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Talking about Trump, pot squabbles, and Ottawa's new top cop
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 28, 2019
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks at the Associations of Municipalities Ontario conference in Ottawa.(Adrian Wyld/CP)

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Could a Trudeau win spell the end of Ford’s carbon tax fight?

At a press conference Friday, Premier Doug Ford was asked if he would drop the province’s court challenge if the federal Liberals win the fall election. “This carbon tax, it’s not going to be the courts that are going to decide, the people are going to decide when the election is held,” Ford said. “Once the people decide, I believe in democracy, I respect democracy, we move on."


Sarnia mayor calls pot lottery ‘unfair and flawed’

Mike Bradley is asking why his community of Sarnia, like other southwestern Ontario cities, is still without a place to buy legal marijuana. The provincial government awarded 50 new cannabis store licenses this week in its second lottery, but Sarnia — along with Chatham-Kent, Stratford, and Woodstock — came up empty. Meanwhile some cities, such as London, were awarded stores despite already having one. “I don’t know why the people, because it’s legal, in this area should be treated like second-class citizens,” Bradley said.


Police cameras to more than double in Toronto

The province committed $3 million on Friday to help buy 40 new closed-circuit television cameras for Toronto’s police force. The plan is meant to deter gun violence — the city is on pace for a record number of shootings in 2019. The cameras will be installed over a three-year period, bringing the total number of police CCTV cameras in Toronto to 74.  


Former contender for Toronto top cop to be named chief of Ottawa police, sources say

Ottawa will name its next chief of police Monday, and sources tell the Ottawa Citizen it will be former Toronto deputy chief of police Peter Sloly. Sloly was passed over for Toronto police chief in 2016, in favour of Mark Saunders. Former Toronto Police Services Board member Alok Mukherjee later revealed that some thought Sloly “was too assertive, that he was too committed to the Black community and Black issues." Sloly will be Ottawa’s first Black police chief.



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Talking to Americans — about Donald Trump


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File photo of Donald Trump (CJ Gunther/EPA/CP)

On Manitoulin Island this summer, Steve Paikin found himself in a conversation with a family from rural Michigan who support President Donald Trump. He learned they were willing to ignore Trump’s often lewd behaviour and outrageous remarks, because they believed in his policy goals. They like, for example, his aggressive public stance toward trade with China. “Yes, he does incredibly stupid things,” the father said. “And I wish to hell he’d stay off Twitter. But that’s just him. I’m prepared to overlook all those things because I think he’s on the right track when it comes to the policies we care about.”



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The Water Brothers: Bottlegate

For most Canadians, high quality tap water is easily accessible. So why do we buy so much bottled water? The Water Brothers visit a treatment facility and discover that water from the tap is often better than the stuff at the corner store.


Living With My Sister's Ghost

As a child, author Gail Gallant was told she was born in the place of her deceased sister, also named Gail. In The Changeling: A Memoir of My Death and Birth, My Haunted Childhood, and My Education in Sainthood and Sin, she explores her relationship with her faith, and with herself. She joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss the unusual circumstances of her birth.



This weekend on TVO


Saturday, 12 a.m. — Slow Food Story

Carlo Petrini says the world would be a little better, and a lot tastier, if everyone just slowed down. That’s why he started Slow Food, an international movement that promotes the use of fresh, local ingredients, along with the joys of traditional cooking and shared meals. The idea was born in 1986, when Petrini protested a MacDonald’s near the beloved Spanish Steps in Rome.


Sunday, 8 p.m. — Josiah

Josiah Henson was an author, abolitionist, and former slave who escaped to Canada in 1830. He was also an inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. Once free, Henson rescued 118 slaves and founded the Dawn freeman settlement in Dresden.



From the archive


Big Ideas: Donna Gabaccia on Italian CuisineOct. 23, 2004

How did Italian cuisine become what it is today? Donna Gabaccia, a University of Toronto history professor and author of We Are What We Eat, discusses the roots of Italy’s regional cooking and its international popularity. “We know that in those early years, prior to the discovery of the Americas, Italians still drew on the so-called classical Mediterranean culinary triangle of wine, wheat, and oil,” she says. “But we also know that the economic rise of Italy's urban elites had added pasta, forks, meats, and salads to the tables of the merchants and the bankers, the humanists and the clerics, and the artists of Tuscany, Venice, Lombardy, Genoa and Rome.”

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