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Contraband cheese, Canada’s tennis prowess, and a look back at Doug Ford’s first year
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on June 3, 2019
Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh
File photo of federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh (Adrian Wyld/CP)

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NDP unveils $15 billion climate-change plan

The federal NDP released details of its climate-action plan, “Power to Change,” on Friday morning. The plan includes $6.5 billion for public transit, higher tax rebates for zero-emission-vehicle purchases, a countrywide ban on single-use plastics, and a pledge to make Canada’s power grid emissions-free and new buildings energy-efficient. “It’s time to act and time to fight like our future depends on it, because it does,NDP leader Jagmeet Singh told reporters prior to the release.

It's billed as “the most comprehensive environmental plan the NDP has ever proposed.” But, as TVO.org’s John Michael McGrath pointed out on Twitter, given that the federal government could do a whole lot of deficit spending without affecting its debt-to-GDP ratio, a $15 billion investment over four years isn’t particularly ambitious.


Ontario could soon be clouded with wildfire smoke — from B.C.

The Weather Network reports that a dry summer in British Columbia, coupled with winds from the jet stream, could push wildfire smoke from the Pacific coast eastward, possibly as far as southern Ontario. Alberta, the province’s immediate neighbour,  will be the most likely to suffer: it may have to contend with visible haze that could lower local temperatures.


Smuggling is illegal, and sometimes weird

Two stories in the news this week drew attention to the sometimes bizarre things people try to sneak into the country. In one, a man was fined $30,000 for trying to smuggle nearly 4,000 kilograms of cheese over the Canada-U.S. border at the Thousand Islands crossing near Kingston. Even stranger was the case of a man fined $15,000 after being caught with nearly 5,000 live leeches in his carry-on luggage on a flight from Russia to Toronto.


How Canada became a tennis superpower

Why does Canada, which had virtually no known tennis stars before 2000, now boast a host of young Grand Slam contenders, from Bianca Andreescu to Denis Shapovalov to Félix Auger-Aliassime? As the Guardian explains, the answer is complicated — and our success may prove fleeting.



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Steve Paikin: A look back at Premier Doug Ford’s first year


Ontario Premier Doug Ford
File photo of Premier Doug Ford (Chris Young/CP)

“Whether you love or loathe the government’s agenda, you certainly can’t accuse the PCs of being timid. It has been a breathtakingly active first year,” writes Steve Paikin. As he notes, the premier has recently shown signs of softening: he has, for example, reversed municipal public-health cuts and appointed a former Liberal cabinet minister to oversee an autism advisory panel. So which Ford will Ontarians see in Year Two?



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The Agenda’s Week in Review

Our review of the week’s episodes begins with a conversation about the debate over the Law Society of Ontario’s statement of principles. Then, we discuss the future of the Indian Act, and scientist Kate Marvel talks about why climate-change science can be so difficult to communicate in a compelling way. Finally, urban-planning expert Joe Berridge breaks down what makes a city both attractive and functional.



Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — Coast New Zealand: Bay of Plenty

Host Neil Oliver and team explore the natural wonders of the Bay of Plenty on the northern coast of New Zealand’s North Island, gathering seaside stories from the white-stone city of Oamaru and the Northland region of Kaipura.


9 p.m. — Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story

Kevyn Aucoin’s makeup artistry was synonymous with ’80s and ’90s fashion, helping to craft the images of icons such as Cher, Brooke Shields, Cindy Crawford, and Kate Moss. But the man behind the fashion-forward techniques such as contouring, sculpted eyebrows, and lush false eyelashes lived a life of insecurity and isolation due to his troubled past in Louisiana. In this documentary, learn about Aucoin’s complex life, his creative output, and his legacy.



Phrase of the week


INVERTED YIELD CURVE

There are three types of yield curves used to describe interest rate environments: normal (when yields on longer-term investments and bonds are rising), flat (when the economy's growth is slowing), and inverted (when yield on long-term investments and bonds are falling). The latter is the least common of the three, and typically is considered a predictor of an economic recession. The Bank of Canada noted this week that yield-curve inversion trends seen in Canada and globally the past few weeks are good reason to be wary.

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