daily: Tuesday, April 9

Child-care rebate rumours, Idi Amin’s playbook, and using Indigenous knowledge to teach math
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on April 9, 2019
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A rebate on daycare costs might be one of the Ontario budget items this Thursday. (



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Here's what we're following

Child-care rebate coming in first Ford government budget, sources say

Could financial relief for parents with young children be on the way? Government sources tell the CBC a rebate on daycare costs is a central plank of the provincial budget that Finance Minister Vic Fedeli will reveal on Thursday.  During last year’s election campaign, the Progressive Conservatives promised a geared-to-income child-care expense rebate of up to $6,750 per child under age six and $3,750 per child aged six to 15. The maximum rebate would go to households making less than $35,000 — the higher a family’s income, the smaller their rebate. It was unclear whether the rebate to be announced Thursday would be the same as the one the PCs promised during the campaign. Fees for infant child care in Toronto are about $1,685 a month or $20,220 annually — the highest in the country.

Varsity sports safe from student fee changes

Student newspapers, diversity centres, and campus food banks are fighting for survival next year — but university sports teams won’t have the same worries. The Globe and Mail reports that new guidelines from the Ford government say that athletics and recreation fees are not part of its Student Choice Initiative, which allows individual students to opt out of certain fees that were previously compulsory. That means funding for university sports teams is secure. But with big potential drops in revenue for other campus organizations, student leaders worry that services will be cut and jobs will be lost.

Realtors want Ontario to put the kibosh on bully offers

If the Ontario Real Estate Association has its way, buyers won’t be able to bully their way into home ownership anymore. The organization wants the Ontario government to put an end to so-called bully offers  —  that’s when a buyer submits a bid, usually at or above the asking price, ahead of a seller’s established offer date. In doing so, the buyer avoids competing with other bids and pressures the seller to accept an early deal. It’s become common practice in hot real estate markets, like Toronto’s, much to the frustration of potential homeowners. “It creates an unfairness in the home-buying process,” OREA president Karen Cox told The Canadian Press. “It doesn't give all buyers a fair shot to make an offer and a seller a chance to consider all the offers.”

What we're tracking

Until last week, homosexuality was a crime punishable by death in only six countries around the world. Now, there’s a seventh: Brunei, a tiny island nation in Southeast Asia. Nam Kiwanuka spoke with Neela Ghoshal, a senior researcher in Human Rights Watch’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program to explain the devastating impact of Brunei’s new law and discuss the bigger picture for LGBTQ rights around the world in 2019. “From a Canadian perspective, progress on LGBTQ rights can feel inevitable — but it’s not,” says TVO’s Eric Bombicino, who produced the segment. “So we thought it was as good a time as any to explore the state of LGBTQ rights around the world.” Watch the discussion Wednesday evening on The Agenda.

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Dictator’s Playbook: Idi Amin

Populist charm, shrewd persuasion, and military cunning were the tools Idi Amin employed to become president of Uganda in 1971. During his eight-year rule, people suffered under a brutal regime of repression and violence. But as the sixth and final episode of this series reveals, it was a string of strategic mistakes that caused his fall from power.

The Agenda: Cathal Kelly

The Smiths. Star Wars. George Orwell. Growing up in Toronto, Globe and Mail sports columnist Cathal Kelly had a multitude of disparate interests — and they all shaped the man he would become. In his new book, Boy Wonders, Kelly dips into memories of growing up during the 1970s and ’80s, and the pop culture that helped shape his identity through turbulent personal times. He talks to Nam Kiwanuka about the treasures and hardships of his early life.

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Ontario Hubs: How beading helps students learn about math — and Indigenous culture

Is it possible to learn math skills through beading? Ashley-Rose Machendagoos, owner of Zhawenim Designs, thinks so. She has partnered with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board to bring beadwork into the classroom.’s Indigenous Hub reporter Haley Lewis spoke to Machendagoos about how beading and math work together, and to students about whether the creative practice helps them with their numbers.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Alberta election preview

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It’s a fight to the finish between Jason Kenney and Rachel Notley in Alberta. Albertans vote on April 16 and polling has shown a consistent lead for Kenney’s United Conservative Party — but with issues like the economy, pipelines, and carbon taxes in the mix, anything could happen. The Agenda discusses what’s at stake for the oil-rich province.

9 p.m. — First Contact

“Why don’t they just leave?” That’s a common question some Canadians ask when they hear about difficult conditions in First Nations communities. In the second episode of this series, our group of six participants arrives in Muskrat Dam, a fly-in reserve in northern Ontario. During their stay, they learn why relocating is not an option for people whose families have lived off the land for generations.

From the archives

January 29, 1997: Stephen Harper and a united right


At 36 years old, former MP Stephen Harper had recently become head of the National Citizens Coalition, a conservative lobby group, after resigning his seat and quitting the Reform Party of Canada, which he had helped to found. “I wasn’t the one talking about being a leader,” he told Paula Todd in this Studio 2 interview from 1997. “It’s not really a job that I’ve been seeking, nor do I plan to seek anytime in the near future.” Harper also discussed what he saw as the fractured nature of conservative politics in Canada at the time. He went on to lead the federal Conservative party and was prime minister from 2006 until 2015.