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Why Andrew Scheer had no choice but to go
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Dec 14, 2019
Conservative Members of Parliament applaud party Leader of the Opposition Andrew Scheer after he announced he will step down as leader of the Conservatives, (Adrian Wyld/CP)

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Province considers religious accommodation for Sikh paramedics

Ontario is reviewing safety regulations after a Sikh paramedic working in Hamilton was removed from ambulance duty because of his beard, the Toronto Star reports. Management argued that his beard would interfere with a respirator he needed to wear in hazardous situations. However, the same paramedic also works in Peel Region, which allows its 22 Sikh ambulance staff to wear a different kind of respirator that accommodates beards. Unshorn hair and beards are a requisite of the Sikh faith. “This is something that we’re looking at because we want to have inclusive workplaces for everyone and we recognize there are a number of Sikh paramedics that do wonderful work,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.


Some Windsor police carrying naloxone despite chief’s orders

Police officers who spoke to the Windsor Star say they carry naloxone despite Chief Pam Mizuno’s belief that the opioid overdose medication should only be used by paramedics. According to the Star, Windsor is the only mid-size to large city in the province where on-duty officers are barred from carrying naloxone, which the government of Ontario provides free to pharmacies and first responders. The head of the Windsor police union says his members want to carry the drug to protect themselves from opioid exposure and to save the life of people who have overdosed.


Ontario finance minister mulls taking on Trudeau

The Toronto Star’s Robert Benzie says sources tell him Ajax MPP Rod Phillips is considering a run for the federal Conservative leadership in the wake of Andrew Scheer’s resignation. Benzie reports that Phillips, who served as provincial environment minister before being appointed to the finance portfolio in June, “has been working on his French.”



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The Agenda: Indigenous allies

For the past six months, non-Indigenous people have been gathering biweekly at the Kind Space in Ottawa to read and discuss the Missing and Murdered Women and Girls Inquiry’s final report — a 1,200-page document. Shelby Lisk, TVO’s Ontario Hubs journalist reporting on Indigenous issues, attended a meeting to learn how the group is cultivating understanding and allyship. As facilitator Rita Alma told her, the idea is “to get people to be able to face what is going on without recoiling or wanting to look away or wanting to absolve themselves from a solution.”


Brilliant Ideas: Kader Attia, artist and activist

French multimedia artist Kader Attia is interested in transformative change. His work addresses immigration, colonization, marginalization, and cultural identity. “This moment in which I developed interest in art, I think, was when I thought it might be possible to change the world,” he says in this documentary that looks at his process and reactions to his work. “I think art has this ability. And that’s why most of my artworks are very interested in this notion of living together — politics.”


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Why Andrew Scheer had no choice but to go

What ended up being the federal Conservative party’s last straw with Andrew Scheer’s leadership? And what will it be looking for in a new leader? Steve Paikin considers the internal pressures Scheer faced while trying to move forward as head of opposition in a new Parliament. “Scheer had tasked former federal and Ontario Conservative cabinet minister John Baird with surveying party members across the country and reporting back on the state of his leadership,” he writes. “Baird had apparently not even finished his report and yet, Scheer saw the writing on the wall.”



This weekend on TVO


Saturday, 9 p.m. — Nothing Like a Dame

Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actors of our time, with scores of Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, and BAFTAs among them. This documentary invites viewers along for a weekend country trip with these four lifelong friends as they reminisce about everything from art to aging to life in the celebrity fishbowl.


Sunday, 10:30 p.m. — 17 and Life Doesn’t Wait

Maureen Judge, the filmmaker behind the acclaimed My Millennial Life, points her lens at teens during a specifically hopeful, yet anxious, time in their lives. This TVO Original documentary is a candid and emotionally charged view of life through the eyes of three young women in their final year of high school. Audrey, Mich, and Kiki express their hopes for the future and prepare for independence, all while dealing with social media pressure, career ambitions, and insecurities.



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February 2011 — The science of lying

What happens to our brains when we lie and is it ever a good thing? In this 2011 segment of The Agenda, Steve Paikin speaks with two psychologists about the science of untruth, from the developmental milestone of learning to lie at an early age to the amount of work our brains do to tell lies to how that work gets easier for those who practise by lying a lot.
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