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By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 07, 2019
Todd Smith
File photo of Todd Smith, Minister of Child, Community, and Social Services. (Chris Young/CP)

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Good morning, Ontario

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Province cancels cuts to social assistance and children’s aid

The Ford government is scrapping controversial planned cuts to welfare for vulnerable children and adults with part-time jobs. The Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services informed cities this week that the $67 million Transition Child Benefit will continue to be paid. Changes to how much a people on welfare can earn from a part-time job before their benefits are reduced will not be implemented either.

The province is also cancelling its $28 million budget cut to children’s aid societies. “Our government knows it is important to give the sector time and space to contribute to discussions about any changes. Keeping funding stable has provided time to work together to find solutions,” a spokesperson for minister Todd Smith told the Toronto Star in an emailed statement.


Some boards to shut schools in event of CUPE strike

Education boards across Ontario are warning parents they will shut down their schools if CUPE does not reach a collective agreement with the province and ends up going on strike Monday. The union represents school support workers, including early childhood educators, custodians, and administrative staff. Boards that have officially announced closures in the event of a strike include the Toronto District School Board, Peel District School Board, York Region District School Board, and the Ottawa Catholic School Board.


Expanding beer and wine sales could hurt Ontario distillers, study warns

A report commissioned by the Association of Canadian Distillers says making beer and wine more accessible through corner stores and supermarkets will result in spirits, which can only be sold through the LCBO, being comparatively inconvenient to buy. This puts Ontario’s distillery industry at risk, the report says. “Allowing imported beer and wine in stores that can’t sell Ontarian spirits made from Ontarian grains by Ontarian workers makes no sense and would be a very costly mistake,” Jan Westcott of Spirits Canada told the Toronto Star. According to the study, there are 4,600 jobs in Ontario spirits manufacturing.


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Wedge issues: what are they? How have they been used by political parties in Canadian history — and how are parties using them in this fall’s election campaign? As part of their wildly popular #onpoli podcast, hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath will be recording a live discussion on wedge issues this Sunday afternoon at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto. Hear from three party insiders about wedge issues, and what role they think they’ll play in the future of Canadian politics. Get tickets to the event here.



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The Agenda: Getting to know the Green party with Elizabeth May

Nam Kiwanuka spends some time with Green leader Elizabeth May to learn more about her party’s platform, her thoughts on climate-change rhetoric, and why May thinks she’ll never be prime minister. “You know what, I really would like to be,” May says. “I’m the best qualified. It does seem unfair…We desperately need Greens elected to this Parliament to make things work better for everyone. Because we’re different. We do politics differently.”


Exit: Leaving Extremism Behind

Why do people become involved in violent extremist groups, and what prompts them to leave them behind? Through intimate conversations in this documentary, director Karen Winther aims to find out. Meet Angela, Ingo, and Manuel, all former right-wing extremists forced to live in hiding due to their dangerous pasts. From Denmark, Søren tells his story of being a left-wing extremist. And in France, David, a member of the Armed Islamic Group, recounts serving six years in prison for engaging in terrorist activities.



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Affording Ontario: The high cost of child care

Affordability is a top election issue this fall, and for families with young children, the cost of child care is central to this concept. Southwestern Ontario Hub reporter Mary Baxter looks at how child care has become financially out of reach for many families, and what the political parties are proposing to increase access and lower costs. But will Ontario cities cooperate with any of these policy proposals — and can they afford to?


Why this pollster says the Tories are moving into the lead


Andrew Scheer
File photo of Andrew Scheer (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

Halfway through the federal election campaign, journalist Matt Gurney checks in with polling executive John Dart on what the numbers are suggesting about party support across the country. According to him, the polls point to one of two outcomes: a tight race nationally between Andrew Scheer's Conservatives and the Liberals, with a Liberal advantage in Ontario, and strong Conservative support both federally and provincially. The difference between the two, he says, “comes down to how much weighting the pollsters are giving to how people voted in the last election.” The only part that of Ontario that’s unpredictable? The 905.



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8 p.m. — The Agenda: Malcolm Gladwell on talking to strangers

On any given day, much of our communication is with people we don’t know, or don’t know well. Those interactions can sometimes be fraught with misunderstandings — and have lifelong consequences. Malcolm Gladwell runs with this idea in Talking to Strangers, his first book in six years. Laying out social science research and applying it to current events, Gladwell asks readers to rethink everything from police checks to Bernie Madoff, campus sexual assault and terrorist interrogations. He talks to Steve Paikin about why we can’t trust what we think we know when we meet unfamiliar people. 

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