The Agenda with Steve Paikin (Video)
Summary: 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.
When voters are asked to list their top issues, health care invariably breaks the top five. This time around, the parties' offerings range from boosting the Canada Health Transfer to major new pharma and dental care plans. The Agenda unpacks the proposals on offer to Canadians.
Earlier this year, The Agenda featured an interview with journalist Renee Pellerin about her new book, ,Conspiracy of Hope., The gist of the book is that too many women are going for unnecessary mammograms. It was a controversial book and prompted a dissenting email to the show from Dr. Paula Gordon, a clinical professor in the radiology department at the University of British Columbia, and senior radiologist at the Sadie Diamond Breast Program at B.C. Women's Hospital and Health Care. So, in the interest of equal time, The Agenda welcomes Dr. Gordon for the other side of the debate.
In past election campaigns, debt and deficits have dominated the conversation. Think of Paul Martin's demand in the 1990s to slay the deficit dragon ,come hell or high water., Even in the last federal election, the NDP ran on a promise of balancing the budget. This time around, concerns about debt and deficits are barely registering. The Agenda discusses why there is a conversation deficit about the country's debt.
When you're dead, who inherits your twitter followers? Who controls your Instagram profile, or you're your online trading account? It's not something that many of us think about, but author Sharon Hartung's has researched this delicate online issue. She joins The Agenda to talk about her book, "Your Digital Undertaker: Exploring Death in the Digital Age in Canada."
Most of Canada's population lives in cities along the southern border. That means during a federal election campaign, issues such as transit, housing, and affordability translate into complicated cross-jurisdictional problems. The Agenda discusses what the parties are offering on key urban priorities.
The last two federal leaders' debates took place this week - the English debate and the second French debate. Did they change the conversation, or the race? Nam Kiwanuka talks to Erin Kelly, CEO of Advanced Symbolics Inc., the pollster with Polly, the artificial intelligence algorithm that's watching this all very closely.
The Agenda's weekly review includes debriefing the federal English-language leaders' debate. Then, a discussion of where the parties stand on climate policy. And, journalist Robyn Doolittle discusses her book, "Had It Coming: What's Fair in the Age of #MeToo."
Every election has its own rhythm: what issues matter, who gets traction, what does and doesn't end up defining the race. For more than 40 years, Jeffrey Simpson has watched politicians across Canada campaign. The Governor-General's award-winning author and former Globe and Mail national affairs columnist talks to Steve Paikin about his impressions of this year's race.
Board games are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Is it an ironic-retro thing or just a good way to spend some leisure time? The Agenda talks to board-game enthusiasts who say those activities are so much more than just fun and games, but rather, a window into the human condition.
American comedian, actor, and musician in the band Valley Lodge, Dave Hill is immensely proud of his one-quarter Canadian roots. Fuelled by his grandfather's assertion that Canada is the greatest nation on earth, Hill set out years later to discover the truth. The result is his book, "Parking the Moose: One American's Epic Quest to Uncover His Incredible Canadian Roots," and he talks to Steve Paikin about all he learned.
Northern Ontario needs immigrants to fill jobs and keep its economy going. The federal government has addressed the need with a pilot project to direct newcomers to rural and northern areas, but what will happen after the election? Northwestern Ontario Hub reporter Jon Thompson fills us in.
Ontario is a huge province, and most of it is north of the French River. For transportation infrastructure, that means long distances and complex needs. For federal parties in this election, does it make for defining platform ideas? The Agenda finds out from Charles Cirtwill, president & CEO of the Northern Policy Institute.
Climate change is on the minds of voters in the federal election, and with only a few weeks until E-Day, they're still looking for answers to how parties intend do Canada's part to tackle the world-wide issue. The Agenda examines where the major parties stand on everything from pipelines to carbon taxes, and what their climate-action plans look like.
For her 2017 Globe and Mail "Unfounded" series, Robyn Doolittle spent two years investigating how police and the courts handle sexual assault cases in Canada. Her new book, "Had It Coming: What's Fair in the Age of #MeToo," picks up where her gender-based violence investigation left off. Tonight, she talks to Nam Kiwanuka about how attitudes around sexual behaviour have changed and still need to change.
It's been two years since a New York Times exposé brought Harvey Weinstein's alleged history of sexual harassment and assault into the open. The reaction was swift and resulted in a cultural reckoning. But what's happening now? The Agenda assesses where the worldwide movement took gender relations and how it has affected society, from personal and workplace relationships to policing and the courts.