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Toronto is set to join a global transportation phenomenon next month, with an e-scooter pilot project expected to launch in the city’s Distillery Historic District. Increasingly, North American commuters are getting around on electric-powered scooters, as “micromobility” companies such as Lime and Bird continue to expand. But there’s a problem: users of this service aren’t expected to return the vehicles to a specific place. In cities around the world, abandoned scooters have been left to clutter sidewalks and obstruct storefronts, and have even wound up in waterways. In response, municipal governments have passed regulations forcing companies to care for their products. Some e-scooter operations have hired crews to round up abandoned vehicles.
To close a retreat in Thunder Bay on Friday, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath announced changes to her party’s critic portfolios. Taras Natyshak, MPP for Essex, is now the critic for the newly created file of ethics and accountability, a move the party says is in response to Premier Doug Ford’s “cronyism scandal” under former party chief of staff Dean French. The NDP also named Wayne Gates to the new auto and manufacturing file, with Horwath saying a “storm is brewing” in those industries in Ontario. Among other changes were Toronto Centre MPP Suze Morrison’s move to tenant rights critic, as well as the critic for urban Indigenous issues, and missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
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Expansive, awe-inspiring landscapes are the hallmark of Canadian painter Lawren Harris’s signature style. This TVO Original documentary looks at how Harris, a founding member of the legendary Group of Seven, came to be one of the most valued artists in Canadian history, with his canvases routinely selling at auction for millions of dollars.
Looking to buff up on your contemporary Canadian history? Author and journalist Waubgeshig Rice has a recommendation for you: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, a National Film Board documentary about the 1990 Oka Crisis. Directed by veteran filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, it chronicles the events of a historic land dispute between a Kanien’kéhaka (Mohawk) community and the Quebec town of Oka over a proposed golf course. “I’ll always think back to that summer 29 years ago and what it meant for Indigenous people everywhere,” says Rice.
This weekend, Toronto will host one of the oldest and most important sporting events in Chinese-North American culture: a 9-Man volleyball tournament. More than 60 teams will compete at the Toronto Convention Centre in the 75th annual North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament. Journalist Alex Wong gives an overview of how the sport grew from the streets of North America’s Chinatowns to a worldwide sporting event.
This weekend on TVO
Saturday, 9 p.m. — Circus Without Borders
Best friends from distant corners of the globe, acrobats Guillaume Saladin and Yamoussa Bangoura share a dream to bring hope and change to their remote, struggling communities. In the Canadian Arctic and in West Africa, they help Inuit and Guinean youth excel in their craft while confronting the challenges of systemic poverty. Seven years in the making, this tale of two circuses — Artcirq and Kalabante — is a culture-crossing performance piece and an inspiring story of resilience.
Sunday, 10 p.m. — 9-Man: A Streetball Battle in the Heart of Chinatown
Nine-man volleyball is a gritty, unique streetball tournament played in the heart of Chinatowns across the U.S. and Canada. This documentary delves into the sport, its origins, and its connection to a dynamic community of men invested in keeping the historic tradition alive.
Manitoulin Island is a popular summer destination for Ontarians. In this archival episode of People Patterns, we learn a little about the region’s important treaty history, its beef-farming industry, and the role of tourism in the area’s economic development.