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The election issue we haven’t been talking about
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 22, 2019
Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario Premier Doug Ford (Cole Burston/CP)



Good morning, Ontario.

Here's what we're following 

Province cancels plan to take over Toronto subway

In exchange for Mayor John Tory backing its $10.9-billion Ontario Line effort, the Ford government is dropping its plan to upload management of Toronto’s subway system to the province. “Today is a good day,” Toronto Transit Commission chair Jaye Robinson said, according to the CBC. City politicians had been wary of putting the subway in the hands of Queen’s Park.

In more good news for the Ontario Line, the Toronto Star reports that the federal Liberals are promising, if re-elected, to back the plan with transit funding should Toronto city council approve the new subway.

Framework released for fresh probe of Thunder Bay deaths 

Retired OPP detective inspector Ken Leppert will convene a team of Thunder Bay Police Service investigators and Nishnawbe Aski Nation Police Service representatives to re-examine the deaths of nine Indigenous youths in Thunder Bay after an official report found the initial investigations were deeply flawed. The investigators are scheduled to complete a final report by June, but Ontario Chief Coroner Dirk Huyer said the team will take as long as it needs to get it right, TBNewsWatch reports.

Province’s deputy ministers get 14 per cent raise

According to an order-in-council dated Sept. 26, the province’s 28 deputy ministers will bring in annual salaries ranging from $234,080 to $320,130, Queen’s Park Today reports. That’s up from the previous range of $205,000 to $311,050, and a 14 per cent increase at the low end of the scale. These top bureaucrats will also be eligible for a “pay-for-performance” bonus.

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The Agenda: Let’s talk about debt

In past election campaigns, debt and deficits have usually dominated the conversation. Think of Paul Martin’s demand in the 1990s to slay the deficit dragon, “come hell or high water.” As recently as 2015, the NDP ran on a promise of balancing the budget. This time around, though, concerns about debt and deficits are barely registering with the public. The Agenda discusses why there is a conversation deficit about the country’s debt.

Tomorrow’s Food

Can a robot engineer your kitchen to be highly efficient without sacrificing taste? Will people ever accept insects as an appetizing source of protein? In this British documentary series about the future of food, host Dara Ó Briain and a team of experts reveal amazing innovations that could one day become mainstream dinner fare.

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Ford focus: Is the Liberals’ election strategy working in Ontario?

Doug Ford
File photo of Doug Ford (Chris Young/CP)

Western Canada has its environmental issues, Quebec has the contentious Bill 21, but an Ontario-specific issue has yet to emerge in the federal election campaign. And Doug Ford, often evoked often by Liberal leader Justin Trudeau as a caution to Ontarians against a federal Conservative government, has been basically out of sight since the summer. Journalist Matt Gurney speculates about what this aleans. “The Tories no doubt wish they were doing better in Ontario, and the Liberals are no doubt thanking their lucky stars that they aren’t,” he writes. “But there remains a considerable delta between Ford’s lows and Scheer’s (projected) high. In this tight race, the delta may prove enormously meaningful.”

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Health-care policy and the federal election

In this federal election campaign, party leaders are making health policy promises for pharmacare, dental care, and mental health care. A panel of policy experts joins Steve Paikin to discuss the merits of what’s on offer and what’s missing from health-care platforms. 

9 p.m. — Teachers Training to Kill

How should the United States protect students in the event of a school shooting? One remote training camp in Butler County, Ohio, thinks it has a solution: training teachers how to shoot and, if necessary, kill. This documentary explores the heated and divisive debate around school shootings and state policy, as schools across the U.S. seriously consider arming teachers in a bid to deal with the increasing frequency of violent attacks.

From the archive

August 2009 — A word or two about censorship


Did you know that Lady Chatterley’s Lover was banned in Canada from 1930 to 1962? This 2009 Think Again segment looks at the reasons why literary works and individual authors have been censored over time. Journalist Suanne Kelman, writer Christopher Hitchens, and political scientist Ron Deibert weigh in.

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