Good morning, Ontario.
Here's what we're following:
U.S. election too close to call
As of 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, the U.S. presidential election does not have a clear winner. Democratic candidate Joe Biden has a slight lead in the electoral college. Donald Trump falsely declared victory overnight, calling the continued counting of legally submitted votes, “fraud” — a decision that has been widely criticized as both incorrect and dangerous. He also promised to use the courts to prevent ballot counting in key swing states.
According to the New York Times, the election could take several days to determine.
New framework eases some COVID-19 restrictions
The province released a new framework to guide the public health response to the coronavirus pandemic. Each of the province’s 34 public health units will be placed in one of five categories depending on epidemiological data: prevent, protect, restrict, control, or lockdown.
"Based on current trends and the advice of the chief medical officer of health, we're prepared as of Saturday November 7 at 12:01 a.m. to move Ottawa, Peel, and York Region to restrict level," Premier Doug Ford said. "This means gyms and indoor dining will be open with the capacity limits and restricted hours." Ford added that the Toronto will move to restrict level on November 14, on the advice of Mayor John Tory.
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Federal health officials recommend three-layer masks
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said yesterday that the federal government now recommends people use three-layer non-medical masks to protect against COVID-19. The new guidelines say a mask should have two layers made of cotton or another tightly-woven fabric, plus a third layer in the middle made of a filter-type fabric — such as non-woven polypropylene fabric. While the third layer can offer extra protection, Tam added "we're not necessarily saying just throw out everything that you have."
Charities and the non-profit sector employ over 2.4 million Canadians — but the pandemic has made it difficult for many to stay afloat. The Agenda welcomes Paul Taylor from FoodShare Toronto; Bruce MacDonald from Imagine Canada; and Helen Francis of the YMCA Northeastern Ontario, to discuss the future of Canadian charities.
Picture My Face: The Story of Teenage Head
Forty years after sparking the notorious punk rock riot at Ontario Place, Teenage Head is determined to re-enter the limelight. In this TVO Original documentary, the band prepares a new album and a cross-country tour — but founder and lead guitarist Gord Lewis is battling crippling depression. Viewer discretion is advised.
After a bumpy ride, the NBA team finally made its debut — accompanied by “Chippendale lookalikes” and a giant egg. Historian Jamie Bradburn looks back on the team’s expansion season.
Tonight on TVO
7 p.m. — Impossible Railways: Reaching new heights
Tough climbs, perilous descents, and extreme weather conditions make mountains a challenging obstacle for railroad construction. This episode explores how engineers have faced the mighty Swiss Alps, California's Sierra Nevada, and a near-vertical cliff in southern Australia.
8 p.m. — The Agenda: U.S. election fallout
The Agenda calls in a panel of experts to discuss the aftermath of the U.S. election.