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The trouble with Tarion new-home warranties
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Nov 15, 2019
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario says it’s preparing for work-to-rule action beginning on Nov. 26.(



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Elementary teachers prepare work-to-rule campaign

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario says it’s preparing for work-to-rule action beginning on Nov. 26, the Canadian Press reports. “The action targets ministry and school board administrative tasks and does not impact on students,” the union says in a news release. ETFO represents 83,000 elementary public-school teachers across Ontario, making it Canada’s second-largest teachers’ union.

Environmentalists criticize proposed changes to Ontario pesticide rules

A bill announced by the Ontario government last month has drawn criticism from an environmental coalition that includes Environmental Defence and the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association, The Globe and Mail reports. The coalition is concerned that the proposed changes will make it more difficult for the province to track the use of the neonicotinoids, which studies suggest are linked to dramatic declines in bee populations around the world. The province, farmer organizations, and pesticide manufacturers, however, support the changes and say they would reduce unnecessary paperwork.

Ontario commits money for Indigenous economic development

Ontario Minister of Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford has announced $540,000 in funding through the province’s Indigenous Economic Development Fund, reports. The money is aimed at spurring economic development in six Nishnawbe Aski Nations in northern Ontario: Fort Albany, Moose Cree, Webequie, MoCreebec, Neskantaga, and Chapleau Cree. “They need to have a solid starting point to begin their economic-development planning, which is why today’s announcement is so significant for these communities,” said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler.

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The Agenda: The trouble with Tarion

If you purchased a newly built home in Ontario in the past 40 years or so, it likely came with warranty protection from the Tarion Warranty Corporation. The industry regulator is sometimes the last hope for consumers locked in disputes with developers and homebuilders. But Tarion is not without its critics, and earlier this year, Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk delved into the activities of the private corporation, which was established in 1976 by the provincial government as the Ontario New Home Warranty Program. She discusses her findings with Steve Paikin. 

Food Unwrapped: Milking It

Food journalist Kate Quilton visits France to find out if a daily glass of wine really does have health benefits. Matt Tebbutt learns how dairy farmers get exactly the right amount of fat in every pint of skimmed milk. 

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7 p.m. — Full Steam Ahead

The advent of cross-country railways had far-reaching effects, such as transforming the British diet. Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn load a flock of sheep onto a train to discover how the mass transportation of livestock by rail forever changed the quality and quantity of meat available to Victorian consumers. This new capability gave birth to the traditional British roast.

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Michael Ignatieff on liberalism in search of a new self

Steve Paikin speaks with Michael Ignatieff, who is now rector and president of the Central European University, about his institution’s ongoing battle with the Hungarian state, populist unrest in Europe, and the former federal Liberal leader’s impressions of Canada’s recent election.

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