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Public school teachers at the elementary and high school level will begin work-to-rule campaigns tomorrow. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario says its members will withdraw administrative services such as responding to emails and writing comments on report cards. Educators with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation will withdraw similar services, as well as take part in “information pickets” where they will distribute pamphlets to the public, but not to students. Both unions say the measures will have no impact in the classroom. The Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association, meanwhile, is not yet in a legal strike position but has asked for a conciliator in contract talks with the province.
Ontario New Democrats call for action against Quebec religious symbols ban
NDP leader Andrea Horwath will be tabling a motion in the legislature today urging the province to underline its opposition to Bill 21, a controversial Quebec law that prohibits public sector workers from wearing religious symbols such as turbans, kippahs and crucifixes. If passed, Horwath’s motion would commit Ontario to formally asking Quebec for the immediate repeal of Bill 21 and to intervening in any Supreme Court challenge of the law.
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Still trying to decide whether you want to become the next leader of the Ontario Liberal Party? You have until 5 p.m. to make up your mind. The party will consider no new entries to the contest past that point. If you do throw your hat into the ring, don’t forget to bring lots of cash: it costs $100,000 to enter the race. The finalized group of candidates will be showcased at an event in Toronto on Thursday. The winner will be chosen on March 7.
In 2011, Basilian priest William Hodgson Marshall was convicted of abusing boys throughout southern Ontario during his decades-long career. Prey, an award-winning TVO Original documentary, follows survivor Rod MacLeod and his lawyer, Rob Talach, as they pursue a public trial in the hopes of finding justice and forcing the covered-up story of clergy sexual abuse into the light.
In Sierra Leone, chimps are struggling. After civil war and Ebola, their preservation is not a political priority. Enter Tacugama Chimp Sanctuary, whose mission is to bring chimp populations back from the brink. This harrowing and heart-warming story is told through the lives of individual sanctuary chimps fighting to survive.
Drag culture is mainstream in larger cities now, especially with the popularity of television shows such as RuPaul’s Drag Race. But Thunder Bay’s drag community, which once consisted of two groups at odds with each other over their performance style, is just beginning to come into its own. Northwestern Hub reporter Jon Thompson profiles a community in the process of bonding
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8 p.m. — The Agenda: Naomi Klein on the case for a Green New Deal
Author and activist Naomi Klein joins Steve Paikin to discuss her new book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, which makes the case for why the world’s policymakers need new ways of thinking about governance to tackle climate collapse and economic inequality.
10 p.m. — The Nile: 5,000 Years of History
South of Cairo, historian Bettany Hughes begins this episode’s journey on a stretch of the Nile that few visitors get to see: a part of the river that was once Egypt’s main highway and was used by Cleopatra to travel the kingdom.
In 1998, American author and essayist David Sedaris moved to Paris with the intention of studying French for a year. What he found there — in its museum food courts, dentists’ waiting rooms, and other unlikely places — convinced him to make the City of Lights his home for more than a decade. In this segment of Imprint, he elaborates on what it is about the streets of Paris that inspires him. Sedaris, who has written more than 12 books of non-fiction, moved to West Sussex, England in 2008.