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What will Ontario’s education system look like after COVID-19? The Agenda welcomes Annie Kidder from People for Education; Prachi Srivastava from Western University; and Caroline Alphonso from the Globe and Mail to discuss.
On Thursday, the province is expected to announce details of the first phase of its plan to restart the economy — which will likely involve opening more businesses and outdoor spaces to the public. Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss.
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said last week that federal income supports are disincentivizing work and should be rolled back. That didn’t sit well with TVO’s Nam Kiwanuka. “The suggestion that Canadians are choosing not to work — and not simply out of a job because of, you know, a global pandemic — seems to imply that folks would rather take money from the government than put in an honest day’s work,” she writes. “We believe that people living in poverty choose to do so. We believe that those who are rich deserve to be rich and have earned their money. We assume that poor people choose to be poor because they don’t work hard, are lazy, and would rather receive money from the government. Why don’t we have that same suspicion of rich people? Why don’t we accuse them of gaming the system? Why do we assume that rich people work hard? Why can’t they ever be lazy and unworthy of their money?”
David Fisman, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, speaks with TVO.org assistant editor Nathaniel Basen about the future of epidemiology and the importance of local public-health units. “To me, when I look at this situation, I’m thinking, wow, thank God we haven’t amalgamated these public-health units yet,” Fisman says. “Thank god we have these public-health units that can shine. Public health is a fundamentally local discipline. Thank goodness not everyone is under the direct supervision of the province, because the province has lagged on a lot of the creativity and professionalism that we’ve seen from local public-health units.”
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Will COVID-19 end neoliberalism?
Economists, political theorists, and even the editorial board of the Financial Times are debating whether the neoliberal status quo will survive COVID-19. The Agenda welcomes Bhaskar Sunkara, author of The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality; and Sean Speer, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
10 p.m. — Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum
The photographers from the storied agency Magnum Photos have shot wars and famines — but also movie stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Orson Welles, Kate Winslet, and Sean Penn. This documentary captures the intimate relationship between these photojournalists and the world of cinema.