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February 2013 Archives

Kevin O'Leary's Cold, Hard Truth

Some relationships could be getting in the way of you -- and your money. That's what Dragon's Den star Kevin O'Leary has to say in his new book Cold Hard Truth: On Men, Women & Money. We heard from him. Listen audio (runs 5:18)

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Food Column: Elton on Artisanal Bread

At any supermarket in the city these days, you'll find all sorts of bread. There's olive boule, multigrain, baguettes--breads that the signs and the packaging call "artisan bread." We've gone way beyond sliced bread in Toronto. But is this bread really worthy of the artisan label? Is there real artisan bread in our city? Our food columnist Sarah Elton told us the story behind the bread and found out that artisan really means par baked. That is bread that is partially baked in an industrial facility, flash frozen, and then shipped to the supermarket where the baking is finished and the loaf is sold as fresh, artisan bread. Listen audio (runs 6:14)

If you wanted to try the real artisan bread she spoke of, head to Cliffside Hearth at 3047 Kingston Road, not too far from St. Clair. The phone number is 416 261 1010 and it is best to call ahead to find out their hours.

You can also buy the bread at:

Courage Foods in the Upper Beach
Andrea's Gerrard Street Bakeshop near Broadview
The Butcher Shop at Kingston Road and Markham Road

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Savings for Retirement

This year's RRSP deadline is fast approaching. But according to our business columnist Donna Guzik, most people aren't saving enough for their golden years. She talked about an idea that sees the government intervening. Listen audio (runs 5:27)

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Curious City: Consulting Students and Youth About the TTC

The TTC's youngest riders don't have much of a say when it comes to the service they're receiving. Which is why Matt Blackett, our Curious City columnist says it's time the TTC develop a youth advisory council. He explained his idea. Listen audio (runs 5:52)

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Preventing Childhood Obesity

Don't blame food industry marketers, if you're child's overweight. Blame public institutions. Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an Ottawa-based family doctor and world-renowned expert on obesity explained why. Listen audio (runs 5:55)

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Lieutenant-Governor Guest Stars on "Murdoch Mysteries"

Before he was Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, His Honour David Onley was a well-known figure on television. He's returning to his roots tonight, on CBC's "Murdoch Mysteries." He spoke about portraying one of his predecessors. Listen audio (runs 7:04)

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Enter Searchlight!

Searchlight: The Hunt for Canada's Best New ArtistAre you Canada's best new musical act? Enter your song now to win $20,000 in music gear and more! You can listen to last year's champions on CBC Music.

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Public HS teachers drop after school protest

Annie Kidder, of People for Education, gives her thoughts on what prompted public high school teachers to resume after school activities. Listen audio (runs 5:55)

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An Unusual Oscar-Nominated Star

The GTA will be represented at this Sunday's Academy Awards. A local star is part of the Oscar-nominated film, "The Life of Pi". We heard about him from the owner of the Bowmanville Zoo, Mike Hackenberger. Listen audio (runs 6:41)

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"Sticks and Stones", A New Book About Bullying

Mean girls are more than a Tina Fey movie. The culture of bullying seems way too pervasive and begs the question, can empathy be taught? Emily Bazelon is the author of a new book on bullying, Sticks and Stones. She shared her thoughts. Listen audio (runs 7:10)

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The Reel Artists Film Festival

What goes through an artist's mind is the theme behind a unique film festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Ann Webb, founder of The Reel Artists Film Festival talked about why movies about the visual arts matter. Listen audio (runs 6:25)

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New Book for Young Adults - Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home

Many children live with a relative who struggles with addiction issues. A new book shares some of their stories, to help others facing similar circumstances. The author of "Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home", Chloe Shantz-Hilkes joined us for a conversation. Listen audio (runs 6:45)

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Office of Religious Freedom

Canada has a new Office of Religious Freedom, but is it something this country really needs? It's a question Jonathan Malloy answered. He's the Chair of Carleton University's Political Science Department, and specializes in religion and politics. Listen audio (runs 6:16)

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Homeless Advocates Call for More Shelter Beds

Activists against homelessness protested outside the mayor's office today. They're demanding the city spend more on shelter beds for those in need. Joyce Rankin is a nurse with Street Health. She talked about the shortage and what should be done to address the issue. Listen audio (runs 6:21)

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Why Cyclists Should be Allowed to Bike in Pairs

Daisy had a bicycle built for two, but some Toronto cyclists are calling upon the City to let them ride two-by-two. Jeremy Axon is the co-owner of Urbane Cyclist. He explained why. Listen audio (runs 5:43)

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Talking About Oscar Pistorius and The Parapan Am Games

Up until today, South African track star Oscar Pistorius was best known for being the first amputee athlete to break into the Olympics. But now, he's up on murder charges. Here and Now heard from Xavier Gonzalez, CEO of the Internation Paralympics Committee about the news, and his why he hopes for a Paralympic breakthrough during the 2015 Parapan Am Games. Listen audio (runs 6:41)

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Ritallin: The Voice Within

Our house poet Greg Frankson, who's also known as Ritallin, is marking his Valentine's Day with a book launch. He's part of the first-ever anthology of poetry by black writers. He told us about his contribution, "The Voice Within". Listen audio (runs 6:00)

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Food Column: Elton on Semla Buns

If you follow Christian traditions, yesterday was shrove Tuesday, the day before a period of fasting begins. This day is also known by some as pancake Tuesday. And on pancake Tuesday, it is the custom in many homes to make pancakes for dinner. But Swedes in this city have been celebrating this time of year with an entirely different food. Our food columnist Sarah Elton was in to tell us about the Semla bun. It's a cardamom scented bun stuffed with almond paste and whipped cream. Listen audio (runs 5:08)

You can find the buns at this store. Just make sure to call ahead to check if they have any in stock.

