Global National: Aug. 26, 2020 | Feds shell out billions to help Canada’s schools reopen

Global National: Aug. 26, 2020 | Feds shell out billions to help Canada’s schools reopen

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In less than two weeks, most of Canada’s schools are set to reopen and those in the Yukon have already begun classwork. While reopening plans vary from province to province, the concerns don’t. It’s become a source of concern for parents across the country and a flashpoint between teachers’ unions and some provincial governments. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $2 billion to help schools reopen safely. David Akin reports on that story.

Many of Canada’s substitute teachers feel they’ve been left out of back-to-school plans. With COVID-19 expected to cause more illness and absences this year, substitutes may be needed more than ever before. But as Heather Yourex-West explains, there are fears these teachers who work in several schools may help spread the coronavirus.

In the midst of a pandemic, the last thing anyone needs is a natural disaster. But tonight, residents of the U.S. Gulf Coast are in the path of Hurricane Laura. The Category 4 storm is set to make landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border. Thousands of Americans are under mandatory evacuations, made more difficult due to physical distancing measures. Jackson Proskow reports.

Last fall, Ottawa promised to phase out solitary confinement in prisons. Now, a government appointed panel tasked with making sure it happened says it was blocked from doing its job at every turn. It accuses the Correctional Service of not providing data and the minister in charge of avoiding calls. Abigail Bimman explains.

A dire forecast from the Canadian Association of Broadcasters says dozens of private radio and TV stations across the country could be forced to close. Falling ad revenue has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. As Eric Sorensen reports, the CAB is calling on the federal government to change regulations and taxation to help the industry survive.

It’s showtime for Canada’s movie theatre chain. Cineplex has reopened all locations after a six month closure. The company reports it lost over $98 million, a 95 per cent drop in revenue. But it could be lifted by a tent-pull, a showbiz term for a big budget film that becomes a box office hit. As Mike Armstrong explains, there are hopes a new thriller could be the ticket to getting movie goers back in the seat.

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