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From refugee to MPP, a productive life as a misfit, and a documentary trip to London to visit the Queen
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on May 7, 2019
Bhutila Karpoche in her office at Queen's Park
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Here’s what we’re following

How the Ford government will measure success at colleges and universities

A briefing document obtained by CBC News sheds new light on the Ford government’s plan to radically alter how postsecondary institutions receive funding. Up to 60 per cent of money going to colleges and universities will now depend on how those institutions perform on certain “metrics,” including graduate earnings; proportion of graduates employed full-time in a related or partially-related field; and graduation rates.

Consultant Alex Usher, president of Higher Education Strategy Associates, supports the principle of performance-based funding, but says making sure the metrics are well-designed is key. However, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations says the plan will create inequities in the system.

A million species at risk of extinction, UN reports

Nature is in more trouble than at any other time in human history.  The United Nations’ first comprehensive report on biodiversity concluded that more than one million plant and animal species are in danger of extinction — and human activities such as habitat destruction, overfishing, and pollution are to blame. The report comes days after environmental and conservation groups in Ontario expressed concern that proposed changes to the province’s Endangered Species Act could put at-risk wildlife in even greater jeopardy.

Report finds huge and growing income divide based on race in GTA

New research by United Way Greater Toronto found that racialized residents made an average of only 52.1 cents for every dollar earned by non-racialized Torontonians in 2015. That earnings gap barely existed 35 years earlier. “The growth of income inequality is undermining the promise that ‘diversity is our strength’ — and that’s a problem,” said United Way president Daniele Zanotti.

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Bhutila Karpoche: Refugee to MPP

The New Democrat MPP for Parkdale–High Park is the first elected representative of Tibetan descent in all of North America. Learn how Bhutila Karpoche went from growing up stateless in Nepal to becoming a member of the opposition at Queen’s Park on the newest episode of the #onpoli podcast with Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath.

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Why reconciliation means supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs 

TVO.org’s Indigenous Hub reporter Haley Lewis spoke with three organizations about how to foster entrepreneurship and keep money in Indigenous communities. “We have policies that the Indian Act put in place that say we can’t put up security on our communities,” says Shannin Metatawabin, CEO of the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association. “We’re not close to the market. We don't have any equity. Our families are not rich.”

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The Agenda: Navigating the world as a misfit


He’s the successful creator of the world's first eco-loyalty app, Green Rewards, and of the popular wellness app, Carrot Rewards. But as Andreas Souvaliotis’s memoir, Misfit: Autistic. Gay. Immigrant. Changemaker documents, his early life was anything but easy. He talks to Steve Paikin about why he has dedicated his efforts to improving people’s quality of life.

Queen of the World

The world welcomed a new British royal on Monday morning: the son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the eighth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II. The first episode of this two-part documentary tells the story of the Queen’s 67-year-reign, using material gained from access to the royal residences, staff, and archives, and featuring interviews with people from Princess Anne to Justin Trudeau.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Ontario’s cuts to public health

Funding cuts to Toronto Public Health and a reduction in the number of public-health units in Ontario have many municipalities and health-care professionals concerned about the effects on the province’s health-care system. Tonight, Steve Paikin talks to Robin Martin, Progressive Conservative MPP for Eglinton–Lawrence and parliamentary assistant to the minister of health and long-term care, about the Ford government’s priorities for health care.

9 p.m. — The Trial of Ratko Mladić

In November 2017, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Ratko Mladić was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison. This documentary chronicles the trial that found the Bosnian Serb general responsible for the siege of Sarajevo, in which 15,000 people were killed or wounded, and the Srebrenica massacre, which resulted in the death of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims.

From the archive

March 8, 1978 — Talking Film: Thirty Years of British Cinema 


Was there a time before Coronation Street? Elwy Yost talks to filmmakers about the evolution of British film from the 1940s to the 1970s, and the burgeoning popularity of television serial dramas. The program features interviews with cinematographer Jean Coquillon and actors John Justin, Dame Anna Neagle, George Cole, and Hayley Mills.

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