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Jenni Byrne, longtime adviser and former principal secretary to Premier Doug Ford, has left her position at the Ontario Energy Board after just eight months. Byrne, once an adviser to former prime minister Stephen Harper, is expected to help Conservative candidates in the upcoming federal election. Appearing on a podcast Tuesday, Byrne said the Conservative Party feels “bullish” about taking control of the House of Commons and emphasized Ontario’s importance in achieving that goal. Opposition politicians criticized her January appointment, with NDP MPP Peter Tabuns calling it “another ticket on [Ford’s] gravy train.” Byrne’s annual salary was nearly $200,000.
Ontario’s ‘hallway medicine’ problem is getting worse
According to the Ontario Hospital Association, June 2019 was the worst month for hospital overcrowding since the province began tracking wait times in 2008. On average, a patient waited more than 16 hours to be admitted to hospital from the emergency department. Association president Anthony Dale told the Toronto Star that many hospitals are underfunded and struggling to stay afloat. “The situation is not viable. Our backs are against the wall,” he says. He went on to say that hospitals are hoping to find some relief in the Ford government’s economic statement this fall, as well as in next year’s budget.
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The Canadian Transport Agency fined Air Canada, Air Transat, Porter Airlines, and WestJet a total of $45,000 for failing to comply with the new Air Passenger Protection Regulations. The airlines are accused of not displaying signage informing passengers of their rights, which were finalized in May and took effect July 15. “How hard is it to put a notice up that says, ‘You have rights under the new airline passenger regulations?’” said consumer advocate John Lawford. “Telling people they have rights is the first step before people can vindicate their rights.”
A night out with TVO
Makin’ Movies and Ring Five Impact Docs invite you to a special screening of 17 And Life Doesn’t Wait, a TVO Original film by Canadian Screen Award-winning director Maureen Judge.
17 And Life Doesn’t Wait paints a candid and emotionally charged view of life through the eyes of three teenaged girls in their final year of high school. Follow them as they experience the impact of the outside world, their impending independence, and the conflicting expectations that come with the ever-present gender divide.
A panel discussion moderated by Nam Kiwanuka, host of The Agenda in the Summer and co-host of The Agenda with Steve Paikin, will follow.
Thursday, September 19 at 6 p.m. Innis Town Hall Theatre 2 Sussex Ave. Toronto
TVO newsletter subscribers receive 50 per cent off with the promo code 17ALDWTVO. Click here to buy tickets.
Recession on the brain? Steve Paikin welcomes a panel of experts to discuss the general health of the Ontario and Canadian economies, the effects of the U.S. trade war with China, the politics of the economy during an election year, and why a potential recession is on everyone’s minds.
Canadians became international heroes during the Syrian refugee crisis by opening their doors and sponsoring thousands in need in 2015. But how do those good intentions stack up against reality? Michèle Hozer’s film documents the joys, expectations, and challenges that a spirited 13-member Syrian family and their community of sponsors in Picton experience in their first year together in Canada.
Rehabilitation centres for animals and waterfowl are mostly run with the help of donations and volunteers — an unsustainable model that often leaves the operations strapped for time and cash. TVO’s southwestern Ontario reporter Mary Baxter talks to some of the people who work tirelessly to help animals in distress about the future of not just their centres, but wildlife sanctuaries in general.
Tonight on TVO
7 p.m. — Monty Don’s French Gardens: Gardens of power and passion
Throughout history, the French have used gardens as a public expression of money, power, and passion. British horticulturist Monty Don reveals the fascinating stories behind France's most important and intricate historic gardens. Discover the monarchy’s elaborate walled gardens, magnificent flower and fountain displays, and a modern-day chateau oasis that came close to bankrupting its owner.
8 p.m. — The Agenda: The education of Justin Trudeau
From “just not ready” political attack ads to leading Canada for the past four years, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revived the federal Liberal party and has pushed a progressive agenda. Along the way, he’s suffered personal gaffes, caucus pains, and plenty of criticism. He’s also had to navigate a diplomatic relationship with the unpredictable U.S. President Donald Trump. Political columnist John Ivison puts Trudeau’s leadership under the microscope with his new book, Trudeau: The Education of a Prime Minister.
Canada’s new ambassador to China is Dominic Barton, a global managing partner at McKinsey & Company and chair of the Federal Advisory Council on Economic Growth. In 2017, Steve Paikin talked to Barton about how he came to be Justin Trudeau’s right-hand man on the economy, and what some of his key projects were at the time.