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Cabinet shuffle rumours, millennial teeth, and the next chapter in Toronto’s council size saga
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on June 10, 2019
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Today and tomorrow, the Ontario Court of Appeal will hear the provincial government make its case that The Better Local Government Act is constitutional.(iStock.com/AndresGarciaM)

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Ontario’s battle over Toronto’s council size gets its day in court

Thought the fight over how many city councillors Toronto should have is over? It’s not over. Today and tomorrow, the Ontario Court of Appeal will hear the provincial government make its case that The Better Local Government Act is constitutional. Last fall, the same court effectively allowed Queen’s Park to shrink Toronto council from 47 seats to 25 by staying (suspending) a judge’s previous ruling that the bill violated the Constitution. But the court hasn’t yet issued an actual opinion on the case, hence this week’s hearing. Mayor John Tory said he hopes the justices will strike down the law, but his legal advisers suggest the province is likely to win the case.


Cabinet shuffle this week? 

While nothing’s been confirmed, a number of Queen’s Park reporters are speculating that Premier Doug Ford is about to change his lineup of ministers. “The government is anxious for a sophomore reset,” the Toronto Star’s Robert Benzie wrote on Twitter. John Michael McGrath, TVO.org’s Queen’s Park reporter, thinks that if a shuffle does happen, the more interesting question than who’s moving up is who’s being moved out. “Premier Ford doesn't have to rely on the more experienced MPPs anymore: everyone's been at work for a year now and there's lots of back-benchers to choose from,” he says. “Most interesting of all will be who among the current cabinet is demoted to make room for new faces."


Province to make companies pay for recycling

The garbage collection on your street this week may not look all that different, but Ontario is planning a major change to who foots the bill. According to the Globe and Mail, the government wants to force companies that produce the plastics that end up in blue bins to pay the full cost of recycling them — a concept known as extended producer responsibility. It’s believed this move would save Ontario cities $175 million annually. Currently, British Columbia is the only province with EPR in place.



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Employable Me: Episode 5

Blinded in two separate accidents in his home country of Jamaica, Gavin has thrived in the academic world of music and athletics since moving to Canada. Now he wants to see if he can succeed in a professional setting. Meanwhile, Lucia longs to make a difference in the world and hopes to find a workplace that will not judge the physical and verbal tics that her Tourette syndrome causes.


How to Prepare for Prison 

Filmed over three years, this documentary goes into the offices of lawyers and judges, and into the homes of ordinary citizens as they prepare for their first prison sentence. It captures their feelings of fear, regret, defiance, and hopes for redemption as they await judgment.



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Why millennials are worried about their teeth

As the labour force increasingly moves to the gig economy, many paid employees in Ontario don’t have medical or dental benefits. “The College of Dental Hygienists estimates that between 2 million and 3 million Ontarians have not seen a dentist in the past year, mainly due to cost,” writes Eastern Ontario Hub reporter David Rockne Corrigan. “According to a report released in March by the Ontario Oral Health Alliance, many of those people wind up seeking treatment in emergency rooms or physicians’ offices instead.” He talks to Ontarians and health-care professionals about their growing concerns.



Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — The Agenda: John Moore, back on the air

For almost 10 years, thousands of people in southern Ontario woke up to John Moore’s familiar voice on Newstalk 1010 Radio. But recently, and for several weeks, that voice was absent. What regular listeners didn’t know at the time was that Moore had been dealing with anxiety issues from years of accumulated job-related stress, triggered by his concern over his father’s failing health. Moore talks to Steve Paikin about what he learned as he took time out to improve his mental health.


10 p.m. — Rise of the Continents: Australia

Once part of a huge landmass called Gondwana, Australia parted ways with Antarctica and moved north toward a warmer climate, forcing its life forms to adapt in unique ways. Geologist Iain Stewart uncovers the mysterious geological history of Australia and shows how its journey as a continent has affected everything from Aboriginal history to modern-day mining.



From the archive


December 14, 1994 — A chat with Mordecai Richler

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One of Canada’s most decorated writers had a reputation of being difficult to interview. That’s more than apparent in this Studio 2 segment, where Steve Paikin tries to get a prickly Mordecai Richler to open up about his views on Israel and Palestine — the topic of his memoir, This Year in Jerusalem.

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