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The cows come home at Collins Bay, reviving Great Lakes waterfronts, and the loneliness of being prime minister
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 19, 2019
Government officials were on hand Thursday to mark the arrival of six Holsteins at Collins Bay Institution in Kingston. (



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Prison farms reopen in Kingston

Government officials were on hand Thursday to mark the arrival of six Holsteins at Collins Bay Institution in Kingston, where the cows will be part of a prison-farm program that had been shut down under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Collins Bay will be home to a cow-and-goat dairy operation, and nearby Joyceville Correctional Centre will be welcoming a beef herd. Inmates will also grow crops and organic produce.

Check out’s coverage of the early efforts to restart the program and of the controversy sparked by the program’s move to pursue livestock farming.

After long delay, Bradford Bypass moving forward

Ontario Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney has announced that the province wants to build a new link between highways 400 and 404. Proponents believe that the so-called Bradford Bypass will serve as a much-needed east-west highway corridor and ease traffic congestion in the rapidly growing GTA. First identified as a priority in 2002 by the then-Progressive Conservative government, the idea was later shelved under the Growth Plan developed under Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty. Mulroney says that the next step will involve updating the environmental assessment.

Release the beaver deceiver

The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority is taking steps to crack down on overzealous beavers near one London neighbourhood by deploying what some call a beaver deceiver. Also known as a beaver baffler, the device — which involves a cage and a pipe notched into the animals’ dam — keeps water flowing in storm water ponds, drains and creeks that beavers might otherwise get busy plugging up. The animals “tend to create a little bit of difficulty sometimes because they will back up more water than they need, and it’s become a problem in the city because we have roads that get flooded or created problems in neighbourhoods,” Steve Sauder of the conservation authority tells the London Free Press.

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Mixed Match

What happens when you can’t find a bone-marrow match? That’s the issue faced by many mixed-race patients with life-threatening diseases, as public registries offer few compatible donors. In this film, you’ll meet people struggling to navigate the system — and learn about the crucial role race plays in medicine.

Her Story: The Female Revolution – Women and Work

For generations, women worldwide faced clear expectations: they should be wives and mothers, and wives and mother only. But the 20th century saw big shifts in societal conventions and the creation of unprecedented opportunities. The final episode of this series takes you around the globe and shares the stories of women who are charting a new course in the world of work.

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Reviving Great Lakes waterfronts for fun and profit

A new report finds that the economic benefits of cleaning up post-industrial waterfronts are considerable and that such efforts could pay even bigger dividends in the future. John Michael McGrath considers the case of Collingwood — where experts say a shipyard-redevelopment project could lead to $900,000 in ongoing annual revenue — and the larger issue of how a combination of investment and political will can produce profits and a cleaner environment.

This weekend on TVO

Saturday, 9 p.m. — Janis: Little Girl Blue

Since her death in 1970 at age 27, Janis Joplin has been a ubiquitous presence on posters, T-shirts, and classic-rock radio. Amy Berg's documentary interviews Joplin's confidantes and family, and offers fresh insight into this music icon. Singer-songwriter Cat Power provides readings from Joplin's letters, but the dominant voice here is Joplin's own, captured in performances drawn from both classic and rare footage.

Sunday, 9 p.m. — The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution

Long hours. Dangerous conditions. Rampant sexism. Those used to be the norm in the restaurant industry, but a new generation is making change. Maya Gallus's documentary profiles seven female chefs from Toronto, London, and New York City who are helping to create more equitable 21st-century kitchens.

From the archive

February 7, 1978 — John Diefenbaker’s abiding faith

August 16 marked the 40th anniversary of the death of John Diefenbaker, a Progressive Conservative who from 1957 to 1963 served as Canada’s 13th prime minister. In this 1978 interview, host Mike McManus talks to Diefenbaker about his life and career, discussing political contemporaries such as Louis St. Laurent (his predecessor) and Diefenbaker’s fight to further civil liberties — which resulted in the introduction of the Canadian Bill of Rights. “There is no loneliness to equal that of being prime minister, or the leader of a country,” Diefenbaker says. “No matter how you endeavour to shake it, it's there. But I had something. I had an abiding faith.” He was still the MP for the Saskatchewan riding of Prince Albert when he died a year after this interview at age 83.

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