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Speed limits will be raised on three stretches of Ontario highways this month as part of a road safety pilot. As of mid-September, it will be possible to drive at 110 km/h on Highway 402 from London to Sarnia; the QEW from St. Catharines to Hamilton; and Highway 417 from Ottawa to the Ontario/Quebec border. The program will last two years to see if raising the speed limit will change driver behaviour or affect road safety. But, with most motorists already driving around 120 km/h, critics are suggesting the pilot is a waste of resources and time.
Rights tribunal orders First Nation to re-admit banished woman
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that Sandy Lake First Nation, in northwestern Ontario, denied Angele Kamalatisit’s right to housing when it banished her in 2012. Tribunal member George Ulyatt found that Kamalatisit was forced to leave as retribution for her relationship with a man who was a political rival to the then-governing band council. Ulyatt also ordered that Sandy Lake pay Kamalatisit $20,000 plus interest for pain and suffering — the maximum allowed under the law.
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Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of a devastating pileup that left 87 vehicles mangled and burning along more than a kilometre of Highway 401 between Windsor and Chatham. The Windsor Star has a retrospective of the chain-reaction collision that left eight people dead and another 45 injured. Former Windsor fire chief Dave Fields described the scene as “endless destruction” and “like a hurricane.” Kirk Walstedt, a local resident who was one of the first to show up to help at the scene, says the sound of loud banging still transports him back to the accident. “I bore witness to things that people shouldn’t bear witness to,” says Bruce Krauter, who helped remove bodies from destroyed vehicles.
OPP launches its own true-crime series
In a world where Cops and Live PD are television mainstays, the Ontario Provincial Police has released its own take on true crime: Serial Instinct, a series of web videos detailing how the force has tracked down some of the province’s most notorious serial killers. The first instalment is a look at how mountains of data seized from cellphones and computers helped the OPP arrest Dellen Millard, currently serving 75 years in prison for murdering three people.
Between negotiating teacher contracts, changing class sizes, and rethinking aspects of the provincial curriculum, it’s been a busy summer for the Ontario government. Steve Paikin kicks off a new season of The Agenda by speaking with Education Minister Stephen Lecce about his ministry’s work this summer, and the school year to come.
Igor Kenk made headlines in 2008 when Toronto police seized more than 2,800 stolen bikes and thousands of bike parts found in his possession. Kenk was sentenced on drug and theft charges, his west-end Toronto storefront was shuttered, and the bikes were displayed in warehouses so the public could recover their stolen goods. Inside Kenk, a TVO Original documentary, visits Kenk 10 years later at his new home in Switzerland to talk about his past, his new life, and why he thinks the world hasn’t seen the last of him yet.
Former chief of staff Dean French is out, James Wallace is in, and this change seems to have made a world of difference for Ontario's Progressive Conservative government, writes Steve Paikin. “Backbench MPPs are no longer being dressed down or humiliated in front of their colleagues. The premier’s office seems less interested in promoting controversial wedge-issue policies designed to stir up its populist base,” he writes. “And the government has reconsidered some of its most unpopular and ill-conceived policy choices from its first year in power.” After doing a little digging around Queen’s Park, he has some thoughts about a shift in the way the Tories are doing business in the province.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: A renewed Ford government?
A late spring cabinet shuffle, unpleasant walk-backs on patronage appointments, and plummeting polls all contributed to a bruising first year in office for the Ontario government. The Agenda discusses what lessons Doug Ford and the PCs have learned and what Ontarians can expect from them. Next, Health Minister Christine Elliott talks to Steve Paikin about her government’s efforts to end so-called hallway medicine, and other health-care reforms.
10 p.m. — The Beginning and End of the Universe
Theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili takes us back in time to tackle the greatest question in science: how did the universe begin? Through a series of critical observations and recreations of experiments that revolutionized our understanding of the world, Al-Khalili unravels the cosmic mystery of science's creation story.
Waitlists. Public-private health care. Doctor training for remote areas. Some of the more challenging aspects of the Ontario health system pre-date the issues the current Ontario government is trying to address. In this 2001 episode of Your Health, host Maureen Taylor gets to the bottom of what was ailing the system at the time.