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Cabinet minister’s social-media strategy under scrutiny
A social-media campaign for Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy may have blurred the line between official business and partisan political activity, according to CTV. The campaign, intended to increase Bethlenfalvy’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, was prepared by his taxpayer-funded staff at the Treasury Board. Staff then forwarded the campaign to his riding association in Pickering-Uxbridge with the idea that donations to the Progressive Conservative party would finance it, creating a potential violation of the Public Service of Ontario Act. "I did not provide approval of this strategy," said Bethlenfalvy in a statement. "As soon as I learned that it had been erroneously distributed to board members at a recent meeting, I stopped the meeting and took corrective action."
The vigilante murder of members of the Donnelly family remains among the most notorious crimes of 19th-century Ontario. The story of the Black Donnellys, as they were known, has been told many times in the past 140 years, but Keith Ross Leckie’s new novel, Cursed! Blood of the Donnellys, brings a fresh perspective to the massacre.
Dave Myers travels to Egypt, home to some of the world’s oldest recipes. From the street foods of Cairo, to a family feast 800 kilometres south in ancient Aswan, Myers voyages along the Nile to find the origins of cherished traditional dishes.
Host Colin Ellis and TVO’s executive producer of documentaries, Jane Jankovic, discuss this year's group of Academy Award nominees: Honeyland, American Factory, The Cave, For Sama, and The Edge of Democracy. Then, Sami Khan of Sarnia, Ont., talks about his Oscar-nominated short doc St. Louis Superman, and what it's like to be vying for the prestigious film award.
As Toronto continues to grapple with a housing crisis, some say gentle density, which includes laneway homes and duplexes, could provide some relief. But in his latest column, John Michael McGrath suggests it’s not as easy as it sounds. “Across huge swaths of Toronto and the GTA, even the most minimal amount of new homebuilding is slower and more expensive than it needs to be. Gentle density may well be at least part of the answer, but, for many voters, no form of density is ever going to be gentle enough,” he writes.
When Heidi Bechtold started to hear about the plight of wildlife in Australia’s bushfires, the owner and operator of Complete K9, a dog-walking and training business in Kitchener, Ont., knew she had to get involved. She joined up with a rescue team in Calgary led by Brad Pattison, a dog trainer and former television host, and headed to the Australian state of New South Wales to help rescue and feed animals that had managed to survive. TVO’s Southwestern Ontario Hubs reporter Mary Baxter spoke to Bechtold and Pattison about their experiences in the middle of what Bechtold calls “Mother Nature’s holocaust.”
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: John Mighton and math for all
The decline of students’ math scores in Ontario is well documented, but academic and author John Mighton says it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, he believes everyone can be good at math. He’s the founder of the charitable organization JUMP Math, short for Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies. His latest book, All Things Being Equal: Why Math Is the Key to a Better World, lays out his ideas.
10:30 p.m. — Brilliant Ideas: Ali Banisadr's Impassioned Landscapes
Born in 1976 in Tehran, Ali Banisadr moved to the United States when he was a child. His artwork is influenced by his experiences as a refugee from the Iran-Iraq war, and his approach mixes memory, nostalgia, and violence. He is best known for his large, lush, highly intricate paintings featuring fantastical landscapes reminiscent of stained glass. His work can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum der Moderna in Salzburg, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the British Museum.
In this 2001 episode of More to Life, Dr. Ricky Schachter, a dermatologist still practising at the age of 82, reflects on her choice not to retire quite yet. “Do I think that 65 is a good year to retire? I think it's a good year for many people,” she says. “I think that many people don't have the opportunity that I have had, which is the opportunity of remaining in a work area that you like and have the opportunity of seeing that job change, seeing that your choices grow and having the opportunity to be part of that growth.” Schachter, who received the Canadian Dermatology Foundation's Practitioner of the Year award in 2005, died in 2007.