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March 2013 Archives

Richard Kachkar: Not Criminally Responsible

After two months of testimony, it took a jury just two days to deliver their verdict in the trial of Richard Kachkar. Bob Richardson is he lawyer who represented Richard Kachkar. He shared his thoughts about the verdict. Listen audio (runs 10:12)

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Food Column: Elton on Kefir

Our food columnist Sarah Elton told us about a local alternative to the big names in frozen yoghurt. In the PATH system, under the Bay Adelaide Centre, you can find deKefir. It's a small café where they serve the fermented milk product kefir. Listen audio (runs 6:49)

You can find them here and @deKEFIR on twitter

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Sticking a Needle in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners say an April first deadline to register their practices has them feeling like fools. Jia Li is a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor. He explained why. Listen audio (runs 5:59)

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Recovering From Grief

All of us have suffered a loss at one point in our lives, such as the loss of a loved one, a job, a pet or a marriage and it's hard to know just how to cope. John James has some advice. He is the founder of The Grief Recovery Institute. Listen audio (runs 6:28)

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Ritallin: The Broken

Each Thursday, our House Poet, Greg Frankson who's also known as Ritallin joins us with his original poetry. This week, he read, "The Broken". Listen audio (runs 4:30)

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Local Food Bill

Today, the Ontario government re-introduced a bill that would make it easier to find local food in grocery stores and cafeterias. We talked to Marina Queirolo, the Food Program Manager at Evergreen Brick Works and a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council about the local food bill. Listen audio (runs 6:17)

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Trash Swag

We've all heard the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure." Now, there's an interactive way to find gold on the streets of Toronto for your next do-it-yourself project. Gavin Cameron explained how his website and app Trashswag works. Listen audio (runs 5:39)

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Violence among Black Youth

There's been a common thread when it comes to the rash of shootings around Toronto recently... many of them involve young black men. Community leaders met at The Crisis of Killings in the African Canadian Community summit to address violence in the black community in Canada. We spoke to Ken Jeffers, the strategic advisor for the African-Canadian Coalition of Community Organizations. Listen audio (runs 8:54)

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What's in the Federal Budget For You?

Federal finance minister Jim Flaherty delivered the government's budget today. And a lot of numbers were thrown around. To help us break down what the plan means for you, we were joined by Craig Wright. He's chief economist for the Royal Bank of Canada. Listen audio (runs 5:27)

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Minimum Wage

Many Torontonians earn their incomes at minimum wage, which is at $10.25/hour. Today, a coalition of groups launched a campaign demanding that the province increase it to $14/hour. We spoke to Deena Ladd of the Worker's Action Centre and Nicole Mason, who earns minimum wage. Listen audio (runs 7:02)

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Financial Literacy

ABC Life Literacy Canada is offering George Brown students a financial literacy course with TD Bank employees. We spoke to tutor Wence Wong and student Wiechuli. Listen audio (runs 7:07)

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Civic Engagement

Leaders from diverse and low-income communities gathered today to share ideas on civic engagement and participation. Alejandra Bravo of the Maytree Foundation and Tara Bootan of Action for Neighbourhood Change in Lotherton Pathway told us about CollaborAction. Listen audio (runs 5:08)

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Smoke Inhalation

Irene Atkinson a veteran TDSB trustee is now in stable condition after suffering from smoke inhalation in a fire over the weekend. We spoke to Dr. John Granton of the University Health Network about the dangers of smoke inhalation. Listen audio (runs 5:57)

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Target Toronto

American retail store Target is getting ready to open four stores in Toronto. We spoke to Brynn Winegard from the Ted Rogers School of Management about how Target is trying to appeal to Canadians. Listen audio (runs 7:00)

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New Jesuit Pope

Yesterday, the world watched as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina became the the new Pope. He is also the first Jesuit to lead the Roman Catholic Church. We spoke to a former Jesuit, Moussa Faddoul, about what it means for the Church. Listen audio (runs 5:34)

