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March 2012 Archives

Food Labels

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is getting out of the business of policing the nutrition claims on food labels. We find out what this means for consumers. Listen audio (runs 6:04)

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Money Talk

We speak to Diane Brisebois, the President and CEO of the Retail Council of Canada, about the the elimination of the penny and the increase in duty exemptions for cross- border shoppers. Listen audio (runs 6:05)

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Farewell to Jim Curran

We say goodbye to Jim Curran, our beloved traffic reporter who's been with the CBC for forty years. Listen audio (runs 8:36)

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Federal Budget Day

After months of speculation about what might be on the chopping block, federal budget day is finally here. We find out what got the axe. Listen audio (runs 6:06)

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Ma'amoul Pastries

Our food columnist Sarah Elton joined us with a story of ma'amoul in Toronto. These popular Middle Eastern pastries, stuffed with dates or nuts, are time consuming to make at home. If you aren't making them yourself, Sarah suggested heading to Paramount to find the ma'moul, with three locations in the GTA: http://www.paramountfinefoods.com/ You can also find them at: http://patisserieroyale.com/ Listen audio (runs 6:59)

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Toronto Real Estate

What you need to know before you buy real estate in Toronto. We talk to Bruce Matthews from the Real Estate Council of Ontario Listen audio (runs 5:03)

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Toronto and Ontario's Budget

We talk to Toronto's Budget Chief, Mike Del Grande, about what Ontario's budget means for the city. Listen audio (runs 6:10)

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Public Sector Unions and Ontario's Budget

Big changes are coming for Ontario's public service workers. The government is demanding major concessions from its unions. Smokey Thomas is the president of OPSEU. He spoke to Laura about the line the government is drawing. Listen audio (runs 6:33)

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Prostitution Ruling

We speak to Dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford about the landmark ruling out of the Ontario Court of Appeal and what it means for sex workers. Listen audio (runs 7:54)

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Twitter Tour

Journalist Jonathan Goldsbie talks about his latest project for the Free Fall Festival: a twitter tour of Queen St. on the 501 streetcar. Listen audio (runs 6:09)

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How to Talk to People

A new course at Toronto's Hart House promises to teach people how to "talk to people about things." We speak to the instructor Misha Glouberman. Listen audio (runs 6:28) To get on the course waiting list go to http://www.mishaglouberman.com/negotiation/

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The Day After the Transit Vote

We talk to two members of Council's Executive Committee about how Mayor Rob Ford's leadership affected yesterday's transit vote. Listen audio (runs 8:09)

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Mad Men

The hit show "Mad Men" returns this Sunday. We have the inside scoop on Toronto's Mad Men. Listen audio (runs 6:23)

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Jamaica 50

Jamaica turns 50 this year and Toronto is ready to celebrate. We chat with Jamaican Torontonian Keeble McFarlane about the commemorative book "Ackee and the Codfish". Listen audio (runs 6:11)

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Transit Vote

After two days of debate, city council votes for a LRT along Sheppard Avenue East. We talk to Councillor Josh Matlow about the vote and whether the debate is over. Listen audio (runs 6:24)

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High Park Playground

After a fire tore through High Park's Jamie Bell playground, a group of businesses are planning to redesign and rebuild the park. We speak to the man behind the project. Listen audio (runs 6:24)

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Group Deals

Buyer beware. Ellen Roseman gives you the straight goods about group deals. Listen audio (runs 5:21)

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Auditor General's Report on ORNGE

We speak to Ontario's Auditor General about the troubled air ambulance ORNGE and how they got away with spending 700 million dollars of your money with so little oversight. Listen audio (runs 5:55)

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Active Authorization

Imagine you didn't have to enter a password ... your computer just knew it was you by the way you typed. Well the US Department of Defense is working to make that a reality. Our tech. columnist has the story . Listen audio (runs 4:38)

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London, Ontario Riots

The City of London, Ontario is still cleaning up this afternoon, after St. Patrick's celebrations turned into a riot this weekend. Police are still searching for people involved in the mayhem, with help from officials at Fanshawe College. Emily Marcoccia is the Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Fanshawe College. She spoke to Laura about the action they're taking against students who were involved. Listen audio (runs 5:52)

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Wrapping Toronto Fashion Week

The runways will soon be empty, and the tents are coming down, but it's been another great year at Toronto Fashion Week. Sarah Casselman, senior fashion news editor for Fashion Magazine wrapped up fashion week with Laura. Listen audio (runs 5:21)

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CBC Short Story Contest: Autumnal

Three Toronto writers are finalists in the CBC Short Story contest. And one of them could take home the $6,000 cash prize. If they win, their story will also be published in the pages of Air Canada's EnRoute Magazine. We've been airing excerpts from the local finalists, over the past few days. Pamela Ferguson is a local author who helped found Bloor West Writers. Here she is, reading from her story "Autumnal." Listen audio (runs 1:49)

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The Age of Anxiety

For some of us, it's a mild unease...for others, a paralyzing fear. Anxiety is a disorder that everyone seems to be suffering from these days. In fact -- according to the World Health Organization -- anxiety is now the most prevalent mental health problem around the world. But what's the difference between a genuine affliction, and normal human behaviour?That's the question at the heart of a documentary receiving its world premiere on CBC TV's Doc Zone at 9:00 tonight. It's called "The Age of Anxiety", and Laura spoke with its Toronto-based producer, Ric Esther Bienstock. Listen audio (runs 6:11)

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CBC Short Story Contest: Mine

