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Pikangikum First Nation declares state of emergency
In response to a growing forest fire, officials have declared a state of emergency in Pikangikum First Nation, a fly-in community of 3,800 people in northwestern Ontario. Residents are being evacuated to Kapuskasing and Thunder Bay, but, as the CBC reports, the evacuation will be no easy matter: the fire is only about a kilometre away, and smoke could interfere with attempts to leave by air.
Dragon’s Den, small-town style
Small-town retail strips with empty storefronts may be an increasingly common sight across the country, as more Canadians than ever are leaving rural communities. But one town just north of London has a solution: giving prospective entrepreneurs a year of rent-free store space to launch their ventures. Earlier this year, residents of Clinton raised $60,000 and held a Dragon’s Den-style competition to pick five winners — among them a book store, a bridal shop, and a wellness clinic. Contest organizer and local resident Angela Smith told the CBC that the town’s recent retail decline was largely the result of competition from online retail and big-box stores.
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During the Second World War, a group of Indigenous soldiers served as Code Talkers, sending messages in such languages as Navajo, Cherokee, and Cree as a means of encryption. This week, Louis Levi Oakes, who had been the last surviving Mohawk member of the group, died at the age of 94. Born on the Akwesasne reserve, in Quebec, Oakes became an iron worker after being discharged from the United States Army in 1946. As the Globe and Mail reports, he kept his wartime duties a secret from his family until a few years ago, when the U.S. began ramping up efforts to acknowledge those who had taken part in the Code Talkers program.
How did Toronto transit get so political? In the second part of his three-part series, Matt Gurney looks at why a change in government in Ontario usually means a new, and sometimes wildly different, plan for the TTC. So what kind of a plan does the city need right now? “It’s a long list, and some of it, including ramping up GO train services in the far reaches of the Greater Toronto Area, falls outside the scope of this series,” says Gurney. “But for Toronto itself, there’s a clear standout priority: a subway, in some configuration, that provides new access to downtown.”
"If we didn't have scone back then, we might have starved to death." So says Carl Beaver, father of TVO.org videographer Chris Beaver. Bannock, or scone, as some call it, has a long history with the Indigenous people of North America. Join the elder Beaver at his home in Alderville First Nation as he demonstrates how to prepare bannock (cooking tip: it pairs well with sunfish) and reflects on a lifetime of loving the quick bread.
Kate Humble and her Welsh sheepdog, Teg, continue their journey across the remote Welsh countryside. In this episode, they’re in mid-Wales, herding sheep in Ponterwyd, fly-fishing along the River Elan, and enjoying a canine family reunion in Llangammarch Wells.
Basketball may have been invented by a Canadian, but the game didn’t take off in this country until more than a hundred years later, when the Raptors first took the court in 1995. Today, the NBA features a number of Canadian-born players, we have a strong national team, and the Raptors are heading to their first-ever NBA finals. Nam Kiwanuka talks to former Raptors coach Jay Triano about the rise of basketball in Canada, his tenure with the team, and his new memoir, Open Book: Canadian Basketball and Me
In this episode of People Patterns, watch as farmers from the Upper Ottawa Valley discuss (and sing about) their family histories in the area and why it’s important to keep local traditions alive — and check out some beautiful countryside vistas and a variety of adorable barnyard animals.