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By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Nov 12, 2019
After a four-month ban, Beijing has reopened its market to imports of Canadian pork and beef. (iStock.com/Dragos Cojocari)

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China lifts ban on Canadian beef and pork

After a four-month ban, Beijing has reopened its market to imports of Canadian pork and beef, the Globe and Mail reports. The move, worth hundreds of millions of dollars to farmers across the country, may signal that Chinese leaders are open to mending diplomatic relations that were damaged last December when Canada arrested Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou. However, China had an additional incentive for reopening imports: an outbreak of African swine fever has reduced its pig herd by millions.


Cornwall spends $45,000 to attract a doctor who’s not really a doctor

Cornwall city council is under fire for agreeing to spend $45,000 on a new naturopathic clinic intended to help address the city’s physician shortage. “If this is really to address a physician shortage, then it is just completely inappropriate and completely ridiculous,” Michelle Cohen, an assistant professor in the department of family medicine at Queen’s University, told the National Post. And, she added, as the services are not covered by OHIP, “this is public money that is really only going to benefit people who can either pay out of pocket for private naturopathy services, or people who have [private] benefits.”


Vaughan-based garbage giant cancels highly anticipated IPO

GFL Environmental, whose trucks pick up trash in parts of Toronto, Hamilton, and hundreds of other cities across North America, has shelved plans for what would have been Canada’s biggest IPO in 20 years. The fourth-largest waste-management company in North America, it had sought to raise as much as $2.4 billion by selling stock at between $20 and $24 a share. The market, however, had other ideas: investors were willing to pay only about $18 a share.



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The Agenda: Revolutionizing dementia care

British doctor and dementia-care specialist David Sheard is transforming the way patients with the condition are cared for. The Dementia Care Matters founder joins Steve Paikin to discuss how simple changes that prioritize patients’ holistic needs and personal relationships can improve their quality of life in long-term-care centres.


Impossible Railways

Whether it’s an inverted monorail in Germany or London’s epic Crossrail project, ingenious railway-engineering projects are helping to keep the world’s cities running — find out how.




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Word Bomb: ‘Troll’ — from the internet to IRL

The world “troll” may make you think of nasty creatures under bridges or the fuzzy-haired toys that once took North America by storm. In today’s world, though, there’s an even better chance it will call to mind the people who bully, mock, and provoke others on the internet. Word Bomb hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta talk trolling online — and in real life — with a media-studies scholar and a Toronto blogger.



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These Ontario organizations are trying to make abortion more accessible


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In Part 2 of this TVO.org series on abortion in Ontario, H.G. Watson talks to three organizations that are working to increase access to the procedure: Thunder Bay’s the Umbrella Medical Clinic, Kitchener’s Choice Connect, and the University of Ottawa’s Medical Students for Choice. “The fact that abortion is illegal does not mean it’s accessible,” Watson writes. “There are abortion providers across Ontario, but they are not equally distributed across the province, and most are in larger communities.”



Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — The Agenda: Fall economic statement

Economists join Steve Paikin to analyze the Progressive Conservative government’s fall economic statement — delivered on Wednesday by Minister of Finance Rod Phillips — and what it will mean for Ontario.


10 p.m. — My Sheepdog and Me

When Kate Humble sets out to breed Welsh sheepdog puppies from her beloved pet, Teg, she learns about the genetic threat facing British herding dogs. Through DNA research, scientists at the University of Aberystwyth reveal some remarkable facts about the breed. If Teg can produce a litter of healthy puppies, she’ll play a big part in helping one of Britain’s unique herding breeds survive for generations to come.



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September 2001 — J.K. Rowling at Toronto Public Library

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To the delight of attendees big and small, Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling was honoured at a Toronto Public Library fundraiser in September 2001. The festivities included then-mayor Mel Lastman, who presented the author with the key to the city. The gathering also included Canadian kid-lit icons, such as Robert Munsch and Itah Sadu. “Long may Toronto continue to nourish children’s literature as much as you clearly do,” Rowling told the audience. “It’s been a real privilege to come here.”

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