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The future of Paris, a deadly disease threatens deer, and plastic bag bans around the world
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 29, 2019
A fatal brain disease is creeping into Canada — one that has the potential to devastate deer, moose, caribou, and elk populations.(Richard Buchan/CP)



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Plastic bag bans around the world

The discussion around single-use plastics and their effect on the environment has grown as of late, with the federal Liberal government even promising to prohibit their use by 2021. By then, Canada would be far from the first country to take a step in that direction. The Economist has a neat map looking at how plastic bag bans have spread around the world. Countries that have implemented full bans include China, Saudi Arabia, and more than 20 nations across Africa.

Anglican same-sex marriages to go ahead in southwestern Ontario 

Starting Thursday, parishes in the Anglican Diocese of Huron, which stretches from Windsor to Manitoulin Island, will be able to seek permission from the local bishop to perform same-sex marriages. This comes after Anglican Church of Canada leaders narrowly voted against allowing same-sex marriage as a matter of canon earlier this month. The decision to allow Huron parishes to perform same-sex marriages was made by Linda Nicholls, the outgoing bishop for the diocese. “I felt this was a direction that the church should go,” says Nicholls, who was recently elected primate, the top position within the church in Canada. 

Speculating about what a Scheer government would do

With the federal parties in summer pre-campaign mode and the polls tightening, The Hill Times looks at six ways Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer would break with the Trudeau government should he take office. The article says Scheer would pursue a “total reset” with China after months of strained relations; eliminate the carbon tax in favour of funding green technology; close immigration “loopholes”; appoint a firearms ombudsman to act as an advocate for gun owners; and choose Conservative partisans for the Senate rather than continue Trudeau’s experiment to cultivate a more independent Senate.

Good things ro-o-oll in Ontario

Did you know that the ball pit is an Ontario invention? In an ode to Ontario Place’s now-defunct Children’s Village, a feature in The Local reveals that Eric McMillan, the designer behind the innovative playground, also dreamed up what has since become a mainstay of McDonald’s PlayPlaces and Ikeas around the globe. According to McMillan, the inspiration came from a jar of pickled onions. “Wouldn’t it be something to be able to roll around in there,” he thought.

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The Life-Sized City: Paris

Paris has mythical status in the public imagination, and is revered as a place of art, gastronomy, and haute couture. But the City of Lights is also undergoing dramatic changes, with urban planners seeking solutions big and small to improve everyday life for its citizens. In this episode of The Life-Sized City, we learn about how plans for Paris will affect its livability and its reputation as a tourism hotspot.

Deep Web

The same internet that provides information and entertainment to millions worldwide also has a dark, sinister side that can be exploitative and dangerous. This documentary provides a glimpse into the stories behind the Silk Road and Bitcoin.

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Chronic wasting disease is spreading. Is Ontario ready?

A fatal brain disease is creeping into Canada — one that has the potential to devastate deer, moose, caribou, and elk populations. Last September, a case was found on a farm in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Que., just 15 kilometres from the Ontario border. Last month, a group of scientists, economists, and Indigenous leaders sent a letter to the prime minister urging the federal government to “mandate, fund, and undertake emergency directives” to contain the disease. Eastern Ontario Hub reporter David Rockne Corrigan talks to wildlife biologist Keith Munro about how why the disease is such a threat.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: A girls’ guide to coping with anxiety

Lisa Damour, a clinical psychologist and executive director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss her latest book, Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls. This wide-ranging book covers issues such as social media saturation, insufficient sleep, and gender-specific socialization to get at why girls are experiencing such high levels of anxiety today.

8:30 p.m. — Brilliant Ideas: Ali Banisadr’s impassioned landscapes

Influenced by the Iran-Iraq war and street graffiti, Ali Banisadr is known for his abstract large-scale canvas paintings. Based in New York, Banisadr has had major exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum.

From the archive

1999 — Dave Bidini on the touring life

Toronto musician, playwright, and author Dave Bidini talks about life on the road in this Studio 2 interview. His first book, On a Cold Road, published in 1998, was inspired by a diary he kept while travelling across the country with the Rheostatics as the opening act for the Tragically Hip. It weaves his stories with a history of Canadian bands’ road tours.

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