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In an internal report requested by Premier Doug Ford and his then-chief of staff Dean French, York Centre MPP Roman Baber wrote that the Tories deliberately misled the public about the autism program’s costs to justify a funding model that would leave families “destitute.” In the report, obtained by the Globe and Mail, Baber also wrote that the government’s repeated claims that 23,000 children were on a waitlist for services was “unverified and is likely inaccurate.”
One bite from this tick and you may never eat steak again
Nobody panic, but a tick has been spotted in southern Ontario whose bite can cause people to become allergic to red meat. Oakridge Animal Clinic in London said a woman recently brought in a lone star tick she found on her cat. Normally native to the southeastern U.S. and Mexico, the lone star tick’s bite can cause an allergy to alpha-gal, a carbohydrate found in red meat, resulting in hives, vomiting, and diarrhea. There’s no known cure to the reaction other than to simply avoid eating red meat. Experts say people who are going to be outside in an area known to contain ticks should wear long pants and use a bug spray that contains DEET.
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When David and Sharon Cation bought a 270-hectare parcel near Coboconk, just north of Kawartha Lakes, they knew they wanted to protect it. So they donated it to a land trust and turned it into a wildlife preserve. Journalist Will Pearson breaks down what land trusts are, how they work, and explains why they’re a innovative way to preserve the environment.
Cobalt was once a booming town built on the silver mining industry. The Montreal Canadiens even played their first game in this northern Ontario town near the western border of Quebec. But just as the silver ran out, the town was ravaged by a fire in 1977, leaving Cobalt a shell of its former self. These days the town is poised for a renaissance, thanks to its namesake. Cobalt, a byproduct of silver refining, is a highly sought-after commodity used in lithium batteries.
Based on Margaret MacMillan’s award-winning book, Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World, this documentary takes viewers inside the Paris Peace Conference that resulted in the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, a document that ended the First World War.
What does it mean to be a stand-up comedian of colour in an industry that’s mostly white? Stand Up Toronto explores the experience of three comics from diverse backgrounds as they navigate the city’s comedy circuit and try to break the stereotypes of the genre and its practitioners.
Are Canadians really all that polite? This Agenda segment from 2013 dispels the myth of the stereotypically passive-aggressive, always-apologizing Canuck. Steve Paikin talks to a panel of psychiatrists and cultural commentators about whether rudeness is a quality that’s diluted through generations, and how a departure from traditional forms of community is making us more narcissistic.