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What the federal election will mean for Ontario
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 23, 2019
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Voters in Kitchener–Conestoga had to wait until late Tuesday morning for election results. (twitter.com/votetimlouis)

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Kitchener–Conestoga goes Liberal after vote-count delay

While victors were declared in Ontario’s other 120 ridings on Monday night, voters in Kitchener–Conestoga had to wait until late Tuesday morning to find out that Liberal Tim Louis had narrowly defeated incumbent Conservative Harold Albrecht for that seat. Why the delay? An official with Elections Canada told the CBC that one or more deputy returning officers accidentally took home paperwork needed to complete the count. Oops!


New Brunswick premier declares end to carbon tax fight

Progressive Conservative Premier Blaine Higgs told reporters that Monday’s election result suggests voters have spoken on the federal carbon tax and that he will look at crafting a made-in-New Brunswick carbon price that complies with the Trudeau government’s climate plan. Ontario Premier Doug Ford indicated in August that he would reconsider his battle against the carbon tax if the Liberals won the election. So far, Ford has not officially announced any change in strategy.


OMA head says treatment contracts can help prevent opioid addiction

Ontario Medical Association president Dr. Sohail Gandhi tells the Sault Star that pacts between a physician and patient regarding the prescription of opioids can reduce the odds of the patient becoming addicted to the painkillers. The agreements, which Gandhi has used in his own practice, can spell out how many pills a doctor will prescribe each week and include a promise by the patient not to take any other drugs. “It gives a certain authority saying, ‘You know, if you do this, you’re not getting any more,’” he says. “It creates a commitment on both parts.”



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The Agenda: Regional Ontario and the election outcome 

Our Ontario Hub reporters check in with Jeyan Jeganathan about how the outcome of the federal election is likely to affect small cities, towns, rural areas, and remote regions around the province.


The Blue Realm: Deep White

How do scuba divers get close enough to observe great white sharks? For decades, photographers have captured dramatic shots by baiting sharks with food. This documentary looks at the practice, known as chumming, and how an increase in shark attacks is prompting many countries to ban it.



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What the federal election will mean for policy — and for Ontario


Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau
(Valerie Blum/EPA/CP)

Queen’s Park columnist John Michael McGrath evaluates what a Liberal minority government will likely mean for Ontario, from climate change policy to housing to pharmacare.


Should Doug Ford have been out there after all?


Andrew Scheer
(David  Stobbe/EPA/CP)

The federal Tories failed to make inroads in Ontario this election. Could involving Premier Doug Ford in their campaign, instead of asking him to take a back seat, have boosted their chances? “Maybe not in downtown Toronto,” writes Steve Paikin. “But, given how poorly the Conservative party fared in parts of Ontario where they should have shown better (Ajax, Aurora, Brampton, Burlington, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Uxbridge, Whitby), it’s reasonable to ask whether hiding Ford was smart strategy.”



Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — The Agenda: Can Toronto’s housing crisis be solved?

As the temperature continues to drop, homeless shelters across Ontario are facing an influx of people at their doors. Last winter, many shelters were at capacity. For former Toronto chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat, the key to solving homelessness lies in not just focusing on the immediate problem but addressing the housing market as a whole. She joins The Agenda to share her thoughts about how to solve Toronto’s housing crisis. 


10 p.m. — The Truth About Getting Fit

What’s the least exercise you can do and still live a long, healthy life? Medical journalist Michael Mosley teams up with researchers to explore ultra-efficient ways of getting fit. Can just two minutes of exercise a week make you fitter? Are heavy or light weights better for building muscle? The answers might transform the way you think about exercise.



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October 1994 — Michael Ignatieff on nationalism

In this 1994 Studio 2 interview, Steve Paikin talks with author Michael Ignatieff about Blood and Belonging, his book on the realities of nationalism, and when it does and doesn’t work. “For example,” Ignatieff says, “I don't think it’ll work in Quebec. I think in the end, faced with a choice…pragmatically, cautiously, perhaps even cynically, Quebecers will decide for the civic rather than the nationalist argument.” His theory proved true — by a slight margin — in a referendum a year later, when a little more than 50 per cent of Quebec voters decided against forming a sovereign government. Another decade later, Ignatieff entered politics, becoming first a Liberal MP in 2006, then leader of the Liberal party from 2009 to 2011 until he lost his Etobicoke–Lakeshore seat. He is currently the president of Central European University in Budapest.

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