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July 2013 Archives

Toronto's Latest Street Needs Assessment

The number of homeless people in Toronto has increased, according to the city's latest Street Needs Assessment. But that's not the case in Vancouver and Calgary. Michael Shapcott is the Director of Housing with the Wellesley Institute. He explained why. Listen audio (runs 5:04)

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Summer Book Club: Ben McNally's Picks

Are you just finishing up a good book and need a recommendation for your next great read? The Here and Now Summer Book Club continues today with book store owner Ben McNally and his three picks. Listen audio (runs 7:51)

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Security expert on streetcar shooting

One of the people who's been giving a lot of thought to the questions raised by the death of Sammy Yatim is independent security consultant David Hyde, who shared his perspective with Here and Now. Listen audio (runs 6:53)

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Cracking Down on E-Bike Riders

The Toronto Police are keeping an eye on e-bike riders until the end of summer, because many aren't respecting the rules of the road. Sergeant Jack West of 54 Division joined us to talk about how the first day of their blitz went. Listen audio (runs 5:15

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Child Refugees Left at The Border Alone

Three hundred children found themselves at the Canadian border during the past year, to claim refugee status on their own. We heard some of their stories from Annie Poulin, the Radio-Canada reporter who broke this story. Listen audio (runs 6:01)

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Don't Buy Now and Pay Later

Canadians aren't paying down their debt as quickly as this time last year. Personal Finance journalist Rubina Ahmed-Haq spoke about why we should be saving for a rainy day instead of believing financial skies will always be sunny. Listen audio (runs 5:53)

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Food Column: Elton on Halo Halo

Halo Halo is a popular ice-based dessert from the Philippines. And our food columnist Sarah Elton paid a visit to Casa Manila to sample halo halo. Listen audio (runs 7:05)

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Giving People with Disabilities a Voice

There's an app for everything these days. But the Ontario government is funding one it believes will help further the rights of people with disabilities. Tony Gross is the Community Director for My Voice Inc, the company behind Talk Rocket. He explained. Listen audio (runs 5:17)

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Summer Book Club

Each Tuesday we'll highlight some of the best books... recent fiction, non fiction and even a classic to enjoy over the summer.
On August 6, Bahram Olfati of Indigo Books and Music recommended the following good reads:
The Son by Phillip Meyer
Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
On July 30, Ben McNally of Ben McNally Books recommended the following good reads:
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko
Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
On July 23, Joanne Saul of TYPE Books recommended the following for your summer reading booklist:
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
Any novel by Jane Austen
On July 16, Ian Donker of local bookstore chain Book City recommended the following good reads:
Airborn (children's classic) by Kenneth Oppel
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Visit Sunny Chernobyl and Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places by Andrew Blackwell
On July 9, CBC Books Producer Erin Balser shared her suggestions:
Where'd You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Drunk Mom by Jowita Bydlowska
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
On July 2,Tina Srebotnjak from the Toronto Public Library shared her suggestions for summer reads:
The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
Up and Down by Terry Fallis
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
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Abandoned Dog Now Safe

An update from the Toronto Humane Society on the welfare of a dog that was left on an apartment balcony for - by some accounts - days. Listen audio (runs 6:00)

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Curbing Drivers' Poor Parking Choices

City Counc. Denzil Minnan-Wong explains why city crews are painting the town red. Listen audio (runs 7:03)

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Gardiner Lane Closures a Taste of Things to Come

Wednesday's closure of a second lane of the east Gardiner is the first step in some major, traffic snarling repairs. Listen audio (runs 6:28)

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Union Responds to TTC Anti-Fraud Hotline

According to TTC officials, the system may have a problem with fraud, which is why they're launching a hotline, for employees to report colleagues. Bob Kinnear is president of Amalgamated Transit Union 113. he shared his response. Listen audio (runs 6:04)

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Increased Youth Homelessness in Toronto

The number of homeless youth in Toronto appears to be on the rise. We spoke with Canada's largest homeless youth agency, Covenant House Toronto, on why more kids are fleeing to the streets. Listen audio (runs 5:49)

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Mirvish Village for Sale

It's not just Honest Ed's that's for sale but the entire Mirvish Village. We spoke to City of Toronto Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat about the future of the business block. Listen audio (runs 6:23)

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Toronto Celebrates Nelson Mandela's 95th Birthday

South Africa and the rest of the world are celebrating Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday today, including here in Toronto. We spoke to John Piper, Chair of the Honouring Mandela Committee. Listen audio (runs 5:28)

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MLB All-Star Game Will Feature 4 Jays

The summer classic - the 2013 Major League Baseball All Star Game - goes tomorrow night, but this evening fans'll be treated to the home run derby featuring a couple of Jays sluggers.Tom Valcke is a baseball scout and the President of the I-Case Baseball Academy in Stratford, Ontario joined Here and Now. Listen audio (runs 5:33)

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Advice on Happiness

Here's something that might stop subway commuters in their tracks: starting today, TTC subway platforms screens will show advice on happiness given by seniors and children. We spoke to John Loerchner of Labspace Studio about Advice for the Living. Listen audio (runs 5:54)

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Cottage Liability

The cottage is a place where you can put your usual worries to rest, and the last thing you need is a legal hassle involving your property and even worse, damage or injury. But it happens all too often. We spoke to David Payne a personal injury lawyer and senior partner at Thomson Rogers in Toronto. Listen audio (runs 4:42)

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Japan's Only Foreign Rakugo Storyteller Returns Home

Rakugo is the 400-year-old tradition of Japanese comic storytelling. We spoke to Katusura Sunshine -- the only foreign Rakugo storyteller in Japan -- about this artform. He will perform in Toronto at the Winter Garden Theatre in October. Listen audio (runs 5:15)

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Oath to the Queen

Becoming a Canadian citizen requires that you swear an oath of allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II. Now, three people see that as a violation of their constitutional rights are taking the regulation to court. We spoke to Rudyard Griffiths, the founder of the Dominion Institute and the author of Who We Are: A Citizen's Manifesto. Listen audio (runs 6:06)

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Storm Was Good For One Business

The storm created a busy week for Sean Hobson. He's the senior vice president of sales with First on Site Restoration, and he joined Here and Now to talk about how his company has been mitigating flood damage to properties. Listen audio (runs6:12)

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Flooded Cars

What damage did the water from Monday's floods could have do to parked cars and what will it take to get to fix them? Mary Ito spoke to Mark Sach-Anderson, a mechanic at Wrench Spinner. Listen audio (runs 6:49)

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Buy Now, Pay Later

The Competition Bureau is accusing the Brick and Leon's of "deceptive marketing practices" and alleges their "buy now pay later" promotions have hidden costs. We spoke to Toronto Star finance and consumer affairs columnist Ellen Roseman. Listen audio (runs 5:50)

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Urge For Going

Joni Mitchell's songs are the inspiration behind a new play at this year's Toronto Fringe Festival. Writer, director, and performer bekky O'Neil told Mary Ito about Urge For Going. Listen audio (runs 5:01)

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What Camp Counsellors Need to Know

Jacob Jesin is a criminal lawyer who during the summer speaks to young counsellors around the province about what they should be aware of when they're on and off the job. Listen audio (runs 8:59)

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New Park Honours Flight 621 Victims

Find out why a developer agreed to set up a memorial garden in remembrance of victims of AC 621, who were killed 43 years ago. Listen audio (runs 7:26)

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Wind Power Project Blown Away by Enviro Tribunal

As another Ontario wind power project is denied, TEA executive director Franz Hartmann talks about the state of the pro-wind power movement. Listen audio (runs 5:17)

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