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Why a Tory MPP was kicked out of caucus over COVID-19
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 23, 2020
A federal court judge has ruled that the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. (Charles Krupa/AP/CP)



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Safe Third Country Agreement ruled unconstitutional

A federal court judge has ruled that the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Since 2004, the treaty has allowed Canadian officials to send refugee claimants who came through the U.S. back across the border, because both Canada and the U.S. were considered safe. Justice Ann Marie McDonald ruled that, since refugee claimants sent back to the U.S. are immediately imprisoned, the U.S. is not a safe third country. The agreement will remain in effect for six months while the federal government responds.

Student groups call on Ottawa to scrap volunteer program

The Canadian Federation of Students and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations say the federal government should take the $900 million from its controversial volunteer program and spend it on other student supports. The program was supposed to pay students up to $5,000 to volunteer this summer, but the groups say it might be too late for students to accumulate volunteer hours. “Students have waited for this program to roll out since April and now they're told they have to wait even longer,” said federation national chair Sofia Descalzi. “This is unacceptable.”

Blue Jays still searching for summer home

The Toronto Blue Jays are set to start their 2020 season on Friday, with one problem: they don't have a home ballpark. After the federal government denied the team's proposal to have opposing teams fly in to Toronto, the Jays partnered with the Pittsburgh Pirates to share Pittsburgh's PNC Park. However, Pennsylvania health officials rejected the plan, citing risk from an increased number of travellers. The franchise has access to a minor-league facility in Buffalo and its spring-training facility in Florida, but will continue to search for a major-league team to partner with. 

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I’ve seen anti-Black racism from both sides of the teacher’s desk

Matthew Morris teaches at the same Toronto middle school he once attended as a student. He writes that he’s learned cold, hard, and ugly truths about how racism operates in the education system. “Although policies, procedures, and practices have changed,” he writes, “much of the core philosophy behind pedagogy has not.”

How Toronto schools adapted to a health crisis a century ago: open-air learning


Medical wisdom held that sunshine and fresh air could aid in the fight against tuberculosis. So, in 1912, the city opened its first forest school. “The blurry, out-of-focus photos of forest schools from a century ago have a fairytale-like quality — the small children sit at their desks dwarfed by enormous trees,” writes reporter Monika Warzecha. “It’s as though Hansel and Gretel stumbled into the woods and found a classroom instead of a witch’s cottage.”

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The Agenda in the Summer: 30 years after Oka

In July 1990, a land dispute led to a 78-day standoff outside Montreal between a group of Mohawk people and the police, and later with Canadian soldiers. The Agenda welcomes Kahente Horn-Miller, an associate professor at Carleton University's School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies; and Sara Mainville, a partner at OKT law.

Alberto Giacometti by Stanley Tucci

Actor Stanley Tucci has long been obsessed with the great modernist artist Alberto Giacometti. In this hour-long documentary, he explains why Giacometti was one of the most relentlessly honest and enquiring artistic minds to have ever lived.

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#onpoli: Why a Tory MPP was kicked out of caucus 

The Progressive Conservative government got an unpleasant shock this week when one of its members voted against its bill extending COVID-19 emergency measures. Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath look at the expulsion of Cambridge MPP Belinda Karahalios and what the new law means for Ontarians. 

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Oceans in peril

Journalist Laura Trethewey joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss her book, The Imperiled Ocean: Human Stories from a Changing Sea.

8:30 p.m. — The Water Brothers: Carpageddon

Asian carp have invaded the Mississippi River and destroyed its lucrative fishing industry. Today, only an electric fence is keeping them from entering the Great Lakes — and a few have already been spotted. The brothers find out what an Asian carp invasion could do to the Great Lakes' $4.5-billion fishing economy and examine how other invasive species have changed the ecosystem.

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