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How do Ontario and B.C. teachers’ demands stack up?
As tensions rise between Ontario and its teachers, a similar situation is playing out in British Columbia, the Toronto Star reports. But, while educators here are fighting cuts proposed by a Progressive Conservative government, West Coast teachers are trying to get their NDP government to more closely match Ontario’s funding levels. Ontario teachers, who make more on average than those in B.C., are looking for pay increases of around 2 per cent to keep up with inflation. In B.C., the teachers have already rejected an increase of more than 2 per cent, saying that they also want a guarantee of smaller class sizes and more staff for students with special needs.
In the year since Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was taken into Canadian custody, diplomatic relations between Canada and China have remained tense and marked by imprisonments, trade bans, and fiery rhetoric. The Agenda discusses how much progress has been made, if any, and considers paths toward a more amicable future.
This TVO Original documentary follows four women adapting to life after the construction of the Belo Monte Dam. One of the biggest and most controversial infrastructure projects in the world, the Belo Monte has caused massive ecological and social devastation along Brazil’s Xingu River, a major tributary of the Amazon.
Last year, the Progressive Conservative government abolished the environmental commissioner’s position and folded that office into the auditor general’s. But, John Michael McGrath writes, if the Tories thought that move would defang some of their critics, this year’s annual report from Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk has proved them wrong. In this analysis, he reviews the ins and outs of Lysyk’s annual report.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: The Montreal massacre, 30 years later
The Agenda remembers the 14 women killed at Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989, examines the event’s tragic legacy, and discusses what progress has been made combatting violence against women in the three decades since. Guests include Nathalie Provost, who survived the attack.
10:30 p.m. — Beauty
Filmmaker Christina Willings explores the lives of five children experimenting with gender expression and identity — each of whom is trying to figure out what it really means to live authentically.
In 2004, NASA suggested that it hoped to one day colonize the moon and other planets. But have we thought about what this would mean for those of us who remained on Earth — and for those of us who started new lives amongst the stars? This episode of Think Again uses archival interviews with Carl Sagan, Buzz Aldrin, Roberta Bondar, and Chris Hadfield to search for answers.