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Will coronavirus bring change on paid sick days?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Feb 29, 2020
Participants in Roots to Harvest’s Culture Kitchen program on a recent Wednesday morning. (Jon Thompson)

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Province tightens rules around vape products 

Health Minister Christine Elliott has announced new rules for e-cigarette products in an effort to discourage youth from taking up vaping, the Canadian Press reports. Corner stores and gas stations will no longer be permitted to sell e-cigarette liquids that are flavoured or contain high amounts of nicotine. Such liquids will be available exclusively at specialty vape shops and cannabis stores, which serve only customers 19 and over. The new regulations are expected to take effect on May 1.


Fiat Chrysler deals blow to Windsor by ending third shift

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced that its Windsor assembly plant will operate with just two shifts as of June 29, the Windsor Star reports. The move is being blamed on declining sales of the plant’s main product, the Chrysler Pacifica. Windsor mayor Drew Dilkens said that ending the third shift at the facility will cost 1,500 jobs directly and create negative ripple effects through the rest of the city’s economy. “We really need to prepare this community for the future, and that future may one day mean that there is no automotive production here,” he added.


Former students win in court against defunct Christian school in Brockville

A judge has ruled that Grenville Christian College allowed a culture of abuse to flourish from the early 1970s to the late 1990s, the Canadian Press reports. “The headmasters were the absolute masters of the Grenville domain, indulging in acts of petty cruelty and doling out disproportionate physical and emotional pain to vulnerable or less-favoured students,” Justice Janet Lieper wrote. The ruling was the result of a class-action lawsuit launched by former students of the Brockville-based boarding school. Their allegations included being beaten with wooden paddles, being forced to spy on one another, and being subjected to “exorcisms” and group sessions during which they had to confess real or imagined sins. Grenville Christian College closed in 2007.


Northwestern Ontario senator suspended again

A Senate committee has suspended Senator Lynn Beyak from the Red Chamber for the second time in less than a year, tbnewswatch.com reports. Beyak apologized earlier this week for having posted letters with racist attitudes toward Indigenous people on her website. Nishnawbe Aski Nation grand chief Alvin Fiddler, who represents several Indigenous communities in northwestern Ontario, welcomed the decision. “I took time to listen to her apology, the tone of her apology, and it just wasn't sincere at all,” Fiddler said. During the suspension, Beyak will be required to take a sensitivity-training course that she failed to complete during her last suspension.



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The Agenda: The case for sick days

Last year, the Ontario government cancelled provisions for paid sick days. Now, as the province readies itself for the coronavirus, medical professionals are calling on the Tories to restore them. The University of Toronto’s Kate Hayman, Peninsula Canada’s Ryan Wozniak, Momentum HR’s Sarah Yurichuk, and Peter Gossman, of the Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers and Businesses of Canada, join Steve Paikin to discuss how sick days affect workers, businesses, and public health.


The Dictator’s Playbook: Idi Amin

From humble beginnings, Idi Amin rose to become dictator of Uganda. Applying lessons he’d learned from the British as a soldier in the colonial army, he was an expert at deploying military force to achieve political power. Learn how a combination of populist charm and brutal violence, backed up by a vast police state, supported his eight-year rule



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Newcomers cook up tastes of home at Thunder Bay’s Culture Kitchen


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Photo by Jon Thompson

A culinary program in Thunder Bay is providing refugees with safety training — and serving up dishes that are changing the city’s food scene. Northwestern Hub reporter Jon Thompson writes about how Roots to Harvest’s Culture Kitchen is giving newcomers the opportunity to commercialize their culinary skills and a venue to share their cooking with the local community.



This weekend on TVO


Saturday, 10:30 p.m. — There Is a House Here

With his friend singer-songwriter Tatanniq (Lucie) Idlout acting as guide, Toronto filmmaker Alan Zweig travels to Nunavut to find out about life in the North. In this affecting documentary, he navigates issues of culture and identity as he makes multiple trips to the territory to learn the ways of Inuit elders and the community.


Sunday, 9 p.m. — First Contact

Follow a group of six non-Indigenous Canadians with strong opinions on Indigenous people as they’re challenged to check their preconceived notions against reality. In the first of three episodes, they travel to Winnipeg, where they meet prominent Cree activist Michael Redhead Champagne, who prepares them for the journey ahead. 


From the archive


June 8, 2003 — Elizabeth Abbott on the history of mistresses

In this 2003 episode of Big Ideas, writer and historian Elizabeth Abbott discusses the role of mistresses throughout history — from Jeanne Antoinette de Pompadour and Simone de Beauvoir to Marilyn Monroe and Camilla Parker-Bowles. “I've written about two dozen mistresses in A History of Mistresses, and one of the things that has most fascinated me is, how do we get to know about mistresses?” she says. “What is our information? What are our sources? Mistresses are very often — not always, but very often — hidden, secret, illegal, clandestine. In fact, clandestiny is one of the common characteristics of mistresses in the Western world.”

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