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Steve Paikin at the Ontario Liberal Party convention
Ontario Liberals will gather this weekend for their annual general meeting and are looking to rebuild after what has been a devastating year for the party. They’ve fallen short of official party status, having won just seven seats on election night in 2018. They need to pay down an estimated $10 million in debt. Two high-profile MPPS — Nathalie Des Rosiers and Marie-France Lalonde — are stepping down. The party is also getting ready to mount a leadership campaign to replace Kathleen Wynne and interim leader John Fraser. Steve Paikin will be covering the conference with a series of articles, beginning Friday, on the party’s uphill battle and what it needs to accomplish. Watch for his analysis of the event early next week.
Depending on how you look at it, question period at the Ontario legislature is either entertaining theatre or absolute chaos. But as a chance for the opposition to hold the government to account, it’s also a vital part of democracy. The Agenda looks at whether anything can be done to make these traditional proceedings more respectful and civil.
Russian maestro Valery Gergiev and Canadian architect Jack Diamond were the two figureheads responsible for building the Mariinsky II Opera House in the heart of St. Petersburg, which opened its doors in 2013. At stake were their professional reputations and Russia's cultural prestige. This documentary follows the drama, passions, and personalities involved in the creation of the first opera house to be built in Russia since the time of the czars.
Despite a crushing defeat in the 2018 election, former Ontario premier and current MPP Kathleen Wynne is determined to stay focused on representing her Don Valley West constituents. “Wynne has plenty of reasons not to come to Queen’s Park — at least 72 of them. That’s how many Progressive Conservatives there are sitting in the government benches,” writes TVO.org’s John Michael McGrath. “And many of them seem to delight in shouting her down.” She spoke to McGrath about why she’s staying the course in the Ontario legislature.
Earlier this week, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ report was delivered to the federal government, along with 231 calls for justice. Indigenous Hub reporter Haley Lewis breaks down five of the report’s recommendations that Ontarians can take on today to help effect change.
The Agenda welcomes Sid Ryan, a veteran union organizer and leader, to discuss what he feels is right and wrong with today’s labour movement. Then, a panel discussion on the state of organized labour in Canada, and how unions are adapting to 21st-century challenges.
Mohammed bin Salman has pledged to transform Saudi Arabia, but the controversial crown prince faces many challenges. This first episode in a three-part series examines the new leader's dramatic commitment to end extremism and to return the kingdom to moderate Islam.
This Network Shorts segment from 1988 profiles a Toronto school that is now in its second century. Founded in 1915, Central Technical School became known as a hub for instruction in modern technology of the day, including airline mechanics and newspaper printing and assembly. And at a time when home economics was considered their top elective, girls at Central Tech were also encouraged to enroll in STEM courses.