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Deporting son to Somalia would be ‘a death sentence,’ woman says
“He has no family and doesn’t know the language and culture there. I don’t approve of his mistakes, but he would die if he’s sent back to Somalia,” Faduma Isse told reporters Monday in Toronto. Her son, Abdilahi Elmi, 34, recently served a six-month sentence for assault and is scheduled to be sent to Somalia next week. Elmi came to Canada as a child but never acquired citizenship. He spent some of his youth in foster care, and Isse argues children’s aid officials should have helped him become a permanent resident.
Liberal leadership candidate and MPP Michael Coteau this week proposed a “new deal” for Ontario municipalities, hoping to start a “fresh conversation” with the province. As part of this plan, Coteau suggests the creation of charter cities, which would shift power to local governments. TVO’s John Michael McGrath writes: “By extending the idea of charter cities to all larger municipalities and wrapping it up in a broader conversation about responsibilities and taxing powers, Coteau’s proposal could end up offering protection even to those municipal powers that don’t have the force of the Constitution behind them … Make it politically painful to upset the municipal apple cart, and maybe Ford’s successors will be a bit more cautious.”
Pro-democracy demonstrations have continued throughout the summer and show no signs of ending. The Agenda welcomes Cheuk Kwan, past chair of the Toronto Association for Democracy in China, and lawyer Andrea Chun to discuss what’s at the heart of the protests — in Hong Kong and abroad — and the possibility of a peaceful resolution.
Filmmaker Sarah Keenlyside captures the Bloor Street New Horizons Band as its members prepare for their year-end concert. The orchestra is the Toronto chapter of an innovative music program for older adults. Featuring retired virtuosos as well as newbies who have never played an instrument before, the band proves that creative expression has no age limit.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: The rocky road of legal cannabis
According to Statistics Canada, 4.9 million Canadians over the age of 15 have consumed pot and 42 per cent of them bought from illegal sources. Abi Roach, director of the Cannabis Friendly Business Association, and Mark Rendell, the Globe and Mail’s cannabis reporter, join host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss the roll-out of legal cannabis, and the future of the black market.
8:30 p.m. — Shadow of Gold
The gold industry is as lucrative as it is controversial. The first episode of this two-part documentary links the fortunes of mining companies to pollution and corruption worldwide. Who wins and who loses? Discover what our lust for gold costs, and who pays the price.
“I was born and raised on the Curve Lake First Nation, just north of Peterborough. My standard line being, I'm half Ojibway, half Caucasian. Technically, that makes me an occasion. Or, as I like to say, a special occasion. Or, at the very least, a memorable occasion,” says playwright and author Drew Hayden Taylor. In this Studio 2 conversation with Alan Gregg, Hayden Taylor says it’s important for Indigenous people to keep a sense of humour at the ready in the face of hardship.