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Why Doug Ford had Toronto seeing red
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 29, 2019
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa on October 23. (Adrian Wyld/CP)



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Province bans vaping ads at corner stores and gas stations

Starting January 1, gas stations and convenience stores will no longer be able to display advertisements for vaping products but will still be able to sell them. From that date forward, the only retail stores able to advertise such products will be specialty vape stores and cannabis retail shops, which are restricted to people 19 and older. The move comes in response to concerns about the growing number of youth using e-cigarettes.

Tories decide against regional government reforms

Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark announced on Friday that the province has opted not to make significant changes to Ontario’s eight regional governments. Instead, the Globe and Mail reports, Queen’s Park will provide $143 million for municipalities to “find new ways to lower costs and improve services.” Many thought major municipal reforms were coming after the Ford government cut the size of Toronto city council last year. The decision not to pursue change means Mississauga’s long-standing dream of breaking free of Peel Region and becoming a stand-alone city has been dashed.

Ford vows hydro rate cuts are on the way

News that electricity prices are going up November 1 has prompted some speculation that the 12 per cent cut in hydro bills promised by the Progressive Conservatives will never come to pass. But, in an interview with the Toronto Sun, Premier Doug Ford insisted that lower rates are on their way: “We’re going to hit that 12 per cent. That’s going to take a little bit of time, maybe over the next year or two, but we’ll make sure before the election we find real savings on the hydro.”

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The Agenda: Tegan and Sara go back to high school

Identical twins Tegan and Sara Quin started making music in mid-’90s Calgary, where they were born and grew up. Since then, they’ve won Juno awards and a Governor General’s Award and have performed at the Oscars. They’re also advocates for LGBTQ rights, having launched the Tegan and Sara Foundation in 2016 to advance issues of economic justice and health for LGBTQ girls and women. They join Steve Paikin to talk about their new album and memoir, both of which were inspired by their high-school days.

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Why Doug Ford had Toronto seeing red

In the final instalment of’s series of interviews with federal party insiders, political columnist Matt Gurney asks a Liberal organizer just what happened during the 2019 election. Gurney’s source says disillusionment with Doug Ford’s provincial government contributed to the Liberals’ sweep of Toronto. But they also note that campaign workers were distracted by Justin Trudeau’s blackface scandal. “I was sitting at an event. I started getting texts about Trudeau in blackface. It was terrible,” the organizer tells Gurney. “As a person of colour, it just sucked the life out of me and other organizers. I couldn’t canvass for days. I know a lot of other people felt the same.”

This weekend on TVO

Saturday, 9 p.m. — Empire of the Tsars: Age of Extremes

Historian Lucy Worsley examines Catherine the Great’s extraordinary reign and the conflict with Napoleonic France that provides the setting for War and Peace. Worsley begins in the 18th century, when the Romanov family built their great palaces — many of which were the scenes of affairs, coups, and murders.

Sunday, 11 p.m. — Mixed Match

This documentary explores the complex challenges that people of mixed ethnicity often face when trying to find compatible bone-marrow and cord-blood donors to treat life-threatening blood diseases, and highlights the need for multiethnic donors worldwide.

From the archive

February, 1997 — Do you know Knowlton Nash?

A veteran journalist and anchor of CBC’s The National from 1978 to 1988, Knowlton Nash talks to Richard Ouzounian about the early days of the CBC, which is the topic of his 1996 book, Cue the Elephant: Backstage Tales at the CBC. Nash’s career involved print journalism, wire-service reporting, television, and management, and he received many honours, including the Order of Canada. He died in 2014, at the age of 86.

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