Remembering Premier William G. Davis ft. Steve Paikin and Charles Pascal

By Stephen G Hurley

Host Stephen Hurley scans the education ecosystem, looking for the people and ideas that are starting to change the way we think about teaching, learning, schools and communities

A great deal has been written in the days following the passing of former Ontario Premier, William Grenville Davis. And I can only imagine even more has been said around kitchen tables, summer campfires and Zoom meetings around the province. It’s hard to imagine what more can be added to the story of a man who shepherded the province of Ontario through times of great growth and modernization as well as times of increased political tension and financial restraint.

Well, hard to imagine unless you’re Steve Paikin or Charles Pascal.

Steve Paikin is the highly respected host of TVO’s flagship public affairs program, The Agenda and, among many other things, the author of “Bill Davis: Nation Builder, and Not So Bland After All”.

Charles Pascal is professor of applied psychology and human development at OISE/UT. He has a great deal of expertise in early and higher education, public policy and leadership development and he’s not shy about sharing that expertise. His most recent book is “Leading From The Inside Out: Hard-Earned Lessons from Education, Government and … Baseball”.

Steve and Charles have been sharing a lot of stories about Mr. Davis over the past few days. They’ve been good enough to join us today to allow us to listen in on some of that remembering.



Stephen G. Hurley
Chief Catalyst, voicEd Radio Canada
Dr. Marc Spooner
Professor, Faculty of Education
University of Regina

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer.

He has a strong relationship with the EdCan Network (formerly the Canadian Education Association), an organization that inspired the launch and evolution of voicEd Radio Canada.

Hurley believes that stronger connections between education research, practice and policy are essential to the type of change that will be necessary in Canada's public education systems moving forward.