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30 years after Tiananmen, Kiefer madness, and how the curriculum gets to the classroom
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on June 12, 2019
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Tories plan to slash number of workplace inspectors

An internal union memo obtained by the Toronto Star says the Progressive Conservatives are set to cut the number of inspectors charged with making sure job sites are safe. Under the previous Liberal government, 175 new inspectors were to be hired — 75 of them were already on the job when the Tories froze hiring. According to the memo sent to members of OPSEU, the Ford government wants to roll back the number of inspectors to what it was before the Liberal reforms. “For many years we’ve been pushing for having stronger enforcement,” Avvy Go of the Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic told the Star. “We got some under the last government during the last months of their term, and it’s very sad to see that small bit of change being rolled back.”

Agent Jack Bauer sets sights on Doug Ford

Kiefer Sutherland, best known for playing counter-intelligence official Jack Bauer on the TV series 24, has taken issue with the Ford government saying its deficit-fighting efforts would be supported by NDP icon Tommy Douglas. Sutherland, Douglas’s grandson, took to Twitter to point out that while Douglas did balance the budget as Saskatchewan premier, “it was never at the expense of social and human services to those in need … So I can only ask, as the grandson of this man, for you to stop posting his picture and using his name as part of your political agenda. After all, I knew Tommy Douglas and you Sir, are no Tommy Douglas.”

Ontario raises awareness about concussion safety

With the help of hockey star and concussion prevention advocate Eric Lindros, Progressive Conservative ministers Michael Tibollo and Lisa MacLeod officially launched the Rowan’s Law awareness campaign on Monday. The law, named after 17-year-old rugby player Rowan Stringer, who died in 2013 from concussion-related injuries, seeks to reduce concussions among youth by requiring athletes, parents, coaches, and officials to recognize their risks. An advertisement related to the law is already playing in movie theatres across the province.

Canada to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021

Disposable plastic straws, coffee stirrers, and cutlery could soon be a thing of the past. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a plan to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021, although the date the ban will start, and the exact list of prohibited products, has not been finalized. More than 30 countries around the world have banned at least some single-use plastics.

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#onpoli: Why are you teaching that to my kid?

The politics of education have tripped up every Ontario government in recent memory. Why is the province so involved in what kids learn in school? On the new episode of the #onpoli podcast, host John Michael McGrath explains why your kids learn what they do — and why it matters.

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The Agenda: Luck vs. skill in sports

Skill. Resilience. Luck. It takes a mysterious combination of all three to achieve greatness at high-performance sports. Joining Steve Paikin to explore what it takes to win are Kia Nurse, point guard for the New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association; Cheri Bradish, director of the Future of Sport Lab at Ryerson University; Peter Jensen, a mental performance coach, Olympic trainer and author of Thriving in a 24-7 World: An Energizing Tale about Growing Through Pressure; and Tom Sterner, NBA analyst and former assistant coach to the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors.

Striking Balance: Ontario’s Long Point

The world's longest freshwater sand spit is lush with forests and wetlands — but it’s under threat of invasion. Ecologists believe that within five years, phragmites will take over Long Point completely, threatening turtles and other wildlife species in the Lake Erie landmark.

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Why are men who have sex with men still banned from donating blood?

Health Canada has reduced the ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men from one year to three months. But advocates say that the move doesn’t go far enough and that what is needed is to eliminate the deferral period entirely. Writer Jake Pitre looks into the ongoing battle to increase the number of blood donors.

Steve Paikin: Liberals begin countdown to March 2020 

Ontario’s Liberals have chosen to stick to their usual system for picking a new leader, even though a majority of members oppose it. What will that mean for the party’s future? Steve Paikin explains why a delegated convention won out over a one-member-one-vote system.

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8 p.m. — The Agenda: After the massacre in Tiananmen Square

How did the Tiananmen Square massacre change China? Joining Steve Paikin to discuss how the Chinese government suppresses information about the pivotal event three decades ago are Jan Wong, author and professor of journalism at St. Thomas University; David Mulroney, senior fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at University of Toronto and former ambassador to China; Cheuk Kwan, former chair of the Toronto Association for Democracy in China; and Mehmet Tohti, Canadian representative for the World Uyghur Congress.

9:30 p.m. — Political Blind Date: Indigenous rights

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to transform Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples. But has any progress been made since his election? Ojibway Liberal MP Don Rusnak squares off with Cree New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash to examine the reality for Indigenous communities in northern Ontario and Quebec.

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June 14, 1989 — People Patterns: Hart’s Haven


On her farm near Palgrave, Ont., Ursula Hart cares for abandoned, mistreated, or injured dogs, cats, horses, and other animals until they can be adopted. In this episode of People Patterns from 1989, Hart talks about how she established her sanctuary, and we meet some of the critters she took into her care. Haven of the Heart, a charitable organization, is still in operation today.

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