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Yours to uncover: A shot in the arm for the Liberal leadership, but not enough vaccinations for Toronto’s schoolchildren
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on April 8, 2019
Steven Del Duca and Michael Coteau are the latest contenders for the Ontario Liberal leadership. (Chris Young/CP)



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Ontario Liberal leadership race heats up

Rumours about the Ontario Liberal Party’s next leadership contest have been swirling for some time. But as of this week, the race is officially on: former economic development and growth minister Steven Del Duca (left) on Wednesday became the first to throw his hat in the ring to be the next leader of the party.

Michael Coteau (right), who served as child and youth services minister in Kathleen Wynne’s government, recently revealed to Steve Paikin that he plans to enter the race for leader as well. Former education minister Mitzie Hunter and former community safety minister Marie-France Lalonde have also been rumoured as potential candidates.

Del Duca says he isn’t concerned about his association with the Wynne government years, which ended with a 2018 election loss of 48 seats — including his own — and Wynne stepping down as leader. Coteau, Hunter, and Lalonde, however, still have seats in the legislature. Interim party leader John Fraser says details on the leadership election should be finalized in June.

More troubling reports on vaccination rates

Earlier this week, Toronto Public Health called for a campaign to counter misinformation about vaccines. Since then, the department has revealed that nearly 25 per cent of all seven-year-old students in the city haven’t been vaccinated for measles, mumps, and rubella. Measles and mumps in particular are highly contagious and can result in life-long medical complications. Meanwhile, a Toronto Star investigation found that many public health offices across the province do not adequately track rates of vaccination, and for which diseases.

A close-up look at the premiers’ portraits

In case you missed it, one of’s most popular articles this week was Steve Paikin’s look at how portraits of Ontario premiers make it to the walls of Queen’s Park. Steve outlines how the portrait of Kathleen Wynne currently in the works will be the first painting of a female premier on the walls of the legislature and describes how the process of painting premiers for posterity has evolved over time. “We don’t tend to think of Queen’s Park as a repository for some of the province’s most important works of art,” he writes. “Perhaps we should.

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How Ontario became ‘Yours to Discover’

As buzzworthy slogans go, it would be difficult to match “I Love New York,” an ad campaign that debuted in 1979 and still holds up today. When Ontario’s tourism numbers started slumping a year later, marketers took inspiration from that iconic phrase and rolled out “Yours to Discover.” Ontario history buff Jamie Bradburn traces how the province went from “Keep it Beautiful” in the early ’70s, to “Yours to Discover" in the ’80s, and potentially to “Open for Business” in 2019

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Pot sommeliers to the Fresh Prince: The Agenda’s week in review

The Agenda’s weekly review begins with a look at how education about Indigenous history and culture can lead to greater understanding and compassion. Transit experts also weigh in on the Ontario government’s plans to upload Toronto subways. Steve Paikin then meets a pot sommelier to learn more about how an expertise usually associated with wine is being applied to cannabis, and how it will benefit consumers. Finally, Nam Kiwanuka follows Joseph Marcell’s acting career, from his Shakespearean training and role as the first Black King Lear to his 1990s portrayal of the inimitable butler Geoffrey on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens

British horticulturalist Monty Don travels to India to witness the majesty of desert gardens, which have historically been seen as symbols of power. Then he stops in at Istanbul’s famed tulip festival in Emigran Park, where three million bulbs planted every year make it a sought-after backdrop for weddings and special occasions. Back home in the U.K., he investigates the Islamic influence on royal gardens and public spaces.

This weekend on TVO

Saturday, 8 p.m. — Coast New Zealand

Historian Neil Oliver uncovers and celebrates New Zealand's unique history, people, archeology, geography and wildlife. In each episode, Oliver is joined by local experts who characterize the country’s story through intriguing tales and little-known facts about humanity’s youngest landmass.

Sunday, 10 p.m. — The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution

Kitchen culture in restaurants is notoriously brutal, with long hours, low pay, and pervasive stories of abuse and bullying. But a new generation of women finding work in the top ranks of restaurants is changing things for the better. Director Maya Gallus follows six such chefs attempting to trailblaze change.

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Herd immunity occurs when a large enough portion of a population becomes immune to an infectious disease, making it highly unlikely for the disease to spread. This is usually achieved through vaccination or having had the illness before.

As Nadia Alam, president of the Ontario Medical Association, told CBC’s Metro Morning: “Herd immunity is kind of like a wall. Every person who gets a vaccine is another brick in the wall. So if you have 90 per cent herd immunity within a community, 90 per cent of people are vaccinated within a community, then there's very little chance of an outbreak happening.”

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