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How to keep Indigenous languages alive
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Nov 23, 2019
Jane Philpott will be working for Nishnawbe Aski Nation as a special adviser on health care. (Chris Young/CP)

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Philpott will advise Nishnawbe Aski Nation on health care 

Jane Philpott, who left the Liberal party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet in March over the SNC-Lavalin scandal, will be working for Nishnawbe Aski Nation as a special adviser on health care. NAN represents 49 communities in northern Ontario. Philpott, who was a family doctor before entering politics, was health minister from 2015 to 2017, then moved to Indigenous services from 2017 to 2018. She ran as an independent in last month’s federal election but lost her seat in Markham–Stouffville. “This is about the most meaningful thing I can imagine doing,” Philpott told the Toronto Star.


Ford asks Trudeau for tips on learning French 

After their first meeting since the federal election, Premier Doug Ford said he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau focused on shared priorities, such as the economy and infrastructure. Ford added that the carbon tax, a point of contention between the two leaders, “didn’t come up,” according to journalist Laura Stone. During a photo op, Ford, who has promised to learn French, jokingly asked Trudeau if he knew any good French teachers. “I know a few,” Trudeau replied, chuckling. “I was one, but I’m sort of busy at this point.”


Court quashes Student Choice Initiative 

An Ontario divisional court has unanimously overturned a provincial policy that allowed post-secondary students to opt out of paying some student fees, iPolitics.ca reports. The Student Choice Initiative had put the future of student newspapers, campus food banks, Indigenous student services and many other fee-funded programs at risk. In its decision, the court said the government had not adequately explained why it had deemed certain student fees non-essential. The court also cited the importance of academic freedom and the autonomy of postsecondary institutions. It is not yet clear whether the province intends to appeal the decision.



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Ontario Hubs: Reviving Indigenous languages

Indigenous language educator Ian McCallum and Ontario Hubs reporter Shelby Lisk have set out to learn the languages of their Indigenous ancestry. For McCallum, that’s Lunaape — and he’s one of only a handful of people who can speak it. For Lisk, it’s Mohawk. They talk to Jeyan Jeganathan about their journeys to unlock aspects of their culture and history accessible only through language, and why it’s important to preserve Indigenous languages. 



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'It’s an OK boomer moment': Mitzie Hunter releases a millennial-focused housing plan


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File photo of Mitzie Hunter (Chris Young/CP)

Scarborough–Guildwood MPP Mitzie Hunter was a prominent member of the last Liberal government, serving in numerous cabinet positions, including minister of education. Now she’s one of five contenders for the Liberal leadership. On Friday, her campaign released a proposal to make affordable-housing options available to millennials. John Michael McGrath spoke with Hunter about why she thinks housing policy needs to be geared toward the needs of a younger generation. 



This weekend on TVO


Saturday, 7 p.m — Hubble’s Cosmic Journey 

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in April 1990 aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Its release into orbit 600 kilometres from Earth marked the achievement of one of humanity’s most enduring dreams: to gain a clearer view of the cosmos. This documentary recounts the story of one of the most remarkable advances in modern technology, as told by the people who designed, built, launched, operated, and repaired the observatory. 


Sunday, 11 p.m. — Random Acts of Legacy 

Director Ali Kazimi has been rescuing orphaned home movies that have been left to decay over decades. Knowing the rarity of early 20th-century home movies featuring people of colour, he acquires a collection by Silas Fung, a commercial artist in Chicago whose films reveal the middle-class lives of a Chinese-American family from the 1930s to the post-war period. Searching out the Fungs’ surviving descendants, Kazimi’s memoir offers a different perspective on a Midwestern family of colour. 



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November 2013 — The great debate 

In May 1961, John F. Kennedy made his only trip to Canada as president to speak at a joint session of Parliament. But it wasn’t his first, or even most famous, visit here: four years earlier, as a Massachusetts senator, Kennedy came to Toronto to participate in a much-publicized debate at the University of Toronto’s Hart House. Among his debate opponents? A 19-year-old Stephen Lewis. In this 2013 segment of The Agenda, the former Ontario NDP leader reflects on that day. 

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