Some of the country's best new writers are vying to win the CBC's Short Story contest. The winner will receive a $6000 cash prize, and publication in Air Canada's enRoute Magazine. We've been airing excerpts of the finalists from the GTA. Daniel Karasik is a local actor, playwright and fiction author. His story "Mine", is told from the perspective of an elderly woman who's reflecting on her long marriage. This is Daniel Karasik reading from "Mine". Listen audio (runs 1:30)

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Stopping Bullying

When Joshua Stern heard from his former bully, twenty years after they went to school together, he decided to do something unique with their story. Guest host Jane Hawtin heard what he, and Stavros Theodorakopoulos are doing. Listen audio (runs 8:28)

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Food Column: Elton on Turkish Pide

Our food columnist Sarah Elton joined us today to report on Turkish pide. This dish is often called Turkish pizza, but really deserve to be recognized as a dish of its own. A pide is different from a pizza in shape-it's oblong rather than round-and although it is covered with cheese and usually some kind of meat, there isn't tomato sauce on a pide. And it is a dish that is prepared differently, depending on the city. So at Pizza Pide, where Sarah visited, you can eat your way across some big cities of northern Turkey. Sarah went to Pizza Pide at 949 Gerrard Street East. But you can also find pide in North York at Mustafa Turkish Pizza on Wilson. Listen audio (runs 7:14)

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CBC Short Story Contest: Look How Pretty

Aspiring wordsmiths are vying to win the CBC short story contest. And three writers in the GTA are up for the $6,000 cash prize and the privilege of being published in enRoute Magazine. Over the next few days, you'll hear the authors read an excerpt of their work. Salvatore DiFalco works as an Italian translator. Here he is reading from his work, "Look How Pretty." Listen audio (runs 3:17)

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Mayor Ford's Next Move?

It appears that Mayor Rob Ford will be heading to court before the end of the month. He's facing an accusation that that he broke conflilct of interest rules last month - an infraction that could cost him his job. The lawsuit AGAINST him is being brought by lawyer Clayton Ruby. I spoke with him on the prgram yesterday and he seemed VERY confident that he can win. In fact, he said he has no idea HOW mayor Ford might defend himself against the allegations. But John Mascarin does. He's a lawyer with Aird and Berlis. He specializes in municipal law and he has defended MANY politicians in similar circumstances in the past. He joined Laura Di Battista to what advice he'd have for Mayor Ford. Listen audio (runs 5:12)

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Attempt to Unseat Ford Going to Court

Mayor Rob Ford is facing some opposition - but this time isn't at council. It'll be in court. It all began back when he was a councillor. He asked some lobbyists at city hall to contribute to his football charity - which they did. But he appears to have contravened conflict of interest rules. And he compounded the problem last month when he spoke in council in his own defence. The problem though isn't WHAT he said in that speech. It's that he said anything at all. And then voted on a matter that directly affected his own future. That - at least - is what Clayton Ruby will be arguing. He's representing Pauol Magder, the man who brought suit. And he joined Here and Now to explain his strategy. First though, we heard some of the February speech that triggered the lawsuit. Listen audio (runs 6:54)

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An Airport at The End of the Tunnel

It may not be for a subway, but the city IS getting a new tunnel - to the Island Airport. Today, the federal government announced plans to connect the downtown core to the Toronto Islands. Carol Wilding, president and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade spoke with Laura about how a tunnel will benefit the city. Listen audio (runs 6:36)

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Youth Unemployment

If you're the parent of a young adult, be prepared to lend them a hand longer than your parents did for you. According to new research from TD Bank, young people have some distinct disadvantages. Francis Fong is an economist at TD Bank. He explained why. Listen audio (runs 6:48)

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Climate Change Report

Floods, storms and heat waves. Ontario's Environment Commissioner says we aren't doing enough in this province to adapt to these signs of climate change. We talk to the Commissioner, Gord Miller, about what more we should be doing. Listen audio (runs 7:32)

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The Leadership Conundrum

It's been a challenging few months for Mayor Rob Ford. His ability to push through his mandate is now in question after the loss of another significant vote. What can a leader do when things get tough? Guest host Wei Chen spoke with Teal McAteer. She's a professor of Human Resources and Management at McMaster University. Listen audio (runs 5:56)

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ChoirChoirChoir

If you should pop into the bar called "Nobody Writes to the Colonel" on College Street West on Wednesday nights, you might think you've happened upon a packed rock concert. Almost, but in this case the audience are also the performers. Together, they make up "choir-choir-choir"--an unconventional choral group started by Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. It's only one year old, but has already attracted 1,500 rotating members... so many that there's now a "second shift" on Sundays. Broadcaster Lily Ames dropped by to hear them sing their song. Listen audio (runs 7:11)

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Brain Research

New research using the Xbox is helping kids with CP. We'll talk to the Dr. who's leading the research. Listen audio (runs 5:36)

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Winter Construction

A really mixed bag of weather coming up this weekend. But for a lot of renovators and construction trades, the mostly mild weather this winter is a gift - especially in a slow economy. Listen audio (runs 6:20)

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Anti-bullying Foundation

We talk to Etobicoke's Jacques St. Pierre about what it was like to be at the launch of Lady Gaga's anti-bullying foundation. Listen audio (runs 6:43)

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Is Wilson Really to Blame?

Make that SIX in a row With each new loss, the Leafs hopes iof surviving beyond the regular season fade a bit more. And so do the chances that their coach, Ron Wilson, will be around next season. At Tuesday night's game at the ACC, fans began loudly chanting Fire Wilson. But how much of the team's dismal performance can REALLY be pinned on a coach? Joining me now is somone who knows a LOT about how successful hockey coaches work. Larry Sadler is a coaching instructor with Hockey Canada. He has HIMSELF coached at the elite level and he joined Laura Di Battista. Listen audio (runs 4:39)

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