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February 2012 Archives

Bullying a Hate Crime?

It's Anti-Bullying Day in Canada, and south of the border, Lady Gaga is launching her "Born This Way" foundation, which she hopes will inspire youth to help tackle the issue of bullying. She also wants to make bullying a hate crime. Laura spoke to parenting expert and author Barbara Coloroso for her perspective. Listen audio (runs 5:41)

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Food Column: Sarah Elton on Underground Chickens

Our food columnist Sarah Elton was in today to tell us about the stand-off in our city about backyard chickens. Earlier this year, Toronto's licensing and standards committee upheld a ban on backyard chickens which prompted by-law officers to start enforcing the rules. Sarah spoke to one backyard chicken owner who told her that, chicken owners are standing firm and holding onto their chickens. They are now waiting to see what happens in Calgary this March when resident Paul Hughes will challenge that city's by-law in court, arguing that it is unconstitutional and that it violates an international human right to food. Listen audio (runs 6:01) To learn more about the court case, here. And to find out more about what's happening in Toronto chickens.

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Apps for Apes

Forget sign language and finger paints. An orangutan at the Toronto Zoo is about to go WAY higher tech than that. She's next in line for her own iPad. The Apps for Apes programs is the brainchild of an organization called Orangutan Outreach, based in the US Richard Zimmerman is the group's director and he joined Laura Di Battista to talk about what an orangutan could possibly want with an iPad... Listen audio (runs 8:24)

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Preventing Train Derailment

A technology used around the world -- but not in Canada -- might have prevented Sunday's VIA train derailment. Laura spoke with Dan Hammond, the director of Transport Action Ontario about "positive train control." Listen audio (runs 5:36)

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The Shakespeare Challenge

The words of Shakespeare come alive on stage, but not everyone can afford the price of admission. We'll talk the Artistic Director of one theater company about what he's doing to change that. Listen audio (runs 6:09)

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Scrabble Kids

Students gathered today in the west end for a scrabble tournament that could take them all the way to the American Championships Listen audio (runs 5:29)

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Paul Martin

We talk to former Prime Minister Paul Martin about how teaching kids about Aboriginal history and culture could lead to a brighter future for all of us. Listen audio (runs 6:05)

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Maple Syrup

Maple tree sap is flowing way ahead of schedule. We find out what kind of season local sugar bushes can expect. Listen audio (runs 7:25)

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Revamping Derelict Storefronts

Owners of derelict storefronts across Toronto could soon find themselves paying for their lack of interest in their properties. That's one idea that's being floated at an east end community meeting tonight. Laura spoke with councillor Mary Margaret McMahon of Ward 32, Beaches-East York about the need to address the issue. Listen audio (runs 6:08)

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Amateur Mixed Martial Arts

Kickboxing Ontario is now in charge of regulating amateur MMA. Will this make the sport safer ? Listen audio (runs 7:25)

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South Asian Health Risks

Being of South Asian background puts you at risk for developing diabetes or other cardiovascular diseases. But tonight, there's a presentation of a plan that is attempting make a difference. Konrad Noronha is a director and co-founder of The South Asian Professional Network for Health Awareness. Listen audio (runs 5:52)

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Head Lice

We're talking about that little secret parents don't like talking about..head lice. According to "Lice Squad Toronto", the number of cases are high for this time of year. We'll tell you what you need to know. Listen audio (runs 8:20)

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Teen Drinking and the Movies

Alcohol in the movies is prompting young people to drink, according to a new study. Dr. James Sargent is the senior author of the study that looks at youth drinking and alcohol in the movies. He's a professor of pediatrics at the Dartmouth Medical School. Listen audio (runs 6:30)

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Senior Drivers

Tackling potentially dangerous drivers. The Ontario Transportation Minister is looking at ways of getting people with dementia off our roads. But, is that unfairly targeting seniors? Listen audio (runs 6:14)

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Speeding Excuses

What are some of the outlandish excuses drivers use to get out speeding tickets. We speak with Constable Clint Stibbe at Traffic Services in Toronto to find out. Listen audio (runs 5:55)

