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Later this week, Matt Gurney will take an in-depth, three-part look at transit planning in Toronto. “Leafs fans say there’s always next season. Toronto transit riders say there’s always next election,” says Graeme Bayliss, TVO.org’s editor-in-chief. “Just when it looks as if there’s a plan in place to improve the TTC, a new mayor or premier is elected who has different ideas. I think it’s important for readers to understand why transit is such a tricky issue in Toronto and how it can be sorted out. And that’s what this series of articles will explore.”
The Tory government is planning to change the way victims of violent crimes are assessed and financially compensated — and critics are worried that vulnerable people will suffer. Christie Jefferson, who sat on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board from 2010 to 2017, told Eastern Ontario Hub reporter David Rockne Corrigan: “There’s been a historic recognition that victims are really almost like collateral damage in the process and that the public should help those victims.”
What is the world’s most perfect city? It’s a question that has no definitive answer — but it does make for a great debate. Urban planner Joe Berridge, author of the new book Perfect City: An Urban Fixer’s Global Search for Magic in the Modern Metropolis, explains what makes a city work, and what makes it great.
You probably learned how a bill becomes a law in school. But what you might not have learned is how citizens, activists, and politicians from any party can help to shape legislation. In the latest episode of the #onpoli podcast, John Michael McGrath uses the example of 2015’s Ryan's Law to show how the work of a mom-turned-activist and her local MPP led to changes in Ontario’s school system, allowing students with asthma to carry their inhalers at all times.
When people are forced to move because of climate change, where will they go? Jesse Keenan, architecture professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, thinks the ideal place to be is in a city by the Great Lakes — and high on that list is Toronto. He talks to Steve Paikin about why the Great Lakes may become a climate-change refuge.
What prompts extremists to recant their views? Through intimate conversations with people who have belonged to violent extremist groups, filmmaker Karen Winther brings their stories to life and reflects on her past as a member of a far-right movement when she was a teenager.
In this Studio 2 segment, author and lecturer Loretta LaRoche talks about how laughter is the best medicine to manage stress and lighten the darker moments life throws our way. “If you take your work and life seriously, and yourself lightly,” she says, “Then you’ve now created a wonderful combination.” LaRoche now serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Mind/Body Medical Institute of Boston and is still active on the lecture circuit, spreading her message about how humour and optimism can save your life.