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Is this the beginning of the end of the pit bull ban?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 15, 2019
Momentum is growing to end the pit bull ban. (iStock.com/Sonsedska)

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Momentum grows to end pit bull ban 

The NDP and Green party say they support the Ford government’s review of Ontario’s pit bull ban, reports the Toronto Star. New Democrat leader Andrea Horwath says her party never thought the ban was an effective way to deal with dangerous dogs, while Green party leader Mike Schreiner says it “discriminates against certain dog breeds in the face of scientific evidence.” The Liberal government banned the import and breeding of pit bulls in 2005.


Food terminal zone gets protective designation

The province announced Tuesday will declare the lands around the Ontario Food Terminal a Provincially Significant Employment Zone. The move means the GTA’s main produce distribution centre, and the surrounding 20 hectares of land, may not be used for another purpose without provincial approval.

TVO.org columnist John Michael McGrath, who has written about the terminal before, has some thoughts on the move. “Given that the province owns the OFT lands it’s not clear to me that this is substantially more protection than they already had,” he writes on Twitter. “But I think the Tories are making the right call generally by preserving the OFT.”


Popular app causes confusion at emergencies in Kingston

The City of Kingston is rejigging an app meant to encourage citizens to help others after one too many people took its purpose too closely to heart. The PulsePoint app, which shares the address of emergency calls, had people showing up at the site of heart attacks, fires, and other emergencies  — sometimes before first responders arrived, the CBC reports. Others would show up at scenes just to gawk. “I think it was functioning almost too good,” Kingston Fire and Rescue Chief Shawn Armstrong said.  Kingston stopped sending data to PulsePoint in mid-September. A new version of the app should be ready in a few weeks.



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The Agenda: Debriefing the federal leaders’ debate

Pollster Erin Kelly declares NDP leader Jagmeet Singh the far and away winner of Monday night’s federal leaders’ debate. That’s based on a survey by AI-powered polling program Polly of 300,000 people across the country. Kelly discusses this and other results from the debate with Steve Paikin and federal party insiders.


Stealing Van Gogh

In 2002, thieves broke into the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and stole two paintings. Fourteen years later, the artworks were found stashed in a hideout of the Camorra, the notorious Neapolitan crime syndicate. Art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon pieces together the story of the heist and examines the world of art crime, why paintings are prime targets for theft, and how they are trafficked on the black market.



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Why Ontario schools aren’t out of the woods yet


Education minister Stephen Lecce
File photo of Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce (Cole Burston/CP)

The government negotiated a tentative agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees on Sunday night, keeping kids in class. But there are more negotiations to come — and they’ll only get tougher, writes TVO.org columnist John Michael McGrath. “Any bargain reached with the first union to make a deal (in this case, CUPE) can set the precedent for the agreements that follow,” he writes, “and is more likely to be a floor than a ceiling, as far as subsequent deals go.”


How Ontario retailers are ditching single-use packaging


vegetables in plastic containers
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Canada plans to ban all single-use plastic by 2021. Meanwhile, in Ontario, a growing number of businesses are doing away with disposable packaging. Journalist Diane Peters looks at some of the retailers, from grocers to cafés to bulk stores, that are providing alternatives for consumers. “Indeed, customer demand is a big driver for these new approaches to selling consumer products,” she writes. “According to a June study from Dalhousie University, 93.7 per cent of Canadians surveyed said they are personally motivated to reduce single-use plastic food packaging.



Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — The Agenda: Robyn Doolittle on the #MeToo movement 

Globe and Mail reporter Robyn Doolittle spent two years investigating how police and the courts handle sexual assault cases in Canada. The resulting 2017 investigative series, “Unfounded,” prompted change in police departments across the country. Her new book, Had It Coming, picks up where that series left off, assessing where the #MeToo movement has taken society, from personal and workplace relationships to policing and the courts. Tonight, she talks to Nam Kiwanuka about how attitudes around sexual behaviour have changed — and what still needs to be done. 


9 p.m. — Brilliant Ideas: Kader Attia

French multimedia artist Kader Attia is interested in transformative change. His work addresses immigration, colonization, marginalization, and cultural identity. “This moment in which I developed interest in art, I think, was when I thought it might be possible to change the world,” he says in this documentary. “I think art has this ability. And that’s why most of my artworks are very interested in this notion of living together — politics.”



From the archive


January 2011 — In conversation with Margaret Trudeau

In 2011, Margaret Trudeau released Changing My Mind, a memoir about her struggle with mental illness, which she calls “a cautionary tale.” In this video, host Allan Gregg talks to Trudeau about her life in and out of the political spotlight, and why it took so long to diagnose her bipolar disorder. “In 1973, when [my husband] Pierre and I first sought psychiatric help, the help wasn’t there. Their understanding of the brain wasn’t there,” she says.

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