Transcript: Ontario Hubs: 2019 Outlook | Jan 04, 2019

Jeyan sits in the studio. He's is in his thirties, with short black hair and a trimmed beard. He's wearing a blue suit, white shirt, and striped blue tie.

A caption on screen reads "Ontario Hubs: 2019 outlook. Jeyan Jeganathan. @JeyanTVO. @theagenda."

Jeyan says 2018 WAS A BUSTLING
YEAR FOR TVO'S ONTARIO HUBS... A
YEAR OF GROWTH AS WE ADDED
EDITORS IN THE EAST AND
NORTHEASTERN PART OF THE
PROVINCE.
2019 ALSO PROMISES EXPANSION AND
MORE IN-DEPTH, LOCAL COVERAGE.
HERE TO GIVE US A PREVIEW OF
WHAT THEY'LL BE KEEPING THEIR
EYES ON, FROM OUR STUDIO AT
CONFEDERATION COLLEGE IN THUNDER
BAY, ONTARIO, JON THOMPSON IN
OUR NORTHWEST ONTARIO HUB.

Jon is in his thirties, with blond hair and a trimmed beard. He's wearing glasses, a gray plaid suit, and a blue shirt.

Jeyan continues FROM OUR STUDIO AT LAURENTIAN
UNIVERSITY IN SUDBURY, CLAUDE
SHARMA, COVERING THE NORTHEAST.

Claude is in his thirties, clean-shaven, with dark hair in a pompadour. He's wearing a gray suit, white shirt, and patterned purple tie.

Jeyan continues FROM OUR STUDIO AT WESTERN
UNIVERSITY IN LONDON, ONTARIO,
MARY BAXTER, IN OUR SOUTHWEST ONTARIO HUB.

Mary is in her forties, with shoulder-length wavy brown hair. She's wearing a black blazer over a pink shirt.

Jeyan continues AND FROM OUR STUDIO AT QUEEN'S
UNIVERSITY IN KINGSTON, ON,
DAVID ROCKNE CORRIGAN, COVERING EASTERN ONTARIO.

David is in his thirties, clean-shaven, with short curly brown hair. He's wearing a gray suit and a blue shirt.

Jeyan continues WELCOME TO THE SHOW.
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
HAPPY TO SEE YOU GUYS.
NOW LET'S START WITH THE FEDERAL
ELECTION, WHICH WILL BE HELD
OCTOBER 21 THIS YEAR.
DAVID, A LOT OF ACTION IN YOUR
NECK OF THE WOODS, IN OTTAWA.
WHAT ARE WE GOING TO BE KEEPING
AN EYE ON?

The caption changes to "David Rockne Corrigan. Eastern Ontario Hubs Editor."
Then, it changes again to "Federal election year."

David says SURE.
WELL, I MEAN, IT'S... WE'RE 10
MONTHS AWAY, BUT THE FEDERAL
ELECTION WILL CREEP UP ON US
QUICKLY.
YOU COULD SEE AT THE END OF LAST
YEAR A COUPLE OF ISSUES SORT OF
EMERGING FROM BOTH OF THE
PARTIES THAT YOU KNOW THAT THE
CONSERVATIVES WANT TO BE TALKING
ABOUT.
MIGRATION RIGHT NOW.
THE LIBERALS TALKED ABOUT A BIG
TOURISM POLICY THAT THEY'RE
HOPING TO UNVEIL.
SO THERE ARE GONNA BE SOME
ISSUES THAT ARE GONNA BE TALKED
ABOUT AS SOON AS WE ALL GET
GOING HERE IN THE NEW YEAR.
AND YOU KNOW, JUST A COUPLE OF
WEEKS AGO THERE WAS A BIT OF A
LITMUS TEST, IF YOU WILL.
WE HAD IN THE LEADS GRENVILLE
THOUSAND ISLANDS RIDEAU LAKES
RIDING, WHICH YES IF YOU ARE
WONDERING, THAT IS THE
LONGEST-NAMED RIDING IN THE
COUNTRY.
THERE WAS A BY-ELECTION THERE AT
THE START OF DECEMBER.
THE CONSERVATIVE MICHAEL BARRETT
WON WITH ABOUT 60 percent OF THE VOTE,
SO I MEAN, THE CONSERVATIVES CAN
USE THAT AND FIND A LOT OF GOOD
IN THAT.
IT HAS, THOUGH, BEEN A
CONSERVATIVE RIDING SINCE 2004.
THE LIBERALS WERE HOPING TO PUT
UP A BETTER SHOWING.
THEIR CANDIDATE, MARY JEAN
McFALL, WAS JOINED BY JUSTIN
TRUDEAU SORT OF IN THE LAST DAYS
OF THE CAMPAIGN, BUT THE
CONSERVATIVES HELD ON TO THAT
RIDING WHICH BELONGED TO THE
LATE GORD BROWN.
SO THERE ARE GOING TO BE A
COUPLE OF MORE BY-ELECTIONS
BEFORE THE ELECTION IN OCTOBER,
WE THINK.
SO IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN SORT OF
WHAT WILL HAPPEN.
I IMAGINE THAT THAT PARTICULAR
SEAT WILL REMAIN WITH THE
CONSERVATIVES, AND THEN OF
COURSE IN EASTERN ONTARIO WHERE
IN THE PROVINCIAL ELECTION WE
HAD TWO NDP VICTORIES, WE HAD IN
KINGSTON AND IN OTTAWA, WE KIND
OF WONDER HERE IF MAYBE ANY OF
THAT NDP SUPPORT MAY BLEED OVER
TO THE FEDERAL PARTY COME
OCTOBER.

Jeyan says SPEAKING OF
BY-ELECTIONS, CLAUDE, THERE'S
ONE HAPPENING IN BRITISH
COLUMBIA IN FEBRUARY THAT WE
WILL ALL BE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE
ON.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
THAT ONE?

