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Who will get a seat at the boardroom tables?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Mar 10, 2020
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TSX, other stock indexes plummet over coronavirus worries

Trading on markets in Toronto and New York was halted temporarilyMonday after stocks nosedived, thanks to plunging oil prices and economic concerns caused by the spread of the coronavirus. At one point, the TSX was down 10 per cent — the largest drop since the “Black Monday” crash of 1987. Also on Monday, Ontario health officials confirmed two new cases of COVID-19, bringing the province’s total to 34.


New Liberal leader in no rush to sit in legislature

Newly-minted Ontario Liberal Party leader Steven Del Duca was in the legislature Monday — but only as a spectator. Del Duca represented Vaughan from 2012 until the 2018 election, when he lost his seat to Progressive Conservative Michael Tibollo. The Toronto Star reports that Del Duca does not plan to run until the 2022 provincial election unless his old constituency becomes available. Del Duca, who won the Liberal leadership on Saturday, plans to travel the province as he tries to rebuild the party.


ETFO to return to the bargaining table

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario will resume bargaining with the province on Wednesday, the Toronto Sun reports. At the same time, the union said it will resume strikes on March 23 if a deal is not reached before then.


Ford looks to highway billboards to raise money

Premier Doug Ford said the province may start putting up billboards along 400-series highways to bring in advertising revenue, CTV News reports. Speaking in Kitchener, Ford mentioned highways in the U.S. as an inspiration. “You go down I-75, you see these signs everywhere,” he said. “That would create a couple of hundred million more for the province that we could allocate for education [or] transportation.”


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The Agenda: A place at the boardroom table

On January 1, Canada became the first global jurisdiction to require federally incorporated public companies to disclose diversity data beyond the gender of senior management and directors — including numbers of Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, and people living with disability. Will that translate into greater diversity in the country’s boardrooms? The Agenda welcomes Tanya van Biesen, of Catalyst Canada; Jennifer Reynolds, of Toronto Financial International; and Paulette Senior, of the Canadian Women’s Foundation.


Art, Passion, and Power: The Story of the Royal Collection

Art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon explores one of the largest collections in the world — more than a million works of art and decorative objects acquired by Britain’s monarchy over the past 500 years. This episode, the second of four, focuses on the late 1600s.


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With Del Duca, the Liberals know what they’re in for

Stephen Del Duca
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On Saturday, Steven Del Duca won the Ontario Liberal Party leadership. Queen’s Park columnist John Michael McGrath examines Del Duca’s record to determine just what type of leader he might be. “Any leader comes with pros and cons,” he writes. “And any leader the Liberals chose was going to face many of the same daunting obstacles. What’s notable about Del Duca is that the demerits on his record are already well known. Indeed, they’re nearly part of his brand at this point.”


Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: A more restrained American foreign policy?

In the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is it time to rethink America’s role in the world? The Agenda debates the future of U.S. power with Stephen Walt, an international affairs professor at Harvard University; Hussein Ibish, senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington; and Janice Stein, founding director of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

9 p.m. — Vancouver: No Fixed Address

Part of TVO’s month-long series called The Housing Gap, this documentary takes an uncompromising look at Vancouver, one of Canada’s costliest cities in which to reside, where citizens fight to preserve homes as living spaces, not global financial commodities.


From the archive

1997 — Edmond Yu: The clash of schizophrenia and homelessness

A documentary portrait of a homeless man shot during a standoff with Toronto police in 1997. Edmond Yu’s death sparked debate about police use of force and the handling of people experiencing mental illness.

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