Behind the Shield
About the Show
Journalists Scott Symons and Mary Kay Ross investigate Ontario's unique character in this subjective portrait of the province and its concerns. Controversial issues introduced by the hosts include immigration and multiculturalism, the Americanization of Canadian culture, Ontario's Anglo-Saxon heritage, and urban development's lack of character. Program formats vary - from informal studio discussions between Symons and Ross to short dramatizations, visits to different parts of the province, and interviews with distinguished Ontarian guests. The latter include the provincial NDP's former leader, Stephen Lewis, economist John Kenneth Galbraith, and historian Donald Creighton. Throughout the programs, the hosts attempt to heighten a sense of Ontario's identity and to understand the forces that shape it.