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Northern Ontario’s warming-centre crisis
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Nov 25, 2019
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had been enforcing animal-cruelty laws since 1919. (Fernando Morales/CP)

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Queen’s Park is back in session

After a one-week break, MPPs return to the Ontario legislature today. In addition to taking part in question period, members will debate a few bills, including Bill 136, the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act. For a breakdown of what this massive update to the province’s animal-cruelty laws means, read this interview with Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice.


High school teachers to announce strike-vote result

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation is holding a press conference this afternoon to announce the results of the strike votes its members have taken across the province, and to “discuss next steps.” The union, which represents more than 60,000 Ontario school employees, is in a legal strike position as of today.


Does your local gas station have a shiny new climate sticker?

Some Ontarians have noticed new stickers that read “Tax Carbon. Get Refund. Save Planet. Repeat” on fuel pumps while filling up as of late. The campaign is a response to the anti-carbon tax decals the province requires all gas stations to place on their pumps. According to the Toronto Star’s Robert Benzie, environmentalists have distributed 30,000 of these stickers — 5,000 more than the ones handed out by the government.


Thunder Bay’s boom-bust relationship with Bombardier

The Globe and Mail’s Marcus Gee profiles a factory, currently owned by troubled manufacturer Bombardier, that has employed Thunder Bay residents for more than a century. Gee finds that workers seem unconcerned about the 550 plant layoffs that began this month, given the facility’s up-and-down history through two wars, the Great Depression, and multiple changes in ownership. For many locals, “the idea that the plant may shut its doors altogether is close to unthinkable,” he writes. “And yet, it could happen, if not now then some day.”


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Stand Up Toronto

What does it mean to be a stand-up comedian of colour in an industry that’s mostly white? This documentary explores the experience of three comics from diverse backgrounds as they navigate the city’s comedy circuit and try to break the stereotypes of the genre and its practitioners. 

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Northern Ontario’s warming-centre crisis

warming centre in north bay
North Bay’s Gathering Place will be opening a warming centre on December 1. (Nick Dunne)

In his first article for TVO.org, Northeastern Ontario Hub reporter Nick Dunne investigates the challenges that homeless shelters in cities such as North Bay, Sudbury, and Timmins face as they prepare for winter weather. Extreme cold wears down a population that is already vulnerable to health problems, as Carol Kauppi, the director of the Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy, tells him: “People have got to get their needs met. If they’re not met through soup kitchens [or] warming stations, then people are forced to more extreme measures.”


Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Bursting the reality bubble

Science journalist Ziya Tong talks about her book The Reality Bubble: Blind Spots, Hidden Truths, and the Dangerous Illusions That Shape Our World. It explores the many ways of seeing the physical world that the human eye simply doesn’t have access to, from X-rays and spectrometers to infrared and 360-degree vision. She joins The Agenda to discuss the surprising truth behind the adage that there is more to the world than meets the eye.


10 p.m. — The Nile: 5,000 Years of History

Historian Bettany Hughes embarks on an epic journey through the history of ancient Egypt, travelling 1,600 kilometres by passenger boat from Cairo to the Aswan Dam, stopping at iconic sites along the way. In this episode, Hughes begins her journey at the mouth of the Nile, Egypt’s gateway to the rest of the world.


From the archive

October 2009 — A passion for poultry 

For much of North America after colonization, keeping domestic chickens was a fact of life for rural and urban households alike. This began to change as cities grew, as New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean chronicled when she started raising chickens of her own. “The first challenge that the backyard chicken had to face was that suddenly they were an association with a past that the population was eager to leave behind,” she tells Steve Paikin in this 2009 interview, explaining how municipal ordinances sprang up to prohibit urban and suburban households from keeping livestock.

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