The caption changes to "Claude Sharma. Northeast Ontario Hubs Editor."

Claude says WELL, THAT'S A RIDING,
BURNABY SOUTH, THAT NDP LEADER
JAGMEET SINGH WILL BE RUNNING
IN, WHICH IS KIND OF STRANGE,
BECAUSE HE'S FROM BRAMPTON, AND
RECENTLY THAT BRAMPTON RIDING,
BRAMPTON EAST, OPENED UP, BUT HE
HAS REMAINED COMMITTED TO RUN IN
THE BURNABY SOUTH RIDING.
AND HE WON THE LEADERSHIP OF THE
NDP BACK IN 2017, AND WHAT MAKES
THIS MORE INTERESTING FOR PEOPLE
IN NORTHEASTERN ONTARIO IS THAT
THE PERSON WHO PLACED SECOND WAS
TIMMINS JAMES BAY MP CHARLIE
ANGUS.
WELL BEHIND JAGMEET SINGH FOR
THAT SPOT, BUT 2017, MOMENTUM
WAS GOING IN FAVOUR OF THE
ORANGE.
2018, NOT SO MUCH.
NOT EXACTLY A BANNER YEAR, SO
WHAT HAPPENS IF HE DOESN'T WIN
THAT RIDING IN B.C.?
EVEN IF HE DOES WIN, THERE'S
STILL SOME SPECULATION THAT, YOU
KNOW WHAT, THE PARTY WON'T
EXACTLY BE BEHIND HIM.
SO WHO WILL THEY TURN TO NEXT?
WILL THEY TURN TO CHARLIE ANGUS
WHO HAS BEEN AN MP IN THAT AREA
FOR... SINCE 2004?
A VOICE FOR THE INDIGENOUS
PEOPLES.
DOES HE HAVE MOMENTUM ON HIS
SIDE?
HE'S LIKEABLE AND POPULAR.
THAT'S ONE THING I'LL DEFINITELY
BE FOLLOWING, HOW JAGMEET SINGH
DOES AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF
CHARLIE ANGUS COMES UP AND IS
MAYBE ONE OF THE DARK HORSES.
THAT COULD TAKE OVER THE
LEADERSHIP IF JAGMEET SINGH
DOESN'T RECEIVE THE BACKING FROM
HIS PARTY.

Jeyan says NOW, JON, THE FEDERAL
ELECTION WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT
IMPACT ON A LOT OF GROUPS,
INCLUDING FIRST NATIONS.
THUNDER BAY HAS THE BIGGEST
PROPORTION OF INDIGENOUS
RESIDENTS AMONG MAJOR CANADIAN
CITIES.
CAN YOU TELL US WHAT SOME OF
THOSE KEY ISSUES WILL BE AT
STAKE FOR THIS POPULATION IN
PARTICULAR?

The caption changes to "Jon Thompson. Northwest Ontario Hub Editor."

Now wearing glasses, Jon says WELL, I THINK IT'S NOT
CONTROVERSIAL TO SAY THAT THE
FEDERAL LIBERAL AMBITION OF
FIXING ALL BOIL WATER ADVISORIES
IN FIRST NATIONS OVER A PERIOD
OF FIVE YEARS WAS TOO AMBITIOUS.
THEY ARE SAYING THEY'RE NOT
GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.
THERE WAS A FRAMEWORK THAT THE
LIBERALS HAD HOPED TO WORK WITH
FIRST NATIONS TO GET DEVELOPMENT
AND RIGHTS FRAMEWORK MOVING
FORWARD.
ON NOVEMBER 14, ANISHINAABE
NATION WHICH REPRESENTS 49 FIRST
NATIONS IN THE FAR NORTH OF
ONTARIO MET IN THUNDER BAY, AND
THE CHIEFS UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO
ASK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO
CEASE THE FRAMEWORK DISCUSSIONS.
WITHIN AN HOUR, NEWS BROKE OUT
OF OTTAWA THAT THAT HAD, IN
FACT, HAPPENED.
SO THE GRAND CHIEF ALVIN FIDDLER
OF NAN HAS TOLD HIS CHIEFS TO
EXPECT THAT THE LIBERALS WILL
CONTINUE TO RULE CANADA.
THERE ARE THREE RIDINGS IN
NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO FEDERALLY.
THOSE ARE ALL HELD BY LIBERALS
NOW.

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Jeyan says NOW, MARY, I WANT TO
ASK YOU, SPEAKING OF OUR
LEADERS, OUR CURRENT ONES, PRIME
MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU SEEMS TO
BE PAYING A LOT OF ATTENTION TO
THE WINDSOR AREA.
WHY?

The caption changes to "Mary Baxter. Southwest Ontario Hub Editor."

