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Toronto’s transit plans still don’t make any sense
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Feb 04, 2020
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GTA mayors and police chiefs target gun violence

Mayors and police chiefs from across the GTA, along with Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, met in Toronto Tuesday to discuss solutions to growing gun violence across the region. Toronto Mayor John Tory told reporters following the meeting that much of the conversation dealt with how to better control weapons coming from the U.S. into Canada, according to CityNews. Tory said 80 per cent of guns seized in the GTA come from outside Canada. He called for closer collaboration between police and border officials.

To protect against coronavirus, skip the masks 

Stores in Ottawa are running out of surgical masks — and even painters’ masks — because of fear over the coronavirus, according to the Ottawa Citizen. But an infectious-disease specialist tells the Toronto Star that wearing a mask won’t offer much protection against the virus. “It seems like a mask is a right thing to do, but there’s no real reason to do that in the public right now,” Dr. Susy Hota of the University Health Network says.

Ontario activist and lawyer enters Conservative leadership race

Jim Karahalios says he’s running to be the next federal Conservative leader because frontrunners Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole are too far to the left politically, CTV reports. Calling MacKay and O’Toole members of the “red Tory wing,” the Cambridge lawyer wrote in an email that Tories “don’t need another career politician to lead our Conservative party to yet another defeat.” Karahalios made a name for himself in Ontario politics by challenging former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown over his support for a carbon tax and alleged irregularities in candidate-nomination meetings. Karahalios also filed a lawsuit late last year against the PCs, arguing “ballot stuffing” — the counting of unauthorized ballots — cost him the party presidency in 2018. He is the husband of Cambridge PC MPP Belinda Karahalios.

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The Agenda: Mistakes, bad decisions, and fallout

While mistakes come in both big and small sizes, nobody likes to pick the wrong course of action. The Agenda explores what goes into making bad decisions and what can help to avoid them.

How Indigenous beading is a lifeline for this artist

Brit Ellis of Toronto's Blu Hummingbird Beadwork shares her contemporary take on the traditional Indigenous art form of beading and how it has provided her with a cultural connection that has changed her life for the better.

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Toronto’s transit plans still don’t make any sense

people crowded on Toronto subway
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Queen’s Park columnist John Michael McGrath takes on the thorny issue of Toronto subways, why plans for them are consistently taken off course, and what population they really aim to serve — suburban or urban. He writes, “A real plan to deal with the city’s growth — one that focuses on areas where that growth is actually happening — would see lots of larger trains barrelling through the downtown core and smaller train sets serving the suburbs.”

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: How to age well 

Why do some people seem to age better than others? And what happens to the brain as people get older? Daniel Levitin explores these questions in his book, Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives, revealing along the way that old age, like infancy or adolescence, is its own unique period of development with distinct advantages. 

9 p.m. — The Art of Scandinavia 

In the final instalment of this series exploring the history of the Scandinavian esthetic, art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon takes viewers to Sweden, the home of IKEA and a tradition of innovative furniture design stretching back to the early years of the 20th century. Sweden has made its modern-democratic mission one of comfort and civilized living for the masses — but has it succeeded?

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August 24, 2002 — Where your voice is created 

Most people use their voice every day, but how many really know how the larynx creates sound? In this 2002 episode of Your Health, Dr. Paul Caldwell explains the intricate inner workings of vocal cords.

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