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What Makes a Baby

At some point, every child asks, "where did I come from?" And for many families, the answer isn't as straightforward as you may think. Now, a new book project aims to make it easier. Laura spoke with author and sex educator Cory Silverberg about "What Makes A Baby." Listen audio (runs 6:11)

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No More Oxycontin

OxyContin abuse has had a devastating effect on communities across Canada. And now the company that makes the drug is replacing it with a new formulation that will be harder to misuse. Laura talked to CBC medical specialist Dr. Karl Kabasele about why some addiction experts are worried about the change. Listen audio (runs 5:43)

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Pop Culture: Hassanli on Movie Piracy

Shooting itself in the foot. Is the movie industry partly to blame for on-line film piracy? Pop culture watcher Lisha Hassanali joined Laura with her view. Listen audio (runs 6:01)

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The Ontario Basketball Association - Black History Month

The Ontario Basketball Association is celebration Black History Month with inspiring stories from the world of basketball. We talk to one coach who says basketball helped make him the person he is today. Listen audio (runs 5:50)

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The Suzuki Diaries

David Suzuki and his daughter Sarika travel to major cities including Toronto to find out what's working. We'll talk to Sarika about the what the pair discovered. Listen audio (runs 5:36)

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Half Say They Were Bullied: Survey

Bullying has become a significant topic of discussion in recent years. But it is hardly a new issue. A new survey commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada has found that at least half of all adult Canadians experienced bullying as a child or teen years ago. And many still feel the impacts today.. To tell us more about the survey and his thoughts on the matter, we were joined by Bruce Macdonald. He's the president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. Listen audio (runs 4:28)

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Live Right Now

The search is on for the Live Right Now Capital of Canada. The C-B-C's healthy lifestyle initiative is looking for Canadian communities where residents are motivated to make healthier choices. Thursday, Live Right Now made an exciting new announcement... The winning community will be rewarded with a free natural playground, valued at more than 100-thousand dollars! To tell us about the prize... and how to get involved... we reached Adam Bienenstock. He's the Founder and C-E-O of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds, which is partnering with Live Right Now. Listen audio (runs 4:58)

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Drummond Report Gets Thumbs Up

The new provincial cost-cutting guidelines issued by economist Don Drummond earlier today MAY help the province balance its books. But some groups are worried about how cuts in areas like education and health care will affect the services we get from Queen's Park. Businesses say they're not worried about Drummond recommendations - yet. Joining me now to talk about the good - and the bad - that HE sees in the future for businesses is Len Crispino. He's a special advisor to - and former head of - the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.Hello. Listen audio (runs 6:58)

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Nik Wallenda

Nik Wallenda gets the ok to cross the falls on a tighrope. What made the Niagra Parks Commision reverse their decision? We ask Nik Wallenda. Listen audio (runs 6:07)

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Drummond Report: Education

Dalton McGuinty considers himself the education Premier. But now it appears as if some of his reforms may be suspended. Laura heard from Annie Kidder of People For Education for her take on Don Drummond's recommendations. Listen audio (runs 7:00)

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Food Column: Sarah Elton on the History of Toronto Food

Our food columnist, Sarah Elton was in to tell us about how food is intertwined with our city's history. Toronto still is one of North America's largest food hubs and the importance of food to our economy dates to the early days of our colonial settlement and even further back when Toronto was named after the fishing weir poles the Anishnabe planted in the lake to catch their dinner.

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To learn more about Toronto's food history, there's just over a week left to visit the St. Lawrence Market Gallery's exhibit "Meet me at the Market." That's at 95 Front Street East, on the second floor of the south market building. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. The exhibit runs until February 25.

