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Two intensive care physicians, Dr. Michael Warner (Michael Garron Hospital) and Dr. Shelly Dev (Sunnybrook Hospital) discuss the challenges of caring for critically ill COVID-19 patients and whether the government response is enough to protect Ontarians from the variant-driven third wave of the virus. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informa…
 
Our weekly wrap-up begins with a look at how the Ontario government has handled the COVID-19 response from a public health and messaging point of view. Then, what will it take to give kids the opportunity to go to summer camp this year? What will online learning look like in the future. And, does the real estate industry need stricter regulation? S…
 
New drivers across the province have experienced delays in getting their licences due to cancellation of road tests amid the various pandemic shutdowns. What are the consequences of this? Eastern Ontario Hub journalist Marsha McLeod talked to several Ontarians who've had to put their plans on hold until they could become legalized drivers. See omny…
 
Whether Canada's experiencing a pandemic housing bubble or not, affordability is a widespread concern. Adam Vaughan is the federal Liberal member for Spadina-Fort York; he's on the housing file as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. He discusses what Ottawa can do about the housing crunch. See o…
 
Bidding wars for sought after properties aren't new in Ontario's big urban centres. But houses and cottages selling for more than the asking price in much of the province is. And while that might make sellers, and real estate brokers happy, it's a tough time for buyers. Would change in the real estate industry itself help moderate over-heated times…
 
From a lockdown to a shutdown and now a province-wide stay-at home order, it's been hard to keep up with the pandemic restrictions in Ontario. Especially as they seem to be changing by the day. The Globe and Mail's Laura Stone; communications strategist Amanda Galbraith of Navigator Ltd.; and Dr. Gaibrie Stephen, a Peel Region emergency-room physic…
 
Efforts to return artwork stolen during the Holocaust to their rightful owners has been building. But the restitution process has minimal rules, requires painstaking research, is characterized by uncomfortable exchanges, lawsuits, and sometimes reluctant museums. Earlier this year, controversy surrounded the return of one piece from the Art Gallery…
 
Last year, summer camps were shut down. This year, Ontario's chief medical officer Dr. David Williams has given conditional support, depending on COVID-19 case counts, outbreaks and the circulating variants of concern. We learn how summer camps are hoping and preparing for the best. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
How does Ontario's proposed plan for online education differ from what existed before the pandemic? How would it be distributed? And is it a good idea. Guests: Michael Barbour, associate professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Services at Touro University California; Caroline Alphonso, education reporter, the Globe…
 
Three new polls are showing that if an election were held today, the Progressive Conservative party would come out with a majority. That's despite the fact the government has faced criticism over its handling of the pandemic. Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss how the numbers break down. Also, freelance Queen's Park reporter Sabrin…
 
It's been more than a year of massive spending by the federal and provincial governments to keep people afloat in the midst of a global pandemic. The result, record debts and soaring deficits. But who will pay for it all in the end? Joining us with their thoughts are Wilfred Laurier University's Tammy Schirle; economist Jeff Rubin; and University o…
 
Debt for many is a four-letter word. Older generations saw it as a terrifying burden. But that's not exactly so for younger generations. Shawn Stack, vice-president of the Insolvency Practice Bromwich and Smith, joins us to discuss how people's relationship with debt has changed. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Babies can't tell us what their consciousness is like. Fortunately, we have psychologist Alison Gopnik, who has spent years researching and writing on how babies think. She joins to tell us what adults and AI can learn from children, the topic of her book, "The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the…
 
What if you can't travel abroad, or enter stores, restaurants, gyms, or return to the office unless you have a vaccine passport? What will this mean for people's civil liberties? And, could it jeopardize their employment? We explore what a world with vaccine passports may look like. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
As Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig remain detained in China, their imprisonment has led to an increasingly strained relationship between the two countries. How should Canada respond to China's so-called hostage diplomacy? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.By TVO | Steve Paikin
 
In a rare media interview, and as two Canadians detained in China face controversial trials, Steve Paikin speaks to China's Ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu about the damaged relationship between the two countries, the reasons for it, and whether there is a way forward. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
How would you spend $173 billion? Last week, the province government laid out their answer. On the podcast, Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath dig into the headline items. Also, those budget items that don't make the big headlines but are just as important. And, why the Queen's Park press gallery has lodged a complaint with the premier's office …
 
Farah Alibay, a Canadian systems engineer from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, joins The Agenda to discuss her integral role in the Mars 2020 Mission. Her responsibilities include an ongoing involvement in the Perseverance Rover that successfully landed on Mars last month, and the Ingenuity Helicopter, slated to make the first attempt by an aircr…
 
Has artificial intelligence had an influence in the battle against COVID-19, and do we need to temper our expectations on what AI can do? Dr. Marzyeh Ghassemi (University of Toronto Computer Science and Medicine), and Naheed Kurji (Cyclica) join the Agenda to help us understand where things stand now. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informa…
 
