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InFocus advances the latest news stories. Join Host Melissa Ridgen as she puts issues into perspective and provides in-depth analysis. Informational and educational, InFocus provides a detailed examination of the issues affecting our communities.
 
For the past 10 years, I’ve built one of Canada’s leading polling and public opinion research firms: Abacus Data. And in that time, my team and I interviewed hundreds of thousands of Canadians and hosted focus groups across the country. This podcast will feature conversations with smart, curious, and interesting people who love politics, public policy, and figuring out what makes people think and act the way they do. If you work in polling or market research, public affairs, public relations ...
 
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InFocus is a live, 30 minute monthly production, airing on WTIU and WFIU. Each show includes a panel of experts, discussing the proposed topic of the month. The focus of this program is to highlight issues or concerns in the state. Each show’s topic is carefully selected to provide useful information to the community, on upcoming policies, and important events. The show allows opportunity for in-depth discussion of topics in areas of the economy, education, and diversity. The goal of the sho ...
 
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Are you a political hobbyist? Do you read the Hill Times or iPolitics just for fun? Do you tune into the Sunday morning political shows and talk about politics with your friends or families – like if you were talking about your favourite sports team? Well, if you are – you might be hurting democracy. On this episode of inFocus, I’m joined by Dr. Ei…
 
For the past two weeks, most of the world’s leaders were meeting in Glasgow, Scotland as part of the 26th United Nations climate change conference, also known as COP26. UK Prime Minister, in welcoming world leaders to the UK, described the conference as the “world’s moment of truth” and a now or never proposition to tackle climate change and work t…
 
According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, the national average home price in September 2021 was $686,650 – an increase of 27% from before the pandemic. In Greater Toronto – the average home price is almost $1.1 million. In Greater Vancouver, it’s close to $1.2 million. To say that housing has become unaffordable in most parts of Canada is …
 
According to a new forecast from the Royal Bank of Canada, the number of Indigenous business owners is growing at five times the rate of self-employed Canadians. It’s a $30-billion economy now according to RBC and forecast to triple to $100-billion by 2025. What sort of businesses are in? All of them – from retail to real estate. Several Indigenous…
 
We’re unpacking the historical and current effects of colonialism in Canada. On our latest episode, host Melissa Ridgen sits down with APTN Investigates producer Robert J. Ballantyne to discuss, The Colonial Playbook. We’ll also discuss what comes next, ahead of the second half of the investigation, The Colonial Toolkit.…
 
Throughout the federal election, our polls consistently found that health care was a top issue for many Canadians. Canadians of all ages are concerned about the capacity of the health system, the long-term impact of the pandemic, and health worker shortage in many parts of the system. As the new federal cabinet is set to be sworn in later this mont…
 
In this episode of inFocus, pollster David Coletto shares his perspective on the 2021 Canadian election results asking - what was it about? Tune in for this 20-minute briefing on what Abacus Data's polling over the campaign can tell us about the outcome and what it means going forward.Von David Coletto
 
In this episode of inFocus, pollster David Coletto from Abacus Data shares the latest results from his final survey of the 2021 Canadian election including a look at the underlying numbers that help explain the apparent stalemate and too close to call outcome. For more information about the survey visit: https://abacusdata.ca/election-2021-final-po…
 
In this episode of inFocus, pollster David Coletto from Abacus Data shares the latest results from his tracking poll on the Canadian election and tries to unpack the reasons why neither of the two main parties have been able to break away. You can get all the data on the latest poll here: https://abacusdata.ca/daily-tracking-poll-election-44-sept-1…
 
There’s just over a week to go in this federal election campaign and the outcome is so uncertain. The leaders debated twice this past week and the polls continue to suggest this very close. Neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives appear to have any momentum at this point. On this episode of inFocus, I’m joined by my really good friend Dennis Mat…
 
Abacus Data CEO shares some thoughts and insights on the 2021 Canadian federal election in this short briefing episode of inFocus. In this episode, he discusses Abacus Data's latest survey that explored the impact of the TVA French Language leaders' debate last week and sets up what to watch for over the coming week. For more information about the …
 
This week, millions of students across Canada will be going back to school and education and our education system will be top of mind to millions of parents and educators. There’s no doubt the pandemic has had a profound impact on children. It has put many of their parents out of work, surrounded their homes in grief and anxiety, and kept them out …
 
