A list of interesting reading on the ongoing transit controversy in Toronto.

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Earlier this month, the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario released its second discussion paper with ideas on how to fix Ontario's social assistance programs. And they want to know what you think.

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The latest in our Insight Agenda essay series, featuring Akaash Maharaj, on the growing divide between the poorest and wealthiest Canadian families. 

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Bishop Dennis Drainville hasn't lost any of his moral indignation as he continues to fight for the little guy. 

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One of the Niagara casino's commercials features Academy Award-winning talent.

Ontario-born actor Christopher Plummer wins his first Academy Award after an illustrious 60-year career. Steve Paikin shares his thoughts about Plummer's talent.

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The troubled air ambulance service helps us to forget Don Drummond.

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We start with a heavy dose of Ontario, then follow that up with foreign affairs and non-fiction literature.

As much as we know more public transit is good for us, our love affair with the car is eternal. 

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The latest in our Agenda Insight essay series, featuring Jordan Peterson, on the growing divide between the working class and the educated elite.

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From the Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services to the 3 Cubed report, the purpose and future of Ontario's Universities are top-of-mind.

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It was a spur of the moment decision to tag along with Steve Paikin on his visit to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). And now, the much-anticipated blog post about the experience. Ta-da!

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What viewers had to say about the federal Conservative government's controversial online privacy legislation.

Tell Vic Toews that online political protests – for good or bad – may be the new normal. Even in Canada’s relatively sleepy political culture.

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At The Agenda, a number of our program ideas come from articles and/or stories we read in newspapers, magazines, and online. By using the #agendareads hashtag on Twitter, we want to share what we're reading with you. And we want you to do the same. 

Remembering arguably the greatest star who ever played baseball for a Canadian-based team.

Recapping the number one story in Ontario this week.

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The folks in and around Melancthon Township north of Toronto have gone to great lengths to publicize their efforts to stop the development of the so-called "Mega Quarry" in their area. But this effort has hit new heights.

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From the Governator to the return of Governor Moonbeam, California politics are always fascinating. Former Fox TV correspondent Anita Vogel gives us the rundown on things in The Golden State.

Google has brought together 18 galleries and museums in an online space. You can relax and enjoy some of the world's finest art collections from the comfort of your own home. For those without access to these institutions, it sounds like a pretty great idea. But critics of the project highlight the potential consequences.

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This week's Agenda offering features discussions on health care, education, museums and more.

The fine folks at public relations powerhouse Hill+Knowlton Strategies looked at Ontario MPPs, journalists, and political parties on Twitter, and ranked those who are using the social media service most effectively. Our very own Steve Paikin is at the top of the list. 

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I remember the first time I picked up an Oscar Peterson record; it introduced me to a rich history.

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The latest in our Agenda Insight essay series, featuring Carla Lucchetta, on austerity measures in already difficult times. 

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What viewers had to say online about economist Don Drummond's recommendations to the Ontario government.

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What words came up the most in Don Drummond's massive report on reforming Ontario's public services?

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A list of some of the news stories and analysis immediately following the release of the Drummond report.

Early analysis on the Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services.

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We devote two programs to the highly-anticipated Drummond report, but also save time for other important issues.

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On Wednesday, our long wait ends: economist Don Drummond will release his report with recommendations on how Ontario can fix their finances. There's other news making headlines -- such as the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party standing behind their leader, Tim Hudak -- but the Drummond report remains the story of the day.

Toronto Transit Commission Chair Karen Stintz was on The Agenda defending Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in October. Yesterday, she led a revolt against Ford's controversial transit plans.

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As Progressive Conservatives prepare to gather in Niagara Falls next week, party leader Tim Hudak's inner circle considers what leadership review number he needs to feel secure in his job. 

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While the province of Quebec is certainly covered by and included in the Canadian Constitution, it's also a fact that the province never signed it. Should we let constitutional sleeping dogs lie or is it time to raise this troublesome issue again? 

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Over the past couple of weeks, we at the Agenda have focused on the latest round of sanctions imposed by Western natoins against Iran. News is begining to trickle in about the effects of the sanctions on the Iranian people.

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Less than two months after the U.S. war in Iraq officially ended, the U.S., in a significant shift in strategy, is preparing to slash their diplomatic presence in Iraq by "as much as half," according to The New York Times.

It's the number one verboten subject in Canadian politics: what to do about the fact that Quebec still hasn't signed the Constitution. Despite admonitions from almost everyone in Ottawa these days to leave the subject alone, the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and Governance is tackling it head on. 

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A sample of news, analysis and opinions being delivered by the social media website Twitter.

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More research is proving the chemical changes in the adolescent brain are not in sync with the lifestyle of the Western teenager.

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The rollout of full-day kindergarten has been underway for a year-and-a-half now, and it seemed like a good time to ask Ontario's Minister of Education, Laurel Broten, how it's going. Before doing that, though, I wanted to ask some educators and parents who've experienced it what they think. Here's what I found out.

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In my six years of hosting The Agenda, I've never had more difficulty coming up with an appropriate introduction than for Hart Pomerantz.Hart is a lawyer. But he's also a comedian. And he spent many years in show business, working with Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels, writing jokes for Rowan and Martin's Laugh In, and Woody Allen, and appearing in some popular TV shows on the CBC decades ago.How do you introduce such a guy?Watch and see, then listen to Hart wax on about the law, humour, politics, and everything else under the sun. 

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Former student intern Gillian Wheatley tells us about her experience attending a Toronto District School Board's alternative high schoool.

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We kick off with two discussions on education, and follow those up with programs looking at Ontario politics, Syria, and medicine.

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A major plant closure in London, a pessimistic forecast for Ontario's deficit, continued fallout from the ORNGE helicopter scandal... It hasn't been a fun week for the province.

We used to be optimistic about the future. What happened?

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Having a bit of fun with the waiting game over Don Drummond's highly anticipated report on Ontario's finances.  

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Controversy over the oilsands, the Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipelines, and an upcoming election make Alberta Canada’s most “happening” province.

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Allan Bonner, political communications consultant with Allan Bonner Communications, reflects on Canada’s evolving national identity

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Agenda Insight essayist Janice Stein on why Canada needs the Keystone XL pipeline to be built.

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