If there's a "first family" in Ontario politics, it has to be the Nixons of Brant County. Harry Nixon was the longest-serving member of the Ontario Legislature ever (42 years), and was premier briefly in 1943.  Robert Nixon, his son, was elected 50 years ago this month, winning the Brant constituency after his father died. And Robert's daughter Jane Stewart was the family's third generation in public life, having served as a Liberal MP in the cabinet of Jean Chretien.We brought Robert Nixon into our studio to mark the 50th anniversary of his first election, back in January of 1962.Highlights of this interview will air on The Agenda tonight (Tuesday, January 31, 2012) at 8 and 11 p.m.The entire interview is available below.


With the protestors evicted, Premiers Mike Harris and David Peterson opined on some of the most significant issues of their times in government.


This week Inside Ontario: Anticipation before Health Minister Deb Matthews' Monday speech to the Toronto Board of Trade, in which she is "expected to outline some of the Liberal government's plans to transform Ontario's health-care system;" the growing legend of Don Drummond; the future of Niagara Falls's iconic Maid of the Mist; Barrie's new GO Station; and more.


Mike Harris was a guest speaker at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management last week. Some students welcomed him by hurling profanities at Ontario's 22nd premier. Ultimately, the police had to be called in to restore order.  


A roundtable discussion of economists yesterday in Ottawa was focused on how to weather another potential economic storm.

Confused about what exactly SOPA and PIPA are? Michael Dick, from the University of Toronto, breaks down what the proposed bills are, and how they might change the Internet.


I found a way to share books with my daughter in a place you wouldn't expect ...


The latest in our Agenda Insight essay series, featuring Akaash Maharaj, who says that, "Although times have changed, the fundamental principles of civil resistance remain timeless."


Follow Agenda producer Mark Brosens' live tweets from Beware of "Surveillance by Design:" Standing Up for Freedom and Privacy, a discussion at MaRS Discovery District on "lawful access" legislation in Canada here on the Inside Agenda blog.

Does the president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs care about winning the Stanley Cup? He bloody well does.  But he also cares a lot about being a successful businessman, and corporate leader. So maybe it wasn't such a surprise that he packed the lobby of the Rotman School of Management at U of T yesterday for a Q&A on management. 


Sometimes, as a current-affairs program, our plans to tell a story in an in-depth format are brought to a halt by the daily news

You've donated money to a humanitarian aid organization. Is that enough?


Communications consultant Allan Bonner offers this feedback on last night's State of the Union Address by U.S. President Barack Obama.


Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty spoke before a crowd of 600 to the Canadian Club today. While there was no obvious news in the speech, there were a few curious elements worthy of a closer look.


The European Union follows America's lead by imposing an embargo on Iranian oil. 

I'm nominating Hilary Brown, who's worked and lived all over the world, and was good enough to stop by TVO for a visit recently.  We talked about her trail blazing career, the places she's seen, and yes, that cameo she had in The Deer Hunter.


This week Inside Ontario: the Ottawa job market tries to decrease its reliance on the federal civil service; wind turbines create opposition, and jobs; Tony Clement says that keeping Ring of Fire mineral processing in Ontario is a provincial responsibility; and the Order of Ontario.


In preparing for tonight's program, I spoke with many Canadians of a variety of faiths about the new Office of Religious Freedom within the Department of Foreign Affairs. Every conversation had one sentiment in common: religious freedom has never been more important to closely monitor.


I was bullied once. The experience lasted about five minutes, and happened on my first day of junior high school. 

The former speaker of the House of Commons, who held the job longer than anyone ever, weighs in on the growing momentum behind recognizing the upcoming 200th anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald's birth in 2015. 

The latest in our Agenda Insight essay series, featuring Jordan Peterson, on the differences between men and women.


Once upon a time, Canada braced for a protracted and possibly painful health care funding debate between the federal government and the provinces.


As the Keystone XL Pipeline hits another stumbling block (no, it's not dead yet), a program that examines the economic benefits and environmental concerns over the project.


We've always known Toronto Sun baseball writer Bob Elliott was one of the best baseball writers around.  Now the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame knows it too. Elliott just got voted into the hallowed hall, so we thought we'd bring him into our studio and talk about what he knows best: baseball.


