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A Raptors parade, another new climate plan, and should Peel Region be broken up?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on June 18, 2019
File photo of Andrew Scheer (Andrew Vaughan/CP)



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Scheer to reveal climate-action plan this week

Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is set to release details of his climate-change policy proposals this Wednesday — this after his party spent nearly a week attacking the Liberal government over projections that it will not meet its emissions-reduction targets. “This is a real plan that will flight climate change and reduce global emissions without a carbon tax,” he said in a video posted to Twitter last Wednesday. Maclean’s Ottawa bureau chief John Geddes suggests that an emissions-reduction plan could be successful without a carbon tax — but only if it includes ambitious industrial- and energy-sector regulation. Is that what Scheer has in mind? We’ll find out in two days.

The Raps party ain’t over yet 

If you weren’t able to fit in quite enough Raptors-related revelling this weekend, you’ll get your chance for a final hurrah today: the City of Toronto and Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment will be hosting a parade this morning to celebrate the new NBA champs. It’ll kick off at 10 a.m. at the city’s Exhibition Centre and finish up at Nathan Phillips Square. If you live in the GTA and want to show your support for Kyle, Kawhi, and the rest of the team, you might want to ask your boss for a little time off this morning: Mayor John Tory says you should.

Ontario chiefs assert right to regulate cannabis within own nations

Nipissing First Nation’s cannabis laws come into effect tomorrow, right on the heels of a vote by the Chiefs of Ontario in favour of First Nations’ right to govern and regulate cannabis locally. Nipissing chief Scott McLeod has described the nation’s regulations as strict. “One of our intentions were to meet or exceed provincial and federal standards for the regulation of cannabis,” he told Anishinabek News. The laws, he added, are designed to address community needs — and he hopes provincial and federal governments will be willing to work with the nation on enacting them.

What we're tracking

Beyond Meat is all the rage now. Even Tim Hortons is getting on board with a new breakfast sandwich. But is plant-based fast food healthier? This Wednesday, The Agenda takes a look at what’s fuelling this growing trend. “Plant-based proteins have seen a huge rise in interest and popularity,” says producer Katie O’Connor. “I wanted to look at what was driving this, whether they are healthy for you, and what this means for what we put on our plate.”

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Employable Me

After undergoing multiple surgeries to manage her epilepsy, Miranda has to re-evaluate her skills to find a job. Donald — who has a rare genetic disorder that causes brittle bones and stunted growth — is looking for a stable position that will allow him to use his education and experience. Follow these two Canadians as they navigate the job market, determined to prove that neurological conditions and physical disabilities shouldn’t be barriers to employment.

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Ontario Hubs: ‘Our people should always be honoured’

people gathered at a waterfront
Photo by Haley Lewis

In 1784, more than 100 Indigenous people established a new home on the Bay of Quinte, in southeastern Ontario. Every year for almost a century, the Mohawk community of Tyendinaga has commemorated their arrival with a re-enactment of the landing. Janice Hill, the event’s historian and the associate vice-principal of Indigenous initiatives and reconciliation at Queen’s University, tells’s Haley Lewis, “As Indigenous people, we always say in order to know who we are, we need to know where we come from, so that we can see clearly where we’re going.”

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Breaking up Peel Region

As the Ontario government wraps up its review of regional governments, Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie talks to Steve Paikin about whether the city should separate from Peel Region — and what such a separation would mean. Then, Brampton mayor Patrick Brown makes his case for keeping the region intact.

9 p.m. — Queen Victoria and Her Nine Children

A lonely queen tries to rein in her children when they show signs of rebellion and finds comfort in her relationship with an Indian servant. Travel back to the 19th century and learn about the domestic challenges and joys of Queen Victoria’s later years.

From the archive

Sept. 16, 2016 — Masai Ujiri: A giant of Africa

As president of the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri, the first African-born president of a major North American sports franchise, led his team to its first NBA championship. In this 2016 segment of The Agenda, Nam Kiwanuka talks to him about his early life in Nigeria and his participation in the documentary, Giants of Africa, which chronicles his efforts to develop youth basketball there. They also discuss his work with the Raptors — and what it takes to create a winning team.

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