The Agenda with Steve Paikin examines immigration in new five-part series

  • Series airs Thursday, January 27 to Wednesday, February 2 at 8 pm ET on TVO

TORONTO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Has there been a hardening of attitudes towards immigrants and immigration in Canada? Are all Canadians treated equally? And how long does it take for new citizens to feel that Canada is "home"? From Thursday, January 27 to Wednesday, February 2 at 8 pm, TVO's flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin will present a new five-part series that will take an in-depth look at immigration.

Part of TVO's ongoing commitment to nurturing citizen engagement in Ontario, each program will explore multiple perspectives on important aspects of immigration. The first program in the series will be broadcast live from the Munk School of Global Affairs in Toronto (free audience tickets are available at

"I'm really looking forward to the series," says anchor and senior editor Steve Paikin. "We've got a distinguished lineup of experts that will lead to some of our most interesting discussions and debates on Canadian immigration to date."

Special guests include: Avvy Go, an immigration lawyer who immigrated to Canada in 1982; Stephen Green, Partner at Green and Spiegel LLP, who has been on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bar Association, Citizenship and Immigration section since 1991; Mehdi Rizvi, a former member of The Community Editorial Board of the Toronto Star who immigrated to Canada in 1999; and Margaret Kopala, president of the Centre for Immigration and Policy Reform.

The schedule of programs is as follows:

Backlash from an Immigrant Nation? - Thursday, January 27
We like to say that Canada is a welcoming country. But is it, really?

When does Canada become "Home"? - Friday, January 28
Many Canadians find themselves torn between their birth country and Canada. At what point does Canada really start to feel like home?

The Microcosm of Markham - Monday, January 31
Markham: from small English speaking suburb to bustling predominantly Chinese community.

No More Mr. Nice Guy - Tuesday, February 1
Are immigrants and non immigrants living harmoniously in the province?

What you Bring, or What you Find? - Wednesday, February 2
What determines why some nationalities prosper when they arrive in Canada, while others struggle? What contributes to one's success in Canada?

About TVO
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. Celebrating 40 years, TVO's vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported by thousands of donors. For more information, visit

Where to Find TVO

On air:
Cable channel 2 (may vary in some areas),
Rogers TVO HD channel 580
Bell TV channel 265
Star Choice channel 353
Rogers On Demand
Rogers On Demand Online


For further information:

Media contact:
Lesley Slack
TVO, Corporate Relations
Phone: 416.484.2600 x 2281


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