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Kingston’s red-hot real estate, Kenora’s homeless shelter to close, and the transfixing voice of Amy Winehouse
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 12, 2019
A homeless shelter in Kenora is set to temporarily close. (Jon Thompson)

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Has your licence plate seen better days? Here’s what to do

Do you own a vehicle with a licence plate whose outer layer appears to be bubbling or peeling off? If so, you may be required by law to get it replaced. The Stoney Creek News has a handy primer on why so many Ontario plates seem to be losing their paint; when drivers need to think about replacing them; and how to get a new one. A government spokesperson said a new release of plates next year, with the Ford government's revised slogan "A Place to Grow", will be sturdier and longer lasting.


Remembering former Grassy Narrows chief Simon Fobister

Former Grassy Narrows chief Simon Fobister died on Monday in Thunder Bay. During his decade as chief of the Kenora-area Ojibway nation, he fought for better health care and a treatment centre for a community dealing with the effects of mercury poisoning. “Simon was a powerful voice and was very committed to addressing the legacy of colonial practices and creating meaningful action to championing First Nations rights and protecting the traditional lands and waters surrounding Grassy Narrows,” Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald said in a statement.


Ontario partially restores funding for out-of-province dialysis

Earlier this year, the provincial government ended insurance coverage for dialysis while patients were travelling abroad. But after a public outcry over the fact that people who need dialysis can’t travel without access to it and private insurers rarely cover the expense, Health Minister Christine Elliott this week announced a new program that will reimburse patients $210 a treatment.




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South Pacific: Fragile Paradise

Still relatively healthy, the South Pacific Ocean is home to some of the planet's richest coral reefs and most iconic ocean wildlife: whales, sharks, albatross, and tuna. While its ecosystems seem secure for the moment, international fishing fleets are taking a serious toll on fish populations. This documentary looks at future threats to these pristine waters.


The Agenda in the Summer: Reform school in the Jim Crow era

Time magazine has called author Colson Whitehead “America’s storyteller,” a writer who mines Black history to highlight issues that still resonate today. His 2016 book, The Underground Railroad, won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He talks to Nam Kiwanuka about his latest novel, The Nickel Boys, set in Jim Crow-era Florida.



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Home Truths, Part 4: The dark side of Kingston’s red-hot housing market

Can there be a downside to a city with a vigorous real estate market? Home buyers in Kingston are experiencing the kind of competition usually seen in Ontario’s bigger cities, with properties consistently selling well above asking price. But with the city attracting more people looking for affordable options, Kingston now must concern itself with managing its growth. David Rockne Corrigan looks at how Kingston can thrive and still provide housing for people of diverse means.


Why Kenora’s homeless shelter is shutting down — and what comes next

Only five months after a much-anticipated $1.1 million homeless shelter opened in downtown Kenora, it’s set to close for six weeks due to an unexpected flood of street drugs from Manitoba. Northwestern Ontario Hub reporter Jon Thompson reports on what the closure reveals about the city’s struggles with addressing homelessness and addiction as concurrent health issues.



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Saturday, 9 p.m. — Amy

Despite having just two albums to her name, British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse established herself as a groundbreaking voice in the early 2000s. With a vocal style described as a mix of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, she was a pop star with soul — a rare musical talent whose appeal crossed cultural and demographic boundaries. This compelling documentary looks past the accolades to the inner demons that led to her death at age 29.


Sunday, 10 p.m. — Dark Side of the Chew

Filmmaker and activist Andrew Nisker takes a humorous and eye-opening look at the world’s second most common form of litter: discarded chewing gum. The social and economic implications of global gum culture — not to mention their related health effects — may not be as benign as we think.



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1996 — Atom Egoyan’s artistic instincts

Fans of director Atom Egoyan can look forward to Guest of Honour, his new psychological drama debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. Starring David Thewlis, Luke Wilson, and Sima Fisher, it follows the story of a father and daughter working through a troubled relationship. If you need a refresher on the acclaimed Egyptian-Canadian filmmaker’s career, start with this 1996 episode of Dialogue, in which Richard Ouzounian talks to Egoyan about what drives his work. “I think there are two reasons to produce any work of art,” Egoyan says. “One is either to celebrate those things that you feel most comfortable and joyous about, and the other one is to somehow deal with the things that you're most suspicious and fearful of.”

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