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August 2013 Archives

Canada's Future Entrepreneurs

Two young entrepreneurs got a boost today, at the Junior Economic Club of Canada. Kirstin Shillings and Teresa Gallinger came to Toronto from Chippewa of Rama First Nations. And Rhiannon Trail is the organizer of the event. Listen audio (runs 7:16)

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The Needs of Filipino Elderly

Toronto has one of the largest Filipino communities in North America. But little is known about what its aging population needs. Today, a new survey addressing this was released. Frank Villanueva of the Filipino Centre of Toronto, told us more. Listen audio (runs 6:26)

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Robotics in Surgery

Doctors at London Health Sciences Centre are the first to do a live kidney transplant with robotic surgical tools. Dr. Patrick Luke is the co-director of their Multi-Organ Transplant Unit. He explained the evolution of this surgery. Listen audio (runs 6:23)

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The 50th Anniversary of "I Have A Dream"

It's been 50 years since Martin Luther King made one of the most famous speeches of the 20th century. Artistic Director Andrew Craig talks about his tribute to "I Have A Dream." Listen audio (runs 8:56)

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Providing Support to Young People

A York University conference brought students and community leaders together today to discuss how young people in the G-T-A can be better supported. Mahad Mohamood was one of the student panellists. Listen audio (runs 6:15)

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Summer Book Club: The Cookbook Store

Why not take advantage of this long weekend by settling in with a good book? Alison Fryer has some tasty recommendations. She's the manager of The Cookbook Store and she's got books that are all about food to whet your appetite. Listen audio (runs 5:53)

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Police Taser Use

Police forces in Ontario now have more power to decide which officers can carry stun guns. The government made the announcement this morning, one month after the fatal shooting of teenager Sammy Yatim on a Toronto streetcar. We spoke to Madeleine Meilleur, the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Listen audio (runs 6:43)

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Toronto Police Association Talks About Tasers

The province is now allowing police forces to equip their officers with Tasers, as they see fit. We heard from Mike McCormack, the president of the Toronto Police Association for his take on today's announcement. Listen audio (runs 6:53)

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Use of Force - Peter Rosenthal

The province is allowing police to add a new weapon to their everyday arsenal,stun guns. Defence Lawyer Peter Rosenthal weighs in on this decision. Listen audio (runs 5:54)

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South Asians and Mental Health

There's been very little research into how people in the South Asian diaspora look at mental health. Dr. Taryn Tang is head researcher at the Schizophrenic Society of Ontario. Ayesha Jabbar lives with depression. Both talked about efforts to make change. Listen audio (runs 9:18)

People wishing to participate in the study may contact Rahma Kerim of the SSO at rkerim@schizophrenia.on.ca or 1-800-449-6367, ext. 259. A $30 honorarium will be awarded for each interview.

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The Lost Generation of Syria

One million Syrian children are now refugees. We heard about what's unfolded from David Morley, UNICEF Canada's CEO, who's visited Syria's refugee camps. Listen audio (runs 6:39)

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"Murdoch Mysteries" at FanExpo

Once a year, ComicCon heads North to Toronto for FanExpo. And some of the cast from CBC's "Murdoch Mysteries" is in attendance. We heard from leading lady Helene Joy, who plays Dr. Julia Ogden. Listen audio (runs 5:19)

You can join the whole cast tomorrow at FanExpo in Toronto. They'll start their events around lunchtime Saturday.

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How Much Does It Cost To Raise A Child?

How much money does it take to raise a child? That's the question a lot of people are pondering after a new Fraser Institute report states that it can be done for $3000 to $4000 a year. Kerry K. Taylor blogs at squawkfox.com. We heard from her. Listen audio (runs 5:45)

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Banning The Sale Of Energy Drinks to Minors

The Canadian Medical Association wants provincial governments to put a stop to the sale of energy drinks to minors. Dr. Miriam Kaufman is a pediatrician who specializes in adolescent medicine at the Hospital For Sick Children. She shared her thoughts. Listen audio (runs 6:39)

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Leafs Launch New Pricing Scheme

Edward Fraser of The Hockey news explains why some opposing teams are more equal than others, in the eyes of Leafs management. And how fans will be paying for it, beginning this fall. Listen audio (runs 6:19)

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Making A Meal Out Of Leftovers

Leftovers again? If you're familiar with that refrain, you'll want to see what Mary Rolph Lamontagne can do. Her new cookbook has creative ways to deal with leftovers and recycling food. She spoke to us about it. Listen audio (runs 7:10)

The book, "Eats: Enjoy All the Seconds. 135 Colourful Recipes to Savour and Save." is available now.

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Helping Police Tackle On-the-job Trauma

As Const. James Forcillo makes his first court appearance in the Sammy Yatim killing, police counsellor Allan Gray explains the trauma that police officers experience when they're involved in a shooting, and how they cope. Listen audio (runs 4:50)

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Hate Directed at an Autistic Child

An Ontario community is rallying around the family of a 13-year-old autistic boy, after they received a letter telling them to leave the neighbourhood. Jonathan Alderson is an autism specialist. He talked about this case. Listen audio (runs 6:55)

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A Defence Lawyer Gives His Take On The Police Murder Charge

A Toronto police officer will turn himself in tomorrow, after being charged with second-degree murder in the death of Sammy Yatim. But what are the prospects for a conviction? Lawyer Julian Falconer gave his thoughts. Listen audio (runs 6:35)

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Charging A Police Officer With Murder

