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September 2013 Archives

What Big Events Mean For Toronto

Toronto jumped through hoops and scored... The NBA All-Stars Tournament will be held here in 2016. David Whitaker, president and CEO of Tourism Toronto spoke to Gill about what big events do for our city, both locally and on the world stage. Listen audio (runs 6:14)

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Song of The Week: Basia Bulat

Life is good these days for Basia Bulat. She released her third LP, 'Tall Tall Shadow' today. She's also Here and Now's Song of the Week pick. Gill spoke with her. Listen audio (runs 9:39)

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Support for Caregivers of People with Dementia

People caring for a family member who has dementia face potential burnout. Mount Sinai has developed a program to provide them with support. Dr. Joel Sadavoy, Head of Geriatric and Community Psychiatry Services explained. Listen audio (runs 5:25)

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Humans to Blame for Global Warming: Report

Quirks and Quarks host Bob McDonald breaks down the latest report from a UN-sponsored panel of climate change scientists. Listen audio (runs 7:27)

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Louise Pitre's One Woman Show

Louise Pitre is best known as a Broadway musical star. But she's returned home to debut as a playwright. Her one-woman show, "On the Rocks" opened last night at the Theatre Passe Muraille and runs until Sunday. She spoke with Gill about her latest work. Listen audio (runs 8:04)

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A Weekly Dose of Ritallin: Ben Johnson Anniversary

It's been 25 years since sprinter Ben Johnson won Olympic gold in the men's 100m race and lost it, when he was found guilty of doping. Our house poet Greg Frankson shared his thoughts in his "Weekly Dose of Ritallin." Listen audio (runs 5:41)

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Concerns Around Legalizing Assisted Suicide

The debate over legalizing doctor-assisted suicide has been reignited, with the release of Dr. Donald Low's video plea. Catherine Frazee is a former chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and a professor emerita of Ryerson University's School of Disability Studies. She spoke with Gill about her fears around the potential consequences of legalizing assisted suicide. Listen audio (runs 6:19)

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Repealing Rules Around Teacher Hiring

When it comes to hiring, employers get to choose who they think is the best candidate. But according to school boards across the province, that's not the case for them. Chris Bolton is chair of the Toronto District School Board. He explained his concerns. Listen audio (runs 6:33)

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Food Column: Elton on The Future of Grocery Shopping

All throughout September, Here and Now food columnist Sarah Elton has visited shiny new supermarkets in the suburbs and has talked about why we are drawn there to do our grocery shopping. We've also heard about how these new supermarkets are challenging the big old Canadian supermarket brands. For the last installment, Sarah has ventured into one final supermarket-one that the some believe might be just the kind of place most of us will be shopping in someday soon. Listen audio (runs 6:22)

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Smoke Ban Could Be Extended

Tony Elenis, of the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association, explains why he's against a suggestion by Toronto Public Health to expand anti-smoking rules. Listen audio (runs 6:17)

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The Massey Murder

Gill Deacon speaks with Charlotte Gray, author of a new book that looks into the murder of Charles Massey and the subsequent, sensational trial of his servant, Carrie Davies. Listen audio (runs 5:46)

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The Changing Face of Hunger

Out of a million visits to GTA food banks, the greatest increase can be found in the 905 and inner suburbs.Gail Nyberg, executive director of the Daily Bread Food Bank talked about a new report looking into the changing face of poverty. Listen audio (runs 5:28)

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A Call For Assisted Suicide

Before he passed away from complications related to an inoperable brain tumour, Toronto's Dr. Donald Low turned to the airwaves, much as he did during the SARS crisis, to talk about what he saw as ANOTHER important public health issue. Listen audio (runs 6:52)

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Federal Funding for the TTC

Today, the federal government announced $660 million to fund the Scarborough subway extension. Karen Stintz is chair of the TTC. She spoke with Gill about the announcement and what will now happen. Listen audio (runs 4:37)

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JFL Opening Weekend

As the Just For Laughs comedy festival opens in Toronto, Here and Now speaks with NOW Magazine columnist and critic Glenn Sumi about the festival's impact on comedy in this city. Listen audio (runs 5:29)

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Sri Lankan Press Freedoms

As northern Sri Lanka heads to the polls tomorrow, a panel discussion in Toronto will delve into the issues of press freedom and human rights in Sri Lanka. Sanjana Hattotuwa is a human rights activist and one of the panellists. He spoke with Gill. Listen audio (runs 5:44)

