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#MeToo, two years later
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 15, 2019
City and province haggling over subway takeover



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City and province haggling over subway takeover, Ontario Line

The Toronto Star reports that Toronto and Queen’s Park officials are negotiating a deal that would see the province drop its vow to take over the TTC subway system. In return, Mayor John Tory and city council would endorse the $11 billion Ontario Line the province wants to build from Ontario Place on the Toronto lakeshore to the Ontario Science Centre in the city’s midtown. Tory spokesperson Don Peat told the Star in an email that “discussions at the provincial/city table are ongoing but there is no deal at this point.”

Province considers pooling public sector benefits to save money

Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy says pooling together every employee benefit program in Ontario’s broader public sector could result in $115 million in savings through economies of scale and administrative efficiencies. The government has launched consultations on a centralized benefits model after employers and unions both showed interest in the idea. Participation in any arrangement would be voluntary. The broader public sector includes all organizations funded by the government, such as hospitals, universities, colleges and schools.

Jammed doors wreak havoc with Ottawa’s new LRT

A single jammed door on a train shut down Ottawa’s entire light rail line on Tuesday, only a few weeks after its launch. The same thing happened again the next day, reports the Ottawa Citizen. One transit station “resembled a cattle stockyard” when the system ground to a halt at the height of morning rush hour Wednesday. According to OC Transpo, the agency that runs the LRT, when a train in the centre of the line needs repairs, other trains must be moved so the broken train can be taken off the line.

Syrian restaurant gets offer of help to reopen after death threats

Paramount Fine Foods owner Mohamad Fakih says he will help the owners of Soufi’s reopen after an influx of hate mail and death threats prompted the closure of the Syrian restaurant in Toronto. “We can’t let hate win, we lose ourselves,” Fakih, who immigrated to Canada from Lebanon in 1999, told CTV News Toronto. Soufi’s, which opened in 2017 and was considered a Syrian refugee success story, became a target for harassment after online users identified the owners’ son as a participant in a confrontation at a People’s Party of Canada event in Hamilton last month.

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The Agenda: #MeToo, two years later

It’s been two years since a New York Times exposé brought Harvey Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual harassment and assault into the open. The reaction was swift and resulted in a cultural reckoning. But what’s happened with the #MeToo movement since? The Agenda assesses where the worldwide movement took gender relations and how it has affected society, from personal and workplace relationships to policing and the courts.

Brilliant Ideas: The Playful Public Art of Luke Jerram

British artist Luke Jerram’s public artwork, Play Me, I'm Yours, involves placing pianos in public parks, at bus stops, and in train stations for anyone to play and enjoy. Presented in more than 50 cities around the world, it has reached an audience of millions. This documentary looks at how Jerram developed his artistic practice of using mainly sculpture and large-scale installations.

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A place to move: Southwestern Ontario needs more immigrants, but they have nowhere to stay

a mother and 5 children
Photo by Mary Baxter

Huron County is short more than 1,000 workers. But immigrants who move there to build new lives — and find new jobs — can’t always find a permanent home. Ontario Hubs reporter Mary Baxter takes a look at some of the barriers newcomers to the area face, from stable housing access to a lack of employment opportunities that match up with their professional experience.

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8 p.m. — The Agenda: Our party leaders on climate change

Climate change is top of mind this federal election, and with only a few weeks till voting day, voters are still looking for answers on how parties intend to lead Canada in doing its part to tackle the global issue. The Agenda examines where the major parties stand on everything from pipelines to carbon taxes, and what their climate-action plans look like. 

10:30 p.m. — White Earth

Thousands of desperate people flock to White Earth, North Dakota, seeking work in the oilfields. Three children and a migrant mother brave a cruel winter in this Academy Award-nominated short film that explores themes of innocence, home, and the American Dream.

From the archive

December 2010 — How to make a Toronto commuter smile

For a short time, flash mobs were a hot new way to advertise a product or promote a brand. TVO jumped on the bandwagon in 2010 by staging one at Dundas subway station in Toronto. An unassuming troupe of morning commuters banded together to perform an a cappella rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” to draw attention to a week of music-focused programming. Notice the archaic flip-phones capturing the action!

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