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A CBC News analysis of data from all 169 acute care hospital sites in Ontario suggests that so-called hallway health care, once a seasonal issue, has become a routine phenomenon throughout the province. It also found that some of Ontario’s biggest hospitals, including ones in Toronto, Hamilton, Sudbury, and Niagara Falls, were above capacity nearly every day in the first half of 2019. "We've got warning signs going off all over the province and the situation just isn't viable," said Ontario Hospital Association CEO Anthony Dale.
Toronto police officer’s appointment to Human Rights Commission raises eyebrows
The Ontario government’s appointment of a Toronto police constable to the provincial human rights commission hasn’t been without controversy, the Toronto Star reports. Renu Mandhane, Ontario’s chief commissioner of human rights, says she was “somewhat surprised” by the appointment because Randall Arsenault was not among the 330 people who applied or one of 30 vetted candidates whose names the commission had submitted to the government. Arsenault, an Aboriginal liaison officer, is a 19-year veteran of the force and has a large social media following.
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In 2017, the Alsalamat family fled civil war in Syria, arriving in Sault Ste. Marie as refugees. Since then, there’s been plenty of change in their lives. They’ve had to adapt to a new language, new schools, and new jobs. Now, nearly three years later, the family couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Ontario Hubs field producer Jeyan Jeganathan hears their story of flight, arrival, and settlement.
Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett visits the Netherlands to discover the future of the beloved burger and find out how a 3D printer could soon become an essential kitchen gadget, and Dr. Shini Somara tastes chocolate that's sweeter and healthier because it's been treated with mushrooms. Greengrocer Chris Bavin discovers how vegetables can be grown without sunlight, while Dara Ó Briain experiences a mind-reading menu that knows what food you’re hankering for.
In Ontario, more than 80 per cent of Indigenous people live off-reserve, but public-health data about this population is almost non-existent. Journalist Charnel Anderson reports on the consequences of this data gap and how a new research initiative aims to fill it. “Experts say that this lack of data means that many aspects of urban Indigenous health and wellness are not properly understood, making it challenging to develop policies and infrastructure to address the issues,” she writes.
This weekend on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Ontario’s new animal protection force
After 100 years, the enforcement of Ontario’s animal-cruelty laws will be handed from the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to a dedicated government team. That means new inspectors, stronger fines, jail terms, and an abuse hotline. We find out about the revamped system, the first of its kind in Canada.
9 p.m. — Exit: Leaving Extremism Behind
In this film, director Karen Winther tries to find out what prompts someone to cut ties with an extremist group. We meet Angela from the United States, as well as Ingo and Manuel from Germany. All three are former right-wing extremists who have gone into hiding due to their pasts. In Denmark, Søren tells his story as a former violent left-wing extremist. And David, who was active in the Armed Islamic Group in Algeria, talks about his six years in prison for engaging in terrorist activities.
What invisible thread makes living creatures so distinct from one another, yet still so alike? This 1990 episode of The Science Café presents an illustrated explanation of the composition and workings of DNA.