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Weekly Dose of Ritallin: Pope Prayer

Our house poet, Greg Frankson joined us to share his poem about the next Pope, Francis. Here's "A WEEKLY DOSE OF RITALLIN." Listen audio (runs 5:59)

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Here and Now in Rome for New Pope

After just two days of waiting, there was white smoke in Rome; the world's Catholics have a new pope. Here and Now producer Mike Smee happened to be there with his family and described what it was like when the news broke. Listen audio (runs 5:52)

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Commander Chris Hadfield

Today was a historic day for astronaut Chris Hadfield. He became the first Canadian to take command of the International Space Station. We spoke about it with Sara Poirier of the Ontario Science Centre. Listen audio (runs 5:57)

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Drinking Maple Sap

Keith Harris believes he's onto the next big drink. According to him, his natural maple sap beverage is not only quintessentially Canadian but a great alternative to other flavoured waters and assorted beverages on the market. Now, he's trying to break into the Asian market. He explained. Listen audio (runs 5:39)

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Betting On the Next Pope

As people around the world try to guess who the next pope will be, some are choosing to put their money where their mouths are. We heard from Feilim Mac An Iomaire is with Paddy Power, an Irish booking agency that's one of the most popular places online for people to bet on the next pope. Listen audio (runs 7:38)

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Avoiding March Break Madness

Toronto is filled with children right now, who are racing around, taking in all that the March Break has to offer. They may be getting time off, but their parents probably aren't feeling like they're on holiday. Ann Douglas, an author of several parenting books offered advice to avoid the stress. Listen audio (runs 5:42)

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How Many Shelter Beds Does The City Have?

Anti-poverty advocates have spent weeks rallying for more emergency shelter beds, but a new report from the City paints a different picture. Joe Mihevc is the vice-chair of the Community Development and Recreation committee. Listen audio (runs 5:31)

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Women in Aviation

Canadian women pilots are being celebrated this weekend with a new display at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton. Private pilot Lesley Page shared how she fell in love at first flight. Listen audio (runs 5:20)

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Alzheimer's and Physical Activity

A new study shows one in seven cases of Alzheimer's disease can be prevented with regular exercise. Dr. Donald Stuss, President and scientific director of the Ontario Brain Institute, shared some of the findings. Listen audio (runs 5:54)

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Weekly Dose of Ritallin: Food is a Right

Our house poem, Greg Frankson joined us to share his poem about the need for the access to food to be seen as a right. Here's "A WEEKLY DOSE OF RITALLIN." Listen audio (runs 5:51)

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Boscoe parents want Coach Ford turfed

A group of parents at the school where Mayor Rob Ford coaches football want him out. Judy Collins explains why. Listen audio (runs 8:20)

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Travelling with kids doesn't have to mean a rough ride

The spring travelling season is upon. Psychotherapist and parenting expert Alyson Schafer offers some tips on travelling with kids. Listen audio (runs 7:25)

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The World According to Mary Walsh

It's International Women's Week. And Mary Walsh joined us to talk about how far women have come in her business... but there's still a long way to go, baby. Listen audio (runs 8:18)

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Unwanted Online Attention

Talli Osborne is used to people taking a good look at her. She was born without arms and is missing bones in her legs. Recently, her picture was posted on the popular site Reddit, without her permission. She spoke about disrespectful comments she came across and how they affected her. Listen audio (runs 6:45)

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Lowering Childhood Obesity Rates

According to a new report commissioned by Ontario's Ministry of Health, a third of the province's children are obese or overweight. Kelly Murumets co-chaired the panel that put the report together. She talked about what needs to be done to address the issue. Listen audio (runs 6:30)

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Why ETFO is Continuing Its Work Action

While high school students will soon have their field trips and after school clubs back, children in the elementary student will continue to face a lack of extra-curricular activities. Late yesterday, the president of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario announced that he's asking his members to continue their work action. To explain why, we heard from Sam Hammond. Listen audio (runs 5:21)

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