Mary says YES, THAT'S REALLY
INTERESTING, AND IT CERTAINLY
GOT A NUMBER OF POLITICAL
OBSERVERS IN THE SOUTHWEST
REGION WONDERING WHAT'S GOING ON
HERE.
JUST TO RECAP A LITTLE BIT ABOUT
THAT, HE WAS IN WINDSOR ON
CANADA DAY, AND THEN HE WAS BACK
FOR ABOUT TWO DAY STINTS IN
OCTOBER WHICH, IF YOU LOOK AT
HIS ITINERARY, THAT'S ACTUALLY A
LOT OF TIME FOR A PRIME MINISTER
TO BE IN ONE PLACE THAT'S NOT
OTTAWA.
AT THAT TIME HE ALSO PROMISED
EVEN MORE VISITS BACK TO THAT
AREA.
AND SO WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE
SAYING ABOUT THAT IS THAT THE
LIBERALS ARE SEEING THIS
OBVIOUSLY AS AN OPPORTUNITY IN
THE UPCOMING ELECTION.
ALTHOUGH THE THREE RIDINGS THAT
MAKE UP ESSEX COUNTY AND WINDSOR
HAVE BEEN KIND OF THE HOME OF
THE NDP FOR THE LAST SEVERAL
YEARS, BEFORE THAT THEY WERE A
REAL POWERHOUSE FOR THE LIBERALS
FOR MANY YEARS.
ONE CAN'T FORGET THAT THE MARTIN
FAMILY WAS QUITE DOMINANT IN
WINDSOR FOR A LONG TIME.
PAUL MARTIN SR., WHO WAS A
FEDERAL POLITICIAN, TAUGHT AT
THE UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR.
HE TAUGHT POLITICAL SCIENCE FOR
YEARS AND YEARS THERE, AND THEN
OF COURSE OUR FORMER PRIME
MINISTER PAUL MARTIN WAS BORN IN
WINDSOR.
SO THERE'S A LOT OF SUPPORT IN
THE BACKGROUND FOR THE LIBERAL
PARTY, TRADITIONAL... IT'S A
TRADITIONAL PLACE WHERE THEY'VE
LOOKED FOR SUPPORT.
ALSO, THE REGION IS REALLY
STRATEGICALLY PLACED.
WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE WINDSOR AND
DETROIT BORDER, IT IS ACTUALLY
THE LARGEST OR THE MOST ACTIVE
AREA OR BORDER CROSSING IN NORTH
AMERICA WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE
VOLUME OF TRADES THAT GOES
ACROSS RIGHT NOW THE AMBASSADOR
BRIDGE, OF COURSE.
AND SO THERE'S... IT PLAYS QUITE
A KEY ROLE IN THE RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN CANADA AND THE UNITED
STATES.
I THINK ANOTHER THING TO KEEP IN
MIND IS THE BRIDGE BUILDING
PROJECT THAT IS FINALLY UNDER
WAY THERE.
A NEW BRIDGE TO CONNECT THE TWO
COUNTRIES AS WELL.
THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY IN THAT
REGION WHEN YOU LOOK AT JUST,
YOU KNOW, MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS
OF DOLLARS BEING SPENT TO BUILD
THE BRIDGE AND THAT WILL GO INTO
THE LOCAL ECONOMY.
SO THERE'S... PEOPLE THINK
FAVOURABLY, PERHAPS, ABOUT THE
LIBERAL PARTY, OR AN OPPORTUNITY
FOR THEM TO CONSIDER THEM MORE
FAVOURABLY AS WELL.

Jeyan says OKAY.
WELL, LET'S SHIFT GEARS TO GREEN
ENERGY.
THIS YEAR MARKS THE BEGINNING OF
THE NATIONAL CARBON TAX FOR
PROVINCES, LIKE ONTARIO, WHO
HAVEN'T ADOPTED A SYSTEM RIGHT NOW.
WHAT SORT OF CHANGES ARE GOING
TO BE... THAT YOU GUYS ARE GOING
TO BE TRACKING HEADING INTO 2019?

The caption changes to "Green energy."

Mary says OH, FOR SURE.
SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO PERHAPS HAS
BEEN CONSIDERABLY AFFECTED BY
THE PROVINCIAL CHANGE IN POLICY
IN TERMS OF GREEN ENERGY.
IT'S CERTAINLY A PLACE WHERE YOU
SEE A LOT OF WIND POWER
GENERATION AND SOLAR POWER
GENERATION, AND AS WE KNOW, THE
PROVINCIAL CONSERVATIVES HAVE
DECIDED NOT TO CONTINUE TO
PURSUE A POLICY TO SUPPORT THAT
KIND OF GREEN ENERGY.
BUT YOU KNOW, LOOKING BACK IN
THE PROVINCIAL CLIMATE CHANGE
PLAN, THERE WAS MENTION OF
SOMETHING ELSE, WHICH IS
RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS.
SO IT WAS JUST A VERY SMALL
MENTION IN THE PLAN, BUT WHEN
YOU LOOK NATIONALLY AS WELL, THE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS WORKING
TOWARDS A CLEAN FUEL STANDARD, A
NEW STANDARD, AND WE'VE KNOWN
FOR A LONG TIME OR FOR A LONG
TIME IT'S REQUIRED A CERTAIN
AMOUNT OF ETHANOL AND GAS, FOR
INSTANCE, OR RENEWABLES IN
DIESEL.
BUT THAT POLICY IS GOING TO
EXPAND TO INCLUDE OTHER TYPES OF
FUELS, SO THINGS LIKE NATURAL
GAS.
SO AN EXPECTATION THAT YOU'RE
GOING TO HAVE SOME SORT OF
RENEWABLE GAS ADDED INTO NATURAL
GAS.
SO YOU KNOW, THE WHOLE GREEN
ENERGY... PEOPLE THINK IT'S GONE
AWAY, BUT I'M WONDERING AND WILL
BE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE TO SEE IF
WE'RE GOING TO SEE A RISE OF
MORE OF A GREEN ENERGY MOVEMENT
IN THE NATURAL GAS SECTOR.

Jeyan says I WANT TO SWITCH TO
ANOTHER TOPIC, ANOTHER TOP
CONCERN FOR ONTARIANS: JOBS.
NOW, DAVID, THERE'S A NEW PLANT
THAT IS SET TO OPEN IN THE
REGION THAT HAS A LOT OF PEOPLE
TALKING.
TELL ME ABOUT THAT ONE.

The caption changes to "Where are the jobs?"

