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Parliament returns, promising raucous spring session
The MPs are back in town. The House of Commons is in session today after a two-week hiatus. With the Oct. 21 federal election drawing closer, the spring sitting promises to be a heated affair in which parties jockey for position ahead of the vote. Will the opposition succeed in keeping the public’s attention focused on the SNC-Lavalin scandal? Or will the Trudeau government change the channel and highlight other issues, such as Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer allegedly strategizing with the oil industry to win the election?
NDP leader to push Ford to reverse education funding changes
The Ontario legislature also resumes today after a short break, and a top order of business for Leader of the Opposition Andrea Horwath on a rare opposition day is to put the Ford government’s education reforms under the microscope. Horwath is submitting a motion asking the legislature to call on the government to reverse course on increasing high school class sizes, reducing the number of teachers, and making online courses mandatory in senior grades. (Disclosure: TVO delivers online courses in the province through its Independent Learning Centre).
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Pausing to remember victims of dangerous workplaces
Yesterday was the National Day of Mourning, dedicated to remembering those who have died, were injured, or made ill due to a work-related incident. Events marking the occasion were held across the country. According to the most recent statistics from the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada, in 2017 there were 951 workplace fatalities in Canada. There were also 251,508 accepted compensation claims for lost time due to a work-related injury or disease.
This is an interview with a politician like few others. On the most recent episode of TVO’s revamped podcast, #onpoli, Steve Paikin has a frank conversation with New Democrat MPP Jill Andrew about code-switching, bullying, and what it means to identify as queer.
Meet Ed Ackerman: an eccentric dreamer, rebel, and a maverick with an obsession for the alphabet. This offbeat and sometimes hilarious film follows Ackerman as he works on a 25-year-old animation project while trying to renovate his three derelict homes in a struggling Winnipeg neighbourhood. Broke but determined, Ackerman goes to unusual lengths to save his properties and realize his long-simmering artistic vision.
When he was six, Shawney Cohen's father bought a small-town strip club in Guelph. Thirty years later, the family faces major health crises. While his 400-pound father prepares for stomach-reduction surgery, Cohen’s 85-pound mother has her own complicated relationship with food. With frank humour, the film examines human nature and addiction.
Northeastern Ontario Hub reporter Claude Sharma talks to chairman and commissioner David Clanachan about the brand new Canadian Premier League — and raising the sport’s profile nationwide.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Travel as a political act
Travel writer and television host Rick Steves joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss his book, Travel as a Political Act. Among the places that Steves has visited in his quest to expose himself to people and cultures is Iran. Kiwanuka asks whether that trip, and the broadcast that documented it, succeeded in building understanding between Iran and the U.S. as Steves hoped it could.
9 p.m. — Extraordinary Women: Indira Gandhi
As the first female leader of the world's largest democracy, Indira Gandhi inherited a country plagued by poverty, famine, and social injustice. Yet India’s third prime minister triumphed over her critics, transformed the relatively young state into a confident and independent democracy, and rose to dominate India's political stage for nearly 20 years.
From the archive
January 25, 1989 — The sacred home of Manitou
Cottage country. Cattle country. Home to seven First Nation communities. This archival People Patterns profile of Manitoulin Island looks at the region’s history of treaties with Indigenous peoples, shows a cattle auction at Little Current, and touches on the role of tourism in developing the island's economy.