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Why affordable housing isn’t just a Toronto issue, a transgender athlete’s memoir, and the unique voice of Toni Morrison
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 08, 2019
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Thinking outside the blue box

Ontario’s special adviser on recycling and plastic waste, David Lindsay, has submitted a report on how to update the province’s recycling programs. Lindsay recommends a six-year transition period to move the province from the municipally-run blue box program to one in which the companies that create plastic waste are responsible for recycling their products. Other recommendations include establishing a standard list of materials that must be collected through blue boxes across the province and setting targets for specific materials instead of an overall provincial recycling target.

Will slowing minivan sales spell Windsor plant’s doom?

Toronto Star business reporter Josh Rubin looks at whether Fiat Chrysler’s assembly plant in Windsor can survive, given that the minivans produced by its 6,100 employees are rapidly going out of style. But Unifor head Jerry Dias says he doesn’t see the kind of warning signs that preceded GM’s decision to close its Oshawa plant last year. “When [GM] didn’t renew naming rights at the GM Centre, that was a sign,” Dias says.

Canada faces cancer drug shortage

With three key cancer medications in short supply, doctors are urging the federal government to find a lasting solution to the ongoing problem of drug shortages. The medications are: vinorelbine for lung and metastatic breast cancer; etoposide for lung and testicular cancer; and leucovorin, which decreases the toxic effects of chemotherapy. A shortage normally doesn’t halt treatment but does leave physicians and nurses scrambling to find alternatives.
Dr. Gerald Batist of Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital told the CBC the goal of raising the issue publicly is not to alarm patients, but to get the government to act so these situations don’t happen in the future. "It's not really clear that any efforts are being made to solve this problem in a more permanent way,” he added.

Weather wreaks havoc on Ontario cash crops

A soggy spring quickly followed by a dry summer has left corn and soybean farmers in southwestern Ontario wondering whether they’ll have much of a harvest this year. “We’re not critical yet — we had half an inch of rain last week — but we do need rain now,” North Huron farmer Keith Black told the London Free Press. “We’re going to need a nice fall. If we get a September frost, it will be a disaster.”

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The Agenda in the Summer: Giving gender identity a sporting chance 

Kristen Worley took on the most powerful organizations in cycling when she launched a case before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. From Cycling Canada to the International Olympic Committee, Worley faced tremendous obstacles in her efforts to address the challenges facing transgender athletes. She joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss her memoir, Woman Enough: How a Boy Became a Woman and Changed the World of Sport, which she co-wrote with journalist Johanna Schneller.

Life After Digital

How do digital technology and social media affect the way we interact with the world — and people — around us? In an environment of ubiquitous screens where billions of personal images and opinions have been shared online, our collective desire to share our lives on social networks may have unintended consequences. This film examines cyberbullying, digital revenge, facial recognition technologies, and the end of privacy.

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Why affordable housing isn’t just a Toronto issue


While today’s affordable housing crunch may seem like an issue borne of current economic circumstances, the University of Toronto’s David Hulchanski, who has been studying Canada’s housing market since the 1970s, says it’s a crisis that has been decades in the making. The market, through which 95 per cent of Canadians obtain their housing, has not picked up the slack since the federal government froze funding for new public-housing projects in 1994. In the first instalment of this five-part series, looks at how cities across the province — and outside the GTA — are working to change that.

Prince Edward County’s Airbnb problem

Over the past 15 years, Prince Edward County has become a popular destination for day-trippers and wine lovers; it hosts roughly 650,000 visitors per year. At the same time, the county has begun to attract more retirees and city-dwelling professionals looking for cheaper housing and a more relaxed lifestyle. Both these developments have meant a boom in local business — and a supercharged housing market that is pricing out local residents. Eastern Ontario Hub reporter David Rockne Corrigan reports on why it’s getting harder to find a place to live in the county.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: A drug problem at the border

Last week, the U.S. government announced a proposal to import prescription drugs from Canada in a bid to make them more affordable to Americans. But there are worries that this would mean a supply shortfall for the Canadian market. The Agenda looks at the state of drug affordability in the U.S. — and what turning to our market to cool down prices would mean for Canadians.

10 p.m. — The Food Detectives

Food scientist Alice Roberts looks at research that suggests that artificially sweetened drinks might encourage people to eat more. She also examines the pros and cons of a meat-based diet.

From the archive

2016 — An interviewer remembers Toni Morrison

American author Toni Morrison died from complications of pneumonia on Monday at the age of 88, prompting an outpouring of grief from the arts community worldwide. In such iconic works as The Bluest Eye, Beloved, and Song of Solomon, Morrison championed narratives of Black lives and identity in the United States, influencing contemporary literature at large and earning a Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1992, her novel Jazz brought her to Toronto and to the CBC for an interview at Writers and Company with Eleanor Wachtel. In this Agenda segment from 2016, Wachtel talks to Nam Kiwanuka about the memorable musicality of Morrison’s writing voice, and what it was like to interview the literary giant.

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