David says SURE.
I THINK YOU'RE REFERRING TO THE
INTERNATIONAL BABY FORMULA PLANT
THAT WILL BE OPENING IN KINGSTON
LATER THIS YEAR.
THEY ARE PLANNING FOR THE END OF
THE YEAR, BUT I'VE ACTUALLY
HEARD THAT THEY MAY BE AHEAD OF
SCHEDULE.
AND THIS IS A CHINESE COMPANY,
FEHEY INTERNATIONAL.
THEY ARE HERE, KNOWN AS ROYAL
CANADA MILK, AND THEY WILL BE
MAKING BABY FORMULA, 85 percent OF
WHICH WILL BE SHIPPED BACK TO
CHINA.
CHINA FAMOUSLY HAS HAD SOME
PROBLEMS WITH THEIR BABY
FORMULA, THE TAINTED BABY
FORMULA SCANDAL FROM A FEW YEARS
BACK, AND SO I THINK THIS IS A
MOVE FROM THEM TO BRING IN
CANADA MILK, SORT OF GIVE THEM
THAT CREDIBILITY.
AND THE PLAN FOR THIS PLANT IS
TO BE USING I THINK AT ITS
HEIGHT ABOUT 50 percent COW'S MILK AND
50 percent GOAT'S MILK.
AND WHEN THEY HAD FIRST SAID
THIS, THEY HAD PLANNED THAT THEY
WOULD BE USING BASICALLY ALL OF
CANADA'S GOAT'S MILK SUPPLY.
SO THEY'VE TAPERED THAT BACK A
BIT, BUT IT MEANS THAT THERE IS
A HUGE NEW MARKET FOR GOAT'S
MILK IN THE AREA.
SO I KNOW OF SOME PEOPLE THAT
ARE MAYBE FARMING IN OTHER
THINGS, OR NOT FARMING AT ALL,
WHO HAVE BEEN TEMPTED AND ARE
NOW STARTING THEIR OWN GOAT
FARMS.
SOMEONE I KNOW HAS 300 GOATS NOW
AND IS THINKING THAT THEY'LL
PROBABLY HAVE ABOUT 500 BY THE
END OF THE YEAR.
AND THEN OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF
YEARS, AS THAT GOAT'S MILK IS
NEEDED, THERE COULD BE SOME
SERIOUS WINNERS IN EASTERN
ONTARIO.

Jeyan says DEFINITELY BE LOOKING
AT THAT ONE FOR SURE.
NOW, MARY, I WANT TO LOOK AT ANY
PREDICTIONS YOU HAVE FOR SOME OF
THE INDUSTRIES THAT YOU EXPECT
MIGHT HAVE SOME OF THE BIGGEST
GROWTH IN SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO?

Mary says I WOULD SAY FOOD PROCESSING
IS WHERE I'D PLACE MY BETS.
WE'VE CERTAINLY SEEN
CONSIDERABLE GROWTH IN THE
SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO REGION,
JUST OVER THE PAST YEAR.
MAPLE LEAF FOODS, FOR INSTANCE,
HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT'S GOING TO
BE ESTABLISHING A VERY LARGE
PLANT IN LONDON, A POULTRY
PROCESSING PLANT.
AND I THINK THEY ARE PLANNING ON
EMPLOYING SOMETHING LIKE CLOSE
TO 1500 PEOPLE AT THIS PLANT.
AND WE'VE ALSO SEEN IN LONDON A
FAIR BIT OF EXPANSION AT
EXISTING FOOD PROCESSING PLANTS.
AND ONES THAT I PARTICULARLY
LIKE IS IN WALLACEBURG.
THERE WAS AN ANNOUNCEMENT
EARLY... SEVERAL MONTHS AGO NOW,
I GUESS, THAT THEY'RE BRINGING
PICKLE PROCESSING FACTORY THERE.
AND PICKLE PROCESSING, IT IS
SOMETHING THAT WAS ONCE ACTUALLY
QUITE WIDESPREAD IN ONTARIO.
THERE WAS A LOT OF THAT TYPE OF
ACTIVITY, BUT THE PLANTS KIND OF
CLOSED DOWN, BUT NOW WE'RE
SEEING A RETURN TO IT, SO THAT'S
REALLY EXCITING AS WELL.
SO FOOD PROCESSING, I WOULD SAY.

Jeyan says CLAUDE, WHAT'S THE
LARGEST PROJECT CITIES IN YOUR
REGION ARE VYING FOR THIS YEAR?

Claude says WELL, ONE CITY IS GOING TO BE
VERY HAPPY, THE OTHER ONE NOT SO
MUCH, AND THAT'S IN REGARDS TO
THE FAIR CHROME SMELTER THAT
WILL EITHER BE BUILT IN TIMMINS
OR IN SAULT STE. MARIE.
THE ORIGINAL LIST ALSO INCLUDED
SUDBURY AND THUNDER BAY, BUT
THEY DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT.
NOW THIS PLANT WILL BE SERVING
THE RING OF FIRE'S CHROMITE
MINING PROJECT IN THE JAMES BAY
LOWLANDS, AND... RESOURCES IS
THE DEVELOPER BEHIND THAT.
THEY WHITTLED DOWN THEIR LIST,
AND THERE WAS SOME TALK THAT
THEY WOULD ANNOUNCE WHICH CITY
WOULD HOST THE SMELTER SITE
PEGGED AT ABOUT 1 BILLION DOLLARS AT
THE END OF 2018, BUT THAT HASN'T
HAPPENED.
WITH THE NEW GOVERNMENT, THEY
ARE KIND OF WAITING A LITTLE BIT
MORE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS,
BUT WHOEVER LANDS THIS, GREAT
NEWS.
IT'S EXPECTED IN THE EARLY
STAGES 300 TO 350 JOBS FOR
EITHER SAULT STE. MARIE OR
TIMMINS.

Jeyan says JON, WE'RE GOING TO GO
HEAD OVER TO NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO.
SOME BIG CHANGES IN THE FORESTRY
INDUSTRY WITH REGULATIONS.
HOW DOES THAT CHANGE THE JOBS THERE?

