host picture

October 2013 Archives

A Weekly Dose of Ritallin: Snapped Routines on Halloween

Our house poet Greg Frankson's "Weekly Dose of Ritallin" tackles a scary subject... what's happening down at City Hall. Listen audio (runs 5:00)

Comments

City Hall Insiders on Latest Ford Revelations

Our panel of City Hall insiders talks about the latest Rob Ford controversy and how it will all end up. Listen audio (runs 9:43)

Comments

The Investigation of Mayor Rob Ford

It's been an explosive day here in the city. Documents tied to the ongoing investigation of Mayor Rob Ford and his associate, Alexander Lisi were released. CBC's media lawyer Iain MacKinnon of Chitiz Patak told us more. Listen audio (runs 6:51)

Comments

Food Column: Elton on Toronto Rockets

If you've started your Halloween candy shopping for tomorrow night, you've probably picked up some of the classics that only come out at this time. Our food columnist Sarah Elton discovered one is a Toronto born treat. She shared more with Gill. Listen audio (runs 6:09)

Comments

The Sochi Games and Human Rights

With a hundred days until the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Human Rights Watch is urging the International Olympic Committee to put pressure on Russia to deal with human rights. Minky Worden is the Director of Global Initiatives. She explained why. Listen audio (runs 6:09)

Comments

Affordable Housing on The Waterfront

Waterfront property is considered prime real estate, the kind of land only the very wealthy can buy, but according to a City committee, it could be the perfect setting for affordable housing. Ana Bailao, chair of the affordable housing committee explain. Listen audio (runs 6:56)

Comments

Don't Read in the Dark

We're taking a closer look at scary books. The kind you read under the covers with a flashlight. Sandra Kasturi is the publisher of ChiZine, a company that specializes in horror novels. She explained the thrill of this kind of read. Listen audio (runs 7:26)

Here are the books Sandra recommended:

Shirley Jackson - The Haunting of Hill House
Cheri Priest - Four and Twenty Blackbirds
John Lindqvist - Harbour

Comments

Why Not To Wext

It's not unusual to see people walking... and texting. But a personal injury lawyer says wexting, as it's known, could land you in legal hot water. Brian Cameron of Oatley Vigmond explained. Listen audio (runs 5:46)

Comments

The Cookbook Store Moves On

For 30 years, The Cookbook Store has made its home in the Yorkville neighbourhood. Now, they need to set up shop elsewhere. Manager Alison Fryer explained why. Listen audio (runs 6:11)

Comments

Byford Talks TTC Safety

TTC CEO responds to an internal report on the death last year of a TTC worker killed while working underground at night. Listen audio (runs 8:12)

Comments

Happy Anni-VERSE-ary Ritallin!

Today we've been on Ritallin for a whole year! Our house poet Greg Frankson, aka Ritallin, is celebrating his anni-VERSE-ary with a special poem looking back on the last year in spoken word. Listen audio (runs 6:05)

Comments

Improving First Nations Education

There's a call today, to improve how issues related to the country's First Nations peoples are taught in the province's schools. Annie Kidder of People For Education explained why. Listen audio (runs 7:01)

Comments

Dramatic Days on Parliament Hill

It's been a dramatic couple of days on Parliament Hill, with Conservative Senators Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin launching counter-offensives against the Harper government over the expenses scandal. Elizabeth Thompson, a senior writer for iPolitics.ca., explains what the fallout from those allegations could be. Listen audio (runs 7:23)

Comments

Man Up: How To Be A Man In the 21st Century

In this day and age, what does it mean to be a man? Pedro Mendes is a CBC radio producer and a man who's concerned with the idea of manliness. Today, he talked about why blue jeans need to be closeted. Listen audio (runs 3:29)

Comments

Army of Lovers: A New Book About Will Munro

Toronto artist and activist Will Munro was a super star for a generation. He passed away a few years ago, at the age of 35. Now, his life and work is being commemorated in a new book. Gill spoke with the author of Army of Lovers, Sarah Liss. Listen audio (runs 5:47)

Comments

Overhauling Taxi Rules Will Hit Customers Hard: Cab Owners

Beck Taxi President Gail Souter explains why she believes the public will suffer under City Hall's proposed reforms to the industry. Listen audio (runs 6:11)

Comments

Mayor Ford and the Company He Keeps

Mayor Rob Ford is in the headlines again today, this time for writing a character reference for a man who's now facing serious criminal charges. But does the company the mayor keeps matter to constituents? Our panel of municipal insiders weighed in. Listen audio (runs 10:00)

Comments

Friend. Follow. Text.

