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Could Peterborough hold the key to the federal election?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 07, 2019
File photo of Pat Sorbara (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)



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Former Wynne aide says selling part of Hydro One a mistake

In a new memoir, Kathleen Wynne’s former deputy chief of staff says the former Liberal leader tarnished her image when she decided to sell part of the Hydro One utility. “The person who made the decision to sell off a government asset and seemingly ignore the plight of those suffering from the impact of high hydro bills was in no way the person voters believed they had elected,” writes Pat Sorbara in Let 'Em Howl. “She was part of the traditional political elite and not a true representative of change. They trusted her to be different, but she wasn’t.” Sorbara, considered a key architect of Wynne’s 2014 election victory, also discusses what she believes was at fault for the Liberals’ “disastrous” campaign in 2018.

Three Ontario hospitals struck by cyberattack

The CBC reports that hackers crippled the computer systems of three Ontario hospitals in recent weeks, raising concerns that more facilities could be attacked. The three hospitals, located in Toronto and southwestern Ontario, were infected with a malware program known as Ryuk. The program disabled email systems and increased wait times by forcing employees to transcribe patient information by hand. Officials stress that the hackers did not obtain any patient data and that no ransoms were paid to stop the attacks. All three hospitals are in the process of having their systems restored.

Drone tries to smuggle $78,730 of marijuana into Kingston prison

Staff at Collins Bay Institution recently intercepted a large package of contraband that a drone had dropped into the building from the air, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports. The package included 787.3 grams of marijuana with a total estimated street value of $78,730. Correctional officials, apparently, were not entirely surprised by the incident: they posted a request on social media last month asking for the public’s help if anyone detected drone activity near Collins Bay or other federal correctional facilities.

Join TVO for a live #onpoli podcast recording

Find out how you can attend the recording of #onpoli, TVO’s podcast about Ontario politics, hosted by Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath on Sunday afternoon in Toronto. The theme? Wedge issues, and how they’ve been used in this fall’s federal election campaign. A panel of three party insiders will explain what goes on inside political war rooms.

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The Agenda: What Canadians care about in campaigns

Advanced Symbolics Inc.’s Erin Kelly talks to Steve Paikin about what Polly, an artificial intelligence pollster, has revealed about voter sentiment after the federal leaders’ French-language debate earlier this week. Afterward, between Justin Trudeau’s two-airplane campaign commuting and the revelation that Andrew Scheer isn’t everything he said he was on his resume, what do Canadians make of mini-scandals?

Could Peterborough hold the key to the federal election?

In all but four federal elections, the party that's won the eastern Ontario riding of Peterborough–Kawartha has ended up forming government. Ontario Hubs field producer Jeyan Jeganathan talks to voters there about what matters most to them, including housing, the environment, transit, precarious work, and Indigenous issues.

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The rising cost of food in the north

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Northern Ontario has long struggled with a lack of access to affordable, nutritious food. Northwestern Ontario Hub reporter Jon Thompson talks to federal candidates in the ridings of Kenora, Thunder Bay–Superior North, and Thunder Bay–Rainy River about how they'd approach the problem.

This weekend on TVO

Saturday, 9 p.m. — Nothing Like a Dame

Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actors of our time, with scores of Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, and BAFTAs among them. This documentary invites viewers along for a weekend country trip with these four lifelong friends as they reminisce on everything from art to aging to life in the celebrity fishbowl. 

Sunday, 7 p.m. — A Sloth Named Velcro

People love to watch YouTube videos of these cute creatures slowly meandering along, but what’s it like to care for one in real life? Journalist Ana Salceda found out in a remote Indigenous community in Panama, where she became a caregiver to an orphaned infant sloth she aptly named Velcro. For almost two years the odd couple was inseparable, until Velcro was ready to be reintroduced to the wild. This is the story of Salceda’s return to Central and South America to see how much Velcro, and his environment, has changed. 

From the archive

May 1989 — The life of Kathy Acker

Between a London gallery retrospective and a couple of recent biographies, the work of the late American writer Kathy Acker has been making something of a comeback. This 1989 episode of Authors at Harbourfront features the post-punk writer and artist reading from work that would eventually become her 1990 novel, In Memoriam to Identity. Acker wrote more than 30 full-length works of fiction, criticism, and poetry, and died in 1997 at the age of 50.

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