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The sun, the moon, and how a young architect put his life’s blood into an Ontario landmark
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 22, 2019
Southern Ontario was hit by extreme heat on the weekend. (Lars Hagberg/CP)

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What it’s like under a ‘heat dome’

Southern Ontario was hit by extreme heat on the weekend, and climate scientists say the number of oppressively warm days will only grow. The CBC has a useful primer on the “heat dome” system that moved into the province a few days ago. “It's like putting a dome or a lid on a frying pan: the sun comes in and bakes those temperatures at the ground and the air rises,” says Dave Phillips, a senior climatologist at Environment Canada. “But the lid, it suppresses or compresses the air, and it sinks to the ground and it warms up even more, and just absolutely creates furnace-like conditions.”


Bitten by a tick? Here’s what to do

Lyme disease has become so prevalent in some parts of Canada that many public-health units are now advising that anyone bitten by a tick should seek treatment, the Canadian Press reports. “Once you know that more than 20 per cent of the ticks in your area carry Lyme disease bacteria then we don’t need to check in on that. That is what we now call an ‘at-risk area,’” says Vera Etches of Ottawa’s public health unit.


Who owns the moon?

Fifty years ago this past Saturday, U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. Today, there’s renewed global interest in the moon as a potential source of valuable minerals and as a tourist destination for for the ultra-rich. In a short video, The Economist explores what the future might hold for Earth’s little friend — and how human laws and geopolitics could be reshaped.



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The Agenda: The 50th anniversary of ‘one giant leap’

Maurice Bitran, chief science officer of the Ontario Science Centre, and Shelley Ayres, producer of Lander: From Avro to Apollo, join Nam Kiwanuka to discuss the historic Apollo 11 mission. The film premiered this month at the Ontario Science Centre, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.


Big Wind

Across the world, governments are investing billions in wind turbines, and corporations are snapping up land on which to build them. The structures are already changing the landscape of rural Ontario — but not everyone welcomes them. Get an inside look at the conflict that’s pitting neighbour against neighbour, residents against corporations, and people against their government.



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The agony and the ecstasy of architect Raymond Moriyama


Raymond Moriyama
FIle photo of Raymond Moriyama (John McNeil/Globe and Mail/CP)

Fifty years ago, Ontario premier John P. Robarts commissioned a young architect to “design an institution of international significance.” Raymond Moriyama set out to create the Ontario Science Centre using a Confucianist principle which holds that people learn better by doing than by watching — a controversial approach that revolutionized museum design. TVO’s Matthew O’Mara speaks with Moriyama, now 89, about his hands-on approach, the stress of the job, and how to keep buildings alive.


Ontario’s ERs are a problem. Solving it will cost us

The province’s emergency rooms are overburdened and understaffed. So how can we relieve the pressure, now and in the future? In the last instalment of his three-part series, Matt Gurney looks at the issues our ERs face — and what patients, medical staff, and governments can do to fix the system.



Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — The Agenda: Writers shoot for the moon

How does science fact help shape science fiction? Authors Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert J. Sawyer, and Eric Choi join Nam Kiwanuka to discuss the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the future of human space travel, and how the first trip to the moon has influenced their writing and their genre.


9 p.m. — Genius of the Modern World: Karl Marx

In this series, historian Bettany Hughes examines the lives of great thinkers whose ideas have shaped the modern world. In this episode, learn more about the cultural and political legacies of Karl Marx, the German philosopher, economist, and socialist revolutionary who became one of history’s most influential and controversial figures. 



From the archive


Blast from the Past: When Ernest Hemingway fought Morley Callaghan

The place: Paris. The year: 1929. The event: a boxing match between Ernest Hemingway and Canadian author Morley Callaghan, with F. Scott Fitzgerald acting as timekeeper. In this 1999 episode of Blast from the Past, find out more about the showdown between two literary heavyweights — and how what started out as a friendly match turned into a friendship-testing confrontation. ​​​​​​​

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