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By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 29, 2019
The trial over beating of Dafonte Miller begins today. (



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Trial of Dafonte Miller begins

In December 2016, Dafonte Miller was severely beaten on a residential street in Whitby. Today, a police officer and his brother are standing trial in an Oshawa court on charges related to the attack. Then 19, Miller sustained serious injuries: his left eye was so badly damaged that it had to be removed. “What began with the severe beating of a young Black man has ballooned into allegations of an attempted coverup and a failure of police oversight, inspiring protests, online campaigns supporting Miller and calls for accountability,” writes Wendy Gillis, the Toronto Star’s crime reporter. 

Ottawa’s largest school board to survey students on race, gender identity, and more

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board says student data on race, religion, sexual orientation, and more will help it spot trends and possible discrimination, the Ottawa Citizen reports. The information could reveal, for instance, whether some groups are more likely to do poorly on standardized tests, be suspended or expelled, or feel unsafe at school, board trustees say. Parents of children from kindergarten to Grade 6 will be asked to complete the survey. Older students will fill it out themselves at school. Parents and secondary-school students can opt out of answering some or all of the questions.

Federally run Six Nations school has longstanding bullying problem, parents say

CBC News spoke with several parents and children who say that Oliver M. Smith Kawenni:io Elementary School, in Six Nations, an Indigenous community near Brantford, has had a major bullying problem for several years — but that neither the school’s administration nor the federal bureaucrat who oversees the school has done enough to address it. The issue has triggered a human-rights complaint against Indigenous Services Canada, as well as a petition calling for more community say in how local schools are run.

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The Agenda: Living with depression and suicidal thoughts

For journalist and author Anna Mehler Paperny, the topic of suicide is personal. In her new book, Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person, she endeavours to destigmatize the often difficult subject. She joins The Agenda to discuss her personal and journalistic journey.

The Fruit Machine

During the Cold War, Canada investigated federal employees and members of the Canadian Armed Forces deemed susceptible to blackmail by Soviet spies. Homosexuality was grounds for surveillance and interrogation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police under the directive of the newly established Security Panel. Over the course of four decades, thousands of men and women had their privacy invaded, their careers ruined, and their lives destroyed. Those interviewed in The Fruit Machine recount the psychological trauma they suffered and the deep sense of betrayal they felt.

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Reconsidering Pierre Trudeau’s legacy 100 years after his birth

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Photo by Steve Paikin

Lost amid federal-election coverage was a milestone: the 100th anniversary of Pierre Trudeau’s birth, on October 18. To mark the occasion, Trudeau’s former principal secretary Tom Axworthy organized a daylong conference last week. David Collenette, a former Liberal MP under Trudeau, told a little-known story of what happened when a few MPs called for the prime minister’s resignation, in 1983. As Steve Paikin writes, “The mood of caucus was one of utter shock. This was something Trudeau had never faced before, and caucus members had no idea what would happen next. What did happen was that, one by one, supportive MPs stood and spoke in favour of the PM, instantly converting the mood of caucus from utterly grim to supremely buoyant.”

Tonight on TVO

7 p.m. The Blue Realm: Lions of the Deep

Why are Steller sea lions thriving in the Canadian Pacific yet struggling in Alaskan and Russian waters? Why are northern fur seal populations declining in the Bering Sea? In this documentary, scientists at the University of British Columbia’s Open Water Research Station and the Vancouver Aquarium work together to help understand sea lions and seals — and what they need to survive.

8 p.m. The Agenda: Foreign policy in a minority Parliament

With the Liberals back for a second term, how will Canada handle relations with the United States, China, and other countries? How will they navigate such difficult international challenges as climate change and Arctic sovereignty? The Agenda examines what direction Canadian foreign policy may go under a minority parliament.

From the archive

Mordecai Richler in conversation with Daniel Richler, October 22, 1999

“I want you to know that nobody else on this program would take on the challenge of interviewing you, so I’m stuck with you.” After making that bold statement, Daniel Richler, host of TVO’s book show, Imprint, went on to ask his father, Mordecai, whether his reputation as Canada’s most difficult person to interview is an achievement. “I think it is,” said the elder Richler. The conversation centres on the author’s 1991 book of essays, Broadsides, newly released at the time. Richler, perhaps best known as the author of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, received many awards and accolades, including two Governor General’s awards, a pair of Commonwealth Writers prizes, and the Giller Prize for fiction.

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