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Is the TTC’s historic deal the way forward?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 25, 2019
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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and his wife, Gurkiran Kaur, wave to supporters at NDP election headquarters in Burnaby, British Columbia, on October 21. (Nathan Denette/CP)

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Ontario school boards failing to report violent incidents

A CBC analysis has found that at least a third of Ontario school boards have significant gaps or inconsistencies in the school violence statistics they are required to submit to the Ministry of Education. Cases that went unreported include a 2017 incident at Collingwood Collegiate Institute in Simcoe County District School Board, where Taza DeLuna, who was 14 at the time, suffered a head wound after classmates rammed him into a door frame. He ultimately needed staples to close the gash, but “the vice-principal just told me to wash the blood off of my head,” DeLuna recalls.


Ford strikes conciliatory tone toward Trudeau

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the time has come to “put the politics aside.” In a Thursday morning radio interview, Ford said he’s ready to work with the re-elected federal Liberals, even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeatedly attacked him on the campaign trail. “I realize it’s politics, and that’s what it came down to,” he said on Ottawa’s Newstalk 580. “People expect us to work with him and get infrastructure projects done."


First Nation declares state of emergency over drugs, water

North Spirit Lake First Nation in northwestern Ontario says an addiction epidemic and a breakdown of its water system has caused “widespread crisis” in the community. A statement from the North Spirit Lake governing council says an influx of drugs has made an ongoing addiction problem even worse, and there have been interruptions in essential services such as power and water due to a lack of personnel. “Our people are suffering, and we are beyond our ability to respond with the necessary supports,” Chief Caroline Keesic said.


Northern medical school needs more students, dean says

The newly minted dean of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine says her school isn’t graduating enough students to meet the region’s needs, the Sudbury Star reports. Dr. Sarita Verma told a gathering at the Sudbury Chamber of Commerce that she’s spoken to Health Minster Christine Elliott about raising the cap on the number of students at the school. “Is it enough to have 64 physicians in a part of the province where the need is greater?” she asked. “It makes me crazy. We need to expand this medical school.” Verma took over as dean and CEO of NOSM in July.


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The Agenda: Is the TTC’s historic deal the way forward?

Ontario and the City of Toronto have struck a deal about the city’s transit priorities and who will pay for them. The Ford government has agreed not to upgrade subway management to the province, while Mayor John Tory will support the proposed Ontario Line. Cherise Burda of the Ryerson City Building Institute, former city councillor and Toronto Transit Commission chair Karen Stintz, and Matti Siemiatycki of the University of Toronto’s Department of Geography and Planning join Steve Paikin to discuss what the agreement means for transit users in the GTA.


Genius of the Modern World: Freud

Repression, denial, ego, the Freudian slip: these are just a few examples of everyday language derived from the work of Sigmund Freud, the so-called father of psychoanalysis. Historian Bettany Hughes travels to Vienna to learn how his work and methods, which encouraged people to talk openly about their deepest feelings and insecurities, have influenced the way we live today.


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Why did the NDP get blown out? A war-room strategist explains

Now that post-election reality has set in, political columnist Matt Gurney weighs what went wrong and what went well on the campaign trail. In the first instalment of his election post-mortem, he spoke to a Conservative insider about factors that hurt the party’s numbers in the GTA. In part two, Gurney interviews an NDP strategist who was thrilled with Jagmeet Singh’s performance during the race, but regrets the party’s lack of funds. “The Toronto media market, even for social media, is very expensive,” says the strategist. “Getting a big advertising buy to really push our message in the final 24 to 48 hours just wasn’t something we were able to do.”


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7 p.m. — Kew on a Plate: Winter

Winter’s on the way at Kew Gardens, and a few of the vegetable patch’s crops just love the cold weather. Chef Raymond Blanc learns how vegetables such as kale, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage thrive in this frosty season. Kate Humble visits Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank to discover the secret to the survival of winter greens, then heads to the University of Leicester, where there is a race against time to find a viable replacement for the endangered Cavendish banana.


8 p.m. — The Agenda: Tegan and Sara go back to high school

Identical twins Tegan and Sara Quin started making music in mid-’90s Calgary, where they were born and grew up. Since then, they’ve won Juno awards, a Governor General’s Award, and performed at the Oscars. While they were busy doing all that, they’ve also been out advocates for LGBTQ rights, launching the Tegan and Sara Foundation in 2016 to advance issues of economic justice and health for LGBTQ girls and women. They join Steve Paikin to talk about their new album and memoir, both of which head back to the high school days where their journeys began.


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2006 — A one-on-one with Alice Munro

In this 2006 episode of Person 2 Person, Alice Munro speaks candidly about her writing career: the early years, the struggle to find time to write while raising a family, the death of her second daughter, the bouts of writer’s block she still experienced. “I was nervous that the exposure would humiliate me. And now I don’t care,” she tells host Paula Todd, explaining why she shied away from giving interviews for so long. “This is a great thing about getting older — humiliation vanishes.” The Nobel Prize-winning author, who is now 88, recently sold her house in Clinton to live with her daughter in Port Hope. Though she’d been approached about turning her home into a museum, Munro opted to sell it privately.

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