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Did Ontario’s pit-bull ban work?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Nov 30, 2019
Premier Doug Ford denies that he had anything to do with his campaign manager’s attacks on federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. (Chris Young/CP)



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Ford insists he’s not trying to get rid of Scheer

Premier Doug Ford denies that he had anything to do with his campaign manager’s attacks on federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, the Toronto Sun reports. “Let me be very clear — I’m not involved in that at all,” Ford said. Kory Teneycke, who managed the Tories’ successful 2018 Ontario campaign and is slated to lead their re-election effort in 2022, has set up a non-profit called Conservative Victory to raise funds for a campaign against Scheer. In a recent CBC interview, conservative strategist Jenni Byrne, who earlier served as Ford’s first principal secretary, also called on Scheer to step down.

Renewed calls for Ontario senator to delete letters supporting Indigenous assimilation

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says that Senator Lynn Beyak needs to remove letters, still posted on her website, that support Indigenous assimilation and claim that residential schools saved First Nations peoples from “squalor,” the CBC reports. Earlier this year, Beyak was  suspended from the Senate until September 11, and ordered to remove five letters described as racist in a March report by the Senate’s watchdog. However, other letters expressing similar sentiments remain online.

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Ontario Court of Appeal calls out judge for saying attire implies consent

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a man who had been acquitted by Ontario Court Justice Peter Wright of two counts of sexual assault, the Globe and Mail reports. In his verdict, Wright wrote that the complainant’s attire at the time of the assault — pyjamas with no bra or underwear — was “significant.” The Court of Appeal criticized Wright for employing multiple myths and stereotypes in his reasoning. “Dress does not signify consent, nor does it justify assaultive behaviour,” the justices wrote, citing a 20-year-old Supreme Court ruling.

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Ontario Hubs: Did the pit-bull ban work?

In 2005, the Liberal government instituted a provincial ban on pit bulls — but, 14 years later, many people in Ontario still own them. As the Progressive Conservative government revisits the controversial ban, Ontario Hubs field producer Jeyan Jeganathan examines whether the ban has worked — and why a focus on responsible ownership might be the best way forward.

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How memory clinics can help Ontarians living with dementia

In Sarnia, 3,000 people are living with dementia, says Melanie Bouck, executive director of Alzheimer Society Sarnia-Lambton — and “there’s no neurologist, no geriatrician, and no clear path for diagnosis.” But, as Southwestern Ontario Hub reporter Mary Baxter reports, a new memory clinic slated to open next month could improve the quality of life for both patients and caregivers by providing dementia diagnoses, treatment, and specialist referrals.

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Saturday, 9 p.m. — Amy

Despite having just two albums to her name, British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse established herself as a musical force in the early 2000s. With a vocal style described as a mix of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, she was a pop star with soul, a rare talent whose appeal crossed cultural and demographic boundaries. In this compelling documentary, learn about the woman behind the headlines — and about the inner demons that led to her death at 29.

Sunday, 9 p.m. — What Is Democracy?

Society generally hails the merits of living in a democracy, but how many of us can define the concept? In her third documentary, filmmaker Astra Taylor speaks to a diverse cast of people — philosophers, trauma surgeons, factory workers, refugees, and, of course, politicians — about how we practise democracy today. Connecting the past and present, the personal and the political, Taylor asks us to consider that the democracy we think we know is more an idea than a reality — but one we can’t live without.

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March 2001 — The writing life on film

Films about writers were a big trend in 2000: Quill, The Wonder Boys, and Finding Forrester all debuted that year. In this 2001 episode of Imprint, film critic Geoff Pevere and author Camilla Gibb explore why filmmakers are fascinated with telling stories about the writing life.

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