Daily: Saturday, April 20

The premier boys’ club, library cuts, and TVO’s Short Doc Contest
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on April 20, 2019
Rachel Notley waves in concession speech
Rachel Notley gives a concession speech in Edmonton on Tuesday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)



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A premier boys’ club

The results of the Alberta election have altered Canada’s political landscape: New Democrat Rachel Notley, who lost to United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney on Tuesday, was the only female premier in the country. That marks a big change from 2013, when six women held the office across Canada. “It raises important questions about women in leadership,” said former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne. ”I think it raises important questions about how misogyny plays in the current political climate.” Lori Williams, a professor at Calgary’s Mount Royal University who studies women in politics, says the lack of female premiers is disappointing. “But it’s not the end of the story -- the example and experience and impetus that’s been generated by these female leaders can have a longer lasting effect.”

Paper(back) cuts

When Rob Ford was mayor of Toronto, he wanted to cut the city’s library funding. Eight years later, his brother is cutting Ontario’s. The Southern Ontario Library Service and the Ontario Library Service-North, which support services provided by public libraries, both received noticed from Doug Ford’s government that they’re facing a 50 per cent funding cut. As columnist Shawn Micallef pointed out on Twitter, though, the public has a history of pushing back against library cuts.

Share your story with TVO’s Short Doc Contest

Our world is changing— and the stories we tell now will help shape our future. Do you want help define who we are and where we’re going? Here’s your chance! Submissions for TVO’s annual Short Doc Contest are now open. We’re looking for original short docs no more than four minutes and 45 seconds long. Check out our contest page for more details on prizes and how to enter.

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The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Veteran journalist Sean Mallen visits The Agenda to discuss his first book, Falling for London: A Cautionary Tale, which details his career as a foreign correspondent.

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Lights, camera, overreaction: How the Tories turned carbon-tax court proceedings into spin

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision to allow a livestream of its carbon-tax hearings was notable — and meant that, this week, the public could follow along with the arguments for the tax (from the federal government) and against it (from the provincial government) in real time. But, as’s John Michael McGrath writes, a tweet from Premier Doug Ford may have the justices reconsidering the move.

Word of the week


When something is nugatory, it’s of no value or importance — useless or futile. Joshua Hunter, a lawyer for the Ontario government, used the word this week at the Ontario Court of Appeal during the province’s court case against the federal carbon tax. He argued that the federal government’s claim that it has the broad authority to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions steps all over provincial jurisdiction — rendering the constitutional division of powers “nugatory.”

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — Coast New Zealand: Stewart Island

Sevengill sharks. A singing star’s lost past. A tourist who lived in a cave. In the third episode of Season 2,  Neil Oliver and his team investigate the wildlife, history, and culture of the smallest of the three main islands of New Zealand.

9 p.m. — Never Be Boring: Billy Wilder

A young journalist who fled Weimar Germany for Paris and New York, Billy Wilder went on to become one of Hollywood’s most iconic writers and directors. Some of the biggest stars of the industry’s golden age — Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Jack Lemmon, to name only a few — were among his collaborators and protégés. Through wide-ranging interviews and archival footage, this documentary offers insight into a cinematic genius whose immigrant experience shaped the images he created on screen.

From the archive

smoke and lights at a rave party. Play symbol is superimposed on image

December 29, 1994: Introducing the rave

Neon Spandex, glitter paint, and ecstasy — of both the emotional and narcotic varieties. By the mid-1990s, rave culture had established itself in warehouses and strobe-lit fields across North America, and mainstream media were starting to take notice. In this Studio 2 segment, meet a couple of Canadian ravers headed to a massive event in Toronto.