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Delays on Ottawa’s new light-rail line are so frequent that the provincial cabinet minister responsible for the city, Lisa MacLeod, has called Mayor Jim Watsonto see if the Ford government can assist. “We are looking at options. I’m unsure if there is anything we can feasibly do, but we are prepared to work with them to get through this,” MacLeod wrote in an email to CTV Ottawa. The line has been plagued by malfunctioning trains since it opened in September. Earlier this week, several city councillors asked that bus service be restored in Ottawa’s downtown until the LRT’s issues could be fixed. Meanwhile, theOttawa Citizen has profiled one bus driver who refuses to wear her uniform to protest the abuse she says frontline employees are taking from angry riders upset by the failures of the light-rail system.
Ontario Green leader calls for continued moratorium on bottled-water permits
Green party leader Mike Schreiner is calling on Environment Minister Jeff Yurek to extend the province’s moratorium on new and extended water-taking permits for bottled water companies, the CBC reports. The moratorium, created after Nestlé purchased a well near Guelph that the township of Wellington Centre had wanted, is set to expire January 1, 2020. Both Wellington Centre and the advocacy group Environmental Defence have already called for an extension. “We will engage with the public, stakeholders and Indigenous communities for input on provincial water-taking rules that ensure the safety of secure, reliable sources of water,” a spokesperson for Yurek said in an email.
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First Nation leaders oppose government omnibus bill
Leaders from Nishnawbe Aski Nation in northern Ontario are speaking out against Bill 132, according to tbnewswatch.com. They say the proposed Better for People, Smarter for Business Act “seriously undermines the mining industry obligation to consult with First Nation communities.” NAN chiefs are calling on the government to extend the bill’s consultation period since its proposed changes would affect many provincial laws, including the Mining Act.
Serving realness, throwing shade, reading: the overwhelmingly popular TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race put drag slang on the map, for better and for worse. Podcast hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta talk to a drag performer and an anthropology scholar about what happens after the appropriation of a community’s language, and share the real definitions behind a lingo that has exploded into common usage.
Southwestern Ontario Hub reporter Mary Baxter reports on the pros and cons of roundabout intersections in Waterloo Region — particularly mixed-traffic ones, which even supporters are quick to admit have drawbacks. “They point out that [roundabouts] are sometimes not the best to have different modes of travel on, and there’s a psychological reason for that,” she tells host Jeyan Jeganathan. “People are expected to keep moving, and if suddenly you must stop because there’s a pedestrian crossing, it’s hard to compute.”
Telling the stories of five exceptional Canadian families through portraits, this film explores how photographs document our lives. From the first daguerreotype photos taken in the 1840s to today’s digital snapshots, family photographs have become important historical and anthropological artifacts that reflect who we are as a nation.
Steve Paikin parses out what went wrong in former Conservative MP Lisa Raitt’s campaign for Milton in the federal election. “Lisa Raitt had every expectation on election night 2019 of being elected for a fourth time and of being in the conversation about potential replacements for [Andrew] Scheer, if he goes on to lose his confidence vote next April,” he writes. Instead, shockingly, Raitt lost. One large reason? Underestimating Liberal opponent Adam van Koeverden’s tactics. “We only tried to get the vote out among our supporters,” one campaign volunteer tells Paikin. “Mr. van Koeverden didn’t. He went to everyone.”
This weekend on TVO
Saturday, 9 p.m. — Of Men and War
The battlefield’s horrors are never far away in this chronicle of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Filmed over five years at a U.S. military hospital in northern California, this documentary by director Laurent Bécue-Renard is an engrossing study of people who served in Afghanistan and Iraq as they try to cope with their trauma through intensive group therapy.
Sunday, 8 p.m. — Princess Margaret: The Rebel Royal
The Queen’s younger sister was anything but the conventional royal. Through archival footage and interviews with those who knew her well, this film reveals how Princess Margaret’s approach to life and love reflected the social and sexual revolution that transformed Britain during the 20th century.
What does it take to be a government minister and a politician when a humanitarian disaster strikes? In this Think Again clip, former defence minister Bill Graham takes us into the halls of power after finding himself at the centre of the Canadian government’s response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The earthquake and resulting surge devastated coastal areas in Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand, and is considered to be one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.