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How to make election debates better
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jan 22, 2020
Steve Paikin reports on the future of the longstanding tradition of election leaders' debates. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)



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Ontario mulls letting developers hire private inspectors 

Queen’s Park is considering allowing developers to bypass city building inspectors in favour of private, certified engineers and architects. The idea is opposed by the City of Toronto and the Ontario Association of Architects. “The development industry may have pitched this to government as a cheap and simple way to get building approvals faster," the association says in a letter to the province. "As risk is transferred from municipalities to individual practitioners, the profession's liability would increase, and higher insurance costs would directly translate into higher building costs."

Revival of spring bear hunt renews years-long debate 

Early reaction to the province’s decision to permanently revive the spring bear hunt is mixed, reports. John Kaplanis of the Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen’s Alliance says his organization — along with tourism outfitters, northern municipalities, and rural landowners —supports the proposal. Barry MacKay of the Animal Alliance of Canada says that, since the province temporarily reopened the spring hunt as a pilot project in 2014, environmentalists have seen an increase in orphaned cubs dying young.

Officer who shot Sammy Yatim granted parole

Former Toronto police constable James Forcillo, who was convicted of attempted murder in the 2013 shooting of Sammy Yatim, was granted full parole Monday. The parole board noted his good behaviour and efforts to retrain himself for a new career. The board added it “carefully considered” the “devastating impact” Yatim’s death continues to have on his family

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The Agenda: The future of municipal finance 

As Ontario's municipalities prepare their annual budgets, differing philosophies emerge as to how growing cities should finance their futures. Benjamin Dachis of the C.D. Howe Institute; Enid Slack, of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy; and Toronto Star city hall reporter Jennifer Pagliaro discuss.

Political Blind Date: Season Three premiere 

The new season of TVO’s critically acclaimed series pairs Toronto councillor and budget chief Gary Crawford with former budget chief Shelley Carroll. They try to find consensus on how to manage the city’s finances during a shortfall. Crawford believes in finding efficiencies, while Carroll thinks new revenue-generating tools are needed to pay for the city’s growth.

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How to make election debates better, Part 2

How effective are leaders’ debates during election campaigns? Steve Paikin continues his reporting on the future of the longstanding tradition. In this instalment, he weighs the pros and cons of including all party leaders in the English-language debate.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Iran, Canada, and the Consequences 

While the Trudeau government assesses next steps after Flight 752 was shot down in Iran, The Agenda convenes a panel of foreign affairs experts to discuss the fallout from the international tragedy.

9 p.m. — The Art of Scandinavia: Once Upon a Time in Denmark 

Hans Christian Andersen has helped shape the way Denmark imagines itself. In this film, we see just how influential the Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, and The Emperor’s New Clothes have been, and how children’s stories can contain dark truths about Danish history, society, and politics.

From the archive

Jan. 24, 2001 — Ursula K. Le Guin 

Today marks two years since influential science-fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin died at the age of 88. In this episode of Imprint, Le Guin talks about her 2000 novel, The Telling, and about working in a male-dominated field. “It took a little nerve actually to put women at the centre of an adventure story,” she says, “because it hadn't been done very much. And a bunch of us were doing it and having a lot of fun doing it and finding that the readers were having fun joining us in doing it. So, our courage paid off.” 

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