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July 2012 Archives

Immigration Consultation

Immigration is an issue that always gets Canadians talking and now the federal government is now considering it a good thing. They're asking the public how much immigration should be allowed in Canada and what the mix of immigrant classes should be. We spoke to Chungsen Leung, the Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism. Listen audio (runs 6:31)

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Career-Limiting Cursing

Close the lid on that potty mouth. That's the advice from a new survey from CareerBuilder. Laura kept it clean when she spoke to Ritu Bhasin, a workplace consultant about the career limiting effects of cursing on the job. Listen audio (runs 6:23)

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Hiring Disabled Workers

People with disabilities have a tougher time finding work compared to those who are able-bodied because many employers feel it's too risky to hire them. Laura spoke with Mark Wafer, an entrepreneur who goes out of his way to hire disabled workers. Listen audio (runs 7:17)

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Hip Hop Eh

A new documentary called "Hip Hop Eh" explores the identity of Canadian hip hop with various artists. It screens Sunday at the Projection Booth and we spoke to filmmaker Joe Klymkiw about it. Listen audio (runs 6:16)

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Actors Boycott Factory Theatre

David Ferry is an award-winning actor and director. He's also ONE of the people who's signed a petition calling for the resignation of the Factory Theatre's board...and the re-instatement of former artistic director Ken Gass. Here and Now looks behind the scenes. Listen audio (runs 7:00)

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No Booze in Corner Stores, McGuinty Says

The McGuinty government had a message Wednesday for store owners who want to sell alcohol: Put a cork in it. The Ontario Convenience Store Association was at Queen's Park today arguing that since some stores in remote areas are allowed to sell alcohol, that privilege should be extended to all of them. The campaign began in one such small community. It's called Vanessa, Ontario - in the Brantford area. Joanne McMurchy runs the Vanessa General Store. She joined Here and Now to explain why she got the ball rolling. Listen audio (runs 7:55)

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Bambrick on Bikes

With the growing number of people riding bikes to get around, are Torontonians also getting into more on-street collisions? The most recent numbers available from the city say - not necessarily Our urban cycling columnist Yvonne Bambrick tells us who's getting into crashes - and why. Listen audio (runs 5:54)

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Lawyer: Gang Members Aren't Getting Away with Murder - No Matter What Politicians Say

Are the scales of justice weighed in favour of gang members and other violent criminals? The PM says his government is trying to crack down on crooks - but the courts keep getting in the way. We get one veteran criminal lawyer's thoughts on that subject. Listen audio (runs 6:45)

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Clouds Over T.O.

A modern day version of Aristophanes' "The Clouds" has taken centre stage at the Guild Festival Theatre. It's even set right here in Toronto. Sten Eirik is the Artistic Director of the Guild Festival Theatre and wrote and directs "Clouds over T.O." Listen audio (runs 6:16)

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Social Media

An online opinion called "Why Every Social Media Manager Should be Under 25" has sparked quite a bit of controversy. We decided to localize the debate by speaking to social media gurus Leslie Hughes and Matt Dusenbury. Listen audio (runs 7:32)

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Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse

The winning legacy of Penn State's football team was erased from the record books yesterday when the NCAA gave the university harsh penalties for covering up its sexual abuse scandal. Like Jerry Sandusky's victims, Glenn Allen was sexually abused as a child. He now leads a weekly peer support group for male survivors called Hope for Men in Hamilton and the Niagara region. Listen audio (runs 11:09)

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Local Syrian Concerns

The bloody conflict in Syria shows no sign of ending anytime soon. And now word that the Assad government has chemical weapons is adding to the growing concerns of local Syrian-Canadians here. Maher Azem is watching the situation in Syria. Laura spoke with him. Listen audio (runs 6:37)

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GTA Livability

A new study by the Pembina Institute and RBC asked GTA residents if they would give up a large house and yard in the distant suburbs to live in a neighbourhood where everything is accessible by foot and rapid transit. The results may surprise you. We spoke to Cherise Burda of the Pembina Institute about the livability in the GTA. Listen audio (runs 8:08)

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Buying Friends

There are a slew of services that allow you to buy Facebook "likes" or boost the number of followers you have on Twitter. For a better understanding of how it works, I'm joined now by tech journalist Elias Makos. Listen audio (runs 6:47)

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Cottage Country Properties Bouncing Back

Weather got you thinking about diving into the cottage market? We find out how much bang you'll get for your 2012 buck, from an industry expert. Listen audio (runs 9:31)

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Calling for Rain

While Toronto cleans up from yesterday's sudden thunderstorms, farmers across Southern Ontario are hoping for more wet weather. Laura heard from corn and soybean farmer Kevin Marriott to find out why. Listen audio (runs 6:55)

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Thai Strays Looking for TO Homes

The Toronto Humane Society is looking for homes for four dogs this week - but these are not just ANY rescued animals. They're street dogs from Thailand. Joining Here and Now to explain WHY they're coming to Toronto was Dominque Rousselle. He's the THS volunteer who's helping with the rescue. Listen audio (runs 7:15)

