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Cobalt’s comeback, another court rules for the carbon tax, and Queen’s Park gets a picnic after all
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on July 2, 2019
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File photo of a March 7, 2019 Queen's Park protest of the provincial government's changes to Ontario's autism program. (Frank Gunn/CP)



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PC MPP slams own government’s autism program

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.

Top Ontario court rules carbon tax constitutional

In a 4-1 decision, Ontario’s Court of Appeal has ruled the federal Liberal government’s carbon tax is constitutional. This is the second consecutive legal victory for carbon tax supporters, following a similar ruling by Saskatchewan’s top court in May. The Supreme Court of Canada is set to take up the matter in December.

Liberal MPP to throw Canada Day celebration after Tory cancellation

Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter has reserved the Queen’s Park front lawn on July 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “for an old-fashioned picnic for all Canadians to attend.” Hunter is doing so after Premier Doug Ford’s government cancelled Canada Day celebrations at Queen’s Park and announced it would redirect the funds to cover admission for the first 500 visitors at 10 Ontario agencies and attractions. Canada Day celebrations at the Ontario legislature have been a tradition since 1967.

See you Wednesday!

Happy Canada Day weekend, everyone! This newsletter will be on a reduced summer frequency for most of July, posting weekly editions on Wednesdays. We’ll resume our regular schedule on Monday, July 22.

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How this Ontario couple protected hundreds of hectares of land — by giving them away

a sign that says Canadian Wildlife Preserve

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.

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Main Street Ontario: Cobalt

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.

This weekend on TVO

Saturday, 9 p.m. — Paris 1919

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.

Sunday, 10 p.m. — Stand Up Toronto

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.

From the archive

June 25, 2013 — Are we getting ruder?

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. ​​​​​​​

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