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The horse-racing industry’s very own Sunshine List
You’ve no doubt heard of the Sunshine List, which names all Ontario public sector workers who make $100,000 or more. But the Toronto Star has revealed that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. keeps a separate list of six-figure salaries in horse racing, an industry that’s subsidized by the government to the tune of up to $105 million a year. The most recent list shows that 69 executives and employees at Ontario racetracks earned about $11 million last year, including $751,524 for Jim Lawson, CEO of Toronto’s Woodbine Entertainment Group.
Saugeen Ojibway Nation lays claim to Lake Huron, Georgian Bay
In the first lawsuit of its kind in Canada, an Indigenous community is arguing in court this week that it has title to underwater land. The two groups that make up Saugeen Ojibway Nation say a large swath of Lake Huron’s lakebed, including most of Georgian Bay, forms part of its traditional homelands not surrendered by treaty. The First Nation also says its traditional territory includes what is now the Bruce Peninsula and lands stretching south from Goderich to Collingwood. Should the claim be successful, it’s not clear how much of the peninsula would be affected.
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Ontario communities struggle with rising waters
Bracebridge was still in a state of emergency Thursday, as water levels on the Muskoka River and other waterways continued to rise. Several areas have been recommended for evacuation. Ottawa also declared a state of emergency as the Ottawa River continues to swell. Mayor Jim Watson told reporters Thursday that the city has asked both the province and federal governments for help. The Canadian Armed Forces are also being called in to assist, as the area expects heavy rainfall today and throughout the weekend.
'We are used to people handing us an OHIP card, not a bank card'
That’s a quote from Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario CEO Alex Munter after the hospital released a new price list for autism treatments and services. CHEO used to provide such services through OHIP, but under the government’s new autism plan, parents will now pay for them with provincial grant money.
What we're tracking
The second season of On Docs in on its way! TVO’s podcast about documentaries has a stunning new season planned, featuring interviews with filmmakers from home and abroad about the stories they choose to tell through film, and how. This week, host Colin Ellis sat down with contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei to talk about The Rest, a film that highlights the human face of the global refugee crisis. “It was an intense but captivating conversation about the state of the refugee crisis and the troubling ways we choose to treat fellow human beings,” says Ellis. Watch for it early next month.
The carp are coming! The carp are coming! Almost 50 years after being brought to North America, Asian carp are slowly migrating north. In his new book, Overrun: Dispatches from the Asian Carp Crisis, environmental journalist Andrew Reeves chronicles conservationists’ efforts at keeping the invasive species out of the Great Lakes before it threatens ecosystems and native species. He explains to Steve Paikin why Ontarians should know about this fish.
Six Australians confront their judgments and stereotypes about refugees in this dramatic season finale. The group is split into two. The first visits a camp in Kenya housing tens of thousands of ethnic minorities who fled their homes two years earlier. The second visits Goma and Baghdad, two of the most dangerous cities on Earth. At the end of the journey, both groups reunite in Cambodia to reflect on their experience.
The Progressive Conservative government is cutting funding for public-health agencies. Critics say that will put Toronto’s school-nutrition program at risk. But only city council can create or address those problems, writes Matt Gurney.
Meet a group that is tearing up parking lots to put up a paradise. Depave Paradise aims to help urban areas cut down on stormwater runoff by restoring paved areas such as laneways and oversized parking lots to rain-friendly grass and gardens. David Rockne Corrigan speaks to some of the Ontario volunteers behind this cross-Canada project.
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8 p.m. — The Agenda: The Canadian Premier League
It’s the beginning of a new era in soccer in Canada. The first match in the Canadian Premier League sees the Hamilton Forge face off against the York 9 next weekend. Ontario Hubs field producer Jeyan Jeganathan profiles the two teams.
From the archive
Iron Man. Daredevil. The Hulk. Marvel Comics writer, publisher, and producer Stan Lee was the mind behind some of the most enduring figures in comics culture, from his early days writing for Captain America comics in the 1940s to his death last fall at the age of 95. With many of his creations coming together for the final movie instalment of The Avengers this week, you might want to check out this 1970s interview with him and Mike McManus on the birth and rise of Marvel Comics.