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Why are you teaching that to my kid?

6/10/2019
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The politics of education have tripped up every Ontario government in recent memory. But why? Why is the province so involved in what kids learn in school? And who decides what your kids learn? From sex ed to discovery math, John Michael McGrath explains why your kids learn what they do (and why it matters.)

Duration:00:38:08

What is a Queen's Park page?

6/3/2019
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Once upon a time, Legislative Pages delivered parcels for Members of Provincial Parliament. Today, students from all over the province participate in the Page Program, a crash course in Ontario politics that includes serving within the Legislative Chamber. Producer Matthew O'Mara - who was once a page - looks back on his experience in the program and speaks to current and former pages about why this program is so special.

Duration:00:35:47

How a Bill Becomes Law

5/27/2019
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You may think you remember how a bill becomes law from high school civics, but the truth is much more complicated. Citizens, activists, and MPPs from any party can play a role in creating the law of the land. John Michael McGrath drills down on "Ryan's Law," established in 2015, to show how the death of a young boy led to changes in Ontario's school system.

Duration:00:51:13

The Theatre of Question Period Explained

5/21/2019
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The grandstanding. The heckling. You might think that Question Period at Queen's Park is just a place for politicians with bad manners to mouth off. But John Michael McGrath goes beyond the insults and shouting matches to explain how the daily proceedings work, why the parties employ the tactics they do when asking and answering questions, and what role this legislative tradition plays in provincial democracy.

Duration:00:34:48

Peter Bethlenfalvy: The Money Man

5/13/2019
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At the peak of his career on Wall Street and Bay Street, Peter Bethlenfalvy left the financial sector behind to become the PC MPP for Pickering-Uxbridge. The president of the Treasury Board tells Steve Paikin about his Montreal roots, his parents' Second World War escape, and why he believes Queen's Park should be run like a business.

Duration:00:42:41

Bhutila Karpoche: Refugee to MPP

5/6/2019
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From growing up in Nepal to becoming the first person of Tibetan descent to hold office in North America, NDP MPP Bhutila Karpoche's story is not exactly typical for a politician. She charts her journey from refugee to MPP with Steve Paikin.

Duration:00:53:32

Michael Coteau: The Candidate

4/29/2019
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"I'm the exact opposite of Doug Ford. I grew up poor ... and I built something by myself." Liberal MPP Michael Coteau shares his story and his ambition to run for the Ontario Liberal leadership in conversation with Steve Paikin in this wide-ranging interview.

Duration:00:48:06

Jill Andrew: The Groundbreaker

4/22/2019
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NDP MPP Jill Andrew tells Steve Paikin how her life shapes her politics and why she feels she has been "the official Opposition" her whole life.

Duration:00:42:23

5 Things To Know About Indigenous Humour

4/15/2019
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Tim Fontaine, founder and "Editor-in-Grand-Chief" of Walking Eagle News and producer/host of APTN's The Laughing Drum, shares five things you should know about Indigenous humour.

Duration:00:02:36

Vic Fedeli: The Man of the Moment

4/15/2019
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Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli talks to Steve Paikin about his life, from early beginnings in northern Ontario to travelling the world to managing the province's pocketbook. And what's up with his yellow ties?

Duration:00:45:12

Welcome to Season 2 of #onpoli, a TVO podcast

4/9/2019
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#onpoli, a TVO podcast, is all about Ontario politics. Join hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath for this sneak peek at what we have in store. Through interviews and explainers, this podcast gives us a deeper understanding of how politics touches our day-to-day lives. Politics comes at you fast, so we're here to give you the bigger picture.

Duration:00:00:55

Question period

6/14/2018
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On the season finale of The Agenda on Politics, the pod squad assembles for our first ever mailbag episode. John Michael McGrath answers your questions on everything #onpoli and #onelxn, from the role the polls played in the race to what official party status really means. Host: John Michael McGrath, Producers: Colin Ellis and Tim Alamenciak, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Podcast Interns: Michal Stein and Nicole Edwards, Production Coordinator: Caitlin Plummer, Podcast Manager: Hannah...

