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Chief coroner reviewing 132 cases in which doctors investigated deaths of former patients
Ontario’s chief coroner is reviewing 132 instances in which doctors investigated the deaths of people who had been their own patients within five years of their demise, the CBC reports. "These cases are concerning because there is a risk that the truth about a death will not come to light if the physician's treatment decisions while the patient was alive could have contributed to the patient's death," Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk wrote in her annual report last week. The doctors in question have training in conducting death investigations. They don’t perform autopsies but decide whether to order one.
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Mounting pressure for the province and teachers’ unions to reach a contract deal only adds to the existing sense of urgency for better student outcomes, particularly in math. The Agenda discusses ideas for how to achieve this with Annie Kidder, executive director of People for Education; Karen Robson, associate professor at McMaster University; and Globe and Mail education reporter Caroline Alphonso.
What makes English mustard spicy and the Dijon variety relatively cool? This and other questions are answered as Kate Quilton investigates the genealogy of this ultimate superfood. Meanwhile, Jimmy Doherty finds out what gives stout its smooth texture.
In the second instalment of his series about mental health in Ontario, journalist Matt Gurney examines the disparity of access to care between big cities and less-populated areas. “The system is massively skewed by geographical constraints,” he writes. “A study in 2009, for example, found that, while there were 63 psychiatrists per 100,000 residents in the Toronto region, some remote parts of the province had barely four per 100,000 — a whopping fifteenfold difference.”
Tonight on TVO
7 p.m. — Arctic Secrets: Devon Island
Nunavut’s Devon Island is the largest uninhabited island in the world — and with good reason. With sub-zero temperatures for nine months of the year and a rainfall rate that could put the Gobi Desert to shame, its icy landscape is so barren that NASA uses it to simulate conditions on Mars. Explore a land where only the most experienced Inuit hunters dare set foot.
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Superstars of a bygone era
They may not have seemed to have much in common, but Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich were both deeply emotional and complex women who thrilled millions with their talent, even when their personal lives were in turmoil. Actresses Louise Pitre and Jayne Lewis portray these two giants in Piaf/Dietrich, a musical biography on stage at Toronto’s CAA Theatre until early January. They talk to Steve Paikin about what the careers of these two unforgettable stars mean to them.
How do animals in Canadian zoos brave our harsh winters? Veterinarian Bill Rapley and animal handler Dan Pearson showcase an assortment of the cold weather-tolerant animals living in the Toronto Zoo, including a young peregrine falcon, a great horned owl, and a small marsupial called a sugar glider.