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December 2013 Archives

A Book a Day for a Year

It's a new years resolution that will put many to shame. Amy Mathers explains why she is vowing to read a book of young adult literature every day for a year. Listen audio (runs 7:34)


Legal Prostitution One Step Closer

Those in favour of legalizing prostitution took a giant step forward today, when the Supreme Court ruled laws against prostitution are unconstitutional. The decision gives Ottawa one year to write new laws. Joining Here and Now to explain why they felt current laws left prostitutes vulnerable was Chanelle Gallant. She's Communications & Community Engagement co-ordinator for Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project Listen audio (runs 5:26)


New Turkey Traditions for the Holidays

Turkey may be part of the traditional Christmas dinner, but there's nothing traditional about the way it's being cooked. Anita Stewart is an author and food laureate at the University of Guelph. She talked turkey with Gill. Listen audio (runs 6:54)


Top 10 Weather Stories

No matter what the mercury reads, Canadians love to talk about the weather. Today, Environment Canada released what's sure to be conversation started, the top 10 weather stories of 2013. Dave Phillips, senior climatologist joined us with more. Listen audio (runs 7:16)


A Verdict in the Ashley Smith

The Ashley Smith's death was a homicide, according to a coroner's jury. Kim Pate is the executive director of The Elizabeth Fry Society. She talked about what the decision could mean for prisoners struggling with mental illness. Listen audio (runs 6:27)


The Federal Family Reunification Program

The federal government has announced it's going to make it easier for people to sponsor their parents or grandparents to Canada. Guidy Mamann, senior partner of Mamann Sandluk Immigration Lawyers discussed what the policy could mean. Listen audio (runs 5:40)


Private Trash Pick-up May be Moving East

City Councillor and public works chair Denzil Minnan-Wong says contracting out of garbage pick-up in western Toronto has been a huge success and explains why he wants to look at expanding the idea into eastern Toronto. Listen audio (runs 6:39)


Update on Provincial Anti-Poverty Initiatives

Ontario may be a wealthy province, but thousands of people continue to live in poverty. Today, the government released their report on what they're doing to address this. Anita Khanna is the co-ordinator for Ontario Campaign 2000. Gill spoke to her. Listen audio (runs 6:22)


Troop Out as Pan Am CEO

The board of the Pan Am / Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee has announced that Ian Troop is out as CEO. And Deputy Health Minister Saad Rafi is in. Joining Here and Now to explain what went wrong was former Ontario Premier David Peterson - he's chair of the committee. Listen audio (runs 3:35)


Ugly Christmas Sweaters, A New Holiday Trend

Forget rainbow looms and Star Wars Lego, the hottest commodity for holiday season this year is... the ugly Christmas sweater. Daniel Morrison of the vintage store, F As In Frank explained its rise in popularity. Listen audio (runs 5:56)


A Weekly Dose of Ritallin: Mayor Ford Meets Lord Black

Mayor Rob Ford regularly gives people in this city something to talk about. The latest hot topic comes from his conversation with Conrad Black. During their exchange, he made a surprising comment about the press. And that got Greg Frankson writing. Listen audio (runs 5:03)


Paying for Transit

The provincial government's newest transit guru, Anne Golden, makes the case for higher taxes, to pay for transit expansion. And issues a warning to those who oppose them. She spoke with Gill. Listen audio (runs 5:02)


Food Column: Elton on Traditional Italian Baking

The baking season has already started for the holiday season. Our food columnist Sarah Elton was in with the story of a new bakery in Toronto where they are doing this the old world way, but with a modern twist. Listen audio (runs 7:11)

You can find Forno Cultura at:
609 King Street West, Toronto
ph: 416-603-8305
On twitter: @fornocultura and online here.


Sarah Elton's Food Picks of 2013

Over the last twelve months, I've been eating my way across the city and telling the stories behind the foods we eat for my food column on CBC Radio's Here and Now. And what foods and flavours I've tasted! So I thought I'd make a list of the places I've visited in case you want to check them out too.

I really appreciate good bread and had to stop myself from turning this column into one about bread. At Cliffside Hearth, one of this city's many new bakeries that I wanted to talk about, they make levain breads from scratch: 3047 Kingston Rd, 416-261-1010

Come to think of it, I like baking, generally speaking. Particularly the exquisite baked goods at Forno Cultura where they recreate old Italian recipes and help to keep a food culture alive: 609 King Street West.

And February will never be just February again. Cardamom scented Swedish Semla Buns are traditionally made during this cold, dark month. The Beaches Bakeshop and Café offers them at 900 Kingston Road near Victoria Park.

Want a cup of tea with that?

