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Reconsidering the blue bin, talking about gun violence, and a 19th-century digital prophet
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 14, 2019
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Toronto Mayor John Tory sat down to discuss how to address the growing problem of gun violence. (



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Trudeau and Tory take aim at gun violence

On Monday, all three levels of government pledged to dedicate millions to help stamp out gun violence in Toronto. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mayor John Tory sat down to discuss how to address the growing problem. In a news conference afterward, according to the CBC, “Trudeau and Tory stressed the need for what the prime minister called a ‘holistic’ approach, which looks at improving housing, education and infrastructure.” Trudeau said that Ottawa will consider additional gun-control measures and promised to share specifics about the Liberals’ plan in the coming election campaign. Premier Doug Ford, who was not invited to the meeting, has said cracking down on gangs must be part of the solution.

What will Toronto’s new subways look like?

Many have been waiting for improved transit in Scarborough and north of the city. Now, an expert panel is working on what form it will take. According to a Toronto Star report, the panel will “consider potential changes to the Yonge North and Scarborough subway extension projects, including the possibility of building portions of the lines above ground and reducing the number of planned stations.” That marks a big departure from Premier Doug Ford’s long-time advocacy for underground subways rather than surface transit.

Ontario court issues peace bond against far-right figure

An Ontario judge has ordered the issuance of a peace bond that will stop Kevin Goudreau, head of the Canadian National Front, from possessing weapons and making threats toward members of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. Global News reports that this is believed to be the first time that activists have sought a peace bond in response to far-right extremism in Canada. “I had no expectations, but I am absolutely relieved,” Richard Warman, an Ottawa lawyer and member of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, told Global.

Moose hunting is getting an overhaul

The provincial government has released a report on a possible revamp of moose management. According to, the Big Game Management Advisory Committee recommends changing the bow-hunting season and quotas for moose; updating the licensing process; and replacing the tag draw with a points system. The public has until September 26 to provide feedback.

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The Agenda in the Summer: Guns in Toronto

The municipal, provincial, and federal governments have pledged a combined $4.5 million in funding to help Toronto police deal with increased gun violence in the city, which has seen more than 20 shootings in the past week. The Agenda looks at the reasons for the spike in gun violence, what is being done to protect people, and how to develop long-term solutions.

Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing

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Mathematician Hannah Fry explores the extraordinary life of Ada Lovelace, a 19th-century countess and the daughter of the poet Lord Byron. Learn about the mathematical talent that led her to become the world’s first computer programmer, her relationship with fellow programmer Charles Babbage, and how her imagination and logical acumen made her a prophet for the digital age.

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Local government isn’t always best — and the blue bin proves it

For the first time since curbside recycling kicked off provincewide in 1994, Ontario is within sight of a system that would see industry —  not the province or municipalities — shoulder the financial burden of collecting the waste they were initially responsible for creating. John Michael McGrath looks at special adviser David Lindsay’s report to the Ontario government on the future of the blue bin.

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8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Recycling under review

Is it time to recycle the blue box? Ontario is considering how to update the province’s recycling program. One idea is to replace the municipally run blue-bin program with one that would make the companies that create plastic waste responsible for recycling their own products. Another is to standardize the list of materials that can be collected in blue boxes and to set specific targets for collection. The Agenda welcomes Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s environment minister, to discuss why the program needs a revamp and what the future of recycling in Ontario could look like.

8:30 p.m. — The Water Brothers: Plastic Ocean

Join the Water Brothers as they set sail in search of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along with a group of scientists and water advocates, they investigate the massive collection of plastic waste and look at how it got into the ocean — and what can be done to get rid of it.

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