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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 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.

    Finding Safe Haven for LGBTQ+ Refugees

    Finding Safe Haven for LGBTQ+ Refugees

    Requests for asylum in Canada from 2SLGBTQIA+ refugees are popping up from every corner of the globe, driven by hostile environments and laws targeting the community. The Canadian government has partnered with civil society organizations to welcome those facing persecution in their own countries, but are we and other states doing enough to protect this vulnerable minority? For insight, we welcome: Aleks Selim Dughman Manzur (they/them), co-executive director at Rainbow Refugee Society; Adrienne Smith (she/her), principal lawyer at Smith Immigration Law; Bali Ali (they/them), queer human rights defender; Devon Matthews (she/they), head of programs at Rainbow Railroad.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 28 min
    How Has Pride Changed?

    How Has Pride Changed?

    Pride celebrations in Ontario have transformed since the first "Gay Day Picnic" on Hanlan's point in August 1971. Toronto's Pride parade estimated over 2 million spectators last year. As corporate participation increases and celebrations become more mainstream, has pride strayed from its roots as a place of protest? And, are pride celebrations really a place where everyone can freely express themselves?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 31 min
    A Grieving Son's Fight for Better Mental Health Care

    A Grieving Son's Fight for Better Mental Health Care

    Noah Irvine was just five when his mother died by suicide, and just 15 when his father passed away after an accidental prescription drug overdose. Now Noah has made it his mission to change the way Canada cares for people struggling with mental health challenges and addiction. In addition to writing over two thousand letters to elected officials across the country, Noah has memorialized his parents, his journey, and his vision for the future in his book, "Learning to Live."See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 12 min
    Is It Possible to Railroad a Guilty Man?

    Is It Possible to Railroad a Guilty Man?

    It was truly one of the greatest moments in Canadian history. Ben Johnson sprinted his way into the record books with an astonishing 9.79-second 100-metre dash at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. But his gold medal memories didn't last. Johnson tested positive for banned steroid use and lost his gold. Journalist Mary Ormsby takes us back to those emotional days but follows up with some probing questions about what else was going on with the other runners in that race. She chronicles it all in her book, "The Incredible Life of Ben Johnson: World's Fastest Man*" Steve Paikin talks to both the athlete and the author.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 29 min
    A Reporter's Love Letter to Journalism

    A Reporter's Love Letter to Journalism

    Nicholas Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for The New York Times. His gripping new memoir, "Chasing Hope: A Reporter's Life," takes us behind the headlines of some of the most defining events of our lives, including the Tiananmen Square protests, genocide in Darfur, a civil war in Yemen, and closer to home, the addiction and despair faced by working-class America.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 30 min
    Why Is It So Hard To Get Around Ontario?

    Why Is It So Hard To Get Around Ontario?

    Travelling from one end of the province to another is not an experience many Ontarians undertake. And, if they did, it seems that a car would probably be one of the best ways to get around. But what if you don't have a car or don't want to use one? Train services are not frequent enough, buses might not get you exactly where you need to go. Flights are expensive and beyond reach of many everyday Canadians. Places all over the world have embraced a more transit-friendly approach, so what's a province to do to get to the same level. We ask four transit and transportation experts to weigh in on how difficult it is to get around in the country's second-largest province and what can be done.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
403 Ratings

403 Ratings

NewYorkAmericans ,

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.

NicKnamE57563 ,

Gold Standard

Hands down, this is the best current affairs program in Canada and beyond. Steve’s genuine curiosity and level hand make this show into a highly informative and critical component of our democracy.

Lord Pretty Jacko ,

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.

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