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30 years after the Montreal massacre
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Dec 06, 2019
Three unidentified women hug each other after laying flowers in front of the Polytechnical School at the University of Montreal on Dec. 9, 1989. (Shaney Komulainen/CP)



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Report finds one in five working Ontarians lack drug coverage

A Wellesley Institute study estimates that 1.5 million workers in Ontario don’t have prescription medication insurance, the Toronto Star reports. The study also found that people of colour are significantly more likely to lack coverage. For example, 28 per cent of visible minorities with full-time work have no drug plan; that figure drops to 18 per cent for full-time workers who are white. The numbers are even more stark in part-time employment, at 41 per and 26 per cent, respectively.

Clergy sexual abuse survivors create public list of accused priests 

An advocacy group has released a list of priests accused of preying on minors after what they say is a lack of action on the part of the Catholic Diocese of London, the CBC reports. The list, posted to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests website, includes 36 clergy members charged with or convicted of abuse, or linked to victims who successfully sued or settled with the church for more than $50,000. Most of those named on the list are now dead. The diocese told the CBC it couldn’t comment on a list it hadn’t seen, and that it works with survivors to respond to their individual needs.  

Waitlists for organ transplants go up, even as donations increase 

A new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information says that the 33 per cent increase in organ donations between 2009 and 2018 is not enough to meet a growing demand for transplants. Over that period, for instance, the number of Canadians diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease has increased 32 per cent. There were more than 4,300 people on organ waitlists across Canada at the end of 2018; 223 people died that year waiting for a transplant.  Health Sciences North, however, may have a blueprint for other hospitals to substantially boost donation rates: according to the Globe and Mail, in recent years the Sudbury hospital’s “conversion” rate of potential into actual donors has ranged from 91 per cent to 100 per cent, far above the provincial average, due to a comprehensive training program. 

Nipissing–Timiskaming MP elected Speaker

Liberal Anthony Rota staged an upset, defeating incumbent and fellow Liberal Geoff Regan in a vote by MPs to choose a Speaker for the new minority Parliament. According to Tonda MacCharles of the Toronto Star, Rota’s election received especially large cheers from the opposition, who had repeatedly clashed with Halifax West MP Regan during his time as Speaker.  “Just think, every time you get up, let’s make sure our friends, family, and children are all proud of us within this House,” Rota told MPs after his victory. “That’s all I ask.”

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The Agenda: Engineering after the Montreal Massacre 

The Agenda discusses the legacy of the 1989 École Polytechnique shooting, and what progress the country has made on violence against women — particularly in the area of engineering and other traditionally male domains. Shivani Nathoo, a recent graduate and engineer-in-training at Hatch Ltd., says that while she hasn’t experienced overt misogyny in her classes or at work, “We tend to talk about sexism and misogyny as a thing of the past. But it is on the rise, and I feel it today in micro-aggressions that can build up and chip away at confidence.”

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Toronto’s big un-green condo problem 

Toronto skyline
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More than 1,000 condo buildings have gone up in Toronto in the past 20 years — but have developers involved in the condo boom paid enough attention to energy efficiency? Ontario Hubs assistant editor Josh Sherman investigates. “The heating and cooling of buildings is responsible for 52 per cent of Toronto’s greenhouse-gas emissions,” he writes. “So, as the city works to reduce its carbon footprint through initiatives such as the Toronto Green Standard, staff are turning their attention to the glass condo towers that are already here.” 

Tonight on TVO

7 p.m. — Full Steam Ahead 

In the final episode of this series about the advent of railways, historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands, and Peter Ginn find out out how the combination of increased leisure time and affordable rail transport ushered in a freer lifestyle for working-class Victorians. 

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Breaking the Harvey Weinstein story  

It’s been two years since a New York Times investigation into the conduct of film mogul Harvey Weinstein was published, opening a floodgate for more accusations of sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood and beyond. Megan Twohey, one of the reporters behind the investigation and co-author of the new book She Said, joins The Agenda to discuss the story behind the story and her thoughts on the future of the #MeToo movement. 

From the archive

April 2003 — Shawn Desman on the “sound of the 6ix” 


Long before Drake sang about the “6ix”, Toronto hip hop artist Shawn Desman felt strongly about naming the city of his origins. “I definitely think it’s important to represent where you are from. I mean, it’s kind of like selling out if you don’t.” As his 2002 hit single, “Get Ready,” climbed the charts, he appeared on VOX to talk about his early voice and dance training. The Juno award-winning producer is still active in entertainment as the co-founder of the MOVE Dance Competition. 

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