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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:...

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, 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, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung. Links mentioned in the...

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, 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,...

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, 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, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.

Duration:00:39:21

Why Ontarians 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 historical look at what makes voting in Canada unique. Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara. Podcast Intern: Michal Stein, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.

Duration:00:08:56

Is blue the new orange in the northeast?

5/10/2018
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Guest: Claude Sharma. Northeastern Ontario is shaping up to be one of the most interesting regions in the provincial election. A 2016 byelection win in Sault Ste. Marie gave the Progressive Conservative party an opening, but the region has deep NDP roots. And while the Liberal party has only one seat, it's held by prominent MPP Glenn Thibeault. TVO's northeastern hub reporter Claude Sharma joins The Agenda on Politics to provide insight into the issues that will drive votes in the region....

Duration:00:33:25

Toronto's top transit priority

5/3/2018
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Guest: Andy Manahan. Overcrowding on the Yonge subway line is one of Toronto's more pressing transit issues, and it makes the need for a relief line all the more important. Andy Manahan, executive director of the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO), explains why the city desperately needs relief. He also discusses why a fast-moving transit system in Toronto is important for the rest of the province. Host: John Michael McGrath, Producers: Colin Ellis and Tim...

Duration:00:30:25

Business goes to the ballot box

4/26/2018
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Guest: Jan De Silva. The Toronto Region Board of Trade has released four policy playbooks calling for changes in the areas of energy, transit, housing and competitiveness. The board's President and CEO Jan De Silva joins the podcast to dig into these playbooks and look at how the candidates are doing. Host: John Michael McGrath, Producers: Colin Ellis and Tim Alamenciak, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Podcast Manager: Hannah Sung.

Duration:00:35:30

How to win votes and influence people

4/19/2018
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Guest: Tim Abray. The candidates came out of the gates strong with the PCs launching attacks against the Liberals, the Liberals firing back, and the NDP and Green Party trying desperately to attract the spotlight amid the fray. Tim Abray, Queens University doctoral candidate, studies how voters respond to political campaigns, and he joins The Agenda on Politics to break down the strategies employed by all four major parties. Host: John Michael McGrath, Producers: Colin Ellis and Tim...

Duration:00:41:25

First Nations and the 2018 Ontario election

4/12/2018
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Guest: Chief Isadore Day. The Chiefs of Ontario represents 133 First Nations communities in the province, and in this upcoming election, we wanted to get a better understanding of what issues they want to see made front-and-centre. Chief Isadore Day is Regional Chief of Ontario, and he gives us his view on relations between the province's First Nations communities and the Ontario government, what he thinks of the recent Liberal budget, and what he hopes the party leaders commit to for...

Duration:00:34:08

The blackboard battlefield

4/5/2018
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Guest: Kris Rushowy. Education is hugely important but so far has mainly been discussed through the lens of the sex ed curriculum. Veteran journalist Kris Rushowy spent more than 15 years covering education for the Toronto Star and now reports for its Queen's Park bureau. She joins The Agenda on Politics to map the battlefield of education. Also: We explore the riding of Oshawa in a new audio documentary segment. Host: John Michael McGrath, Producers: Colin Ellis and Tim Alamenciak,...

Duration:00:35:13

Budget 2018: Live from the lockup

3/29/2018
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Guest: Sheila Block. The Liberal government has unveiled the 2018 Ontario budget, promising billions in new spending and running a deficit once more. Sheila Block, senior economist for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, explores the ins and outs of the budget and whether it's as "progressive" as it could be. Also featuring QP Briefing editor Jessica Smith Cross. Host: John Michael McGrath, Producers: Colin Ellis and Tim Alamenciak, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Podcast...

Duration:00:32:30

Eastern Ontario's shifting battleground

3/22/2018
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Guest: David Rockne Corrigan. The province's east has traditionally been a battleground between the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives, but things could be different this election. The landscape has changed, with seven new ridings, and if early polls are any indication the Liberal party could be on shaky ground. TVO's eastern Ontario hub reporter talks about how the race is shaping up. Host: John Michael McGrath, Producers: Colin Ellis and Tim Alamenciak, Technical Producer: Matthew...

Duration:00:28:22

Can Tories learn to love carbon pricing (again?)

3/15/2018
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Guest: Mark Cameron. The carbon tax was a pillar of Patrick Brown's PC platform, but newly elected leader Doug Ford has vowed to scrap it. Conservatives have a complex relationship with climate change, and nobody knows that better than Mark Cameron, executive director of Canadians for Clean Prosperity, and former policy director for prime minister Stephen Harper. Host: John Michael McGrath, Producers: Colin Ellis and Tim Alamenciak, Technical Producer: Matthew O'Mara, Podcast Manager:...

Duration:00:31:48

Decision day for the Ontario PC party

3/8/2018
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This weekend, Ontario's Progressive Conservative party will vote on a new leader to replace Patrick Brown. In this episode, Rocco Achampong joins us to discuss the tumultuous past few weeks from his perspective as a member of the PC party. Achampong is a Toronto-based lawyer and former provincial PC candidate for the riding of St. Paul's. He is also a former candidate in the mayoral race in Toronto in 2010. Host: John Michael McGrath, Producers: Colin Ellis and Tim Alamenciak, Technical...

Duration:00:33:41

The Green Party's vision for Ontario

3/1/2018
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Guest: Taylor Howarth. Despite not having a seat in the legislature, the Green Party of Ontario still manages to make their voice heard. So what's it going to take for them to win a seat in this election? We talk with Taylor Howarth, the Green Party's eastern Ontario representative on the party executive and a former Green candidate, about her party's vision for the province. Host: John Michael McGrath, Manager Video & Podcast: Hannah Sung, Producers: Colin Ellis and Tim Alamenciak,...

Duration:00:33:02