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The Tories’ new sex-ed curriculum, the hallway medicine crisis, and remembering Jack Layton
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 26, 2019
The new sexual-education curriculum was released Wednesday by the Progressive Conservatives.



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Tories unveil sex-ed curriculum

The new sexual-education curriculum released Wednesday by the Progressive Conservatives preserves many elements of the learning plan introduced by the preceding Liberal government. Students will, for example, still learn about gender identity and expression — but in Grade 8, two years later than before. Grade 1 students will learn about consent and “setting boundaries.” Parents will have the option to remove their children from sex-ed classes. An opt-out provision also existed under the Liberal plan, but it was applied differently depending on the school board.

OHIP to eliminate coverage for up to a dozen medical services

The Toronto Star reports that a joint committee of the Ontario government and the Ontario Medical Association is close to releasing its recommendations on cutting OHIP coverage for services considered “outdated or unnecessary.” The committee was tasked with finding $460 million in savings. A senior government source told the Star that nerve-block injections for pain, psychotherapy sessions with medical doctors, and sedation for colonoscopies will continue to be covered. “The government would never accept any proposals that would negatively impact patient care,” the source said.

Former Ontario cabinet minister spoke at pro-China rally

Michael Chan, who served in the cabinets of both Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne, appeared at a Markham rally intended to show support for Chinese authorities as millions protest their rule in Hong Kong. “We support Hong Kong’s police strictly handling unrest, Hong Kong’s government carefully defending the rule of law, China’s government carefully observing Hong Kong,” he told the crowd at the August 12 gathering. The Hong Kong demonstrations were sparked by Beijing’s efforts to exert more control over the territory. Watch The Agenda’s recent look at the protests for more context on the crisis.

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The Agenda in the Summer: The rocky rollout of legal cannabis

Cannabis has been legal in Canada since October, so why do more than 40 per cent of users still buy it on the black market? The Agenda welcomes Abi Roach, director of the Cannabis Friendly Business Association and owner of the Hot Box Café in Toronto, and the Globe and Mail’s cannabis-industry reporter, Mark Rendell, to discuss how the country and the province have handled the rollout of legal cannabis — and what needs to change.

The Water Brothers: Oceans of Energy

The world’s oceans offer an unlimited supply of clean energy, but that potential remains largely untapped. Join the Water Brothers as they investigate the state-of-the-art technologies being used in Northern Ireland and Scotland to harness tidal and wave power. Then travel with them to Canada’s Bay of Fundy — site of the world's largest tides — where they go rafting on massive tidal bores and experience the ocean’s power first-hand.

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How to end hallway medicine, Part 1: Understanding the crisis

While researching his recent series of articles on emergency medicine, journalist Matt Gurney heard the same thing from a number of experts: “hallway medicine” is a big problem in Ontario. Across the province, patients who’ve been assessed, triaged, and stabilized but can’t yet leave the hospital end up on stretchers in hallways because there’s nowhere else to send them. So what can be done? In the first instalment of a three-part series, Gurney looks at the roots of the issue and how the provincial government is planning to address it.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Re-engineering the career escalator

Can millennials and baby boomers collaborate successfully in the workplace? Nam Kiwanuka talks to Lisa Taylor, co-author of The Talent Revolution: Longevity and the Future of Work, about why companies shouldn’t plan for the future only by focusing on millennials — and how they can turn an aging workforce into a competitive advantage.

10 p.m. — Northern Gold: After the Rush

What happens in a northern Ontario town after the gold rush? Explore the history of Timmins and how the community’s growth was shaped by mining in the early 20th century. In the second episode of this two-part documentary series, learn about the battle miners waged to improve their working conditions.

From the archive

2011 — A Jack Layton retrospective

On the eighth anniversary of Jack Layton’s death, we look back at some clips from his many TVO interviews — from his days as a scrappy Toronto city councillor in the 1980s and ’90s to his time as the leader of the federal New Democratic Party. The “orange wave” that marked the 2011 election led to a historic win for the NDP and to its becoming the official opposition. He remained hopeful to the end: less than two days before he died of cancer at the age of 61, Layton wrote a letter to his party and to Canadians in which he said, “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world.”

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