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April 2013 Archives

Cuts to Auto Insurance Rates

The insurance industry wants to put the brakes on newly announced cuts by the provincial government to auto insurance rates. Ralph Palumbo is vice president - Ontario for the Insurance Bureau of Canada. He explained why. Listen audio (runs 6:07)

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Scarborough Subway Dream Gets New Life

A group of west Toronto councillors is hoping to get the dream of a subway line through Scarborough back ion track. Scarborough Southwest Counc. Gary Crawford explains why. Listen audio (runs 6:37)

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Transit Tax Not Needed: Counc. Ford

Mayor Rob Ford's brother, City Counc. Doug Ford, explains why he believes a new transit tax is unwarranted and unnecessary. Listen audio (runs 9:51)

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Night of The Living Dead LIVE

Great horror movies never die. So it should come as no surprise that "Night of The Living Dead" has a new life... but as a stage production. We'll hear more from legendary film director, George Romero about the original and its... spawn. Listen audio (runs 8:22)

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A Weekly Dose of Ritallin: Bieber Fever Fizzles

Some people have celebrity thrust upon them, but many seek it out, especially musicians and other performers. But there can be a high price, as Justin Bieber is discovering. Our house poet, Greg Frankson had a few thoughts about this. Listen audio (runs 4:26)

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TTC Chair Backs New Transit Taxes

City Counc. Karen Stintz, who leads the TTC, explains why she's behind new taxes to pay for the province's ambitious Big Move transit expansion plan. Listen audio (runs 6:52)

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Food Column: Elton on Le Depanneur

Looking for a different dining experience? How about a restaurant where the price of each meal is the same, and very reasonable... and the chef, not the menu, changes daily? Sarah Elton told us about Le Depanneur. Listen audio (runs 5:33)

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Song Of The Week: Danny Michel

Danny Michel is just coming off a Juno nomination for Best World Album, with new material. He joined us in studio to share some of his latest work. Listen audio (runs 5:42)

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A Cheesy Win

Quebec is known for its excellent cheeses. And each year , a cheesemaker from the province wins the top award at The Canadian Cheese Grand Prix. Awards. But this year... the big winner is a Toronto company. Sue Riedl was a juror. She told us more. Listen audio (runs 4:48)

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"Race" at The Canadian Stage

The issue of race is anything but black and white. So David Mamet's new play, currently on at Canadian Stage, explores the shades of gray that define modern day racism. Cara Ricketts has a role in the play. She spoke with us. Listen audio (runs 5:32)

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Younger Women and Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is seen as a disease that affects women who are post-menopausal. But younger women can develop cancer too, and their needs are often misunderstood. A new study takes a closer look at this. Co-author MJ DeCouteau talked more about it. Listen audio (runs 5:36)

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A Weekly Dose of Ritallin: The Boston Marathon Bombings

As the investigation into the Boston bombings continue, our house poet Greg Frankson joined us with his take on what's unfolded. Listen audio (runs 5:12)

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The Leafs and Their Chances

They haven't made the playoffs since 2004. They haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1967. But will this year be different for The Maple Leafs? Statistician Jeffrey Rosenthal weighs in. Listen audio (runs 6:46)

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Toronto Film Festival Association

Toronto is a city full of filmgoers. And there's plenty of film for fans to see, but trying to find out which small festivals are on can be a challenge. Steve Veale of the Toronto Film Festival Association spoke of their plans. Listen audio (runs 4:58)

For more information, go to the association's website.

