As Ottawa deploys about one million sandbags along a rising Ottawa River and yet more rain falls on already-flooded communities in Muskoka, concerns are now turning to communities along Lake Ontario. The lake’s water levels are approaching those last seen in 2017, when the Toronto Islands went through months of flooding.
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Earlier this year, the Progressive Conservative government announced changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program in a bid to cut costs. The rules, which take effect for the next school year, include new benchmarks to exclude students whose families make a certain amount, the introduction of interest payments during what had been a six-month grace period, and more. Ontario Hubs assistant editor H.G. Watson has been speaking to students about how this overhaul has affected their plans. “It’s going to take a while to fully understand the scope of impact these changes will have on financing post-secondary education,” says Watson, “but until then these first-person stories are important to hear.” Look for her story on TVO.org later this week.
Severe flooding has forced residents out of their homes in parts of Ontario and prompted cities across the province to declare states of emergency — or realize that emergency documents such as flood-planning maps are out of date. Windsor mayor Drew Wilkens and Bonnie Fox, manager of policy and planning at Conservation Ontario, join Steve Paikin to discuss how prepared the province is to deal with the new reality of rising waters.
Doug Ford’s leadership style is a mix of retail politics — the kind he and his late brother, Rob, practised in Toronto — and U.S.-style personal branding. Steve Paikin breaks down why this makes Ford a premier like no other Ontario has ever seen.
Columnist Matt Gurney addresses the kerfuffle caused by the Ontario government’s announcement that it’s cutting OHIP coverage on travel outside Canada. The current maximum reimbursement of $400 a day doesn’t begin to cover the real costs of foreign hospitalization, he argues, so the cut seems incidental — and more divergent opinions on issues such as these could spark more vigorous policy debates.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. The Agenda: Gino Vannelli
In the 1970s and ’80s, Montreal singer-songwriter Gino Vannelli had hits in Canada and beyond, had won multiple Juno awards, and was among the first homegrown pop music stars. At age 66, he’s still at it, with a new album and concert tour. He talks to Steve Paikin about his humble beginnings, the changes in the Canadian music scene over the decades, and why he finds it important to keep creating and performing.
9 p.m. The Truth About Sleep
We know that sleeping well is a key ingredient to good health, but in the digital age it seems harder than ever to tune out the world. Medical journalist Dr. Michael Mosley visits the Oxford Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute and the Surrey Sleep Research Centre to learn about the latest science on slumber and some simple lifestyle changes to help get a better night’s rest.
From the archives
February 28, 1989 — Salman Rushdie
This reading and talk with novelist Salman Rushdie took place at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre shortly after publication of The Satanic Verses, his fourth and most controversial book. At the time, Rushdie’s magic realist novel inspired by the life of Muhammad was accused of mocking Islam and banned in India, Pakistan, and Iran. Quichotte, Rushdie’s twelfth novel, is due out this fall.