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.
Canada Contending with China
What would it take to reboot Canada's relationship with China? Is it even possible, with Canadians in Chinese custody, the Huawei extradition case pending, to say nothing of events in Hong Kong? We examine the case for and feasibility of a new foreign policy with the Middle Kingdom.
What Does Russia Want?
This past summer, Russian president Vladimir Putin won a referendum to remain in office until the year 2036. Having already put his indelible stamp on Russia, what does Putin want to do with all that time and opportunity? Steve Paikin speaks to Dmitri Trenin, the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, a think tank and regional affiliate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Jeff Rubin: How Globalization Destroyed the Middle Class
It used to be that supply and demand applied to workers and wages within Canada. But globalization has changed that, argues economist Jeff Rubin. When the whole world is your market, there is never a dearth of workers willing to do the same job for less money. On the Agenda, he lays out his arguments for how free trade ruined the middle class, the topic of his new book, "The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got Screwed by Globalization."
Training Ontarians for the Right Jobs
Doug Ford promised to create incentives for more registered nurses and personal support workers in Ontario. But what does it take to attract people to study for the jobs needed in health care? The Agenda discusses how to train people for the right jobs, and what role the government plays in getting people into post-secondary institutions.
Challenges of City Living During COVID-19
The Agenda this week looked at why urban dwellers are seeking to live in smaller communities; considered how policing might evolve; checked in with some American expats after the U.S. presidential debate; and heard the case for citizens helping to bolster democracy.
Making Sense of COVID-19's Second Wave
Earlier this week, Premier Doug Ford officially declared that COVID-19's second wave has hit Ontario. Raywat Deonandan is a Global Health epidemiologist and associate professor with the University of Ottawa's Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences. He talks to Nam Kiwanuka about what we can expect to see in the coming weeks and whether Ontario is on the right track in its approach to the current situation.
A human Westminster Dog show
Hey! You want to know what Steve’s pets are up to? What interesting side project he’s working on now? This is the show for you!
Want to hear a vigorous defence of a mayor who watched Toronto slide into multiple political crises, and made a number of them worse? Check out Steve’s view of John Tory! Don’t be glad that a man who exasperated the housing and COL crisis is gone: Tory was a victim of a witch hunt cuz he cheated on his wife! Just ask Steve.
Want to hear why urban sprawl and gross municipal mismanagement is cool? Check out the eulogy for the queen of sprawl Hazel “don’t wear religious costumes to the hospitals” McCallion! Or download the show from a decade ago where Hazel yells “people want sprawl” and watch Steve nod along. Oodles if fun!
And don’t forget the mandatory references to ‘full disclosure my family is made up of developers’ so he can at least pretend to be objective about the gross urban development failures plaguing the province. Just kidding! There’s no hard questions or serious discussions here. That would take a desire to see Ontario change. Instead enjoy the bread and circuses!
If you want serious discussions about the myriad of issues the province is facing, this is not that show. (Ontario doesn’t have one like that.) but if you want people shilling books, defenders of the status quo, comments about ancient premiers no one remembers, and an answer to “who ghostwrote Patrick Brown’s book?” Try this podcast. Or put on some rose coloured glasses, add some blinders and pretend everything is working as it should. It’s almost the same thing.
The Most Unbiased Show On TV
Steve has been an unbiased and even keeled host for as long as I have been watching him. The agenda is not afraid to have people from all sides of the political field come and share their views.
I appreciate that there are people in the world who are making informed and interesting content about the issues that affect Canadians.
I consider this show to be one of my most trusted sources for current affairs and Ontario specific news. It is refreshingly non-partisan and has diverse panels. I love their coverage of hyperlocal issues because it is increasingly rare to find in the media climate. The host, Steve Paikin, is consistently professional and knowledgeable about his subjects, but is not a soft-ball interviewer.
I’ve religiously watched the TVO television broadcast version since 2012 and was delighted when they started releasing this in podcast format so I could catch up on or revisit certain segments. They do a bang-up job describing any graphics that are missed in audio format.