As our digital lives continue to expand, some writers are using this new reality to fuel their work. Shawn Syms is the person behind the new book, "Friend. Follow. Text." He joined Gill for a good old-fashioned chat. Listen audio (runs 6:30)

Comments

Education Through Film and REEL Canada

Canadian films just don't get the same promotion that Americans do. But for the past nine years, a small organization has worked to change this, through school screenings. Today, REEL Canada got a big boost. Gill spoke to artistic director Sharon Corder. Listen audio (runs 6:13)

Comments

Kids Book Club

This year's CBC TD Kids Book Club was a huge success. Fourth and fifth grade students at Firgrove Public School read Jennifer Lanthier's book The Stamp Collector, and then had a chance to speak with the author. Listen to part of their discussion. Listen audio (runs 5:53)

Comments

300: The Marathon

Avid runners hit the pavement this Sunday during the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. And it's a special competition for Richard Raymon. His goal is so inspiring, one of students, Jeff Lam is keeping pace with him. We heard from both. Listen audio (runs 5:52)

Comments

The Stamp Collector: The Play

As part of the CBC TD Kids Book Club, we gave kids at Firgrove Public School Jennifer Lanthier's book The Stamp Collector to read, and then brought Jennifer in to discuss it with them. Little did we know, the kids had actually created a play based on the book, which they performed for us. Listen audio (runs 5:29)

Comments

Here and Now at Firgrove Public School

Students in a grade 4/5 class at Firgrove Public School in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood have been reading Jennifer Lanthier's book The Stamp Collector. They got the chance to learn more about the book's themes, the author and the writing process when Jennifer visited their classroom with Here and Now's host Gill Deacon.

Comments

Drivers Getting Dinged on Road Costs

A new Conference Board of Canada study finds that Ontario drivers pay a disproportionate amount of the cost of building and maintaining roads. Board director Vijay Gill explains. Listen audio (runs 7:54)

Comments

Children and Severe Cavities

It's alarming news, a growing number of children under the age of five have cavities so severe, they require major dental surgery to repair their teeth. Dr. Carlos Quinonez, Director of Dental Public Health at the University of Toronto explained further. Listen audio (runs 6:13)

Comments

The Stamp Collector

For the CBC TD Kids Book Club, students at Firgrove Public School will be reading The Stamp Collector, a new children's book by Toronto author Jennifer Lanthier, which is one of the nominees for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. Gill spoke with her about the book, and about teaching freedom of expression to kids. Listen audio (runs 6:11)

Comments

Debt Collection and a Case of Mistaken Identity

What happens when you're being hounded by debt collection agencies for a bill that's not even yours? For one Ontario man, a prolonged fight to clear his name and his credit rating. Personal finance journalist Rubina Ahmed-Haq discussed this case. Listen audio (runs 6:22)

Comments

#kindTO: Share Your Stories

Thanksgiving Monday is the time to reflect upon the good things in our lives, so what better day than today to launch our new feature on kindness in the city? Freelance writer Lisa Bendall gave us a hand. Listen audio (runs 7:35)

Comments

Harbourfront Activities for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to spend time with family. And if you're looking for an activity Harbourfront Centre may be the place for you, this Monday. Gill spoke with Orit Shimoni, a storyteller who has a special message for the season. Listen audio (runs 6:38)

The storytelling workshops take place at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. in Miss Lou's Room in the York Quay Centre.

Comments

Cookbooks for Autumnal Feasting

Thanksgiving is a time to get together with family and indulge in wonderful food, but it's also the unofficial kick-off for autumn, and a whole new season of cooking. Alison Fryer of The Cookbook Store has some suggestions to help warm your belly. Listen audio (runs 7:17)

The cookbooks Alison suggested are: THE KINFOLK TABLE: RECIPES FOR SMALL GATHERINGS, HEART OF THE MATTER, MARTHA STEWARD: CAKES and THE FLAVOUR PRINCIPLE

Comments

Hometown Pride for Alice Munro

She may be the latest winner of literature's most 'noble' prize, but in Huron County, she's just Alice. Gill spoke Mary Brown, the owner of The Village Bookshop in Huron Country, where the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature makes her home. Listen audio (runs 8:38)

Comments

The Connection Between Gut Bacteria... and Depression

Have your microbes got you down? Our science columnist Torah Kachur explains why bacteria can make you feel blue. Listen audio (runs 5:34)

