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Federal-election star power, keeping northern businesses in the north, and improvising with John Candy
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Sep 16, 2019
A recent study shows a majority of Canadians support the Trans Mountain pipeline. (



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What Canadians think about the Trans Mountain pipeline

The federal election is officially underway, and energy issues are certain to play a key role. So where do Canadians stand on such issues as the Trans Mountain pipeline? A recent poll from the Angus Reid Institute finds that 53 per cent are in favour of the expansion project — which would involve building 980 kilometres of pipe from Alberta to British Columbia — and that only 24 per cent definitely want the project halted. However, the same survey finds that many also want to go green: 52 per cent of Canadians would prefer to see investments in renewable energy instead of oil and gas.

Liberals look to harness star power in GTA 

Does four-time Olympic medallist and Liberal candidate Adam van Koeverden have what it takes to beat three-time election winner and former Conservative cabinet minister Lisa Raitt in the riding of Milton? The Toronto Star examines whether the appeal of high-profile candidates can trump party allegiance.

Assessing the Sidewalk Labs plan for an all-wood neighbourhood

Sidewalk Labs’ “smart city” proposal for the Toronto waterfront has been criticized for being heavy on vision but light on details. Does its plan to build an entire neighbourhood completely out of environmentally friendly “mass timber” stand up to scrutiny? Globe and Mail architecture critic Alex Bozikovic looks at what we know about the benefits and limitations of all-wood buildings — and whether the reality supports Sidewalk Labs’ ambitions.

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The Bruce: The Peaceful Path

By the 20th century, the once-prosperous Bruce Peninsula was in decline. But then two things changed everything: a tourism boom and Canada’s first commercial nuclear-power station. Learn more about the history, culture, and economy of the region — and how conservationists fought to protect and preserve its ecological integrity.

Earth: A New Wild — Water

Kayak along the Colorado River to the sea; glimpse elephants and people gathering at the singing wells of Kenya. With conservation scientist M. Sanjayan as your guide, discover spectacular wildlife stories that illustrate how fresh water contributes to the health of the planet.

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How angel investing is keeping business in the north

“It’s much like Dragon’s Den without all the drama.” So says Mary Long-Irwin, the executive director of the Northern Ontario Angels, a non-profit angel-investing group that matches local entrepreneurs with local investors. Experts say that financial institutions have historically been unlikely to invest in more remote communities — and that organizations such as hers could be exactly what the region needs.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Great Lakes, great problems

Dozens of residents in Chatham-Kent are cleaning up after high winds and high waters brought catastrophic flooding and destroyed homes. Floods — and the damage they cause — are just one of the issues facing the Great Lakes. The Agenda examines the current and future challenges and looks at why a new report is calling on the federal government for a $1 billion investment over the next decade to meet them. 

9 p.m. — Extraordinary Women: Grace Kelly

At the peak of her career, Hollywood star Grace Kelly retired from acting and became a European princess. Her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco helped revive the tiny principality, but it was no fairy tale. This intimate look at the talented and generous woman behind the headlines explores her troubled marriage and untimely death.

From the archive

November 20, 1982 — Saturday Night at the Movies with John Candy 

In this 1981 interview with Elwy Yost, the much-loved Canadian comedian John Candy discusses his new movie, It Came from Hollywood, but also does some improvising as a couple of classic SCTV characters. Candy died in 1994 at age 43.

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