The Agenda with Steve Paikin (Audio)

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The Agenda with Steve Paikin is TVO's flagship current affairs program - devoted to exploring the social, political, cultural and economic issues that are changing our world, at home and abroad. The Agenda airs weeknights at 8:00 PM EST on TVO - Canada's largest educational broadcaster.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Thunder Bay's food banks were centralized to one location. Northwestern Ontario Hub journalist Charnel Anderson discusses what this has meant for those in need.

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After more than five years leading Toronto Police Service and confronting gun violence, terrorist attacks, and even a serial killer, Chief Mark Saunders is leaving his post. The first Black police chief in Toronto, his departure comes as law enforcement is facing accusations of violence, systemic racism and demands to …
Asher Hill, Canadian ice dancer, choreographer, coach, and co-host of "That Figure Skating Show," discusses his career, institutionalized racism in skating, and Black Lives Matter. Hill is the 2008 Canadian national junior champion and 2011 Nebelhorn Trophy bronze medalist.
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