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Counting up climate costs, writing Black histories, and a special screening of Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on June 5, 2019
Ontario Premier Doug Ford at a podium that says, Scrap the Carbon Tax
File photo of Ontario Premier Doug Ford. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

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Study argues Tory climate plan will cost Ontarians more than the carbon tax

The Ford government’s climate plan will eventually cost Ontario households more per year than the revenue-neutral federal carbon tax, according to a report by Canadians for Clean Prosperity and Environeconomics. “Ontario’s climate plan will cost provincial residents more for two reasons,” the environmental think-tank said in a statement accompanying the report. “First, it includes expensive regulations that will cost $80 per household by 2022; second, it will remove the federal carbon rebates that provide households a net benefit of $130 per year by 2022.” The provinces of Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and New Brunswick are all opposed to the federal policy, with Ontario and Saskatchewan fighting it in court.


Ottawa LRT delayed for fourth time

The consortium building Ottawa’s $2.1-billion light rail transit line is once again set to miss a deadline for a project originally slated for completion in May 2018. Ottawa city transportation general manager John Manconi said Rideau Transit Group’s current goal to have Ottawa Light Rail Transit ready by June 30 — the latest in a series of extensions — won’t be met. As of Tuesday, there is no new handover date.


Tories’ casual convenience store visits a heavily scripted affair

Global News has obtained a leaked email from Premier Doug Ford’s office that shows the extent of the coordination behind the Tories’ weekend Twitter campaign about bringing beer and wine to convenience stores. The social media push, which has received considerable backlash, featured photos of MPPs in corner stores, talking about how convenient it will be when alcohol is available for purchase in more places. According to the email, MPPs were instructed to pose at local stores and were given sample scripts for their tweets, such as “I support (NAME), owner of (STORE). I think it’s only fair that he/she should be allowed to sell beer and wine too!” Many Tories copied these scripts verbatim.



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Docs vs. Hollywood: Who tells stories better?


Everyone’s got an opinion on whether books tell stories better than movies. But what happens when a documentary gets adapted into a feature film for wide release? This week’s episode of On Docs has host Colin Ellis and producers Matthew O'Mara and Chantal Braganza comparing some beloved docs to the Hollywood versions they inspired.



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The Agenda: Esi Edugyan on writing Black histories

Esi Edugyan won this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize for Washington Black, her acclaimed novel about slavery and freedom. She talks to Nam Kiwanuka about how real snippets of Black history inform the stories she tells in her novels.


Arctic Secrets: Delta Discoveries

The Mackenzie Delta is an Arctic network of channels and islands at the mouth of the Mackenzie River, Canada’s longest river system. As a transition zone between ecosystems, from the boreal forest to the tundra, it’s a biological hotspot, and home to the ancestral lands of the Inuit. This documentary shows how the area is adapting to climate change.



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What the Beer Store fight reveals about Ontario’s political parties

TVO.org columnist John Michael McGrath delves into the politics behind the Progressive Conservative government’s decision to end the agreement with the Beer Store, ruminating on the difference between Conservative and Liberal mindsets and, ultimately, the characteristics of Ontario voters.



You're invited to a special screening

Nearly every form of media — from film to posters, print to architecture, television to social media — has been used to shape world views and persuade populations. Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies, a TVO Original documentary, explains the history of the form. It takes us back to the origins of public art in cave paintings, investigates what makes wartime art so powerful, and introduces us to the artists behind some of the most iconic contemporary images.

The film will premiere Wednesday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at the Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema at 506 Bloor St. W. in Toronto, and we’d love to see you there. An onstage conversation between filmmaker Larry Weinstein and Colin Ellis, host of TVO’s On Docs podcast, will follow the screening.

Click here to buy tickets. Newsletter subscribers get 50 per cent off with the promo code: TVOFRIEND.



Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — The Agenda: A critic on criticism

Wesley Morris is a critic-at-large for the New York Times, co-host of the blockbuster podcast Still Processing, and 2012 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for his work with the Boston Globe. He joins Nam Kiwanuka to talk about his approach to cultural commentary and the importance of evaluating art through a moral lens.


10 p.m. — The Beginning of the End of the Universe

How did the universe begin? It’s a question that scientists have been trying to answer for a very long time. Through a series of critical observations and recreations of experiments that revolutionized our understanding of the world, theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili unravels the cosmic mystery of science's creation story in the first episode of this two-part series.



From the archive


October 13, 1988 — How to Sell a Movie

Art versus commerce is an age-old debate. In this episode of Talking Film with Elwy Yost, directors Sydney Pollack, Robert Altman, John Milius, and Roger Corman discuss how much control they have over the marketing and advertising of their films, the importance of box-office returns, and what’s at stake for artists when too much attention is paid to profits. “If suddenly The Towering Inferno makes money and Earthquake makes money, then all the studios say, ‘Hey, we want to do those kinds of films.’” says Pollack. “If suddenly three movie-star films make a fortune, then everybody wants to make the movie-star film.”

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