The Inside Agenda Blog

The Story of the Week (Jan. 28 to Feb. 1)

by Colin Ellis Tuesday January 29, 2013

Every Friday, The Agenda’s Story of the Week features an interview with a newsmaker or expert on the week’s top issue. (Here’s a previous blog post on how the process works.)

Below are four stories on our radar. If you like one of them, or have a different angle on how to approach the story, please let us know in the comments section, or send us a message on Twitter or Facebook. Also, if you'd like to suggest a different story idea, please feel free to do so.

Egypt: On the Verge of Collapse?

President Mohamed Morsi declared a state of emergency earlier this week after riots erupted in two Suez Canal cities, Port Said and Suez. Egypt’s army chief warned that the country could collapse if the crisis continues.

The unrest is the latest challenge to President Morsi’s rule, and The Agenda has explored whether or not Egypt is on the brink of civil war in a previous Story of the Week with Kamran Bokhari, vice-president of Middle Eastern & South Asian Affairs at STRATFOR:

One way we're considering pushing the story forward is to look at the difficulty of bringing stability to Egypt, and how the Muslim Brotherhood and Mohamed Morsi have struggled to consolidate their power.

School Boards Push Cease-and-Desist Order Against Teachers' Action

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board and the Upper Canada District School Board are seeking a cease-and-desist order from the Ontario Labour Relations Board against the teachers’ extracurricular activities boycott. They argue the action has led to lost services, such as milk programs and workshops for students.

One angle we're considering for this story is to have both sides of the extracurricular boycott come on the program to debate the merits/demerits of the teachers’ action.

Moody’s Downgrades Six Canadian Banks’ Credit Rating

Six Canadian banks – Toronto-Dominion, Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, CIBC, National Bank, and Desjardins – saw their long-term credit ratings downgraded by Moody’s Investor Service. The ratings agency had put all six under review in October and said Canadian banks were more vulnerable than in the past, citing high consumer debt and elevated housing prices.

Given Canada’s banking system has been ranked among the best in the world, it might be interesting for our purposes to explore just how resilient Canada’s banks really are.

Kathleen Wynne Begins to Assume Power

Coming off the heels of her historic victory at last weekend’s Liberal leadership convention, incoming premier Kathleen Wynne faces several difficult political challenges, including a rift with the province’s teachers, a $12-billion deficit, and a minority parliament.

We could talk about how Wynne might choose to govern, who’s in and who’s out of cabinet, and how she plans to change the tone and image of government.

Image Credits: Amr Nabil/AP, Michael Peake/Toronto Sun/QMI, Mike Segar/Reuters, St. Catharines Standard.