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Dec 05

Freedom of Information; Freedom of Speech

It's been 250 years since the world's first freedom of information legislation was introduced in Sweden. The Agenda looks at the state of FOI law in Canada. Then, author Timothy Garton Ash explores what freedom of speech means in an age of diversity and digital technology.

Dec 06

Women in Politics; The Future of Medicine

The Agenda welcomes three former female politicians to discuss the challenges women still face in politics. Then, Brain Prize winner Graham Collingridge answers 10 questions on human memory. And, award-winning Canadian biomedical engineer Molly Shoichet discusses her innovative work in stem cell science and drug delivery systems.

Dec 07

Canadian Electoral Reform?

The Liberals promised that 2015 was Canada's last federal election under the first-past-the-post system. The Agenda welcomes Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef to discuss that pledge. Then, a panel of experts discusses whether Canada's electoral system is headed for an overhaul.

Dec 08

A Notorious Crime; Life of a Foreign Correspondent

The Agenda welcomes Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta to discuss her latest film, "Anatomy of Violence." Then, Colson Whitehead talks about his new book, "The Underground Railroad." And, veteran journalist Lyse Doucet discusses her life as a foreign correspondent.

Dec 09

The Agenda's Story, The Agenda's Week

The Agenda highlights an important news story this week. Then, free speech, freedom on information, the future of medicine, women in politics, electoral reform, and life as a foreign correspondent. The Agenda reviews its week of programming.

Steve Paikin's Blog

Politicians often show emotion in the course of their work. It’s time we acknowledged and embraced it.

More than 100,000 British children were sent to work on Canadian farms during the 19th and 20th centuries. Are they entitled to an apology for the way they were treated?

Toronto Mayor John Tory has been frequently criticized for skating around the tough decisions. That can’t be said about his move this week to back road tolls.

Jean Chamberlain Froese explains what drove her to move, with her family, to Uganda, to help thousands of women at risk of dying in childbirth.

Thursday’s votes in Ottawa-Vanier and Niagara West-Glanbrook failed to reveal any deep truths about Ontario's political future. But the vote tallies nevertheless offered some interesting insights into the public mood.