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Why Ontario’s next Liberal leader faces a daunting task
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Nov 15, 2019
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Non-profits say they’re reeling from provincial cuts

A report released Monday by the Ontario Nonprofit Network says that nearly 30 per cent of the non-profits it surveyed had their budgets decreased as a result of provincial changes, the CBC reports. Organizations also said they’re operating “in a climate of growing uncertainty and volatility,” as cuts were made hastily and without proper consultation or notice. Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli, who was finance minister for the April provincial budget, said in a news conference last week that “we consult on virtually every single thing we do.”

Alice Munro is not dead

A report of the celebrated Canadian writer’s death spread widely via Twitter early Monday, but quickly turned out to be a hoax. According to the National Post, the account responsible for the false report later claimed it was run by Italian journalist Tommaso De Benedetti, who has become known for spreading fake news in attempts to expose media weaknesses. “Why on earth would you troll Alice Munro? What a hollow little heart you must have,” one Twitter user posted. Munro, 88, whose fiction is most often set in her native Huron County, Ontario, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013.

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Expert calls on Ontario to deal with wild pigs

Ontario’s small-but-growing population of wild pigs could explode if the provincial government doesn’t act now, says Ryan Brook, an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan and director of the Canadian Wild Pig Research Project. He tells the CBC that wild pigs in southern Saskatchewan are “essentially out of control now” because officials there failed to contain the problem when it began about 20 years ago. The pigs, a hybrid of domestic swine and imported wild boar, have been sighted roughly 51 times in Ontario the past few years. They are voracious eaters that can severely damage crops and wetlands. “There’s no question southern Ontario could support a million wild pigs,” Brook says.

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The Agenda: Soldiering through a military career

Kelly Thompson is a fourth-generation soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces. Despite growing up in the culture, she found that being a woman in the military presented challenges that no man in her family had ever needed to deal with. She talks to Steve Paikin about her book, Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes from the Forces. 

Food Unwrapped: Caffeine, Gum, Diet Bread

Hosts Jimmy Doherty, Matt Tebbutt, and Kate Quilton take viewers into factories and supermarkets worldwide to uncover weird and wonderful food facts. In this episode: how is caffeine removed from coffee? What gives chewing gum its bouncy, chewy texture? How are the calories counted in diet bread?

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Why the next Liberal leader faces a daunting task of historic proportions

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As the Ontario Liberals get ready to choose their new leader in March, Steve Paikin outlines the challenges facing the party — from financial issues, to redefining the party’s ideology, to the likely difficulty of finding enough candidates to run in the next election.

Why the federal Conservatives should drop their fixation with smaller government

Andrew Scheer
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Political columnist John Michael McGrath has a suggestion for Andrew Scheer's federal Conservatives as they evaluate the election results. They should consider losing their dedication to the idea of smaller governments — a lesson their Ontario counterparts have had to learn the hard way. “For all the right-wing bellowing about runaway spending under the Liberals, the revised Tory plan is to spend 98 per cent of what the Liberals intended to,” he writes of the provincial government. “Margins can sometimes be important, but this is more like the margin of error.”

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8 p.m. — The Agenda: A legacy of leading the Green party

After more than a decade at the forefront of the environmental movement in Canada, Elizabeth May is stepping down as leader of the Green Party of Canada. The MP for Saanich–Gulf Islands joins The Agenda to discuss her legacy as leader, and why she believes now is the right time to resign.

9 p.m. — Which Way Is the Front Line from Here?

Almost 10 years ago, conflict photographer Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya, shortly after the release of his 2010 Afghan war documentary, Restrepo. To honour his memory, friend and filmmaker Sebastian Junger traced Hetherington’s work across the world’s battlefields to show how Hetherington transcended the boundaries of image-making to become a luminary in his profession.

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August 2001 — Dave Bidini on hockey around the world

Musician, journalist, and avid hockey lover Dave Bidini stopped by Imprint in 2001 to talk about his first in a series of books about Canada’s beloved game. For Tropic of Hockey: My Search for the Game in Unlikely Places, Bidini travelled to Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Ireland, and even Transylvania to get a sense of how hockey is played outside Canada, and how the game unites people across borders.

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