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Malcolm Gladwell on talking to strangers
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 07, 2019
Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, Jagmeet Singh, Yves-François Blanchet, Elizabeth May, and Maxime Bernier will face off in the next leaders’ debate from 7 to 9 p.m. (Paul Chiasson/CP)



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Federal leaders to debate tonight

Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, Jagmeet Singh, Yves-François Blanchet, Elizabeth May, and Maxime Bernier will face off in the next leaders’ debate from 7 to 9 p.m. It will be the only time all six party leaders will participate in an English-language debate during the 2019 federal campaign. Broadcasters airing the event include CBC, CTV, Global, and CPAC. A French-language debate will take place Tuesday night.

Challenges ahead in drive to reduce food waste

The CBC looks at Ontario’s plan to ban all organic waste from landfills by 2022 and finds that reaching this goal won’t be easy. Compost infrastructure needs to be significantly increased, experts say, and Ontarians will have to adopt entirely new practices around food consumption and disposal. For example, at buffets in Germany, leftover food is sold in large buckets at deep discounts at the end of the night. In France, grocery stores are banned from throwing out ugly or unsold food. “Initiatives like these help mitigate food waste and doesn’t cost anything to do,” says Dianne Saxe, former environmental commissioner for Ontario.

Inside the apple business

Families going to pick-your-own orchards this fall can be forgiven for thinking apple growing is a simple endeavour. But it can actually be quite competitive when it comes to developing new kinds of apples to tempt consumer palates. Milton orchard owner Tom Chudleigh talks to the Toronto Star about developing new apple varietals, a process that can take more than a decade and involves balancing a variety of factors, including texture, shelf life, and taste.

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The Agenda: Rethinking unfamiliarity

How do we know the strangers we meet at work, at college parties, or even during police traffic stops, are who they portray themselves to be? Malcolm Gladwell talks to Steve Paikin about the ideas laid out in his book, Talking to Strangers, and how our vulnerability in unfamiliar circumstances can sometimes be fraught with misunderstanding and result in dire consequences. “The reasons human beings misunderstand each other are hard-wired into the way we make sense of the world,” says Gladwell. “The very things that make us good at interacting with people who we love and who are intimate with us, who are family members make it hard for us to deal with people who are outside our intimate circle. And they’re pretty formidable obstacles so I think we have to restructure our world around this vulnerability.”

The Invisible Heart

Can capitalism help society’s most vulnerable? This documentary tracks the birth of Social Impact Bonds, an unorthodox marriage of investment and social services that involves raising private capital to fund publicly run social services.

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The uncertain future of Indigenous housing co-ops

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Photo by Mary Baxter

The Native Inter-tribal Housing Co-operative encompasses 62 properties, including townhouses, duplexes, and detached homes across London. While the Liberal government’s National Housing Strategy provides co-op and non-profit housing funding, the organization — and others like it — is concerned about what will happen if the government changes after this fall’s election. Josh Sherman talks to southwestern Ontario candidates to determine what their plans are for this housing sector.

Tonight on TVO

9 p.m. — Queen of the World

The reign of Elizabeth II has spanned seven decades, and she shows no signs of slowing down. This documentary series, filmed with privileged access to the Queen, her family, her staff, and her residences, shows how the Commonwealth has been a central focus and passion throughout her life. 

From the archive

1992 — Say hi to Steve, everyone!

Twenty-seven years ago, Agenda host Steve Paikin made his first appearance on TVO with Saturday Night at the Movies host Elwy Yost and Lauren Millar of Journeys. At the time, Paikin was preparing to host his first episode of Fourth Reading, a weekly news show that covered Ontario politics. 

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