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Ford doubles down on carbon tax fight
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 24, 2019
Doug Ford doubles down on carbon tax fight (Chris Young/CP)



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Ford doubles down on carbon tax fight

There was speculation that Ontario Premier Doug Ford would step back from his fight against the federal carbon tax after the Liberals were re-elected Monday. But two days later, in front of a gathering at the C.D. Howe Institute in Toronto, Ford called the policy “the worst tax you could ever face,” and said it makes goods unaffordable and companies uncompetitive. The Toronto Star’s Robert Benzie notes that in the federal election 64.5 per cent of votes cast in Ontario were for parties that favour carbon pricing (41.5 per cent Liberal, 16.8 per cent NDP, and 6.2 per cent Green).

Horwath weighs in on election results

At a Queen’s Park press conference Wednesday, NDP leader Andrea Horwath said the federal vote outcome in Ontario constituted an overwhelming rejection of Ford’s Tory government and its policies. She called on the premier to drop his government’s court challenge of the carbon tax. When asked if voters had also repudiated the NDP, which won only six out of 121 seats in the province, Horwath said the campaign “was one focused on federal issues and federal parties.”

Flu vaccine may be delayed

Getting your flu shot might not be as easy this year, the Hamilton Spectator reports. The Ministry of Health is alerting the public about supply issues for the beginning of flu season this fall. “The identification of the common influenza strains circulating this year by the World Health Organization took longer than usual. This resulted in a delay in the manufacturing of the flu vaccine this year,” ministry spokesperson David Jensen said in a statement, adding that there have also been production issues with some vaccine manufacturers. This comes on top of news that the nasal spray version of the vaccine given to needle-averse children will be unavailable this year, due to the shortage of a key ingredient.

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The Agenda: Revamping Ontario’s public services

Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy speaks to Steve Paikin about the Ontario government’s new effort to restructure how public services are delivered across the province. They also discuss the results of the federal election.

Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies

Why are we so easily seduced by propaganda? Award-winning filmmaker Larry Weinstein explores the history and evolution of the art of persuasion. From ancient cave paintings to Twitter feeds and fake news, this TVO Original documentary traces the use of art by religious figures, politicians, and marketers, to reveal how propaganda works — and often hides in plain sight.

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How all three major party leaders blew it on election night

In their speeches, Pierre Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, and Jagmeet Singh showed a complete lack of respect for one another — and for voters, writes Steve Paikin. He points out some of the biggest blunders in a review of what he calls the “dog’s breakfast” of the final moments of the federal election.

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Word Bomb: How the Anthropocene names our climate crisis

As the Earth responds ever more rapidly to human activity, a group of scientists is proposing that we’ve entered a new epoch: the age of the Anthropocene. Podcast hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta talk with scientists and a documentary filmmaker about how the crisis is characterized and why word choice is so important.

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7 p.m. — Seed: The Untold Story

This story follows a battle for the future of the world’s seeds and examines how the near-extinction of some seed varietals threatens to spark a global food crisis. Learn how a group of passionate advocates — a botanical explorer of the Amazon, a world-renowned seed keeper, a villager in northern India, and even Jane Goodall — fight to protect a 12,000-year-old legacy.

8 p.m. — The Agenda: John Tory on five years of leading Toronto

As he nears his five-year anniversary as mayor of Toronto, John Tory talks to Steve Paikin about his approach to the issues of the day: gun violence, housing, and the city’s newly brokered subway deal.

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September 1996 — Inside Seth’s cartoon world

The career of popular cartoonist and graphic novelist Seth, a.k.a. Gregory Gallant, is explored in this Studio 2 profile. The Clinton, Ont.-born creator of Palookaville has been featured in The New Yorker, the New York Times, and volumes of his own books. He illustrated a complete collection of Peanuts comics and even collaborated with Daniel Handler (pen name: Lemony Snicket) on several of his children’s books.

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