Daily: Thursday, April 18

More funds for housing, a show of support on the Bruce Trail, and the other Apple founder named Steve.
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on April 18, 2019
The provincial government's $1 billion affordable housing announcement isn't exactly straightforward, argues the NDP.



Good morning, Ontario.

Here’s what we’re following:

Ontario promises $1 billion for social housing

The Ford government has announced it will invest $1 billion to help repair social housing and reduce homelessness. It also plans to introduce rules restricting access to housing wait-lists through measures such as income tests. However, the NDP argues that the funding is actually 20 per cent less than what the former Liberal government budgeted for affordable housing last year. The province’s announcement comes on the heels of the federal government committing $1.3 billion to the City of Toronto to renovate more than 58,000 affordable housing units.

NDP revives Tory bill on advertising — to embarrass Tories on advertising

In the wake of the Ford government launching a taxpayer-funded ad blitz against the federal carbon tax, Essex New Democrat Taras Natyshak is resurrecting a bill from the Progressive Conservatives’ opposition days. If successful, the private member’s bill would restore the provincial auditor general’s powers to veto commercials deemed to be politically partisan. “I assume the Conservatives will support this, because they already did,” Natyshak told reporters. Tory MPP Sylvia Jones, who represents Dufferin-Caledon, introduced such a bill in 2017 and 2018.

Sexual assault prompts Hamilton-area runners to ‘Take Back the Trails’

Running enthusiasts will take to the Bruce Trail tomorrow in solidarity with a woman who was sexually assaulted in broad daylight while jogging on the trail last week. Organizer Amanda Pocha says the event dubbed Take Back the Trails is a way to show the victim she is not alone and allow other runners to make support networks, perhaps develop a buddy system, for when they run. The event starts Friday in the parking lot of Hamilton’s Chedoke Civic Golf Course at 4 p.m.

What we’re tracking

Mother holding baby and using a calculator

It’s no surprise that women’s incomes drop immediately after they become mothers, as many take parental leave. However, according to a new RBC report, that income decline can last well beyond the birth of a child. TVO producer Katie O’Connor recently gathered a panel of economic and labour law experts to talk about this finding on The Agenda. “We know having children can have a negative impact on the income a woman brings home. But that impact can last for at least five years, while a man’s income can increase when they become a father,” she says. “Given that non-birthing parents are now allowed to take five weeks of use-it-or-lose-it paternity leave as of last March, I thought it would be timely to tackle this topic.” Watch for the segment later this month.

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Steve Paikin and author Adam Tooze

The Agenda: History of an economic calamity

It’s hard to comprehend the scale of the 2008 financial crisis. Columbia University history scholar Adam Tooze, however, explains it in Crashed, his award-winning book on the origins and consequences of the collapse, and how it continues to affect global democracies and financial institutions. He joins Steve Paikin on The Agenda to talk about how this decade of downturn changed the world.

Woman standing in a field.

Colour: The Spectrum of Science
The chlorophyll pigments that produce brilliant greens. Iridescence that helps plants communicate with animals. The dazzling display of the firefly's mating dance. In the second episode of this series about the science of colour, physicist Helen Czerski zeroes in on its biological impact.

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Lake-view shot of Red Lake Ontario
The closest treatment centre to Red Lake  is a two-and-a-half hour drive away, in Dryden. (P199/

Why finding treatment for addictions is so hard in northern Ontario
In Red Lake, as in many remote communities across the province, finding counselling services, withdrawal-management support, or residential treatment can be a battle in and of itself. In her third instalment of a series about addiction treatment in Ontario, journalist Daina Goldfinger looks at some of the most under-resourced areas in the province for people seeking recovery treatment.

Tonight on TVO

Money hanging on a laundry line

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Canada’s dirty money problem
Canada: home of hockey, maple syrup, and … money laundering? It’s not what most of us expect to hear but Canada has become a money-laundering hotspot, particularly through urban real estate markets. The Agenda takes a closer look at an issue some experts say amounts to billions of dollars.

Six Australians standing in a line.

9 p.m. — Go Back to Where You Came From
Six Australians are about to get a firsthand lesson on the dangers that asylum seekers face when they try to enter the country. In the second episode, the group is transferred from a smuggler’s craft to an orange lifeboat and turned back to Indonesia, an experience that breaks their preconceptions about refugees.

From the archive

Steve Wozniak with a beard.

August 2, 1991: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak
Many think of the late Steve Jobs as the definitive face of Apple. But how much do you know about Steve Wozniak, another of the company’s co-founders and the developer of the Apple I, the computer that made the duo famous? In this 1991 Vista interview, Wozniak talks about the computer industry’s rebellious early days in 1970s California. “If you look at the computer designs that came out of that period of time, there was virtually no experience,” he says. “It was not well thought out. It was just hacked together.” Wozniak left Apple in 1985 and has since had a long career as a technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. 

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