid Noorsumar speaks to advocates who say the province needs a permanent plan that’s funded by employers.

How cross-border trade works when the border is closed

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Roughly 20 per cent of trade between the United States and Canada crosses the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor. What’s happening to that traffic now? Southwestern Ontario reporter Mary Baxter speaks with border expert Bill Anderson to find out.


Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Endangered eels

A healthy eel population is usually indicative of a healthy ecosystem — and Ontario’s most common eel is now endangered. The Agenda welcomes Steven Cooke, professor and Canada Research Chair in the department of biology at Carleton University; and Patrik Svensson, author of The Book of Eels, Our Enduring Fascination With the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World to discuss.

9 p.m. — Jim Galloway: A Journey in Jazz

Scottish-born saxophonist Jim Galloway emigrated to Canada in 1964 and soon became Canada's ambassador of jazz. He was the co-founder of the Toronto Jazz Festival and made his mark as an impresario and music journalist. This film follows the path of his extraordinary career.

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