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June 2012 Archives

Queen's Park Not Jumping on OneCity Train

The One City transit plan is less than a week old but it may be on a dead end track. Queen's Park says Toronto ALREADY has a transit plan. Here and Now speaks with One City co-athor and city councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker. Listen audio (runs 7:20)

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Order of Canada in Innovation

How'd you like to celebrate Canada Day as a new recipient of the Order of Canada? This year's recipients have just been announced.The award recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to one's community and service to the nation. Hadi Mahabadi received the honor for his contribution to innovation in this country.The Iranian born, Mississauga man propelled the research division of Xerox for many years. He now helps small business' take their inventions from the lab to the market. Listen audio (runs 6:06)

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Adult Entertainment Licensing

The City of Toronto wants to hear what you think about the Adult Entertainment industry. It's currently reviewing how it regulates strip clubs including issues like the "no touch" rule, visibility requirements, and the licensing of dancers. To do this they've issued a public survey, available online. Rudi Czekalla is the manager of Municipal Licensing and Standards. He'll see the results of the poll after it closes Monday. Listen audio (runs 7:29)

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Youthvision Scholarship

Shadi Mousavi Nia became involved with Big Sisters Toronto shortly after immigrating from Iran three years ago, At the time, she had no idea the organization would also lead her to a university education. The recent recipient of the CIBC Youthvision Scholarship talks volunteering,politics and bullying in our studio. Listen audio (runs 6:08)

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Jamaican Rhythms

What better way to celebrate Jamaica's 50th anniversary than by enjoying the music which has come to define the nation on the global stage. Jamaican Rhythms:Roots, Rock, Reggae explores the past 5 decades of Jamaican music. Denise Jones is the producer of the three hour "Rockumentary" concert. Listen audio (runs 6:45)

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Man of 400 Voices

André-Philippe Gagnon gained international recognition in 1985 when he impersonated every artist in the song "We Are The World" written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. This weekend, he'll perform his One Man Hit Parade show at Casino Rama. Listen audio (runs 6:52)

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Stolen Cell-Phone Database

With more people using their smartphones for everything from banking to family photos, the devices are much more than just phones. You've heard people say things like "my whole life is in there!" But more than your stuff is at risk. Losing your cell-phone can be a serious risk to your security. And these days in the GTA, 85% of street robberies are cell-phone thefts. Local MP Mike Sullivan tells us why he launched a campaign to create a national stolen cell-phone database. Listen audio (runs 6:51)

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Scarborough Multiculturalism

Scarborough has been a prime destination for new immigrants to Canada for centuries and a new exhibit will showcase their stories in an interactive way. Pailagi Pandya of the Scarborough Museum tells us about the cultural make-up in the area. Listen audio (runs 5:53)

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Bambrick on Bikes: Velo City Global

Toronto's not the only city in the world struggling to accommodate the needs of cyclists - as well as drivers and pedestrians - on roads that are busier than ever. But some cities seem to have travelled further down that path than orthers. Our cycling columnist Yvonne Bambrick, phones in from Velo-City Global,the world's largest international cycling planning conference. Listen audio (runs 5:37)

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Art Train Conductor No. 9

Get ready to see flashes of colour move along the Lakeshore train tracks... a GO train has become a moving piece of abstract art. Artists Daniel Borins and Jennifer Marman explain why they designed this bright and busy look for the GO train. Listen audio (runs 6:00)

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Gardiner Expressway Damage

For the fourth time in the past few months, a piece of the Gardiner's underside has fallen. We spoke to John Bryson to explain why and what's being done to solve the problem. He's manager of technical service for the city's public works and infrastructure department. Listen audio (runs 5:07)

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David Pecaut Grass

The grass isn't looking too green on the other side. The lawn at David Pecaut square was replaced before Toronto's Luminato Festival. Now, it's looking yellow and patchy. For an update on what the City of Toronto plans to do about the dry grass, we've reached Doug Reid. Listen audio (runs 6:25)

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National Aboriginal Day

First Nations dancing, drumming, and a sunset ceremony were featured at Fort York for National Aboriginal Day. The CBC's Sannah Choi spoke to some of the performers about what the day means to them. Listen audio (runs 3:47)

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Summer Books

Erin Balser with CBC Books gives her picks for the summer. Listen audio (runs 6:12)

