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Premiere of Push doc kicks off The Housing Gap
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Mar 03, 2020
The provincial government announced Monday that it had reached an agreement with two First Nations to begin planning an all-season road to the Ring of Fire.



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Province strikes agreement on Ring of Fire road

The provincial government announced Monday that it had reached an agreement with two First Nations to begin planning an all-season road to the Ring of Fire, a large mineral deposit in northwestern Ontario. The pact with Marten Falls and Webequie First Nations would create a north-south route that would link up with two other proposed roads to the Ring of Fire. However, reports that a third Indigenous community, Neskantaga First Nation, has already come out against the government’s plans. "You can expect opposition if Ontario, or any road proponent, tries to put a shovel in the ground of our territory without our consent,” Chief Chris Moonias said in a statement.

New COVID-19 cases reported in Ontario 

Officials confirmed three new Ontario cases of the COVID-19 virus on Monday. Seven new cases have been reported within the past 48 hours, bringing the total number of people in the province confirmed as carriers of the respiratory infection to 18. Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott says a new bureaucratic structure is being established to focus on the outbreak.

Ford government increases mental-health funding

The Ontario government plans to spend $20 million on a new mental-health therapy program, The Globe and Mail reports. The money will provide free cognitive-behaviour therapy, a form of treatment that helps people identify and better manage negative thoughts that can lead to conditions such as depression and addiction. One of the program’s components — through which individuals in need can get help from self-directed manuals and by talking to a therapist over the phone — is expected to launch this spring.

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The Agenda: Conservatives in search of identity

As the Conservative Party of Canada prepares to pick a new leader in June, it might also need to face hard choices about the party’s ideology. The Agendahas invited several experts for their perspectives on who would be best prepared to navigate the party toward an agenda that Canadians can accept. Guests include Garnett Genuis, an Alberta Conservative MP; Sean Speer, professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy; Jamil Jivani, Ontario's Advocate for Community Opportunities; Ginny Roth, a former organizer for Ontario’s PC party; and Ben Woodfinden, a doctoral student in political theory at McGill University.

Kollwitz: A Life with Art and War

In the hands of Käthe Kollwitz, art was social action. Born in 1867 Königsberg, she began drawing as a child. Encouraged by her father, she took lessons, eventually enrolling in a women's art school in Berlin. She became a printmaker, painter, and sculptor, creating works informed by her keen awareness of the human struggle. Her art addresses the issues of poverty, revolution, suffering, and loss. This documentary explores her life and work, which was shaped by the horrors of two world wars.

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How will this teachers’ standoff actually end?


Steve Paikin looks at the ongoing job action by Ontario educators and their negotiations with the government over pay raises, class sizes, and other important issues. “This dispute is about pretty much the same thing as all previous disputes: who speaks for Ontario’s education system. Is it the government, which won a mandate from the public in June 2018 to bring in the reforms it wants? Or is it the teachers, who are the permanent guardians of the system, who work on the front lines and know where the strengths and weaknesses are because they see them every day?” he writes.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Air rights explained

It may never have occurred to you that you can purchase the right to build in the airspace over a property, but you can. The relatively uncommon arrangement has been in the local news of late because of the City of Toronto’s ambitious plans to build the Rail Deck Park, a proposed greenspace which would require the municipality to acquire the air rights to a stretch of downtown rail corridor. To find out more about air rights, The Agenda turns to lawyer Patrick Devine, certified specialist in municipal law and founding partner of Devine Park LLP. 

9 p.m. — The Housing Gap: Push

Who is being pushed out of cities and why? House prices and rental costs are skyrocketing in urban centres around the world, including in Canada — but incomes are not. This documentary sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, the lowering of livability standards in cities, and an escalating housing crisis to examine the issue. This Canadian premiere of Push is the first instalment in a month of TVO programming about the growing challenge of finding affordable housing.

From the archive

March 7, 2002 — How to prepare your garden 

With spring (hopefully) just around the corner, you might be turning your mind to your summer garden. In this 2002 episode of More to Life, horticulturist Frank Ferragine offers green thumbs some garden-prep tips. “Snow is really a good thing for gardens,” he says. “The reason is number one, it's an insulator. Number two, it provides moisture for the spring so as soon as that snow melts, there's moisture in the ground.”

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