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Fighting stereotypes about women in the trades
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Mar 07, 2020
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Ontario hospitals preparing coronavirus testing centres

Some hospitals in the province are ready to establish stand-alone testing facilities for possible coronavirus cases  if the disease starts spreading more widely, CBC News has learned. Two health-sector sources say the testing centres would be housed in separate facilities such as portables. The goal would be to reduce the chances of someone with COVID-19 spreading the infection to other patients visiting emergency rooms. “This is in preparation in the event of community spread,” a Ministry of Health official stated in an email.  The official would not say how many hospitals are expected to create testing centres but added they would likely include locations inside and outside Toronto.

Province launches anti-human-trafficking strategy

The government announced on Friday it would spend a total of $307 million over five years to combat human trafficking. Billed in a news release as “the largest total investment” of its kind in Canada, the money will go to a variety of initiatives, including law-enforcement activities, victim services, and public-education campaigns. “Human traffickers prey on the most vulnerable members of our society ― our children,” Premier Doug Ford said in a statement. "We must put an end to this disgusting industry and take immediate steps to keep our kids safe.”

Steel producers set zero-carbon goal

The Canadian Steel Producers Association says it plans to achieve net-zero carbon-dioxide emissions by 2050, the Sault Star reports. “We know that climate change is a global challenge that requires our collective action,” Catherine Cobden, president of the association, said in a statement. “We believe we can achieve our vision of a low-carbon steel sector if we work in collaboration with governments, stakeholders, customers, and the supply chain.” A spokesperson for Sault Ste. Marie-based Algoma Steel said the company supports the zero-carbon goal and pointed to projects it has underway to reduce its carbon footprint by 79,000 tonnes.

Ontario Liberals choose new leader today

It’s widely expected that Steven Del Duca will be chosen as Kathleen Wynne’s successor as official leader of the Ontario Liberal Party at a convention in Mississauga today. For gavel-to-gavel coverage of the proceedings, watch a live stream hosted by Steve Paikin via The Agenda’s FacebookTwitter, or YouTube pages. “We'll stay with the story non-stop until a leader is crowned,” Paikin says.

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The Agenda: A personal story of patient advocacy

Mary Baxter, TVO’s southwestern Ontario Hub journalist, shares her story about the complexities of securing after-care for her ill sister Sue, who was hospitalized last year. She recalls the frustration and emotional upset involved with navigating the Ontario health-care system as an advocate for Sue, who has severe mental-health issues and Parkinson’s disease.

Sponsorland: Welcome to Canada

Canadians became international heroes during the Syrian-refugee crisis of 2016 by opening their doors and sponsoring thousands in need, but how do good intentions stack up against reality? This documentary by Michèle Hozer follows a Syrian family of 13 and their community of well-intentioned sponsors in Picton, exploring the joys, expectations, and challenges that they experience.

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‘You wouldn’t be interested in that’: Fighting stereotypes about women in the trades

Women pursuing careers in skilled trades could help ease Ontario’s labour shortage, a growing issue that the province is trying to address. “Skilled-trade gigs can offer better economic prospects for some women. Statistics Canada data shows that hairdressers make some of the lowest wages in the skilled trades — heavy-duty equipment technicians and steamfitter-pipefitters make an average of more than $100,000 just four years after getting certified. But preconceptions about what the skilled trades are and who can do them can seem to rule them out as options,” writes Diane Peters.

This weekend on TVO

Saturday, 9 p.m. — Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Narrated by Jodie Foster, with wide-ranging interviews from Ava DuVernay and Geena Davis to Ben Kingsley, this film centres on Alice Guy-Blaché, a pioneering filmmaker whose work has been all but lost to history. By many accounts, she was not only the first female director but perhaps the first fiction-film director of all time, churning out more than 1,000 films that enjoyed tremendous praise in her native France and later in the U.S., where she ultimately opened her own studio.

Sunday, 10 p.m. — Push

In case you missed its premiere, TVO presents an encore of the eye-opening documentary Push, which delves into why most cities around the world, including those in Ontario, are experiencing housing-affordability issues. “Since global investment funds started gobbling up properties everywhere — and the financial crisis was their gold rush — the global-property industry is now worth $283 trillion. If that sounds like a lot, it is. That is twice the GDP of the entire planet. When you're on that scale, nobody matters,” says Mikael Colville-Andersen, an urban designer and urban-mobility expert, in his introduction to the documentary.

From the archive

March 30, 2000 — A woman’s perspective on the skilled trades 

It’s still rare for women to seek jobs in skilled trades. In fact, women make up only about 4 to 6 per cent of construction, industrial, and motive-power trades in Ontario today. Back in 2000, Julie Lewis worked as a contractor, and in this episode of Women’s Work, she describes how that came to be. “It took me a while to realize this is what I wanted to do, even though I've always loved doing it,” she says. “I knew no women who were doing it, so it just never occurred to me to think of myself in that role.”

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