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Winning and luging, expanding cannabis retail, and protecting Canada’s far north
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 06, 2019
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New cannabis stores are coming to Ontario. (Chris Young/CP)

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50 new cannabis stores coming to Ontario

On Wednesday, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will start accepting applications for a new round of cannabis retail licences. Of the 50, 42 licences will be allocated by lottery to qualified applicants, who can open stores as early as October; the remaining eight licences will go to First Nations communities.


Does ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ still belong in Ontario classrooms? 

York University professor Carl E. James took to the pages of Maclean’s recently to question whether Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, in which Black people are often referred to by the n-word and are essentially bystanders to the white protagonists, is an appropriate teaching tool in the province’s increasingly diverse 21st-century schools.


Plan to protect ‘the place where the ice never melts’ 

National Geographic has a look at Tuvaijuittuq, an area of Canada’s far north that the federal government agreed last week to declare a Marine Protected Area. Inuit leaders and environmentalists have been campaigning to protect the area, nearly the size of Germany, from human activity to prevent the ice from melting and preserve the many endangered animals that call it home. Tuvaijuittuq is an Inuktitut word meaning “the place where the ice never melts.”



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The Agenda in the Summer: Sharing a life story 

Former world-class waterskier and cyclist Kristen Worley collaborated with journalist Johanna Schneller to write about Worley’s extraordinary career as a transgender athlete in Woman Enough: How a Boy Became a Woman and Changed the World of Sport. Nam Kiwanuka talks to them about the difficulties of writing a first-person account of someone else’s life and the challenges of trusting a co-author with intimate details.


Genius of the Modern World: Freud

Historian Bettany Hughes retraces the lives of great thinkers whose ideas shaped the modern world. In this episode, Hughes travels to Vienna to retrace the early life of Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis.



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You win some, you luge some: Meet Canada’s street-luge world champion

Kolby Parks lies down on a board and flies down streets at speeds of up to 154 kilometres an hour. It’s not just a hobby and no, it’s not skateboarding: it’s street luging, a sport with a history that dates back to the 1970s. At 34, Parks is a reigning global champion in street luging. Eastern Ontario Hub reporter David Rockne Corrigan visited him in Picton to find out how he keeps his title.



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8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Giving gender identity a sporting chance 

Kristen Worley took on the most powerful organizations in cycling and international sports when she launched a case before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. From Cycling Canada to the International Olympic Committee, Worley faced tremendous obstacles in her efforts to address the challenges facing transgender athletes. She joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss her life and her quest for recognition. 


9 p.m. — Reboot: A Future Museum

This documentary follows the transformation of the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa into a fully digital and interactive “museum without walls.” Leading the charge is the museum's young CEO at the time, Alex Benay, whose ideas challenge convention and ignite controversy.



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2006 — Can a building make you happy?

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Toronto has a lot going for it, skyline-wise. It’s got the Rogers Centre, the CN Tower, a sweeping harbourfront, and plenty of green spaces. But is it beautiful? Does seeing it make you happy? In this Big Ideas lecture, contemporary philosopher and writer Alain de Botton outlines the ways in which architecture and public space design can affect people’s moods — for the better or worse.

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