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January 2013 Archives

Giving Non-Citizens the Right to Vote

A city committee has asked staff to look into why non-citizens should have the municipal vote. Jehad Aliweiwi is the executive director of Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office. He explained why he believes it's important. Listen audio (runs 5:38)

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Economist says immigrants necessary to keep Canada prosperous

At City Hall tomorrow, a panel of specialists will be talking about what newcomers need - and what they contribute. Here and Now hears from one of those specialists: Francis Fong is an economist at TD Economics, and the co-author of a report that lays out exactly who, and how many immigrants, should be let into Canada in the years ahead, in order to keep the economy chugging. Listen audio (runs 7:17)

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Economist says immigrants necessary to keep Canada prosperous

At City Hall tomorrow, a panel of specialists will be talking about what newcomers need - and what they contribute. Here and Now hears from one of those specialists: Francis Fong is an economist at TD Economics, and the co-author of a report that lays out exactly who, and how many immigrants, should be let into Canada in the years ahead, in order to keep the economy chugging. Listen audio (runs 7:17)

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Food Column: Elton on Quinoa

Quinoa has been in the headlines, drawing both praise and controversy. On yesterday's program, we talked about the increasingly popular seed that is a gluten free alternative to other grains. Today, food columnist Sarah Elton jumped into the conversation and explained how quinoa's rise in popularity is an example of the constantly changing nature of food culture around the world. Listen audio (runs 6:07)

You can taste the quinoa salad she spoke about at:
Hibiscus, 238 Augusta Ave., (416) 364-6183

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Global Warming's Effect on Toronto's Infrastructure

According to a new report about climate change and its effect, wamr January days such as this one will be typical thirty years from now. And that will have an effect on our city's infrastructure. Councillor Norm Kelly is the chair of the Parks and Environment Committee. He discussed the contents of the report. Listen audio (runs 6:31)

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Trent prof has better way to fund TTC expansion

Trent University economics professor Harry Kitchen explains why he wants to do away with the one-fare system and charge riders by distance. Listen audio (runs 7:20)

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Andrea Horwath on Kathleen Wynne

Premier-designate Kathleen Wynne and NDP leader Andrea Horwath spoke earlier this afternoon about how they'll try to work together. After that conversation, Andrea Horwath joined our program to talk further. Listen audio (runs 6:34)

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Tim Hudak on Kathleen Wynne

Ontario's new premier-designate, Kathleen Wynne wants to a new approach to dealing with her political opposition. She's made it clear she'd like to work WITH them. But what do they want? The Progressive Conservatives' leader Tim Hudak shared his thoughts. Listen audio (runs 6:11)

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City Council's Future After Mayor Ford's Appeal

For the past several months, councillors' attentions have been split, between their daily business and dealing with the mayor's legal troubles. Now that he's retaining his seat, Councillor Josh Matlow weighed in with his thoughts about what council now needs to achieve. Listen audio (runs 4:18)

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Understanding the Legal Decision in Mayor Rob Ford's Appeal

Three judges ruled that Mayor Rob Ford can remain in office, overturning the decision of a lower court judge. John Mascarin is a lawyer who specializes in municipal affairs for the firm Aird and Berlis. He explained what's behind the decision. Listen audio (runs 6:53)

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Attracting Entrepreneurial Immigrants to Canada

The federal government is trying to lure entrepreneurial immigrants with a new visa program. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism came on the program to explain. Listen audio (runs 5:43)

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Creating Canada's First Cord Blood Bank

For a long time, scientists have known umbilical cords can do more than sustain a baby. It can help people undergoing some medical treatments. Which is why the Canadian Blood Services is fundraising to create Canada's first cord blood bank. Dr. Graham Sher is the CEO of Canadian Blood Services. He explained why the bank matters. Listen audio (runs 5:36)

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Quitting Smoking Early Saves Lives

Warning labels say cigarettes kill. But, according to new research, smokers who kick the habit before turning 40, live almost as long as people who never smoked in the first place. Dr. Prabhat Jha is the head of the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael's Hospital. He co-authored the research, which was just published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Listen audio (runs 6:08)

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A $50 Million Boost for Cancer Research

Top Toronto cancer researchers are celebrating a $50 million donation to Princess Margaret Hospital today. They say it'll help them advance treatment by attracting the brightest minds in the field, to their hospital. Dr. Benjamin Neel is the research director of The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. He explained further. Listen audio (runs 5:45)

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Councillors boost aid to school food programs

By the time the dust settled after a yesterday's budget debate at City Hall, councillors had agreed to add about 12 million dollars in new spending, including $1.6-million to help school nutrition programs. Neil Quimby, principal at Dixon Grove Junior Middle School, talks about how those nurtrition programs work. Listen audio (runs 7:12)

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A Weekly Dose of Ritallin: Lance Armstrong Back Pedals

Lance Armstrong is furiously peddling to save his reputation on tonight's interview with Oprah. And it's that race that got our house poet, Greg Frankson writing. He joined us with "A Weekly Dose of Ritallin." Listen audio (runs 5:06)

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Food Column: Sarah Elton on Honey

On these unusually warm and sunny January days here in Toronto, it isn't only we humans who are getting out. The honey bees that call our city home have also been roused by the warm sun rays. Our food columnist Sarah Elton was in to tell us about our city's first honey CSA and the man who collect it. Listen audio (runs 5:05)

You can find out more about Fred's Bees here.

And the Toronto Bee Keeper's Cooperative's next information session here.

