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How Would You Explain a Picket Line to Your Child?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Business
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Has your child ever seen a picket line? If you plan to shop at a Walmart in the U.S. you and your child may well see one this weekend. If your children ask what is happening, how will you explain it? The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust and TVO Parents can help you make the most of that "teachable moment" with a discussion about rights and freedoms.

Bangladesh Is Drowning Because of Climate Change

Alex Mifflin | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Alex Mifflin

2013-09-04-TWB_HuffPo_EBanner.jpg If there is one country that stands out as the ultimate example for this emerging trend of extreme fluctuations in weather and the water cycle, it is without a doubt Bangladesh. Bangladesh has become the poster child for climate change for many reasons.

We Are What We Eat: The Hidden Costs of Farmed Salmon

Alex Mifflin | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Impact
Alex Mifflin

2013-09-04-TWB_HuffPo_EBanner.jpg Salmon seems to be the perfect food -- very tasty, high in protein and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, and easy to prepare and cook. But as with every other overfished species in the sea, there simply aren't enough of them left in the wild to meet our growing demand.

Turn on the Tap to Clean Water for First Nations

Alex Mifflin | Posted 10.03.2013 | Canada Impact
Alex Mifflin

2013-09-04-TWB_HuffPo_EBanner.jpg Canada is a country with countless pristine rivers and lakes and an incredible seven per cent of the world's renewable freshwater supply. It might seem odd that any Canadian could be living without clean drinking water, but some are. What is shocking, however, is the wildly disproportionate degree to which water advisories affect Canada's First Nations communities.

Want to Help Improve the Lives of Women in the Developing World? Start by Giving them Clean Water

Alex Mifflin | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Alex Mifflin

Without clean water it becomes almost impossible to climb out of poverty. When communities live in poverty and cannot afford to properly dispose of human waste, already scarce water sources become even more polluted. It is a vicious cycle.

Teaching Kids to Think Critically at School

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Recently, I was speaking with a group of teacher-candidates about the need to engage children at every age in thinking critically. If we think a rule is unfair, we want to ask the people who devised the rule what their purpose was.

We Are Quickly Turning the Ocean into a "Dead Zone"

Alex Mifflin | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada
Alex Mifflin

2013-09-04-TWB_HuffPo_EBanner.jpg Across the world, vast areas of oceans and lakes are running out of oxygen, making it nearly impossible for marine life to survive. In the 1960s, there were 49 dead zones throughout the ocean; today there are more than 400 and the number is still growing. When water becomes too low in oxygen, or "hypoxic," marine life flees and everything that is too slow or cannot move will die, creating a dead zone. This will not go away on its own.

Like Seafood? You've Been Eating Your Own Garbage

Alex Mifflin | Posted 09.13.2013 | Canada
Alex Mifflin

Small pieces of plastic are capable of absorbing other forms of pollution in seawater. Mercury, PCBs, DDT and oily pollutants attach to plastic, so when animals consume plastic, the pollutants attached to them enter their bodies and move up the food chain, ultimately to the humans who eat seafood.

We're Destroying the Holiest River on Earth

Alex Mifflin | Posted 09.05.2013 | Canada Impact
Alex Mifflin

The biggest learning lesson from our trip down the Ganges is that even the holiest and most worshipped river on Earth is still vulnerable to the same threats that currently face every other major river system in the world today. How can we accept this unprecedented rate of destruction?

Hard Rock Medical: Sudbury Sunday Night

Patrick McKenna | Posted 08.23.2013 | Canada
Patrick McKenna

TVO's first commissioned drama series, Hard Rock Medical, provides a fresh and entertaining look at the unique challenges of delivering healthcare i...

What It's Like to Play Dr. Julie Cardinal on 'Hard Rock Medical'

Kyra Harper | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada TV
Kyra Harper

It's not often in the world of television that you come across a role and a script that lights up your eyes and makes your heart beat just a little bit faster, but such was the case when I read the script and ensuing description of in the new TVO series Hard Rock MedicaI.

Teaching Our Kids What Equality Really Means

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Impact
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Do your children know what equality means? Let's celebrate International Youth Day by helping our children to become the citizens we want them to be. Let's teach them to think critically about rights and freedoms so they can grow up to be the fair-minded people we need in this world.

The Real Doctor Behind Hard Rock Medical

Danielle Bourgon | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada TV
Danielle Bourgon

On our first day of table readings for Hard Rock Medical, director Derek Diorio and writer Smith Corindia introduced us cast members to a sprightly, hearty and highly personable woman -- who also happened to be a practising Ontario doctor for 30+ years. Dr. Louise McNaughton-Fillion was also HRM's official medical consultant. And she was pretty cool.

