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Who is the most beloved Maple Leaf of all time?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Dec 17, 2019
Some divorced couples are continuing to live together because they can't afford housing. (iStock.com/peterspiro)

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Ontario electric vehicle sales nosedive after rebate cancelled 

Electric vehicle sales in Ontario have dropped more than 55 per cent in the first six months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, the Canadian Press reports. The slump comes after the new provincial government cancelled an up-to-$14,000 rebate for buyers of electric vehicles. EVs make up  10 per cent of sales in B.C. and seven per cent in Quebec, but only three per cent in Ontario. Al Cormier, CEO of Electric Mobility Canada, says the province’s decision to do away with the rebate makes reaching Canada’s goal of 10 per cent EV sales across the country by 2025 significantly harder.


Ontario pulls plug on Hamilton LRT

In what Mayor Fred Eisenberg called “a betrayal of the City of Hamilton,” Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney released a statement Monday announcing that the province is pulling its support for Hamilton’s downtown light rail line. Mulroney said the province had to put the brakes on the project once it realized the cost had swelled from the original $1 billion estimate to $5.5 billion. The minister was forced to cancel a news conference announcing the decision after a group of angry Hamiltonians, including several local politicians, showed up. The NDP’s four Hamilton MPPs said in a press release that they will “fight like hell” to save the LRT.


U.K. company scoops up Cineplex movie chain

Toronto-based Cineplex is being bought by U.K.-based Cineworld Group for $2.8 billion, Global News reports. “We believe this transaction today is both financially compelling and in our shareholders’ best interest,” Cineplex CEO Ellis Jacob said in a statement. With 165 locations, Cineplex is the largest movie theatre chain in Canada.


GTHA must move much faster to meet emissions target, study says 

The Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions four times faster than its current rate in order to be carbon neutral by 2050, according to a report by the Atmospheric Fund. As reported in the Toronto Star, the agency that finances and supports initiatives to improve air quality in the region found that while emissions fell in the GTHA by 1.7 per cent on average in recent years, achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 would require average annual reductions of seven per cent.



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The Agenda: The most beloved Maple Leaf of all time

Who is the greatest Toronto Maple Leaf of them all? It’s a question that could prompt fiery debate among fans of Mats Sundin, Darryl Sittler, and Dave Keon. Sports journalist Dan Robson has a different contender in mind: Johnny Bower, who in 2017 was named one of the 100 greatest NHL players in history. Robson talks to Steve Paikin about his book, Bower: A Legendary Life, in which he chronicles how the star goaltender won four Stanley Cups during his 11-season run with the team.


Victorian Baker’s Christmas Special 

Ready, set, bake — Victorian-style! Many popular Christmas dessert recipes enjoyed today have their origins in this era of British history. In this hour-long special, four professional bakers make mince pies with actual meat in them, Christmas puddings, and a long-lost centrepiece known as twelfth cake, which was made to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany or twelfth night of Christmas.



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In Toronto, home is where the ex is 

Divorce is difficult enough — but for some residents of a city in the midst of a housing affordability crisis, living apart isn’t an option when breaking up. Patrick Metzger writes about a new trend in Canada’s larger cities: couples who separate but still live together. “Statistics from the National Institutes of Health in the United States and from Statistics Canada show that, when couples divorce, standards of living drop for all concerned (though more for women than for men),” he writes. “And many parents are willing to attempt to turn a failed marriage into an awkward roommate arrangement if that lets the children stay near friends and schools and avoid a reduced lifestyle.” 



Tonight on TVO


7 p.m. — Growing Up Wild

For any animal, the early days of life are the most vulnerable. This documentary provides a glimpse into the challenges of being born in the wild, from the first steps to leaving home. Follow the adventures of tiger cubs in India, an adolescent mountain gorilla in Uganda, and two nervous polar bear cubs in the high Arctic as they hunt for food, avoid predators, and learn life’s essential skills.


8 p.m. — The Agenda: The psychology of generosity 

It’s the season for giving — and a good time for discussion of what makes some people more charitable than others, even when they have less to give. The Agenda explores the science of generosity, including what determines who gives, where and how they give, and the psychological effects of charity.



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March 2009 — Andrew Moodie on otherness 

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Born and raised in Ottawa as a son of Jamaican immigrants, actor and playwright Andrew Moodie reflects on his sometimes-conflicted childhood. What does it mean to belong but also have the experience of being what he calls an “other”? “Multiculturalism imagines a world in which the other is merely a difference and not an enemy or a threat,” he says. “But how often do the members of the dominant culture embrace the immigrant culture?”

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