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Why Doug Ford may finally be growing into the job
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Nov 05, 2019
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario announced Friday that 98 per cent of its members had voted in favour of a strike “if necessary.” (



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Elementary teachers vote for strike action

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario announced Friday that 98 per cent of its members had voted in favour of a strike “if necessary.” ETFO president Sam Hammond described the strike mandate as a reaction to stalled talks with the government. “This is a wakeup call from our members to this government to get serious about key issues affecting educators and students,” he said in a statement.

“It sends a pretty clear message to parents that they want to escalate this,” Premier Doug Ford said on NewsTalk 1010 Radio in response to the vote. “And we’re trying to turn the heat down.”

Insurance rates jump due to weather-related damage

Flooding and forest fires across the country are driving up home insurance rates in Ontario, the CBC reports. Some condo corporations in downtown Toronto have seen increases of up to 40 per cent, even though they’ve never filed a claim. Angry homeowners have been calling the Insurance Bureau of Canada complaining about soaring costs, says Pete Karageorgos, the organization’s director of consumer and industry relations for Ontario. Many experts say extreme weather events behind the damage are becoming more frequent and severe due to climate change.

Harness racing industry warns of track closures

The Ontario Harness Horse Association says racetracks in Leamington, Dresden, and Sarnia will close within the next couple of years unless Queen’s Park intervenes. Those involved with the southwestern Ontario racetracks tell the Windsor Star they believe that Toronto’s Woodbine Entertainment Group will shut down these tracks to redirect funds to larger tracks in the GTA. They are calling on Premier Doug Ford to force a vote among the province’s horse people on whether they want to be affiliated with the OHHA or the Central Ontario Standardbred Association, which has strong ties to Woodbine.

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The Agenda: Jim Acosta at war with the White House

What’s it like to be the object of scorn and anger from Donald Trump, and to receive death threats from his supporters? Steve Paikin talks to CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta about his new book, Enemy of the People, and what it takes to try to hold the U.S. president to account in the storied tradition of the American press corps.

To the Ends of the Earth

Narrated by Emma Thompson, this documentary examines the rise of energy extraction in Canada, and how it affects the environment, the economy, and local communities. As the fossil fuel industry hunts for non-renewables with increasingly extreme methods, including Arctic drilling and shale gas fracking, a formidable array of scientists and activists are striving toward co-operation and ecological stewardship.

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Why Doug Ford may finally be growing into the job

Doug Ford
FIle photo of Doug Ford (Chris Young/CP)

After a tumultuous first year as premier, could Doug Ford finally be growing into the position, and looking for a more collaborative leadership? Steve Paikin has a look at Ford’s latest moves in government, many of which involve taking advice from ministers who were once supportive of Patrick Brown’s previous leadership of the party. He asks: “Who could possibly have imagined that Ford would not only dial back his populist rhetoric, but also come to lean so heavily on a group of ministers well known for their Red Tory roots and their ties to Brown?”

This weekend on TVO

Saturday, 9 p.m. — Circus Without Borders

Acrobats Guillaume Saladin and Yamoussa Bangoura want to inspire hope and bring change to their remote, struggling communities. In the Canadian Arctic and West Africa, they help Inuit and Guinean youth succeed in the performing arts while confronting poverty, suicide, and other challenges. Seven years in the making, this tale of two circuses — Artcirq and Kalabanté — is a culture-crossing performance piece and an inspiring story of resilience.

Sunday, 8 p.m. — The Truth About Getting Fit

Can just two minutes of exercise a week get you into shape? How does regular exercise affect mental health? Using breakthrough research, this program demonstrates how to get fit as efficiently as possible — and how to stay that way.

From the archive

November 2003 — David Sacks deconstructs the alphabet

If you’re a word nerd, you’re going to love this Big Ideas video of author David Sacks talking about his book, Language Visible. Recounting the history behind all 26 letters of the Roman alphabet, Sacks shows how language and the way it communicates meaning has developed over time.

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