Hard Rock Medical: The Doctor from Chicoutimi

Christian Laurin | Posted 08.01.2013 | Canada TV
Christian Laurin

Hard Rock Medical certainly sounded like a very exciting show. So when Derek first approached me to audition for the role of Dr. Raymond Dallaire he said "You'll need to learn a seven page monologue. I also want you to speak the way you speak normally...with your French Canadian accent because Dallaire is originally from Chicoutimi, Quebec." I said "Sure no problem."

Hard Rock Medical: From Paintbrush to Scalpel

Jamie Spilchuk | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada TV
Jamie Spilchuk

Cameron has an obsession with, a passion for, and an addiction to art. So when he enters med-school for the first time, he is coming at it with a very specific knowledge of anatomy. This gives a beautiful palette of emotions and circumstances to draw from as an actor.

Hard Rock Medical: More Than a TV Show - It's My Life!

Stéphane Paquette | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada TV
Stéphane Paquette

As a homegrown Sudbury boy, I never imagined shooting a TV show in my hometown. Now according to my friends, I'm not playing Charlie; I am Charlie Rivière. I guess they're partially correct. Did I mention that all the bedroom and outdoor house scenes were shot at my house? OMG, I AM Charlie Rivière!

You Should Be Watching Hard Rock Medical

D.K. Latta | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada
D.K. Latta

TV Ontario's new medical drama, Hard Rock Medical, hasn't slipped under the public radar entirely. Still, I'm guessing a lot of potential viewers are unaware of it, and those aware of it probably cynically decided to give it a pass, sight unseen. Which is too bad, 'cause it's actually pretty good.

Hard Rock Medical's Melanie Truscott: The Hard Nut of Hard Rock U

Melissa-Jane Shaw | Posted 07.11.2013 | Canada TV
Melissa-Jane Shaw

The character of Melanie Truscott made a lot of sense to me. As actors we're often playing out some of our own inner-demons, sort of a psychological exercise in living them out -- and maybe even growing from them.

Hard Rock Medical: A TV Show By Canadians for Canadians

Angela Asher | Posted 07.04.2013 | Canada TV
Angela Asher

Being a proud Canadian, I am thrilled to be a part of a television series that is unapologetically Canadian. For years I have watched our cities double for American cities on television. With Hard Rock Medical the landscape of the North is just that -- ours.

Hard Rock Medical: My Experience as Farida

Rachelle Casseus | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada TV
Rachelle Casseus

What I discovered while filming the series Hard Rock Medical was not only was I right in my assumption, but that I had more in common with Farida than I had originally thought or wanted to admit. As breathtaking as the landscape was, I, like Farida, am more of an urbanite...

Hard Rock Medical: Not Another Medical Drama!

Derek Diorio | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada TV
Derek Diorio

2013-06-13-HRM_HuffPobanner.jpg >TVO's first commissioned drama series, Hard Rock Medical, provides a fresh and entertaining look at the unique challenges of delivering healthcare in Northern Ontario.

Watching the Watchdog: Who Dares Question Saint Paikin?

Tim Knight | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

TVO, for the past 21 years has been home to one of Canada's top journalistic interviewer/hosts. The host's name is Steve Paikin. So who the hell is this Hamlin Grange to tell Paikin how to improve the sainted Agenda? Right up front on his own program!

Watching the Watchdog: The Holier Than Thou Network

Tim Knight | Posted 04.30.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

But today, I'm waxing wrathful about TV networks and stations that mutilate innocent and often brilliant programs and, quite simply, by doing so steal our money. Specifically VisionTV -- which calls itself "the World's only national multi-faith and multi-cultural television service."

Smoke Traders and the Story of Native Poverty

Jeff Dorn | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada
Jeff Dorn

2012-11-22-whypovertybanner.jpg Waiting, waiting and waiting for promises of a better life built the Native Tobacco industry. The taste of success and finical independence lead to the growth of this business. Many don't want this way of life but circumstances have led many to this profession.

One Migrant Worker's Story Is Canada's Story

Min Sook Lee | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada
Min Sook Lee

2012-11-22-whypovertybanner.jpg Ten years ago I made a documentary about migrant agricultural workers in Canada, El Contrato. I am interested in the story of workers and migration because I come from a working class family and my life has been fundamentally shaped by migration. This is the story of how immigration to Canada is racialized and classed.