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By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 15, 2019
Ontario Superior Court ruled Friday that the Progressive Conservative government acted illegally when it terminated the province’s cap-and-trade carbon price.(Tijana Martin/CP)

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Ending cap-and-trade broke the law, court rules

Ontario Superior Court ruled Friday that the Progressive Conservative government acted illegally when it terminated the province’s cap-and-trade carbon price, the National Observer reports. In a 2-to-1 decision, the judges determined that the government violated the Environmental Bill of Rights by failing to consult the public before ending cap-and-trade. The fact that Doug Ford’s party had won a majority government in part by promising to end the program was not an excuse, Justice David Corbett wrote in the decision. The ruling, however, will not compel the government to reinstate the program.


Windsor lab leads Canada in move away from animal testing

The University of Windsor has unveiled the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods, a facility that is the first of its kind in Canada. Instead of using animals for research and consumer product testing, the lab will use human cells, cadaver tissue, and 3D printing to produce replicas of human tissue. “There is a global shift away from animal testing,” lab founder and executive director Charu Chandrasekera told the CBC.


Province sees big job gains in September

Employment in Ontario rose by 41,000 jobs in September — and most of the gains were in full-time work, reports Statistics Canada. Ontario’s unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage points to 5.3 per cent. That compares with a national unemployment rate of 5.5 per cent. Toronto Star Queen’s Park bureau chief Robert Benzie pointed out on Twitter that while the jobs report is good news for Premier Doug Ford, it undermines the “‘job-killing carbon tax’ narrative” his government had been pushing.


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The newsletter is taking a break on Monday for the holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!




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The Agenda: Canadian election sentiment 10 days from voting day

The last two federal leaders’ debates before the election took place this week. Did they change the conversation, or polling predictions about the race? Nam Kiwanuka talks to Advanced Symbolics Inc. CEO Erin Kelly about what the polling firm’s artificial intelligence algorithm, Polly, has to say.


The Ascent of Woman: Separation

Historian Amanda Foreman travels to Vietnam, China, and Japan to explore women’s roles in Confucian and Buddhist societies. From the 1st century AD to the present, she looks at how Asian ideals of feminine virtue and the division of space between the female world of the home and the male world of business and politics became a hallmark of Chinese identity.



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 What eastern Ontario needs to draw — and retain — immigrants

Next up in TVO.org’s series exploring immigration issues during the federal election campaign, eastern Ontario Hub reporter David Rockne Corrigan speaks to immigration service providers in Belleville, Brockville, and Kingston about how the region can attract and retain newcomers.




This weekend on TVO


Saturday, 7 p.m. — The Taj Mahal

Could the Taj Mahal be in imminent danger? It is one of the world’s grandest works of architecture, but some critics insist that this monument to undying love, more than 360 years old, is at risk of collapsing into the river beside it. The palace’s conservators dispute the claims. This documentary follows the controversy as two groups examine the structure’s stability under pressure from the effects of climate change, pollution, and mass tourism. 


Monday, 9 p.m. — Queen of the World

The final instalment of this documentary series looks at how Elizabeth II has prepared the younger royals to execute the duties of the monarchy.



From the archive


September 2000 — The tale of Henry Hudson

The Hudson Bay and Strait may be named after this 16th-century mariner who spent his career looking for a northwest passage through Canada — but among his colleagues at the time, Henry Hudson didn’t have the best reputation. As this Blast from the Past video explains, Hudson had trouble keeping control of his ship and was accused of favouritism and pushing the crew too hard. During a particularly rough journey on the Discovery in 1611, things came to a head. His crew mutinied, putting Hudson, his son, and a few loyal followers on a tiny rowboat, and set them adrift in the icy waters of Hudson Bay. They were never seen again.

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