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First Parliament

It's currently the site of a car wash and rental service, but the City of Toronto has managed to obtain ownership of the first Parliament. Laura heard from Councillor Pam McConnell about her efforts to secure it and its future plans. Listen audio (runs 6:37)

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Fringe Review

There are 155 shows and dozens of venues for the Toronto Fringe Festival. So which ones should you check out this weekend? Toronto theatre reviewer Lauren Gillett shares her picks. Read her reviews on her Theatromania website. Listen audio (runs 6:41)

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Clown Funeral

If you're scared of clowns and don't like funerals, a play called "A Funeral for Clowns" probably sounds like your worst nightmare. It's getting high praise and a few chuckles at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay spoke to Vince Aliberti and Geoffrey Armour. Listen audio (runs 8:13)

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Closed Captioning Accuracy

If you're someone who watches TV with closed-captioning, you'll be happy hear this: the C-R-T-C is setting mandatory standards for speed and accuracy. Guest host Piya Chattopadhyay spoke to Beverley Milligan of Media Access Canada. Listen audio (runs 5:47)

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Bambrick on Bikes

Our cycling columnist, Yvone Bambrick, drops by with a message to her fellow riders: Can't we all try to get along? Listen audio (runs 6:20)

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Toronto Transformed

Here's a great reason to go outside this weekend... Toronto's Outdoor Art Exhibition is on at Nathan Phillips Square. Laura spoke to Harry Enchin about his exhibit called Toronto Transformed Listen audio (runs 6:37)

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North Korean Human Rights Film Festival

Little is known about life in North Korea aside from the bizarre antics of its leaders. This weekend, a film festival will zoom in on the hermit nation. The first ever North Korean Human Rights Film Festival in North America will take place in Toronto. We spoke to the founder and an organizer about it. Listen audio (runs 7:00)

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Summer Sports Books

This is an Olympic year and Bill Humber, a sports historian and author has some reading recommendations to put you in a sporting mood.

  • The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia by Tod Maher and Bob McGill
  • The Power of More by Marnie McBean
  • My Year of the Race Horse by Kevin Chong
  • Over Time by Frank Deford

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Higgs Boson Explained

Scientists announced today that they may have finally discovered the higgs-boson. Called the "God Particle" because it is understood to give shape and size to all matter in the universe.The discovery involved over 2500 researchers, including my next guest, University of Toronto Professor Pekka Sinervo. Listen audio (runs 5:31)

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Fringe Festival Spotlight: Mahmoud

A 13 year old Iranian-Canadian girl, a gay Spaniard and an Iranian engineer turned taxi driver explore Toronto this summer.They're characters in the play MAHMOUD, which returns to the Tarragon Theater as part of this year's Fringe Festival.Star and creator of the play, Tara Grammy talks art, sexuality and immigration on our show today. Listen audio (runs 7:15)

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Fringe Festival Spotlight: Stamped: A Story about Daniel, Who Happens to Have Autism

When Sarah Magni set out to create an autobiographical one-woman play for this year's Fringe Festival she had no idea her brother's story would steal the show.Stamped: A Story about Daniel, Who Happens to Have Autism premieres tonight on the first night of the Fringe Theater Festival. Magni is the playwright and star of the play. Listen audio (runs 5:24)

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Invasive Species under Attack

Strange creatures and plants have been inhabiting Ontario's lands and waters and it costs taxpayers 100 million dollars a year to combat. Now, the provincial government has a new plan of attack. We spoke to Robert Lambe of the Invasive Species Centre about it. Listen audio (runs 6:06)

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Crime Stopping? There's an App for that!

The Toronto Police and Crime Stoppers unveiled an interactive mobile app that residents can use to report crime or potential crime. It's the first of its kind in North America. Lorne Simon, the Media Director for Crime Stoppers Toronto, tells us about it. Listen audio (runs 5:45)

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Order of Canada: Architecture

The 2012 Order of Canada recipients were announced this past weekend. And to anyone who has ever entered Toronto's Royal Conservatory, it's easy to see why architect Marianne McKenna made the list. Architecture is central to how we live our lives and McKenna is an architect who focuses on this human element in her work. Listen audio (runs 7:45)

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Youth in Policing Initiative

Today was the first day of work at the Toronto Police Service for 150 youths from priority neighbourhoods. We spoke to one of the new recruits, Gabielle Dayes, and 2010 alum Jarome Merchantm who welcomed the young employees to their first day on the job this morning. Listen audio (runs 7:14)

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"I'm gay, always have been, always will be"

American T.V. journalist Anderson Cooper finally addressed rumors regarding his sexual orientation which had been swirling for much of his career at CNN. This past weekend, the veteran journalist stated in a letter to the Daily Beast; "i'm gay, always have been, always will be" As the news splashed across newspapers, Twitter and Facebook many others were asking whether this revelation even warranted headlines. Casey Oraa thinks it did. He's the Vice Chair of Queer Ontario. Listen audio (runs 6:31)

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