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A review our top stories of the week begins with a look at how Ontario's kids are doing more than a year into the pandemic. Then, Queen's Park reporters assess how the Ontario government is handling COVID-19, we look at the transition to virtual health care. Is it here to stay? And is male fertility declining worldwide? Finally, what is the provinc…
 
The spoken word artist from Scarborough has begun his two-year term as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Ontario. The post was created by Queen's Park to honour Gord Downie, musician, poet and lead singer of popular Canadian band, The Tragically Hip. Nam Kiwanuka speaks with Adjei about his new role and what it means to him. See omnystudio.com/listene…
 
What happens when the need for mental-health services for children and youth with complex and serious conditions exceeds the capacity across the province. Eastern Ontario Hub journalist Marsha McLeod and TVO.org assistant editor Ashley Okwuosa discuss their research into this issue, which includes a survey of hospitals, mental-health professionals,…
 
After more than a year of collective, and for too many, personal loss, how are people coping with and getting relief from unrelenting feelings of grief? And as the numbers in this third wave continue to be troubling, and pandemic fatigue has more than set in, how can people avoid becoming inured to what is happening and remain compassionate while a…
 
A new study conducted in cooperation with SickKids hospital has found that mental health for children and teens is declining due to prolonged experience with isolation, online learning, and the general anxiety a public health crisis brings. We invite youth psychologist Sheri Turrell, child and youth psychiatrist Javeed Sukhera, and Katherine Hay, p…
 
The daily COVID-19 case counts and vaccination rates in the province have become a refrain for Ontarians, but what about the numbers as they relate to mental health in the province? Will there be a surge in mental -health issues after living in a pandemic for over a year? And is the province's mental-health system up to the task? Kwame McKenzie, a …
 
Recent studies raise the alarming question of the kind of dystopic scenarios about human infertility depicted in Margaret Atwood's "Handmaid's Tale," or the 2006 film, "Children of Men." Are these stories fiction or forecast? Sperm counts in men living in Western countries, according to one meta-analysis, have dropped by almost 60 per cent over the…
 
Dealing with a mental illness is challenging enough, but more often the biggest challenge is in accessing timely help and getting the right treatment. Veteran mental-health leader Dr. David Goldbloom knows this problem well and addresses the solutions in his new book, ,We Can Do Better: Urgent Innovations to Improve Mental Health Access and Care., …
 
One of the good news stories from the COVID-19 pandemic is how Canadians have taken to receiving health-care advice online. But will virtual health care be the way of the future or will it revert to face-to-face care once this crisis is abated? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.Av TVO | Steve Paikin
 
An independent civilian review into missing persons cases revealed systemic discrimination contributed to mistakes made in some Toronto Police Service investigations, including those tied to victims of serial killer Bruce McArthur. We invite the report's lead counsel Mark Sandler to discuss the findings and recommendations. See omnystudio.com/liste…
 
With so many statistics and scenarios reported and predicted daily, it can be difficult to work out what's happening with the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario. Dr. Isaac Bogoch and infectious disease specialist Ashleigh Tuite provide an update on ICU cases, virus variants, percentage of people who've been vaccinated, and they put some context around wh…
 
Ontario and Michigan are not faring well in the third wave of the pandemic. Still, some must cross over the border for work. and that can be confusing due to changing policies. And it can also be risky. Southwestern Ontario Hub journalist Mary Baxter talked to some of those people about their experiences. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy inf…
 
The Vietnam War may have been the most agonizing and polarizing conflict in American history, but as author John Boyko reminds us, Canada also played a role. Whether it was its diplomatic dealings, actual fighting on the ground, the protest movement that responded, or the refugee crisis that resulted. The historian discusses his latest book "The De…
 
When we talk about democracy we mostly focus on the relationship between voters and politicians. What's missing from this equation is the role played by civil servants. What is their responsibility for making democracies work? Steve Paikin talks with Joseph Heath, author of "The Machinery of Government: Public Administration and the Liberal State."…
 
