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The Agenda with Steve Paikin is TVO's flagship current affairs program - devoted to exploring the social, political, cultural and economic issues that are changing our world, at home and abroad. The Agenda airs weeknights at 8:00 PM EST on TVO - Canada's largest educational broadcaster.

The Agenda with Steve Paikin is TVO's flagship current affairs program - devoted to exploring the social, political, cultural and economic issues that are changing our world, at home and abroad. The Agenda airs weeknights at 8:00 PM EST on TVO - Canada's largest educational broadcaster.






The Agenda with Steve Paikin is TVO's flagship current affairs program - devoted to exploring the social, political, cultural and economic issues that are changing our world, at home and abroad. The Agenda airs weeknights at 8:00 PM EST on TVO - Canada's largest educational broadcaster.






Liberal Democracy Does Not Flourish on Self Loathing

Can liberal democracies remain liberal when contending with global emergencies such as epidemics and global warming. A conversation with Michael Ignatieff, former Liberal leader and currently the president and rector of Central European University in Vienna. See for privacy information.


How Much Free Speech do Canadians Want?

Canada is the fifth-best democracy in the world but only a fifth of all Canadians are comfortable expressing their political opinions in public. To discuss how much free speech is tolerable in Canada, we invite journalists Irshad Manji, Michael Coren, Shree Paradkar, and Jonathan Kay. See for privacy information.


Turning Our Back on Long-Term Care?

André Picard, the Globe and Mail's award-winning health columnist, has covered long-term Care in Canada for decades. His new book, "Neglected No More: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada's Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic," casts a lens on the effects of COVID-19 on this sector and the conditions that led to so many deaths. See for privacy information.


Has Ontario Failed Long-Term Care?

The Ontario government has promised - more than once - that it would put an iron ring around seniors in this province. But as the government's own Long-term Care Commission established, residents and staff in that sector have been devastatingly affected during the COVID-19 emergency. To discuss how and why we got here, we invite Peter Shawn Taylor, senior features editor at C2C Journal; Vivian Stamatopoulos, long-term care researcher with Ontario Tech University and co-founder of the...


Where Are Ontario's Vaccines?

Ontarians are understandably anxious to recieve their COVID-19 vaccinations, but what are the realistic rollout timelines, and what is holding things up? The Agenda welcomes Simon Fraser University's Caroline Colijn; Nick Taylor Vaisey, Maclean's associate editor, and Isaac Bogoch, associate professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. See for privacy information.


A Searing Tale of Homelessness

Journalist and author Denise Davy discusses her latest book, "Her Name Was Margaret: Life and Death on the Streets." Meticulously researched, it weaves a deeply compassionate portrait of Margaret Jacobson's life from her childhood to her death as a homeless woman on the streets of Hamilton, Ont. See for privacy information.


The Human Genome Project: 20 Years Later

In February 2001, the Human Genome Project, tasked with assembling the three billion base pairs of the entire human genome, published its first draft. Twenty years on, what were the advantages of the research. The Agenda examines the legacy of biology's so-called moonshot. See for privacy information.


The Promise and Peril of Our Gene Future

After 3.8 billion years, humankind is about to start evolving by new rules. Our ability to read, write, and hack our DNA is growing fast - and we are not ready, says Jamie Metzl, author of "Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity." He joins to discuss the promise and peril of our genetic future. See for privacy information.


What Are the Risks of Toronto's Extended Lockdown?

Forty per cent of the country's manufactured goods come from Toronto and regions surrounding it. But with the city in extended stay-at-home orders, what are the consequences for the rest of the province and country when the city is out of order. Jan De Silva, CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade; and Toronto City Councillor Joe Cressy discuss the difficult balance of protecting public-health and supporting business and the economy. See for privacy information.


COVD-19's Toll on Nature in Ontario

Conservation organizations such as the National Conservancy of Canada and the Thames Talbot Land Trust worry about the toll on greenspaces of increased usage by people seeking relief and exercise during the pandemic. Southwestern Ontario Hub journalist Mary Baxter reports on the challenges of protecting precious ecosystems from a sudden large volume of visitors? See for privacy information.


Breaking Stereotypes on Political Leanings

Our review of the week begins with a look at why it's not a foregone conclusion that Black voters always lean left. Then, does Canada still need it provincial equalization policy? What is the future for pipelines in the country? And, why the pandemic is not hitting all demographics equally. See for privacy information.


Dr. Theresa Tam: How Can Canada Defeat COVID-19?

While Canada lags in the international vaccination effort and is dealing with outbreaks of COVID-19 variants, Steve Paikin speaks to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam. They discuss what must still be done in the next stage of virus containment in the country. See for privacy information.


Equity, Economic Recovery, and COVID-19

COVID-19 has disproportionately affected low-income neighbourhoods and essential workers. Vulnerable neighbourhoods are densely populated, are comprised of crowded housing arrangements, and bursting bus routes. Essential work is not the type of job that allows for telecommuting, and many workers are disproportionately Black, Indigenous and people of colour. How does this reality affect the collective economic recovery so that it's equal for all? See for privacy...


Equalization in Canada: The Politics of Sharing

Canada's equalization program has been in place for six decades, yet few people understand how it works. To discuss "the glue that keeps Canada together," we welcome journalist Mary Janigan; Massey College principal Nathalie Des Rosiers; and University of Calgary economics professor Trevor Tombe. See for privacy information.


The Future of Pipelines

Pipelines were once considered to be a barometer for Canada-U.S. energy relations and energy security. But it seems times are changing. What is the future of Canada's oil and gas sector, largely dependent on pipelines? We look at the economic and political implications of President Joe Biden's cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, and the uncertainty surrounding Enbridge's Line 5, supplier of much of Ontario's crude oil. See for privacy information.


Can Psychedelics Transform Mental-Health Care?

When SSRI medications were introduced in the 1980s, there were hopes they could forever change mental-health treatment. Since then, many are still not as effective as they could be. Now, attention is focusing on psychedelics, such as magic mushrooms and LSD. In December, Health Canada approved some exemptions to the ban on these drugs. We look at the promise of these drugs, and what the science really says about them. See for privacy information.


Roman Mars: Finding Hidden Brilliance in Urban Design

When people look for great design in a city, they're often looking up, and while some skyscrapers involve incredible designs, the wonder can really be found everywhere, according to podcast host and author Roman Mars. He describes how design affects behaviour, and why urban dwellers should appreciate the mundane but brilliant designs in the city. See for privacy information.


What Does it Mean to be a Black Conservative?

Do Black voters generally lean toward liberal ideologies? Our panel discusses and perhaps dispels that concept. We welcome the Ontario government's Advocate for Community Opportunities Jamil Jivani; a former candidate for the federal conservatives, Lilly Obina; political advisor Frances Bradshaw; and Carmen Wilson, of the Conservative Black Congress of Canada to discuss ideology, racism, identity politics, and how conservative politics might be the ideal place for Black Canadians to cast...


Charles Pascal: Learning How to Lead in Public Service

Steve Paikin speaks to veteran former deputy minister Charles Pascal, who was responsible for much of Ontario's early childhood education system, helping to introduce full-day kindergarten. He shares wisdom from his five decades in the educational trenches, the topic of his book, "Leading from the Inside Out: Hard-Earned lessons from Education, Government, and Baseball." See for privacy information.


Nursing in Northern Ontario

Northwestern Ontario Hub journalist Nick Dunne reports on a shortage of health-care workers in northern regions of the province. See for privacy information.