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Ontario’s troubled history with Indigenous blockades
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Feb 26, 2020
A group in Hamilton erected a barricade that forced GO Transit to cancel morning train service west of Burlington. (



More Indigenous-solidarity blockades spring up

Within hours of the OPP dismantling the rail blockade outside Belleville that had snared rail traffic across the province for weeks, a group in Hamilton erected a barricade that forced GO Transit to cancel morning train service west of Burlington. Evening commuter service was also delayed and disrupted by protests across the network. Like the Belleville blockade, the Hamilton protest were in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in B.C. who are fighting the construction of a natural-gas pipeline on their traditional land. Many such protests are going on across the country, including a blockade in Caledonia that shut down part of the highway that runs through the southwestern Ontario community.

Contract talks with English Catholic teachers break down

The Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association announced late Monday that efforts to reach a new labour deal with the province had failed. CityNews reports that in an email to its members, OECTA accused the government of having “no real intention of negotiating an agreement.” The union said it would continue its work-to-rule campaign, and “will also be considering options for further strike action.” Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the union is interfering with negotiations by pushing for enhanced benefits, The Globe and Mail reports.

Mental health organization blames policy changes for Kingston closure

The Kingston branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association says changes in government health-care policy are forcing it to close its doors at the end of March, the Kingston Whig-Standard reports. Kingston CMHA officials say the problem is the province’s decision to emphasize clinical treatments over preventative programs in its health-care reforms. “We are going to find it increasingly difficult to access additional funding with these changes,” Kingston branch board member Shelly Lachine says.

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One of the central promises that Doug Ford made during the Ontario election campaign in 2018 was to reduce hydro rates by 12 per cent. We look at how close the Ford government is to making good on that commitment with guests Mike Schreiner, leader of Ontario’s Green party; Charles Keizer, co-head of the Infrastructure and Energy Practice and lead of the Energy Regulatory Team at Torys LLP; and Jean Cumming, a legal consultant with an interest in hydro issues.

Water Brothers: Oceans of Energy

A virtually limitless supply of clean energy remains untapped across the world’s oceans. Tidal and wave power could revolutionize the way energy is harnessed. The Water Brothers get to the heart of this burgeoning industry by investigating technologies being deployed along the shores of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Back in Canada at the Bay of Fundy, home to the world's largest tides, they go rafting on massive tidal bores and discover this ocean of energy’s true potential.

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#onpoli: Ontario’s troubled history with Indigenous blockades

Twenty-five years ago, Ontario Provincial Police shot and killed Dudley George, an unarmed Ojibwe man, when they moved in to break up a group of First Nations people who had occupied Ipperwash Provincial Park. Fallout from those 1995 events is still being felt today, and we look at how the province's history with Indigenous protests has shaped its response to the Tyendinaga blockade in eastern Ontario. Plus, hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss the Ontario Liberal leadership race.

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Whose law is it anyway? Part 4: The thin blue line between keeping the peace and enforcing it

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An OPP cruiser and two officers sit parked a short distance from the closed train tracks in Tyendinaga, near Belleville, on February 23. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

In his ongoing series about First Nations blockades across Canada and how Indigenous law plays into them, Matt Gurney speaks to retired OPP officer Alan Miller about the volatile interactions between police and protesters. “Sometimes when the OPP works with First Nations communities in these kinds of problems, we don’t view it as crowd control — we view it as hostage negotiating,” Miller says. “That’s how we try to work with people to bring something to a non-violent end.”

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June 24, 2001 — A reading by poet Anne Carson


Anne Carson, winner of the Griffin Prize for Poetry, reads from her 1992 poetry book, Short Talks, and her 2001 fictional essay, The Beauty of the Husband in this video from 2001.

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