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Economist Marianna Mazzucato returns to The Agenda with her new book, "Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism." In it, she argues that society's most pressing problems - from the pandemic to climate change - must be tackled in an all-out "moonshot" effort, a reference to the 1960s U.S. quest to get a man on the moon. See omnystudi…
 
Steve Paikin is a journalist, author, and documentary producer whose career has spanned almost 40 years. He is the anchor for TVO’s flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin. Steve has moderated several leadership debates at both the federal and provincial levels, and he has been the host and co-host of several TVO political pr…
 
Why is the human voice the most efficient, effective means of communication ever devised? Why is speech the single most complex activity humans can perform? Canadian journalist and staff writer at The New Yorker John Colapinto explains this, and much more, in his latest book "This is the Voice," inspired by a vocal injury he sustained while singing…
 
A highly anticipated Pentagon report on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) - also known as UFOs - has raised lots of interest from astronomers, journalists, and even former president Barack Obama. The Canadian military has documents of reported UFO sightings going back decades. What explains this? Is it proof of extraterrestrial life? Or, a foreig…
 
How much do you love baseball? Could you go to a game every month? How about every week? Well, Dale Jacobs and Heidi LM Jacobs love baseball so much, they decided to take in 50 games in one summer, and all the games took place within a 100-mile radius of their home in Windsor, Ont. They wrote about their experience in "100 Miles of Baseball: 50 Gam…
 
Last week, an Ontario judge ruled that an election spending law put in place by the provincial government infringed on freedom of expression. Hours later, Premier Doug Ford announced the province would be invoking the notwithstanding clause to override the court's decision. Premier Doug Ford threatened to invoke the clause in 2018, but eventually b…
 
Premier Doug Ford invoked Section 33, the notwithstanding clause, after a judge struck down sections of the government's election spending law, Bill 254, for being unconstitutional. We examine the significant implications of the historic move, whether it will stifle free and fair speech in the 2022 Ontario election and possible legal recourse. See …
 
Ontario's long lockdowns have taken a psychological toll on many. But as the province now moves into the first stage of its phased re-opening plan, not everyone is feeling mentally ready for all aspects of post-pandemic life. We explore the prevalence and reasons behind the anxiety some are feeling about resuming social contact, and how to deal wit…
 
The TVO podcast "Unascertained" looked at the circumstances surrounding what happened to Soleiman Faqiri, a man experiencing mental illness who died after an altercation with guards at a jail in Lindsay, Ont. The host and co-producer Yusuf Zine, and Soleiman's brother Yusuf Faqiri, join Nam Kiwanuka to discuss the latest developments in Soleiman's …
 
Incidences of hate crimes have been on the rise in Canada and the news of a malicious murder of a Muslim family in London was quickly labeled as one. To get at the root cause of these dangerous and tragic events and their effects on the communities involved, we welcome Barbara Perry, director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at Ontario Tec…
 
What is behind the crisis of liberal democracy? According to Patrick J. Deneen, one of the best known American conservative political theorists, it is liberalism itself that is responsible for the disarray that marks contemporary Western societies. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Is political corruption inevitable? What does it mean to be vigilant about protection of democracy against corruption? A conversation with Jane Philpott, former MP and currently dean of Queen's Faculty of Health Sciences; James Cohen, executive director of Transparency Canada; and Robert Benzie, the Toronto Star's Queen's Park columnist. See omnyst…
 
Patios are finally set to open this weekend, but there's still a way to go before restaurants can really start to recoup their losses. We'll get a read on the challenges they face after so much time without in-house or patio dining. What supports are needed to keep this industry alive? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
It's been an up and down couple years for professional women's hockey. In 2019, the Canadian Women's Hockey League shut down citing an ,economically unsustainable, business model. But this past spring, the newly created Professional Women's Hockey Players Association Dream Gap Tour was televised on Sportsnet - and highlights were played during the …
 
Toronto Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia discusses his journey as a young immigrant to Canada in the early 1980s, his passion for the Raptors - he has not missed a single home game since 1995 - and his recent induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the first fan to be given this honour. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy infor…
 
Maxime Bernier is the Leader of the People Party of Canada who formally served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Industry, and Minister of State for Small Business, Tourism and Agriculture in the cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He was narrowly defeated by Andrew Scheer in his bid to become leader of the Conservative Party of…
 
Ontario is set to enter Stage 1 of its re-opening plan this coming Friday. What exactly is involved, and what will be allowed to re-open? Also, while COVID-19 dominated the Ontario legislature this year, there were some non-COVID related bills that were passed. On this week's pod, Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath look those bills that may have…
 
It's been another unprecedented session at Queen's Park, as the province remains under a state of emergency. While the focus has been addressing COVID-19, other provincial concerns still matter. Doug Ford's government has crafted new legislation on everything from a controversial new highway and changes to election spending, to human trafficking. A…
 
Mandatory masking during the COVID-19 pandemic has inadvertently led to the biggest experiment in facial perception ever. Steve Paikin speaks to cognitive neuroscientist Erez Freud about how the ability to identify one another has been hampered by face coverings and how that might be damaging social interactions in the short, and perhaps long term.…
 
The Ontario Energy Board just approved the construction of the Sault Smart Grid, the largest project of its kind in North America. The smart grid promises to be more efficient, respond faster to outages, save money, and reduce carbon emission. But is there a downside? Northeastern Ontario Hub journalist Nick Dunne tells us what he's learned. See om…
 
Schools in Ontario will remain closed for in-class learning until the fall, as the province tries to keep COVID-19 cases down and increase vaccinations for students and teachers. The Globe and Mail's Caroline Alphonso and Toronto Star's Kristin Rushowy join Nam Kiwanuka to discuss the province's decision and other education-related issues. See omny…
 
