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‘Concerning’ jump in COVID-19 cases reported
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 22, 2020
Ontario reported 203 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, the largest one-day total since mid-June. (



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Province sees ‘concerning’ jump in COVID-19

Ontario reported 203 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, the largest one-day total since mid-June. “While one day of data, today’s increase is concerning,” Health Minister Christine Elliott wrote on Twitter. A recent spike in Ottawa has been linked to young people attending parties. “Guys, you have to rein it in. It is as simple as that,” Premier Doug Ford said. “I don’t know why everyone wants to party so badly but enough.”

Waitlist for autism services grew to 27,600 last year

A new report by Financial Accountability Officer Peter Weltman says the waitlist for children’s autism services in Ontario grew to 27,600 last year — and that the government’s current budget will leave 23,000 kids without proper care next year. “If you as an MPP think, ‘Well, no, we really should clear the waitlist completely,’ then our report says, ‘OK, but that’s going to cost about $1.35 billion in year one,” Weltman said.

Housing advocates warn of flood of evictions

Housing advocates told the Toronto Star that a bill poised to pass the Ontario legislature would make it easier for landlords to evict tenants. Under Bill 184, a tenant who can’t meet the terms of a repayment agreement can be evicted without a hearing before the Landlord and Tenant Board. “I think a rubber-stamping approach to these evictions is a fear tenants and housing advocates have,” said Dania Majid of the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario.

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The Agenda in the Summer: Rediscovering Métis roots

Jesse Thistle joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss his experience with absent parents, homelessness, incarceration, and his ultimate reconnection to his Métis heritage. His book, From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way, debuted last year.

Employable Me

Daniel, diagnosed with both autism spectrum disorder and Tourette syndrome, craves independence and would love to find a career path in music or film editing. George, a blind track star who has competed for Canada at the Pan Am and Commonwealth Games, loves computers and hopes to work in software development.

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Can Ontario’s economy recover if the U.S. can’t get COVID-19 under control?

Ontario and Canadian policymakers are desperate to restart the economy. Columnist John Michael McGrath argues that, given our trade ties to the United States, the recovery may be out of their hands. “Obviously, neither Ontario nor Canada has the ability to alter the course of a pandemic outside our borders,” he writes. “And disentangling Canadian companies from their U.S.-based supply chains is the work of years; even if it were possible, it could easily take longer than the development of a reliable vaccine.”

How to protect vulnerable Ontarians during a heat wave — and a pandemic

Heat waves are the most lethal form of natural disaster, taking more lives each year than tornadoes, hurricanes, or cold snaps. This year, COVID-19 is exacerbating already significant risks. Journalist Audrey Carleton examines how we can protect Ontario’s most vulnerable.

What new legislation means for home and community care in Ontario


Bill 175 changes who is responsible for administering home and community care. Southwestern Ontario reporter Mary Baxter speaks to advocates who worry it also opens the door to further privatization.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: 30 years after Oka

The Agenda reflects on the lasting significance of the 1990 Oka Crisis, in which a land dispute led to a 78-day standoff outside Montreal between a group of Mohawk people and the police, and later with Canadian soldiers.

9 p.m. — Alberto Giacometti by Stanley Tucci

Actor Stanley Tucci has long been obsessed with the great modernist artist Alberto Giacometti. In this documentary, he explains why Giacometti was one of the most relentlessly honest and enquiring artistic minds to have ever lived.

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