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August 2012 Archives

Newcomer Students Orientation Week

It's hard enough being the new kid at school, but imagine starting the school year in a new country and culture. To make the transition easier, many spent this week settling into their new surroundings with the help of students who were in their shoes not too long ago. Laura spoke to Jeff Luo, a grade 12 student at Central Technical School who came from China last year and Lisa Randall from CultureLink. Listen audio (runs 6:47)

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Air Show

A labour day weekend tradition has flown into town.. the 63rd annual Canadian International Air Show will be taking to the skies starting tomorrow. Laura spoke to American aerobatic pilot, Mike Wiskus. Listen audio (runs 6:06)

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Low Rental Vacancy

It's a tough time to be in the rental market right now. The city's vacancy rate for rental units stands at about 1.5 percent. We spoke to university student Charlie White about his ongoing hunt for a place to live for the school year and Geordie Dent, the Executive Director of the Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations. Listen audio (runs 9:35)

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Scotiabank to buy ING Bank of Canada

Today Scotiabank announced it will buy ING Bank of Canada for $3.1 billion. We spoke to Diane Francis, Editor-at-Large at the Financial Post about what this means for the average bank customer. Listen audio (runs 7:57)

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Menaka Thakkar

Menaka Thakkar has been bringing Indian classical dancing to Canada for 40 years. Today, the performer and choreographer was given the $30,000 Walter Carsen Prize for excellence in performing arts. Listen audio (runs 8:39)

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New GTA Ridings

There are no plans to head to the federal election polls anytime soon, but we could have 11 more GTA seats in the House of Commons the next time we do. We found out how this could affect the municipal and provincial political landscape by speaking to Henry Jacek, a professor at McMaster University. Listen audio (runs 7:24)

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Ryerson Goes Global

Over the past few years, Sheldon Levy, the president of Ryerson University has helped expand the campus into the city's urban core. This weekend however, he helped to expand the campus's reach halfway around the world. He's in Kenya today, to take part in a special ceremony for a unique student. Listen audio (runs 5:29)

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Stem Cell Breakthrough

Researchers at Sick Kids Hospital have made a new discovery that could one day, help those living with cystic fibrosis. Dr. Janet Rossant is a Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. She spoke with Laura. Listen audio (runs 4:49)

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Kids and Too Sexy Clothes

Some back-to-school looks aimed at tweens and teens look a little TOO grown up. Laura spoke with Kathy Buckworth, a parenting expert about what do to when you child wants to dress in clothes you think aren't appropriate. Listen audio (runs 7:53)

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Fake Prom

It's the 10th and last year of Fake Prom, Toronto's annual excuse to dress up and wax nostalgic. We spoke to the founder Dylan Reibling about this year's theme "Enchantment Under the Sea." Listen audio (runs 6:00)

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Youth Policing Graduates

Yesterday, the McGuinty government announced it will expand its student policing program, Youth in Policing Initiative. It recruits youth from priority neighbourhoods to work with cops. This afternoon, 150 students graduated from the summer program, and among were Stephen Adjei-Bediako and Jevoni Morant. Listen audio (runs 6:02)

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Bayview Buckets

This summer's brutal heat isn't just taking a toll on you and me; it's also making it harder for our street trees to survive. Today, Bayview Buckets Adopt-a-Tree was launched to get businesses to water a tree every week. We spoke to Amanda Gomm of LEAF about it. Listen audio (runs 5:15)

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Bambrick on Bikes

Streetcar tracks are just one of several hazarrds that cyclists face every day. And that NEW cyclists have to be aware of. Joining Here and Now to talk about how to SAFELY make the transition from two feet...to two wheels...was our cycling columnist, Yvonne Bambrick. Listen audio (runs 6:10)

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Ontario Legislature Recalled

Students may still have a few more weeks of summer vacation left, but today Ontario MPPs learned theirs will be cut short by two weeks. They will return to their desks next Monday to deal with the Liberal's proposed bill to freeze teacher's wages. We spoke to Education Minister Laurel Broten and the President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, Ken Coran. Listen audio (runs 8:58)

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Give 30 Ramadan

The holy month of fasting comes to an end tomorrow for a billion Muslims around the world. We spoke to Toronto lawyer Ziyaad Mia about his Give 30 campaign, where he asked Muslims and non-Muslims to donate their coffee money during Ramadan to help fight hunger in the city. Listen audio (runs 4:22)

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$100 Bill Controversy

It seems our new cash may be causing some culture clash. Today, we learned the Bank of Canada altered the image of a female scientist on our new $100 banknotes after criticism from focus groups about her ethnicity. She was originally Asian-looking but now has Caucasian features. We spoke to May Lui, the Executive Director of the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter. Listen audio (runs 5:47)

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2012 Ontario Summer Games

The 2012 Ontario Summer Games begin today in Toronto! Around 2,500 young provincial athletes will compete in 28 sports. We spoke to the Chair of the OSG Organizing Committee, Rahul Bhardwaj. Listen audio (runs 4:30)

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Toronto Tourism Boost

Toronto has become a tourism hot spot for many international visitors. We spoke to Andrew Weir Tourism Toronto about what's driving the numbers up. Listen audio (runs 6:18)

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The Nose Knows

Bravely traverse the smells of our great city without endangering your delicate nose!

