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London’s new casino, battle at the Château, and trying to find balance in cottage country
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 02, 2019
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A new London casino is expected to create lots of jobs, but others are worried about the building's impact on the surrounding environment.

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London greenlights a new casino

London city council has voted 9-4 to allow a $75 million casino in the city’s southwest end. It’s expected the facility will support 1,000 jobs. While giving the casino the go-ahead, council also voted in favour of more consultation on the project with nearby First Nations communities. Oneida Nation of the Thames Chief Jessica Hill says her community, about 30 minutes from London, is concerned about the casino’s possible ecological impacts. Construction is expected to begin as early as next month.

Wettlaufer inquiry releases final report

A 1,441-page report released Tuesday contains 91 recommendations about how to make sure nothing like the murders Elizabeth Wettlaufer committed as a long-term care nurse ever happen again. Wettlaufer was a nurse at several facilities in southwestern Ontario, and killed eight patients between 2007 and 2014 with fatal doses of insulin. Some of the recommendations include conducting unannounced spot checks at long-term care facilities on evenings, nights and weekends; a government-funded grant program for medication-management upgrades at long-term care homes, such as security cameras where medicines are stored; and a plan for developing awareness about serial killers within the health-care system. 

Expert who recommended children be taken from families was unqualified

A judge has ruled that Hamilton psychologist Nicole Walton-Allen, who conducted more than 100 assessments as an expert in child protection cases, lied about her credentials and was unqualified to perform the work. This raises the possibility that children were separated from their families and placed with children’s aid partly or entirely due to her flawed assessments. Lawyer Novalea Jarvis, who represented a mother whose five children Walton-Allen recommended be taken away, is calling for an independent review of all cases involving the disgraced psychologist.

Group seeks $150,000 to fight controversial Château Laurier addition

Volunteer advocacy group Heritage Ottawa has launched an online fundraising campaign to fight a planned addition to the castle-inspired structure of the Château Laurier, arguably the city’s most famous hotel. The addition’s contemporary design has angered many, including hometown celebrities Tom Green and Norm Macdonald. Heritage Ottawa chair David Flemming says the group will need about $150,000 to mount an effective campaign. “It’s fair to say we’ll end up in some litigation,” he told the Ottawa Citizen.

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Doctor, politician, force to be reckoned with: Bette Stephenson turns 95

Woman.

When Bette Stephenson was five, she was told she’d more likely end up a nurse than a doctor. “There are no women doctors,” people assured her. “Yes, there are,” an adamant Stephenson would respond. “I don’t know any, but I know they’re there.” In the 90 years since, she’s blazed trails for women not only in medicine, but politics, too — and struck fear into the hearts of reporters and opponents alike. On Stephenson’s 95th birthday, Steve Paikin profiles her incredible career.

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The Food Detectives


This investigative series about the stories behind what we eat has scientist Alice Roberts, chef Tom Kerridge, and journalist Sean Fletcher covering everything from cooking techniques to supply-chain disasters to how to find the freshest ingredients. In this episode, Roberts looks into Campylobacter, the food-poisoning bug that three quarters of us who buy chicken take home every time we visit the supermarket. 

Love Bite


Filmmaker James Scott chronicles the life of American artist Laurie Lipton and her prolific body of work, which spans more than 50 years. Largely ignored by the mainstream art world, Lipton’s haunting black-and-white drawings speak to themes of angst, longing, isolation and uncertainty. 

Tonight on TVO

7 p.m. — Striking Balance: Georgian Bay

Ah, cottage country! That quiet oasis of pristine woods and shorelines. But is that the really the state of cottage country these days? In this episode of Striking Balance, the Georgian Bay community struggles to mitigate the impact of the cottager influx and a new four-lane highway on the region’s biosphere reserve. 

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Inside schizophrenia’s fractured landscape

Novelist Susan Doherty talks to Nam Kiwanuka about how her volunteer work with schizophrenia patients led her to write her latest book, The Ghost Garden — a story about the inner life of a woman with severe mental illness. 

From the archive

1978 — A history of British cinema

If today’s abundance of high-budget, high-quality television dramas have you convinced that we’re living in the golden age of the small screen, you may want to watch this Talking Film retrospective, hosted by Elwy Yost, about British cinema in the late 1970s. At the time, British filmmaking had swung in favour of producing dramatic one-offs for television, giving rise to the BBC-style drama we know today.


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