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with Gill Deacon

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Searchlight: We have a winner!

Searchlight: The Hunt for Canada's Best New Artist Thanks to everyone who participated in our search for Canada's best new musical act. The Searchlight 2014 winner is Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk! You can listen to all the Searchlight entries, local and across the country, on CBC Music.

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TD Kids Book Club: Author Christine Baldacchino

Toronto author Christine Baldacchino joined Gill in studio to share her book Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress. It's nominated for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, which will be handed out tonight. Christine and Gill recently joined a group of kids from the Eastview ReadUP program for the TD Kids Book Club. See photos from the event here. Listen audio (runs 8:27)

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TD Kids Book Club: Eastview ReadUP

Kids in the Eastview ReadUP program got a special opportunity to join the TD Kids Book Club and meet the author of Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress. The book, written by local author Christine Baldacchino, is nominated for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. Recently, Gill and Christine visited the Eastview kids for a special event. You can see photos online and listen to the interaction here. Listen audio (runs 5:09)

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TD Kids Book Club: ReadUP's Sheilah Currie

This fall, we partnered with the Eastview ReadUP program to form the Toronto TD Kids Book. Together we read "Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress" by local author Christine Baldacchino. Gill spoke with Sheilah Currie, founder of ReadUP about the opportunity. The students hosted the author at their ReadUP gathering and you can see photos from the event online. Listen audio (runs 6:57)

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Toronto's Greenest Condo Tower?

A condo tower in Scarborough has managed to cut its waste from 24 bins per month to just one. To explain how, Here and Now spoke with resident Dave Mugford. Listen audio (runs 6:12)

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Food Column: Elton on Kombucha

Kale salad, cupcakes and cold-pressed juice. These are all food trends that we've seen sweep our city. Now there's another food trend that is growing here in Toronto. Literally growing. Because it's alive. Our food columnist Sarah Elton joined us with a story about kombucha, a live fermented tea drink that is growing in popularity here. She spoke with Dan Johanis of Pekoe Kombucha Bar, at the YogaTree, 123 Dundas Street West, 2nd floor. Listen audio (runs 7:04)

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Food Column: Elton On Baladi Bread

Mix flour with water and yeast and you end up with bread. Naan, pita, baguette-all sorts of different breads of different shapes, textures and flavours. In Toronto, we are lucky to be able to buy many of them. Our food columnist Sarah Elton was here to talk about one of these breads. Egyptian style pita, or baladi bread made by Essam Mantoura of Ancient Pita. You can find these pitas at: Adonis in Mississauga Town and Country Arz Fine Foods The Big Carrot Stop and Go at Eglinton and Erin Mills Botros Market at Mavis and Eglinton As well as at some churches in the city, on Sunday. Listen audio (runs 7:04)

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Food Column: Elton On Food Prices

The headlines have been dominated by economic news lately... The low price of oil. The falling Canadian dollar. There's been so much unexpected change that, yesterday, the Food Institute at the University of Guelph announced that it had to revise its outlook for food prices. Their revised food price report is now forecasting higher food prices this year, particularly for imported fruits and vegetables. Our food columnist Sarah Elton investigated how this is all playing out at the food terminal and at the farmers' market. Listen audio (runs 6:42)

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Food Column: Elton On Beef Fat

The supermarkets might be full of diet products. Zero percent fat yoghurt abounds in the dairy case. And, you can even get fat free sour cream there too. But as our food columnist Sarah Elton was in to tell us, fat is back. First it was duck fat, then lard, now beef fat can be found in this city. Sarah visited Moo Frites for beef fat-fried french fries. She found rendered tallow and beef fat at butchers in the city. And corn meal muffins made with beef drippings at Leslieville Pumps. Moo Frites can be found at 178 Baldwin Street. Rendered beef tallow is for sale at Butchers of Distinction, at 738 Queen Street East. (Call ahead to make sure they have it). Or render it yourself from Cumbrae's (various locations). Leslieville Pumps bakes beef dripping cornmeal muffins every morning at 929 Queen Street East. Jennifer McLagan is the author of Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, With Recipes. Her latest book is Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, With Recipes Listen audio (runs 6:57)

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Food Column: Elton on Juice

If you resolved to eat more fruits and vegetables this year, perhaps drinking them is the answer. Our food columnist Sarah Elton discusses this trend. Listen audio (runs 6:53)

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A Better Man

Domestic abuse is a heartbreaking issue in our community - and one that Attiya Khan has dedicated her life to. A survivor of violence herself, Khan has worked with battered women for 15 years. She believes it's essential to bring abusive men into the conversation in order to end the cycle of violence. Khan is working on a powerful new documentary, A Better Man, which focuses on how men can get help. And it features an interview with the former partner who abused her. Khan has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the film: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-better-man Listen audio (runs 7:12)

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