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Several senior leaders left Public Health Ontario in the year before the pandemic and were never replaced, the National Post reports. Former staff members say funding cuts and the loss of senior expertise left the agency ill-prepared to handle COVID-19. Agency spokeswoman Janet Wong responded via email: “[As] with the majority of publicly funded organizations in Ontario, Public Health Ontario has had to streamline our operations to align with fiscal realities … However, these staff changes have not impacted PHO’s ability to respond to the pandemic.”
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Colin Ellis speaks with Nam Kiwanuka, host of The Agenda in the Summer, about Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th. The 2016 film looks at the rise of mass incarceration in the U.S., from its roots in slavery through the Jim Crow era and beyond. They discuss how racism is still an uncomfortable subject for many to talk about and how racist portrayals of Black people in the media inform the way they’re treated by the justice system.
With the country continuing to reopen, Steve Paikin speaks with Peter Loewen, from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, about how Canada’s COVID-19 response measures up to global counterparts.
As the days shorten and the temperature drops, the inhabitants of Nunavik, Que., prepare to face the approaching Arctic winter. Muskoxen fatten up while ptarmigans hunt for berries, and Inuit residents make use of the last warm days of the year.
Premier Doug Ford had stern words for farmers in Windsor-Essex: “I'm going to tell it the way it is: farmers just aren't co-operating there and sending out the people to get tested.” Columnist John Michael McGrath wonders if this new tone is a sign of things to come. “Any farmers who think they can continue to gamble on infinite goodwill from the premier’s office, even in a pandemic, might consider that what we heard yesterday sounded a lot like what we were hearing from the premier about commercial landlords in May,” he writes.
The pandemic has interrupted training for dogs for people who have visual or hearing impairments, disabilities, epilepsy, autism, or diabetes. Hamilton and Niagara reporter Justin Chandler examines what that means for the dogs — and for the people who rely on them.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Green Party of Canada leadership debate, part two
In the second instalment of the Green Party of Canada leadership debate, Meryam Haddad, Courtney Howard, Dimitri Lascaris, Dylan Perceval-Maxwell, and Andrew West face off.
9 p.m. — Fake or Fortune: Rodin
A sketch attributed to painter Auguste Rodin brings the team to a forgery scandal that has rocked the French art establishment.