daily: Monday, May 13

Preparing for future floods, the importance of sharing Indigenous stories, and how the Queen trains her heirs
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on May 13, 2019
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Good morning, Ontario.

Here's what we're following

Province creates task force to improve flood resilience

Several parts of Ontario continue to deal with rising waters, including Ottawa, Pembroke, and areas along the shorelines of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. In response, the government announced Friday that it will create a task force to boost the province’s ability to weather floods. “We have seen first-hand the devastating effect of flooding on our communities,” Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Natural Resources John Yakabuski said in a statement. “Something needs to change.”

In response, however, the NDP attacked the government in a statement for cutting funding for flood management programs, reducing local conservation authority budgets, and spending tens of millions of dollars to fight environmental protection strategies such as the carbon tax.

U.S.-China trade war goes on — and on, and on

Investors around the world will be on the lookout this week for developments in the trade standoff between the United States and China. After talks between the two countries failed to make significant headway, President Donald Trump hiked tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent on Friday. China vowed to retaliate, and U.S. stock markets swooned on the news.

What we're tracking

Allana McDougall and Chris Beaver, the journalists behind TVO's Indigenous affairs video team, are hard at work on their newly launched series of stories about Indigenous identity, language preservation, history, and treaty rights.

“Thomas King said in his Massey Hall Lecture, ‘The truth about stories is that’s all we are.’ I believe this to my core,” says McDougall, who is Anishinaabe from Hiawatha First Nation. “I’ve been interested in education, journalism, and Indigenous issues for quite some time and for me, these three coalesce under the banner of excellence in storytelling.”

Chris Beaver, who is Anishinaabe from Alderville First Nation, says, “What I hope to do at TVO is create entertaining content with educational value, helping people connect the dots and fill gaps in their knowledge of Indigenous history and culture in Canada, with videos that are easy for people to consume and share."

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Here comes truffle: Why these Ontario farmers hope to make an industry out of the fancy fungi

Commercial truffle production is virtually non-existent in Ontario — but perhaps not for long.’s Chantal Braganza reports on a Dunnville-area nursery and a pair of would-be farmers who want to bring the pricey, and notoriously finicky, crop to the province.

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Employable Me

The premiere of the second season of this award-winning documentary series profiles Rick, who lives with autism spectrum disorder. Rick has struggled to find paid employment since graduating from high school more than a decade ago. This episode profiles how he overcomes his fear of change to get closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming an actor or a chef.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: When a child advocate’s door closes

Child and youth advocate Irwin Elman
File photo of Irwin Elman (Michelle Siu/CP)

Irwin Elman spent more than a decade as Ontario’s child and youth advocate before the Progressive Conservative government closed his office and shifted some of his responsibilities to the ombudsman. The decision hasn’t been popular —with Elman or with child welfare advocates fearful about the future of young people in care. He joins Steve Paikin to discuss his concerns and his final report on youth homes in Thunder Bay.

9 p.m. — Queen of the World

As the Queen and world leaders discuss the importance of the Commonwealth, the second and final episode of this series documents the method the monarch uses to pass her knowledge and experience to a younger generation of royals.

From the archive

May 4, 1990 — Ontario’s official gemstone

Amethyst is Ontario’s official gemstone, a fact that the province owes to Thunder Bay’s amethyst-rich stores of granite. In this episode of People of Ontario, miner Philippe Durocher talks about how he helped discover the Pearl Lake amethyst mine, 29 kilometres east of Thunder Bay. The mine has helped sustain five families, he says. “Basically, we started out as gem cutters about 21 years ago and realized very quickly we had to get a solid source and have control of our own source for prices,” he says. “So, we went out and staked our own mine.”

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