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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.
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The federal government recently announced a $2.4 billion dollar investment in artificial intelligence. It includes money earmarked to accelerate the adoption of AI in sectors as far flung as health care and agriculture. The feds say this will help to 'secure Canada's AI advantage." But does Canada even have an advantage in AI compared to our neighb…
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Kristen den Hartog's book, "The Roosting Box," takes a look behind the walls of the Christie Street Veteran's Hospital in Toronto, also known as the Dominion Orthopedic Hospital. For nearly 30 years, the hospital treated thousands of injured soldiers. And as Jeyan Jeganathan discovers, the hospital was a place filled with the aftermath of war, but …
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A stark increase in "bad faith " renovictions of Hamilton tenants in the last decade, a tent city on the grounds of Hamilton city hall. What is happening there to create these unfortunate situations? We talk to a landlord, tenants, and the city councillor who helped usher in the bylaw set to begin next year. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy …
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Hamilton has passed a new "bad faith" renoviction bylaw that makes it more difficult to drive existing tenants out of their homes to attract new ones at a higher price. Is it needed in other Ontario cities, too? Or is there more the province can do to help residents with affordable alternatives. We ask Patrick Johnstone, mayor of New Westminster, B…
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According to a Statistics Canada report late last year, Ontario has the second highest rate of human trafficking in Canada. A high concentration of urban area is said to contribute to the higher rates of human trafficking in the province, as well as easy access to international border crossings. Law enforcements are working towards catching those c…
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In the face of a media landscape full of alarming headlines about climate change, it can be hard to hang on to hope for the future of our planet. Shelby Riskin of University of Toronto, along with David Pearson and Gerard Courtin (Laurentian University) discuss the urgent need for stories of recovery, optimism, and concrete action to improve our fu…
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Following up on the elimination by the Ontario government of the pilot project in Hamilton, Thunder Bay and Lindsay. Then, will Canada follow suit if the U.S. bans the popular social media app, TikTok. And how can companies be held accountable for their greenwashing practices? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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The merger of Canada's two largest telecoms - Rogers and Shaw - sparked a corporate drama of epic proportions in the spring of 2021. And the full-throttle fight for control of an empire spanned not just the boardroom, but also within a deeply divided family. Alexandra Posadzki is a telecom reporter for the Globe and Mail, and helped pulled back the…
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Steve Joordens, a University of Toronto psychology professor, speaks to TVO about understanding the driving force behind curiosity and how to harness it. We visit his lecture to see curiosity-driven learning in action and find out from students how they stay engaged in the classroom. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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As the Competition Bureau is stepping in to crackdown on greenwashing, companies could be forced to back up their environmental claims with adequate and proper tests, and not just on their products but also on their business operations. After a Canadian coffee company was fined $3 million for being dishonest about its single-use cups as recyclable,…
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Jane Goodall has long been an iconic figure for conservation and the fight against climate change. In celebration of her 90th birthday, scientists David Pearson, Shelby Riskin, and Gerard Courtin discuss Goodall’s legacy of hope. THey also touch on the importance of emphasizing stories of concrete action, recovery, and optimism for the next generat…
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In 2017, Kathleen Wynne's government piloted a three-year basic income project in the Hamilton area, Thunder Bay, and Lindsay. Shortly after Doug Ford's Conservative win in 2018, it was announced that the pilot would be cancelled, after only a year. In early March of this year, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice certified a class- action claim a…
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Tenants across the GTA are engaged in rent strikes due to what they say are unsafe and unfair conditions. Above guideline rent increases are at issue. This means landlords raise rents above Ontario government rates. And although property owners say they're within their legal rights to upgrade the buildings, some long-term tenants may not be able to…
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For the past decade, HMCS Ojibwa, a Cold War-era submarine, has welcomed hundreds of tourists to Port Burwell, Ontario since the decommissioned sub was converted into a tourist attraction. After more than 30 years of service, the submarine was destined for the salvage yard, but was saved by the Elgin Military Museum in St. Thomas. As host Jeyan Jeg…
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Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy has unveiled Ontario's budget and it's a big one. The province is spending an unprecedented amount on building infrastructure projects but is expected to see large deficits over the next two years. Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath dig into the details. The Ontario Liberal Party has announced its candidate…
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Tinder and Hinge, the top two dating apps in Canada, are being accused of having a "predatorY" business model by six American app users. Some psychologists are calling this lawsuit absurd and are saying that the responsibility lies in the hands of the user. Where other experts say the interface plays a large part in encouraging users to continue sw…
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Canada routinely faces criticism that it does not meet spending commitments as a NATO ally. And recently, the Department of National Defence's own internal reporting painted an alarming picture of the state of the Canadian Armed Forces. Polling shows that Canadians increasingly worry about what this all means for the country's presence on the world…
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Nathan Keeshig of Ziibaakdakaan Maple was able to tap the sugar maples at Cape Croker park weeks earlier than usual this year. With the weather being unpredictable, what does climate change mean for Canada's favourite condiment? David Pearson of Laurentian University weighs in on where the sugar maples will likely thrive by the end of the century. …
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