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February 2014 Archives

Nenshi in Toronto

Gill spoke with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who was in Toronto talking about opportunities in his city and how to strengthen Canada's large urban centres. Listen audio (runs 7:54)

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International Women's Week

Next week is International Women's Week. To kick off the week, Passages Canada hosted Indo-Canadian author, Vinita Kinra. Gill spoke with Vinita about her experience of "becoming" Canadian. Listen audio (runs 6:24)

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Black History and Future

Each February, we take some time to explore black culture and history. But some people think Black History Month is missing the mark. Gill spoke with African-American studies scholar Hillina Seife. Listen audio (runs 5:22)

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Unlicensed Daycare Death

Four children now have died in recent months in unlicensed daycares in the GTA. Gill spoke with Ontario's Minister of Education, Liz Sandals, about what her office is doing about it. Listen audio (runs 6:38)

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Beating the Cold

Winter might have you feeling bummed out, but for some of us it can get a lot more serious than that. Gill spoke with Dr. Mark Berber about what cold weather can do to your state of mind, and how to fight it. Listen audio (runs 6:02)

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Art on Development Sites

There are a lot of construction sites in the city, and that means a lot of flyers on the walls around them. Gill spoke with Mojan Jianfar of the PATCH Project about replacing those flyers with public art pieces. Listen audio (runs 5:43)

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Closed Rinks

Most outdoor skating rinks in Toronto are closed... despite the cold weather. Gill spoke with James Dann, Toronto's waterfront parks manager.Listen audio (runs 5:47)

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Rewiring Childhood

Is there a way to turn back the dial on our technology addiction? Edward Jones-Imhotep is a history prof at York University. He spoke to Gill about how we can reap the benefits of the wired world without suffering from the consequences. Listen audio (runs 6:25)

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Running for Mayor

Two high profile candidates have entered the Toronto mayoral race. Gill Deacon spoke first with Councillor Karen Stintz about why she's decided to run. Listen audio (runs 5:19)

Gill Deacon later spoke with former Progressive Conservative Party leader John Tory about why he's throwing his hat in the ring. Listen audio (runs 7:06)

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Flood Advice for Homeowners

All that heavy rain we've had, plus melting snow, likely means flooding in some areas. Chad Vanveri owns Flood Services Canada. He joined Here and Now to talk about what to do if you've got a flooding problem. Listen audio (runs 3:45)

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"Tribes" Tackles Family Dynamics

The Canadian Stage production of the award-winning play Tribes, is on now at the Berkely Street theatre. The play centres around one family, featuring four loud-mouthed and verbally sparring members, and one son, Billy, who is considerably quieter. Billy is deaf. And when he falls in love with a woman from the deaf community, a massive shift erupts in the family dynamics. Billy is played by Stephen Drabicki, who is himself hearing impaired. His girlfriend Sylvia is played by Holly Lewis. They both joined Here and Now's Gill Deacon in studio. Listen audio (runs 10:24)

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Regent Park Redevelopment Re-charges Residents

After a massive, multi-year redevelopment, a new study shows Regent Parks residents are feeling better than ever about their community. Listen audio (runs 5:32)

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Police Union Head Responds to Inquest Findings

Mike McCormack, the head of the Toronto Police Association, offers his thoughts on the dozens of recommendations handed down earlier today by an inquest jury probing the deaths of three mentally ill people shot in confrontations with Toronto police. Listen audio (runs 6:49)

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The Monuments Men: the Toronto Connection

The art conservationist played by George Clooney in the Hollywood blockbuster The Monuments Men also did some conserving at the Royal Ontario Museum. The ROM's Senior painting conservationist Heidi Sobol explains to guest host Mary Ito the Monuments Men Toronto connection. Listen audio (runs 5:39)

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Police Launch Internet Crime Squad

Toronto Police social media specialist Const. Scott Mills explains why the police need a new unit devoted to investigating crimes committed on the internet. Listen audio (runs 5:22)

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Song of the Week

The Blackburn brothers - Duane, Brooke and Cory -- are part of what's considered Toronto's first family of funk and soul. Their father, keyboardist Bobby Dean, was an influential figure in Toronto's blues and R&B scene during the 1960's. And their place in local history goes even beyond that. The Blackburns' connection to Toronto and Owen Sound can be traced to the days of the Underground Railroad. So to mark the beginning of Black History Month, we invited Brooke Blackburn to talk about his family and their relationship with music. Listen audio (runs 4:35)

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