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Why ‘workforce housing’ might not be what Toronto needs
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jan 27, 2020
Tories line up for federal leadership race. (Darren Calabrese/CP)

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Tories line up for federal leadership race 

Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre’s decision not to seek the Conservative leadership has led some to see Erin O’Toole as a top contender. The MP for Durham came in third in the 2017 contest, which was won by Andrew Scheer. O’Toole has not formally declared his intention to run, but over the weekend he released a YouTube video entitled "Let's go" indicating that he would announce his candidacy today. The other perceived frontrunner, Toronto lawyer Peter MacKay, a former cabinet minister, officially launched his campaign Saturday in Nova Scotia.


Liberal candidates to face off in the north 

The six candidates vying for the provincial Liberal leadership will face one another Thursday evening in Sudbury in a debate that is likely to focus on northern issues. Last week, the party released the number of delegates running for each leadership contender. Steven Del Duca led the way with 2,684 while Michael Coteau, his closest competitor, had 1,234. The candidate delegates will run in local riding meetings to determine who goes to the leadership convention on March 7.


Elementary public school teachers strike this week

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario is holding one-day strikes today in Simcoe, Waterloo, Keewatin-Patricia, and Penetanguishine Protestant Separate school boards. Other school boards are expecting to see similar strikes tomorrow, including Kawartha Pine Ridge, Hastings-Prince Edward and Upper Grand.


Toronto Holocaust survivor in Poland to mark sombre anniversary 

Miriam Ziegler, who as a child appeared in a famous photo taken at Auschwitz-Birkenau, is scheduled to join other Holocaust survivors today to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp. More than 1.1 million people were murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau, including Ziegler’s father. The 84-year-old says she’s noticed a rise in hatred around the world. “It scares me. And that's why I want as many people as I can to tell my story to,” she says.  




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The Invisible Heart 

Can big business help alleviate poverty? Social impact bonds are an unorthodox marriage of capitalism and charity, raising private capital to fund social services. This documentary tracks the growth of the new financial model, which proponents argue could solve society's most complex problems.



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Cities need workers. Workers need housing. But is ‘workforce housing’ the answer? 


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(J.P. Mocszulski/CP)

The Toronto Region Board of Trade released a report last week on “workforce housing” — that is, building homes that are affordable for the workers on which businesses rely. That’s important, columnist John Michael McGrath says, as a city needs workers to be able to live within it. But such policy also carries potential pitfalls, and Toronto should tread warily. “One thing Toronto’s leadership should avoid from the outset,” he writes, “is tying people’s housing directly to their employment status: workers already worry about losing their jobs; having to worry about that and losing their homes would be a disaster.” 



Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — The Agenda: Infrastructure challenges in Ontario

Major infrastructure projects such as transit and housing are facing a new pressure point — a shortage of skilled tradespeople. Andy Manahan, of the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario; Jan De Silva, of the Toronto Region Board of Trade; and Ehren Cory, of Infrastructure Ontario join a panel of experts to address this and other infrastructure challenges. 


10 p.m. — The Story of Egypt: Invasion

This episode charts how Egypt's enemies exploited a country weakened by internal strife, ultimately leading to its destruction. Egyptologist Joann Fletcher journeys south to Sudan, where she finds the remarkable story of the forgotten Nubian kings.



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May 21, 2003 Studio 2 — Medical errors  

In this 2003 episode of Studio 2, medical ethicist Dr. Philip Hebert examines mistakes that occur in doctors' offices, labs, and hospitals — and what we can do to prevent them. 

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