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Establishing a National Securities Regulator

For decades, there's been a debate about the need for a national securities regulator. Today, it's one step closer to reality. Stephen Erlichman, executive director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance explained why it matters. Listen audio (runs 5:57)

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A Weekly Dose of Ritallin: The VIA Crash

This week, our house poet Greg Frankson turned his pen to the horrific VIA train and OC Transpo bus crash for our "Weekly Dose of Ritallin." Listen audio (runs 6:51)

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Food Column: Elton on Evolving Tastes

Every Wednesday during this September, our food columnist Sarah Elton has been in with a series called: "We are What We Shop For." She's looked at the independent supermarkets across the GTA that cater to a variety of tastes and explored what they mean to our city and what our interest says about our evolving palates. For this week's installment, Sarah journeyed into the minds and habits of consumers to better understand these supermarkets. Listen audio (runs 5:52)

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Fashion Crimes: Profiting From Stealing Luxury Goods

One hundred thousand dollars worth of handbags and other merchandise was stolen overnight from the Prada store in Yorkville. Robert Ott is the chair of the school of fashion at Ryerson University. He discussed who fuels the demand for these crimes. Listen audio (runs 6:14)

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Closing a Chapter on Huronia

A historic class action against the Huronia Regional Centre was supposed to start today. And then this morning, a development. The parties agreed to settle. Advocate Marilyn Dolmage discussed what it means for the institution's survivors. Listen audio (runs 6:04)

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Puppet Up! Uncensored: A New Mirvish Production

We all know Kermit and Miss Piggy, but how many of us know the people who brought them to life? Now, the Jim Henson Company is taking us under the stage with Puppet Up! Uncensored. It's part of Mirvish's new production. We heard from Brian Henson. Listen audio (runs 6:18)

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How to Talk About War With Children

It's hard enough for adults to understand what happens in war. Imagine what it's like for a child. Niki Walker, author of "Why Do We Fight" explained why it's a conversation parents should have with their kids. Listen audio (runs 5:10)

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Broadening the Reach of Healthcare

Women's College Hospital has always been at the forefront of finding new ways to provide healthcare. But now, they're looking for new ideas and partners from unlikely places. Dr. Paula Rochon, vice-president of research, spoke about the Women's Exchange. Listen audio (runs 5:10)

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Hospital Oversight Problem?

This week, 3,500 patients who were treated at two Trillium Health hospitals in Toronto and Mississauga learned their mammograms and CT scans may have been misread. To discuss how this could happened we spoke to Dr. Michael Rachlis, a health policy analyst. Listen audio (runs 6:27)

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Beauty and The Breast: A Documentary About Breast Cancer

There's a new documentary called Beauty and the Breast that follows nine patients as they receive treatment for their breast cancer. Liliana Komorowska made the documentary. Gill spoke with her. Listen audio (runs 6:32)

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3,500 Mammograms & CT Scans Under Review

Trillium Health Centre revealed they are reviewing 3,500 mammograms and CT scans because a radiologist was found to have made mistakes. We spoke to Paul Harte, a medical malpractice lawyer. Listen audio (runs 6:11)

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A Weekly Dose of Ritallin: G20 Decision

A Toronto police officer was found guilty of using excessive force against G20 protester Adam Nobody. Well, this development piqued our house poet Greg Frankson's interest. Listen audio (runs 5:24)

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Food Column: Grocery Store Exploration with Sarah Elton

Every Wednesday this month of September, our food columnist Sarah Elton will be in with a new series. It's called: "We are what we shop for." The series features the stories of four independent supermarkets across the GTA that cater to different cultures of food. Through these stories we hope to learn a little more about who we are as a city.

For this week's installment, Sarah paid a visit to a new supermarket in Mississauga that has generated some buzz and that could changing the way some people eat. Adonis Supermarket opened decades ago in the Jean Talon Market in Montreal. Today it's a partnership with Metro and offers 45,000 square feet of Middle Eastern foods.