How much of the conflict between the West and China is geo-political and how much of it is rooted in ideology? Do Western democracies have enough confidence in themselves to be able to wage a conflict that may last for much of this century. Steve Paikin discusses this with Ivan Krastev, chair of the Centre for Liberal Strategies; Emily de la Bruyer…
 
After citing what she said was a "30-year race to the bottom," U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has called for global corporate tax reform. For some perspective on such an initiative we welcome Allison Christians, professor and chair of tax law at McGill University. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
In Ontario, calls for paid sick days have come from all corners for months now - from public health, the province's science table, opposition parties, social media, labour and on. We look at why this seems so difficult to implement with Rosalie Wyonch, health policy economist at the C.D. Howe Institute. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy infor…
 
For many, doing their taxes often slides to the bottom of the to-do list, until the absolute deadline. Given the economic catastrophe of the pandemic, filing taxes this year could be tougher than usual. We invite Jackie Porter, certified financial planner with Carte Wealth Management, to help with some advice. See omnystudio.com/listener for privac…
 
2. Dr. Keith Stewart, director of Princess Margaret Research Centre, and Dr. Julie Hallet, surgical oncologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, join us during Cancer Awareness Month to discuss their concerns around the decline of cancer screenings and diagnosis during the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects that will have on the health of Canadi…
 
While COVID-19 has been a shock to people around the world, plagues and pandemics have stalked humans for thousands of years. Charles Kenny, former economist with the World Bank, and now a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, discusses his latest book "The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease." See o…
 
Marking a year as leader of Ontario's Liberal party, Steven Del Duca tells Steve Paikin how thinks he's held Premier Ford accountable during the COVID-19 pandemic. And how is he rejuvenating his party following its worst electoral defeat in the province's history in 2018. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
The Manitoba government recently announced it would abolish its elected school boards, joining the province of Nova Scotia and parts of Quebec. Is it time for Ontario do the same? Or do school boards in Ontario just need some tweaking? The Agenda discusses the purpose the province's school boards serve, their cost, where they succeed and fall short…
 
Some estimates show that up to $100 million dollars will be lost to Sudbury as a result of the program, faculty, and staffing cuts at Laurentian University? Northeastern Ontario Hub journalist Nick Dunne gives us an idea of how the community is dealing with the new reality. And what does it all mean for the university's tricultural reputation? See …
 
This week the province had more patients in ICUs than it's ever had. Resources are being stretched thin and clinicians may be forced to make the impossible decision about who gets life-saving care and who doesn't. Two members of Ontario's bio-ethics table discuss what goes into these decisions, their concerns, and why the public should have been in…
 
Our roundup of the week's stories begins with a look at the Ford government's COVID-19 third-wave blunders. Then, what would a national child-care program look like? And, we hear from women on the front lines of the pandemic. Finally, we check in with the Ontario NDP's Black Caucus two years after its formation. See omnystudio.com/listener for priv…
 
Canada plans to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030. Its initiative to ban six single-use plastic items has been criticized but is a first-step in moving towards a circular economy. As Jeyan Jeganathan explains, if this plan is successful, Canada would divert 90 per cent of its discarded plastic away from landfills and back into the recycling system…
 
Medical health officer Dr. Lawrence Loh discusses his use of Section 22 of Ontario's Health Protection and Promotion Act, to allow closure of workplaces with more than five cases of COVID-19. And what about paid sick leave, and in general, what is Loh's outlook on Peel's immediate future? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
The mounting criticism against the Ontario government's handling of the pandemic response has reached new heights. After the province announced its latest round of restrictions, including closing playgrounds and allowing random police checks, it found itself in damage-control mode. The Toronto Star's Queen's Park reporter Robert Benzie and QP Brief…
 
Seventy years ago, Maple Leaf defenseman Bill Barilko scored a memorable goal against the Montreal Canadiens to give the Toronto team its fourth Stanley Cup in five years. Four months after Barilko's heroics, he disappeared on a fishing trip, when his small aircraft crashed. For 11 years, authorities were unable to find the crash site. The Leafs wo…
 