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Canadian cyclist reacts to Armstrong confession

After years of denials, cyclist Lance Armstrong has reportedly confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he doped. For his thoughts on Armstrong's confession we've reached Rob Jones. He's the editor of Canadian Cyclist dot com. Listen audio (runs 6:38)

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Helping Young Adults with Disabilities Become More Independent

For most young adults, leaving home, finding a job and carving out their own lives isn't always easy. But for young adults with disabilities, there are often additional challenges. Kathy Laszlo is a parent who's found a way to help her son make the transition and others as well. She's the co-founder of DANI - Developing and Nurturing Independence. Listen audio (runs 6:09)

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More Funding for Public Art

Public art in the city could soon get a signficant boost, thanks to a new tax on... billboards. Devon Ostrum is the artist who came up with the idea. He explained how you can sometimes lobby City Hall and win. Listen audio (runs 5:45)

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What Would You Do With 32?

What would you do with an additional thirty two minutes? It's a question The Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance is asking about your commute. John Tory is the Alliance's chair. He talked about the campaign. Listen audio (runs 5:52)

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Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario Talks About Next Steps

Any parent who has a child in elementary school kknows just what a mad dash it can be to get them off to class each morning. But things were a little more harried and confused than usual this morning. David Clegg is the president of the York Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario. He addressed the confusion... and what the union's next move will be. Listen audio (runs 6:02)

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Counterfeit Culture

From watches to purses, designer knock- offs can seem pretty harmless. But some fakes are seriously dangerous. Geoff D'Eon is the director of a new documentary called "Counterfeit Culture". Listen audio (runs 7:25)

It airs January 10at 9:00 PM on CBC's Doc Zone.

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Stellick weighs in on Burke firing

As the shocking news from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment sinks in, Here and Now gets reaction to the Brian Burke firing from another former Leafs GM: Hockey Night in Canada Radio host Gord Stellick. Listen audio (runs 9:17)

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Elementary Students Out of School This Friday

It's an extra day off for students in elementary public system. This Friday, their teachers' union, the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario is staging a day of protest. Teachers are walking off the job. The union's president, Sam Hammond, esplained why they are taking this action. Listen audio (runs 6:52)

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A Strategy for Health and Aging Seniors

The Ontario government wants to change how it delivers healthcare to seniors, in order -- they say -- to provide better care for less cost. Samir Sinha is a gerontologist at Mount Sinai Hospital who has written a report on what needs to change. Listen audio (runs 7:10)

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Mayor Ford appeals conflict ruling

Mayor Rob Ford had an eventful day in appeals court. The CBC's Jamie Strashin sums up the proceedings. Listen audio (runs 5:53)

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Fighting the Spread of Flu

It's the time of year when many of us wind up with the sniffles or worse... but this year, public health authorities are looking at a serious spike in the flu. Dr. Vinita Dubey is the city's associate medical officer of health. She talked about the number of reported cases this season and what public health is trying to do make sure more people don't get sick. Listen audio (runs 5:09)

To find a flu vaccination clinic near you, got to the city's website.

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The Peace Maker: A Play About Birthright

For many young TorontoJ ews, birthright trips -- all expenses paid -- to Israel, are an immersion in Jewish culture and heritage. Nadia Greenblatt took a birthright trip and decided to write a play based on her experiences. She shared her story.
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The Peace Maker is at the Factory Theatre as part of the Next Stage Festival. The play, runs through until next week Sunday.

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Natural Resources Minister Gravelle explains why government chopped Ontario Rangers program

As protesters at Queen's Park demand the revival of the Ontario Rangers program, Naural Reources Minster Michael Gravelle explains his government's reasons for axing the 70-year-old program. Listen audio (runs 6:59)

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A Dose of Ritallin: Hockey Rules

Do you have hockey blues? A dose of Ritallin might help with that. Greg Frankson joined us with his take on the latest in the world of hockey. Listen audio (runs 6:05)

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Laurel Broten, Minister of Education Discusses Imposing Contract

The province's Minister of Education has decided to use her legislative powers to impose a new contract on Ontario's public school teachers. Laurel Broten joined us in studio to explain why she felt this move was necessary. Listen audio (runs 8:10)

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Teachers' Union Reacts to New Labour Contract

Ontario's teachers return to the classroom this Monday with a new labour contract. But it's one they haven't agreed to. Ken Coran, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation talked about what his union may do in response. Listen audio (runs 7:59)

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Food Column: Elton on Gluten-Free

Did you make a new year's resolution to eat better? Maybe you've decided to go gluten free or be a vegan in 2013. For those of us who love our food, a diet decision like this could sound like too big a sacrifice. Can this kind of healthy food taste as good? Our food columnist Sarah Elton investigated and found that at Tori's Bakeshop in the Beach, gluten free and vegan baked goods can be just as tasty as the conventional stuff. Listen audio (runs 7:30)

To find Tori's Bakeshop: http://torisbakeshop.ca
2188 Queen St. E., Toronto, Ontario
p) 647-350-6500

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After two skiing deaths in six days, focus turns to hill safety

Skier and helmet advocate Richard Kinar explains why he believes helmet manufacturers are shunning a new, higher safety standard. Listen audio (runs 7:23)

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Tackling Personal Debt After the Holidays

The holidays are all about over-indulging. But now, it's the new year... and time to pay for all that spending. Laurie Campbell is the CEO of Credit Canada. She joined the program to talk about just how busy her office will soon be. Listen audio (runs 7:09)

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