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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…
 
Niagara Region Public Health has been using mobile data to try to curb the spread of COVID-19. As Ontario slowly begins to reopen, Hamilton-Niagara Hub journalist Justin Chandler tells us what has been revealed and how can that help moving forward. 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…
 
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.…
 
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…
 
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.…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Most of the people who run for office are age 40 plus. With one year and counting until the next provincial election, we'll talk to three of the youngest candidates seeking office in the 2022 election, and why they're turning their interests to politics. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
The Agenda checks in on Niagara, evaluating the economic and tourism fall-out of COVID-19. Host Nam Kiwanuka speaks to Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati and Niagara business owners to get a better sense of a region that provides much of the province's fruit and vegetables, hugs a long-closed U.S. border, and is home to Canada's largest wine region. S…
 
Recent COVID-19 outbreaks in certain apartment buildings in Hamilton have raised concerns about how the virus spreads. Is it through close contact, or outdated ventilation? Hamilton-Niagara Ontario Hubs journalist Justin Chandler discusses his research into the troubling matter and what is being done to address it. See omnystudio.com/listener for p…
 
How is India climbing out of its deadly situation with COVID-19? Then, is it harmful to be too positive and not process life's natural ups and downs? And, what are the effects of the pandemic on Ontario's health care sector? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.Door TVO | Steve Paikin
 
With the Liberal government's $135 billion budget and President Biden's ambitious stimulus bill in the U.S., governments across the world are employing big, bold plans to pull their nations out of the pandemic. It's reminiscent of post-war government intervention in the economy and a complete about-face from the neo-liberal policies of the past 40 …
 
"The future of mankind is far from secure." That's the rather ominous first line of Dr. Mark Poznansky's new book, "Saved by Science: The Hope and Promise of Synthetic Biology." The book outlines how humans can harness the power of science to solve humanity's big, existential problems such as health, hunger, and pollution. See omnystudio.com/listen…
 
India was one of the bright spots in the story of keeping COVID-19 under control. Now, it's become the worst COVID-19 crisis in the world. Leading Indian journalist Barkha Dutt (The Washington Post) joins us from New Delhi with a first-hand account of the major challenges there. She'll be joined by infectious disease specialist Dr. Anna Banerji (Un…
 
Why does it seem so difficult to turn good research and recommendations into effective government policy? We examine the field of implementation science and policymaking with those who have seen the pitfalls firsthand and know how they can sometimes prevent expert advice from being successfully put into practice. See omnystudio.com/listener for pri…
 
Former NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo represented Parkdale-High Park from 2006 to 2017, but the life she experienced before she got into politics was remarkable. She chronicles it all in a new memoir, "The Queer Evangelist: A Socialist Clergy's Radically Honest Tale." DiNovo talks to Steve Paikin about her early life, her political life, and her achievements…
 
Sometimes well-meaning messages of support, encouragement, and optimism can make an emotionally challenging situation even worse for those living through it. Toxic positivity, which has also been described as unrealistic optimism or excessive positivity, is an easy trap to fall into. To share insights on how to embrace when things aren't okay, we w…
 
Last week's report from the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario outlined a multibillion-dollar gap between what the provincial government intends to spend on health care, and what it hopes to achieve. Add to that a surgical backlog that will take years to clear, and it leaves many questions. Financial Accountability Officer Peter Weltman pro…
 
Health-care spending was an ongoing concern before the pandemic hit. Now, with so much upended by COVID-19, can the province find a way forward? To learn more, we welcome Globe and Mail health columnist André Picard; health columnist for the Globe and Mail; Rosalie Wyonch, health policy economist at the C.D. Howe Institute; and Sheila Block, senior…
 
COVID-19 immunization strategies in rural, remote, and small-town regions of northern Ontario are not as logistically straight-forward as in larger municipalities. From vaccine delivery to information about availability and travel to actual appointments, the effort to get citizens immunized creates a whole host of unique challenges. Northeastern On…
 
The news around vaccines is mostly good and getting better. There are more of them and more people are eligible to receive them. But, after this week's AstraZeneca vaccine pause questions remain, especially from those who've already received one dose. To help us understand where Ontario is at in its progress we invite Dr. Kate Miller, family physic…
 
Why has the price of lumber soared beyond affordability and sometimes stalled construction? In the current real-estate market, does it make more sense to rent rather than buy property? Would it benefit the global vaccination effort to open up vaccine patents? And, does Bill C-10, a proposal to reform the Broadcasting Act, harm freedom of speech in …
 
The debate around Bill C-10, through which the federal government hopes to impose some restrictions on American social media giants, has resulted in controversy about whether such controls could result in stifling free speech. In another instalment of The Democracy Agenda, a partnership between TVO and the Toronto Star, Laura Tribe, executive direc…
 
What's known as representative democracy has been found wanting by many who do not feel represented. Hélène Landemore, author of "Open Democracy: Reinventing Popular Rule for the Twenty-First Century," presents ideas about what can be done about it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Early in the pandemic, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation predicted home prices would fall by almost 20 per cent. That's not what happened. In fact, 2020 brought some of the biggest year-over-year increases ever seen. While home prices in Toronto always seemed expensive to many, it's no longer just a big-city story. Economist Mike Moffatt …
 
Costs of homeownership in Ontario have skyrocketed since 2016. Increased demand has driven home prices up while supply lags far behind. According to Toronto's former city planner Jennifer Keesmaat, in the 1970s homes were twice an average salary. In 2000, that increased to five times. In 2019, they were up to 12 times salaries. As well, home costs …
 
Cinemas all over Ontario have been shuttered during this pandemic at great cost to the employees, theatre owners, and patrons who love seeing movies the way they're meant to be seen: on the big screen. To discuss this difficult time and what the future holds, we welcome Ellis Jacob, president and CEO of Cineplex, which operates 165 cinemas with mor…
 
COVID-19 has sent the price of lumber skyrocketing in the past year, due to a perfect pandemic storm of a renovation and homebuilding boom led by people stuck at home, low interest rates, and reduced mill capacity. What have the ripple effects been, who is it benefitting and harming, and just how sustainable is this? See omnystudio.com/listener for…
 
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