Paul Manly made history Tuesday when he became the first Green Party candidate not named Elizabeth May to be elected as a federal MP. Manly’s byelection victory in the B.C. riding of Nanaimo–Ladysmith has politicos wondering what it says about the general mood heading into a fall election. “Voters want politicians to take the climate emergency seriously,” a thrilled Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner tweeted following Manly’s win. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed. CBC polling analyst Éric Grenier also notes that the win could spell trouble for the NDP and Liberals if it’s a sign the parties are losing progressive voters to the Green banner.
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Joshua M. Ferguson became an accidental pioneer in LGBTQ advocacy in 2018 after being the first person in Ontario to have an X, a non-binary designation, on their birth certificate. Ferguson talked to Nam Kiwanuka this week about Me, Myself, They: Life Beyond Binary, their new book about the journey to understand their “hybrid” gender identity, which they describe as “part man, part woman, part something else — beyond what simple language can capture.”
“People like Ferguson have been through so much bullying, harassment, sometimes assault and trauma in just trying to live their lives comfortably in their own skin,” says TVO’s Carla Lucchetta, who produced the segment. “I think it’s important to shine a light on what may one day not be considered such an alternative life.” Watch for Ferguson’s interview in an upcoming segment of The Agenda In the Summer.
While goat farming has deep roots in southwestern Ontario, the eastern part of the province is quickly becoming home to more of the animals as demand for goat’s milk is expected to increase. TVO.org’s David Rockne Corrigan reports on one Indigenous community that sees goat farming as a potential for profit — and a return to traditional practices.
Last week, veteran NHLer and former Toronto MP Red Kelly died at the age of 91. Ontario historian Jamie Bradburn chronicles Kelly’s life through his career, before and after hockey and politics.
The Agenda: The cost of Ontario's funding cuts
The Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario — an organization with the mandate to support strong urban governments — has referred to the Progressive Conservative government’s funding cuts as “downloading by stealth.” The Agenda looks at how municipalities might grapple with funding changes to public services that range from public-health authorities to child care, library services, and flood management.
This 12-part series captures the lives of small animals in a big city. In this episode, Toronto Wildlife Centre's rescue crew teams up with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to catch a coyote with mange, a mite infestation that can transfer to humans. Baby cedar waxwings also fill up the aviaries, forcing the rehabilitation team to work around the clock to keep up with their feeding demands.
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If hockey is Canada’s game, Willie O’Ree is a trailblazer who should be a household name. In 1958, he became the first Black hockey player to hit the ice in an NHL game — wearing a Boston Bruins uniform at the fabled Montreal Forum against the Canadiens. The new documentary, Willie, chronicles what it took to break the colour barrier more than 60 years ago. The Agenda welcomes director Laurence Mathieu-Leger to talk about the film.
10 p.m. Breakthrough: The Age of Aging
Canadians have a lifespan that reaches into the eighties, and older individuals occupy a growing demographic in the country. But living longer doesn’t necessarily mean living healthier. This documentary features a group of pioneering researchers dedicated to extending the healthy years of our longer lifespans. They believe they have the knowledge to identify and slow the mechanisms of aging, and are working to change not only the way diseases of aging are treated, but the way society thinks of longevity.
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Canadian philosopher, humanitarian, and Catholic theologian Jean Vanier died yesterday at the age of 90. A champion for accessibility and rights of the developmentally disabled worldwide, Vanier founded L’Arche in 1964, a charity that helps people with developmental disabilities live as citizens of their communities.
TVO’s 2015 Short Doc Contest winner Rostyk Makushak profiled members of L’Arche Ottawa for his video entry, Para Normal. These interviews ask the viewer to rethink what they consider to be normal — and the “normal” things they take for granted.