Steve Paikin shares what he considers to be the most important stories of 2012. 

In the last post in a three part series, Steve Paikin lists a few more programs that he thought were highlights for The Agenda in 2012. 

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In the second post of a three-part series, Steve Paikin discusses a few programs from the past year that dealt with our history and heritage. 

In the first post of a three-part series, Steve Paikin lists some of his favourite Agenda episodes of the past year. The programs listed today share a common theme: Ontario politics. 

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Christmas is a time of giving, and a time to think of those who are less fortunate. We've put together some of our programs that touch on the spirit of the season.

A wide-ranging interview with Thomas Cardinal Collins.

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Given that it's the season for giving and generosity, producer Eric Bombicino meditates on public displays of charity, made increasingly possible via social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. 

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The federal Conservative government is worried about the potential threat some extremist and radical environmental groups may pose.

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Producer Meredith Martin follows up on the Youth Leaving Care Hearings that took place at Queen's Park in November 2011. 

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Wednesday’s program looks at the challenges facing Ontario manufacturing. In some ways, today`s announcement from GM perfectly exemplifies the complexity.

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Update: Missed our live chat on the shooting at Newtown, Connecticut? You can read the entire thing there. 

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Some viewers claimed that Education Minister Laurel Broten lied on our program when she denied that Bill 115 prevents court challenges to it. We decided to ask a legal expert to see if these viewers were right. 

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Update: Janice Stein, TVO's foreign affairs analyst, took part in a live video chat on Tuesday afternoon. She took viewer questions about the latest developments in Syria and Egypt.

Why the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday led to me to temporarily stop promoting our program on "Criminal Justice and the Mentally Ill."

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The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut is one of several stories under our radar for the Story of the Week.

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Find out what's on The Agenda with Steve Paikin for the week of December 17 to 21, on the broadcast and online.

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Alia Saleh and Mariam el Masri on the upcoming national referendum on a draft of a new Egyptian constitution, which has sparked mass street protests and revealed divisions among Egyptians.

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An interactive graphic exploring the history of hemp and its potential uses.

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David Detomasi of Queen's University analyzes the federal government's decision to O.K. the sale of two Canadian energy companies to foreign, state-owned firms. 

Teacher Rick McCleary explains why he doesn't think measuring students with "A+", "B-", and so on, is as important as many of us think. 

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Royal Military College of Canada professor Christian Leuprecht explains the tough decisions that municipal governments have to make as the costs of their emergency services (especially police and fire departments) rise.

You've seen some of our latest latest blog posts titled "Agenda Plus." I'm here to explain what "Agenda Plus" means.

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Update: On Thursday afternoon, Steve Paikin was joined by Queen's Park insiders John Mykytyshyn and Marcel Wieder in a Google+ Hangout, to discuss the latest in Ontario politics. Click through to watch a replay of their conversation. 

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What's the best way to clean up the environment: lobby governments for tougher regulations, or deal directly with businesses to change their practices? Gerald Butts, the former CEO of World Wildlife Fund, gives what you might think is a surprising answer.

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"Not Criminally Responsible" or the previously-used "Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity" are loaded terms ... and a defence and sentence which aren't well understood.

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Adam Spence from the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing explains what social finance/social investing is, and how it works.

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You to tell us: do you believe teachers when they say their battle against Bill 115 is about rights, and not compensation? 

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A summary of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel's controversial recommendations for how horse racing in the province can move forward, after the government's decision to pull millions of dollars in slot revenue going to racetracks. 

What is a student trustee? The Agenda with Steve Paikin talks to one of the Toronto District School Board's student trustees, Hirad Zafari.

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We had an eventful Twitter chat on Tuesday night, as viewers took to social media while watching our program about Bill 115, and what's next in the fight between the Ontario government and its teachers. 

Join producers Meredith Martin and Navin Vaswani for a Twitter chat about Ontario's Bill 115 on Tuesday night. 

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Gracen Johnson, an author and master’s candidate at the University of Cambridge, shares her experiences with suburban and urban neighbourhoods. She tries to imagine a better suburbia.

Hirad Zafari of the Ontario Student Trustees' Association on Bill 115.

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In the battle over Bill 115, many parents find themselves walking a tightrope in a community with warring partners. Producer Hilary Clark sat down with two parents to hear their take on a tough start to the school year.

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Agenda producer Eric Bombicino chats with Steven Laviolette, a neuroscientist from Western University, about the tentative link between marijuana, paranoia, and schizophrenia.

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Click through to read about four stories we have on our radar for Friday's Story of the Week. Tell us how we should push the story forward.

A young German student comes to Waterloo on a university exchange program. And the worst happens. She's killed in a traffic accident, raising a host of questions about road safety and design. We speak with University of Waterloo transportation professor Jeff Casello, and his counterpart, Christoph Hupfer, from the University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

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On Monday, Toronto Star education reporters Kristin Rushowy and Louise Brown took part in a text-only live chat about the continuing battle between the province and its teachers over Bill 115, as rolling walkouts began across the province. Click through to read a replay of the chat. 

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With Christmas just around the corner, more Ontarians will be visiting food banks in the coming days. Here's an interview with Bill Laidlaw, executive director of the association which represents all of Ontario's food banks. Sadly, there are far more of them than you'd think.

Click through to find out what’s on tap on The Agenda this week, online and on our broadcast. Here's a teaser: five new broadcasts, and two live chats. 

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After our interview with the members of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel, producer Daniel Kitts got into a Twitter conversation with two members of the horse racing industry who took issue with the way the interview was conducted. Here's how that conversation went. 

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Join producers Hilary Clark and Daniel Kitts for a Twitter chat Wednesday night.

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Tuesday's edition of The Agenda looks at two reports: one on the public health impact of a casino in Toronto, and one on the future of the horse racing industry. Read both here. 

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They've named the lounge atop the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) after William Davis, the man who created the place to begin with. Steve Paikin was there for the dedication ceremony. 

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Former opposition leader and cabinet minister Stockwell Day is enjoying a bit of a renaissance after an admittedly tumultuous career in politics. Take a few minutes to hear him talk about those tumultuous times.

Here are some stories we're pursuing for The Agenda's Story of the Week.

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The team at The Agenda has been keeping busy. Here’s a snapshot of all that we produced last week.

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On December 3, the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) released their annual hunger report, and the numbers are shocking. 

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As part of The Agenda's contribution to the "Why Poverty?" series, we talk to some people in Grey and Bruce counties about what it's like to be in need in a large, rural community. 

Find out what's on The Agenda this week, and when we're chatting on Twitter during one of our broadcasts, after the jump.

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Three and a half years into his tenure as leader of the Ontario PC Party, Tim Hudak may finally be finding his voice.

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One of the fascinating things about leaders’ debates: who shines, and who doesn’t. In this debate, conventional wisdom was out the window.

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