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What was once the stuff of science fiction is now a reality for a growing community of tech enthusiasts who are redefining the boundaries between humans, machines, and AI. Joining Steve Paikin to discuss this brave new world are Tamara Banbury, a self-described “voluntary cyborg” and a PhD student at Carleton University; Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media, and Culture; Lee Wilkins, a cyborg artist and adjunct faculty at OCAD and Ryerson Universities; and Rob Spence, a filmmaker with the world's only wireless, prosthetic-eye video camera.
Award-winning artist and cultural commentator Grayson Perry explores identity as he creates diverse portraits of a variety of subjects, including ex-British MP Chris Huhne, the X-Factor’s Rylan Clark, a Muslim convert, and a young transgender man.
According to the 2020 Fiscal Sustainability Report, Ontario’s fiscal gap is 0.1 per cent of GDP, down from 0.9 per cent as reported two years ago. “In case there were any questions about who should get the credit for this turnaround, the Parliamentary Budget Office’s report is pretty clear: elections matter, and the change in government at Queen’s Park mattered,” writes John Michael McGrath. “The PBO based its projections on last year’s Fall Economic Statement, the most up-to-date set of financial and economic commitments from the Progressive Conservative government.”
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: How to create big cities
How do Ontario’s smaller and mid-sized cities handle population growth as they take up the spillover from the province’s major urban centres? Joining The Agenda to discuss the issue are John Fleming, vice-president for the Council for Canadian Urbanism; Mary Lou Tanner, partner and principal planner with the Niagara Planning Group; Jason Thorne, Hamilton’s general manager of planning and economic development; and Jo Flatt, vice-president of corporate strategy and planning at developer Allied REIT.
9 p.m. — Teachers Training to Kill
School shootings are a recurring tragedy in the United States, with lockdown drills taking place in classrooms across the country. In this documentary, meet teachers in Ohio who are learning to shoot and, if necessary, kill. Witness the heated debate in America about how best to protect pupils from gun violence on school grounds.
In the aftermath of the Trevon Martin shooting in Florida in 2012 — and as Barack Obama sought his second term as president — this archival episode ofThe Agenda looks at race and the U.S. election. From the challenges facing the first African-American president, to the courting of the Hispanic vote, how do race relations factor into U.S. politics?