Abacus Data CEO shares some thoughts and insights on the 2021 Canadian federal election in this short briefing episode of inFocus. He discusses the latest horse-race polling, what the polls said about the french language debate back in 2019, and what to watch for as the campaign enters it's 4th week after the long weekend.…
 
Week 3 begins and we have a very tight race. Abacus Data CEO shares the key findings from his firm's latest survey in this briefing on polling during the 2021 Canadian election. For details on this poll visit: https://abacusdata.ca/election-2021-liberals-conservatives-neck-and-neck/Von David Coletto
 
Foreign affairs and international development issues often take a back seat in federal election campaigns. But this election began as the Taliban took control over Afghanistan and the world is still grappling with a global pandemic. On this episode of inFocus, I’m joined by Julia Anderson, the CEO at the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’…
 
In this episode of inFocus, our latest 2021 Canadian election survey that was just released today. The survey finds the Liberals still ahead by 4 - LPC 33%, CPC 29%, NDP 23% but with big gains in Mr. O'Toole's personal numbers. His favourable jumped 6 points from last week. For all the details on the poll check out the release on the Abacus Data we…
 
Canada’s deficit ballooned to over $350 billion in 2020/2021 and is projected to be north of $150 billion this year. And as political parties roll out their election platforms, they are all planning to continue spending for the foreseeable future. At the same time, the cost of living has emerged again as THE top issue for voters, as Stats Canada re…
 
In this episode of inFocus, I look at our first election survey and talk about what issues voters say are going to impact their vote. For all the details on the poll check out the release on the Abacus Data website. Thanks for listening. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send them along to david@abacusdata.ca…
 
In this episode of inFocus, I look at our final pre-election survey and explore the state of the election a day after the election officially kicks off. For all the details on the poll check out the release on the Abacus Data website. Thanks for listening. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send them along to david@abacusdata.ca…
 
In this episode of inFocus, I share some thoughts and the findings of Abacus Data's latest poll on Canadian politics completed earlier this week as well as my plans for the podcast during the election. For all the details on the poll check out the release on the Abacus Data website. Have rest of the week!…
 
With Canada’s first dose vaccinate rate now outpacing almost all other countries and Canadians feeling more optimistic that the return to normal will be here very soon, our attention is shifting to what we can do to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in other parts of the world. Today, on the eve of World Refugee Day, we explore what Canada can do to hel…
 
How do we create a business, legal, and policy environment that allows every aspiring entrepreneur to succeed? What barriers do Black entrepreneurs in Canada face? On this episode of inFocus, I’m joined by three guests to talk about a new study my firm Abacus Data helped to conduct on Black Entrepreneurship in Canada. Commissioned by the African Ca…
 
What is it like running a national election campaign? How does polling impact the decisions made on a campaign? I’m excited to explore these questions with Hamish Marshall, the national campaign manager for the Conservative Party of Canada’s 2019 election campaign. Hamish is currently a partner at ONE Persuades. Prior to that, he ran the 2019 Conse…
 
On this episode of inFocus, I’m joined by Dr. Marc Hetherington and Dr. Jonathan Weiler, authors of Prius or Pickup? How the Answers to Four Simple Questions Explain America’s Great Divide. The book was published in 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I read the book a few years ago and it had a big impact on how think about public opinion, politica…
 
May 11 is Census Day in Canada. For pollsters, the census is an irreplaceable tool used every day in our work. We use it to make sure our survey samples are representative of the population. We use it to help model data, and it helps us tell the story of changing demographics and behaviours in Canada. Last week, I lucked out and was invited to comp…
 
In the 2019 UK General Election, a political earthquake occurred. The Conservative Party led by Boris Johnson gain 48 seats in England, many of them coming in the North and Midlands regions of England, two regions that had voted solidly for Labour for almost 100 years. Now imagine if the Liberal Party of Canada won half or more seats in Alberta dur…
 
A headdress found at the Canada Post warehouse in Winnipeg was returned to its owner thanks to social media after being list in the mail for four months. But should there be a protocol in place for when the federal mail service finds regalia and ceremonial items that get lost in the system, to ensure they’re cared for until returned?…
 
Sport has been an important part of Indigenous lives across Turtle Island – it continues to bring our communities together today. APTN’s Darrell Stranger is guest hosting a special sports edition of InFocus. In this episode you’ll be hearing from former NHL head coach Ted Nolan about his experience in the league, including racism at the highest lev…
 
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