In an interview with TFO current affairs program ONFR+, Liberal MPP Marie-France Lalonde said she’s considering running in this fall’s federal election. Lalonde represents the Ottawa riding of Orléans, which suddenly needs a federal Liberal candidate because current MP Andrew Leslie isn’t seeking another term. Lalonde will announce her decision this week.
The Agenda: Ontario's cuts to mental health
Why rising child-care costs are bad news for everyone — not just parents
Child-care expenses are keeping families in poverty and women out of the workforce. So why have the Tories cancelled a fund that helped keep costs down? As columnist Lauren McKeon writes: “There’s a reason that basic, universal child care has long been a rallying point for feminists. Simply put: It helps women achieve economic independence. It helps keep them in the workforce.” The changes include cancellation of $50 million in funding to child-care centres, offset by a new child-care credit to families who earn less than $150,000 per year, and a commitment to 30,000 new child-care spaces across the province.
8 p.m. The Agenda: The case for basic income
Under the former Liberal government, Hamilton, Thunder Bay, and Lindsay were test cities for a basic-income pilot program that offered eligible citizens a guaranteed annual income. The idea was to check on how the participants’ lives changed after three years, then decide whether to take the plan province-wide. Shortly after being elected, however, the Progressive Conservative government cancelled the pilot. The Agenda speaks to Evelyn Forget, who’s spent four decades researching this subject, about her new book, Basic Income for Canadians: The Key to a Healthier, Happier, More Secure Life for All.
10 p.m. Attenborough and the Giant Egg
In 1960, historian, environmentalist, and broadcaster David Attenborough travelled to Madagascar to film Zoo Quest, one of his first BBC wildlife series. On that trip he acquired a giant egg of an extinct species known as the elephant bird, said to be the largest bird that ever lived. Fifty years later he returned to the island nation to find out more about the creature — and also to see how the wildlife of Madagascar has changed since.
From the archive
Last week, the Progressive Conservative government introduced the More Homes, More Choice Act, a housing bill that also has implications for the province’s Endangered Species Act. Changes to planning and housing legislation are often a hallmark when a government switches hands, as has happened three times since this Fourth Reading episode first aired in 1994. At the time, urban planners and environmentalists were thrilled about the NDP government’s newly-revised Ontario Planning and Development Act — but rural communities saw the legislation as an erosion of property rights more than as an attempt to protect prime agricultural land from development.