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May 2012 Archives

Bambrick on Bikes

Should cyclists be licensed? In her inaugural regular feature on Here and Now, cycling advocate Yvonne Bambrick tackles that thorny question. Listen audio (runs 5:48)

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Body Parts

A video purportedly depicting the brutal killing and dismemberment of a Montreal man has been circulating online. We talk to documentary filmmaker Stuart Samuels about the world of "snuff films". Listen audio (runs 7:01)

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Catholic Schools Raise Concerns

For the province's Catholic school system, the name "Gay-Straight Alliance" is one they don't want to see. Now, the provincial government is saying they might not have a choice and that has them concerned. Laura heard from Ann Andrachuck. She is chair of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Listen audio (runs 8:05)

lhgobrial writes:

Just listened to this interview on my way home from work and really felt that the women being interviewed was attacked by Mrs. Di Battista for the Catholic board's disapproval of the name "Gay Straight Alliances".

As a Christian person, I agree that the name should not be allowed in the Catholic School system. They should not be forced to use a name that sends a message that the Catholic Church is OK with the sin of homosexuality. This is against the teachings of the Church and thus the school system should not be forced into using a name that clearly goes against it's teachings.

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Organ Donation

Sandrine Craig was 11-years-old when she was in a school bus accident in Ottawa 13 years ago today. She died in the hospital the next day. Her mother, Diane, wanted to make sure her little girl didn't go without making a difference and donated her organs. Listen audio (runs 8:17)

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Gay Straight Alliances

The province is moving to head off an effort by Catholic schools to avoid naming anti-homophobic clubs "Gay Straight Alliances". We find out about some amendments to the Accepting Schools Act. Listen audio (runs 6:24)

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Student Solidarity Network

A new students group held a news conference today, that hopes to have the same impact that students in Quebec are having. We find out what they have to overcome first, next. Listen audio (runs 6:41)

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Butterflies

Learn about raising Monarch butterflies in your back yard. We talk to the author of the book "How To Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step by Step Guide for Kids" Listen audio (runs 5:39)

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Hwy 407 Forges East

Hwy. 407 is pushing east. And Here and Now looked into out how the highway extension could change the face of the communities it touches. Listen audio (runs 7:42)

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New Road Hockey Rules Could Make Things Worse

What's as Canadian as Tim Horton's, maple syrup, and canoeing...but is also illegal in Toronto? We'll find out - as well as what's being done to change it - with City Counc. Josh Matlow. Listen audio (runs 6:35)

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Rescued Food

Last week, a crowd gathered in Flemingdon Park, next to Playground Paradise and the community garden, to pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables. It was a farmers' market with a twist, run by the not for profit organization Second Harvest. They team up with local community groups to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables that have been collected at the Ontario Food Terminal and rescued from the landfill to people who otherwise wouldn't have easy access to these healthy foods. Our food columnist Sarah Elton spoke with Tonia Krauser from Second Harvest as well as one of the market's clients about the difference this project is making. Listen audio (runs 5:50)

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Turtle Troubles

The majority of turtle species here in Ontario are at risk . We find out why and what's being done about it. Listen audio (runs 6:06)

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Prince Charles' Charities Front and Centre During Royal Tour

Prince Charles and Camilla have their fans, but others might wonder what difference the monarchy makes in this town. So this afternoon, His Royal Highness stopped by two Toronto charities -- the Yonge Street Mission and "U For Change." Both visits highlighted the Prince's charity efforts in our country -- where he has his own organization called the Prince's Charities Canada. Joining Here and Now in studio was Matthew Rowe.He's with the Prince's Charities Canada and has been following the royal couple on their tour. Listen audio (runs 6:04)

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Mountain Climbing Tourism

Climbing Mount Everest is no longer just for the pros. We talk to a senior editor and travel advisor with "Outpost Magazine" about what's involved in making such a climb. Listen audio (runs 6:57)

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Mount Everest Death

It was going to be an adventure of a lifetime, but an attempt to climb Mount Everest has taken the life of a Toronto woman. Wei Chen spoke with Dan Mallory from Barrie who summitted Everest a few years ago about the challenge and dangers of making the trek. Listen audio (runs 6:18)

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Overland Station

It's been said all the world's a stage, but for performance artist Aimee Henny Brown, her stage is actually a VIA rail cas. She's taking her theatre to the audience, rather than having them come to her. She spoke to guest host Wei Chen about Overland Station: Par Voie De Terre. Listen audio (runs 5:46)

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Rainbow Flag-Raising Ceremony

Mayor Rob Ford made an unexpected appearance at today's rainbow flag-raising ceremony. We talk to city Councillor Janet Davis who's a member of PFLAG about the ceremony. Listen audio (runs 6:58)

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Cutbacks at the Toronto District School Board

It's the Age of Austerity for schools in the Toronto District School Board. Chris Bolton, chair of the TDSB, joined Laura to talk about the Board's latest financial woes. Listen audio (runs 7:06)

