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The day after the leaders’ debate
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 08, 2019
A report prepared by Campaign 2000, a national, non-partisan coalition, aims to put child poverty at the forefront of the federal election campaign. (iStock.com/Ralf Geithe)

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New report highlights child poverty

A report prepared by Campaign 2000, a national, non-partisan coalition, aims to put child poverty at the forefront of the federal election campaign. “Child poverty by federal riding: the work ahead for Canada’s next Parliament,” released Monday, illustrates the “stark portrait of inequality” across the country.

While child- and family-poverty rates are dropping overall, they have risen in 28 federal ridings since 2015. The two sharpest increases appeared in two ridings near Saskatoon. And, in Brampton West, the child-poverty rate dropped only 0.1 per cent: it hovers around 16 per cent. Child poverty is worst in communities with the largest proportions of Indigenous, racialized, immigrant, and lone-parent families, the report found, but “every community, every candidate and all political parties have a stake in the eradication of poverty.”


Climate-change activists shut down bridges

Some of the country’s busiest bridges were closed to traffic Monday by protesters associated with Extinction Rebellion. The movement, which, according to its website, “uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimize the risk of social collapse” organized the action to highlight the climate emergency and to call for net zero carbon emissions by 2025. Demonstrators gathered at Angus L. Macdonald Bridge, in Halifax; the Burrard Street bridge, in Vancouver; and the Prince Edward Viaduct, in Toronto, among others. Kevin Imrie, one of the organizers of the Toronto protest, told CTV News that “maybe a dozen of people were arrested,” adding, “I understand that people are angry. I would also hope that they would be angry at the folks who are putting them in danger by not taking action on climate change.”


Jason Kenney takes aim at Trudeau

Speaking in Richmond Hill to a group of Chinese-Canadian supporters of the Conservative party, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said that Justin Trudeau’s government has blown “huge holes” in the country’s immigration system. Under Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, he said, “We sent a message that if you wanted to come to Canada, you should come legally through the front door.”

Sunday’s remarks were part of a 23-stop Ontario tour for Kenney in the final weeks of the federal election campaign. Some believe that the premier is campaigning in this province because Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is looking to distance himself from Ontario Premier Doug Ford, whose approval rating remains low.



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Access 360: World Heritage — The Amazon


What would it take to keep the Amazon safe from climate change? Meet four people who have devoted their lives to protecting a corner of the rainforest that the United Nations has declared a world heritage site. It boasts unique ecosystems and rich biodiversity — but global warming is threatening its survival.


15 Reasons to Live

What gives life meaning? Filmmaker Alan Zweig is on a mission to find out. Inspired by Toronto author Ray Robertson's book Why Not?: Fifteen Reasons to Live, Zweig talks to various people about love, solitude, critical mind, art, individuality, home, work, humour, friendship, intoxication, praise, meaning, body, duty, and death. Their answers provide a thoughtful and searching examination of the nature of human happiness and the profound events that can unexpectedly change the course of a life.



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#onpoli: Paikin’s take on leaders’ debates

It's two hours that can make or break a campaign. But what happens before the federal leaders step onto the stage to debate in front of millions of Canadians? In this episode of the #onpoli podcast, Elly Alboim discusses what he learned spearheading debate preparations for Liberal leaders including Paul Martin and Stéphane Dion. And John Michael McGrath interviews co-host Steve Paikin about how he approached moderating three federal leaders’ debates. One piece of advice from Steve: "Don't be a mic hog; it's their show, not yours."



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How arrogance cost the Liberals the 1957 election


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(City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1257, Series 1057, Item 4211)

The Liberals were confident they would emerge victorious in the 1957 federal contest. But, thanks to Liberal Louis St. Laurent’s stumbles and Progressive Conservative John Diefenbaker’s leadership, they were headed for an election upset. Diefenbaker wanted to change his party’s dated image and outlined a positive vision of Canada’s future; St. Laurent snapped at children on the campaign trail and delivered dull speeches that often relied on excerpts from old policy documents. The June 10 results shocked the Liberals — and ended up giving Canada a new ruling party and its first female minister.


Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — The Agenda: The 2019 federal leaders’ debate 

The Agenda discusses the performances and policies on display during last night’s official English-language leaders’ debate. Joining Steve Paikin are NDP strategist Anne McGrath; Green party deputy leader Abhijeet Manay; People's Party adviser Jared Brown; pollster Erin Kelly; and Marc Kealey, former adviser to Paul Martin. 


9 p.m. — Human Plus: Taste and Smell

Each person’s genetic code contains 400 genes that make up the receptors of their sense of smell. Find out why humans are able to detect billions of odours — and learn more about the complex relationship between smell and taste.

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