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Season two of this short documentary series that profiles big cities and small towns across Ontario kicks off on TV and online at TVO.org on this Friday. Producer Charles Ketchabaw of Fixt Point Productions visits St. Catharines, Cobalt, St. Jacobs, Port Dover, Huntsville, Thunder Bay, and Mimico. Learn about what makes the city or town unique — starting, this week, with Unionville. “There's nothing like a shared memory to remind you of where you're from,” says Jane Jankovic, TVO’s executive producer of documentaries. “These Main Street shorts are about the power of a place or event that bonds a community, and how that memory can stay with us for the rest of our lives.”
Alan Zweig’s compelling documentary is inspired by Toronto author Ray Robertson's book, Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live, in which the author poses the question: What makes us happy? Zweig takes those fifteen reasons — among them being love, solitude, art, friendship, and death — as a call to adventure for a handful of people assessing their lives. It's a thoughtful look of the nature of human happiness and the seemingly small events that can change the course of a life.
Jessica has Down syndrome, a passion for art, and hopes of translating that passion into well-paying job one day. Meanwhile: with the help of his mom and sister, Patrick has overcome many challenges caused by his hydrocephalus, including becoming legally blind. But one career setback in particular has him questioning his path in life.
As Ontario deals with the fallout of yet another year of heavy spring flooding, many are wondering how the province can avoid a future of the dreaded cycle of flood, rebuild, repeat. For Elizabeth English, associate professor of architecture at the University of Waterloo, it’s all about learning to live with water. She is founder and director of the Buoyant Foundation Project which designs and builds houses that float rather than flood. She joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss her work.
Today’s young royals enjoy far more freedom than the generations before them, which makes Princess Margaret’s mid-century steps outside royal and aristocratic conventions so interesting and unusual. This series dives into Margaret’s life as the first modern princes through archival footage and in-depth interviews with those who knew her well.
This episode of Distant Voices profiles Vernon Linklater, an Anishinaabe youth counsellor who overcame a history of substance abuse, peer pressure, and lack of resources to become a three-time Canadian heavyweight boxing champion representing Northwestern Ontario. Born in Couchiching First Nation near Fort Frances, Linklater moved to Thunder Bay as a young man to pursue his interest in boxing, which began as a way to let off steam with his younger brother. He talks to host Eva Solomon about his pride in becoming a champion and how he came to choose his culture and its teachings over his addictions. Linklater is still active in his community as a boxing coach, counsellor, and a school trustee.