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The end of sushi, Kenora’s housing crisis, and how climate change could affect child health
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 08, 2019
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Ontario Public Health has begun an awareness campaign about the effects of climate change on children.

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Campaign warns of health risks to kids because of climate change

The Ontario Public Health Association launched a campaign Wednesday to inform parents of the health impact that climate change can have on their children. The campaign website, makeitbetterontario.ca, warns that warmer temperatures are likely to lead to more episodes of heat stroke, asthma, and Lyme disease.


The power of private money in Ontario public schools

The Ottawa Citizen has done a deep dive into 113 Ottawa-area elementary schools to highlight how private funding reinforces gaps between have and have-not neighbourhoods in the province. For example, one local school with a large proportion of students from low-income, immigrant families had a school council budget of $1,500 last year, while the school council in a wealthier part of town raised $127,043 in the latest year data was available. The Citizen’s analysis also found that one Ottawa school raised $290.62 per student in 2017-18, while another raised only $3.01 per student the same year.


Three ways the U.S.-China trade war could affect Canada

The Bank of Nova Scotia’s economics team has outlined three scenarios of how the Canadian economy could fare as tensions escalate between the United States and China. If U.S. President Donald Trump goes ahead with a proposed extra 10 per cent tariff on Chinese goods not already affected by the trade battle, a small hit to the Canadian economy of just 0.11 per cent is expected next year. If Trump raises that tariff on Chinese imports to 25 per cent, and China retaliates with more tariffs of its own, Canada could see a slightly larger reduction, at 0.17 per cent. But if Trump goes “scorched-earth” and increases tariffs on all goods entering the U.S. to 25 per cent, the bank predicts Canada would fall into a deep recession that would see GDP contract by 1.6 per cent.


Picton mother conned out of $6,000

The OPP is warning about an “emergency” scam after a Picton woman received a frantic phone call from a man claiming to be her son. The man told her he was in jail after a serious road accident, then handed the phone over to someone claiming to be a lawyer. The alleged lawyer told the woman to deposit $6,000 into an account to secure her son’s release. She did so, then contacted her actual son, who told her he wasn’t in jail and hadn’t been involved in a collision.



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The Water Brothers: The end of sushi

Over the span of a few decades, sushi has grown from a regional, exoticized cuisine into one of the most popular foods in the world. The Water Brothers travel across North America to investigate how fishing to supply the demand for sushi affects ocean health and biodiversity. Along the way, they meet sushi chefs who are introducing customers to more sustainable seafood options.


The Agenda in the Summer: U.S. drug costs, Canadian solutions


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Globe and Mail health columnist André Picard and Joelle Walker, vice president of public affairs at the Canadian Pharmacists Association, talk to Nam Kiwanuka about the Trump administration’s proposal to make cheaper Canadian prescription drugs available in the U.S. — and the potential effects on the Canadian market.



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Is it too late to solve Kenora’s housing crisis?

Kenora has among the highest poverty rates in Ontario, and the city is a hub for people from nearby regions to access social services. Like many Ontario municipalities, it’s also in the midst of a housing crisis, with most of its older housing stock in ill repair and few plans in place for new builds. David Rockne Corrigan’s series on housing in Ontario continues with a look at some solutions for Kenora, including a city council application to access funding through the federal government’s Reaching Home program.


Why the Ontario Liberals are having a debate about debates — and why that matters

Leadership hopefuls for the Ontario Liberal Party have different ideas about how the debates should play out. This may seem like a minor point, but it will shape the race to come, according to TVO.org’s John Michael McGrath. “The debates in the last Liberal leadership race — held in 2012 and early 2013 and ending with Kathleen Wynne’s election by Liberal delegates in Toronto — were a bloodless and boring affair,” he writes, noting that such an approach made sense for a party then in power. Things have changed since the 2018 election, though, and the stakes are higher. “The party is more in danger of languishing in oblivion than it is of being too interesting.”



Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Truth and fantasy in literature 

Authors Colson Whitehead and Marlon James talk to Nam Kiwanuka about their latest novels, and why they write stories rooted in Black history. Whitehead, whom Time magazine has called “America’s storyteller,” is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad. His latest book is The Nickel Boys, which centres on life in the Jim Crow-era south. James is the author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel A Brief History of Seven Killings; his latest novel is Black Leopard, Red Wolf, a sweeping Game of Thrones-like fantasy based on African history and mythology.


9 p.m. — Her Story: A Female Revolution 

Steady progress on gender equality has meant more women have risen to power in the public and private spheres than ever before. In this episode, we meet the women fighting for their rights in the institutions of their respective faiths.



From the archive


1975 — The rise and fall of Rochdale

Rochdale, a student-run experiment in alternative education, thrived in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood for a decade through the ’60s and ’70s. What began as a solution to a student housing shortage soon attracted people looking to network and learn in a tuition-free educational setting. It was also often seen as a haven for hippies, drugs, and other counterculture activity, and ultimately closed in 1975 due to financial issues. In this Education of Mike McManus segment from that year, three former residents talk about how Rochdale started, and why it had to shut its doors.

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