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Doug Ford revokes two appointments amid accusations of nepotism
Premier Doug Ford has cancelled two of the four international-adviser appointments he made this week, after it was revealed that the appointees had ties to the premier’s chief of staff, Dean French. Tyler Albrecht, who was to be paid $165,000 a year to serve as a trade representative in New York State, is a 26-year-old recent university graduate who is reportedly friends with French’s sons and played lacrosse on a team that French coached. Taylor Shields, who was to be posted to the United Kingdom on a salary of $185,000, is a second cousin of French’s wife, according to sources who spoke to the Globe and Mail.
You’ve heard of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey — two of the most famous people ever to study animals in their natural habitat. But did you know that the practice was pioneered by a zoologist from Toronto? The Toronto Star profiles Anne Innis Dagg, who did groundbreaking research on giraffes in the 1950s but toiled in obscurity most of her life due to industry sexism. At 86, she is finally receiving some much-deserved recognition thanks to The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, a new documentary about her life and work.
Our review of the week that was begins with a group of Queen’s Park reporters assessing Premier Doug Ford’s first year at the helm — and this week’s big cabinet shuffle. Then, a panel of city councillors and planning experts review Ontario’s new housing legislation, Bill 108. Finally, food experts — including dietician Rosie Schwartz and Maple Leaf Foods executive Adam Grogan — discuss the rising popularity of plant-based meat alternatives.
Big cities around the world are grappling with how to mitigate the effects of climate change. Are bicycles the answer? This documentary looks at the state of urban cycling and examines why car culture — and the billions of dollars we invest in it — makes transforming our city streets so difficult.
The day after Doug Ford was sworn in as premier, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott announced big changes to the former Liberal government’s OHIP+ program, which provided free prescription drugs to Ontarians under 25. In this final instalment of TVO.org’s series on national pharmacare, Matt Gurney looks at the pros and cons of the program — and asks what the federal government can learn from Ontario’s experience.
Growing up in New Brunswick, TVO.org’s Haley Lewis faced harassment from classmates about her Mohawk heritage. But the fact that she didn’t look the way that many Canadians expect Indigenous people to look meant that she was able to blend in with white society. “That’s why I celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day: loudly, visibly, proudly,” she writes. “The day is a reminder that, by being unabashedly Indigenous — unabashedly myself — I’m repaying a younger Haley for all those years of hiding.”
South Westland consists of a narrow strip of land that extends from glacier to ocean and is characterized by farmland and temperate rainforest. In this episode, host Dave Murray lands his own plane on Big Bay, one of the region’s remote islands.
Filmmaker Christina Willings explores the lives of five gender-nonconforming kids, each of whom is trying to build a sense of their own identity and determine how they fit into the world. Playful, goofy, loving, and brave, these remarkable children have found their own way to break free of societal expectations.
What is procrastination? Is it laziness? Fear? It’s a question that many creative people ask themselves. In this Big Ideas segment from 2003, University of Toronto philosophy professor Mark Kingwell looks at procrastination almost as an art form. “Practitioners know that procrastination is far more creative than mere laziness,” he says. “Laziness is for wimps. Procrastination is only distantly related to the passive affliction of laziness. Procrastination is very active.”