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Many people in this country are on high numbers of different prescriptions, which can be incredibly helpful in keeping them healthy and comfortable. However, sometimes it becomes a problem. Emergency-room doctor Rohit Gandhi discusses the issue of polypharmacy and how to resolve it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
The good news is that Ottawa transit users could be riding free of charge on the Confederation Line all December long. The bad news is that that shiny new light rail transit line would have to be back in service by then. It derailed in mid-September and has been out of service ever since. To fill us in on the whole story, we welcome Joanne Chianell…
 
The Toronto Transit system is 100 this year. In this segment, we'll look at the many issues it's experienced through the pandemic, how it's been dealing with them, and what the system's future looks like. With guests: Shoshanna Saxe, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto and the Canada R…
 
Samples of your genetic material may exist at DNA testing and genealogy companies, bone marrow registries, cord blood banks, biobanks, or at fertility clinics. Who owns these samples and the data from them? And are these organizations able to do what they want with them? Joining the conversation are Tania Bubela, dean of the Faculty of Health Scien…
 
In 1951, Henrietta Lacks went to Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment for her cervical cancer. Without her family's knowledge, cells from her tumour were taken and used by researchers there. Subsequently, they made a ground-breaking discovery with them, but her family didn't learn about any of it until decades later. Joining us for an update on the…
 
Dr. Janet Rossant, senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children, and president of the Gairdner Foundation, joins us to dispel myths about aborted fetal cells or embryonic stem cells used in the COVID-19 vaccines, and explains how these cell lines are applied in science. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Our review of The Agenda's week begins with Conservative Party of Canada Leader Erin O'Toole as he debriefs his election campaign performance. Then, a panel of Queen's Park watchers discusses the upcoming Ontario election. How are employers finding the province's vaccine passport? And, is it time to decriminalize drugs in Canada? See omnystudio.com…
 
With one year to go until Ontario's municipal elections, how can people with a variety of backgrounds be experiences be encouraged to seek local office? To do that, the Association of Municipalities Ontario has launched a campaign called ,We All Win., The AMO is highlighting municipal leaders and organizations who are making a difference when it co…
 
Late last year, the Art Gallery of Ontario announced the creation of the Department of Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora. Its first full exhibition, "Fragments of Epic Memory," is now on display. TVO's diversity and inclusion reporter, Ashley Okwuosa, discusses how the new department came together, and how it's already building community. See …
 
From MDMA to ketamine to psychedelics, the drugs we were told in high school that would ruin our lives are now being used to potentially save lives. Dr. Roger McIntyre, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of Toronto, discusses the growing promise of ketamine therapy to treat severe depression and the shift to cutting edge tre…
 
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) have called on federal lawmakers to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs. The president of the CACP and head of the Waterloo Regional Police Services Chief Bryan Larkin; and Deputy Chief Fiona Wilson of the Vancouver Police Department, make the case for a new approach to …
 
As the opioid crisis continues to take lives, growing support has emerged for Canada to decriminalize the personal use of all illicit drugs. Is this a good idea? David Murray, former chief scientist in the U.S. federal government's Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Kwame McKenzie, psychiatrist and co-chair of Canada expert taskforce on su…
 
He won the most votes in last month's federal election, but for Conservatives, not the most seats. When Parliament reconvenes next month, Erin O'Toole will resume his role as the leader of the opposition. The Conservative Party of Canada head reviews his last couple of years - from winning the leadership, to fighting an election campaign. See omnys…
 
It wasn't that long that there was much talk about a post-pandemic bounce-back similar to the Roaring Twenties. But the unsettling economic news from around the world proves that's not likely to happen. To help us understand what is happening and how it will affect Canada, we invite: CIBC Capital Markets chief economist Avery Shenfeld; the Conferen…
 
After nearly four decades in the federal public service and as the top public servant in Canada, Michael Wernick has collected some insights on what it takes to govern this country effectively. His new book, "Governing Canada: A Guide to the Tradecraft of Politics," details who really holds power, managing politician personalities, prime ministeria…
 
The federal election has barely ended, but Ontario's political parties are already releasing their attack ads for a provincial election more than seven months away. As the Ford government responds to a fourth wave of COVID-19 and populist backlash, The Agenda invites strategists to discuss what the political landscape looks like today. See omnystud…
 
Renters across the province received notices of their rent's going up as the Ontario government's rent freeze is set to expire Jan. 2, 2022. We get three perspectives on how this will affect tenants and landlords. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.TVO | Steve Paikin
 
How has the implementation of vaccine passports affected workers and businesses in Ontario? With Sharleen Stewart, president of SEIU Healthcare, Julie Kwiecinski, director of Provincial Affairs, Ontario - Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), and Ryan Watkins: employment lawyer and partner, Whitten & Lublin. See omnystudio.com/listene…
 
How should Hamilton grow to accommodate a population increases? Olympic gold-medalist Penny Oleksiak on her swimming career. Why the Trans Canada Trail and outdoor adventure is more important than ever. And, is it time for Ontario to look at two-tier health care? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Prominent criminal defense attorney Marie Henein, known for defending Jian Ghomeshi and other bold-faced names, is joining us to talk about her new book, "Nothing But The Truth: A Memoir," where she chronicles her life, legal career, and the criminal-justice system. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Ottawa's Carleton University and Algonquin College both provid 24-hour attendant care to disabled students in their residence, allowing severely disabled students to live independent lives in residence. However, this program was closed during COVID-19 and when Carleton's residence reopened this fall, these students were told to stay home despite th…
 
Ontario's health care system has been battered by COVID-19, medical staff have been pushed to their limits, and there's a massive backlog of diagnostic and surgical procedures built up due to shutdowns. Has the time come for private health care to help fill the gaps? We ask: Alistair McGuire, head of the department of Health Policy at the London Sc…
 
Walter Schroeder was a successful businessman who made a lot of money. Now, he wants to use those resources to build a new health-care clinic just north of Toronto. And strangely enough, he doesn't want to make any money off it. The only problem is that this might not quite be legal. He tells us exactly what his intentions are and what the challeng…
 
Getting the right care to people in a timely fashion is not a new challenge in the northern reaches of this province. Presumably, doing so under COVID-19 has been even tougher. Dr. Sarah Newberry has been on the front line of the pandemic in her practice at Marathon Family Health. She's also assistant dean of Physician Workforce Strategy at the Nor…
 
Ontario is expecting major growth around the GTA, and the provincial government has tasked municipalities with rewriting their plans on how to accommodate an influx of new residents. As part of that, the government has offered to let municipalities grow their urban boundaries. That's led to a debate in cities such as Hamilton. Four stakeholders dis…
 
Unpacking the Toronto Foundation's report on quality of life and inequality among resdients of the city. With Julia Howell, chief program officer of the Toronto Foundation; and Garima Talwar Kapoor, director of policy and research at Maytree. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.TVO | Steve Paikin
 
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