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October 2013 Archives

Police have video of Rob Ford

Toronto police have recovered a video of Mayor Rob Ford that the chief says is consistent with the video reported by the media.

What should the Mayor do now?

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Hear musician Ashley MacIsaac's call recalling an earlier recording involving Rob Ford and MacIsaac's friend Dieter Doneit-Henderson here:

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100 years of steelmaking over

US Steel is shutting down its blast furnace in Hamilton for good. Once employing thousands, the company now has only hundreds left there.

 

Did the American company keep its promises to Canada?

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When lying backfires

Mike Duffy says the Prime Minister is lying. But the Senator also admits that he looked people square in the eye and lied about taking the money. It doesn't just happen in politics.

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Halloween on trial

No costumes. No candy. Some schools scale way back.

 

Are kids missing out or is Halloween going overboard?

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Declaring public service jobs essential

The federal government's budget bill would give the government the right to unilaterally designate certain jobs essential.

 

Is the government on the right track?

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Gardening: Garlic, gourds and pumpkins

The Halloween edition of the gardening phone-in with Ed Lawrence.
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Toronto's zoo packed it in on the pachyderms

Zoos generate a lot of emotional debate.  Do they promote conservation or cruelty to animals?

Listen to the arguments

 

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Breastfeeding

Why is something that seems so natural so difficult? 

Open lines with leading expert Dr. Jack Newman.


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Gas Plants: An untold story

Private money builds more than gas plants. It builds Ontario hospitals, highways, courts and jails. The companies promise on-time and on-budget. But at what cost?

 

Our guest is Matti Siemiatycki, Associate Professor of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. He was one of the expert witnesses who made a submission to a House of Commons committee looking into public private partnerships.

 

Related link:

National Conference on Public-Private Partnership Nov 7-8 in Toronto 

 

 

 

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Duffy's version of events

The Conservative dominated Senate is poised to suspend Mike Duffy and two other senators without pay. But before the debate, his lawyer levelled bombshell allegations at the PMO.

 

Who do you believe now?

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Gardening mentors

Remembering Larry Esmonde-White, former co-host of the PBS show Country Garden along with his wife Anstance; and the gardeners you learned from.

 

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Unbundling cable TV

Who wins? Who loses? with guest Charles Falzon, TV producer and chair of the RTA School of Media.

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The War on Science

Why people in lab coats are at odds with the Federal Government.

 

Guests: Chris Turner, author of The War on Science; Greg Rickford, Minister of State for Science and Technology; and David Schindler, founding director of the Experimental Lakes Area and professor emeritus of ecology at the University of Alberta.

 

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Hiring for the wrong reasons

Hiring teachers based on seniority has a whole lot of critics. Some say, knowing a second language should be more important than years of service.

Seniority? Diversity? Bilingualism? Who you know?

 

Are these the wrong reasons to hire someone?

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Survivorman

Les Stroud visited some of the world's most remote tribes and took part in ancient rituals in a personal quest to reconnect with Nature. What he learned and what you've learned from immersing yourself in a vastly different culture.


 
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Spying: Why not?

Is spying unacceptable? Or is it just that Canada got caught? Other countries are snooping around in Canada. Is espionage a one way street?

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Gardening: Ontario's harvest

Stories from this year's harvest. Plus advice from Ed Lawrence for the fall season.

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Movin' Day Showdown

CBC Television's Marketplace went under cover to investigate one of the most complained about industries in Canada. When have you been in a showdown with movers?

 

Watch the Marketplace investigation on CBC Television at 8 pm tonight.

 

Related link:

Ministry of Consumer Services tips for moving 

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Tougher laws for distracted drivers

On your cellphone? Checking your GPS? A family in Scarborough is calling for stiffer penalties for distracted drivers after a woman was killed when a van slammed into the TTC bus she was on. Witnesses say the driver was on the phone.

 

MPP Bas Balkissoon has tabled a private members bill that would increase fines and cost you demerit points. When have you had a close call because of distracted driving?

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No vote over gas plants

Why there won't be a non-confidence vote over the billion dollar gas plant bill.

Did you want to go to the polls over this?

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Burned by an easy password

We're expected to keep a growing list of complicated passwords and PINs. What happens if you don't?

Banks say "no" to covering you if your credit card is compromised. Someone can wire money out of your account.

 

Open lines with Gordon Agnew, associate professor at the University of Waterloo, specializing in cryptography and data security.

 

Related link:

Password Minder on Ellen

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AG says cancelled gas plants cost $1b

The Auditor General says Ontarians are on the hook for a billion dollars over the cancellation of two gas plants in Mississauga and Oakville. The Premier has apologized and is promising it won't happen again. Is that enough? 

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Smoking after cancer

Cancer can change everything except your urge to smoke. Why is it so difficult to quit even after you get cancer?

 

Related links:

Smokers Help Line

CAMH Tobacco Addiction Treatment Clinic

Ottawa Heart Institute Quit Smoking Program

XSmokers Success Stories

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The Young and the Jobless

Only one in two young people in this province has a paying job. Young Ontarians are among the least employed in the country, according to a new report

How do you avoid being a statistic?

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Gardening: Preparing for winter

What to prune. What to plant. What to bring indoors. And what to let go.

Advice from Ed Lawrence on what to do in the garden before the snow flies.

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Hardwiring Happiness

Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence says our brains are like velcro for negative experiences. 

How to be content, even happy, when things around you are bad.

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Coach meltdowns

What is tough love for one player is demoralizing for another. What kind of coach has earned your respect?

 

Related links:

Vince Lombardi speech

Tortorella meltdowns

Patrick Roy meltdown

 

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When the media cross the line

When disaster hits, reporters head straight for the people most affected. Survivors, victims and their families. But when do the media go too far to get the story? Open lines with David Studer, CBC's director of journalistic standards.


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