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Past Episodes: February 2012 Archives

Bullying a Hate Crime?

It's Anti-Bullying Day in Canada, and south of the border, Lady Gaga is launching her "Born This Way" foundation, which she hopes will inspire youth to help tackle the issue of bullying. She also wants to make bullying a hate crime. Laura spoke to parenting expert and author Barbara Coloroso for her perspective. Listen audio (runs 5:41)


Food Column: Sarah Elton on Underground Chickens

Our food columnist Sarah Elton was in today to tell us about the stand-off in our city about backyard chickens. Earlier this year, Toronto's licensing and standards committee upheld a ban on backyard chickens which prompted by-law officers to start enforcing the rules. Sarah spoke to one backyard chicken owner who told her that, chicken owners are standing firm and holding onto their chickens. They are now waiting to see what happens in Calgary this March when resident Paul Hughes will challenge that city's by-law in court, arguing that it is unconstitutional and that it violates an international human right to food. Listen audio (runs 6:01) To learn more about the court case, here. And to find out more about what's happening in Toronto chickens.


Apps for Apes

Forget sign language and finger paints. An orangutan at the Toronto Zoo is about to go WAY higher tech than that. She's next in line for her own iPad. The Apps for Apes programs is the brainchild of an organization called Orangutan Outreach, based in the US Richard Zimmerman is the group's director and he joined Laura Di Battista to talk about what an orangutan could possibly want with an iPad... Listen audio (runs 8:24)