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Homes without kitchens, the blue bin's last gasp, and remembering jazz great Oscar Peterson on his birthday
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 15, 2019
Toronto police chief Mark Saunders announced a plan Wednesday to increase police presence in gun crime-prone areas. (Fred Lum/CP)



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Police chief unveils plan to tackle gun violence in Toronto

Toronto police chief Mark Saunders announced a plan Wednesday to increase police presence in gun crime-prone areas, build stronger connections with community groups, and monitor bail compliance more closely. The plan, called Project Community Space, relies on a combined $4.5 million in funding, pledged Monday by all three levels of government, to respond to increased gun violence in the city. It starts Thursday and runs through Oct. 31.

Kingston’s controversial cruise ship dock

Kingston city council is “seriously exploring” building a deepwater dock in its harbour to accommodate mid-size cruise ships, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports. According to projections, by 2028 the cruising industry could bring 7,750 tourists to the city each year. In March, though, Kingston became the first Ontario municipality to declare a climate emergency, and some councillors wonder if inviting fossil fuel-burning ships to town is worthwhile. Mayor Brian Paterson says there will be “zero impact on emissions,” because total Great Lakes cruise ship traffic won’t increase.

Ottawa’s LRT waiting game continues

Ottawa’s $2.1 billion light rail system is supposed to be handed over to the city on Friday, but the Ottawa Citizen reports Mayor Jim Watson won’t confirm if things are still on track. Assuming the city does get the keys to the LRT this week, passenger service is expected to start in September. The 12.5-kilometre line is already more than a year behind schedule.

Invasive fish could thrive in Great Lakes, thanks to invasive mussels

A new study by the University of Michigan concludes that Asian carp, an invasive fish species, could establish themselves in Lake Michigan by feeding off the feces of zebra and quagga mussels, themselves invasive species. “It’s new and it’s troubling,” says Hugh MacIsaac of the University of Windsor. The carp are currently in Chicago-area waterways, where experts are working to contain them. The development suggests the carp could also thrive in other Great Lakes, MacIsaac says.

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The Agenda in the Summer: The blue bin’s last gasp

Ontario’s government — guided by a report from its special adviser on recycling and plastic waste — is reconsidering the province’s recycling strategy, including a recommendation to make manufacturers responsible for their own waste. Environment minister Jeff Yurek joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss the future of recycling in Ontario.

The Food Detectives: Nutrition Labels

Nutrition labels on food packaging are supposed to help us make healthy choices. An investigation by consumer journalist Sean Fletcher, though, finds that they often have the opposite effect. With the help of food scientists and a panel of taste testers, Fletcher examines the ordinary loaf of bread to figure out why.

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Do homes without kitchens mark the end of human civilization?

Who needs an oven, anyway? The news that some new Toronto condos are forgoing full kitchens has left food writer Corey Mintz ruminating on modern culinary culture. What do we lose, he wonders, by replacing home-cooked meals with app-ordered takeout? “While I don’t believe that everyone wants or needs a stove — certainly not one big enough to cook a turkey — it’s sad to see the transformation of homes into the equivalent of high-school lockers presented as a response to modern tastes,” he writes.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Finding refuge

Spencer Sekyer was a high school teacher in Edmonton and a globe-trotting adventurer, volunteering everywhere from Afghanistan to Sierra Leone. Then, he met a baby chimpanzee named Manno, and found his true calling. Sekyer rescued the chimp from a zoo in Iraqi Kurdistan and launched an international effort to return him to his central African home. He writes about the experience in his memoir Saving Manno: What a Baby Chimp Taught Me About Making the World a Better Place.

8:30 p.m. — Political Blind Date: Indigenous rights

Join Romeo Saganash, a Cree NDP MP, and Don Rusnak, an Ojibway Liberal MP, as they discuss the realities of life in Indigenous communities across Canada — and what it will take to transform the government’s relationship with Indigenous people. Are the federal Liberals following through on their commitment to reconciliation?

From the archive

1993 — Oscar Peterson


On this day in 1925, celebrated jazz pianist Oscar Peterson was born in Montreal. The eight-time Grammy-award winner first played music at age nine, and won a CBC national music competition as a teenager. He became a star, playing alongside the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie, and eventually being named to the Order of Canada. In this 1993 episode of Teaching Music, Peterson talks about his early years as a virtuoso, his career in music, and his experiences teaching his craft.  Peterson, 82, died in 2007 at his home in Mississauga.

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