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Children in Provincial Care Speak Out

Over eight thousand children are "parented" by the province of Ontario. And now, they're asking government officials to take a good, hard look at what they're doing. Laura spoke with Irwin Elman, Ontario's Advocate for Children and Youth about their recommendations. Listen audio (runs 8:15)

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What'll Happen Where During PanAm 2015

On Friday, PanAm 2015 Games organizers held a news conference to announce where all the various sports will be played. And there were some surprises. Joining Here and Now now with more on what all this means to you and me was Ian Troop. He's the CEO of PanAm Toronto 2015. Listen audio (runs 6:25)

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Meeting Aims to Make Good Parks Great

This weekend park enthusiasts will get together to talk about ways of making this city's 16-hundred parks even better. And they'll be getting some inspiration from Robert Hammond, who knows firsthand how to make a park reach its full potential. He helped save New York's High Line Park from demolition and turned it into one of the world's greatest public spaces. Robert Hammond joined Here and Now to explain how. Listen audio (runs 6:02)

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Condo Complaints

If you're a condo owner you know that fighting your condo board can be a lot like fighting City Hall: frustrating and ultimately fruitless. We find out about some proposed changes to the rules. Listen audio (runs 6:49)

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Gardiner Erosion Continues

More chunks of concrete fell from the Gardiner Expressway Thursday. Here and Now spoke with a city employee, John Bryson, about why it seems to be happening so often, and what's being done to rectify the situation. Listen audio (runs 7:22)

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Chocolate Milk

Our food columnist Sarah Elton was in to discuss the buzz around chocolate milk these days. While word on the street holds that chocolate milk is a great drink post workout, Sarah spoke with nutritionist Meghan Telpner, author of the forthcoming book Undiet, who dispelled this as a myth. Listen audio (runs 6:28)

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Islamic School Apologizes for Anti-semitic Lessons

An east Toronto Islamic school has shut down most of its website and issued an apology after some revelations from a Jewish group. The East End Madrassah rents space every Sunday from the Toronto District School Board.It holds classes for children at David and Mary Thompson Collegiate. But yesterday, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs revealed that one of the school's online lessons said some pretty inflammatory things about Jews. They refer to them as treacherous, and crafty...lumps them in with Nazis...and accuses them of attempting to kill the prophet Mohammed. Today, those references have been removed from the site...and the school says in a release that it apologizes to the Jewish community. It also says its scholars are currently reviewing the curriculum, in order to weed out similar offensive lessons. Even so, police are investigating to see whether a hate crime has been committed. Joining Here and Now to talk about the offensive lesson - and the apology - was David Spiro. He's co-chair of the Centre. Listen audio (runs 7:30)

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Mental Health Strategy

Canada's first ever mental health strategy will be released tomorrow. And we found out why it's currently so hard for people who need help to get it ... and what has to change. Laura spoke with Steve Lurie, who chairs the Service Systems Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada for his thoughts. Listen audio (runs 6:58)

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Toronto Tops Worst Roads List

Here's a no brainer for anyone who drives regularly in this city: Some of our roads are among the worst in the province. Pot-holes, cracks, unexpected dips ... even the occasional sinkhole. Dufferin St. took the top spot in the 2012 Canadian Automobile Association's annual list of the province's worst roads. Also in the top ten were: Lawrence, Finch, Kingston Rd. and Bayview Ave. Joining Here and Now to talk about why we can't seem to keep our roads smooth was Denzil Minan Wong. He's chair of the public works and infrastructure committee - which is responsible for keeping our roads in good shape. Listen audio (runs 5:33)

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Poetry Slam

One of our favourite local poets, Greg "Ritalin" Frankson is back from competing at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in Vancouver . He drops by to tell us how he did. Listen audio (runs 6:07)

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Job Burnout

Are you suffering from job burnout? Donna Guzik looks at research that shows the real causes aren't always what you think Listen audio (runs 5:43)

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Occupy Renaissance

Protesters with the Occupy movement chose May Day to reappear . We talk to an Assistant Professor of Communications at the University of Ottawa to find out if people are still listening to their message. Listen audio (runs 6:24)

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Disabled Parents Fight to Keep Newborn

You may have heard in the news about:a couple in Peel are being forced to fight to keep their newborn child. Not because there's evidence of abuse...or safety concerns. But simply because they are both disabled. The couple suffer from cerebral palsy. And on FRiday, they'll be meeting with Peel's childrens aid society...to explain why they should be allowed to keep their infant - even though they have an able-bodied attendant...and LOTS of community supports. That story might seem surprising.But it's not to Melanie Moore. She's the coordinator of a group called the Strength-based Parenting Initiative - which is connected with the Centre for Independant Living here in Toronto. She and her husband are both visually impaired - and the parents of three boys. Listen audio (runs 8:52)

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