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September 2013 Archives

Euthanasia

Doctors are reluctant to talk about it. Government rejects it.

But 20 years after Sue Rodriguez asked, 'Who owns my life?" the debate lives on.

Why do you care so deeply about euthanasia?


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Dr. Low's plea for medically assisted death

 


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Bees and the call for a pesticide ban

Millions of bees are dying. Ontario beekeepers say without a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, their business will die too. But Ontario grain farmers say the pesticides are the critical to their crops. What at stake for you in this battle over bees?

 

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What's killing Canadian bees?

Bee deaths linked to insecticides

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The cost of excellence in sports

Can we afford to spend what it takes to be the very best? When has your family had to make hard choices in pursuit of the dream?

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Support for Sport in Canada

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Is it time to ban solitary confinement?

Ashley Smith gave us a picture of what it's like. Now another woman is forcing Canadians to focus on what happens behind bars. Christina Jahn spent 200 days in segregation in an Ottawa jail. The Ontario government is promising change after settling a human rights case with her. Is it time to ban solitary confinement?

 

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Solitary confinement documentary on Ideas

Walrus article on Renee Acoby

Christina Jahn's settlement with the Ontario government

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The fate of Blackberry

The heyday for Blackberry is over. What does that mean for you? and for business innovation in this country?

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Weighing risks away from home

Two Canadians killed in the mall attack in Kenya.

Working, travelling or visiting relatives. How do you decide what is risky and what is safe when you leave home?.

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Payday loans and sky-high interest rates

The Province is reviewing its legislation on payday loans. The Minister of Consumer Services Tracy MacCharles takes your calls. 

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Gardening: The aftermath of Emerald Ash Borer

What did you do with your infested tree? Treat? Cut down? Replace? Is there less canopy in your neighborhood? Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence is joined by Canadian Forest Service scientist Ken Farr.

 

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Canadian Forest Service Ash Protection Model

 

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When shopping goes too far

Bad day at work. Feeling lonely. Going shopping can cheer you up. But when one pair of shoes leads to another, it can turn into an endless cycle of buying to feel better.

  

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Aftermath of Ottawa crash

In the wake of a tragic bus crash in Ottawa, what is running through your mind?
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Tying minimum wage to inflation?

If minimum wage is going to go up, tie it to inflation, says the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. The government says it's considering the idea. What would that mean for you? 

 

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Free trade: Is competition good for you?

Verizon has backed off. Now business leaders are telling the Federal government it's time to fish or cut bait on a free trade deal with Europe.

 

Is foreign competition good for you?

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A facination of snakes

Frightening, fascinating and increasingly popular. Why do you love snakes?

 

Shawn Heflick, star of Python Hunters on the National Geographic Channel and Grant Crossman, organizer of the Canadian Reptile Breeders Expo, are our guests. 

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Gardening: Growing a taste of home

Ottawa farmers, originally from Haiti, grow red amaranth to get a little taste of home. Plus gardening advice with Ed Lawrence.

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Fast food and healthy?

Fast food restaurants increasingly market themselves as a healthy choice. But do you actually choose the healthy stuff when you eat fast food?

 

Why do you eat fast food?

 

Friday host Amanda Pfeffer speaks with David Freedman, author of, How Junk Food Can End Obesity, published in the Atlantic.

 

 

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The pro-rape chant

In the light of day, the pro-rape chants that students sang at St. Mary's University and UBC are wrong.

 

But being politically incorrect can be fun. Vulgar gets a laugh. When did it go too far for you?

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Quebec Charter of Values

Quebec wants to ban public employees from wearing religious symbols.

Why you can't ignore this here in Ontario.

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Gardening: Pasquale's garden

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Ed Lawrence, Ontario Today's resident gardener, visits  Pasquale Bruni's marvellous garden in Toronto, complete with an outdoor wood burning oven.

 

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