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Beyond books: What Ontario’s libraries have on offer
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Mar 14, 2020
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Ontario announces new COVID-19 cases

The province announced 20 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 79. Parliament is suspending proceedings until April 20, and public health officials are asking Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside the country. Also, RBC is projecting the epidemic will plunge the country into a short recession later this year.


Review finds ‘racism and discrimination’ at Peel board

A review commissioned by Education Minister Stephen Lecce finds racism is a serious problem at Peel District School Board, the Toronto Starreports. “During our review, Black youth told us that they feel like they are held to higher standards, and different codes of conduct in comparison to white or other racialized students,” the report says. “It is untenable that, for many years, the board has been unaware of this terrible state of affairs.”


Brown and Fedeli end legal battle

The legal feud between Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and Minister of Economic Development Vic Fedeli has been resolved without a court fight, the Toronto Sun reports. Fedeli launched a lawsuit based on statements made in Brown’s memoir. “In my book Takedown and thereafter, I made statements about a complaint of inappropriate conduct made against Vic Fedeli by a former member of my staff when I was leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party,” Brown wrote in a statement published Thursday. “In publishing Takedown, and in statements I made thereafter about this allegation, I did not, and did not intend to suggest or imply that Vic Fedeli had in fact engaged in any such conduct or that he had in fact acted in any way inappropriately.”


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The Agenda: Renewing Ontario’s libraries

Ontario’s public libraries are increasingly offering a wide range of services beyond books. Our reporters across the province have been looking into them, and chat with Jeyan Jeganathan about what they found.


Vancouver: No Fixed Address

TVO’s Housing Gap series continues with a look at Vancouver’s unaffordable housing market, and what’s being done to address it. Next Tuesday, we present a documentary called Airbnb: Dream or Nightmare exploring how the service is affecting cities around the world.


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Libraries are helping users access Wi-Fi from home. But who should pay for it?

For those who can’t afford high-speed internet or don’t have access to it, some public libraries offer portable Wi-Fi hotspots for borrowing. Southwestern Ontario journalist Mary Baxter reports from London, where the service has become controversial. “Cost is what motivated the London Public Library board to discourage the city from funding the program during this year’s budget talks,” she writes.


This weekend on TVO

Saturday, 9 p.m. — Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis

In In this 2017 documentary, filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested look at the state of Syria, its descent into war and chaos, and the resulting human toll.


Sunday, 9 p.m. —  First Contact

A group of people with fixed opinions about Indigenous issues continue theirlearning journey. In the final episode of the three-part series, they witness life on the streets of Calgary before heading north to an Edmonton corrections facility.


From the archive

Sept. 24, 1996 — Sandra Shamas on sabbaticals

Host Richard Ouzounian speaks with comedian Sandra Shamas about her time off from performing. “The last year of sabbatical has been spent perfectly in the study of self, or the reconsolidation of self, and the rejuvenation of my creativity, and what that is supposed to mean to me,” she says. Shamas, a Gemini award winner, now lives off the grid on a farm in rural Ontario.

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