Jon says THE FORESTRY INDUSTRY WAS
REALLY AN UNSUNG STORY OF 2018,
PARTLY BECAUSE IT HAPPENED SO
SLOWLY, BUT THE FORESTRY
COLLAPSE, THE HISTORIC COLLAPSE
THAT HAPPENED 10 OR 15 YEARS
AGO, HAS REBOUNDED.
AND SO SAWMILLS ARE BACK UP
ACROSS THE REGION.
AND WE'RE SEEING INVESTMENT BACK
IN FORESTRY, RESOLUTE WAS IN
THUNDER BAY IN THE FALL
ANNOUNCING 53.5 MILLION DOLLARS FOR ITS
MILLS IN
(UNINTELLIGBLE)
AND FORT WILLIAMS FIRST NATION, AND
THEY'VE ALREADY ADDED SHIFTS
THERE NOW.
PREMIER FORD WAS ALSO AT THAT
ANNOUNCEMENT, AND HE TALKED
ABOUT ONTARIO'S FORESTRY
STRATEGY, WHICH HAS BEEN UNDER
WAY FOR A NUMBER OF MONTHS.
CONSULTATIONS WILL CONTINUE INTO
THE SPRING, BUT WHAT HE SAID WAS
THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE
REMOVING ALL OF THE RED TAPE, HE
SAID.
IT'S GOING TO MAKE MORE WOOD
AVAILABLE, AND HE'S GOING TO
KNOCK DOWN ALL BARRIERS TO
FORESTRY.
AND THAT WILL HAVE VERY SERIOUS
ECOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC
CONSEQUENCES ACROSS NORTHWESTERN
ONTARIO, AND THAT STORY WILL BE
BIG THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

Jeyan says ANOTHER BIG STORY, BOMBARDIER.
THUNDER BAY'S LARGEST PRIVATE
SECTOR EMPLOYER, THEIR CONTRACT
IS SET TO EXPIRE.
ANY IMPLICATIONS FROM THAT?

The caption changes to "Jon Thompson, @JonSThompson."

Jon says WELL, IT'S UNCLEAR AT THIS TIME.
IT'S CERTAINLY SOMETHING WE'RE
GOING TO BE WATCHING VERY
CLOSELY.
IN 1984 THAT PLANT WAS DOWN TO
100 WORKERS.
DURING IN THE LATE '90S THEY
WERE DOWN TO 200.
BUT IT HAS STOOD FOR 106 YEARS,
AND THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN WORK
OF SOME KIND, SO OUR VIEWERS
WILL PROBABLY BE FAMILIAR WITH
THE LRT STORY AND GO TRAINS THAT
ARE COMING OUT OF THUNDER BAY.
SOME OF THOSE CONTRACTS HAVE
EXPERIENCED VERY SEVERE PROBLEMS
WHICH THE COMPANY AND THE UNION
HAVE SUGGESTED ARE RESULTING
FROM PROBLEMS IN MEXICAN
ASSEMBLY PLANTS.
AND SO THERE'S A SENSE AMONG
PARTICULARLY THE UNION THAT WE
COULD BE LOOKING AT BIG LAYOFFS
COME SPRING, AND SHOULD THE
WORST COME TO PASS, I MEAN, THIS
IS OVER 1200 PEOPLE, AND THAT'S
2, 3 percent OF THUNDER BAY'S ENTIRE
WORKING POPULATION.
THE REALLY INTERESTING ANGLE IS
THAT MAYOR BILL MORROW, THUNDER
BAY MAYOR BILL MORROW IS
FORMERLY A LIBERAL CABINET
MINISTER, AND HE TOOK A LOT OF
THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR BRINGING
THOSE JOBS TO THUNDER BAY WITH
BOMBARDIER.
AGAIN, SHOULD THE WORSE COME TO
PASS, HE WILL BE THE ONE HAVING
TO DEAL WITH THE FALLOUT.

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Jeyan says JON, I WANT TO STAY IN
THUNDER BAY FOR A MINUTE.
I WANT TO TALK ABOUT CRIME.
WE KNOW THE CITY HAS BEEN CALLED
THE MURDER CAPITAL OF CANADA,
HAS THE HIGHEST RATE OF HATE
CRIMES IN THE COUNTRY, AND JUST
A FEW WEEKS AGO, TWO MAJOR
REPORTS CAME OUT LOOKING AT AND
FINDING SERIOUS DEFICIENCIES IN
THUNDER BAY POLICE AND HOW THEY
DEAL WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLE.
HOW WILL THESE REPORTS AND
RECOMMENDATIONS KIND OF... HOW
WILL IT CHANGE HOW YOU KIND OF
OPERATE AND REPORT DOWN THERE?

The caption changes to "Eye on crime."

Jon says WELL, AGAIN, IT'S UNCLEAR AT
THIS TIME.
THE OCPC AND THE OIPRD REPORTS
CAME DOWN WITHIN DAYS IN
DECEMBER, AND THEY FOUND
SYSTEMIC RACISM INSTITUTIONALLY
RUNNING THROUGH THE THUNDER BAY
POLICE SERVICE.
THE OCPC REPORT LED BY SENATOR
MURRAY SINCLAIR THEN PUT AN
ADMINISTRATOR AT THE HEAD OF THE
THUNDER BAY POLICE SERVICES
BOARD WHO WILL BE MANAGING IT.
THAT PERSON SUGGESTED, HIS NAME
IS TOM LOCKWOOD, HE SUGGESTED
THAT THE BOARD COULD BE BACK IN
AT THE DRIVER'S SEAT BY THE END
OF FEBRUARY SHOULD ALL OF THE
TRAINING AND ALL OF THE
RESPONSIBILITIES GO FORWARD.
POLICE CHIEF SYLVIE HOSS SAYS THAT SHE IS MAKING A PLAN OVER
THE... IN JANUARY TO BE ABLE TO
ROLL OUT AS MANY OF THE
RECOMMENDATIONS AS SHE'S ABLE TO
DO.
SHE'S GOING TO SUBMIT THAT BACK
TO THE BOARD ONCE IT COMES INTO
POWER.
BUT THE ASSOCIATION, THE UNION
OF POLICE OFFICERS, HAS BEEN
FIRMLY REJECTING THE CONCEPT OF
RACISM, SYSTEMIC RACISM WITHIN
THEIR RANKS.
AND SO IT'S GOING TO BE VERY
INTERESTING TO SEE HOW SHE
MANAGES THAT AND HOW THE BOARD
ADMINISTRATOR MANAGES HER.