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Mild Winter

Are there negative effects of this wacky winter weather on our ecosystem? We talk to Gord MacPherson with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Listen audio (runs 6:06)

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Drummond Report: Health Care Reform

Strong medicine is what's needed to reform the province's healthcare system. That's according to former TD Bank economist Don Drummond, whose review of government spending was released today. Laura spoke with health policy analyst Dr. Michael Rachlis about how the medicine should be delivered. Listen audio (runs 6:45)

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Seniors in Love

On this romantic holiday we're looking at the importance of love and romance as we age. We talk to Amy D'Aprix who is an expert on aging. Listen audio (runs 5:18)

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Downtown and Suburbs Face-off Again - This Time Over Casinos

It may be Valentines Day, but there seems to be no love lost this afternoon between downtown city councillors...and their colleagues in Scarborough. Last week, the rivals were pursuing THEIR visions for transit in the city. And downtown concillors won the day. Today, the lovers' quarrel is over casinos. First, Trinity Spadina City Councillor Adam Vaughan asked the Toronto and East York Community Council to look into ways of BANNING casinos downtown. Within hours, the Scarborough Community Council was voting to APPROVE the developments of casinos in the city. Joining Laura Di Battista to talk about today's long-distance debate was Scarborough Councillor Paul Ainslie. But first, she spoke with Adam Vaughan. Listen audio (runs 7:10)

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Valentine's Day Flowers

Roses are red, violets are blue. When it comes to giving flowers, are there any that are taboo? We check in with a local florist for advice about what the flowers you give... or receive, tells you. Listen audio (runs 6:05)

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Potted Potter

There's something magical going on at the Panasonic Theatre...it's beginning to look a lot like Hogwarts School for Magic. Or is it? Laura found out just what's going on at the Potted Potter show. She spoke with creators Jeff Turner and Dan Clarkson. Listen audio (runs 6:02)

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The Aphrodisiacs

Lusting after that delectable Valentines' Day box of chocolates? You're not alone. Laura spoke with foodie and romantic Anita Stewart about what makes food and love natural bedfellows. Listen audio (runs 4:52)

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Our Song of The Week: Bahamas

Toronto's Bahamas went from being part of Feist's back up band to flying solo. He's just released a new album. His track, "Caught Me Thinking" is our song of the week. Bahamas joined Laura to talk about his musical inspirations. Listen audio (runs 7:37)

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Toronto's Kiss Map Puckers Up

Now you can smooch your way across the country and share the details. From the creator of the Toronto Kiss Map comes the Canada Kiss Map. Laura spoke with Chris Kay-Fraser, the woman behind both. Listen audio (runs 7:33)

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Using Bags to Fight Bugs

At City Hall Monday, councillors on the mayor's executive committee were getting ready to talk about the plastic bag fee. Not about repealing it. About doing something to make sure the money goes to worthy causes. Councillor Michelle Berardinetti wants the committee to ask city staff to look into ways of convincing businesses to to turn over their bag fees to various causes - fighting the Emerald Ash Borer, for instance. She joined Here and Now's Laura Di Battista with the details. Listen audio (runs 6:23)

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Melanie Fiona

R&B singer Melanie Fiona was a big winner at last night's Grammys . We check in with her and ask her about the night. Plus we get the details about her next album. Listen audio (runs 6:14)

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No Wi-Fi in Schools

You can find a Wi-Fi connection just about everywhere, but now the Ontario English Catholic Teacher's Association is recommending that it be removed from schools. Kevin O'Dwyer is the president of the association. He told Laura why. Listen audio (runs 5:49)

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The Gift of Touch

Students from Harbord Collegiate are reaching out and touching local seniors for Valentine's Day. They're giving the gift of massage. It's an idea dreamed up by Christine Sutherland. She trains massage therapists and is the Director of the Canadian Institute for Palliative Massage. Listen audio (runs 4:04)

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Health Column: Dr. Goldman on Treating Preemies

A Canadian expert says the answers are surprisingly low-tech when it comes to helping premature babies increase their chances of survival. House doctor Brian Goldman joined Laura with the details. Listen audio (runs 7:44)

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Hume and Levy on Mayor Ford's Future

It's been a tumultuous week for Mayor Rob Ford. He lost ANOTHER vote at City Hall - this time, on his dream of a subway network for the city, rather than light rail. Then, Queens Park refused to intervene - even though he seemed confident it would. To make matters even MORE uncertain for the mayor, his newest political rival - TTC Chair Karen Stintz - appears to have more influence on council than the mayor does. Joining Laura Di Battista to talk about what all this means - for Ford, for councillors, and for voters - were our two City Hall watchers. Sue-Ann Levy is the City Hall columnist for the Toronto Sun...and Christopher covers urban affairs for the Toronto Star. Listen audio (runs 8:22)

