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Perrault cautioned the issue is “complex,” and that it’s too soon to say what he would recommend if he felt a premier took things too far. Some legal experts say any attempt to regulate provincial interventions in the campaign could be unconstitutional.
Catholic teachers fume at proposed parking levy
Toronto Catholic District School Board teachers are furious that the board plans to charge them $10 a day to park in school lots, saying the move will amount to a “salary clawback.” The board is facing a $32 million deficit due to provincial funding cuts. “It was a choice between: On the backs of kids or on the backs of staff,” board chair Maria Rizzo told the Toronto Star. “And no one, no one felt good about it. No one wanted to make that decision.”
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If you live in Toronto, you've probably noticed construction for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT along the city’s east-west corridor. But did you know that this project is also enriching local communities? Ontario Hubs assistant editor H.G. Watson explains how community benefit agreements are changing the labour force of skilled trades, boosting the local economy, and giving people a say in major infrastructure projects.
The final report on national pharmacare, released Wednesday, calls for a system financed by the federal government and implemented by 2022. But, as John Michael McGrath explains, health care is delivered through the provinces — and with many of them now run by Conservative parties skeptical of policies that expand government spending, a national system won’t come about easily.
While global cooperation on the environment sometimes seems impossible these days, in 1987 the world proved it could be done. Chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, had ripped open a hole in the ozone layer that was quickly growing. Representatives from across the globe gathered in Canada to create the Montreal Protocol, an agreement to phase out CFCs. Members from the Canadian delegation, including former environment minister Tom McMillan and Green Party leader Elizabeth May, join The Agenda to discuss lessons learned and why achieving a global environmental consensus hasn’t happened since.
In 1975, eight farmers came together to create a locally-grown, fresh-food market just outside the little town of St. Jacobs in southwestern Ontario. It did so well that in 1987 a building went up to house the market. It has since grown to become Canada's largest year-round market, drawing more than a million visitors annually from all over the world.
For years, communities in northern Ontario dealt with a chronic shortage of doctors and had no medical school to fill the gap. That changed with the creation of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine 15 years ago. Its founding dean, Dr. Roger Strasser, now leaving the position, talks to Steve Paikin about what it took to establish a school that has gained world renown in the field of rural and remote medicine. And for a look at the school’s future, check out Northeastern Hub reporter Claude Sharma’s interview with Sarita Verma, NOSM’s newly-appointed dean.
In this Studio 2 segment, troops at CFB Petawawa reflect on the role of UN peacekeeping and their tour of duty in Croatia. Canada began its peacekeeping mission there in 1993 during the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. Sgt. Steve Gates recalls incidents when he and his fellow soldiers were almost seriously injured, and when a grenade detonated just metres away.