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As many employers — including the federal government — implement work-from-home policies to curb the spread of COVID-19, CBC News highlights another possibly unexpected benefit. If society cuts down significantly on commuting for work, there could be considerable advances on the environmental front. “For example, if the four-million-plus people in Canada whose jobs could be done from home did so twice a week, it could remove the equivalent of 385,231 cars from the road and cut annual greenhouse gas emissions by 1.9 million tonnes, according to a 2011 report from the Telework Research Network commissioned by the City of Calgary,” CBC News writes.
In Australia’s Northern Territory and the state of South Australia, Jimmy Doherty meets camel drivers, beekeepers, and chefs. He tastes desert curries and beef and cooks a Pavlova, the national dessert.
For her latest book, No More Nice Girls: Gender, Power, and Why It’s Time to Stop Playing by the Rules, Lauren McKeon (a TVO.org columnist) interviewed women around the world who, inspired by a resurgent feminist movement in the wake of #MeToo, are heading up initiatives to change the equity narrative — or just opting out of traditional patriarchal models altogether. Carla Lucchetta spoke to McKeon about her ideas.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Getting a startup off the ground
Canada punches above its weight in many ways, but not in making the most of its innovations and inventions. Startups, and the entrepreneurs who run them, know that story — and aim to change it. To tell us what it takes to create a successful new enterprise, we welcome Dana O'Born, director of strategic initiatives for the Council of Canadian Innovators; David O’Neill, president of Facit Inc., a medical commercialization venture capital firm; and Graeme Moffat, entrepreneur and neuroscientist, and chief scientist with System 2 Neurotechnology.
9 p.m. — The Real Doctor Zhivago
Stephen Smith traces the revolutionary beginnings of the 1957 novel, to its role as a pawn of the CIA at the height of the Cold War. In the words of his family, author Boris Pasternak willingly committed an act of literary suicide in being true to the Russia he loved, but honest about the Soviet regime he despised.