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Jobs for Newcomers

You've heard the stories...A professional from another country, moves to Canada only to discover they can't get the same type of job here. What are their options? Listen audio (runs 5:30)

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Using Tasers

According to Toronto Deputy Chief of Police Michael Frederico, officers should carry tasers in the event they need to subdue people who are in severe emotional distress. But is this an appropriate method to use? Laura heard from psychiatric survivor and co-chair of the Mental Health Sub-committee for the Toronto Police Services Board, Pat Capponi. Listen audio (runs 7:15)

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Keeping All-Day Kindergarten

According to a report in a local newspaper, full day kindergarten could be on the chopping block to help the province deal with its deficit. Laura spoke with Charles Pascal, the man behind the creation of all-day kindergarten find out why he thinks it's worth saving. Listen audio (runs 6:49)

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Don't Toke and Drive

According to new findings just published in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal, the chances of getting into a car accident doubles, just hours after smoking pot. The lead researcher on the study is professor Mark Asbridge at Dalhousie University. He talked to Laura about the dangers of toking and driving. Listen audio (runs 6:17)

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Elizabeth: The Queen

Queen Elizabeth is one of the most famous women on the planet. But little is known about the personal life of woman who wears the crown. Now, a new book is shedding light on just who The Queen is... right down to the contents of handbag. Laura spoke to author and biographer Sally Bedell Smith about her book, "Elizabeth: The Queen, Life of a Modern Monarch". Listen audio (runs 6:19)

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Canada Reads: And The Winner Is...

After a raucous and at times controversial debate, the winner of Canada Reads has been revealed. Laura spoke with the defender of the winning title. Listen audio (runs 7:05)

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Beer: Foundation of Modern Civilization

Beer drinkers rejoice! A new study suggests that the sudsy stuff may have led to the rise of modern civilization. Laura heard all the intoxicating details from Brian Hayden is a professor of archaeology at Simon Fraser University. Listen audio (runs 6:43)

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Reminiscing About The Sutton Place Hotel

The Sutton Place Hotel was once the home away from home for celebrities. Now it's set to become a home for condo dwellers. Laura heard from the hotel's former president, Hans Gehrhardt about The Sutton Place's storied history. Listen audio (runs 7:40)

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Update on Hampstead Crash Survivors

So many questions after Monday's tragic accident that killed 10 Peruvian migrant workers. One person who's been trying to answer some of the questions from friends and family of the workers involved in the crash is Jamie Sparks. He's the Deputy Consul General with Peru's consulate in Toronto. Yesterday he visited the survivors of the crash. Listen audio (runs 5:35)

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Lavalife Love Train

The online dating service Lavalife is encouraging singles to meet and greet tomorrow during rush hour. Kim Hughes is a dating and relationship expert with Lavalife. Tomorrow, she'll be on the corner outside Eglinton Station to seduce singles aboard the love train. Listen audio (runs 5:07)

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Stutter Social

People who stutter are uniting, thanks to the efforts of a Toronto man. Daniele Rossi has found a voice on the world wide web and helped others to do the same, through Stutter Social. Laura spoke with him. Listen audio (runs 7:24)

 

Daniele also has a podcast called Stuttering is Cool. You can find it here.

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Councillors Grapple with Transit Future

City Councillors are this hour deciding on how public transit users will get around this city in the future.Subways, or at-grade light rail vehicles? The Mayor, Rob Ford, has been pushing for below ground transit, so it doesn't hamper traffic. But he's facing a motion at City Hall that could scuttle that idea - and result in a network of street-level LRTs on Eglinton East, Finch West and where the current Scarborough RT is now. Hamutal Dotan has been following the debate for months now. She's at City Hall, and she joined Laura Di Battista with the latest. Listen audio (runs 6:06)

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Canada Reads: Day Three Recap with Terry Fallis

