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A Manitoba election, the future of Bitcoin, and launching #onpoli’s third season
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Sep 09, 2019
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Thursday will bring the first in a series of televised debates among party leaders in the lead-up to the federal election, but the prime minister is not expected to participate. (Paul Chiasson/CP)

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Federal election debates set to start, with or without Trudeau

Thursday will bring the first in a series of televised debates among party leaders in the lead-up to the federal election, but the prime minister is not expected to participate. Justin Trudeau has said that he won’t be taking part in either this debate, which will be hosted by Maclean’s magazine and CityTV, or the Munk Debate on foreign policy, scheduled for October 1. Instead, Trudeau will participate only in the two debates hosted by the Leader’s Debates Commission. (He is also expected to participate in the Quebec-based TVA debate.) A Liberal spokesperson says that the commission’s debates “will be widely distributed on television, radio, digital and social streaming platforms and reach the largest possible audience.” In response, Conservative spokesperson Brock Harrison told reporters: “We know Justin Trudeau is a formidable debater, as he proved in the last election. The only reason he would have for not wanting to attend all the debates is that he’s afraid to defend his record.”


Manitoba goes to the polls

Manitobans are set to elect a provincial government Tuesday, and onlookers wonder what the result will mean for the upcoming federal campaign. With the Liberal and Green parties currently polling in third and fourth place, the election, in which incumbent Progressive Conservative premier Brian Pallister hopes to head off Wab Kinew’s New Democrats, is expected to be a two-party competition. Some suggest that Pallister’s current strong position in the polls is good news for federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, while others wonder whether Conservative volunteer and donor bases will be stretched thin and so be less likely to contribute federally.


Anti-Black racism in Ontario schools

Richard Sharpe’s father left England for Ontario in the 1960s, hoping to find a home less hostile to its Black population. His now-teenaged son, however, has faced many of the same issues Sharpe did more than 50 years ago. As part of its ongoing series  on the marginalization of Black and Indigenous students in Canada, the Toronto Star spoke with Sharpe about issues facing Black youth in Ontario schools today. Between 2011 and 2016, Black students had the highest suspension rates and lowest graduation rates of any racial group, though Indigenous students were not included in the study. Sharpe went on to home-school his son, who now is at the University of Guelph on a soccer scholarship.



What we're tracking



The third season of #onpoli, TVO’s podcast on Ontario politics, premieres today! Series producer Eric Bombicino has some thoughts on the upcoming season. “Everyone is covering the federal election, so why should you listen to our podcast? The brain trust of co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath, for one,” he says. “But, secondly, we are not doing breaking news. You can get that elsewhere. We thought long and hard instead about the major forces and fault lines shaping this election. From post-truth news to the rise of populism and the furor over carbon pricing to Indigenous reconciliation, each episode takes a deep look at what we think you need to know so you can get a full, clear view of the election landscape.”



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The Great War Tour: The Missing

Few Canadians know that 20,000 of the Canadian soldiers killed in the First World War are still missing. Some were buried in anonymous graves; others fought on battlefields in France and Belgium and were never seen again. Author Norm Christie reveals why so many men have yet to be found.



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Canadians in every riding support action on climate change

As the federal-election campaign kicks into gear, Canadians are thinking more and more about which party will offer the best plan of action on climate change. Scholars Matto Mildenberger and Erick Lachappelle discuss research that suggests that Canadians in every electoral riding believe in the science of climate change. “Even Canadian ridings where belief in climate change is the lowest have comparable beliefs to liberal states like Vermont and Washington,” they write. “Overall, Canadian support for a carbon tax is higher than support for a carbon tax in California, often thought of as the most environmentally progressive U.S. state.”



Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — The Agenda: State sovereignty and climate change

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro faced international criticism for his government’s response to the fires currently raging across the Amazon rainforest, a vital resource in the fight against global warming. The Agenda welcomes experts to discuss whether state sovereignty is an outdated concept when it comes to fighting climate change and whether more action is needed to stop international policies that put the environment at risk.


9 p.m. — Jane

Jane Goodall is a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists. This documentary — featuring never-before-seen footage and scored by Phillip Glass — tells the story of a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.




From the archive


March 2014 — The future of Bitcoin

In 2009, an open-source code for Bitcoin, a digital currency that uses no central bank or distributor, was made available to the public. In the 10 years since, it has seen vast fluctuations in value, been criticized for its use in criminal transactions, and been banned in some countries. This 2014 segment of The Agenda looks at the past and future of the cryptocurrency, which is currently valued at more than $14,300 per unit.

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