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Wild weather and wildfires, an oral history of the SkyDome, and what does a Queen’s Park page do?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on June 5, 2019
a tornado touched down in Ottawa
A tornado touches down in Ottawa. (Louise Kitts)



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Ottawa tornado took meteorologists by surprise

Conditions in the Ottawa area Sunday evening were so unremarkable that Environment Canada didn’t even issue a tornado warning until after a report that a twister had been sighted. The storm uprooted trees and caused minor damage in the eastern suburb of Orléans. There were no fatalities. This is the second tornado to hit the National Capital Region within a year, but Environment Canada’s Robert Kuhn told the Ottawa Citizen that one or two events aren’t necessarily the result of a changing climate — it’s historically not unusual for tornadoes to happen at this time of year. “If our climate keeps warming, then perhaps the opportunity for these kinds of events will be more frequent over a longer season,” he added.

More than 1,700 Pikangikum residents flee northwestern Ontario wildfire

Nearly half the residents of Pikangikum First Nation, north of Kenora, have been flown out of their remote community as a 3,300-hectare forest fire burns just kilometres away from their homes. "If the wind shifts and picks up unfavourably, the town's at great risk, given they cannot put out the fire," Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox told the CBC. "The number one priority right now is the lives of the people that are there."

Are we ready for the e-scooter revolution?

It looks like a child’s toy  but it has a motor that can go up to 30 km/h. The Globe and Mail looks at the growing use of e-scooters and how they could create a major headache for local politicians as the devices become more popular in Canadian cities.

Western Canadian wildfires already causing haze over Ontario

On Saturday, we wrote that there was a chance that smoke from forest fires in British Columbia could find its way to Ontario this summer. It turns out we didn’t have to wait that long. Some in Toronto have noticed a hazy tint in the sky thanks to large fires burning in both B.C. and Alberta. Environment Canada meteorologist David Rodgers says there should be no real impact on air quality, since the smoke is so high in the atmosphere by the time it travels this far east.

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What does a Queen’s Park page do?

It’s a tradition that goes back as far as Confederation. As many as 160 students participate a year. And one of them was TVO’s own podcast producer, Matthew O'Mara. In the latest episode of the #onpoli podcast, he fills us in on what a page does, and how being one inspires students interested in the political machinations of Ontario.

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The Agenda: Science with humility

He’s an award-winning theoretical physicist who wants scientists to be humble. Marcelo Gleiser, professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College, talks to Steve Paikin about his work and his belief that scientists must approach the world with humility, because what they can be certain of through their discipline is a but a fraction of what is knowable.


Rise of the Continents: Africa

Geologist Iain Stewart takes viewers to the cradle of humanity — Africa. He discovers clues in the continent's spectacular landmarks, mineral wealth, and iconic wildlife that help piece together the story of Africa’s formation and explain its surprising impact on evolution.

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An Ontario mayor has linked his town’s issues to colonialism. Will it make a difference?

In a recent letter to the provincial and federal governments, Sioux Lookout Mayor Doug Lawrance pointed to colonialism as the reason for homelessness, addiction, and mental-health issues in his town, saying they are “a direct and consequential result.” Lawrance is the first Ontario mayor to take this step. He tells’s Jon Thompson that he hopes his appeal will result in a discussion about infrastructure projects, such as an addiction-treatment facility, safehouses for women and youth, transitional and supportive housing, and a new emergency shelter.

‘It works, Toronto!’: An oral history of the SkyDome

construction of Toronto's Skydome
Photo: John McNeill/GlobeandMail/CP

Whether you call it the Rogers Centre or the SkyDome, there’s no mistaking Toronto’s iconic stadium, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary. But, as Glyn Bowerman reports, it was a difficult journey to finally complete the state-of-the-art facility.

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8 p.m. — The Agenda: Pico Iyer and the beauty of impermanence

How do we hold on to the things we love, even though we know that we and they are dying? That’s the question that travel writer Pico Iyer grapples with in his new book, Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells. He talks to Steve Paikin about why it was important to document the experience of grieving for his father-in-law, and the cultural practices surrounding death.

9:30 p.m. — Political Blind Date: Urban vs. Rural

Can the city politician get along with the country politician? In TVO’s award-winning documentary series that pairs two elected officials with opposing approaches, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Conservative Party of Canada Leader Andrew Scheer discuss urban versus rural issues, and how to appeal to voters in each type of region.

From the archive

June 23, 1994 — Marlene Pierre and Indigenous feminism

Marlene Pierre, then the president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, is featured in this 1994 episode of Distant Voices, a series about people who live in northern Ontario. Pierre talks about the unique set of circumstances among Indigenous people in northwestern Ontario that set her organization’s mandate apart from the women’s movement of the time. “We believe very strongly that our whole society had been decimated by the Indian Act, by the coming of the white man, and imposition of all kinds of rules and regulations that weren't ours. The complete takeover of our communities — socially, economically. And our families, the family unit ... And now we're dealing with the end result of that. And we believe very strongly that it is us, the women, that are going to make the changes in our communities. It's our responsibility.” Pierre is still fighting for Indigenous women’s rights and recently received an honourary doctorate from Laurentian University for her advocacy.


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