Jeyan says CLAUDE, WHILE NOT ON
THE SAME SCALE AS THUNDER BAY,
YOU'RE LOOKING INTO TWO
INQUIRIES, INTO TWO DEATHS IN
THE TIMMINS AREA.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THAT?

The caption changes to "Claude Sharma, @ClaudeSharma."

Claude says WELL, BACK IN FEBRUARY OF
2018, TWO MEMBERS OF THE FORT
ALBANY FIRST NATION, WHICH IS
ABOUT 400 KILOMETRES NORTH OF
TIMMINS, DIED IN THE SAME
WEEKEND IN TIMMINS WHILE IN
POLICE CUSTODY.
A 20-YEAR-OLD AND AN OLDER
WOMAN, SO THAT SPARKED OUTRAGE,
AND IT LED TO THE ONTARIO HUMAN
RIGHTS COMMISSIONER TO COME TO
TIMMINS ON A FACT-FINDING
MISSION TO SEE IF THERE IS ANY
RACISM THERE REGARDING
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, AND SHE SAID
AT THAT TIME WHAT SHE NOTICED
WAS TIMMINS CAN BE CONSIDERED...
THE RACISM THERE CAN BE
CONSIDERED PERVASIVE, ALMOST
NORMALIZED BECAUSE OF THOSE
DEATHS, AND EVEN NOT JUST THOSE
DEATHS.
SHE SAID SHE NOTICED IT IN THE
STREETS WHEN IT COMES TO
HOUSING, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER
DIFFERENT AREAS.
SHE MADE ANOTHER APPEARANCE
LATER ON WITH THE HUMAN RIGHTS
COMMISSION TO MAKE
RECOMMENDATIONS, AND THE CITY OF
TIMMINS KIND OF WAS PROACTIVE ON
THAT.
THEY ESTABLISHED INDIGENOUS
ADVISORY COMMITTEE THAT WAS THE
FORMER COUNCIL AND FORMER MAYOR
STEVE BLACK, BUT STILL, LOTS CAN
CHANGE WITH THESE TWO SIU
INVESTIGATIONS INTO THESE TWO
DEATHS.
SO WE KNOW THAT IT COULD BE THIS
YEAR, IT COULD BE A LITTLE BIT
LATER ON INTO THE YEAR.
WE KNOW EITHER WAY, REGARDLESS
OF THE FINDINGS, THERE WILL BE
OUTRAGE FROM THE COMMUNITY OR
FROM PEOPLE IN NEIGHBOURING
NEARBY FIRST NATIONS, AND
ESPECIALLY FORT ALBANY FIRST
NATION.

A screenshot from the TVO website pops up showing an article. It reads "tvo.org/current-affairs, Ontario Hubs, On-the-ground analysis of regional issues. Northeastern. How one Ontario town is tackling racism. By Claude Sharma."

Jeyan says NOW, MARY, LATE LAST
YEAR STATISTICS CANADA CAME OUT
WITH SOME NUMBERS ABOUT HATE
CRIMES IN SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO
THAT REVEALED SOME TROUBLING
TRENDS.
YOU HAVE A Q and A THAT'S BEEN
RELEASED THIS WEEK.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THAT?

The caption changes to "Mary Baxter, @MaryBWord."

Mary says WELL, I SPOKE TO BARBARA
PERRY WHO IS A HATE CRIMES
RESEARCHER ABOUT WHAT SOME OF
THESE STATISTICS MIGHT MEAN.
SO I... WHILE THEY WEREN'T AT
THE TOP OF THE COUNTRY'S LIST IN
TERMS OF THE RISE OF RATES, IN
PLACES LIKE GUELPH AND THE
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, WATERLOO
REGION, AND IN HAMILTON, THOSE
AREAS SAW SIGNIFICANT JUMPS IN
THEIR RATES.

A screenshot from the TVO website pops up showing an article. It reads "tvo.org/current-affairs, Ontario Hubs, On-the-ground analysis of regional issues. Southwestern. Why hate crimes are on the rise across Ontario. By Mary Baxter."

Mary continues AND SO AS I SAID, I TALKED TO
BARBARA PERRY TO TRY TO GET SOME
INSIGHT INTO WHAT'S HAPPENING
HERE IN SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO,
AND IT'S A PRETTY INTERESTING
CONVERSATION.
I THINK ONE OF THE INSIGHTS OR
ISSUES THAT WE TALKED ABOUT IS
BIKER GANGS AND FAR-RIGHT
GROUPS, AND ARE THERE ANY
SYNERGIES THERE IN CONNECTION
WITH THIS TOPIC.

Jeyan says NOW, DAVID AND CLAUDE,
AT THE END OF 2018 WE ALSO SAW
FRANCO-ONTARIANS FIGHT BACK
AGAINST THE PROVINCE'S FRENCH
SERVICES CUTS.
HOW HAS THAT BEEN PLAYING OUT IN
YOUR REGION?

The caption changes to "David Rockne Corrigan, @RockneCorrigan."
Then, it changes again to "Francophone plight."

