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Ahead of today’s gathering of premiers, Premier Doug Ford announced he had signed a memorandum of understanding with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs to develop small modular nuclear reactors. SMRs, as they are known, are meant to be easier and cheaper to build than conventional reactors. They have been pushed by the nuclear industry in Ontario and elsewhere for years as a way to fight climate change, because nuclear energy doesn’t produce greenhouse gas emissions. However, the technology is not currently used on a large scale anywhere in the world.
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Theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili investigates the science of gravity by recreating groundbreaking experiments, including the one that saw Galileo drop spheres from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. He then visits the LIGO Lab in California, where gravitational waves were first discovered, and explains the latest theories about the cosmos.
Last week in Ontario politics saw a minister state that climate change is caused by humans, and the release of a government report on flooding. But what we haven’t yet seen, writes politics columnist John Michael McGrath, is aggressive action to reduce emissions. “Maybe someday the Tories will present such a plan,” he writes, “but if they do, they’ll actually need to start reading more than just their favourite periodicals in the right-wing echo chamber.”
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Charlotte Gray on a millionaire’s murder mystery
In 1943, Sir Harry Oakes, a self-made mining millionaire and a major figure in early 20th-century Ontario, was murdered in the Caribbean, and investigators found no clues as to the culprit. The Agenda explores Oakes’s intriguing life — and mysterious death — with historian Charlotte Gray, who profiled him in her book Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on an Island Paradise.
10 p.m. — The Nile: 5,000 Years of History
In the third episode of this epic journey through the history and highlights of Ancient Egypt, host and historian Bettany Hughes arrives at Luxor, the renowned open-air museum. She then visits the West Bank, where the Ancient Egyptians buried their pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings.
In this episode of The Education of Mike McManus, Barbara Frum discusses the state of journalism in Canada in 1976 – and why people often view news as a form of entertainment. “We watch Lloyd [Robertson], or we watch Harvey Kirk or whoever is on, and we want to see a show. Now, we don’t think we do; we pretend we want to be informed,” she tells McManus. “But we want to be startled. We want to be frightened. We want to feel safer. But we want to feel a little dangerous, too. Why do people like horror movies? That's partly why they like the news, too.” Frum was host of CBC’s As It Happens from 1971 to 1981 and of the network’s news show, The Journal, from 1982 until her death in 1992.