One way or another, Ontario is getting a lot more trees. The Ford government’s decision last week to cancel $4.7 million in funding for an ambitious tree-planting program will not end the goal of having 50 million new trees planted in Ontario by 2025, Forests Ontario said in a statement Monday. Its CEO, Rob Keen, says Canada’s largest tree-planting charity “expects to find a way, with existing and new partners” to keep the effort going. A study commissioned by Forests Ontario found that trees planted under the 50 Million Trees program provide $83 million in “annual ecosystem services.” Since 2007, 27 million trees have been planted under the program. Another 23 million must be planted in the next six years to meet the goal of 50 million.
The Agenda: The cost of children
Why does the income gap between genders persist? Author Michael Kaufman, lawyer Sarah Molyneaux, and professor Margaret Yap join Steve Paikin on The Agenda to discuss an RBC report that found women’s income can drop for five years after giving birth. Will a new federal policy allowing non-birthing parents to take up to five weeks of parental leave make a difference?
The Agenda: Banning hate on Facebook
What is Ontario losing with cuts to the organizations that run provincial interlibrary loans? Journalist Will Pearson finds out that for some, the loans are a lifeline in small communities where libraries aren’t able to carry extensive collections.
Steve Paikin: Sometimes it seems like politicians just can't win
When disaster strikes, what are our expectations for our political leaders? Steve Paikin reflects on a video that’s recently gone viral on social media showing Justin Trudeau getting blasted by a local resident for allegedly holding up a line to fill sandbags in a flood-hit area outside Ottawa.
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8 p.m. - The Agenda: Facebook and protecting the federal election
Canada’s minister of foreign affairs has said the government is “very concerned” that foreign actors will interfere with the upcoming federal election — a concern shared by the Communications Security Establishment, a government body that also predicts foreign cyber-meddling. Kevin Chan of Facebook Canada returns to discuss with Steve Paikin what his company is doing to tackle this issue and what responsibility it has for the spread of misinformation.
9 p.m. - The Destruction of Memory
Cultural destruction — the purposeful obliteration of buildings, books and art in order to erase collective memory and identity — has wrought catastrophic results on every continent over the past century. In a politically unstable Egypt, are the pyramids any safer than the Buddhas of Bamiyan blown sky-high in 2001? This documentary looks at how and why such cultural warfare has happened, and the push to protect, salvage and rebuild.