David says YEAH, SURE, I'LL TAKE THAT
FIRST.
YOU KNOW, IT'S... IT CONTINUES
TO BE AN ISSUE.
AS WE SAW A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO,
THERE WAS AN MPP, AMANDA SIMARD,
IN GLENGARRY PRESCOTT RUSSELL
WHO LEFT THE PROGRESSIVE
CONSERVATIVE PARTY.
SHE NOW SITS AS AN INDEPENDENT,
AND YOU KNOW, SHE CONTINUES ON
HER SOCIAL MEDIA TO SUPPORT
FRANCOPHONE ONTARIANS.
AND SO THIS IS NOT... THIS IS
NOT A BATTLE THAT IS SEEMING TO
GO AWAY ANY TIME SOON.
PART OF THAT WAS THE
ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PCS THAT
THEY WOULD BE CUTTING FUNDING
FOR THE FRENCH UNIVERSITY THAT
WAS PLANNED FOR THE GTA.
THAT FUNDING IS SAID TO BE CUT
STARTING JANUARY 15, SO THAT
WILL BE PLAYING OUT OVER THE
NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.
THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF PEOPLE
THAT ARE UPSET ABOUT THAT.
THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAD BEEN
PLANNED BY THE PREVIOUS LIBERAL
GOVERNMENT, AND WE KNOW THAT THE
AFO, THE ASSEMBLY DE-LA
FRANCOPHONIE OF ONTARIO, THEY
HAVE RECENTLY HIRED LAWYERS.
THEY ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING AT
THEIR LEGAL AVENUES TO SEE WHAT
CAN BE DONE TO RECTIFY WHAT THEY
THINK IS AN ATTACK ON
FRANCO-ONTARIANS.

Jeyan says CLAUDE, I'M GOING TO
ASK A FOLLOW-UP ON THERE.
WHAT'S THE STATUS OF THE
FRANCOPHONE RESISTANCE HEADING
INTO 2019?

Claude says WELL, BECAUSE OF AFTER THE
ANNOUNCEMENT A NEW GROUP WAS
FORMED IN THE NIPISSING AREA,
THE NORTH BAY AREA, CALLED
RESISTANCE NIPISSING, AND THAT'S
A GROUP THAT CAME TOGETHER TO
VOICE THEIR CONCERNS OVER THE
CUTS, AND THEY HAVE HAD SEVERAL
MEETINGS.
AND WHAT THEY DID OVER THE
CHRISTMAS BREAK WAS THEY
ENCOURAGED PEOPLE IN TOWN AND
PEOPLE JUST OUTSIDE AND
FRANCOPHONE-SPEAKING AREAS TO
WRITE A WISH LIST TO THEIR MPPs.
ONE THING ON THAT WISH LIST WAS
THE REINSTATEMENT OF THAT
UNIVERSITY.
SO NOT AN E-MAIL, A HANDWRITTEN
LETTER.
AND THE THING TOO IS THAT KIND
OF THE FACE OF THESE CUTS WAS
NIPISSING MPP AND FINANCE
MINISTER VIC FEDELI WHO HAD A
REALLY GOOD RELATIONSHIP AND HAS
A REALLY GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH
THE FRANCOPHONES IN HIS AREA.
AS AN MPP, AND EVEN BEFORE THAT,
AS A MAYOR.
SO THEY WERE KIND OF SURPRISED
BY THAT, BUT AGAIN, IT'S NOT
SOMETHING TO SOLELY BE BLAMING
AT ALL ON VIC FEDELI.
YOU GOT TO THINK ABOUT THE
NORTHEAST TOO, THERE ARE MANY
CITIES AND TOWNS UP HERE WHERE
THE MOTHER TONGUE, MAJORITY IS
FRENCH.
YOU THINK OF KAPUSKASING, HURST,
COCHRANE.
SO THOSE CITIES, I SPOKE TO THE
MAYORS IN SOME OF THOSE CITIES,
AND THEY ARE REALLY UPSET WITH
THIS, AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE A
STRONG VOICE MOVING FORWARD.
YOU ALSO GOT TO THINK TOO, THE
FRANCO-ONTARIAN FLAG WAS CREATED
HERE IN SUDBURY, ACTUALLY HERE
WHERE I'M STANDING AT LAURENTIAN
UNIVERSITY, AND THERE'S LOTS OF
FRENCH MEDIA TOO THAT FEEL LIKE
THEY COULD BE IMPACTED BY THIS.
THERE'S FRENCH NEWSPAPERS HERE,
RADIO AND TV.
SO THEY'RE GOING TO BE MOVING
FORWARD.
THEY WANT THEIR VOICE TO BE
HEARD.
THEY'RE MAKING THESE WISH LISTS,
SO IT'S SOMETHING WE WILL
DEFINITELY BE FOLLOWING IN THE
NEW YEAR AS IT PROGRESSES.

Jeyan says NOW ON A LIGHTER AND
MORE LOCAL NOTE, DAVID, THERE'S
A SCHOOL SLATED TO CLOSE IN
KINGSTON THAT HAS A SPECIAL
CONNECTION NOT ONLY TO ONTARIANS
BUT TO YOU.
WHY WILL WE WILL HEARING ABOUT
THIS SCHOOL IN 2019?

The caption changes to "Local matters."

A picture shows a brick face school with a sign over the entrance that reads "225 years."

