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What the PAWS bill will mean for animal welfare
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Nov 11, 2019
Road safety advocate calls for texting and driving spot checks(istock.com/FatCamera)

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Road safety advocate calls for ‘textalyzer’ spot checks

The Coalition for Vulnerable Road User Laws wants Ontario to greenlight a device that allows police to test cellphones at the side of the road to see if drivers are using them behind the wheel. “We literally are running into a crisis proportion of pedestrians getting hit, struck, killed and hurt,” Patrick Brown, a critical injury lawyer and coalition representative, tells the CBC. But privacy advocate Ann Cavoukian says she’s concerned that this “textalyzer” technology could compromise the enormous amount of personal data that is stored on modern cellphones.


Ontario fiscal update expected Wednesday

Finance Minister Rod Phillips will deliver the provincial government’s fall economic statement on Wednesday. While Phillips has not detailed its specific measures, he has said the province is on track to beat its previous 2019-20 deficit projection of $10.3 billion. The economic statement will be Phillips’ most significant act as finance minister since he took over the portfolio from Vic Fedeli in a June cabinet shuffle.


NDP puts hospital funding on the agenda

NDP leader Andrea Horwath is set to table a motion in the legislature today calling on the Progressive Conservative government to commit more money to hospitals in the fall economic statement. The motion calls for funding “that reflects patient need” for hospitals across the province. It also calls for money to be specifically committed to expansion of the Peel Memorial Centre and the construction of a new hospital in Brampton.



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The Stairs

Shot over five years, Hugh Gibson’s profoundly affecting and compassionate documentary examines the lives of habitual drug users in downtown Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. Witness daily life inside a community health centre whose social worker staff includes former and current drug users — people who understand all too well what their clients are going through.



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What the government’s new PAWS bill will mean for animal welfare


a SPCA agent holding a cat
 (Fernando Morales/CP)

Ontario’s new Bill 136, the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, would take responsibility out of the hands of charitable animal services to create a new government-run and publicly funded animal welfare inspection branch. John Michael McGrath spoke to Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice, about the proposed legislation and what it could mean for animals and owners in Ontario.



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8 p.m. — The Agenda: Mental health in the police force

After nine Ontario officers died by suicide in 2018, the province’s chief coroner, Dr. Dirk Huyer, assembled an advisory committee to investigate and report on the issue. Among the root causes the committee examined, police work culture was identified as a pivotal factor. Huyer and psychologist Lory Gray, who contributed to the committee’s report, join The Agenda to discuss the changes needed.


9 p.m. — Extraordinary Women: Amelia Earhart

In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, cementing her status as an intergenerational icon and inspirational celebrity. This documentary spans the life of the aviation pioneer, from her airshow excursions as a child to her tragic disappearance over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 during her attempt to circumnavigate the globe by plane.

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