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By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Feb 25, 2020
An OPP cruiser and two officers sit parked a short distance from the closed train tracks in Tyendinaga, near Belleville, on February 23. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

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Tyendinaga protesters arrested by OPP

Ontario Provincial Police dismantled the rail blockade near Belleville on Monday morning, handcuffing a handful of protesters and wrestling at least one person to the ground, CBC News reports. The blockade was launched by members of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on February 6.


Ontario ordered to hike midwife wages 

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the province to give midwives a 20 per cent raise retroactive to 2011, the Toronto Star reports. The tribunal ruled that low midwife pay was a result of gender discrimination. According to the Association of Ontario Midwives, which launched the pay equity case in 2013, a midwife with 10 years of experience could get as much as $186,000 as a payout. This includes $7,500 to eligible midwives for “injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect.” The Ministry of the Attorney General says it is reviewing the decision.


School mulls name change after sexual abuse revelations 

The Halton Catholic District School Board tells the Canadian Press that it will consider renaming Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Milton, following sexual abuse allegations against its late namesake. An internal investigation launched by Vanier’s French-based charity L’Arche International before his death last May concluded he had “manipulative sexual relationships” with several women between 1970 and 2005. Several Ontario schools are named after the Canadian humanitarian.


Elementary public teachers promise no strikes for two weeks 

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario announced Monday that it will not hold any strikes this week or next. Union president Sam Hammond said in a press conference that, while there will be no more work stoppages before March 9, “everything is on the table” if ETFO does not reach an agreement with the government by then.




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The Agenda: Gross domestic happiness 

Gross domestic product measures the relative health of economies and is often seen as an indicator of a society’s well-being. But can GDP reflect how real people are doing? The Agenda speaks with Carol Graham, the Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being.


Digging for Britain: West 

Join Alice Roberts as she visits archeological excavations around the United Kingdom. In this episode: the camp from which the Vikings invaded, evidence that people lived inside the famous Stonehenge monuments, and Britain's oldest Iron Age gold. 



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Whose law is it anyway? Part 3: Negotiating a good deal 


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Supporters of the Wetʼsuwetʼen hereditary chiefs block a CN rail line west of Edmonton on February 19. (Jason Franson/CP)


In part three of his series on Wet'suwet’en and Indigenous law, Matt Gurney speaks to a former chief federal negotiator with experience negotiating with First Nations. “Sometimes, like out in British Columbia, very little has been settled, so we have a lot more room to negotiate,” he says. “You want a strong, professional relationship at the table and trust. That’s true of every negotiation. There are the same issues and resistance. There’s anger at the federal government. Anger at delays. Some of these problems have developed over a long time, and there’s a lot of hurt over broken promises and government failures.”  




Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — The Agenda: Ontario Power Generation’s new CEO


In the next decade, Ontario Power Generation will manage the $12.8-billion refurbishment of the Darlington nuclear plant, the decommissioning of the nuclear plant at Pickering, and a transition into the gas-plant business. The Agenda welcomes new president and CEO Ken Hartwick to discuss.  


9 p.m. — Political Blind Date: Hydro rates 


Conservative MPP Bill Walker and NDP MPP Peter Tabuns examine the government's plans for hydro rates and energy policy in Ontario, debating the merits of retrofitted energy-efficient homes, community wind turbines, and nuclear power. 




From the archive


March 28, 1990 — Siallon, an environmental solution  


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This 1990 episode of The Science Cafe features scientists who explain how a new technology called the Siallon process can help bring water and shorelines back to normal following an oil spill.  

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