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The cost of renting or buying a home seems to go in only one direction lately, and that’s up. While that’s making it tough for many to keep a roof over their heads, it’s providing tidy returns to investors. The documentary Push(available to stream at tvo.org) makes the connection between profits and the affordability crisis. To delve into the details the doc brings to light, we welcome economist Benjamin Tal, real-estate analyst Shaun Hildebrand, development researcher Diana Petramala, and Martine August from the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning.
Toronto councillors Ana Bailão and Stephen Holyday examine the city’s housing crisis. From multi-residential and laneway housing to rapid densification, these two politicians hold very different views on how to house the city's exploding population.
It's not news that Toronto is an expensive place to live. But as housing prices continue to skyrocket, there is a growing exodus of people from the city, flooding into other parts of the province in search of greater affordability. How are these communities feeling the effects of Toronto's hot housing market?
An unprecedented arrangement between the federal and provincial governments means that a new French-language university will open its doors to Ontario students in 2021. “There have been few occasions for Ontario’s francophone community to feel genuinely loved by its provincial government, so the joy at this announcement was both sincere and palpable. But journalists are not cheerleaders. We are supposed to ask the difficult, uncomfortable questions. So, let’s ask the number-one question on that list right now: Do we actually need this?” writes Steve Paikin.
Tonight on TVO
7 p.m. — Impossible Railways: Tracks and the City
From an inverted monorail in Germany, to London's epic Crossrail project — a high-frequency, high-capacity commuter line — discover how ingenious metropolitan-railway engineering helps keep the world’s biggest cities running.
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Pioneering treatment for brain diseases
World-renowned, Toronto-based brain surgeon Dr. Andres Lozano joins Steve Paikin to discuss the progress being in made in treating Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's diseases via deep-brain stimulation and high-intensity-focus ultrasound.
The housing crisis gripping Toronto — and many other Ontario cities — didn’t come out of nowhere. A 2010 study detailed three very different cities within Toronto: the wealthy city, the middle-class city, and the low-income city. David Hulchanski, author of The Three Cities Within Toronto report, talked to Steve Paikin about how the divide between rich and poor people in Toronto was beginning to cut deeply and provided insights about how to reverse the cycle.