“We felt that not only did education for First Nations have to be brought up to standard, but that it was important that it be education that they control.”
On the latest Quality Content, Alex Paterson sits down with the founder of The Martin Family Initiative, former prime minister of Canada, Paul Martin, and the organization’s Early Years Program Director, Chloe Ferguson to chat about MFI’s central program pillars, the importance of community involvement and leadership, and how lessons at the grassroots level can be applied to government decision-making.
“We need to be clear-eyed about the risks, while not getting bogged down or intimidated by the threats…no freedom is absolute.”
Host Alex Paterson sits down with Shawn McCarthy, national business correspondent for The Globe and Mail and president of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom. Ahead of World Press Freedom Day on Friday May 3rd, the two talk about the state of Canadian journalism, what challenges journalists are facing, and what it means to achieve a free press.
“We’re not too dumb for democracy, but we’re encouraged to be when our psychological shortcomings are exploited and because our environment encourages us to make less than ideal decisions.”
Host Alex Paterson sits down with David Moscrop, political theorist and author of Too Dumb For Democracy: Why we make bad political decisions and how we can make better ones. The two chat about David’s new book, how the brain works in partisan environments, and social media’s impact on democracy.
“I may not see it in my lifetime but I do believe that there will be a time in the future when there’s immediate acknowledgment that it’s thanks to dance and the arts that people stay healthier. ”
Host Alex Paterson speaks with one of Canada’s visionary dance educators, Mavis Staines, another recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. The two chat about the beginning of her career as a travelling ballet soloist, the importance of accessible arts programming, and what’s in store for Canada’s National Ballet School.
“Occasionally you need to reacquaint yourself with something so undeniably good and hard that it forces you to reassess where you’re at.”
Host Alex Paterson chats with one of Canada’s top stage and screen actors, Colm Feore, another recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. The two chat about Feore’s American roots, his upbringing in Southwestern Ontario, his extensive career in theatre, TV, and film, and contributing to a larger artistic vision.
“One of the great luxuries of doing a rant or doing a commentary when you have a large audience, is you know that there are people from a broad spectrum of opinions and different ideologies listening to you.”
Host Alex Paterson kicks off a series of interviews with the 2019 recipients of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards with a conversation with one of Canada’s most treasured political and social commentators, Rick Mercer. Rick will receive the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award on April 27. The two talk about his celebrated career as a broadcaster, his current endeavours, and the state of Canadian comedy.
“Canadians will always enjoy an article making fun of how brutal our big three telecom situation is here and the amount we have to pay for cellphones.”
Host Alex Paterson sat down with Luke Gordon Field, one of the co-founders of The Beaverton to chat about the platform’s humble beginnings, its current place in Canadian media, and what it’s like working in satire in the age of misinformation.
“It doesn’t matter what political party these women are from, they all want to see more women in politics. They know how important this is to making good decisions in this country.”
Host Alex Paterson sat down with Dr. Kate Graham, researcher and senior fellow at Canada 2020, to discuss No Second Chances – a look at the rise and fall of Canada’s 12 female first ministers, the commonalities and differences in their experiences, and what their stories can teach us about women in politics at large. The multimedia project launched on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2019.
“Democracy really does require that we have a shared truth, it really doesn’t work if you get to a point where you have two different groups that have completely different sets of realities.”
Host Alex Paterson chats with Executive Director of Evidence For Democracy, Katie Gibbs about the prevalence of misinformation, how to spot it, where Canada stands in relation to other countries, and the importance of evidence-based policy.