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One family’s fight to protect an Anishinaabe grave house
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jan 28, 2020
Ontario officials report 2 infected with coronavirus, while 19 others under investigation.(Chris Young/CP)

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Ontario officials report 2 infected with coronavirus, 19 others under investigation

The wife of the man who became Ontario’s first case of coronavirus has also tested positive for the disease, and 19 others are being investigated for possible infection, CBC News reports. Dr. Barbara Yaffe (pictured in red), Ontario's associate chief medical officer of health, says the "vast majority" of those under investigation are in isolation in hospitals. "We're being extra, extra cautious about this," she says. The coronavirus is a previously unknown illness with pneumonia-like symptoms that has infected at least 2,700 worldwide and killed at least 80 people in mainland China, according to CNN.

Interim report flags issues of discrimination at Peel school board

Three officials tasked with reviewing allegations of racism at Peel District School Board write that their preliminary investigations have revealed “a profound lack of respect in relationships, demonstrated by stories of marginalization, discrimination, differential behaviour, and harassment.Education Minister Stephen Lecce released the trio's interim report Monday after the Toronto Star reported on a copy that it had obtained. The final report is due by spring. Lecce called for an investigation in November following numerous allegations of anti-Black racism and discrimination at the board.

School workers say province hasn’t honoured labour deal

A union representing 55,000 education workers in Ontario says the province has yet to provide $78 million that it was promised as part of a deal the two reached this past fall. "We would never have agreed a central deal if we hadn’t been able to negotiate these funds," said Laura Walton of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents school-support workers, including janitors, clerical staff, and early-childhood educators, in a media release. "We are devastated and furious that the money has not flowed to benefit students and workers." The $78 million is supposed to go to school boards so they can rehire 1,300 staff. The government says that all education-sector unions must sign new contracts before the money can be released.


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The Agenda: Meeting Canada’s greenhouse-gas targets

Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, an independent non-profit organization, was formed to broaden economic discussions as they relate to climate change. It seeks to encourage the creation of practical policies and extend the conversation beyond academia. McGill University economist Chris Ragan, the commission’s chair, talks to Steve Paikin about the group’s final report exploring Canada’s options for reducing its greenhouse-gas emissions.

My First 150 Days

This film captures the Banico family’s arrival and first 150 days in Toronto, and it depicts the emotional journey of starting fresh in a new home. When she left her rural village in the Philippines for Canada nearly a decade ago, Melona Banico left her family behind. Now, she is sponsoring her three children and a grandson as immigrants.


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One family’s fight to protect an Anishinaabe grave house

TVO’s Shelby Lisk reports on a family’s struggle for the right to maintain a grave house for a deceased loved one. Part of a sacred Anishinaabe practice, the structure is placed above a burial site and meant to house the spirit of a loved one until they make their journey into the afterlife. But Dylan MacKinnon Ottertail recently discovered the grave house he placed above his sister’s resting place ran afoul of a City of Dryden bylaw. “It was best described as renewed grief, I think,” MacKinnon Ottertail tells TVO.org.


Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Success through failure

When you’re in the throes of it, failure never feels like something you want to embrace. But could moving on too quickly be a missed opportunity for a positive life lesson? Ashley Good, founder and CEO of the world’s first failure consultancy, Fail Forward, explains why falling down is sometimes necessary for moving forward. 

9 p.m. — Political Blind Date: Subways

Toronto councillors Jim Karygiannis and Anthony Perruzza debate the city’s mass-transit needs, from the Bloor-Danforth subway extension to the Finch West LRT. They also discuss the province's plan to expand the subway system with the Ontario Line, which would link Exhibition Place to the Ontario Science Centre and provide some relief for the congested downtown core.


From the archive

April 24, 2009 — Big Ideas: Nalo Hopkinson 

Caribbean-Canadian writer Nalo Hopkinson talks about the importance of remembering the Atlantic slave trade. "The idea of slavery is a powerful one,” she says. “It's one that we’re supposed to have forgotten, but 500 years later, you just don't forget." 

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