Highlights from our Ontario Budget 2021 coverage, including a feature interview with Finance Minister Peter Bethelenfalvy. reaction from opposition parties, and a small business panel. Then, how is the province tackling homelessness, what's in the NDP's New Green climate proposal, and what are the consequences of big business deals such as the prop…
 
Southwestern Ontario Hub journalist Mary Baxter reports on how a new virtual athletic program is helping to keep students across the province involved and progressing in the team or solo sports they would normally be pursuing in-person had the COVID-19 pandemic not been a factor. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
People experiencing homelessness in Ontario are more vulnerable than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. From outbreaks in congregate settings to encampments popping up to provide temporary shelter, we discuss this important issue with Lakehead University's Rebecca Schiff; Rev. Ron Dunn, executive director of the Downtown Mission of Windsor; Nadine …
 
A year into a pandemic that has left Ontario with an unprecedented deficit, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy describes to Steve Paikin the toll COVID-19 has taken on the province's finances, how the PCs are boosting assistance to vulnerable sectors, and how they plan to dig the province out of a financial hole. See omnystudio.com/listener for pr…
 
The Agenda hears views of small business owners in Ontario as the government introduces its annual budget, one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Is there enough contained in the budget to help them recover their businesses. With guests, salon owner Tony Muia; small business advocate Michael Wood; and Ginger Robertson, co-owner of two Toronto restaur…
 
The Green New Democratic Deal is the Ontario NDP's plan to get the province to net-zero emissions by 2050. It includes returning Ontario to a cap-and-trade system, ensuring all new vehicles sold in Ontario are electric by 2035, and a massive building retro-fit program to save energy. The Agenda puts the plan under the microscope. See omnystudio.com…
 
Mark Carney lives in the rarified world of rock-star economists. The former governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England has written a book, "Value(s): Building a Better World for All," within which he argues that countries should be building economies and societies on human values, not market values. See omnystudio.com/listener for priva…
 
As vaccines continue to roll out in Ontario, the government has shifted the age categories to allow more people to be vaccinated. It's a move that has sparked hope for many Ontarians. Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss the details. Also, John Michael speaks with Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca about his party's pledge to kil…
 
The communications merger announced last week between Rogers and Shaw raises plenty of questions. Although the deal is not complete, such consolidation - particularly in the technology sectors - deserves some investigation. For a closer look, we welcome economist Robin Shaban; business reporter Murad Hemmadi; and investment lawyer Subrata Bhattacha…
 
According to New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, to make sense of modern-day America, it's necessary to look back, and with a wider lens. That's the mission of his new book, "The Decadent Society: America Before and After the Pandemic." See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.By TVO | Steve Paikin
 
Our review of The Agenda's week begins with a look at the toll the pandemic has taken on those providing care to their family members. Then, a look back on how at Canada's experience with COVID-19. And, how has Canada, as a liberal democracy responded to the pandemic? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
This week federal Minister of Health - and the MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North - Patty Hajdu, called the Lakehead a COVID hot spot. Charnel Anderson, who covers the northwestern part of the province for Ontario Hubs, provides an update on that and on a new crisis intervention initiative underway there. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy info…
 
A year ago, Canada looked at what was happening in Italy - then one of the initial epicentres of the pandemic. Now, we revisit the scenario with the very guests we heard from then and assess the toll the COVID-19 has taken on that country, its residents, and their economy. With Francesca La Marca, an MP in Italy's Parliament; Ercole Rocchetti, repo…
 
Tonight, TVO will air "Outbreak: The Virus That Shook the World," a comprehensive look at how the pandemic spread globally and the many mistakes that were made along the way. The Agenda looks at how Canada initially reacted to COVID-19 and the circumstances that allowed the virus to take hold. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
What has life really been like for Ontario's elder citizens? Some say there's been a troubling tendency to infantilize seniors. Even as vaccines are being rolled out to the province's older population, it seems the restrictions of living under lockdown aren't being eased. We speak with seniors, both living in long-term care as well as those living …
 
Family members who look after loved ones living in long-term care homes play an essential care role. But it also comes at great personal cost. We hear from adult children of long-term care residents about what their biggest struggles, and what it's been like to deal with distance and loss. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy has announced a date for the province's next budget - March 24th. And if his news conference was any clue, the budget will focus on two things: health and jobs. Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss what to expect. Then, they dive into nasty language lobbed by the Premier at Indigenous MPP Sol Mamak…
 
The housing affordability crisis has never been worse in the GTA. In the past year, prices rose all around the region by as much as 40 per cent. Experts agree there just isn't enough supply, but how do you increase supply in areas where people want growth - just not in their backyard? The Agenda discusses the inequitable history of zoning rules, an…
 
As Toronto was asking to extend the stay-at-home orders last month, York Region's medical officer of health Karim Kurji pushed to move to the red zone to include the opening of gyms and restaurants. He talks to Steve Paikin about his views, strategies, and optimism that the third wave - that other Ontario regions are predicting - won't happen. See …
 
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