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Why two byelection results should make the Liberals nervous
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 28, 2020
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Long-term care commission to grant witnesses anonymity

The province’s long-term care commission will now allow nurses and personal support workers to testify anonymously, CTV News has learned. The provincial government changed the terms of reference at the request of lead commissioner Frank Marrocco. "It's important that we hear from all of the impacted sectors and that they ought not to have any fear coming forward to tell us what they know," said commission lawyer John Callaghan.

Province to add 766 new hospital beds

The province announced it will spend $116.5 million to create up to 766 new beds in 32 hospitals and alternative care facilities across Ontario. The funding is in addition to the $2.8 billion COVID-19 fall preparedness plan. In a statement, Premier Doug Ford said the new beds “will not only ensure we are ready for any surges in COVID-19 cases, but provide patients with the care they need and deserve close to home.”

Toronto-based toy maker buys rights to Rubik’s Cube for $50 million

Spin Master Toys announced it has purchased the rights to the iconic Rubik’s Cube. Indoor diversions and games has been a fast-growing sector of the toy industry during the pandemic, according to CBC News. Hundreds of millions of Rubik’s Cubes have been sold across the world since it was invented in 1974. Spin Master also owns Etch A Sketch, Hatchimals, and Gund, among other games and toys.

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The Agenda: The value of Canadian expats


John Stackhouse joins Nam Kiwanuka to explain why Canadians working or living abroad should be considered strategic assets to Canada and its prosperity. His new book is Planet Canada: How our Expats are Shaping the Future.

Prison Sisters


At 17, Sara was sentenced to prison for running away with her boyfriend in Afghanistan — her time in prison became the 2012 documentary No Burqas Behind Bars. Upon Sara's release, the directors invite her to the film's premiere in Sweden, where she sees life outside Afghanistan for the first time.

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The Liberals just won two byelections — but they should be nervous

The party had tough fights for two of its safest seats. They ultimately triumphed in Toronto, but Steve Paikin says they may not want to pat themselves on the back.

Why high-school history is going through a ‘mind shift’ in Ontario

In a present-day world undergoing significant social change, the province’s teachers are finding new ways to engage students about the past. Reporter Karen Black examines the future of history education in Ontario.

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Word Bomb: Republican

Pippa and Karina take a break from doom scrolling to ring in the U.S. presidential election with an episode on the word republican.

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8 p.m.—The Agenda: Missing from the village

Over seven years, eight men disappeared from Toronto's Gay Village — the victims of a serial killer. Journalist Justin Ling joins The Agenda to discuss his new book, Missing from the Village: The Story of Serial Killer Bruce McArthur, the Search for Justice, and the System That Failed Toronto's Queer Community.

10 p.m. — Michael Mosley vs. The Superbugs

With bacterial infections becoming more resistant to antibiotics, Michael Mosley goes in search of resistance hunters — scientists developing and testing new treatments. Can these pioneers save us from superbugs?

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