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Six minority-government predictions for the federal election
The Liberals working with the NDP? The Conservatives working with the Bloc Québécois? With the federal election less than a week away, and polls showing a minority government is a distinct possibility, the National Post has a look at six possible coalitions the parties could form in the event of a hung Parliament.
First responders support group asks for help in northeastern Ontario
A peer support group says it needs more volunteers in the province’s northeast to help first responders deal with the stresses they encounter on the job, the CBC reports. The organization, Boots on the Ground, has fanned out across Ontario in response to growing concerns about the types of trauma police, firefighters, and ambulance crews experience in their work. “Especially up in the north here we have first responders and volunteers ... who could be at a car accident, medical emergency, things like that but they actually often times know the people that they’re responding to or the people affected,” says Sharon Bak, the northern operations manager for the group.
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Fanshawe student tries to unravel the mystery of bad maple syrup
The maple syrup industry has a problem: it has no simple way to detect a bad batch of sap. While spoiled sap itself tastes fine, when it’s boiled down to syrup it develops a burnt Tootsie Roll-like taste known as “buddy” — named because it usually comes out as the tree starts to show buds. Eloy Jose Garcia, a biotechnology student at Fanshawe College in London, has determined the cause of the taste is nitrogen and sulphur that get pulled into the tree as it starts to bud. He now hopes to develop a test that would quickly tell syrup producers if the “buddy” flavour is present. “The hope is that any producer can go and test a small strip with a little solution and something would change colour,” he tells the CBC.
Board games are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Is it a fleeting retro trend, or just a good way to spend some leisure time? The Agenda talks to board game enthusiasts who say playing is much more than just fun and games, and is in fact a window into the human condition.
For nearly a decade, the small town of Chapleau, near Sudbury, went without a regular family physician, leaving the community isolated from consistent health care. In 2005 the new Northern Ontario School of Medicine aimed to change that by training doctors from northern Ontario for northern communities. Former nurse Doris Mitchell, from nearby Brunswick House First Nation, entered the school in midlife. She and two other graduates now serve as family doctors in their own communities, and have become models for innovative rural health care.
If we’re left with a minority government after election day, how will the government find consensus on the issues it considers? If you’ve been wondering about this, resident political expert Steve Paikin has a primer for you. “The sitting prime minister, by custom, has the right to have all the new members of the House of Commons return, in hopes of cobbling together a working majority,” he writes. “So, even if Trudeau has five fewer seats than Scheer, if he can convince enough of the other NDP, Bloc Québécois, Green party, People’s party, or independent MPs to vote with him, he can tell the Governor General, ‘I can command the confidence of the House and continue to govern.’”
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Municipalities and the election
Affordability has emerged as one of the key issues in the federal election campaign. The Agenda looks at how cities would be affected by the federal parties’ policies on everything from housing costs to transit infrastructure to anti-poverty initiatives.
9 p.m. — Human Plus: An orchestra of the senses
Did you know that sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell send sensory messages to the brain at a speed of 430 kilometres per hour? The two sides of our brain direct the senses by dealing with 11 million information signals per second, sorting out and analyzing them without any technological intervention. The final episode of this series breaks down how this complex and fascinating process works.
Between her careers in journalism, activism, and establishing non-profits for women, vulnerable youth and people living with HIV, June Callwood led a very busy life. This 1978 interview with the Order of Canada recipient covers everything from her work at the CBC, her marriage, her foray into social advocacy, to her big goal at the time: shutting down the Don Jail. Born in Chatham, Callwood lived most of her life in Toronto and died in 2007 at the age of 82.