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Can we have politics without politicians?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 21, 2020
On July 7, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, shown here at a COVID-19 briefing at Queen's Park on June 29. (Frank Gunn/CP)

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Province extends emergency orders

The province is extending several orders related to COVID-19 until November 21, meaning the government can continue to close businesses and limit public gatherings, among other emergency powers. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said in a statement that the orders are necessary as we approach cold and flu season.

The province reported 821 new coronavirus cases yesterday, and 508 schools have reported at least one infection among students or staff — more than 10 per cent of all publicly-funded schools in Ontario.

Only 5 per cent of cases reported to COVID Alert app  

A CBC News analysis found that only 5 per cent of new coronavirus cases in Ontario have been reported through the national COVID Alert app since it was launched in late July. However, public health experts say they still think the app, which has been downloaded onto 4.7 million phones across Canada, is helping fight the pandemic. "I don't think that it was reasonable to think that this app was going to be our silver bullet," said Emily Seto of the University of Toronto. "This is one tool. We're in a situation right now where we should use every single tool that we have to help."

Ottawa police officer found not guilty in death of Abdirahman Abdi

A judge found Ottawa police constable Daniel Montsion not guilty of manslaughter, aggravated assault, and assault with a weapon in the 2016 death of Abdirahman Abdi. Montsion repeatedly struck Abdi, who was unarmed, in the face and head with reinforced gloves during an arrest. Abdi suffered a heart attack and later died in hospital. Justice Robert Kelly called the decision a “close call.” Lawrence Greenspon, the lawyer for the Abdi family, said, “there is still a very real need for meaningful change to take place. One is too many.”

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The Agenda: Politics without politicians


Polls show that politicians are seen as increasingly untrustworthy. What if we just did away with them altogether? The Agenda welcomes Garry Keller, former chief of staff to Canada’s foreign minister, John Baird; Clifton van der Linden, assistant professor of political science at McMaster University; and Vass Bednar, a public policy consultant, to discuss.

Margin of Error


With the 2019 Canadian federal election as its backdrop, Margin of Error examines how a small Ottawa startup uses artificial intelligence and public social media data to forecast voter behaviour. The new technology also comes with questions about its accuracy, the threat to citizens' privacy, and our democracy itself.

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Ontario’s blue-bin program is in serious trouble

In the midst of a pandemic, it may be hard to care all that much about your blue bin. But columnist Matt Gurney says our waste-management systems are in crisis — and the Tories’ solution just dumps the problem onto someone else.

How teachers are hired in Ontario is about to change

Starting next week, teachers will be hired according to merit rather than seniority. Not all support the move — or when and how it was made.

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Word Bomb: Nice

How has this once-innocuous word been co-opted by the darkest corners of the internet? Artist Shelby Lorman joins hosts Pippa and Karina to discuss.

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