Navigate the stench and perfume and suggest your own olfactory landmarks!


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Shakespeare Abridged

Shakespeare once wrote "All the World's a Stage" and tonight all of the bard's plays will be on stage in one show. The Classical Theatre Project will perform the "Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Casa Loma." We spoke to actors Matty Drappel, Jeff Hanson and Kevin Ritchie. Listen audio (runs 6:07)

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Bumbo Recall

Bumbo baby seatss are being recalled after reports of minor injuries and skull fractures. We spoke to new mother Danielle Grogan about her infant's close call and to Health Canada's Tina Green about the large recall. Listen audio (runs 5:02)

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Royal Conservatory Support

The Royal Conservatory is receiving $7.5 million from the government to help support their programs and gain international exposure. Guest host Wei Chen spoke to the Royal Conservatory President Peter Simon about how they plan to spend it. Listen audio (runs 6:13)

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Executive Bonuses in the Public Sector

What's a bonus worth? That's the question that's being asked after it was revealed that eHealth CEO Greg Reed received $80,000 for his efforts. He may have said no to it... but employment lawyer David Whitten explained why it was offered in the first place. Listen audio (runs 7:17)

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Toronto Organic Farm Set to Reap Big Rewards

The first operating farm in the city in decades is getting set to open its gates. Here and Now speaks with farm manager Brendan Johnson about the project. Listen audio (runs 5:41)

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Love Letter to Toronto

In an age of e-mail and text messaging, sending a love letter seems old-fashioned, even quaint. But a local writer is doing just that... Now, she's encouraging others to share the love. Guest host Wei Chen spoke with Lindsay Zeir-Vogel about The Love Lettering Project. Listen audio (runs 6:01)

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Dîner en blanc

It's been featured in the New York Times and Vogue, and now the most famous secret dinner party will make its official debut in Toronto. 1,400 dressed in white will gather in a yet-to-be-disclosed location for dinner. Guest host Wei Chen spoke to Dîner en blanc organizer Jessica Tan. Listen audio (runs 4:53)

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Wedding Trends

It's wedding season and many couples nowadays are breaking traditions to customize their special day. We spoke to wedding planner Christine March about the trends she's seeing. Listen audio (runs 7:04)

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Cool Tool School

Some young people in one of the city's priority neighbourhoods went back to school early. Today they learned some basic home DIY projects. We spoke to Pastor Allan Bowen of Rexdale's Abundant Life Assembly about the Cool Tool School. Listen audio (runs 5:35)

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Fashion Week Farewell

After 13 years at the helm, designer Robin Kay is stepping down from Fashion Week. It's been sold to global event management company IMG. Guest host Wei Chen spoke with Robin Kay about passing the torch and what it means for the event. Listen audio (runs 5:52)

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Low Lake Levels

Water levels are down across Ontario lakes and it's having a profound effect on the environment. Guest host Wei Chen spoke to Great Lakes advocate Mary Muter about why water level restoration is an urgent issue. Listen audio (runs 5:59)

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Bambrick on Bikes

Our cycling columnist Yvone Bambrick tells us what the city's doing to determine whether there's adequate bike parking in the city. Listen audio (runs 6:26)

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Cottage Etiquette

The long weekend is almost here and perhaps you were lucky enough to snag an invite to a friend's cottage. We spoke to cottage guru Heather Bayer about do's and don'ts for your stay to make sure you'll get asked to come again. Listen audio (runs 5:37)

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Dwight Drummond on Jamaica 50

Almost three quarters of Jamaicans who call Canada home live in the GTA and will take part in the Jamaica 50 celebrations. The CBC's Dwight Drummond will be hosting some of them. He spoke to guest host Wei Chen. Listen audio (runs 6:11)

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Gore Vidal Play

American author, essayist and commentator Gore Vidal died earlier this week and as it turns out, he'll get a tribute here in Toronto. Terre Haute is a play based on the real-life correspondence between Vidal and Oklahoma city bomber Timothy McVeigh. It will play at the SummerWorks Festival. Alistair Newton is the Artistic Director of the production and joined guest host Wei Chen. Listen audio (runs 5:38)

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Great Canadian Road Trip 2.0

Greg Mountenay is on a Canadian road trip with a social media twist. He's driving through the country by himself to visit hundreds of his Facebook friends. Listen audio (runs 6:08)

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