Canada Reads held its third debate this morning. Laura caught up with the competition's resident blogger, Terry Fallis, about how things went down, and which books are left standing with one more debate to go. Listen audio (runs 7:03)

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The Changing Face of Canada

New census say immigrants could solely account for Canada's population growth in the coming decade. Laura spoke with Audrey Macklin, a law professor at the University of Toronto about how this could have an impact on future public policy. Listen audio (runs 7:41)

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Loblaw Food Fight

Loblaw executive chairman Galen Weston cooked up a quite the controversy by suggesting that food from a farmer's market could kill someone -- one day. The remark had foodies grilling him, all over the Twittersphere. Laura spoke with Chris Nuttall-Smith, food writer at The Globe and Mail about the blossoming controversy. Listen audio (runs 6:24)

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Historical Building App

Every building in Toronto has a story, but learning that history used to involve computer searches and possibly a trip to the Toronto Archives ...until now. A professor at Ryerson, with the help of his architecture students, has developed an app that is a Valentine to our city. All you need is a smart phone or an ipad. Take it for a walk and point it at any building you'd like to learn more about and it will give you a history. Laura took a tour with Professor Vincent Hui at Yonge Dundas Square so she could get a first hand demonstration. Listen audio (runs 5:25)

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Colour Me

The TIFF Bell Lightbox is featuring a series of films for Black History Month. "Colour Me" is one of them. It tells the story of Anthony McLean, a young man who has a white mother and a black father who is grappling with his own racial identity while helping high school students find theirs. Listen audio (runs 5:36)

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Cross-border Car Shopping

Senate hearings in Ottawa are focused on why there are price differences on certain goods between Canada and the U.S. despite the high value of the Loonie. Laura took a look at the discrepancies on new vehicles in Canada and the States with Phil Edmonston, author of the Lemon-Aid guides. Listen audio (runs 6:05)

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Canada Reads: Day Two with Terry Fallis

Canada's literary title fight -- Canada Reads -- is halfway over... and so far this year's competition has been filled with controversy and emotion. Laura got the details from Canada Reads' resident blogger Terry Fallis. Listen audio (runs 7:17)

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Eat Local, Save Global

When your mother told you to eat your veggies, she was thinking about your health. But mom's advice is good for the planet, too. "Food Matters" author and New York Times journalist Mark Bittman told Laura why. Listen audio (runs 7:05)

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Dickens and Social Networking

Today marks the bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth. But according to an author of a new book, Dickens was ahead of his time... and helped to develop our understanding of social networking. Laura spoke with Jonathan Grossman who wrote Charles Dickens's Networks: Public Transport and the Novel. Listen audio (runs 5:35)

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HIV Day of Action

Back in 1998 the Supreme Court of Canada decided that a person with HIV must inform a sex partner in advance if their HIV poses a "significant risk" of transmission. Since then more than 130 people living with HIV have been charged. On Wednesday, two appeal cases challenging this principle go before the Supreme Court of Canada. The cases will be closely watched by those living with HIV and lawyers on all sides, including the group "Aids Action Now." Laura spoke with Tim McCaskell who is with the group "Aids Action Now" and is HIV positive. Listen audio (runs 5:48)

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Our Song of the Week

When Toronto hip hop producer Slakah the Beatchild released his new album, he couldn't have predicted the response to it. It's received a thumbs up from a noted musician - Drake. The Other Side of Tomorrow is our song of the week. Laura spoke to Byram Joseph, the artist behind it. Listen audio (runs 10:27)

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Canada Reads: Day One with Terry Fallis

Day One of the Canada Reads debates kicked off this morning. And this year's resident blogger for Canada Reads -- Terry Fallis -- is following every minute of the book brawl. He talked to Laura about the surprise knockout. Listen audio (runs 5:48)

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William Still

A Toronto production company is teaching Americans a slice of their own history. Director and producer Gordon Henderson visited the "Here and Now" studio to talk about his docudrama on Underground Railroad hero William Still. Listen audio (runs 5:43)

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: THE WILLIAM STILL STORY, airs tonight at 10 on WNED, the PBS television station that broadcasts out of Buffalo.

