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The future of Canada’s universities, saving an endangered language on Twitter, and how to write a viral hit
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on June 12, 2019
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,Canada has banned the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity. (iStock.com)

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Whales still at Marineland despite Canadian ban

In legislation passed this week, Canada has banned the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity. Activists have argued for years that cetaceans — whales, dolphins, and porpoises — require open space that only oceans can provide. For the time being, belugas are still on display at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ont., where more than 50 of the white whales are held. That facility and the Vancouver Aquarium, which has one remaining dolphin, were grandfathered into the law since they already have cetaceans in captivity. The law also bans breeding, import, and export of the marine mammals.


Thousands of Ontario companies violating anti-harassment law

In 2016, Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act expanded the definition of workplace harassment to include sexual harassment, and required employers to investigate complaints. It was, and still is, among the toughest anti-harassment laws in the country. But a Globe and Mail analysis found more than 3,500 employers have been cited for almost 8,000 violations from the time the law was enacted until early 2018. Restaurants were among the worst offenders.


Finance minister pitches Ontario bonds to European investors

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli will be in Europe until next week, trying to attract interest in $36 billion worth of Ontario bonds in the U.K, Germany, and France. “This is a particularly good time for us to go with 191,000 jobs created in Ontario (since last June),” Fedeli told the Toronto Sun. “Fitch (Ratings) upgrading us from negative to stable is a very strong message as well.”


Scarborough residents fight Indigenous healing lodge proposal

Residents of a southwest Scarborough neighbourhood are taking to social media to object to a proposal to build a 24-bed healing lodge for Indigenous women on parole or probation, citing fears for community safety. Board members of the Thunder Women Healing Lodge Society, which wants to open the facility, say those fears are unfounded and that the lodge is one way to address the wrongs outlined in this month’s report on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. “We have suffered from residential schools, the Sixties Scoop, overrepresentation in the foster care and corrections systems,” board president Patti Pettigrew said. “We need to provide support, rehabilitation and meaningful reintegration of Aboriginal women after incarceration.” 



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On Docs: Who let the dogs out — and who really owns a song?


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Baha Men band leader and bass player Isiah Taylor, center, and drummer Mo Grant. (Tim Aylen/AP/CP)

Ben Sisto spent eight years in search of the original writer of "Who Let the Dogs Out?", the Baha Men’s 1999 chart-topper. His quest is the subject of a new documentary that takes a deep dive into the history of a generational earworm and uncovers more than a few people who lay claim to writing the song. This week, On Docs podcast host Colin Ellis speaks with Sisto about making the doc, and the surprising answers he found.



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The Agenda — Estonia: The digital nation

The tiny Baltic nation of Estonia has had its share of conflicts and challenges in the past. But in recent years, it’s become an economic success, embracing the digital age more than any other country and reshaping how its citizens access health care, the legal system, and other public services. Steve Paikin speaks to former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the man behind its digital revolution.


Arctic Secrets: Fall on the Tundra

As the days shorten and the temperature drops, the inhabitants of Nunavik, Que., prepare to face the approaching Arctic winter. Muskoxen fatten up while ptarmigans hunt for berries, and Inuit residents make use of the last warm days of the year.



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Saving an endangered Indigenous language — one tweet at a time

The Lunaape language is at risk of extinction but Ian McCallum, a public school teacher and an off-reserve member of Munsee Delaware Nation, is working to rescue it. His tools: lessons, books — and tweets. Southwestern Ontario Hub reporter Mary Baxter spoke with McCallum about why preserving Lunaape is important to him. “If you speak your Indigenous language, you unlock the keys to stories that elders might share,” he says, “or that traditional storytellers, traditional teachers, would share with you.”



Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — The Agenda: Paul Gooch on changing the course of universities

Paul Gooch has been a professor, director, dean, vice-provost, and even president of University of Toronto’s Victoria College. He talks to Steve Paikin about Course Correction, his book about what he calls the “distracted university” and how Canada can make its post-secondary institutions better.


9 p.m. — Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

“Our most beautiful and complex artwork that we can make is our identity,” says British artist and cultural commentator Grayson Perry. In this series, he explores the elements of what makes us who we are as he creates portraits of a diverse array of people, from former British MP Chris Huhne to reality-TV star Rylan Clark, a Muslim convert, and a young transgender man.



From the archive


May 4, 1999 — Sue Johanson

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In this episode of Moments, Sue Johanson, a registered nurse and sex educator who hosted The Sunday Night Sex Show on Toronto radio station Q107 for almost 20 years, talks about a junior high school teacher who gave her the support and approval she needed at a crucial time in her teenage life. “Miss Ward thought I could walk on water,” she says. “I was a little bit of a loose cannon even then, and she did not try to control me.”

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