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Sticky situation at the pumps, a Kingston radio station’s captive audience, and will this internet thing catch on?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on May 3, 2019
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Good morning, Ontario

Here's what we're following

Saskatchewan court to rule on carbon tax today

Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal will issue its ruling today on whether the federal carbon tax is constitutional. Ontario’s Court of Appeal heard a similar case launched by the Progressive Conservative government last month, though no date for a decision has been announced. Regardless of how the two courts rule, it’s expected the Supreme Court will make the final call on the matter.

Two key carbon tax foes also happen to be meeting in Toronto today: Premier Doug Ford and new Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will be at Queen’s Park this morning to discuss the carbon tax, the federal government’s controversial environmental assessment Bill C-69, pipelines, and interprovincial trade.

I declare a sticker war: Green Party plans to issue its own gas pump stickers

In response to the Ford government forcing gas stations across the province to put anti-carbon tax stickers on their pumps, Ontario’s Green Party is offering those same stations stickers that urge action on climate change. While the government’s stickers say “The federal carbon tax will cost you,” the Green stickers say “Climate change will cost us more.” Considering a Charter challenge has already been threatened over the Tory government’s proposed campaign, it’s not certain if either plan will actually … stick.

Melting permafrost could rapidly alter the northern landscape, study warns

A study published in the journal Nature has found that permafrost in Canada’s north, including northern Ontario, is melting much more quickly than expected. Permafrost is ground that has been frozen for years — sometimes even for millennia. As it thaws, the organic carbon from plants and animals that were once frozen within it starts to decompose, releasing greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide. The University of Guelph's Merritt Turetsky, lead author of the study, says the ground is collapsing so quickly that it’s swallowing up the instruments scientists use to study it. “We were collecting data on a forest and all of a sudden it’s a lake,” she told the Canadian Press.

Hockey legend Red Kelly dead at 91

Hockey Hall-of-Famer Leonard Patrick “Red” Kelly died Thursday at age 91. Kelly won eight Stanley Cups. He also served as member of Parliament for the riding of York West from 1962 to 1965 — while still a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Steve Paikin wrote about Kelly’s life and legacy just after he turned 90 in 2017.

What we're tracking

The Digital Publishing Awards has announced its nominees list for 2019, and TVO is pleased to have received two nods!’s Chantal Braganza received a nomination in the Best Column category for her writing on social issues, along with Sarah Sweet for editing the columns. And a huge congratulations to Kathy Vey, executive producer of digital content, who will receive this year’s Digital Publishing Leadership award for her career contributions to online journalism.

Watch Now

In the 1970s, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission set programming standards for Canadian content to help boost the profile of Canadian musicians and filmmakers alongside their higher-budget cohorts to the south. But with global streaming services such as Netflix and Apple on the scene, can Canadians continue to compete? The Agenda discusses the future of CanCon in this new digital landscape.

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What the Progressive Conservatives’ changes to OSAP mean for these students

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The Ford government’s recent changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program will have some students relying more on repayable loans than grants to fund their education. Ontario Hubs assistant editor H.G. Watson surveyed a few students to find out if their school and career goals have changed under this new funding model. “I'm either going to have to get another job [or] apply for more bursaries and grants,” says one student. “It's not completely set me off of my initial path, but it's creating doubt.”

Why prisoners are tuning into this campus radio station

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David Rockne Corrigan

Broadcasting from Queen’s University in Kingston, CJRC Radio has cultivated an unlikely listener demographic: inmates from nearby correctional facilities. Eastern Ontario Hub reporter David Rockne Corrigan writes about how the station’s monthly phone-in show, Calls from Home, has become a lifeline for families and friends with loved ones in prison — not only by keeping them in touch, but by relaying important information about prison policies on family visits.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. The Agenda: Taking action on mental health on campus

A rising demand for mental health care services on campuses across Ontario has administrations grappling with which services are most needed, and how best to implement them. The Agenda speaks to representatives from Queen’s University, McMaster University, and the University of Guelph to discuss why it’s time to go beyond just an awareness of the problem to find viable solutions. 

From the Archives

January 11, 1996 - Is the internet here to stay?

Today it may seem as though our whole lives take place online. But back in the nascent days of the internet, people thought this possibility was more likely hype than a good plan. Part of that assumption was because nobody could figure out how the internet could be regulated — a theme that lingers to this day in discussions about digital communications. In this Studio 2 segment from 1996, Steve Paikin talks to two online trailblazers of the time: Cory Doctorow and Bill Washburn. They debate the viability of online content and whether the internet would catch on. ​​​​​​​

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