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Panel calls for redesign of Ontario Autism Program
An advisory panel tasked with evaluating the province’s controversial autism program has released its findings and is calling for a complete redesign. It recommends that the program be needs-based and that it include a range of evidence-based clinical services, such as early intervention, applied behaviour analysis, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, and caregiver education. Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Todd Smith said in a statement that he supports the idea of a needs-based program and is giving the report “the time and consideration it deserves.”
Hamilton mother tells the story of 14-year-old son’s killing
Three weeks after Devan Selvey was fatally stabbed at school, his mother has shared her account of the killing, which has rocked the city of Hamilton and prompted calls to review the local school board’s anti-bullying policies. Shari-Ann Selvey told the Hamilton Spectator that she was planning to file a civil suit that day against students who’d been harassing her son since the beginning of the school year. Then she got a call from Devan, who told her that he didn’t feel safe at school and wanted to be picked up. Shortly after she arrived, several students started chasing her son. She followed in her car. Just as she reached the group and exited the car, a boy stabbed Devan in the back. Devan was pronounced dead in hospital later that day. Selvey is calling on the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board to take immediate action to address bullying.
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New-home regulator biased against homeowners, auditor general says
Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk says the government agency tasked with protecting new-build-home buyers favours developers. In a news release, Lysyk stated that the strong presence of homebuilders on Tarion Warranty Corporation’s board of directors and rules that require the corporation to consult with the Ontario Home Builders’ Association on any proposed changes to its regulations “created an imbalance at Tarion that favoured the interests of builders over homeowners.” She also found that Tarion’s “restrictive processes” make it difficult for owners to get help in disputes with builders, and that senior managers at the organization received large bonuses for minimizing payouts to homeowners.
Ten years ago, Jenny Heijun Wills went to South Korea in hopes of reuniting with her birth parents — and asking them something she’s wondered all her life: Why did they put her up for adoption? Her memoir, Older Sister, Not Necessarily Related, reveals what she learned on that trip. Wills, who is an English professor at the University of Winnipeg and was recently shortlisted for the 2019 Writers’ Trust Award, tells Steve Paikin about her journey.
The Millau Viaduct, in southwestern France, spans the Tarn Gorge, one of Europe’s deepest valleys. At 2.5 kilometres, it’s one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the world — and it withstands winds that regularly exceed 100 kilometres per hour. Find out how engineers designed the tallest bridge on Earth.
As the province’s population ages, demand for long-term-care beds will increase — and our health-care system isn’t prepared. John Michael McGrath examines the financial accountability office’s report on hallway medicine and explains that Ontario’s health-care crunch isn’t going away any time soon. This isn’t the result of the Tory government’s choices (they haven’t been in power long enough to do much on this file): it’s simple demographics. The baby boomers will start turning 75 in 2020, causing the demand for long-term-care beds to accelerate quickly. By 2030, the demand will start truly exploding: that’s when the baby boomers will begin turning 85 (today, nearly one in five Ontarians over the age of 85 are either in long-term-care beds or on the wait-list).
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: The alienated west
Justin Trudeau’s Liberals failed to win a seat in Alberta or Saskatchewan in the recent federal election. What went wrong? The Agenda discusses the alienation of Western Canada — and what the prime minister and his minority government must do to make inroads there.
9 p.m. — How to Dance in Ohio
In Columbus, a group of teenagers and young adults on the autism spectrum prepare for an American rite of passage: the spring formal. For three months, they practise their social skills and work with their psychologists to get ready for the dance. Watch as they take on new challenges: picking dates, deciding what to wear, and running for prom king and queen.
Happy Halloween! In this episode of Imprint, horror readers, writers, and literary critics such as Alberto Manguel explain the appeal of stories that scare them. As author Nancy Kilpatrick explains, it’s not necessarily the blood and gore: “One of the problems is movies, because movies have put out a lot of schlock-and-slasher stuff,” she says. “All of that tends to make the public, in general, think of things in a certain light. A lot of horror writing is not that. It’s psychological. A lot of it is really delving into the dark end of human nature.”