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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?
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 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 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 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.