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From the June 2, 2016 episode of TVO’s the Agenda with Steve Paikin, the guest, claimed, 2 minutes in, that a report on mental health costs said that the annual cost due to lost productivity in Canada was $51 billion, and is projected to go into the trillions in 30 years. Given that Canada has a current GDP (PPP) of $1.6 trillion, that would be 3% of the economy in annual costs today, yet it’s supposed to go up to at least $1 trillion, when, in 30 years, the GDP will be $2.9 trillion (given a highly generous growth estimate of 2% annually), and the cost will be at least 34% of GDP?

The host had every reason to shocked by the claim. And, folks, just because it’s on a serious television program, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t immediately spot the claim as patently bogus.

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Brigette DePape, the Senate page who held up a “STOP HARPER” sign during the Conservative’s 2011 Throne Speech, and being escorted out by the Sergeant-at-arms for it, was a panelist on the October 6, 2015 episode of TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, on the topic of The Young and Disengaged, concerning the low youth voter turnout in Canadian elections.

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From the description of the May 27, 2015 show posted on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin’s YouTube channel:

Perry Bellegarde was elected National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in December 2014. Nearly half a year into his term, The Agenda checks in to see what issues he’s prioritized and what progress he’s made on longstanding concerns such as land claims, education and missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls.

Five minutes into the interview, I noticed his accent markedly change, from speaking to an audience of Canadians (almost all non-Native), to his Native audience.

So much for the notion of a departure from business as usual for a Native leader, in acting differently than a typical politician with regard to appealing to his particular audience.

He followed in the footsteps of President Obama and Hillary Clinton, who adopted a foreign accent specifically to appeal to their audience.

I understand the idea of appealing to one’s audience, but unless you’re immigrating to another nation or speaking a completely different language, for me, it’s a type of deception to markedly change your accent from one audience to the next, just to appeal to them. When I attended the 2009 Rethinking AIDS Conference in Oakland, California, I remember an American attendee point out my Canadian accent, and I realize that he was somewhat making fun of it for its distinctiveness and stereotypical Canadianness, but for me it is a symbol of my personal identity, and I don’t intend to change it just to curry better favour with an audience whose accents may be significantly different than mine.

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Despite telling me they had no intention of interviewing any of the other parties besides the three main parties (Liberal, PC and NDP) and the Greens, Ontario’s public broadcaster, TVO, bowed to popular demand and had an online interview with Ontario Libertarian Party leader, Allen Small.

They also likely interviewed him due to the privately-owned Sun News Network interviewing him earlier here, which would make Ontario’s public broadcaster look bad if they hadn’t interviewed him, by offering less coverage of voting options than a private entity that doesn’t rely on tax dollars.

For the summary of my in-depth interview with him, just in time for tomorrow’s election, see here.

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During the June 3 TVO debate on issues facing the 416 (Toronto) ridings in the run-up to the June 12, 2014 Ontario provincial election, Green Party of Ontario candidate for York Centre, Joshua Borenstein, mentioned a modified version of John Turmel’s Argentine Solution (at 30m).

John Turmel is the founder of the Paupers Party and I interviewed him as a 2012 Kitchener-Waterloo byelection candidate, when he was promoting the “Argentine Solution” of paying Ontario government workers with a portion of their salary in Ontario government bonds in lieu of pay. That way, savings could be had in the short-term until the bonds come due, and no money would have to be borrowed directly from banks in order to issue them.

Joshua Borenstein suggested a modified version of the plan, saying that Ontario should provide tax credits to Ontario public sector employees, which they could then redeem on their 2014 tax filing next year.

These are exactly the kind of alternative ideas that the three main parties (Liberal, PC and NDP) are not offering voters, and why we need more alternative voices in these discussions, such as the Ontario Libertarian Party.

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In the run-up to the June 12, 2014 Ontario provincial election, Allen Small, Ontario Libertarian Party leader, was interviewed by the Sun News Network on June 4.

Once again, the private sector continues to lead in providing alternative voices that the public sector claims to offer, despite Ontario’s public broadcaster, TVO, deciding not to provide any TV coverage of the Ontario Libertarian Party, despite its 74 candidates, which could theoretically form a majority government for the first time in its history.

For more on Allen Small, see my comprehensive March 20, 2014 interview with him.

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With the Newsweek claim that they have found the purported founder of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, starting 15 minutes in to the interview with Tim Richardson on The Agenda with Steve Paikin, he states:

I also happen to know a little about Japanese culture; I’ve lived in Japan, speak Japanese.

And regarding the name Satoshi Nakamoto:

The choice of that word for him has many ramifications if you look at Japanese culture and Japanese history.

and:

The reason why you would pick a person like that, say versus a Korean, or a person from Latin America.

While Richardson wouldn’t say whether he thought this Satoshi Nakamoto was the real founder or not, his words to me imply that the name was invented, or that they chose this person from among a team of founders to be identified as the founder of Bitcoin for a very specific purpose.

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