daily: Tuesday, February 4

Political Blind Date tackles the housing crisis
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Feb 04, 2020
Kate Graham took part in the Liberal party’s northern Ontario debate, in Sudbury, on January 30. (



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Boeing 737 Max airliners flew despite ban

Canada has allowed Boeing 737 Max airliners to fly 160 times since last March, according to CBC News. Transport Minister Marc Garneau grounded the aircraft last spring following two deadly crashes. Transport Canada says the planes have not been used for passenger flights in this country since then, though the ban included an exception for so-called “ferry flights” for maintenance, storage, or pilot training.

OPG scraps nuclear-waste dump plan

Ontario Power Generation has abandoned its controversial plan to establish a nuclear-waste dump under the Bruce Power site, 1.2 kilometres from Lake Huron. Members of Saugeen Ojibway Nation voted overwhelmingly against the plan last week in a community ballot. “OPG respects the decision of SON members. We will now move forward to develop an alternate solution,” said CEO and president Ken Hartwick in a news release. OPG’s decision marks the end of a lengthy battle over the proposed deep geological repository for low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste: “It was a long 15 years, but we have been heard with a loud no,” Kim George, a member of the First Nation, told the Owen Sound Sun Times.

Canadian coronavirus evacuees to face two-week quarantine in Ontario

Canadians fleeing China’s Hubei province amid the coronavirus outbreak will be quarantined for two weeks at a military base, CTV News reports. More than 300 Canadians have requested to make the emergency trip from the locked-down city of Wuhan. "To protect the health and safety of Canadians — both those who are coming to and those already in Canada — the returning individuals will undergo a thorough health screening before boarding, during the flight and upon arrival at CFB Trenton, Ont.," said Global Affairs Canada in a statement. It is unclear when evacuees will arrive, as Ottawa is waiting on approval from Chinese authorities.

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The Agenda: A new stage for Jully Black  

Jully Black is known as Canada’s Queen of R&B for her Juno-winning performances and prolific songwriting career. Now, she’s starring in a Toronto production of the musical Caroline, or Change. She speaks with Nam Kiwanuka about why she was drawn to the story of a Black maid working for a Jewish family in 1963 Louisiana.

The Superfood Chain

Filmmaker Ann Shin explores the stories behind foods such as quinoa, teff, and wild salmon. She reveals the superfood industry's effect on the lives of farmers in Bolivia, Ethiopia, the Philippines, and Haida Gwaii.

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‘A moment to be bold’: Kate Graham’s pitch for the Liberal leadership

Of the six candidates hoping to become leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, only one comes from outside the Toronto or Ottawa regions. Queen’s Park columnist John Michael McGrath talks to London’s Kate Graham about her vision for Ontario. “We live in a province that is becoming more unequal, and I want to see that change by focusing on each part of Ontario, each community, understanding the barriers people there face, and working with local partners to be able to remove those barriers,” she says. “We’re too big and too diverse a province for a one-size-fits-all approach.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: The Canadian economy in 2020

What are Canada's economic prospects for 2020? How will the country contend with a worsening global outlook? The Agenda discusses what’s ahead with guests Brett House, deputy chief economist at Scotiabank; Linda Nazareth, senior fellow for economics and population change at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute; and journalists Brian Milner and Elena Cherney.

9 p.m. — Political Blind Date: The housing crisis

In the third episode of the new season of the acclaimed series, Toronto city councillors Ana Bailão and Stephen Holyday examine the housing crisis from very different perspectives.

From the archive

January 6, 1994 — When the housing crisis appeared to be over

In this 1994 episode of Fourth Reading, then-housing minister Evelyn Gigantes addressed criticism that the New Democratic Party government of the day wasn’t spending appropriately on social housing.

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