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Province unveils COVID-19 safety guide for workplaces
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jun 22, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced yesterday that unemployed workers can access the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for an additional eight weeks. (Lars Hagberg/CP)



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CERB extended for 8 weeks

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced yesterday that unemployed workers can access the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for an additional eight weeks. That brings the total number of weeks people can draw from the CERB to 24.

Trudeau also announced that travel restrictions on the Canada-U.S. border have been extended an additional month until July 21.

Province unveils COVID-19 safety guide for workplaces

The provincial government has released a downloadable “toolkit” on how businesses can prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their workplaces. It includes information on how to implement virus-control measures, the use of face coverings, and other personal protective equipment workers may require. "As more regions enter Stage 2 of reopening, we want to give businesses the tools and resources they need to adapt and succeed in this new environment," Premier Doug Ford said.

Study shows ‘significant increase’ in COVID-19 among under-20s

Researchers at the University of Guelph say the number of people under 20 years old coming down with COVID-19 in Ontario is climbing. “They are not the biggest caseload at this point, but they are increasing at the highest rate," lead researcher Ed McBean tells CBC News. He adds he can’t say why the number is rising, but says he suspects that many young people are becoming increasingly tired of lockdown measures. publishing regional updates

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

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The Agenda: Do pandemics split us apart or bring us together?

How has the pandemic altered social trust? And what does this reveal about human nature, for good or ill? The Agenda welcomes Steven Taylor, author of The Psychology of Pandemics, and Laura Spinney, author of Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World, to examine the history and psychology of pandemics and their impact on social trust.

Employable Me: Becca and Riley

Becca, a young violinist, has struggled to find employment since graduating high school three years ago. Her Tourette's Syndrome presents in the form of uncontrollable roaring, which makes finding an accepting work environment a challenge. Riley is passionate about making pizza. He has a form of autism spectrum disorder and finds job interviews difficult.

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This all-abilities musical-theatre group won’t let COVID-19 hold up the show


London’s Dreams Come True Music Studio welcomes participants of all ages and all abilities. Leslie Garrett writes about how the group is keeping their program going with virtual performances.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: What does defunding the police actually mean?

In the past few weeks, there have been calls in jurisdictions across North America to defund police. To discuss what that would mean in Canada, The Agenda welcomes Michael Bryant, executive director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association; Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto; and Lori Anne Thomas, a criminal defence lawyer at Thomas Defence.

9 p.m. — Fake or Fortune: Delaroche

The team investigates a mysterious unsigned painting in Castle of Park, a grand house in Aberdeenshire now run as a bed and breakfast. The owner's late husband, an art dealer, believed it was a lost masterpiece by 19th-century French artist Paul Delaroche.

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