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Health Canada considers at-home testing
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Sep 02, 2020
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Health Canada open to COVID-19 home testing

Canada’s health ministry has done an about-face on home testing for COVID-19, Reuters reports. “In response to the evolution of the pandemic, Health Canada is now considering applications for home testing devices for screening purposes,” said Cole Davidson, spokesperson for Health Minister Patty Hajdu, in a statement. In June, Health Canada opted not to support home-test kits due to concerns about misuse and result misinterpretation. Public-health experts and doctors have suggested that home testing could be an inexpensive and effective way to help contain the pandemic.

Security expert issues warning about new scams

The head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security is warning that scammers are exploiting fears of data breaches to get information from their marks. “They’re talking about ‘we want to talk to you about the data breach,’” Scott Jones told the Toronto Star. “So now they’re using a cyber security incident to lure you to give more [personal] information. We’re seeing the threat actors really pivoting quickly based on what’s happening in the news media.”

Liberals’ back-to-school whistleblowing website goes live

In what Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca says is an attempt to provide the Progressive Conservative government with “the truth,” his party has launched a back-to-school whistleblowing website, CTV News reports. Through KeepOurSchoolsSafe.ca, students, parents, and education workers can provide anonymous feedback about Ontario’s plan to re-open schools, which have been closed since March. “We want to hear about how teachers, caretakers and support staff have stepped up to help make the transition back to school better, because Doug Ford has been missing in action," Del Duca said in a statement. Premier Doug Ford says he’s willing to shutter schools again if there is a COVID-19 outbreak. "If it really starts taking off, I will not hesitate for a second to close schools down," Ford said at a news conference on Monday.

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The Agenda: Rethinking women's power

The #MeToo movement brought women’s issues to the forefront. Now, grassroots feminist organizations are working to sustain that momentum in order to achieve lasting change. Lauren McKeon joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss her book No More Nice Girls: Gender, Power, and Why It's Time to Stop Playing by the Rules.

Blue Realm: Lions of the Deep

Sea lion populations along the north Pacific coast have been in decline for 50 years. Scientists at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Aquarium are working together to save Canada's largest pinniped, the Steller sea lion.

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Parents and drivers give Ontario’s busing plan a failing grade

More than 830,000 children in Ontario rely on school buses. As school boards across the province hammer out reopening plans with the ministry, Monika Warzecha reports, some parents and drivers are concerned that busing is being treated as an afterthought — and that children’s health and safety could be put at risk.

Why cheap paper COVID-19 tests could be another public-health failure

Inexpensive paper tests for COVID-19 could be a useful rapid-screening tool, or they could mislead Ontarians with false positives. John Michael McGrath explains the benefits and drawbacks of such testing — and the dangers of dismissing it.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Teachers on reopening schools

Premier Doug Ford told teachers concerned about the school year to “step up.” But do they have the tools for a safe and successful school year? What are their concerns? The Agenda welcomes three teachers to discuss.

9:00 p.m. — Brilliant Ideas: Jaume Plensa

Barcelona-born artist Jaume Plensa’s massive sculptures can be found in public squares in Calgary, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo — and his Crown Fountain has been a centrepiece in Chicago’s Millennium Park since 2004. Each of his sculptures expresses something about the city in which it sits.

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