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Mint's LGBTQ loonie misses the mark, advocates say
On April 23, the Royal Canadian Mint will introduce a new loonie intended to celebrate LGBTQ rights. But the dollar coin, which will commemorate 50 years since Canada partially decriminalized sodomy, is drawing criticism from the community it is meant to honour. As Xtra reports, “Several queer activists say the loonie unjustly elevates the relevance and impact of the Criminal Code changes in 1969, pointing out that the amendment is widely misunderstood as the total decriminalization of homosexuality.”
It is hard out here for millennials
Canadian Gen Yers are making more money than Gen Xers ever did — but they’re also more in debt. A new Statistics Canada report has found that, while millennials make, on average, about $15,000 more annually than their Gen X counterparts did at the same age, they are also carrying a much larger debt load, mostly because of the increased housing prices and the resulting rise in mortgage payments.
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Saying goodbye to a local theatre
Cinemas play a central role in many Ontario towns. While some cities have seen a resurgence in locally owned theatres, Waterloo’s Original Princess is facing an uncertain future. The owners of the theatre, which is housed in a historic downtown hotel, were informed earlier this month that their lease would not be renewed — although the Princess has a second location, the owners worry that their lineup will be less diverse without the Original. However, there is a chance that the story of the Original is not yet over.
What we're tracking
“Who are cities for?” That question is the driving force behind Push, a documentary that follows Ottawa-based Leilani Farha as she explores how the lack of affordable housing grew into a global crisis. Ontario Hubs assistant editor H.G. Watson spoke with Farha, a United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, about the making of the doc and the future of affordable housing worldwide. "As a renter in Toronto, Push was a deeply frustrating film to watch,” says Watson. “But it's one that I think absolutely every person should." Watch for her story on TVO.org later this week.
Canadians became international heroes during the Syrian refugee crisis by opening their doors and sponsoring thousands in need, but what’s happened since to the families that have made this country their home? In this documentary from director Michèle Hozer, meet a Syrian family of 13 and their sponsors in Picton, and learn about their joys and expectations — and the challenges both groups have faced.
Guided by singer-songwriter Tatanniq (Lucie) Idlout, Toronto filmmaker Alan Zweig travels to Nunavut to see for himself what his musician friend has been telling him about Inuit and life in the North. Over the course of multiple trips to the territory, he learns from the Inuit community and navigates issues of culture and identity.
Plenty of entrepreneurs are looking to get into the pot business — and not just through growing and selling cannabis. Many anticipate a boom in weed tourism, and they’re hoping to get in on the action early. But can the province really become a cannabis destination? Ontario Hubs reporter David Rockne Corrigan reports from Canada’s first weed-themed golf course and checks out other newly launched businesses in eastern Ontario to find out.
Ontario is home to 16 residential addiction-treatment programs developed specifically for Indigenous people. In the fourth instalment of her series on access to recovery care in the province, Daina Goldfinger looks at how these services gear treatment toward their specific communities — and help participants reclaim their culture and history.
Tonight on TVO
Twenty-five years ago this month, an estimated 800,000 to one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed in what’s now known as the Rwandan genocide. Tonight’s episode of The Agenda discusses its legacy and what lessons can be drawn from that horrible time.
Travel with historian Amanda Foreman to Istanbul, Germany, Paris, and Delhi, and explore the stories of the women behind some of the most powerful empires of the Middle Ages. Looking beyond male-dominated histories, she highlights the women at the heart of power and influence in sixth-century Byzantium, medieval Europe, the Mughal Empire, and more.
From the archive
Months before nearly half a million people gathered at Downsview Park for SARSstock (more formally known as Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto), concerns over the local SARS outbreaks had led the World Health Organization to issue a travel advisory about Toronto. This Studio 2 segment looks into how the province managed both the outbreak — and the bad publicity it produced.