daily: Saturday, September 7

An Ottawa transit shutdown, an interview with John Robarts, and preparing for Hurricane Dorian
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Sep 09, 2019
Mississauga’s Bianca Andreescu is set to take on Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final this afternoon. (Corinne Dubreuil/ABACAPRESS.COM/CP)



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Andreescu-mania continues

Mississauga’s Bianca Andreescu is set to take on Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final this afternoon. The 19-year-old is the talk of the tournament: she entered play 15th in the Women’s Tennis Association rankings, up 195 spots from last August. In Thursday night’s semi-final, Andreescu beat Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic, coming back from a 5-2 deficit in the deciding set. Afterwards, Andreescu wondered aloud, “Is this real life?” When Williams won her first U.S. Open title in 1999, Andreescu had not yet been born.

Ottawa not sure what caused LRT delay

Three radio transmitters mysteriously shut off in Ottawa on Wednesday morning, bringing much of the city’s brand-new LRT system to a halt for nearly 10 hours. John Manconi, the city’s general manager of transportation, told reporters that the malfunction’s root cause is still unknown. The LRT route is part of Ottawa’s $2.1 billion Confederation Line, which is set to launch publicly a week from today. The city says that the shutdown will not alter those plans. The line was initially meant to open in the spring of 2018.

Please stop butt-dialling us, pleads OPP

Wellington County OPP has received nearly 2,000 “accidental” 911 calls this year and would really like that to stop. When operators can't connect with a caller, the call is deemed high priority — and, according to the police service, one in four high-priority calls in the region has been made by mistake. Each such call means that a cruiser is  dispatched carrying two officers, who are usually left to educate the caller on cellphone management.

Hurricane Dorian set to hit Canadian shores

Hurricane Dorian is expected to reach the Atlantic coast today, and Halifax is on alert. It’s predicted that heavy rainfall and powerful winds will hit much of the region, and emergency-management officials are urging Nova Scotians to prepare for up to 72 hours of self-sufficiency.

Dorian, now classified as a Category One storm, was a Category Five when it swept through the Bahamas earlier this week. Among those killed was Alishia Sabrina Liolli, a Ryerson University social-work graduate. Liollo’s cousin Aislinn described her as “always smiling, always joking, able to make anyone feel better.”

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The Agenda: Educating the prime minister

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Does Justin Trudeau cry too often in public for a head of state? John Ivison think so. He tells Steve Paikin that the prime minister goes to the “empathy well” a little too often in an attempt to show Canadians his human side. He talks to Steve Paikin about his latest book, Trudeau: The Education of a Prime Minister.

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Would it be crazy to move to the country and live off the land?

Many people dream of escaping their workaday lives and living off the land. But what would such a move really mean — and what would it take? Food writer Corey Mintz asks Michaela Cruz, who, in 2017, rented land near Guelph and started planting crops. She and her partner now sell produce at local Toronto markets. “Sometimes I’m like, what the heck,” Cruz tells Mintz. “We make a living selling bok choy?”

This weekend on TVO

Saturday, 8 p.m. — Victorian Bakers

Get your fill of old-time cooking as four professional bakers take you on a culinary tour of the Victorian era. Tonight’s setting: an 1870s urban bakery complete with two coal-fired ovens. The growing 19th-century middle class craved fancy breakfast breads, and bakers often worked through the night to meet demand. Can our four contestants cut it under the same conditions?

Sunday, 8 p.m. — The Bruce: The Last Frontier

This three-part series explores the history of Bruce County and the Saugeen/Bruce Peninsula, an Ontario region known for its rugged beauty. In this episode, learn about the rapid colonization that transformed the Bruce landscape and created prosperous communities — but also presented a number of challenges.

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December, 1969 — One on one with John Robarts

The year is 1968. The prime minister, Pierre Trudeau, is a Liberal; Ontario’s premier, John Robarts is a Progressive Conservative — and the two don’t always see eye to eye on federal policy. Sound familiar? In this Education of Mike McManus interview, the 17th premier of Ontario discusses Quebec, the Official Languages Act, and a life outside politics.

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