Ont. continues holdout on federal child-care, U.S. set to reopen border, Dilemma with sending aid to Afghanistan & Line 5 activists urge White house to reject Canada’s treaty


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Doug Ford's government has not yet signed a deal with Ottawa on child care in part because of a "money" disagreement, says a senior Ontario Progressive Conservative official.

According to the source, who was not allowed to speak publicly on the matter, the Trudeau government is ready to offer around $10 billion over five years to Canada's most populous province, so that it can create $10-a-day child-care spaces by 2026.

The federal Liberals have already concluded agreements with seven provinces and one territory: British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and the Yukon.

GUEST: Carolyn Ferns, Policy Coordinator for the Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare


The United States is set to reopen its land borders with Canada and Mexico in early November to travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to U.S. officials — a move nearly 20 months in the making.

Senior White House officials said details of the new rules will be announced on Wednesday, including what kind of vaccines will be accepted.

GUEST: Jim Diodati, Mayor of Niagara Falls


Canada is facing a “dilemma” when it comes to providing humanitarian aid in Taliban-run Afghanistan, experts say.

On one hand, aid is needed to help Afghans who are facing an economic collapse, food shortages and a crumbling health-care system.

On the other hand, Canada wouldn’t want to provide aid that would help strengthen the Taliban, said Aurel Braun, professor of international relations and political science at the University of Toronto.

GUEST: Dr. Chris Kilford, President of the Canadian International Council Victoria Branch and a Fellow at the Queen's Centre for International and Defence Policy


Environmental activists in the United States are seizing on Canada's decision to invoke a 44-year-old treaty with the United States as an "audacious," misguided and misleading gambit aimed at short-circuiting Michigan's effort to shut down the Line 5 cross-border pipeline.

Oil & Water Don't Mix, a coalition of Michigan environmental and Indigenous groups that includes the Sierra Club and the Michigan Climate Action Network, said Tuesday it has a 33,000-signature petition that it plans to circulate among U.S. lawmakers this week.

The petition urges U.S. President Joe Biden to support the state of Michigan and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in their legal effort to shut down Line 5, a 68-year-old pipeline that crosses beneath the Great Lakes to deliver crude oil and natural gas liquids from Canada to the U.S. Midwest.

GUEST: Ian Lee, Associate Professor with the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University

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