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East End Calendar Guys

Who are the people in your neighbourhood? A local bar in Leslieville not only found out, but they're also celebrating them in a unique way. Laura spoke with Rachel Conduit, co-owner of The Avro to find out why some local men have become pin-ups. Listen audio (runs 5:07)

 

Calendars can be found at:

The Avro (750 Queen Street East)

Atomic Toybot (978 Queen Street East)

Dangerous Dan's (714 Queen Street East)

Dark Horse (682 Queen Street East)

Ed's Real Scoop (920 Queen Street East)

Hooked (888 Queen Street East)

Lady Marmalade (898 Queen Street East)

Lil' Bean n' Green (1133 Queen Street East)

Mercury Espresso Bar (915 Queen Street East)

Nathalie-Roze & Co. (1015 Queen Street East) The Roy (894 Queen Street East)

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Health Column: Goldman on Violence Against Healthcare Workers

Danger on the job. House Doctor Brian Goldman joined Laura to talk about the real and growing risk of violence against health care workers. Listen audio (runs 6:18)

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Richard "Popcorn" Cumberbatch

Years ago, growing up in Trinidad, Richard Cumberbatch used to hide his drumming from his family. But tonight in Toronto, he'll be showcasing his talent centre stage for a performance at the Fleck Dance Theatre. Laura spoke with drummer Richard "Popcorn" Cumberbatch in our Toronto studio. Listen audio (runs 5:36)

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Black History in Film

This weekend, the TIFF Bell Lightbox launches a new film series to celebrate Black History Month. Laura spoke to TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey about the lineup for MUSIC, MAGIC, CLASH: NEW VOICES IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA. Listen audio (runs 7:07)

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City, Union Butt Heads as Sunday Deadline Looms

Closed door negotiations between the city and its unionized workers appear to have morphed into a very public battle for the hearts and minds of Torontonians. Earlier today, CUPE Local 416 president Mark Ferguson emerged from meetings with the city to hold a news conference...a news conference in which he accused the city of trying to provoke a strike. Within a couple of hours the city was holding a news conference of its own, laying out almost line for line what its latest offer to CUPE had been. The negotiations - both public and private - have become increasingly tense as Sunday's deadline for a strike or lockout approaches. And CUPE isn't the only union feeling the heat these days.Laura Di Battista looked into the changing role of unions in general, and the City-CUPE impasse, with York University labour specialist Steven Tufts. Listen audio (runs 6:10)

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The Ponzi Scheme

What would you do if you gave someone $20,000 to invest and they ran off with it? That's the question independent film director Billie Mintz had to confront. The result is a movie called "The Ponzi Scheme". He spoke with Laura about greed, trust and forgiveness.

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"The Ponzi Scheme" is premiering tonight at 9 p.m. at The Projection Booth, 1053 Gerrard Street. Additional screenings take place at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the week.

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Pop Culture Column: Lisha Hassanali on Nostalgic Ads

Selling pop culture or just plain selling out? Our pop culture columnist Lisha Hassanali weighed in on a batch of Super Bowl ads that are using pop culture touchstones -- such as Ferris Bueller -- to sell their goods now. Listen audio (runs 7:25)

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Eating Disorders

People in this city who suffer from eating disorders will soon have one more place to turn for help. A new therapy centre opens this Sunday in Toronto. The opening coincides with the start of "National Eating Disorders Awareness Week". The centre is named after the founder, Kyla Fox, who suffered from anorexia in her teens. She also has a Master's degree in Social Work and experience running therapy groups. Laura spoke with Kyla Fox. Listen audio (runs 5:38)

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Food Column: Beijing in Toronto

Our food columnist Sarah Elton, the locavore tells us where to get candied haws in Toronto, just like the ones she ate in Beijing. Listen audio (runs 5:45)

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Parenting Stress

We often hear about the benefits of reducing the stress in our lives. And if you have children -- David Code says doing that now is more urgent than ever. He's the author of Kids Pick Up on Everything: How Parental Stress Is Toxic to Kids. He's calling on parents to lighten up, because children are paying the price. Laura spoke with David Code in our Toronto Studio. Listen audio (runs 5:36)

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