The owner of The House of Tea was a tea taster in Sri Lanka before coming to Toronto, where she now imports all sorts of teas from distant (warmer) tea growing lands. 1015-1017 Yonge Street, at Rosedale Station,

Looking for lunch?

The Blue Fig at 555 University Avenue brings deliciousness and, well, just darn good food, made from scratch to a hospital food court. Yes, that's right! You can eat from scratch Middle Eastern Food at the Sick Kids' food court, just off University.

Or are you looking for a homecooked dinner that you don't have to make yourself? Stop in at Le Depanneur to see what one of their community chef's has cooked up for the evening meal. You can eat in or take out at this restaurant alternative. They're at 1033 College Street.

I visited Hibiscus at 238 Augusta Avenue, when I was researching my column on quinoa. They make an incredible salad with this delicious and popular ingredient.

Over the last year, it seems I succumbed to many cravings for cool, iced treats:

In the PATH system, under the Bay Adelaide Centre, you can find deKefir. It's a small café where they serve the fermented milk product kefir--similar to yoghurt. They offer kefir parfaits for breakfast as well as frozen soft serve style kefir. I've gone back many times since for the frozen kefir topped with toasted coconut.

We are one step closer to being a world class city now that we have ... bicycle delivered gelato! Find out where you can find Be Good Gelato's bike on twitter: @begoodgelato or online.

Another cool treat I enjoyed this summer was the Filipino dessert called halo halo (a.k.a. mix mix drink) from Casa Manila. Yum! 879 York Mills.

And then there was hot sauce. Fermented hot sauce, to be exact, made from organically grown vegetables at Vicki's Veggies farm in Prince Edward County. Find out which farmers' market they sell at:

After interviewing Rebekka Hutton at the Alchemy Pickle Company, I'm hooked on her fermented pickles and kombucha. She can be found at farmers markets and stores in city.

For my supermarket series, I visited:

The Korean supermarket plus plus: Galleria at 865 York Mills Road (they also are found at 7040 Yonge Street).

Adonis Supermarket where they make pita fresh in a giant pita making machine imported from the Middle East. 1240 Eglinton Ave W, Mississauga.

Ocean's Supermarket where they sell Asian foods as well as ingredients for many other cuisines: 4557 Hurontario Street, Mississauga.

If you're looking for a food (and plant) themed outing, I visited the Toronto Botanical Gardens: 777 Lawrence Avenue East.

I talked about several innovative food projects on-going in the city:

High school students at Eastdale are farming on the roof! Look for their School Grown Food in stores, restaurants and farmers' markets next season:

I visited the fascinating Albion Hills Community Farm where they run a number of programs including a CSA.

And I liked Fred D's Bees story of raising bees for an urban honey CSA so much that I joined it myself:


Student Drug Use Changing

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says teens are now less likely to smoke cigarettes or abuse alcohol. But the use of marijuana and prescription drugs, such as Tylenol 3 and Percocet, has gone up. Here and Now spoke with Dr. Robert Mann, the principal investigator of the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey. Listen audio (runs 6:01)


Alice Munro's Nobel Win

Alice Munro was formally awarded the Nobel Prize in literature today. Her friend and publisher, Douglas Gibson was on hand in Stockholm to pick up the award for her. We also heard from Bryce Traister of UWO about the effect on the short story genre. Listen audio (runs 7:53)


Long-Term Care for Seniors

Thousands of Canadians who need to be in long term care are stuck waiting in hospitals. And advocates for long term care say the need is only going to get worse. Jane Meadus works for the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly. She spoke with Gill. Listen audio (runs 5:03)


Sounds of the Season Highlights!

Watch highlights of our special fundraising day, featuring performances from Glenn Lewis, Cmdr. Chris Hadfield, and Gill Deacon herself! You have all month to join us in supporting local food banks.


Virtual Yonge Street

Yonge Street has a storied history in this city. And now, the Toronto Reference Library is asking you to add your own stories to that history. Mary Rae Shantz is Manager of Special Collections for the Reference Library. She explained how. Listen audio (runs 5:45)


International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today, the United Nations marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. And advocates here are calling on the Ontario government to make good on promises made about accessibility. Gill spoke with David Lepofsky, chair of the AODA Alliance. Listen audio (runs 6:37)


Why Hydro Bills are Going Through the Roof

Energy expert Mark Winfield explains why the province plans to hike hydro bills by 40 per cent over the next five years. Listen audio (runs 6:45)


New Guidelines Around Feeding Babies

The Canadian Pediatric Society is changing its guidelines for when parents should introduce potential allergens such as peanuts to babies. CBC health contributor Maureen Taylor explained why. . Listen audio (runs 5:41)