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Polly takes one last look at the polls
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 22, 2019
Jim Karahalios on The Agenda



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Lawsuit claims Progressive Conservative party election was rigged

Progressive Conservative party member Jim Karahalios alleges the election process was manipulated during last November’s convention to ensure he would lose his bid to become party president, CTV reports. In a lawsuit filed against the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Karahalios says election rules were breached and ballot boxes were stuffed in order to elect his competitor, Brian Patterson. “[W]ell over 300 ballots were counted that had not been cast by eligible voters,” the lawsuit reads. Karahalios, who is seeking $100,000 in damages,  is a well-known party activist and the spouse of MPP Belinda Karahalios, who backs his claims. A Progressive Conservative spokesperson told CTV that the party “does not comment on ongoing legal matters.”

Telephone scammers now posing as cops

Fraudsters trying to fool people into thinking they owe the government large sums of money in unpaid taxes are now manipulating caller ID to impersonate police, according to the Toronto Sun. Toronto Police say a woman was recently called by someone pretending to be a cop, who persuaded her to deposit a $1,000 payment into a Bitcoin machine to “prevent a warrant from being issued for her arrest.” The Canada Revenue Agency’s website, which offers tips to protect yourself against fraud, explains that its agents will never “demand immediate payment” by e-transfer, Bitcoin, pre-paid credit cards, or gift cards.

Work on Toronto council cuts began the day after Tories won election

Ontario government officials began working on reducing the size of Toronto city council less than 24 hours after Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives won the provincial election last year. Documents obtained by the Globe and Mail reveal bureaucrats quickly started research on how to reduce the number of Toronto city councillors, timing that suggests the move was a priority for Ford, even though he never mentioned it during the campaign. “We were elected on a promise to reduce the size and cost of government,” a spokesperson for Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark told the Globe in an email.

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The Agenda: One last look at the polls

Election day is Monday. Most polls show a virtual tie between the Liberals and the Conservatives. Does Polly, Advanced Symbolics Inc.’s artificial intelligence algorithm, have a more definitive view of what’s to come? As she has done throughout the federal campaign, Advanced Symbolics CEO Erin Kelly joins The Agenda to discuss what Polly is picking up as the race comes to a close.

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Seven centuries before Confederation, there was the Haudenosaunee Confederacy

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Founded in 1142, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy sought consensus on the best chiefs to represent five nations: Mohawk, Onondaga, Seneca, Cayuga, and Oneida. Tuscarora joined as a sixth nation in 1722. Fifty chiefs were chosen first by clan mothers, then approved by the men in the clan, and put forward to the nations and then the confederacy. This leadership process is still practised today and is quite different than that of modern-day Canadian elections. Indigenous Hub reporter Shelby Lisk profiles a mode of governance that predates the Canadian Confederation by nearly 700 years.

This article has also been translated into Mohawk, marking the beginning of’s effort to present stories about Indigenous issues in languages relevant to the communities being covered. For more information on this initiative, check out our editor’s letter.

This weekend on TVO

Saturday, 7 p.m. — Access 360: Kyoto

A threat looms over Kyoto, the cultural centre of Japan and a city packed with World Heritage sites. Rapid modernization has decimated its traditional cityscape and threatens age-old cultural practices. Now, a team of warriors from various walks of life battles to preserve Kyoto’s essence in the face of inevitable change. 

Sunday, 9 p.m. — Empire of the Tsars

The story of the Romanov family is one of passion, betrayal, political intrigue, even murder. In this three-part series, historian Lucy Worsley travels in the footsteps of a dynasty that ruled Russia for more than three centuries. Learn about Peter the Great, the visionary who transformed a country into an empire; Catherine the Great, a minor princess from Germany who became for a time the mightiest woman in the world; and the last tsar, Nicholas II, the loving father and husband who provoked a revolution.

From the archive

February 1991 — The north in Canadian literature

Margaret Atwood argued in her 1972 book Survival that “the central image of Canadian culture is that of a collective victim struggling for survival.” This 1991 segment of Imprint convenes a panel of writers to discuss how this theme has influenced Canadian literature, for better and for worse.

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