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Heidi Matthews is an assistant professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, where she co-directs the Nathanson Centre on transnational human rights, crime, and security. She’s been thinking about what she calls the language of creepiness. She joins The Agenda to discuss the increased use of the term “creepy” to describe some men.
Toronto Wildlife Centre's rescue crew teams up with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to catch a coyote with mange. Also, cedar waxwing babies fill the centre’s aviaries, and the rehabilitation team tries to keep up with their feeding demands.
In 2013, Roncesvalles United Church in Toronto faced a difficult decision: close the church, amalgamate, or radically transform. It chose the third option. Today, it rents its space, offering the community activities such as yoga, shiatsu, and flea markets. Journalist Karen Black writes: “Churches across Canada have been struggling with shrinking memberships and increasing costs for building maintenance … Roncesvalles United is beating the odds, says its minister, the Reverend Anne Hines, by radically redefining ‘how we do God.’”
Shanghai’s Transrapid maglev train, the world's fastest commercially operating passenger train, reaches a speed of 431 kilometres per hour in its seven-minute trip to and from Pudong International Airport.
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Are DIY pensions a good idea?
For more than 60 years, Canadians have used RRSPs to save for retirement. Other savings vehicles, such as the tax-free savings account, leave much of the strategizing up to the individual. To discuss retirement options, The Agenda welcomes Alex Mazer, founding partner at Common Wealth; Jackie Porter of Carte Wealth Management; financial planner Caroline Cakebread; Hugh O'Reilly, from the Global Risk Institute; and Michael Nicin, co-author of the forthcoming report, “Improving Canada’s Retirement Income System.”
In A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, author and physicist Janna Levin reimagined the lives of the influential mathematicians Alan Turing and Kurt Gödel. She tells a 2006 Big Ideas audience, “We laboured for a long time after the book was written as to whether or not to call this fiction or non-fiction. It very much sits on the boundary between the two, that kind of strange place between the two. And, as we talk more about some of the ideas that inspired this book, it might not seem so odd that it sits on that boundary because a lot of these ideas are about truth and about mathematical truth.”