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The series continues with a visit to Muskrat Dam, one of several fly-in reserves in northern Ontario that suffer from heightened poverty and lack of infrastructure. The visiting non-Indigenous group, unfamiliar with many issues affecting Indigenous communities in Canada, learns why relocating isn’t an option for the people whose families have lived there for generations.
Twenty-two years ago, 18-year-old Attiya Khan fled from her ex-boyfriend Steve, who'd been abusing her daily. In this documentary, she meets with Steve to find out whether he will take responsibility for his violent actions all those years ago. The film offers a fresh and nuanced look at the healing process and reveals what can happen when men take responsibility for the abuse they have inflicted.
As Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government gets ready to deliver its budget on March 25, John Michael McGrath considers higher taxes on houses a priority. “Policies to get more homes built faster are good, and necessary, but the government also needs to look at some ways to put up speed bumps for home prices before they accelerate out of control (if they haven’t started doing that already). The obvious solution is some form of new taxation to dissuade speculators,” he writes. For more on housing-affordability challenges in Ontario and around the world, explore TVO’s new documentary series, The Housing Gap.
Tonight on TVO
7 p.m. — Digging for Britain: North
Archeologists in the country’s north find Roman objects abandoned during a British rebellion, traces of the lost Iona monastery, and a weapons stash belonging to a wealthy Bronze Age warrior.
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Overlooked women
There are countless women in history whose accomplishments were overlooked and forgotten. We’ll look at why women and their stories have been largely ignored by historians and learn about the new movement seeking to redress that. Joining The Agenda are Mona Halpern, a Western University associate history professor; and Pamela Sugiman, dean of Ryerson University’s Faculty of Arts.
9 p.m. — Extraordinary Women: Maria Montessori
In a remarkable life spanning eight decades, Maria Montessori challenged convention to pioneer a radical system of education that focused on the child as an independent learner. Her innovative approach spread to all corners of the world, affecting the way millions of students were educated. Nearly 70 years after her death, there are approximately 500 Montessori schools in Canada.
In a panel discussion that includes Tony Clement, then the Progressive Conservative health minister, this 2003 episode of Fourth Reading reviews Ontario’s handling of the SARS outbreak. At the time of filming, the province had launched a SARS review panel, and Clement speaks to its importance. “We all want to know how this outbreak occurred. What were the circumstances that contributed to the spread of SARS — mostly in our hospital system? Are there things that we can do in terms of our internal communication and our internal organization and management of these kind of issues that will be better handled in the future?” he said.