Beaches Bakeshop and Cafe
900 Kingston Road, Toronto
(416) 686-2391

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Talking to Teens About Anxiety

According to a survey of students by the Toronto District School Board, half of teens are worried about the future. -- so much so, that they're feeling overwhelmed. So if you're a parent of a teen, what should you do to help? Psychotherapist and parenting book author Alyson Schafer provided some answers.Listen audio (runs 6:03)

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The City Consults with Condo Residents

As the number of condo apartment dwellers grows in our city, the planning department is trying to determine what it is they will need. And to do that, they're holding a series of public consultations, starting tonight. Jennifer Keesmaat is the Chief Planner of the City. She explained what they hope to learn. Listen audio (runs 6:25)

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Saving for Retirement

According to a recent bank report, Canadians aren't saving nearly enough for their retirement. Financial advisor Preet Bannerjee joined us to talk about a popular savings vehicle -- RRSPs. Listen audio (runs 6:08)

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Staying high and dry during a sudden winter thaw

This sudden thaw has got many Toronto homeowners mopping up today - and not just in leaky basements. A roofing expert explains how you can avoid floods caused by ice-clogged eavestroughs. Listen audio (runs 8:04)

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Fifty Shades of Gastroporn

Erotic literature is all the rage in the literary world... And it's also hot in the culinary world as well. We'll hear about the rise of food erotica and another Fifty Shades book that's heating up kitchens. Alison Fryer of The Cookbook Store dished. Listen audio (runs 6:04)

If you'd like to add spice to your meals, Alison suggests Intercourses, Fork Me, Spoon Me and of course, Fifty Shades of Chicken.

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Bank Economist Talks About the Need for Improved Literacy

As the Chief Economist of the TD Bank, Craig Alexander can influence many things. But even he's had a tough time finding interest to an important Canadian issue. He explained why it's become a personal passion and what it means to win a Diamond Jubilee for his efforts. Listen audio (runs 7:16)

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Toronto Reads: Richard Wagamese, "Indian Horse"

Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese is representing British Columbia and the North for Canada Reads. It's being championed by Olympic wrestler Carol Huynh in the debates that begin next week. At our Toronto Celebrates Canada Reads event, our champion for the book was Don Kelly. He hosted CBC's program Trailbreakers, about aboriginal leaders in different fields. That made him the perfect person to talk to CBC host Mary Ito about Saul Indian Horse, the aboriginal hockey player who is the centre of Richard Wagamese' novel. Listen audio (runs 8:15)

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From lawnmowers to shampoo: Why merchandise costs more here than in the US.

It's an issue that frustrates many Canadian shoppers: The same products cost more here than in the US, despite the fact that our dollars are consistently near parity. And while a new Senate committee report is pointing to some changes that might help narrow the gap, Mel Fruitman, of the Consumers Association of Canada, says it doesn't go far enough. Listen audio (runs 7:57)

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Paramedics deserve special protection, association says

Paramedics say that they're assaulted on the job so often that they deserve special protection under the law. Toronto Paramedics Association president Geoff MacBride explains. Listen audio (runs 6:41)

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Toronto Reads: David Bergen's "The Age of Hope"

Don't have time to read all the books in this year's Canada Reads? No worries, we've got an abridged edition coming up. Investigative Reporter Diana Swain looks into the novel from Manitoba and surprises herself with what she finds in David Bergen's novel "The Age of Hope." Listen audio (runs 7:24)

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Frank Di Giorgio: Toronto's New Budget Chief

It's arguably one of the toughest jobs in the city, but today, it was confirmed that veteral city councillor Frank Di Giorgio will be Toronto's new budget chief. He joined the program to talk about his new role. Listen audio (runs 7:41)

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Toronto Reads: Hugh McLennan, "Two Solitudes"

On today's edition of Toronto Reads, we hear from Radio-Canada's Yves-Gérard Mehou-Loko. The onetime Quebec resident talked about Hugh McLennan's Two Solitudes. The 1945 novel explores what it means to be both English and French. Mehou-Loko began by reading from the book. Listen audio (runs 6:29)

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Term Limits For City Councillors?

It's a concept American presidents are familiar with, a set end to their time in office. Now a Toronto councillor wants the same deal for her and her colleagues. Mary-Margaret McMahon explained why she thinks councillors should know exactly when it's time to go. Listen audio (runs 5:22)

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Toronto Reads: "February" by Lisa Moore

The chilly weather is perfect for curling up with a good book. Last Friday night we curled up with FIVE worthy novels -- the contenders in the Canada Reads debates, which are just around the corner. We've got some special insight into the books from people who know the terrain of each novel. Here is CBC Radio 2 host Tom Power, a native of St. John's, talking about the Maritime contender in Canada Reads. It's Lisa Moore's novel February. The novel captures life after the Ocean Ranger oil rig went down thirty one years ago, claiming 84 lives. Listen audio (runs 7:02)

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A New Vision for Ontario Place

It's been a year since the provincial government announced the closure of Ontario Place. But tonight, a group of local activists want to see it re-opened, in a new form. Laurie Miller is part of "Rethinking Ontario Place." She visited our studio to explain further. Listen audio (runs 6:39

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Faces In Between: Art About Mixed-Race Identity

Throughout history, artists have drawn upon their own experience to fuel their work. Tonight, a new exhibit explores mixed race identity from the point of view of three young women. Rema Tavares is one of the artists. She spoke about "Faces In Between." Listen audio (runs 6:14)

"Faces In Between" opens to the public tonight at 7 p.m. at the Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre. The show runs until the end of the month.

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