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Queen's Park is back!
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 29, 2019
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MPPs return to the provincial legislature today after a nearly five-month-long recess.

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Queen’s Park is back!

MPPs return to the provincial legislature today after a nearly five-month-long recess. The government said the extended break offered elected officials a chance to spend time with their constituents after having put in several productive months at Queen’s Park; many observers suspected it was to keep Premier Doug Ford out of the news in order to boost Andrew Scheer’s electoral chances during the federal campaign. Whatever the reason for the longer-than-usual hiatus, today’s order of business includes discussion of Bill 124 (an effort to curb public-sector salary increases) — and, of course, question period. 


The future of groceries is getting road-tested in Oakville

Would you like to use a shopping cart that can scan items as you fill it up and allows you to pay without having to line up at checkout? If your answer is yes, you should consider heading to Oakville. A Sobeys there has become the testing ground for a “smart cart” that can weigh items without barcodes and comes equipped with its own scanner and payment terminal, CTV reports. But this is only the beginning: the grocery chain says that the cart’s artificial-intelligence technology will eventually allow it to recognize products without even having to scan them.


Order of Catholic priests ordered to pay millions in sex-abuse case

On Friday, the Ontario Court of Appeal rejected efforts by the Basilian Fathers of Toronto to avoid paying $2.57 million in damages to Rod MacLeod, who was sexually abused in the 1960s by one of their priests, the Sudbury Star reports. The Reverend Hodgson Marshall, a Basilian priest, was convicted in 2011 of abusing 17 young people over his 38-year career. The story of MacLeod’s efforts to shine a light on Marshall’s abuses is told in the new documentary Prey, which will have its world broadcast premiere on TVO on November 19.



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Main Street Ontario: Thunder Bay

In 1970, the towns of Fort William and Port Arthur amalgamated into Thunder Bay, creating the largest city in northwestern Ontario. Isolated from surrounding cities, an underground queer community found refuge at the Ukrainian Labour Temple. This same community launched the first Thunder Pride, which brings together friends and family in a celebration of love and acceptance.


National Geographic: Japan’s Wild Year

Beyond the densely populated, high-tech cities of Japan lies a pristine wilderness landscape. From snow monkeys to the iconic red-crowned crane, learn about the great diversity of wildlife that makes its home on this island nation.



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How this Ontario organization is rising awareness of intersex rights


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Photo by Mary Baxter

On Friday, the intersex flag was raised outside London city hall — part of a larger effort to fight stigma and promote education and understanding of people born with physical characteristics outside the gender binary. Southwestern Ontario Hub reporter Mary Baxter spoke to two people behind the initiative to understand what it means to be intersex, and why it’s important for the community to be acknowledged and accepted.


Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — The Agenda: Living with depression and suicidal thoughts

For journalist and author Anna Mehler Paperny, the topic of suicide is a deeply personal one. In her new book, Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person, she tries to destigmatize the subject. She joins The Agenda to discuss her journey, both personal and professional.


9 p.m. — Extraordinary Women: Wallis Simpson

Often written off as a frivolous American socialite, a gold-digger, and even a Nazi sympathizer, the twice-divorced Wallis Simpson became embroiled in a constitutional crisis when she entered into one of the most talked-about marriages of the 20th century. To the horror of the British government and the Royal Family, King Edward VIII gave up the throne to marry her in 1936.



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January 2011 — A chat with Russell Peters

Russell Peters has had many career high points: he became the first stand-up comedian to have his own Netflix special and the first to sell out what is now Scotiabank Arena; in 2013, he placed third on the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid comedians. In this candid interview with Allan Gregg, he talks about his early life in Brampton, his rise through the ranks of Canadian comedy, and his then-new memoir, Call Me Russell.

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