David says SURE.
AND YOU CALL IT A LIGHTER STORY.
IF YOU ASK MY MOM, SHE WOULD
DISAGREE, SO KINGSTON COLLEGIATE
AND VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE IS
SLATED FOR CLOSURE IN 2019.
IT IS KNOWN AS ONTARIO'S OLDEST
PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL.
I THINK IT'S ONE OF CANADA'S
OLDEST PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS.
IT WAS FOUNDED IN 1792, IF YOU
CAN IMAGINE, YOU KNOW, WELL
BEFORE CONFEDERATION.
IT BOASTS SOME ALUMNI LIKE SIR
JOHN A. MACDONALD, DON CHERRY,
EVERY MEMBER OF THE TRAGICALLY
HIP, SEVERAL MPs AND AUTHORS AND
MAYORS AND DAVID ROCKNE
CORRIGAN, THAT'S ME.
SO I ALSO GRADUATED FROM THIS
SCHOOL.
MY PARENTS WENT TO THIS SCHOOL.
YOU KNOW, IT IS A... I'M SITTING
HERE AT QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY.
IT'S JUST A BLOCK AWAY, SORT OF
ESSENTIALLY ON QUEEN'S
UNIVERSITY'S CAMPUS, AND YOU
KNOW, IT WAS A DECISION MADE A
COUPLE OF YEARS AGO BY THE LOCAL
SCHOOL BOARD.
IT WAS CONTROVERSIAL THEN, BUT
NOW THERE IS A NEW SCHOOL BEING
BUILT, SO MOST OF THIS IS BEHIND
US, BUT I KNOW THAT WHEN THAT
SCHOOL DOES OFFICIALLY CLOSE
LATER THIS YEAR THAT THERE
WILL... THERE WILL BE SOME
MEMORIES AND IF NOT A LITTLE BIT
OF, YOU KNOW... A LITTLE BIT OF
TEARS, PERHAPS.
SO THAT'S ONE THING THAT I'LL BE
WATCHING CERTAINLY LOCALLY HERE
IN KINGSTON.

Jeyan says JUST FYI, WE HEAR THAT
DAVID ROCKNE CORRIGAN GUY DOES
REALLY GOOD WORK.
JUST SAYING.

David says OH, OKAY.

Jeyan says NOW, MARY, WHAT IS
THIS ABOUT SELF-DRIVING SHUTTLES
THAT RESIDENTS IN LONDON MIGHT
BE SEEING IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

The caption changes to "Watch us anytime: tvo.org, Twitter: @theagenda, Facebook Live."

Mary says WELL, IF I... ONE OF THE CITY
COUNCILLORS, HIS NAME IS MICHAEL
VAN HOLS, HAS HIS WAY, HE WOULD
LIKE TO SEE THE CITY ADOPT
SELF-DRIVING SHUTTLE SERVICES.
THESE ARE BEING PILOTED NOW IN
EDMONTON AND ACTUALLY HAVE GONE
INTO SERVICE IN THE CITY IN
OHIO.
IN LONDON, WHAT TO DO ABOUT
RAPID TRANSIT HAS BEEN AN ISSUE
THAT HAS BEEN BURNING THROUGH
THE CITY FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW,
AND WAS CERTAINLY LAST YEAR A
KEY ISSUE IN THE MUNICIPAL
ELECTION.
AND SO THE NEW COUNCIL IS TRYING
TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MOVE AHEAD,
AND THEY WILL BE INVITING
SOMEONE TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT
SOME OF THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY TO
SEE IF THAT'S SOMETHING THAT
THEY SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR IN
THE FUTURE.

Jeyan says NOW, CLAUDE, YOU'RE
WORKING ON A UNIQUE STORY.
THAT SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING LIKE
A MOVIE COULD "ISLAND KEEPER."
ABOUT A TOWN WITH A POPULATION
OF ONE PERSON.
I HOPE THAT PERSON IS NOT YOU,
BY YOURSELF IN SUDBURY, BUT TELL
ME, WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW
ABOUT THAT?

Claude says MAYBE ONE DAY, JEYAN.
HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF COCKBURN
ISLAND, JEYAN?
PROBABLY NOT.
WELL, THIS IS A PLACE THAT IS
RIGHT BY MANITOULIN ISLAND.

A satellite map of Ontario homes in on Manitoulin Island, showing the location of Cockburn Island.

Claude continues THE LAST CENSUS SAID THE
POPULATION WAS ZERO, BUT, NO,
THERE IS AN ISLAND KEEPER THERE,
DARREN ROGERS.
I GOT TO SPEAK TO HIM RECENTLY,
AND HE IS THERE ON THIS ISLAND
FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE YEAR.
BY HIMSELF.
WITH HIS DOG MAX.

In a picture, Darren pets a black Labrador. He's in his forties, with a stubble.

Claude continues AND THE ONLY TIME PEOPLE DO COME
OVER IS THE ODD TIME DURING
HUNTING SEASON AND DURING THE
SUMMERTIME WHEN THE 80 OR SO
RESIDENTS COME AND MAKE IT THEIR
VACATION HOME.
SO I DO PLAN ON GOING ON THERE
OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS
OR SO, BUT I CAN'T GET THERE
RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I NEED TO TAKE
A SNOWMOBILE THERE, AND THE LAKE
HURON, THE NORTH CHANNEL, KIND
OF HAS TO FREEZE UP FIRST IN
ORDER FOR ME TO MAKE IT THERE IN
ONE PIECE.
SO THAT'S SOMETHING I'M REALLY
LOOKING FORWARD TO COVERING.

The caption changes to "Producer: Patricia Kozicka, @TrishKozicka."

Jeyan says WELL, LOOKS LIKE A LOT
TO LOOK FORWARD TO.
ALWAYS A PLEASURE, AND THIS YEAR
WE'LL ALSO BE LOOKING AT ADDING
A NEW PERSON TO THE TEAM.
WE'LL BE EXPANDING AND ADDING A
NEW INDIGENOUS EDITOR TO THE
HUB'S TEAM, SO LOOK FORWARD TO
THAT AS WE CARRY ON IN 2019.
AGAIN, ALWAYS A PLEASURE.
JON THOMPSON IN THUNDER BAY,
CLAUDE SHARMA JOINING US IN
SUDBURY, MARY JOINING US FROM
LONDON, AND DAVID ROCKNE
CORRIGAN FROM KINGSTON.
THANKS AGAIN, GUYS.

Jon says THANK YOU.

Jeyan says THANK YOU.

Jon says HAPPY NEW YEAR, JEYAN.

Mary says THANK YOU.

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