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Students of the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy analyze the news of the day with a fine tooth comb.

Students of the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy analyze the news of the day with a fine tooth comb.
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Students of the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy analyze the news of the day with a fine tooth comb.




Inuit Reconciliation and Self-Governance

The Government of Canada’s recent announcement of an Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee has reaffirmed the unique political predicament the Inuit peoples of Canada face. It is paramount that the reconciliatory endeavors of the Canadian government recognize and are sensitive to that uniqueness. As well as contending with a host of ...

Duration: 00:59:57

Affordable Housing and the National Strategy

This show is part 2 to the previous show on Affordable Housing and Homelessness about the landscape of affordable housing and homelessness in Canada and some of the policy responses taking place from all levels of government and community organizations. It comes as no surprise that the nation ...

Duration: 00:59:35

BTH Insight Series Ep. 2: Cryptography, Abortion Access and Disability Rights in the Labour Market

This is the second episode of the BTH Insight Series, where we examine various policy topics within the hour. On today’s show, we discuss the barriers Canadian women face in accessing the abortion pill Myfegimiso, the public security, safety, and privacy implications of cryptography, and the labour market barriers ...

Duration: 00:59:15

Abortion Access Barriers Part 2

This is part 2 of a 2 part series. On our last show about abortion access barriers in Canada, we provided listeners with an on the ground look by talking to non-profit organizations and activists to see how accessing abortion is still an issue in Canada. This week, we ...

Duration: 00:59:17

NAFTA in the Digital Era

The election of Donald Trump has brought renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to the forefront of Canada’s trade priorities. Discussions have ranged from our agricultural supply regimes to tariffs, but one potentially transformative aspect relates to digital rights. NAFTA, which came into force in January of ...

Duration: 00:56:38

Rainbow Refuge: LGBTQ Refugees in Canada

The significant growth in LGBTQ rights organizations around the world has led to advances in LGBTQ rights and calls for further changes. However, there has also been increase in systemic discrimination and violence against LGBTQ populations in certain regions around the world. It is illegal to be gay in ...

Duration: 00:59:15

Witchcraft and Zombie Laws

How do we decide when the occult and the paranormal are real or fake? Is that the place of the criminal justice system? When do we deem someone’s religious practises “authentic”? Today, to discuss witchcraft legislation, social stigma and bill-C51, we will be joined by criminal defence attorney Jordan Palmer and tarot card ...

Duration: 00:57:20

Housing and Homelessness

This week’s show is about affordable housing and homelessness in Ontario, the GTA, and across the country. Currently, the nation is in a housing crisis as the housing market lacks supply of social and affordable housing. The costs of living in cities across Canada for shelter and basic necessities ...

Duration: 00:59:48

Child Mortality

Child Mortality is a core indicator for child health and well-being. The toll of children under the age of five over the past two decades is staggering: between 1990 and 2015, 236 million children worldwide died before their fifth birthday. In 2000, the world leaders agreed on one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as …

Duration: 00:57:47

Canadian Content in a Digital World: Assessing Policy Options

In April 2016, Canada’s Heritage Ministry launched a review to overhaul Canadian cultural policies for the first time in decades. The impetus? To bring Canada into the digital age. Public consultations with consumers and content creators intend to modernize Canada’s cultural properties, everything from the Broadcast Act to the Telecommunications Act to the Canadian Radio-television …

Duration: 00:59:57

Police Accountability in the GTA – Part 1

As the Toronto Police Services’ (TPS) budget increases, internal reforms to combat the organization’s disciplinary system and every-day operations have lagged. Reports and internal reviews have also not enacted visible changes. Beyond the Headlines takes a look at this issue in a two part series. The first episode features former TPS Chief, Alok Mukherjee, and Anna Willats of the Police Accountability …

Affordable Housing – Part 1

Over 200,000 Canadians experience homelessness every year. Thousands more live in precarious housing. Research shows that the most vulnerable people can maintain housing with the appropriate supports – which is the basis of the Housing First approach central to new housing policies across the country. However, Canada is facing an affordable housing crisis. How can …

Duration: 00:56:41


This episode will explore the organizational capacity of the not-for-profit sector. The not-for-profit is a service provider to the general public, an advocate for community needs, and an overall driver of economic growth. Despite its growing importance, it still remains overlooked in many public policy discussions. We will be asking our guests about how the

Duration: 00:52:17

Ontario Sexual Health and Education

The Province of Ontario is implementing a new Health and Physical Education curriculum in September of 2015, though a consortium of changes are ahead, the most significant are changes to the Sexual Education Curriculum. Elementary students in particular will be expectedat an earlier age to identify body parts, including genitalia; and those in grade eight

Duration: 00:56:40

2015 Cadario Lecture with Atif R. Mian

On April 2, 2015,the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto held its annual Cadario Visiting Lecture. This years lecture was entitled, Does The Global Financial System Work For Us? Beyond the Headlines presents to you an interview with Atif R. Mian and highlights from his lecture this year. Speaker Bio:

Duration: 00:56:50

Map Room Session 2015

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Beyond the Headlines recorded a special episode titledLooking Forward, Looking Back: Reflections on Careers in the Public Service. For this special episode, we recordeda panel interview withfour highly successful former public servants and a live studio audience in CIUT 89.5FMs Map Room Studio. Our panelists spent decades of their careers

Duration: 00:57:11

Resilient Cities

How do urban centresaddressinequality? How do citiesprepare and overcomeextreme weather and climate change? How do cities respond to crisessuch ashealth outbreaks or terrorist attack? How do wecreating more sustainable cities/green cities? What makes a city resilient to emergencies and persistent social issues? Our experts guests will help us answer these questions. Tagged: emergency, infrastructure, innovation,

Duration: 00:56:21

Police Community Relations in Toronto

The episode will look at Police Community Relations in the City of Toronto. We will be asking our guests what they think about Toronto Police Services efforts to improve engagement with minority communities. Torontoscurrent chief, Bill Blair will be replaced this springwhat role dopolice community relations playin selecting a new police chief? Tagged: Anthony Morgan,

Duration: 00:59:58

Ontario Municipal Board Reform

The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is a quasi-judicial board responsible for hearing land use planning appeals. The last several years have seen this unelected body criticized for usurping the decisions of municipalities, being developer friendly and not being consciousness of community needs. For more perspectives on proposed reforms to the OMB, see statements by the

Duration: 00:57:54

Intergenerational Equity

Young people today face many barriers to financial stability including high tuition fees, housing prices and limited child care spaces. At the same time, there is an aging population in Canada and across North America with many seniors exiting the workforce. The result has primarily been government policies, especially in health care, leading to large

Duration: 00:58:57

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