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Elizabeth May on stepping aside as leader of the Greens
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Nov 15, 2019
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Home-care agencies want more powers to help end hallway medicine 

Home Care Ontario says its members could do much more to help overburdened hospitals if the province allowed them to perform more health-care services, the CBC reports. The organization argues in a new policy paper that several types of treatment, such as mental health intervention, enhanced palliative care, and certain forms of chemotherapy, can be offered at home. The paper comes shortly before the government is expected to unveil the first of its new Ontario Health Teams, which will merge hospitals, home-care agencies, and long-term care facilities in an effort to streamline care delivery.

Breast cancer patients face shortage of key drug 

A country-wide shortage of a drug commonly prescribed to treat breast cancer may last until January, the Ottawa Citizen reports. About 9,000 Ontarians receive tamoxifen through the province’s public drug plan, and many more not on the public plan are prescribed the medication. Dr. Leta Forbes of Cancer Care Ontario suggests that patients unable to fill prescriptions should contact their doctor to find a suitable alternative until the shortage is over. Meanwhile, Health Canada has been reaching out to new manufacturers after two of the three suppliers to Canada experienced production problems.

Team finds ‘lack of priority’ in missing person cases 

A review group formed following the arrest of Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur says missing person cases have been a chronically low priority both for the Toronto Police Service and elsewhere. Mark Sandler, lawyer for the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations, told the Toronto Star that national research on missing persons is also lacking. “There’s a lot more that has to be done, and it will undoubtedly form part of our recommendations,” he said. McArthur pleaded guilty in January to first-degree murder in the deaths of eight men from 2010 to 2017. He was questioned by police after his first three victims went missing but was released and continued to kill.

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The Agenda: Elizabeth May on her legacy of leading the Greens 

Earlier this month, Elizabeth May stepped down as leader of the Green Party of Canada after 13 years at its helm. She talks to Steve Paikin about why she believes this was the right moment to move on. Beyond a promise she made to her daughter that the 2019 campaign would be her last, she says she sees several people in the party with the talent and potential to take over the federal Greens. “The party will do better with new leadership, with the novelty of someone new for people to get to know,” she says. 

Striking Balance: Mont Saint-Hilaire

This documentary series profiles the breathtaking natural beauty of Canada’s biosphere reserves. In this episode, visit the old-growth forest and pristine glacial lake of Quebec's towering Mont Saint-Hilaire. This reserve is cherished by the communities that surround it, even as unchecked residential development threatens the ecological well-being of the mountain they love.

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Why the NDP was such a bust in Ontario in the 2019 election 

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File photo of Jagmeet Singh (Daryll Dyck/CP)

Dwindling funds, a party divided over Jagmeet Singh’s leadership, and campaign momentum that came too late all conspired to give the New Democratic Party a poor showing in last month’s federal election, especially in Ontario. Steve Paikin reflects on what went wrong — and what should have gone right.

Why Conservatives should get behind bigger government 

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Could expanding the role of government advance conservative principles? Political columnist John Michael McGrath believes the answer is yes, especially when it comes to child care, housing, and climate change. “Conservatives may not be able to talk themselves into subsidizing social housing,” he writes, “but the simple fact is that Canada built a truly historic number of new homes in the 1970s and 1980s, when housing was being subsidized directly or indirectly through either favourable tax treatment or lavish spending on new infrastructure.”

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8 p.m. — The Agenda: Salman Rushdie’s quixotic tale

Few writers would have the confidence to reimagine Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, often referred to as the first modern novel. But there are few writers like Salman Rushdie. His latest book, Quichotte, takes readers on an equally epic journey, exploring the dilemmas of a world that has lost its grip on the truth.

9 p.m. — The Man Who Saved the Louvre 

At the dawn of World War II, a resistance group embarked on a daring mission to rescue masterpieces from the Louvre Museum in Paris and keep them away from the Nazis. Jacques Jaujard, the museum’s director at the time, led the operation using his knowledge of the system to preserve the priceless works. The film combines interviews and rare footage to reveal this little-known chapter of history. 

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