The police officer implicated in last month's Sammy Yatim shooting is now facing a murder charge. The head of the Toronto Police Association Mike McCormack explained why he disagreed with the Special Investigation Unit's decision. Listen audio (runs 4:58)

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Pride At The Pan-Am Games

The Pan Am Games for 2015 will be more than a sporting event. It's also striving to be the most gay positive Games in history. Matthew Cutler is the Director of Strategic Partnerships with the 519 Community Centre. He talked about their plans. Listen audio (runs 6:14)

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Ai Wei Wei: According To What? At The AGO

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been called the most influential art person in the world. And now, his work is at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Mami Kataoka is the chief curator of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. She curated According to What? Listen audio (runs 5:36)

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A Weekly Dose of Ritallin: Be Careful What You Tweet

Our house poet, Greg Frankson shares his thoughts on a fellow whose tweet attracted the interest of York Regional Police. Listen audio (runs 5:29)

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Challenges Facing Young Asian Professionals

We spoke with the president of the North American Association of Asian Professionals who are met in Toronto to discuss some of the challenges being faced by young Asian professionals. Listen audio (runs 6:52)

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Metro and the Grocery Wars

Today, the Metro grocery chain announced its closing some its Ontario stores and turning others into Food Basics. David Soberman teaches marketing at the University of Toronto's Rotman's School of Management. He explains why. Listen audio (runs 5:40)

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A Conversation with Crime Writer Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay, superstar crime writer, has just released his thirteenth novel. He spoke about his transformation from newspaper columnist to international literary sensation and how it's changed his life. Listen audio (runs 6:28)

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Canadian Blood Services: Donor Shortage

Canadian Blood Services is declaring a shortage of blood donors. We found out how easy and important it is to donate blood, especially in the summer months. Listen audio (runs 5:15)

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Summer Book Club: Melissa Bourdon-King's Picks

Many parents see the summer as a welcome opportunity to get their children reading. Here are suggestions from Melissa Bourdon-King, the general manager of Mabel's Fables Bookstore in Toronto. Listen audio (runs 5:32)

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Calling on Police to Revise Use of Deadly Force Policies

There are calls today for the police to implement recommendations that have already been made about the use of deadly force. Gary Pieters, president of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations discussed this with us. Listen audio (runs 7:15)

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Tennis: On the Upswing

Milos Raonic's success at The Rogers Cup this past weekend is yet another example of how he's helping to renew interest in tennis. We spoke with Terry Redvers, the owner of the club where Raonic first got his start. Listen audio (runs 5:46)

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Celebrating the Anniversary of Yonge-Dundas Square

Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square celebrates its 10th birthday today. To mark the occasion, a Here and Now crew went down to the Square to speak to people who've followed its evolution. Christopher Hume writes about architecture for the Toronto Star. He spoke with us. Listen audio (runs 6:23)

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Fatberg: Could it Arrive in Our Sewers?

Public works employees uncovered a nasty surprise earlier this week when they descended into the London sewers. Lou Di Gironimo is the general manager of Toronto Water. He talked about the need for vigilance around what goes down the drain. Listen audio (runs 6:48)

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Canadian Autoworkers Ken Lewenza Retires

Canadian Autoworkers President Ken Lewenza has fought many battles on the labour front. Now, he's stepping away. He announced his retirement this morning. He joined us to explain why and how he sees the future of the labour movement. Listen audio (runs 7:28)

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A Weekly Dose of Ritallin: A Different Perspective on News

Our house poet Greg Frankson joined us with his take on the news making headlines. Here he is with "A Weekly Dose of Ritallin." Listen audio (runs 6:34)

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Brampton Takes AIM at DIY Firefighters

Brampton Fire Chief Michael Clark explains why too many homeowners are trying to tackle house fires themselves, rather than calling 911. Listen audio (runs 6:41)

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Food Column: Elton on the Importance of Gardens

Many people are familiar with Edward's Gardens. But right alongside the park is one of our city's lesser known attractions, the Toronto Botanical Gardens. Our food columnist Sarah Elton paid a visit to the gardens to look at its importance to our food. Listen audio (runs 5:55)

The gardens can be found at 777 Lawrence Avenue East or online.

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Trailblazers: Tandem Cycling Club

A bicycle built for two takes on a whole new meaning when it gives people who are blind the chance to ride a bike. We spoke with Trailblazers Tandem Cycling Club and the amazing opportunity they are giving to people who are visually impaired. Listen audio (runs 7:18)

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Summer Book Club: Bahram Olfati's Picks

Bahram Olfati is the Senior Vice President of Procurement with Indigo Books and Music which means he comes in contact with hundreds of books every month. He spoke with us about three of his favourites as part of our Summer Book Club. Listen audio (runs 5:54)

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Developing a Pollinator Garden

Your garden can help bees and butterflies do their job... pollinating plants. Gillian Leitch of the David Suzuki Foundation explained how. Listen audio (runs 4:18)

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Local Architects Want in on LRT Action

Bill Birdsell of the Ont. Architects Association, explains why small, local architectural firms could give the Eglinton Crosstown stations a neighborhood feel - but they're not getting the chance. Listen audio (runs x:xx)

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A Weekly Dose of Ritallin: Sammy Yatim

The shooting death of Sammy Yatim left many people shocked and speechless...but not our house poet. He found his words and shared them in verse in his weekly dose of Ritallin. Here's Greg Frankson. Listen audio (runs 5:51)

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