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The boy who changed Indigenous kids’ health care
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Nov 28, 2019
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Carbon tax must go up tenfold by 2030 to meet Paris targets, report says

An Ecofiscal Commission report says the most cost-effective way to meet Canada’s climate targets is to raise the carbon tax to $210 per tonne by 2030, reports CTV. While carbon taxes are a tough sell because the costs are so visible, the independent think-tank says that other measures, such as new regulations and subsidies, would cost the public more. The federal carbon price is currently $20 per tonne and is set to increase to $30 per tonne on Jan. 1. No increases are planned after the tax reaches $50 per tonne in 2022.


Durham police chief condemns racist Facebook post shared by ex-officers

Durham Regional Police Chief Paul Martin fought back tears as he apologized for what he called a “repulsive” image shared on a Facebook group of retired Durham Region officers. The image shows two white-faced stick figures wearing police hats and standing over the stick figure of a man with a brown face. One points a gun at the brown man while pinning him down with his foot. “In some respects, you think you have made such headway,” Martin told the CBC. “Then something like this comes along and you go: ‘What are people thinking?’” Martin has launched an internal investigation into the matter.


Ottawa MPP calls for investigation into use of trespass law at seniors’ residences

Ottawa Centre MPP Joel Harden has asked Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho to investigate allegations of retirement homes misusing trespassing laws to silence people who criticize their care or services, the Ottawa Citizen reports. In a case featured on CBC’s Marketplace, Ottawa resident Mary Sardelis said she was prevented from seeing her 97-year-old mother for most of 2019. Managers of the retirement home where her mother lives told police Sardelis had been disruptive and abusive.


Saving Erie shoreline likely to be ‘extremely expensive’

As flooding and erosion increase, communities along Lake Erie are considering pricey measures to save their waterfront areas. According to the Windsor Star, a study team presented Chatham-Kent residents with a list of preservation proposals and estimated costs this week. Among them were a $600-million to $900-million armour stone network to protect a 40-kilometre stretch of shoreline; realigning a roadway for $31 million to $40 million; and relocating buildings along that same road for $37 million to $68 million. A consultant with the study team stressed that no final decisions had been made.



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Breakthrough: Fighting Pandemics

Recent pandemic outbreaks have forced medical professionals to adapt and evolve as quickly as the diseases they fight. This National Geographic documentary profiles the medical practitioners working on the front lines of disease control and the scientists finding breakthrough ways to fight pandemics, from antibiotics and vaccines to computer programs that predict how viruses spread.


The Agenda: Bridging Ontario’s urban-rural divide

Two reports by Ontario 360, a project by the Munk School of Global Affairs, examine Ontario’s rural-urban divide and how the regional gap might be bridged through provincial policy. The Agenda speaks to Sean Speer and Weseem Ahmed, co-authors of the reports, about their findings.



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On Docs: The boy who changed Indigenous kids’ health care

Jordan River Anderson was five years old when he died. The boy from Norway House Cree Nation was born with a condition that left him unable to talk, walk, or breathe on his own — and because the provincial and federal governments couldn't agree on who should pay for his home care, he spent his whole short life in a hospital. Master filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin spent much of 2018 documenting Jordan’s life and legacy through Jordan’s Principle, a policy proposal for funding Indigenous children’s health care. In this episode of On Docs, podcast host Colin Ellis speaks to Obomsawin about her 53rd documentary, and her decades-long film career.



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Why the Ford government could soon face a trial by fire

Ontario teachers began a work-to-rule campaign this week, “a first shot in what could be a nasty battle between the powerful teachers’ unions and a government that, despite its new attitude, still has considerable fiscal challenges that it has sworn to address,” writes political journalist Matt Gurney. In this column, he breaks down how the threat of a teachers’ strike poses a risk for a government that has spent months working to rebrand itself as kinder and more reasonable.


Forty-three things about the 43rd Parliament

Canada’s newly elected federal government will convene next week in Ottawa. From rookie MPs to Chrystia Freeland’s new file to the lingering effects of the SNC-Lavalin scandal, Steve Paikin lists 43 things he’ll be watching for on Parliament Hill.



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8 p.m. — The Agenda: Fighting for a barrier-free Ontario

Twenty-five years ago, a group of 20 Ontarians with various disabilities gathered at Queen’s Park with a mission: to push the province to commit future governments to make Ontario as barrier-free as possible. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act became law in 2005 and set stringent goals and deadlines. The Agenda welcomes David Lepofsky, chair of the AODA Alliance, and Thea Kurdi, vice-president at DesignABLE Environments, an accessible-design organization, to discuss what progress has been made.


9 p.m. — Out of Mind, Out of Sight

What happens to people with mental illnesses who commit violent crimes? Some are sent to forensic psychiatric hospitals, once called asylums for the criminally insane, where they disappear from public view for years. In 2014, filmmaker John Kastner gained unprecedented access to one such facility, the Brockville Mental Health Centre. This documentary follows the treatment of patients struggling to gain control over their lives so they can return to a society that often fears and demonizes them.



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March 2011 — The boomer effect

As the “OK, boomer” meme reignites the cultural generational divide, have a look at how Environics co-founder Michael Adams talked about the baby boom generation nearly a decade ago. His 2010 book Stayin’ Alive examined how members of the cohort were spending the second half of their lives. “There are nine million of us,” he says in this Big Ideas lecture. “We believe ourselves to be exceptional. We believe we pretty well invented all social change.”

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