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The truth behind superfoods, diversifying children's lit, and how to end poverty in 15 years
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 30, 2019
File photo of Doug Ford (Jonathan Hayward/CP)



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Ford hires new chief of staff

Former Toronto Sun executive Jamie Wallace has been announced as the official replacement for Dean French, who resigned as Premier Doug Ford’s chief of staff in June after an ongoing series of cronyism scandals. Wallace had been Ford’s deputy chief of staff since January. In addition to serving as vice president of editorial for Sun Media tabloids, Wallace also has experience covering Ontario politics as a Queen’s Park columnist.

Plans for an Ontario French-language university might not be dead after all

Queen’s Park is in talks with Ottawa about reviving the idea of building a French-language university, a project the province cancelled last year. Ontario is trying to get the federal government to split the estimated $126 million bill for the school. The province would like to reach an agreement before the federal election this fall, a spokesperson for Francophone Affairs Minister Caroline Mulroney told the CBC. As has previously reported, Franco-Ontarian communities have been calling for a new French-language university in the province for some time now.

Report says immigrants needed across Ontario, not just the GTA

The Conference Board of Canada is urging the provincial government to encourage more immigrants to settle outside the Greater Toronto Area. A new report by the research group finds that nearly 80 per cent of newcomers make the GTA their home, leaving other parts of the province without enough influx to sustain their communities. The study calls for Ontario to work with municipalities to develop a regionalization strategy that ensures half of immigrants settle outside Toronto and the 905 area. For more on the challenge of directed migration, watch this recent episode of TVO’s The Agenda.

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Don’t Panic: How to End Poverty in 15 Years

Timed to coincide with the United Nations’ newly launched economic development goals at the time, this 2015 documentary reveals how some creative number crunching can offer a hopeful formula to tackling global poverty. While one billion people around the world still live in extreme poverty, Swedish statistician Hans Rosling explains how that number has halved since the UN last set development goals in 2000. With the help of holographic projection technology, he suggests steps towards a solution.

Superfoods: The Real Story 

Can kale support eye health? Does grapefruit really fight fat? And is the sugar substitute xylitol really all that good for your teeth? Every day, it seems, a new food ingredient is touted to have an incredible benefit to human health. But which ones are truly nutritious, and which ones are simply the product of clever marketing campaigns? Food journalist Kate Quilton digs into the science behind them to find out. 

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How the fight for this immigrant neighbourhood became a fight for all immigrant neighbourhoods

people protesting
Photo by Kieran Delamont

In just four years, a multi-billion-dollar developer has demolished dozens of homes and evicted hundreds of residents in Ottawa’s Herongate neighbourhood — a community of 4,000 people largely made up of Somali, Arab, and Middle Eastern newcomers. It’s a gentrification scenario that, sadly, has played out in cities all over the country. Journalist Kieran Delamont speaks to Herongate residents about the fight to preserve the community, and the lawyer who’s bringing a human rights claim against Timbercreek, the real estate company in question.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Diversifying children’s lit  

When half of the characters featured in children’s books are white, and even non-human characters such as animals and trucks outnumber kids of all minority groups combined, the challenges of bringing diversity to kid’s press can seem daunting. Children’s author Zetta Elliott and literary agent Léonicka Valcius talk to Nam Kiwanuka about their experiences working in the genre, and their thoughts on how to push for change.

A night out with TVO

This TVO Original documentary is an unflinching account of a sexual abuse survivor’s legal fight against the Catholic church. Most civil court cases seeking damages due to sex abuse by the clergy are settled out of court and kept quiet. In Prey, Rod MacLeod, who as a boy was abused for years by a Catholic priest and teacher, chooses a public trial to shine a light on this systemic issue.   

Join us afterwards for a panel discussion moderated by Agenda producer and On Docs podcast host Colin Ellis.   

Wednesday, September 25 at 6:00pm 
Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema 
506 Bloor Street West 

Newsletter subscribers receive 50 per cent off with promo code TVOFRIEND. Buy tickets here.

From the archive

October 1997 — All that jazz

Need a jazzy head start to your weekend? Here’s award-winning Canadian composer and pianist David Braid to serenade you with “Like Someone in Love,” a little number written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke. Braid’s career as a composer and performer has spanned three decades.

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