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Putting Ontario Works recipients in the driver’s seat
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Nov 15, 2019
A Leeds-Grenville pilot project is aiming to improve lives of those experiencing poverty. (Lars Hagberg/CP)



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Legion teams up with Fortnite for Remembrance Day

Veterans are hoping to teach children about the sacrifices made by Canadian soldiers by partnering with Fortnite, a globally successful online video game. According to the Globe and Mail, Fortnite and the Royal Canadian Legion have designed a custom landscape for the game that features First World War trenches, D-Day beaches, and the Vimy Ridge cenotaph. Unlike the game’s other virtual environments, however, Remembrance Island features no violence. Players will be asked to share a moment of silence of their own at 11 p.m. — a time meant to meet gamers on their terms. Fortnite has more than 250 million registered users worldwide.

Theriault brothers’ assault trial continues this week

An Oshawa courtroom will hear more evidence Tuesday in the trial of Toronto Police officer Michael Theriault and his brother, Christian. Both are charged with aggravated assault in a 2016 confrontation that left then-19-year-old Dafonte Miller so badly beaten he lost an eye. There have been allegations that police tried to cover up the incident to protect a fellow officer. The trial, which started last Tuesday, has already heard the 911 call Miller tried to make during the beating as well as several days of testimony from Miller, who recounted thinking he wouldn’t make it to the hospital in time to survive.

MPPs off this week

Queen’s Park will be quiet this week as MPPs go on recess until Nov. 18. Taking a break might strike some as premature, as Ontario legislators just got back from a five-month hiatus, the longest in nearly a quarter-century. But there is a reason for the short pause: the legislature typically goes on recess during the week of Remembrance Day.

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How micro-loans put Ontario Works recipients in the driver’s seat

Without a car, getting around in some of Ontario’s smaller, less transit-friendly cities and rural areas can be difficult, especially for low-income residents who commute to their jobs. Enter Wheels, a program the Leeds and Grenville Counties introduced in 2018 that provides interest-free car loans of up to $7,000 to Ontario Works recipients who require a vehicle to get to work. Eastern Ontario Hub reporter David Rockne Corrigan looked into how the pilot program has been improving lives. 

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The Great War Tour: The Wounded

The First World War marked a turning point in the treatment of battlefield wounds. Many medical techniques developed during that time are still used today. In this episode, war historian Norm Christie takes viewers to the sites of frontline hospitals, casualty clearing stations, and medical ships to tell the dramatic story of the Canadian Medical Corps in this tumultuous time.

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8 p.m. — The Agenda: The secret plot to bring America into WWII

At the beginning of the Second World War, Canadian MI6 officer William Stephenson was enlisted to help sway the U.S. into joining the allies, kicking off a massive state-sponsored influence campaign. The Brits flooded American airwaves with propaganda but were met with staunch opposition from isolationist groups led by celebrities such as Charles Lindbergh. Author Henry Hemming joins The Agenda to discuss Agents of Influence, his book on this pivotal wartime moment.

9 p.m. — Apocalypse: World War I

This five-part series uses colourized archival images and film to provide a better understanding of the events that caused World War I and its repercussions. In this first episode, the war has come to an end after four years of intense violence. Its survivors are keenly aware that the world of the past century has disappeared, while political leaders come to terms with a new world order

From the archive

April 2001 — Pico Iyer on globalization

Pico Iyer knows a thing or two about cross-cultural travel and residency. British-born of Indian descent, he has lived all over the world and has written numerous books on the topic. In this 2001 episode of After Hours, he tells his University of Toronto audience about his first memory of visiting Canada at Expo 67. “Like many of our background, my parents and I had sat in Oxford and wondered whether to migrate to Canada or California. We ultimately decided on the place that presented itself to us as the Athens of the West [California], and later wondered whether we might not have been better off in Sparta.” Since 1992, Iyer has made his home in Nara, Japan.

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