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Should billionaires even exist?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Dec 09, 2019
The Ontario legislature will sit its last week of the session before going on hiatus until February. (Ryan Carter/CP)



Good morning, Ontario.

Here's what we're following

Queen’s Park wrapping up for the season

The Ontario legislature will sit its last week of the session before going on hiatus until February. On the docket for debate today is Bill 132, the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, which Indigenous leaders say will undermine the mining industry’s duty to consult with First Nations. MPPs will also discuss an act to establish a poet laureate of Ontario in memory of the late Gord Downie, lead singer and lyricist for The Tragically Hip.

Former Thunder Bay mayor’s extortion trial concludes this week

Closing trial submissions for former Thunder Bay mayor Keith Hobbs, his wife Marisa Hobbs, and friend Mary Voss will be made Thursday, reports. The Crown argues that in 2016 the three threatened to hand over a video to police that incriminated an alleged extortion victim unless he bought Voss a $429,000 house. Crown attorney Peter Keen also suggested Voss was planning to use the house as collateral for a loan to the Hobbses, who were in serious financial trouble at the time. The accused deny all the charges. Hobbs was mayor of Thunder Bay from 2010 to 2018.

Highway 418 to open, along with 407 extension

The final stretch of Highway 407 and the new Highway 418, just east of Oshawa, are set to open to drivers this morning. The extension adds 14.2 kilometres to Highway 407, while the 10-kilometre Highway 418 will provide another north-south connection from Highway 407 to the 401. Both highways are toll roads.

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Who’s endorsing the five contenders for Liberal leadership

A new Ontario Liberal leader will be chosen in March and all six candidates held their first campaign debate on Sunday afternoon in Guelph. In a multi-part series, Steve Paikin has been looking at how the contenders have been lining up their key endorsements. Former cabinet minister Kate Graham has reached out to Lyn McLeod, the first female leader of the Ontario Liberals, for high-profile support. Michael Coteau’s meeting with Robert Nixon, now 91, resulted in favourable reviews from the former Liberal leader. And Hugh Segal, a former chief of staff to both Progressive Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney and Progressive Conservative premier Bill Davis, is endorsing Alvin Tedjo. Later today, Paikin will post his take on endorsements for Mitzie Hunter, and tomorrow, Steven Del Duca. The sixth candidate, Brenda Hollingsworth, has not yet received a high-profile endorsement.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Should billionaires exist? 

Does the astronomical wealth of people like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates indicate a healthy economy? Or, as U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has suggested, should billionaires not exist in the first place? Author Anand Giridharadas, Time magazine’s editor-at-large, joins The Agenda to talk about why he agrees with Sanders and whether the progressives running for the Democratic nomination are the best bet to beat U.S. President Donald Trump. 

10 p.m. — The Nile: 5,000 Years of History

In the final episode of the series, host Bettany Hughes reaches the Nile’s southernmost parts. Once a dangerous hunting ground for crocodiles, today this stretch of the Nile is startlingly beautiful — and still bustling. Hughes joins archeologists at the temple of the crocodile god as they uncover a giant stone message board from the foundations.

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