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With less than one week to go until the federal election and Ontario's legislature prorogued, all eyes are on the party leaders as they make their final push. In this week's podcast, Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath look at where the parties sit going into election day. Plus, why the People's Party of Canada is gaining in the polls. See omnyst…
 
Transit systems across Ontario saw lower ridership throughout the pandemic, especially in the first two waves. As the country and province begin recovery efforts, advocates are hoping to get some answers on how systems can better accommodate users and make cities more liveable. Hamilton-Niagara Ontario Hub journalist Justin Chandler discusses what …
 
Ahead of the federal election, we look at the various party platforms on climate change. With guests Mark Jaccard, professor of sustainable energy and director of the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University; Charles DeLand associate director of research at the C.D. Howe Institute; Sarah Petrevan, policy director a…
 
What happened to the headlines on Indigenous issues that were ever-present this past spring? Four leading voices evaluate each political party's approach during the campaign: Globe and Mail reporter Willow Fiddler; Cindy Blackstock, executive director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada; Pam Palmater professor and the chair i…
 
A record 77 Indigenous candidates are seeking office in the 2021 federal election. We invite three of them to discuss their priorities. The Green Party's Lorraine Rekmans is a candidate for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes; Chippewas Kettle and Stony Point First Nation Chief Jason Henry is an NDP candidate for Lambton-Kent-Middlese…
 
This election has all the major parties promising to solve the housing affordability crisis. We evaluate the plans, and the ability of the federal government to solve the crisis with John Pasalis, president of Realosophy Realty; Tim Hudak, CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association; and National Post columnist Sabrina Maddeaux. See omnystudio.com/l…
 
Not all election promises are created equal when it comes to child care policies. We look at what each party has on offer and evaluate their feasibility. With Armine Yalnizyan, Atkinson Fellow on the Future of Workers; and Andrea Mrozek, Senior Fellow with Cardus Family. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said last week, "I've never seen this intensity of anger on the campaign trail, or in Canada." From social media and misinformation to declining trust in institutions and a growing sense of uncertainty about the world, how should Canadians understand what is driving this anger? Is this the angriest election in Canada? …
 
Seventeen Canadians died every day in 2020 from opioid overdoses, yet there has been relatively little discussion about it during this election. What are the plans from the parties to address it? The Agenda examines the opioid crisis and what needs to happen to end this epidemic. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Carl Stone has been a huge influence on me – his work transported me from “Interested in that music tech stuff for making pop tunes” to “Let’s get serious!” His exploration into the nature of sampled sounds – and sampled/mashed/twisted tracks – took some of the ideas explored by Schaeffer, Cage, Reich and others, and gave them a whole new context. …
 
Several police departments across Ontario have reported an increase in hate crimes over the course of the last year. Ottawa reported a 56.9 per cent rise in 2020. In Halton, the increase was as high as 160 per cent. But some other jurisdictions, such as Hamilton, have reported decreases in incidences of such acts. Advocates believe this is because …
 
Award-winning filmmaker Deeyah Khan's latest offering, "Muslim in America: Legacy of Fear," looks at how American attitudes towards Muslims have become increasingly intolerant. The film, making its North American premier on TVO, presents people from both sides of the divide. Khan join us to talk about her findings. See omnystudio.com/listener for p…
 
Elections inspire a mix of reasons why people choose to vote for one party or another. There could be a shift from a preference for a leader to the party's brand and values, wedge issues or pocketbook promises. We invite the Globe and Mail's Robyn Urback; David Herle of the Gandalf Group; University of Toronto's Peter Loewen, and Western University…
 
What is the difference between Quebec and the rest of Canada regarding voting behaviour? How do political leaders and their campaigns calculate what issues to underscore and which ones to avoid to make the most of the large pool of seats up for grabs in that region? Daniel Beland, director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada; and Stépha…
 
Steve Paikin speaks to Brian Clark, a retired Canadian businessman and one of only 18 survivors of the World Trade Center's South Tower in New York on September 11, 2001. He discusses his experience being at the centre of the terrorist attack that defined the 21st century. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Ontario is a vital part of the outcome of federal elections. So, what do Ontario voters want to hear from the leaders before they make a decision on September 20? Steve Paikin gets a read from around the province with pollster Erin Kelly, CEO of Advanced Symbolics, Inc.; political columnist Susan Delacourt; Nipissing University political science pr…
 
Annie Kidder, executive director at People for Education; and Caroline Alphonso, education reporter at the Globe and Mail talk to Nam Kiwanuka about the challenges that lie ahead as the province attempts another in-class learning school year. Will students and parents feel safe in that environment? And, have students fallen too far behind? See omny…
 
It was a busy week at Queen's Park. Just days after announcing a vaccine passport for the province, the Ontario legislature was prorogued until Oct. 4. In this week's episode, Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath will have an update on that. They will also discuss the details of the vaccine passports and why small businesses are concerned. Also, t…
 
As families across the province prepare for a new school year, parents might be worrying about the safety of their children during COVID-19's fourth wave. We invite parents from across the province discuss their concerns as well as their hopes for Ontario's fresh attempt at in-class learning. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Fast-rising home prices in southern-Ontario markets, together with the pressures of the pandemic, are driving people in search of more affordable options farther north. As a result, northern Ontarians are being priced out of their own communities, both in real estate and rentals - and they're looking for solutions from the next federal government. …
 
In the early 1990s, the nascent Bob Rae government confronted a deep recession. It legislated The Social Contract, bringing in the infamous Rae Days: time off without pay for thousands of public-sector employees. The first budget implemented stimulus spending, a concept that hadn't been practiced since pre-Second World War. Since stimulus spending …
 
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