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Emergency measures may last into 2021
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 08, 2020
The province has introduced proposed legislation that would allow it to extend existing emergency orders until this time next year. (Frank Gunn/CP)

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Tories hope to extend emergency measures into next year

The province has introduced proposed legislation that would allow it to extend existing emergency orders until this time next year. According to CBC News, the law would allow the government to increase restrictions on specific regions, if needed. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said the legislation will "bridge the gap between the public health measures that were necessary to respond to the initial and immediate threat of COVID-19, and those now needed to support Ontario's safe recovery." The Tories will also seek to extend the state of emergency to July 24 to make sure there are no gaps in measures as the bill takes effect.

Province reports 112 new COVID-19 cases

Ontario reported 112 new confirmed coronavirus cases yesterday, one of the lowest one-day totals since the pandemic began. There have been 36,060 COVID-19 cases in Ontario, with 31,603 of them considered resolved. Two new deaths were reported yesterday, bringing the province’s total to 2,691.

Charities struggling during pandemic

YMCA Canada and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada say they need more direct federal funding to make it through the COVID-19 crisis, according to the Canadian Press. Both organizations have seen their fundraising drop and demands for their services increase since pandemic-related shutdowns began in March.


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The Agenda in the Summer: Race and campus life in Ontario

Author and journalist Eternity Martis joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss her experience as a Black undergraduate at Western University. Her memoir, They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up, was published in March.

Political Blind Date: Guns

Alberta Conservative MP Glen Motz debates Ontario Liberal MP Marco Mendicino debates about legislation to tighten regulations around gun ownership, and whether new rules are strict enough to prevent illegal firearms from being used in violent crimes.


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Families call on government to enforce home-care rules

Under the Family Managed Home Care program, parents can choose their children’s caregivers. But reporter Meagan Gillmore speaks to families who say the province is limiting their options — and that their children are paying the price.

Bringing civility to social media, one tweet at a time

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Last week, Steve Paikin composed a snarky reply to a critic on Twitter and was about to hit send — but then he thought twice. What followed taught him a lesson about civility and compassion.


Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Battling a superbug

Steffanie Strathdee is an epidemiologist. Her husband, Thomas Patterson, is an evolutionary sociobiologist. But this couple’s expertise was no match for an antibiotic-resistant superbug that nearly killed Patterson. They talk to host Nam Kiwanuka about his treatment and recovery — the topic of their book, The Perfect Predator.

9 p.m. — Brilliant Ideas: The iconic public sculpture art of Jaume Plensa

Barcelona-born artist Jaume Plensa’s massive sculptures adorn public squares in such cities as Calgary, New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo. His Crown Fountain has been a centrepiece in Chicago’s Millennium Park since 2004. This film shows how each of his public sculptures expresses something about the city in which it sits.

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