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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Ontario Medical Association is close to releasing its recommendations on cutting OHIP coverage for services considered “outdated or unnecessary.”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.
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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 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.
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.
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.”