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This Week on The Agenda: Aging in Ontario; a New Premier; and More

by Sandra Gionas Monday February 11, 2013

We have quite the week ahead at The Agenda. On the heels of the swearing-in of Premier-designate Kathleen Wynne and her new cabinet, Steve Paikin will head back to our studio for analysis on the new cabinet and the issues that'll shape the next sitting of the legislature. And beginning on Tuesday, we have a special few days of programming ahead. With Baby Boomers starting to reach the age of 65 en masse, Ontario is awaiting a massive demographic shift. In 2011, there were 1,878,325 Ontarians aged 65 and older. That number is set to double in the next 20 years. And, so, we’re airing a series called "Aging in Ontario" this week, Tuesday through Friday.

We've also got two live chats scheduled for the week. Details below. 

Monday, Feb. 11: A New Day at Queen's Park

Ontario’s minority legislature is set to return on February 19, after the Family Day long weekend. The opposition parties are busy presenting new ideas, and by the time our 8:00 p.m. EST broadcast airs on Monday night, the province will have a new premier, and a new cabinet. Can Kathleen Wynne and her new government make this new legislature work, or are we headed for another election?

And fresh off the announcement of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s new cabinet, Ontario Liberal Party insider Marcel Wieder will sit down with Steve Paikin and explain the art of selecting a new cabinet. Why did certain people get particular jobs? Does the new cabinet give us clues about the priorities of the Wynne government?

Live Twitter Chat: During the 8:00 to 9:00 pm EST broadcast, producer Navin Vaswani will be hosting a live chat on Twitter about the new Liberal cabinet, and what issues need to be addressed by the Wynne government. Join the conversation by using our hashtag, #AgendaTVO.

Tuesday, Feb. 12: Aging in Ontario

On Tuesday, Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews and geriatrician Dr. Samir Sinha will be on the program to about Ontario’s new Seniors Strategy and why the provincial health care system needs to be reformed in order to deal with the growing number of senior citizens.

We’ll also have a panel of Ontario seniors talking about what it’s like to witness the incredible technological change that has occurred in the past 25 years and whether they feel a part of it.

Wednesday, Feb. 13: Aging: Striking a Balance

On Wednesday night, The Globe and Mail’s public health reporter André Picard will sit down with Steve Paikin to explain Quebec’s plan to allow for assisted suicide and why it's at odds with the Conservative government in Ottawa.

Then, a debate: Getting older and frailer often means not being able to continue living at home or on one’s own. As part of our Aging Week series, we’ll look at housing options for seniors and discuss whether there are adequate spaces and quality care for Ontarians.

Live Twitter Chat: Producers Hilary Clark and Daniel Kitts will be live chatting on Twitter during our 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST broadcast on Wednesday night on nursing and retirement homes for seniors. Join the conversation by using our hashtag, #AgendaTVO

Thursday, Feb. 14: Finding Gold in the Golden Years

On Thursday, pension advocate Gerda Kaegi joins Steve to discuss potential reforms to the Canada Pension Plan and whether Ontarians are investing enough for retirement.

We'll follow that interview up with a debate about retirement. While people tend to spend most of their energy planning for their financial needs in retirement, rarely do they consider what they'll actually do once they end their working lives. The Agenda asks: What makes for a good retirement, and what do individuals and the government need to do to prepare?

Friday, Feb. 15: Aging in Ontario: A Review

On Friday night, we'll conclude our Aging in Ontario series with an hour-long review of highlights from the week that was.