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Financial watchdog concerned about Ontario’s credit rating
The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario is warning that the government’s credit rating could drop if economic-growth projections fall short. “The government’s budget plan depends heavily on sustained economic growth and success in limiting spending,” the FAO says in a new report. “An economic downturn or a significant departure from current spending plans could lead to a deterioration in Ontario’s credit health.” Currently, Moody’s, Fitch, and DBRS give Ontario a credit rating of AA-, while Standard & Poor’s gives the province an A+.
Ontario Place put on global watch list
World Monuments Watch has put Ontario Place on its global list of 25 at-risk cultural heritage sites, which also includes Easter Island, Notre-Dame cathedral, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The New York-based organization states on its website that it included Ontario Place on the list because of its uncertain future: “The Ontario government now seeks to offer a long-term lease to the site, with little care for maintaining the heritage values associated with Ontario Place, and without public consultation that would allow citizens’ voices to be heard.”
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The October 31 deadline for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union has been extended, and British prime minister Boris Johnson’s hopes for a general election have been foiled. The Agenda welcomes Oonagh Fitzgerald, international law director at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, to discuss the latest in the Brexit saga.
Forests are among the world’s most significant sources of food, medicine, and oxygen. Scientist and author Diana Beresford-Kroeger explores humanity’s profound biological and spiritual connection with trees — and meets people who are helping to replant, restore, and protect the last of Earth’s great ancient forests.
Renewed talks of Quebec separatism. Western Canadian alienation. Controversy over pipelines and carbon taxes. The federal election highlighted many of the political divides that exist within Canada. In this episode of the #onpoli podcast, co-hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath answer questions from Ryerson University students about the election results — and about what comes next for Justin Trudeau’s minority government.
A century after the birth of Pierre Trudeau, Steve Paikin writes about what went on behind the scenes when the prime minister was working to repatriate the Constitution — including Trudeau’s efforts to ensure that Margaret Thatcher, the British PM, was on board. Paikin writes that Thatcher couldn’t make it to the signing ceremony in Ottawa because she “was preoccupied with a major foreign-policy crisis that had just unfolded on her watch.” That crisis? The Falklands War.
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Adoption options
For many years, Canadian families have adopted children from China and other countries. But as a result of changes to China’s one-child policy and of other global efforts to keep children in their countries of birth, international adoptions by Canadians have plummeted. The Agenda discusses what options are available to those families who wish to adopt children from other countries.
10 p.m. — Breakthrough: Decoding the Brain
Three pounds of tissue that somehow interprets all the joys and sorrows of the human experience: our brains are among the most complex objects in the known universe. After millennia of speculation about what goes on inside our heads, we now have the resources to explore its deepest reaches. This documentary looks at the contemporary tools that are shedding light on the mystery of consciousness.