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Why Jagmeet Singh is the one to watch
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 22, 2019
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh takes part in the the federal leaders' French-language debate in Gatineau, Quebec, on October 10. (Chris Wattie/CP)



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A power utility involved in a Kitchener-based civil case has been granted permission to serve legal papers through Messenger, Facebook’s direct-messaging app. Lawyers for Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro asked to sue the owner of a vehicle that crashed into a hydro pole in 2015 through the app when they could not find any other way to reach him. Tara Vasdani, the first Canadian lawyer to serve a statement of claim over Instagram, tells the CBC that social media could soon play a “significant role” in the legal system as it becomes an increasingly important form of communication. “It’s going to be unavoidable,” she says.

First Nations treaty lawsuit begins second phase

A case to determine how much money the government owes the 21 First Nations party to the Robinson-Huron Treaty resumed in Sudbury on Tuesday. According to the Sudbury Star, in phase one of the lawsuit, Superior Court Justice Patricia Hennessy ruled the Crown had an obligation to increase monies going to the First Nations under the treaty “when economic circumstances warrant.” These new hearings will determine how much the First Nations are owed, and whether the province or the federal government is responsible for paying. The 21 Robinson-Huron chiefs say the annual $4 annuity per treaty member had not changed since 1874, 24 years after the treaty was signed.

Harry Potter campaign signs in London go viral 

When Wes Kinghorn created parody election campaign signs featuring characters from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, he was just trying to lighten the mood in his riding of London North Centre. But since the signs went up on Saturday, images of them that spread online have attracted media attention from as far away as New York City, the London Free Press reports. The signs include one for Hermione Granger, who is running for Dumbledore’s Army Ontario, and Lord Voldemort, whose campaign slogan is “There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.”

Ontario high school teachers to hold strike votes

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation announced it will schedule strike votes among its 60,000 members between Oct. 22 and Nov. 15. In a memo sent to members, the union said talks will continue, but so far negotiations with the government have gone nowhere.

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The Agenda: Your afterlife on the Internet

Who inherits your Twitter followers after you die? Who controls your Instagram profile or your online trading account? It’s not something that many of us want to think about, but author Sharon Hartung has researched this delicate online issue. She joins The Agenda to talk about her book, Your Digital Undertaker: Exploring Death in the Digital Age in Canada.

The Blue Realm: Shark Nation

Although some populations of shark species have declined by more than 90 per cent due to overfishing, there’s still one place in the world where they thrive: the Bahamas. In these southern Atlantic waters, they are fiercely protected and illegal to kill. This documentary follows “shark geek” Stuart Cove as he travels the archipelago to advocate for sharks.

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Why Jagmeet Singh is the one to watch

Seven years ago, Steve Paikin invited a rookie MPP named Jagmeet Singh out for lunch. His first impression of the man who would go on to lead the federal NDP? A charismatic guy with, admittedly, not much knowledge of the province’s political history.  A week before the federal election, Paikin reflects on what has changed. “Singh’s background had prepared him for the challenges he’s confronted in this campaign,” he writes. “His initial comments after the Trudeau scandal broke might have been his finest moments in public life. Rather than give the typical outraged, political, point-scoring speech (which Conservative leader Andrew Scheer did), Singh spoke right over Trudeau’s head, directly to people such as himself — those who had suffered similar racist indignities for years. It was heartfelt and moving.”

Why aren’t more farmers moving north?

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According to a new report funded by the Ontario government, common misconceptions about the north — that opportunities are scarce, the weather is harsh, and French is the predominant language — are preventing farmers from moving on up to the area.’s John Michael McGrath looks at how these regions are trying to combat those myths. “It’s not just cheaper land that could be enticing,” he writes. “The changing climate means that new crops are now economically sustainable in the region.”

Tonight on TVO

7 p.m. — Impossible Engineering: NASA’s Rocket to Mars

As NASA prepares for its next mission to Mars, it is developing and testing the most powerful rocket ever built. Learn about the Orion spacecraft, an engineering feat designed to sustain a team of astronauts for years as they travel into deep space. 

8 p.m. — The Agenda: A conversation about debt

The Agenda looks at why the country’s debt is scarcely being discussed in the election campaign, and the thing everyone seems to be talking about instead: the GDP gap. What is a GDP gap, and why is it important? Tonight’s panel of economists and financial journalists demystifies the concept and why it matters to voters today.

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September 1996 — The birds of North America

In this short Studio 2 documentary, former Toronto Star columnist and avian enthusiast Joey Slinger introduces viewers to birding. “Birds do everything in front of you,” he says, from courting to nesting to raising their young. “This, I think, is an awfully generous thing of nature to have done, to let us in on this kind of window of itself.” While birdwatching has grown steadily in popularity since the term was first recorded in print in the late 19th century, bird populations in this part of the world have declined drastically. One recent report says North America has lost as many as 3 billion birds since 1970.

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