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The union representing workers at Canadian National Railway said Monday it had made no progress in reaching an agreement with management, Reuters reports. Economists have estimated a prolonged strike could cost the Canadian economy billions, because about half of the country’s exports, including agriculture, fuel and manufactured goods, move by rail. Workers have been off the job since Nov. 19 in CN’s biggest strike in 10 years.
Concern is growing in the employment industry about the possibility of for-profit American companies becoming involved in Ontario’s program to help job seekers, according to the Toronto Star. Employment Ontario is in line for an overhaul after the auditor general found its programs were “not effective” in finding workers full-time jobs. But some question whether allowing multinationals to bid on delivering services to job seekers would help. “I’m not convinced that this will actually deliver superior service and we will end up shedding a lot of people with a lot of great expertise,” Margaret Eaton of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council says. Changes to Employment Ontario could come as early as January.
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As Oshawa reels, project to build affordable homes stalls
Construction on a 24-house Habitat for Humanity project in Oshawa has been suspended twice in a year amid a drop in donations partially blamed on the looming General Motors plant shutdown. The work stoppages have led to unfinished housing frames sustaining damage as they were exposed to the elements. “So of course we want to tear it up and replace it with new,” project manager Ted Allen tells the CBC. GM itself had been a big donor to Habitat for Humanity Durham: the charity says the carmaker’s last donation was in 2017.
One organ donor can save up to eight lives, yet fewer than one in three Ontarians register for organ donation. Steve Paikin talks to Globe and Mail health reporter André Picard about who qualifies to become a donor, how to decide whether it’s the right thing to do, and whether the province should make organ donation mandatory.
Countess Ada Lovelace was a mathematician, writer and, as daughter of the 19th-century poet Lord Byron, a controversial figure. In this documentary, mathematician Hannah Fry explores Lovelace’s extraordinary life, her legacy as the world’s first computer programmer, and how her imagination and rational logic made her a prophet for the digital age.
According to a recent Ontario Public Health Association report, unhealthy eating costs the Ontario economy $5.6 billion each year. That’s why, according to journalist Corey Mintz, food literacy is so important. “Fostering healthy eaters requires a broad approach with many strategies,” he writes, from public education to child care and even acknowledging the responsibility of food producers and manufacturers to foster food literacy through policy.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Amazon’s counterfeit problem
Canadians are on track to spend $64.56 billion online by the end of 2019, with the largest shopping destination being Amazon. The meteoric rise of online shopping has also led to a boom market for counterfeit products — and it’s not just fake luxury goods. Everything from cell-phone chargers to toothbrushes has a counterfeit version these days. The Agenda explores the issue and why it’s getting harder to tell the difference between what’s real and what’s fake online.
9 p.m. — Unsung: Behind the Glee
What does it take to become an award-winning high school glee club? Two rival Toronto clubs battle time, nerves, and each other to create routines for the annual Show Choir Canada national championship. This documentary offers a close look at show choirs from the Etobicoke School of the Arts and Scarborough’s Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts.
In the late ’60s and early ’70s, when Bonnie Stern was choosing what she wanted to do with her life, culinary school didn’t have as much of a pull as it does now. Long before the age of food television networks and celebrity chefs, Stern made her way to cooking school via an English degree from the University of Toronto, mostly because she was artistic and loved to cook. In 1997, the cookbook author and food columnist spoke to Richard Ouzounian about her career path and how she came to be one of Canada’s most recognizable food gurus.