In light of the discovery of the remains of 215 children on the site of a former Kamloops residential school in B.C., we look at the historical context, the call to unearth additional sites, and discuss what Canada has to do to not only reconcile its harmful past treatment of Indigenous people but revisit policies that continue to harm them. See om…
 
Dany Assaf is an Edmonton native, fourth generation Muslim Canadian, globally recognized lawyer at Torys LLP, and now, author of the new book Say Please and Thank You and Stand in Line: One Man's Story of What Makes Canada Special, And How to Keep It That Way On this episode we chat about Dany’s family history and how his great grandfather helped e…
 
Ontario goes to the one year from today, June 2, 2022. Does history offer any valuable lessons for the circumstances politicians today find themselves in? To help answer this question, we welcome Janet Ecker, former minister of finance; former MPP Tim Murphy, now managing director at the McMillan Vantage Policy Group; and Robert Benzie, Queen's Par…
 
Many people are still hesitant about getting vaccinated for many reasons. Dr. Nicole Lurie, Director of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations in the U.S., will address concerns, from the speed with which the vaccines made it to market to the effects of the various vaccines out there. And what lessons can be learned from the vaccine ma…
 
With a great sense of humour and unique approach Dr. Jen Gunter demystifies a rarely publicly spoken about topic: Menopause. The obstetrician-gynecologist, and author exposes what she calls the misogynistic language used to describe menopause, a scientific area of biology that has been primarily studied by men. She discusses this and other ideas fr…
 
Ben Woodfinden is a doctoral candidate and political theorist at McGill University. He’s a contributor at The Hub and publishes a newsletter called The Dominion. This episode is a long one but a good one, it was a very intellectually stimulating conversation. We do a deep dive into Canadian identity, looking at how conservatism and then liberalism …
 
The provincial government has announced that David Williams, the province's chief medical officer of health, is set to leave his post at the end of June. What are the circumstances around his departure, and who is replacing him. Also, are schools coming back or not? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Matthew C. Klein is the co-author of the Lionel Gelber Prize-winning book, "Trade Wars are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace." In it the authors argue that conflict between countries is not caused by national rivalries and geopolitical differences, but instead by the massive transfer of …
 
It's long been said that the rich only get richer and the poor only get poorer. With us for some perspective on how wealth is - or is not - shared in our society, we welcome Allison Christians, professor and chair of Tax Law at McGill University; Robin Shaban, principal economist & co-founder of the economic consulting firm, Vivic Research; and Mic…
 
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi made history more than a decade ago for becoming the first Muslim mayor of a large North American city. As his time in office draws to a close, he reflects on the increase of outward racism and divisions in the political landscape and shares his hopes for the future in a candid conversation with Steve Paikin. See omnystu…
 
In April 2020, 80 per cent of the population - including staff and residents - at Brampton's Ontario Correctional Institute, a province-run facility, tested positive for COVID-19. The facility closed, making it the first in Ontario to do so in the pandemic, and remains so today. TVO.org assistant editor Ashley Okwuosa reports on the timeline of eve…
 
Vaccines, the latest lockdown measures, and perhaps the good weather have led to a decrease in daily Covid-19 cases in Ontario. The reopening plan has been announced and second doses are rolling out. Does Ontario's plan make sense? The Agenda speaks to infectious disease specialist Isaac Bogoch and CityNews reporter Cynthia Mulligan. See omnystudio…
 
Has meritocracy begun to reproduce similar features as aristocracies of yesteryear? Do present patterns of meritocratic advancement require a major fix so that the perception of educational divides does not deepen political polarization? This week's Democracy Agenda panel includes the Globe and Mail's John Ibbitson; the University of Toronto's Jani…
 
What can be done about educational systems that perpetuate inequality by presuming that all students come equipped with equal potential? How do such ideas affect the state of democracies? Author Fredrik deBoer talks about his book on the topic, "The Cult of Smart: How Our Broken Education System Perpetuates Social Injustice." See omnystudio.com/lis…
 
Neville is a retired professor of history who taught at the University of Western Ontario, where he taught modern British and European history. He is the author of several books, including his recent work, The Third Man: Churchill, Roosevelt, Mackenzie King, and the Untold Friendships That Won WWII. On this episode we discuss Canada’s longest servi…
 
Earlier this month the Colonial Pipeline, which transports nearly half of the U.S. east coast's fuel supplies, was hacked by a ransomware gang. That shut down its operations on the 5,500 mile pipeline causing gas prices to soar. Could a similar attack happen in Canada? How vulnerable is the country's critical infrastructure to attack? And is the Ca…
 
MIT's Sherry Turkle has spent her career studying the intersection of technology, empathy, and self. But why? In "The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir" she explores her groundbreaking career and how her childhood informed her future work. She discusses the book and how the pandemic has changed the relationship between people and their digital tools. See o…
 
Commander X is a human rights and information activist who was involved with the infamous hacking movement known as Anonymous. He's featured in the TVO Original documentary "The Face of Anonymous," chronicling his hacktivist career and life on the run. He's joined by novelist and co-producer of the film, Ian Thornton. See omnystudio.com/listener fo…
 
Going to the Ex is a rite of passage for many, and certainly a cherished late-summer pastime. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto's Canadian National Exhibition, along with dozens of other fairs, festivals, and events across the province are being cancelled or postponed. What does that mean for local and regional economies? And could there be…
 
Lance Mortlock is a strategy partner with Ernst & Young, a visiting professor at the Haskayne School of Business and a board member for the Canadian Energy & Climate Nexus. His book Disaster Proof: Scenario Planning for a Post-Pandemic Future is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold. Connect with Lance on LinkedIn and…
 
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