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First aid for mental health, what refugees mean to Canada, and federal help for first-time homebuyers
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on June 21, 2019
File photo of Anne Kidder (Moe Doiron/CP)



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Report tells province: Modernize schools, yes. Cut teachers, no

The Progressive Conservatives want to improve Ontario schools, but can they do that with fewer teachers? The latest annual report from the advocacy group People for Education states that the Ford government’s plans — which include providing better access to technology and introducing a new math strategy — will come to naught if, as the Tories plan, nearly 3,500 teaching positions are eliminated via attrition over the next four years. Annie Kidder, executive director of People for Education, says that, while it’s important that public education continue to evolve, “it’s always problematic if you’re doing that and cutting resources … that’s very hard to do together.”

What’s next for the Ford government’s Ontario Health Teams plan?

More than 150 groups have applied to become Ontario Health Teams — even though the plan that Health Minister Christine Elliott announced in February called for just 30 to 50 teams. Elliott has said that there’s a possibility the government will establish more teams than it had originally planned to. Under the new framework, hospitals, doctors, home-care providers, and others will provide health care as one coordinated group. “The government is saying, ‘Look, guys, this has to be led by health-service providers,’” Chris Simpson, a Kingston-based cardiologist and the medical director of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization, told the Globe and Mail. “In fairness, that’s what we’ve been telling them for years and years. To successive governments, we’ve said, ‘This has to be led from the ground up.’”

Federal First-Time Home Buyer Incentive to launch September 2

Planning on buying your first home? If so, you might want to wait a few months. That’s because, starting September 2, you’ll be able to get a financial boost from the federal government through its First-Time Home Buyer Incentive. The program will provide up to 5 per cent toward the purchase of an existing home and up to 10 per cent toward a new build. The homeowner will not be required to pay interest, but the money must be paid back after 25 years or when the property is sold. 

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Rise of the Continents: The Americas

The anatomy of American alligators. The interior of Bolivian silver mines. The New York City skyline. What do all these things have in common? They contain clues that reveal how the Americas came to be. Join geologist Iain Stewart as he examines the ancient origins of the so-called New World.

Main Street Ontario: Windsor

Downtown Windsor was once packed with shops and tourists, but what made it special was the famed Norwich Block on Ouellette Avenue. Before it was demolished, in 1999, it was home to South Shore Books, Louie Linguine’s, and the legendary Fast Eddy’s Arcade. While Norwich Block is missed, Windsorites continue to embrace the history, businesses, and thriving arts and culture scene of their city.

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One of Canada’s greatest journalists is losing his battle with Alzheimer’s

Richard Gwyn has been a renowned author and commentator for more than half a century. But, a few years ago, his mind suddenly began to deteriorate. “I visited Richard, now 85, a couple of weeks ago,” writes Steve Paikin of his former colleague and fellow journalist. “He didn’t know me. And the Richard I knew no longer exists. Richard is fighting Alzheimer’s disease, and the disease is winning. In fact, it has pretty much won.”

Why you may need training in mental-health first aid

Would you know how to help a co-worker who was having a panic attack? The Mental Health Commission of Canada wants to ensure that people have that knowledge at the ready. Journalist Tina Knezevic takes the organization’s two-day course — which teaches non-professionals how to respond to people experiencing mental distress — and discovers why it could be a good idea to add these skills to your first-aid toolbox.

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8 p.m. The Agenda: Increasing Ontario’s Housing Supply

The goal of the Ford government’s More Homes, More Choice Act is to increase the number of homes in Toronto by cutting bureaucracy. But critics say that it creates a “Wild West” for developers — and that, while it cuts their costs, it doesn’t necessarily cut costs for buyers. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark joins Steve Paikin to explain how the bill will work — and what it will mean for Ontarians.

9:30 p.m. Political Blind Date: Asylum Seekers

In this episode of TVO’s acclaimed series, Quebec Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus and Toronto Liberal MP Rob Oliphant travel to the United States border to see how Canada deals with asylum seekers. Then they head to Toronto, where they see evidence of the importance of refugees to Canada’s economy and social fabric.

From the archive

4th Reading: The Northern Special — March 17, 1994


In the winter of 1994, TVO’s Queen’s Park show, 4th Reading, took a time out from regular round-table discussions on day-to-day politics to travel to Sault Ste. Marie, where it surveyed the concerns of northern Ontarians. Steve Paikin spoke to Howard Hampton, then minister of natural resources, as well as experts on employment and health care, to see whether Bob Rae’s NDP government was delivering on its promises to the region.

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