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Engineering Solutions for Toronto

Some innovative solutions to common problems in our city are being showcased today. And you might be surprised to hear that the inventors are first year engineering students at the University of Toronto. Katlin Kramer-Tonin and Andrei Dranka are two. Listen audio (runs 7:53)

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How To Pay For Public Transit

Most people agree, that when it comes to public transit, the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area needs more. The question is, how should it be paid for? City staff has some ideas. They released a report today. Councillor Peter Milczyn shared his thoughts. Listen audio (runs 7:53)

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The Popularity of Foraging for Your Food

Do you like to eat wild foods such as matsutake mushrooms, fiddleheads or wild blueberries? University of Toronto student Dylan Gordon has taken a closer look at this so called "ethical" eating movement. He spoke with us. Listen audio (runs 5:39)

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The Cost of Cancellation

The final costs for the cancellation of a controversial Mississauga gas plant project has just been released by Ontario's Auditor-General... and it's a lot more that the government first stated. Jim McCarter talked about the price tag. Listen audio (runs 6:32)

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Love and Hate for The Toronto Transit Commission

TTC riders have spoken... and it turns out they have a love-hate relationship with the system. Chief Customer Service Officer, Chris Upfold talked about riding out customer complaints and kudos. Listen audio (runs 4:58)

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Quaffing a Good Bargain

For wine afficianados, the only thing better than drinking a good glass of wine, is drinking a good glass of wine that came at a bargain price. Writer and bon vivant Konrad Ejbich joins us to talk about a new website that helps you find that bargain. Listen audio (runs 6:25)

The website Konrad writes for can be found at kwaf.ca.

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Labour Relations Board Rules ETFO Took Illegal Strike Action

The OLRB ruled today that the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario's decision to pull extra-curricular activities was an illegal strike action. Karen Round, chair of the Trillium-Lakelands District School Board discussed the decision. Listen audio (runs 5:11)

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Robert Deluce on Porter Airlines' Skyward Ambitions

Porter Airlines President and CEO Robert Deluce wants to take his company to new heights. He joined us to talk about his plans to introduce jets to the downtown and expand the Billy Bishop City Centre Airport. Listen audio (runs 6:38)

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Food Column: Elton on Food Court Waste

During the month of April, many people mark Earth Day. So this week our food columnist Sarah Elton cast her gaze to a place that creates a lot of garbage -- the food court. She looked at one that's trying to eliminate waste. Listen audio (runs 6:33)

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A fix for home reno horrors

The Ontario College of Trades launches an online registry aimed at helping homeowners avoid renovation headaches. Listen audio (runs 6:23) Check out the registry

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Complaint About Councillors to Integrity Commissioner

It's no secret that Councillors Adam Vaughan and Mike Layton are against a casino for Toronto. But their criticism of a report from the City Manager has led to a complaint to the Integrity Commissioner's office. Matthew McGuire explained why. Listen audio (runs 5:46)

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Curious City: Books About Urban Life

Looking for a good book to read? CURIOUS CITY contributor Matt Blackett will be here to tell us about three new titles of interest to people who enjoy all things urban. Listen audio (runs 5:47)

Here are the books Matt recommeded: Walkable City
Helvetica & the New York Subway
The Eat Street Cookbook

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Casino report divides councillors

Toronto's City Manager, Joe Pennachetti, issued a report on some of the condirtions that could make a casino in this city an economic boon. He speaks with Helen Mann on Here and Now about those controversial conditions. Listen audio (runs x:xx)

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Corporate Outsourcing of Work

The Royal Bank of Canada is on the defensive today, after a CBC report revealed that the company is laying off 45 local workers in favour of outsourced workers. Ron Babin is a professor of Information Technology Management at Ryerson about the practice. Listen audio (runs 8:11)

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Helping The Next Generation of Leaders

Marcia Brown lives and works in Rexdale. When local youth came to her and asked her to help them find something to do, she decided to create something just for them. We heard about Trust 15. Listen audio (runs 6:05)

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Becoming an informed diner

Garth Whyte, President and CEO of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, wants to make you an informed diner. But do you really want to know how much fat's in that burger? Listen audio (runs 7:02)

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Lianne La Havas

The last time Lianne La Havas was in Toronto she opened for American Indie folk band Bon Iver. Now the British soul singer is back, as the star of the show in a solo tour. She performs at The Opera House, but first she spoke with us. Listen audio (runs 6:20)

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Ritallin: Searching For Answers

Our house poet, Greg Frankson who's also known as Ritallin, is back with a poem about gun violence. Listen audio (runs 5:29)

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