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Big Soda

A new medical paper compares big soda to big tobacco. We spoke to Jocalyn Clark, the Senior Editor of PLoS Medicine. Listen audio (runs 6:35)

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Strawberries

We talk to Sarah Elton about why strawberries from California are cheaper than our berries in season. Listen audio (runs 6:49)

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Bambrick on Bikes

Cycling advocate Yvonne Bambrick takes us on a ride through yesterday's coroner's report on bike deaths, and comes up with some surprising observations. Listen audio (runs 5:11)

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Police Update Baffling Double Murder Investigation

It's a sad anniversary in Toronto: Four years ago today two young men were shot to death as they sat in a car outside a friends house - murders that are still unsolved. Here and Now gets an update from Toronto Police homicide investigator Gary Giroux. Listen audio (runs 7:14)

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School Board Facing Major Cash Shortage

You didn't need to be an A-student to see this coming: Once again, the Toronto District School Board is facing a deficit. Trustee Cathy Dandy explains what - if anything - the board will do to cut the shortfall, Listen audio (runs 7:39)

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Bambrick on Bikes

Cycling expert Yvonne Bambrick explains what she believes was behind the decision to remove the Jarvis St. bike lanes - and what cyclists are doing to preserve them. Listen audio (runs 4:55)

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A History of Black Nurses

She's been called the Rosa Parks of Canada, but if you've never heard of Marissa Scott, you're not alone. Professor Karen Flynn is bringing her story about breaking the colour barrier, to light. She spoke to Laura about her book, "Moving Beyond Borders". Listen audio (runs 6:13)

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Bridesmaids Revisited

It's wedding season and many bridesmaids will soon put away gowns they hope never to see again. But some Oakville women have pulled out their bridesmaids dresses for display. We spoke to Carolyn Cross of the Oakville Museum about their new exhibit "Bridesmaids Revisited." Listen audio (runs 6:50)

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Hoarding

Ontario landlords are getting advice about how to deal with tenants who hoard.We talk to the psychologist who's speaking at the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association's Hoarding Forum. Listen audio (runs 6:41)

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Legalities of Plastic Bag Ban

Environmentalists are cheering city council's decision to ban plastic shopping bags in January. Lawyer John Mascarin weighs in on with a legal opinion. Listen audio (runs 6:15)

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Good Samaritan

When Todd Irvine heard the Eaton Centre shooting may have been motivated by an earlier stabbing, he realized he may have a connection to the accused. He told us how he had helped Christopher Husbands one night in February. Listen audio (runs 7:59)

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Youth Outreach Worker Cuts

Later this week, councillors will debate if they should cut 17 of 29 city youth outreach worker jobs. Undoubtedly, the Eaton Centre shootings will be on their minds. We spoke to Claire McWatt, co-chair of the Toronto Youth Cabinet about the potential cuts Listen audio (runs 5:46)

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Superman the Gecko

Hear the story of Superman the pet Gecko at J.G Workman Public School. He went missing then turned up mysteriously after 134 days. Listen audio (runs 7:23)

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Bambrick on Bikes

Thousands of cyclists took over the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway this past Sunday, for one of the city's biggest bike celebrations. The Becel Ride for Heart raises money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. But it wasn't the ONLY event for cyclists. It's Bike Month. And not ALL the events involve actual riding. Some involved speaking out. For instance, cyclists are concerned that that some bike lanes are in jeopardy from City Hall. And they want something done about it. Joining Her and Now to explain WHAT they want done was our cycling columnist, Yvonne Bambrick. Listen audio (runs 4:47)

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Police Speak Out on Eaton Centre Shooting

Acting Deputy Police Chief Jeff McGuire joined Here and Now. He gave us all the latest on the investigation into the Eaton Centre shooting...plus his candid thoughts on how safe we really are. Listen audio (runs 9:43)

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Dr. Goldman on Antibiotic Use in Livestock

An editorial in the June 4th edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal calls for restrictions on the use of antibiotics in livestock. House doctor Brian Goldman tells Laura why it's a step that's long overdue. Listen audio (runs 6:07)

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The Eaton Centre Shooting and City Hall

We talk to City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam about what City Hall can do to combat tragedies like Saturday's shooting at the Eaton Centre. Listen audio (runs 8:00)

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