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Barrie City Council is set to conduct a final vote today on whether to reprimand councillor Keenan Aylwin, after a post to his Facebook page in March led two area MPs to file defamation lawsuits against the first-time city politician. Shortly after the mosque massacres in Christchurch, New Zealand, Aylwin criticized what he described as the failure of Conservative politicians, including local MPs John Brassard and Alex Nuttall, to denounce racism and white supremacy in Canada. Nuttall had been Facebook friends with white nationalist Faith Goldy. Brassard went on to file a complaint with the city’s integrity commissioner, Suzanne Craig, whose investigation concluded Aylwin had violated the city’s code of conduct and recommended a reprimand.
The National Observer reports that community members are concerned that fallout from the post — including the lawsuits, which each seek $100,000 in damages — may stifle willingness to question elected officials publicly. “Every progressive voice in our community has to think ‘Do I have money for a lawyer?’ when they want to engage now,” resident Holly McDaniel told the Observer, “which I don’t think is fair.”
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Matt Gurney concludes his three-part series on the state of Toronto transit by examining the planned Ontario Line, a subway which runs from Ontario Place to Eglinton Avenue East and is designed to relieve congested downtown subway routes. “In interviews with several transit experts and advocates,” he writes, “what emerged was a rough consensus that certain elements of Ford’s plan are likely achievable.”
Peterborough is home to the only halfway house of its kind in Ontario — one that provides care to criminal offenders who are on parole and have mobility and chronic health issues. Such issues are common among older inmates, of which there are many in Canada: one in four prisoners in federal custody is over the age of 50, and that proportion is expected to increase. Ontario Hubs field producer Jeyan Jeganathan takes us inside Haley House.
The fourth episode of this series looks at two women determined to find employment. Susan hasn't been able to work since suffering a brain injury over a decade ago, but she longs for independence and the means to help support her retired parents. Carly's autism spectrum disorder makes communication difficult, but that doesn’t stop her from pursuing a position in music or the culinary arts.
The first photograph of a black hole was published in April, garnering worldwide headlines and capturing imaginations. Reportedly, the black hole measures 40 billion kilometres across — three million times the size of Earth. It took eight telescopes situated in various spots around the world to capture the image, which is 500 million trillion kilometres away. The Agenda welcomes Avery Broderick of the University of Waterloo and Sarah Gallagher of Western University to tell us what this breakthrough means.
This series looks at how Queen Victoria — devastated by the death of her husband, Prince Albert — descended into mourning, refused to appear in public, and exerted strict control over their nine children.
In this episode of The Apollo Years, Marc Garneau, Canada’s first astronaut, describes 1970’s near-fatal launch of Apollo 13, which was intended to be the third manned moon landing. The launch faced major technical issues early on, putting the crew in jeopardy. Ground control abandoned the mission and shifted its energy to the astronauts’ safe return, which was eventually accomplished six days after takeoff.