The death of Robin Williams has shone a light on the frequent connection between comedy and addiction, an issue explored by The Agenda in a wide-ranging panel discussion which aired in June. Producer Gregg Thurlbeck and panelist Carolyn Bennett revisited the theme in this blog post.
The 2014 Ontario Budget discussions have focused considerable attention on the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, but a second proposed pension reform also deserves to be highlit: Target Benefit Pensions. Jana Steele provides some insight into the advantages of TBPs.
As part of its ongoing campaign to "Save the Arctic" Greenpeace wants the world's number one toy manufacturer, LEGO, to break off its partnership ties with Shell Oil. To raise awareness of this issue Greenpeace produced a video entitled, "Everything is Not Awesome".
This week Amanda Blackhorse learned that the U.S. Trademark and Appeal Board agreed with her that the Washington Redskins name is racist. But that doesn't mean that fight over what critics call cultural misappropriation has been won. Agenda producer Gregg Thurlbeck takes a look at some of the other fronts in the battle for respect being waged by Native Americans and Canadian Aboriginal peoples alike.
Former Prime Minister Paul Martin is angry about the recent collapse of discussions between the federal government and the Assembly of First Nations over Aboriginal education issues. The former Prime Minister spoke with Steve Paikin this week about the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, a topic they also explored in 2012.
ArtBomb is a daily online art auction featuring the work of painters from across Canada. Gregg Thurlbeck spoke to Carrie Shibinsky, one of the founders of ArtBomb, and to Toronto artist Rachel Francis about taking art to a new digital platform.
On March 28, the 2014 edition of Breast Fest got underway at the Edward Day Gallery in Toronto where photographer David Jay's acclaimed The SCAR Project was making its Canadian debut. Gregg Thurlbeck, who produced The Agenda's feature on The SCAR Project spoke with David and with Breast Fest Artistic Director Michelle Rothstein.
Following the February publication of Dr. Anthony Miller's 25-year follow-up to the Canadian National Breast Screening Study, a heated debate over the validity of the study's conclusions and policy implications began. The Agenda hosted a debate between the two central figures in this important discussion, but producer Gregg Thurlbeck wanted to highlight some additional aspects of the debate that weren't covered in our broadcast.
Stephen Cornish, the Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières Canada (MSF), visited the Central African Republic (CAR) in early 2014. Stephen has described the humanitarian situation he witnessed there as one that is, "spiraling out of control." He speaks to The Agenda's Gregg Thurlbeck about MSF's activties there.
The media spotlight surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi has illuminated the state-sanctioned discrimination faced by gay Russians. The Agenda's Gregg Thurlbeck interviews the founder of Deti-404, a site offering support services to Russian gay youth.