Duration:00:37:54

An Ontario 'youthquake'?

6/7/2018
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Guest: Jane Hilderman. With Ontarians heading to the polls, The Agenda on Politics focuses on one group of voters who could make a big difference in this election: millennials. This cohort is notorious for not voting, but they could be the key to victory for one lucky party this time around. Jane Hilderman, executive director of The Samara Centre for Democracy looks at millennial attitudes to voting and how that could play out in this election. Host: John Michael McGrath, Producers: Colin...

Duration:00:35:08

Spoiled, rejected, and declined ballots

6/5/2018
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Have you ever wondered what a ballot tastes like? That's the question the Edible Ballot Society posed in 2000, and some of its members were fined as a result. Is there a better way to protest the vote? Matthew O'Mara and Michal Stein of The Agenda on Politics talk to experts about what it means to decline your ballot, and why Ontarians have that option. Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara. Podcast Intern: Michal Stein, Production Coordinator: Caitlin Plummer, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.

Duration:00:08:41

An orange Ontario?

5/31/2018
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Guest: Kim Wright. The New Democrats have surged in the polls, putting them within striking distance of forming government. With one week to go until election day, Kim Wright joins us to talk about the NDP's recent success, its struggles in the past, and what happens after the ballots are counted. Host: John Michael McGrath, Producers: Colin Ellis and Tim Alamenciak, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Podcast Intern: Michal Stein, Production Coordinator: Caitlin Plummer, Podcast Manager:...

Duration:00:33:12

Why absentee ballots matter

5/29/2018
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What do Canadian students, people in the military, and Canadians living abroad on temporary visas have in common? They can all vote in public elections with an absentee ballot. Matthew O'Mara and Michal Stein of The Agenda on Politics team talk to would-be voters and experts about what it means to vote in an election while you're living somewhere else. Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara. Podcast Intern: Michal Stein, Production Coordinator: Caitlin Plummer, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.

Duration:00:09:32

Data-driven democracy

5/24/2018
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Guest: Elizabeth Dubois. Data and politics have always been intertwined, but in the age of social media we are giving up more information than ever - and political parties are taking advantage of that. University of Ottawa assistant professor Elizabeth Dubois studies social media and politics. She joins us to talk about data gathering, the potential for misinformation and more. Host: John Michael McGrath, Producers: Colin Ellis and Tim Alamenciak, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Podcast...

Duration:00:33:36

Who gets to vote in Canada?

5/21/2018
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It took over a hundred years for all Canadians to be given the right to vote, but even today people face obstacles reaching the ballot box. As Ontarians weigh their options for the upcoming election, Matthew O'Mara and Michal Stein of The Agenda on Politics team take a historical look at how voting rights were extended to all Canadians. Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara. Podcast Intern: Michal Stein, Production Coordinator: Caitlin Plummer, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.

Duration:00:09:44

The two Ontarios

5/17/2018
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Guest: Mike Moffatt. The province's economy is doing well at the moment, but how is that prosperity being spread around? Canada 2020's Mike Moffatt joins us to discuss what he calls the "Two Ontarios." What are the two Ontarios? Who lives there? And what can anyone do to make one Ontario? Host: John Michael McGrath, Producers: Colin Ellis and Tim Alamenciak, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Podcast Intern: Michal Stein, Production Coordinator: Caitlin Plummer, Podcast Manager: Hannah...

Duration:00:39:21

Why do we vote in secret?

5/15/2018
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For weeks leading to elections, Ontarians follow the public campaigns; they weigh their options and make their decisions. Once at the ballot box, they vote in privacy, but it wasn't always that way. Matthew O'Mara and Michal Stein of The Agenda on Politics team take a social and historical look at voting in Canada. Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara. Podcast Intern: Michal Stein, Production Coordinator: Caitlin Plummer, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.

Duration:00:08:56