Canada's minister of natural resources takes on the actor/director Robert Redford and his compatriots on the issue of the Keystone Pipeline.


 How successful weight loss may be more like an all-out war than a battle.


The Ontario Hospital Association responds to a blog post we did with the Ontario Health Coalition on the new provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). 


A two-part look at the state of Aboriginals in Canada, Ontario's independent watchdogs, and other admittedly-nerdy -- but very important -- public policy topics.


As Ontarians continue to wait on Mr. Drummond's report, news headlines highlighted the Premier's options, while columnists suggested some program changes.


Liberals will vote today on the most important executive position the party has: its new president. 

Some of the most dramatic moments in politics have come at this convention for an apparently morabund third place party. 


Note to Peter C. Newman: the Liberals don't look dead yet.  


TVO has begun using a new commenting system that we expect will make your experience on our site easier and better. Read more for details.


The latest in our Agenda Insight essay series, featuring Carla Lucchetta, on the hope that comes with a new year.


Why the conservative's honeymoon with liberals may be almost over.


The Liberals are gathering in Ottawa for their biennial convention. Tomorrow's program puts the spotlight on them.

Our live chat on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 

An impromptu discussion between an Agenda producer and two Americans as to why the media spends much less time covering certain political candidates.

Some six million people have died in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the Congo civil war began in 1998. Although "The Great War of Africa" officially ended in 2003, many conflicts, particularly in the eastern part of the country, have continued, and the death toll has continued to rise. Now, tensions are running high once again because of an election that was fraught with irregularities, and the western world looks on in silence. What should Canada's roll be in the DRC?

One of the front-runners in the race to succeed Jack Layton as NDP leader introduces himself to a Toronto audience.

Meet the guy who just became the NDP's nominee in the riding of Toronto-Danforth, once held by the late Jack Layton.

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As of the new year, hospitals are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Natalie Mehra, director of the Ontario Health Coalition, answers a few questions on what this means for the health care system.

Steve Paikin discusses the barrier erected between Israelis and Palestinians and wraps up his series on Israel and the Middle East conflict.

Ontario is "waiting for Drummond."


Debating public sector salaries, talking about Congo, Iraq,  interviewing Peter C. Newman...and more!

A look at Buddy Roemer, a Louisiana politician struggling to get attention in the Republican primaries for President of the United States.

Steve Paikin talks to a Palestinian human rights activist's views on the abuses of both the Israeli government and Palestinian officials. Part of Steve Paikin's series on Israel and the Middle East conflict.

The political class nervously braces for economist Don Drummond's upcoming report on the state of Ontario's books.

A look at Canada's policies toward Israel. Part of Steve Paikin's series on Israel and the Middle East conflict.

Sean Madden, president of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, on how undergraduate student leaders think mental health services could be improved on campus. 

The Commission on Assisted Dying echoes the Royal Society of Canada's report recommendations from late last year: it's time to legalize assisted suicide.

Yossi Klein Halevi outlines Israel's deep fears over Iran's nuclear program. Part of Steve Paikin's series on Israel and the Middle East conflict.

The end of the Mayan calendar. Cosmic threat. Fire raining down on planet earth. We hear about these apocalyptic narratives in the media, in films, and even depicted in literature. As human beings, we question what the end will be and how it will happen. Thanks to large-scale disasters of the past decade -- from tsunamis to terrorist attacks -- apocalyptic sentiments are on the minds of many. Why do we subscribe to these narratives?

Yossi Klein Halevi discusses with Steve Paikin his concerns about what the Arab Spring means for Israel's future. Part of Steve Paikin's series on Israel and the Middle East conflict.

The latest in The Agenda's series of Insight essays: Tony Keller on the future of Canadian health care.

Yossi Klein Halevi talks to Steve Paikin about what a the finish line for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement could look like and how the two sides could get there. Part of Steve Paikin's series on Israel and the Middle East conflict.

Yossi Klein Halevi discusses with Steve Paikin what he sees as the main roots of the Israeli-Palestinian problem today. Part of Steve Paikin's series on Israel and the Middle East conflict.