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A baseball family affair, a new breed of white nationalism, and a plea for public health
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on May 24, 2019
Alberta premier Jason Kenney
File photo of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney (Chris Young/CP)



Good morning, Ontario.

Here's what we're following

Alberta’s Kenney could campaign in Ontario during federal election

The Globe and Mail’s John Ibbitson reports that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney may campaign against Justin Trudeau in Ontario’s 905 region during this fall’s federal election. While premiers campaigning for or against federal leaders is nothing new, a premier campaigning in another province against a sitting prime minister is almost certainly unprecedented. Ibbitson suggests it would be Kenney’s job to convince immigrant communities in the 905 area code that Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives would be a safe choice for their votes.

Former health ministers urge Ontario to reverse public health cuts

Ten former Ontario health ministers from across the political spectrum have written an open letter to Health Minister Christine Elliott, asking her to reverse cuts to the province’s public health units. The letter cites the 2003 SARS epidemic, which killed 44 people in Toronto, as evidence of the “devastating impact of failing to invest in public health.” Elliott defended the cuts on Twitter, citing a 2017 Auditor General report and saying that public health units were duplicating work and not delivering consistent service.

Cree chief exonerated after being unjustly convicted 134 years ago

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Saskatchewan Thursday to formally apologize and exonerate Cree Chief Poundmaker, who was accused of instigating violence during the 1885 Northwest Rebellion in Saskatchewan and jailed that same year. Historians now say Poundmaker, whose Cree name was Pihtokahanapiwiyin, prevented a massacre when he stopped his warriors from pursuing federal troops in retreat after they had unsuccessfully attacked the chief’s camp. He was released from prison after less than a year due to poor health and died in 1886.

What we're tracking

Environmental scientists have spent years trying to communicate the devastating impacts climate change is having on the earth — but it can be difficult to help the public understand some of the complexities behind the message. Enter Kate Marvel: the Columbia University and NASA climate change scientist is a regular on the speaker circuit and a Scientific American columnist. The Agenda had her in the studio recently to talk about how scientists haven’t been successful in convincing politicians and the public that climate change is real, and at a crisis point. “Facts are not what changes people’s minds,”, she said. “Stories are what changes people’s minds.” Watch for that conversation on The Agenda next Tuesday.

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The Agenda: A new breed of white nationalism

As hate crimes are on the rise in Canada (up 65 per cent from 2016 to 2017 in Ontario alone, according to Statistics Canada) so are organized groups that define themselves by extreme ideologies: white nationalists, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the alt-right. Dr. Barbara Perry, the director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism, talks to Steve Paikin about the forces that are actively seeking to recruit people to these movements.

Redesign My Brain: Sharpen My Senses

Host Todd Sampson is out to prove that brain training can make a person sharper, more resilient — courageous, even. In this episode, Sampson puts the concept of brain plasticity to the test, honing his senses of sight, hearing, and touch to attempt an incredible challenge: cracking open a safe with a million possible combinations in under an hour.

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Why the urban Indigenous population in Ontario needs more support

Most Indigenous people in the Ontario live off-reserve, and while Indigenous people make up less than 4 per cent of the total population in Ontario, they make up significant portions of homeless populations in big Ontario cities such as Ottawa, Toronto, Sault Ste. Marie, and the Niagara region.’s Haley Lewis digs into to what can be done to help people find adequate housing and access to the social services they need.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: A Baseball Family Affair

As president of the Toronto Blue Jays, Paul Beeston won two World Series rings with the team. His son, Dave Beeston, won two world championships as executive vice president and chief strategy officer of the Boston Red Sox. Both talk to Steve Paikin about what it’s like to share their success in sport as father and son.

From the archive

November 9, 1992 — Camille Paglia

University professor and social critic Camille Paglia made a controversial splash in the early ’90s with her books on sex, art, and Madonna as the future of feminism. Cultural commentators both at the time and today have criticized her not only for her work, but her verbal attacks on high-profile feminists such as Gloria Steinem, Germaine Greer, and even Hillary Clinton. This 30-year-old Imprint interview reveals what was on the mind of a writer who once wrote, “If civilization had been left in female hands, we would still be living in grass huts.”