Daily: Thursday, April 25

A scholarship to beer school, a CanCon manifesto, and where have all the bugs gone?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on April 25, 2019
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Good morning, Ontario.

Here's what we're following

Toronto plans to bring ‘emotion-focused care’ to nursing homes

Emotion-focused care — often referred to in Ontario as the Butterfly Model — is a new approach to nursing-home care that adopts a cheerful, homey atmosphere for residents living with dementia. It’s growing in popularity, and Toronto has taken notice: its city council voted to implement emotion-focused care in the city’s 10 long-term-care homes. Ottawa, Brampton, Kitchener, St. Catharines, and London are also experimenting with the approach. “We have a choice: either to warehouse our seniors and under-resource, understaff and really just manage them as patients, or to provide the kind of care that really addresses their needs and improves their quality of life,” Josh Matlow, the councillor who spearheaded the move, told the Toronto Star.

Ottawa brewery tries to make the business of beer more inclusive

An Ottawa-based company is tackling a brew-based challenge: diversity and inclusion in an industry long associated with white men. Dominion City Brewing is starting a scholarship for Niagara College’s brewmaster program for students currently underrepresented in the industry.  "If we want a strong industry a decade from now or more ... having people meaningfully involved who have new perspectives is going to be really important," co-owner Josh McJannett told CBC Radio.

Parliamentary Budget Officer to weigh in on carbon tax

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has promised that most of or all the costs of the new carbon tax will be returned to taxpayers. Today, Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux will release a report on whether that is in fact the case. If the PBO disagrees, watch for political fireworks.

Here's what we're tracking

Playful young goats surround a kneeling boy

Meet Kolby Winters. He’s a 17-year-old from Cornwall with an unusual passion: he wants to be a goat farmer. Eastern Ontario Hub reporter David Rockne Corrigan spoke to Winters and attended a goat-farming workshop held by the Akwesasne Mohawk Economic Development Council to find out why more Ontario farms are diversifying to include goats. Learn more on next week.

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The Agenda: Cultural institutions at risk

What challenges do companies like Netflix and Amazon pose to Canada’s media ecosystem? In his new book, The Tangled Garden, longtime media executive Richard Stursberg examines the evolution of cultural policy in this country, and what needs to be done to ensure Canadian content thrives in the digital age.

Brilliant Ideas: The Socially Conscious Topography of Tiffany Chung

Tiffany Chung creates stunning embroidered maps, cartographic drawings, and video illustrations that depict conflict, migration, and more. In this short documentary, part of a series about contemporary artists from around the globe, discover the work of this Vietnamese-American artist and the inspiration she draws from her experiences as a refugee.

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A taxing problem: Why cities desperately need new forms of revenue

In Ontario, municipalities collect only nine cents from every household tax dollar — not nearly enough to cover an ever-increasing list of responsibilities. The Mowat Centre’s Sunil Johal and Kiran Alwani warn that municipalities’ ability to pay the bills is likely to be threatened by the growing gap between how value is created in today’s modern economy and the limited revenue tools available to cities and towns.

Tonight on TVO

7 p.m. — Fishing Leopards

This mother will do anything to feed her two cubs — even learning how to fish. Cameraman Brad Bestelink spent 18 months following a leopard family in the wilds of Botswana alongside some less-than-friendly and very hungry neighbours: lions, wild dogs, and hyenas. The competition for food drives the leopards to acquire an unusual skill for big cats in Africa.

8 p.m. — The Agenda: The insect apocalypse

Where have all the bugs gone? Two recent studies show a steep decline in insect populations worldwide — as much as 80 per cent in 30 years. These numbers pose serious implications for the natural world and human life. Tonight, The Agenda examines the effects of the so-called insect apocalypse, how it happened, and what current science suggests about tackling the problem.

From the archive

Steve Paikin and another man fish with fishing rods

July 3, 1997 — The Fishing Special

In this special episode of Studio 2 from nearly 22 years ago, Steve Paikin swaps his suit jacket for jeans and a windbreaker and heads to Port Severn on Georgian Bay to learn how to fish. “It’s just a string tied to the end of a stick,” he says. “A sport that doesn’t recognize age, gender, or time.” And, as he learns, the trick to catching the big one is all in the wrist — and the attitude.

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