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Provincial and territorial leaders will convene in Toronto on Dec. 2 for their first face-to-face meeting since Justin Trudeau’s Liberals held on to power in the October federal election. According to the CBC, Premier Doug Ford volunteered to host the gathering during a Nov. 1 conference call among the premiers. Apart from discussing how to deal with the Liberal minority government in Ottawa, the premiers are expected to address a number of contentious issues, including pipeline expansion and immigration policy.
Queen’s Park announces new Afghanistan veterans memorial
On Friday, Premier Doug Ford and Heritage Minister Lisa MacLeod unveiled the design for a Queen’s Park memorial honouring Canadian Armed Forces members who served in Afghanistan. Retired General Rick Hillier, a former chief of defence staff, was also on hand for the announcement. “[The memorial] will be a touchstone for veterans of the war and their families for years to come, showing respect and appreciation while eliciting emotion, memories and pride,” he said. Officials say the completed memorial will be unveiled on Remembrance Day next year.
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Province on the alert for dangerous illness in deer
For the first time since 2010, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is asking hunters in the province’s northwest to submit deer heads so they can be tested for chronic wasting disease, TBNewswatch.com reports. The fatal and untreatable condition can devastate deer, moose, caribou, and elk populations. It has been found in Quebec, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and 26 U.S. states. Fortunately, in more than 13,000 samples tested since 2002, the government has not yet detected any Ontario cases of the disease.
Trucking in Ontario remains a difficult industry for women to break into. Long-haul trucker Shelley Uvanile-Hesch, the founder and head of the Women's Trucking Federation of Canada, talks to Jeyan Jeganathan about the barriers to entry and her advocacy work to encourage more women to join the field.
The Progressive Conservatives are reversing a number of funding cuts announced in their first year of provincial government. How much of the next three years will they spend trying to move beyond the past 16 months? Political columnist Matt Gurney considers what the recently released fall economic statement suggests about the government’s plans for the year ahead.
This weekend on TVO
Saturday, 9 p.m. — Paris 1919
Based on Margaret MacMillan’s best-selling book, Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, this documentary chronicles the Paris Peace Conference, which led to the Treaty of Versailles. American president Woodrow Wilson, British prime minister David Lloyd George, and French premier Georges Clemenceau met to shape what they hoped would be a lasting peace after the horrors of the First World War.
Sunday, 8 p.m. — The Somme 1916: From Both Sides of the Wire
This three-part series recounts a series of events that began on July 1, 1916, and resulted in one of the bloodiest battles in human history. In the first episode, historian Peter Barton investigates German military documents that contradict many of the myths about the Battle of the Somme which have gained prominence over the years.
With accompaniment from Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, this short film illustrates the 1997 Cassini-Huygens mission, a collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency to send a study probe to Saturn.