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The ins and outs of Ontario roundabouts
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Nov 15, 2019
The province is cutting Ontario’s 14 Local Health Integration Network administrations to five as part of the government’s consolidation of major health agencies into a single entity . (



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Province fires nine executives as part of health-care reforms

The province is cutting Ontario’s 14 Local Health Integration Network administrations to five as part of the government’s consolidation of major health agencies into a single entity called Ontario Health. Health Minister Christine Elliott announced Wednesday that nine LHIN CEOs were let go at a total severance cost of about $3 million. According to Elliott, this reorganization will save $250 million this year and $350 million the next, without affecting access to health care.

Business leaders pay thousands for access to Ford

The Globe and Mail reports that several business executives at a 2018 charity auction held by the Toronto police chief paid $20,000 each to have private dinners with Doug Ford. The money raised that year did not go to Progressive Conservative party coffers but to Victim Services Toronto, a registered charity that helps victims of crime. However, critics say auctioning time with Ford raises ethical concerns, comparing it to trading cash for access to the premier. According to one of his spokespeople, Ford is planning to attend the 2019 edition of the same fundraiser tonight and will again donate private dinner opportunities.

High school teachers not happy with wage cap as talks resume

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation returns to the bargaining table with the government today. But union president Harvey Bischof says the government’s decision to pass a law capping possible wage increases has made a tough negotiation even tougher. In an interview with the Toronto Star, he said the law “deeply undermines the collective bargaining process,” and said the federation is considering taking the government to court over it. Passed last week, Bill 124 caps wage increases for public sector workers at one per cent per year for the next three years. High school teachers will be in a legal strike position on Monday. Meanwhile, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association has voted 97.1 per cent in favour of strike action Wednesday.

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The Agenda: In defence of the small screen

In 2016, New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Was this a sign that a medium once cast as low-brow entertainment had finally gained legitimacy as a complex form of storytelling? Nussbaum talks to Steve Paikin about her book, I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution. 

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On Docs: In war reporting, Robert Fisk always chooses a side

Oshawa-born filmmaker Yung Chang's documentaries have looked at contemporary China, exotic fruit cultivators, and more. Now he turns his sights on Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk, a journalist who has been covering the region's most harrowing conflicts for more than 40 years. Chang spoke to On Docs podcast host Colin Ellis about making This Is Not a Movie, his profile of Fisk; what it means to have a subjective point of view in journalism; Fisk's criticism of social media, and more.

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The ins and outs of Ontario roundabouts

roundabout intersection
Photo by Mary Baxter

Are roundabouts effective, accessible tools to guide traffic flow, or do they confuse drivers and make them more prone to accidents? Southwestern Ontario Hub reporter Mary Baxter investigates how 40 different traffic circles are used in Waterloo Region, and why some citizens, city planners, and politicians are against them.

How this 18-year-old is fostering multiculturalism in Thunder Bay

a woman
Photo by  Jon Thompso

Yamaan Alsumadi has been a resident of Thunder Bay since 2015. In that time, the high school student has served as the co-president of the Regional Multicultural Youth Council and helped launch the council’s We Want initiative, which facilitates conversations about race, reconciliation, and safe communities. Northwestern Ontario Hub reporter Jon Thompson spoke to Alsumadi about her work to help newcomers feel at home in Thunder Bay, and what it feels like to live in a city known for its high instances of racism.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: The return of race science

British science journalist Angela Saini’s new book, Superior, chronicles the disturbing re-emergence of scientific research and social belief in biological racial differences. She joins The Agenda to discuss what she learned while reporting for the book.

9 p.m. — The War Show

This deeply personal story focuses on the experiences of Syrian radio host Obaidah Zytoon and her friends in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring and during the ongoing civil war. The action takes place in Homs, Damascus, and the director's hometown of Zabadani, and documents the effects of the protest and the war on their lives. 

From the archive

October 1998 — The man who ate Toronto

Wouldn’t we all like to eat for a living? For more than 20 years James Chatto did just that, covering culinary offerings around the GTA for Toronto Life magazine. In this 1998 episode of Dialogue, he speaks to Richard Ouzounian about his new book at the time, The Man Who Ate Toronto. Chatto, who has a background in acting, discusses the connection between the cultures of dining and theatre. “I think restaurants are the most interesting piece of theatre that we have, actually,” he says. “I love to watch the timing of a well-run restaurant. I love to see the bickering between the waiters, or the marvellous harmony between kitchens and front of house. Which is very rare, but wonderful to see when it happens.”

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