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Body armour for teachers, the On Docs podcast is back, and why times are getting tougher for Ontario Liberals
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on May 22, 2019
a person holding a photo of Colton Boushie
File photo of Colten Boushie (Liam Richards/CP)



Good morning, Ontario.

Here's what we're following

Province releases Indigenous curriculum before consulting with Indigenous partners

The Ministry of Education released a revised Indigenous curriculum for Ontario schools Tuesday, even though it hasn’t talked to its Indigenous partners on the project in nearly a year. The government relied on a series of consultations that took place before they were cut short last summer, and says it plans to meet with Indigenous stakeholders next month. Elaine Johnston of the Indigenous Trustees Council of the Ontario Public School Board Association says she doesn’t think the previous consultations were a waste, even if the government has been silent since then. “We need to build on [the previous consultations] or even reconvene them. So this is, I think, the discussion that needs to occur in June."

The latest school fashion: body armour

Teachers in Ottawa’s English-language school boards are being offered padded shirts and limb guards to protect them from violent students. About 45 people in the English public board, mostly educational assistants who help children with special needs and behaviour problems, already wear the equipment. The use of protective gear at schools is increasing steadily across the province, says Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions, which represents 55,000 educational assistants and other educators. “We’ve had it for a long time, but it’s just becoming more and more prevalent,” she told the Ottawa Citizen.

A look back at Toronto’s devastating ‘ninja storm’

The Toronto Star has launched a 16-part series about how climate change is already having “a deep, stunning, [and] often disturbing” impact across Canada. The first instalment chronicles the sudden, massive downpour that paralyzed downtown Toronto on Aug. 7, 2018  — and explains why the city still isn’t prepared for the next inevitable deluge.

Why Mayochup has left a bad taste in Moose Factory

How do you feel about mayonnaise mixed with ketchup? It turns out that Mayochup, the name of Kraft Heinz’s mashup condiment that hit Canadian store shelves this month, sounds like “s**t face” in some Cree dialects, particularly for speakers near Moose Factory. The company has acknowledged what it calls “an unfortunate translation” of the crowd-sourced name but says it won’t be changing it.

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On Docs: An Indigenous perspective on justice

On Docs, TVO’s podcast about documentaries and the stories they tell, is back this week! Season two begins with a conversation about nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, Tasha Hubbard’s affecting look at how the second-degree murder trial after the killing of Colten Boushie fits into a larger story about colonialism and intergenerational resistance in Canada. On Docs host Colin Ellis sat down with Hubbard and Jade Tootoosis, Boushie’s cousin, to speak about the making of the documentary.  “The doc is a moving look at Colten’s family’s search for justice following his death in 2016,” he says. “I was humbled to have interviewed both Tasha and Jade and to have them share their views on the trial, racism, Indigenous resistance, and lots more. I hope you enjoy it.” Catch the season premiere of On Docs on your favourite podcast app or on

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George Smitherman: An unconventional politician

Veteran politician George Smitherman talks to Steve Paikin about his accomplishments and missteps during his days as the province’s minister of health, as deputy premier, and as a candidate for the Toronto mayor’s office. He documents it all — including his reputation as a “terrible boss” — in his memoir, Unconventional Candour.

Arctic Secrets: Land of Extremes

The Arctic encompasses more than 14 million square kilometres of land, water, and ice — environments that are home to unforgettable landscapes and hardy creatures that can withstand the harshest of temperatures. This series looks at how the Arctic’s ecosystems and its wildlife are adapting to the effects of climate change.

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Times are tough, and getting tougher, for Ontario’s Liberals

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MPPs Nathalie Des Rosiers (third from left) and Marie-France Lalonde (fourth from right), pictured here with members of the Liberals’ caucus and executive council. (

The Ontario Liberal Party lost its official party status in last year’s provincial election. Now, with only seven members of its caucus in government, MPPs Marie-France Lalonde and Nathalie Des Rosiers have announced they are leaving. Steve Paikin writes about the uphill battle this creates for the party, and how the winds of fortune might turn after the fall federal election if some Liberal MPs lose their seats and move to provincial politics. “There’s no way to sugar-coat this,” Paikin writes. “The loss of two fluently bilingual and talented women — both of whom, at one point, had been mulling a jump into the race to lead the party — is a significant blow to the Liberals.”

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Untold stories of the Tailor Project

After surviving the Holocaust, approximately 2,500 Jewish tailors and their families migrated to Canada in 1948 and 1949 through what was known as the Garment Workers Scheme. The Tailor Project is an initiative that preserves their stories and experiences. Tonight, The Agenda discusses its goals, and what lessons the post-war scheme can offer to Canada’s current efforts to welcome and settle refugees.

9 p.m. — Stronger Than a Bullet

Director Maryam Ebrahimi’s documentary follows photographer Saeid Sadeghi as he revisits the zones of the Iran-Iraq war, where his images immortalized soldiers on their way to combat in the 1980s. At the time, Sadeghi was a staunch supporter of the Iranian Revolution, but throughout this film he reveals his remorse about how his photos were used as potent propaganda for the movement.

From the archive

August 31, 2000 — Nikola Tesla

This episode of Blast from the Past looks at the pioneering electrical engineer Nikola Tesla, a Serbian- American who invented the alternating-current system that powers most of the household appliances we use today. His career took him to Thomas Edison’s Edison Machine Works, Western Union, and Westinghouse, where he worked on perfecting his idea that alternating-current electricity was more efficient than Edison’s direct-current invention. His rivalry with Edison loomed so large that they were rumoured to have turned down the 1915 Nobel Prize for physics when they found out they’d be sharing it. Tesla died in 1943.