You can find it at 1240 Eglinton Ave W, Mississauga, ON L5V 1N3

Listen audio (runs 5:15)

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The Falling Man Identified

Of all the images that were photographed in New York City on Sept. 11, 2011, one has endured: the Falling Man. No one knew who he was until the Globe and Mail's Peter Cheney eventually identified him as Norberto Hernandez. Listen audio (runs 6:59)

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Metrolinx Backs Province's Subway Plan Over TTC's

Metrolinx - the provincial agency that oversees transit expansion in the GTA - is backing a shorter, cheaper subway plan for Scarborough, despite objections from the city. Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig explains why. Listen audio (runs 5:47)

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"Extraordinary" by David Gilmour

David Gilmour was a successful arts journalist before he became a respected author. He returned to CBC to speak with Gill about his latest work, "Extraordinary". Listen audio (runs 5:55)

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New Push to Bring Alcohol to Corner Stores

In a speech to the Toronto Board of Trade, Mac's Convenience Stores V-P Tom Moher adds his voice to the call for alcohol sales in Ontario's corner stores. Listen audio (runs 8:34)

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Should Teacher Pay Be Linked to Performance?

A new Fraser Institute study says teachers should be paid according to the academic performance of their students. Author Rodney Clifton of the University of Manitoba explains why. Listen audio (runs 6:31)

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Transport Minster Lisa Raitt Responds to Barbs from Provincial Counterpart

Conservative Transport Minister Lisa Raitt begs to differ with Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray, who's been slamming the federal Tories on Toronto transit spending for the past two months. Listen audio (runs 6:56)

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Toronto Time

To capture Toronto street scenes from the identical vantage point as archival shots taken nearly 100 years ago, photographer Harry Enchin had to dodge traffic and skateboarders -- not something the original photographers had to. The result? Toronto Time. Gill paid a visit to the gallery to find out more about the exhibition. Listen audio (runs 5:01)

The Toronto Time exhibit opens tomorrow at the Akasha Art Project space at 511 Church St. at Wellesley.

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F-You: A Book About Forgiveness

It's never easy to forgive or forget. But one woman is asking survivors or perpetrators of violence to consider forgiveness and what it can do for them. We'll hear from Tara Muldoon about the F-You Project and its new book. Listen audio (runs 5:55)

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A Weekly Dose of Ritallin: Public Eye

Toronto's going to have some pretty bright nights for the next ten days, with the spotlights, photographer flashes and lights illuminating the red carpet. But what's the dark side to the glittering fame? Our house poet Greg Frankson has some thoughts. Listen audio (runs 6:09)

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Food Column: Grocery Store Exploration with Sarah Elton

Every Wednesday this month of September, our food columnist Sarah Elton will be in with a new series. It's called: "We are what we shop for." The series features the stories of four independent supermarkets across the GTA that cater to different cultures of food. Through these stories we hope to learn a little more about who we are as a city.

For Sarah's first installment, she visited Galleria Supermarket. It bills itself as the country's largest "ethnic grocer." They specialize in Korean foods, from rice to seaweed to antibiotic free pork cut for bulgogi to Ontario-grown Korean vegetables such as bracken. They have prepared foods to take home as well as a cafeteria. And they offer free classes including how to cook Korean food. Listen audio (runs 6:29)

You can find them at 865 York Mills Road and 7040 Yonge Street

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Transportation Minister Defends Revamped Scarborough Subway Plan

Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray says the new subway line is being built and paid for by Queen's Park - not Toronto's city council. And since the province is picking up the tab, it can also choose the route. Listen audio (runs 9:06)

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Political Panel: The Back-to-work Edition

Our panel of City Hall insiders debates the hottest issues likely to crop up in municipal politics in the months ahead. Listen audio (runs 10:00)

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Here and Now Twitterfeed

During the show, you can find our latest tweets here, or just follow us and have them arrive on your telephone machine.

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Creating Cyber Compassion

George Janeteas is a student teacher who's encouraging young people to tweet and Facebook their way to compassion. He spoke with Gill about his attempts to make social media a kinder place. Listen audio (runs 5:31)

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State of the Union

Labour Day is a time to honour workers, but a lawyer who represents unions says the best way to do this, is for unions to undergo significant change. Gill spoke with Glenn Wheeler. Listen audio (runs 6:13)

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Previewing The Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival part the curtains this Thursday, but there are people who are already hard at work screening movies. The film critics. Gill spoke with Norm Wilner of NOW Magazine and Adam Nayman of The Globe and Mail and Cinescope. Listen audio (runs 7:41)

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