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Millennials in the mob, royal love letters, and putting an end to ‘hallway medicine’
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 28, 2019
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Anyone who’s serious about becoming the next leader of the Ontario Liberals needs to cough up $60,000 by today. (iStock.com)

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Ontario Liberal leadership candidates start paying big bucks

Anyone who’s serious about becoming the next leader of the Ontario Liberals needs to cough up $60,000 by today. That’s because the first instalment of the party’s $100,000 entry fee is due. Steven Del Duca submitted his cheque late Thursday, and Michael Coteau paid Friday morning. The two other declared candidates, Mitzie Hunter and Alvin Tedjo, said they would be handing over their fees to the party Monday. While the declared candidates must pay their first fees to the party by today, other potential leadership hopefuls have until 5 p.m. on November 25 to enter the contest. A new leader will be chosen March 7.


AirBNB fights rules imposed by Toronto

This morning, Ontario’s Local Planning Appeal Tribunal will hear arguments from AirBNB and several commercial rental providers against a short-term rental bylaw passed by Toronto city council in December 2017. Under the bylaw, which because of the appeal hasn’t yet taken effect, homes rented for 28 days or less would have to be the principal residence of the owner, and anyone renting out their home would be able to do so for a total of 180 nights a year. Toronto council acted in response to concerns that the short-term rental market was making it harder for residents to find long-term rental housing.


Millennial criminals are transforming the mob

Investigative journalist Luis Najera says that a younger generation is reshaping organized crime. Najera shared his thoughts with the Toronto Star following the killing earlier this month of a Toronto bar owner — a crime that has been linked to another murder involving a mostly millennial, multi-ethnic, pan-Canadian gang called the Wolfpack Alliance. Najera says that these millennial mobsters are distinguished by their impatience, sense of entitlement, and computer skills. “They don’t have a lot of respect for the rules,” he explains. “You either pay or die.”



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How to end hallway medicine: Doug Ford’s plan is a start, but it’s not the solution


Doug Ford and Christine Elliott
File photo of Doug Ford and Christine Elliott (Frank Gunn/CP)

Roughly 1,000 Ontarians a day are admitted to hospital but remain stuck on stretchers in hallways. Premier Doug Ford has indicated that putting an end to so-called hallway medicine is a priority — and his government has offered a solution: open 15,000 new long-term-care beds. In the final instalment of his three-part series, Matt Gurney analyses the proposal and concludes that, while the numbers check out, the assumptions behind it are off




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A Better Man

When she was 18, Attiya Khan left her abusive ex-boyfriend, Steve. In A Better Man, Attiya meets with Steve 20 years later to see whether he’s willing to take responsibility for his actions. The result is a groundbreaking documentary on domestic violence, its long-term effects, and the possibilities for healing after experiencing abuse.


In Jackson Heights

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman shines a light on Jackson Heights, a neighbourhood in Queens, New York, where an astonishing 167 languages are spoken. Learn how the vibrant community became one of the most culturally and racially diverse areas in the United States.




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8 p.m. The Agenda in the Summer: The truth about nutrition science

Can you trust nutritional research if it was paid for by big business? Marion Nestle, author of Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat, talks with Nam Kiwanuka about how corporations are manipulating consumers, the difference between science and marketing — and why we need to start prioritizing public health.


9 p.m. Nicholas and Alexandra: The Letters

Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra's correspondence was politically damning, sexually intimate, and personally revealing. In this episode of the two-part series, historian Suzannah Lipscomb explores the letters the royal couple exchanged while their childhood friendship was budding into a romantic relationship.



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Big Ideas: Patricia Pearson: Thoughts on being an immigrant — October 8, 2005

In this 2005 episode of Big Ideas, Toronto-based author Patricia Pearson reflects on her experience of returning to live for a time in the country where she was born, Mexico. “There are occasions when I say things that I'm convinced are perfectly correct in Spanish, yet for some reason they still elicit opprobrious belly laughs,” she says, reading from an essay that appears in her book Area Woman Blows Gasket, and Other Tales from the Domestic Frontier. “In puzzlement, I try to deconstruct my errors afterwards with my dictionary. This is how I realized that, when I wanted to go horseback riding one afternoon, I announced my need to hire an onion, while on another day, the casual assertion to a cab driver that I would show him where I wanted to go was, in fact, the declaration, ‘I am monstrous.’”

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