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Studies find Ontarians struggling as income gap grows
Two surveys show that as the pandemic increases income inequality, many people don’t know where to turn. A poll by Angus Reid Group on behalf of BDO Canada finds that while one in five Canadians say they are better off financially since the pandemic, two in five say their personal finances deteriorated during the first wave.
Another poll conducted by Angus Reid Group for the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies finds that more than half of Ontarians say they wouldn’t know how to access social services if they were in need. Sixty per cent said they would not know how to help a family member get services.
Red Cross to assist seven long-term care homes
The province is preparing to announce which long-term care homes will receive assistance from the Canadian Red Cross during the pandemic’s second wave. The organization will “help assess and stabilize the situation” in seven homes, according to federal public safety minister Bill Blair. Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath said the province is unprepared. “After weeks of insisting that long-term care facilities were ready for a second wave of COVID-19, the Ford government is once again scrambling to contain outbreaks,” she said in a statement.
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Province offers $300 million to help restaurants during new lockdown measures
Premier Doug Ford announced a $300-million plan to help restaurants and other businesses struggling as a result of new public health measures. The money will help offset fixed costs such as property taxes and utility bills for eligible businesses in Ottawa, Toronto, and Peel.
Fifty years ago, a homegrown terror group launched a violent campaign for Quebec’s independence. The Agenda explores the roots of the October Crisis and examines its lasting emotional impact.
Striking Balance: Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve
Quebec's Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve prides itself on working toward a sustainable future. But its biggest project is tested by North America's largest hydro-electricity reservoir.
If the Tories are going to keep the economic pain to bearable levels, they need to figure out how to outpace a virus. “Neither the premier nor Williams wants to admit it, but this is what failure looks like,” writes columnist John Michael McGrath. “They were warned, they hesitated, and, because they didn’t act in time, the measures we need to take now will be more stringent and longer-lasting than they would have been if the province had acted sooner.”
Every year since the Spanish flu outbreak in 1919, people have made a pilgrimage to the town to honour the Polish men who died at a military training camp — and the “angel of mercy” who cared for them.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Leading Luminato
Toronto's Luminato Festival has a new CEO. Celia Smith joins host Steve Paikin to discuss her appointment and the role the festival can play in the pandemic.
9 p.m. — Fake or Fortune Series 7: Episode 2
Art detectives Fiona Bruce and Philip Mould head to France to take on a daunting challenge. Can they reverse a decision about sketch books possibly drawn by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec?