TVO.org Daily: Friday, April 12

Autism funding limbo, an Ontario Hubs reunion, and what you need to know about Ontario’s 2019 budget
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on April 12, 2019
Premier Doug Ford and Finance Minister Vic Fedeli in the Ontario legislature
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What you need to know about the Ontario budget

Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government tabled its first budget yesterday, and TVO.org has you covered. John Michael McGrath highlights three things you need to know about Ontario’s 2019 budget. Steve Paikin explains what made Finance Minister Vic Fedeli’s budget speech unique. H.G. Watson details what the budget means for northern Ontario. And Chantal Braganza looks both at what the document has to say about booze, cannabis, and gambling — and at how its approach to child care will affect parents and kids across the province.

For more in-depth analysis, watch The Agenda’s coverage of the 2019 budget, which features Steve Paikin in conversation with opposition critics, and commentary from economic analysts on the virtues and drawbacks of the government’s plans.

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Seven journalists from Ontario Hubs team

TVO.org’s Toronto headquarters welcomed some special visitors this week when the entire Ontario Hubs team gathered to talk about ideas for cross-provincial coverage. “The Hubs team usually meets via online chat from each of our regions, so it was really exciting to have us all together in the same room,” says Hubs assistant editor H.G. Watson. “Some of us were meeting each other in person for the first time. We all feel energized and ready to bring you more of the great reporting we've been working on." In the back row, from left, are H.G. Watson, David Rockne Corrigan, Mary Baxter, and Jon Thompson. Front row, from left: Claude Sharma, Haley Lewis, and Jeyan Jeganathan.


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Arctic wolf family with play button superimposed

Snow Wolf Family and Me

Gordon Buchanan sits still as a stone as the white wolf he affectionately calls Scruffy circles him, sussing out whether he’s dinner or just a harmless object in the Canadian Arctic landscape. In the second episode of this three-part series, watch as Buchanan infiltrates a pack of wolves, gaining their trust to capture their beauty on film — and meet a few pups, safely ensconced in their den.


The Agenda: Budget critics

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government delivered its first budget late yesterday afternoon. Want to make sense of all the dollars and cents? Check out last night’s episode of The Agenda, which featured Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter, New Democrat MPP Sandy Shaw, the Green Party’s Stacey Danckert, and PC MPP Peter Bethlenfalvy, president of the Treasury Board of Ontario — and find out what the budget will mean for you.


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Autism funding vs. Ontario families

In 2016, Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government backed down on some planned changes to the province’s autism program. In 2019, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government did the same thing. What has made autism funding a political flashpoint for two successive governments? In part three of his series “On the Spectrum,” journalist Matt Gurney talks to Lisa McLeod, minister of children, community and social services, about her government’s rationale for its recent funding changes, her response to the anger they’ve triggered, and how Ontario can do better for all children with disabilities.


Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Women in criminal justice

Canada’s criminal-justice system is no longer the boys’ club it once was, as more and more women are entering the legal profession. But racialized women still face obstacles, and pay rates remain unequal. Steve Paikin welcomes the Public Prosecution Service of Canada’s Jennifer Briscoe and criminal-defence lawyer Jill Presser — co-authors of a new book, Women in Criminal Justice: True Cases By and About Canadian Women and the Law — for a discussion of how to make the country’s criminal-justice system more inclusive, equitable, and accessible.


From the archive

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June 20, 1988: Green grows Sudbury

When this People Patterns segment was filmed more than 30 years ago, Sudbury’s population was hovering around 100,000 (it’s since grown to 162,000). The city was dealing with mining and factory closures — and the unemployment spikes that came with them. But residents were feeling optimistic: hear why projects related to green-space development and job retraining were giving Sudburians cause for hope.


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