Calling it "a jobs-and-growth hat-trick," federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland put a national child care plan front and centre in her first ever budget. The price tag is in the billions, and needs the provinces to sign on. We discuss the feasability of this plan and the need for it that the pandemic has highlighted. See omnystudio.com/listene…
 
In her new book, "Women of the Pandemic: Stories from the Front Lines of COVID-19," feminist writer Lauren McKeon has profiled some of the women who have been leading in the past year. She joins a panel of front-line workers to talk about the challenges of an unprecedented time in their lives. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
In February, Laurentian University announced insolvency, and court proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA). The university's president cited recurring deficits, declining demographics, a tuition freeze, and the pandemic. Now, more than 100 faculty have been laid off, and more than 60 programs have been eliminated. We dig i…
 
Two years ago this month, the Ontario NDP formed the Black Caucus - a first in the province's history. Since the first Black Member of Provincial Parliament was elected into the Ontario Legislature in 1963, only a handful have been elected. Steve Paikin speaks to former and current Black politicians about the challenges and successes of navigating …
 
Southwestern Ontario Hub journalist Mary Baxter and Northwestern Ontario Hub journalist Charnel Anderson discuss how the pandemic's third wave is affecting the communities they cover - from case control and vaccination progress to the impacts on small business and how people are feeling under the stay-at-home order. See omnystudio.com/listener for …
 
A roundup of our week of programming begins with a look at how the province is doing with vaccinations. Then, will paid sick days ever come to Ontario? And, our democracy panel discusses whether traditional poltiical parties are still relevant. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.Av TVO | Steve Paikin
 
One industry that's been hardest hit by Ontario's lockdowns is personal care since it's not considered an essential service. Many owners of hair salons, estheticians, and nail spas see no scientific reason to be shut down completely for most of the last year. We talk to a few personal-care business owners from across the province about their challe…
 
Preston Manning, the founding leader of the former Reform Party of Canada, is very worried about the state of Canadian democracy and he has plenty of ideas about what can be done to improve it. He talks to Steve Paikin about his book, "Do Something: 365 Ways You Can Strengthen Canada." See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
A recent poll shows a majority of Canadians believe that political parties serve their own interests over those of voters. Why the mistrust? Can anything be done about it? Or is it an indication that political parties as we know them are on their way out. In this week's instalment of The Democracy Agenda, our joint venture with The Toronto Star, St…
 
Fifty years ago, a deadly riot at Kingston Penitentiary shook the country. It was a response to decades of horrendous conditions that led inmates to take over the prison. Catherine Fogarty chronicles the event, its aftermath, and what's changed in the years since in her new book: "Murder on the Inside: The True Story of The Deadly Riot at Kingston …
 
"Unascertained" is a new TVO podcast that investigates the death of Soleiman Faqiri, a man suffering from schizophrenia who was found dead in his cell following an altercation with correctional officers at Ontario's Lindsay facility. Yusuf Zine, host and co-producer, joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss the case. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy in…
 
Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a crowdsourced collection of stories from women around the world with their experiences with sexism and harassment. She joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss the disturbing effects of incel groups, the topic of her book, "Men Who Hate Women: From Incels to Pickup Artists: The Truth About Extreme Mi…
 
Ontario's vaccine rollout has been heavily criticized for its initial approach and characterized by confusion about prioritizing the most vulnerable people. Will last week's vaccine-strategy pivot be enough to turn things around? We examine the challenges so far and what's needed going forward to reduce inequities and provide protection to those wh…
 
As new COVID-19 cases rise across the province, The Agenda speaks with Mayor Bill Mauro of Thunder Bay; Mayor Bernadette Clement of Cornwall; and Mayor Tom Mrakas of Aurora about the state of the pandemic in their regions, including thoughts on lockdowns, the vaccine rollout, and what they need from provincial and federal governments. See omnystudi…
 
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…
 
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