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With religiosity in decline, what continues to keep people connected to their spiritual beliefs? Michael Coren, a British-Canadian clergyman and author of the new book Reclaiming Faith: Inclusion, Grace, and Tolerance, shares his views with Steve Paikin.
Along with her Welsh sheepdog Teg in tow, BBC science host Kate Humble travels from the tip of North Wales through the most remote parts of the United Kingdom, taking in the landscape and noting its influence on local life in each region. Along the way, they experience the comeback of old-style shepherding, learn how canines are saving lives on the mountains, and see a forest through the eyes of a pack of huskies.
So far this year, 39 pedestrians have been struck and killed by vehicles on Toronto’s streets, and there have been 41 deaths related to gun violence in the city. These figures may seem close, but as politics columnist John Michael McGrath points out, the way the city addresses each issue couldn’t be more different. “While the latter consumes endless news cycles and tens of millions of dollars in hastily-approved funding, the former is an afterthought,” he writes. From lacklustre prevention initiatives to a measurable drop in traffic enforcement, “2019 hammered home in some unpleasant ways that if you’re a pedestrian in this city (or any other kind of vulnerable road user) the city simply does not care if you live or die.”
In the mid-1950s, growing frustration over careless drivers and an increasing number of pedestrian fatalities led to a controversial innovation: pedestrian crosswalks. Historian Jamie Bradburn chronicles their introduction to Ontario streets at a time when provincial laws offered little protection for pedestrians and their right-of-way to cross intersections.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: A generational showdown
The stereotypical division between the millennial and baby boomer generations feels more pronounced than ever, and now there’s a catchphrase attached to it: “OK, boomer.” The phrase is the basis of a popular meme that first appeared on social media app TikTok and has spread throughout the internet, even making its way onto clothing and merchandise. The Agenda unpacks the “OK boomer” phenomenon and explores what’s fuelling inter-generational discontent.
9 p.m. — Stealing Van Gogh
In 2002, thieves broke into the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and stole two paintings. Fourteen years later, the artworks were found stashed in a hideout of the Camorra, the notorious Neapolitan crime syndicate. Art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon pieces together the story of the heist and examines the world of art crime, why paintings are prime targets for theft, and how they are trafficked on the black market.