Comments

Food Column: Elton on an Urban Agricultural Education

There's a high school on Gerrard Street, just down from Chinatown East, with a grey façade that doesn't stand out much from the streetscape. But according to our food columnist Sarah Elton, there's something happening on the roof of Eastdale Collegiate that is sure to draw attention. A partnership between the Toronto District School Board and the non-profit organization FoodShare, with funding from Live Green Toronto, has created a rooftop urban agriculture education space that science teacher David Servos, says is a valuable teaching aid for his classes. The program is in its first season and already the students are growing vegetables on the roof that they sell at farmers markets, to the George Brown restaurant, The Chef's House, and at a west end location called The HogTown Cure. The plan is also for students in the culinary arts program at Eastdale, to cook the food grown on the roof and then serve these healthy meals to students. Listen audio (runs 6:23) 

Comments

BOOKS: Erin Balser Talks About the Giller Prize

The shortlist for one of Canada's most prestigious literary prizes was released today. Erin Balser of CBC Books dropped by to speak with Gill about the nominees for this year's Giller Prize. Listen audio (runs 6:38)

Comments

Auditor-General Reports on Gas Plant Cancellation

Ontario's Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk's report on the cost of cancelling a controversial gas plant in Oakville was released today. She discussed the details with Gill. Listen audio (runs 6:07)

Comments

Eglinton Ave.'s Coming Facelift Previewed

From Oct. 7 - 9, the city is holding public forums to explain its plans for Eglinton Ave., post Crosstown LRT. City planner Lorna Day explains. Listen audio (runs 5:32)

Comments

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Celebrate 100 Years

Tonight at the Elgin and Winter Garden theatres there's something special going on. Toronto's best theatre and musical talent are putting on a vaudeville-style cabaret show to celebrate the theatre's 100th anniversary. General Manager Brett Randal gave Gill a tour. Listen audio (runs 6:20)

To book your own tour, go to their website.

Comments

Navigating Nuit Blanche

When the sun goes down tomorrow night, Toronto's neighbourhoods will become galleries without walls. Yes, it's another year of Nuit Blanche. But how do you decide what to see? Toronto Star arts critic Murray Whyte shared some tips. Listen audio (runs 5:10)

Comments

Detoxing From Technology

What would you do for 23 hours without your smartphone? That's what a group of high school students faced. Pamela Beh, the student council president at Rick Hansen Secondary School told Gill about her tech detox. Listen audio (runs 6:01)

Comments

Holding Off on Jets at City Centre Airport

A report by Transport Action Ontario suggests City Council HOLD OFF on a decision about bringing jets into the Island airport. Gordon Woodmansey is the author of the report. Listen audio (runs 5:52)

Comments

Meet Katsura Sunshine

How does a guy from Toronto become a stage superstar in Japan? By mastering one of the country's most revered traditions. Meet Katsura Sunshine, also known as Gregory Robic. Listen audio (runs 5:50)

Comments

A Weekly Dose of Ritallin: Hockey and Hitting

Our house poet, Greg Frankson, was inspired to write about a hockey fight that left one player knocked out cold on the ice. Here he is with "A Weekly Dose of Ritallin". Listen audio (runs 6:09)

Comments

Attack of the Midges

It's not the ants that are marching one by one here in Toronto. Other bugs are making themselves quite at home. David Sugarman, life sciences researcher from the Ontario Science Centre explained why midges are multiplying. Listen audio (runs 6:21)

Comments

Rats!

Pest control expert Brad Gates explains how to cope with what he believes is a growing rat problem in the city. Listen audio (runs 9:26)

Comments

To Fight or Not To Fight in Hockey

The NHL is back, and already there's talk about what can be done about fighting in hockey after last night's incident in Montreal. Adam Proteau is a columnist with The Hockey News. He share his thoughts. Listen audio (runs 5:36)

Comments

Diversecity Fellow

Toronto is a city full of people with great ideas. Over the next year, some of them will be sharing theirs as part of a unique fellowship that's developing the next generation of leaders. Tawanda Chirenda is a DiverseCity Fellow. He spoke with Gill. Listen audio (runs 6:19)

Comments

Managing the Expectations of Leafs Nations

Being a part of Leafs Nation is an emotional roller coaster that usually ends in disappointment, so how can we better cope with that disappointment as we begin another season tonight? Here and Now contributor Jason Osler dropped by with an answer. Listen audio (runs 5:02)

Comments

Pan-Am Expenses. The CEO Responds

A $1.89 for a beverage. Ninety-one cents for a parking fee. The provincial government continues to ask questions about why Pan-Am executives charged taxpayers for questionable expenses. CEO Ian Troop spoke with Gill. Listen audio (runs 7:23)

Comments