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July 2013 Archives

Show Tunes

Warm up those vocal chords.  We are celebrating show tunes.  Our special guest is Cynthia Dale, one of Canada's most accomplished actresses and musical theatre performers.  What is your favourite show tune?cynthia.jpg

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Driving Across Canada

Are you hitting the open road this summer?  It can be a pricey option given the cost of gas. But it offers a freedom few modes of transport can.  What was your best road trip?trans canada.jpg

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Food Trucks

Food trucks are already in operation in cities like Ottawa and Hamilton.  In Toronto - they'll be set up in 5 city parks stfood truck.jpgarting August 1.  What do you like about food trucks?

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Gardener Ed Lawrence

We are celebrating his 31st anniversary with Ontario Today. We surprised Ed on-air with his likeness made by puppeteer Noreen Young.  Ed is the VIP Guest of Honour for the upcoming Puppets Up! Festival in Almonte. 

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Prince George

A little boy named George Alexander Louis has no idea what's waiting for him.  Right now, he's enjoying quiet time with his parents.  But those parents just happen to be the future King and Queen of Britain and of course, Canada.  george.jpgWhat difference does the monarchy make?

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In the Courtroom

Much of what we know about the justice system often comes from U.S. television.
Or from high-profile American trials.
Take the recent murder trial of George Zimmerman - acquitted in the death
of Trayvon Martin.
But what happens in Canadian courts?
Whatcourt.jpg is it like to be a juror or a witness?
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Living Longer

seniors 2.jpgIn 2011, it was estimated almost a quarter of a million Canadians were 90 or older, twice as many as a decade ago.
What are the secrets of a long and healthy life?
And are we ready for the associated costs?

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Minimum Wage

The province is conducting an in-depth review of minimum wage, in an effort to make future increases more predictable for businesses and workers.
walmart.jpgHow do you survive on minimum wage?

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Youth unemployment

A recent CIBC report found young Canadians are at a growing risk of chronic unemployment.

How is your job search going?

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Domestic abuse goes high tech

Your phone and computer can be used to track and control. When has technology become a problem in your relationship?

 

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse now, contact  the Assaulted Women's Helpline. It's available across Ontario and offers help in dozens of languages.

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When a language disappears

It can happen in a few generations. Expresssions, documents, a sense of community, all lose their meaning.

 

What did your family lose when it lost a language?

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Basement a mess after the flood?

Our resident contractor, Jorge Rodrigues helps you clean up, rebuild and restore.

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The rising cost of policing

Toronto's police budget is approaching a billion dollars. In Ottawa, the police budget doubled in a decade. Meanwhile towns served by the OPP brace for an 8.5% salary increase in 2014.

Many municipalities say, something has got to give.

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Leaders in a crisis

The head of a US rail company has been criticized for how he responded to the people of Lac Megantic. When have you been impressed or disappointed by a leader in a crisis?

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Gardening: Eating from your garden

Advice from Ed Lawrence on heat waves and harvests.

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Compassion clubs

Shops that sell marijuana operate in a legal grey zone. Medical marijuana has been legal since 2001. But how you get it is more complicated.

 

What concerns do you have about compassion clubs?

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Fired from Walmart after dog complaint

Carla Cheney says she was fired for telling a customer not to leave a dog locked in a hot vehicle. Walmart denies that. But employment lawyer Janice Rubin says there is no such thing as free speech at work.
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Lessons from investments gone wrong

A court-appointed receiver is seizing the assets of a rent-to-own company after numerous investors complained they're out of pocket. Golden Oaks Enterprises is now facing more than $2 million in lawsuits. When did you invest in something too good to be true?

 

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Pets: Ticks and the heat

Ticks like this hot, humid weather but your pets don't. Ontario Today's resident vet Lynn Morgan explains what to do if your dog picks up a tick.

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Open lines with Paul Anka

Paul Anka shares the stories of his remarkable life and career in his new autobiography My Way. And he takes your questions for the hour.

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Stories from the Toronto flood

Trains flooded. Power knocked out. Geisers shooting out of manholes. And drivers waist deep in water. Your stories the day after an entire month's worth of rain came down in two hours.

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Questions about rail safety

As investigators search for answers in the wake of the rail disaster at Lac-Megantic, a look at the questions this accident raises.

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Preparing for climate change

In the wake of the flooding in Calgary, a look at how prepared you are for natural disasters.

 

Our guest, Blair Feltmate, predicts many Canadian homes will become uinsurable. He chairs the Climate Change Adaptation Project, funded by the University of Waterloo where he is an associate professor in the Faculty of the Environment and by Intact Insurance.

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The enduring appeal of the Beatles

It's been almost 50 years since the Beatles landed in North America and Paul McCartney is still playing to sold out shows. What is it about this music?

 

What have the Beatles meant to you?

 

Guitarist Jay Ferguson from Sloan takes your calls.

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The road that drives you nuts

We spend a lot of time on the road at this time of year, and a lot of time cursing potholes, short off ramps and construction. What's wrong with the road that drives you nuts? Hear the latest research and lobbying efforts to try to give drivers in Ontario a smoother ride.

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Best, worst and weirdest auction buys

Ever ended up with something you didn't realize you were bidding on? Or find a treasure you for a got song?

 

Hear the stories of a granddaughter describing an 8-hour auction for her grandfather's things; a gold cross found in the bottom of a $1 box lot; and woman who ended up spending more than a $1000 on a date with a firefighter who wanted to talk about his girlfriend.

 

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Entrepreneurs in the wired world

Ten years ago, Mike McDerment was so frustrated when he lost an invoice that he came up with an idea to help small businesses manage their billing using cloud technology.

It was an idea that launched a new company.  Six million customers and 120 employees later, Freshbooks is being held up as a success story.

 

What's your story?

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The art of bartering

A little short on money but flush with ability and expertise?

How to trade on what you already have.

  

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Gardening: Vines on a pergola

How to turn your backyard into a green oasis with a pergola covered in vines.

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