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November 2013 Archives

Taking stock with the Premier

What you think of Kathleen Wynne's first year on the job

This is the first of three open line shows with the leaders at Queens Park. 

* Note: The gardening phone-in is cancelled this week.

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Disturbed by dreams?

Having nightmares, recurring dreams, dreams that come true? Open lines with sleep researcher and recipient of the Canadian Sleep Society's Distinguished Scientist Award Joseph De Koninck. He also takes questions in a web chat.

 

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What's at stake in the Ring of Fire

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This mineral deposit is supposed to be a windfall for Ontario with billions of dollars worth of royalties and thousands of jobs. But the biggest mining player has put development on ice indefinitely.

 

What's at stake in the Ring of Fire for you?

 

Related links:

Cliffs suspends Ring of Fire project 

Ring of Fire lights up Northern Ontario, Ontario Business Report

 

 

 

 

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The price of power

Ontario is one of the most expensive electricity markets in North America. If you keep cutting down how much electricity you use, why isn't your hydro bill going down?

 

Answers from Ontario's energy minister Bob Chiarelli.

 

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Tom Adams answers questions in a web chat.

 

Open lines with energy consultant Tom Adams. 

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Without a lawyer

In two-thirds of family court cases, people are representing themselves. Why did you go that route? Did you get justice?

 

Our guest is Julie MacFarlane, University of Windsor law professor and author of

The National Self-Represented Litigants Research Study, released in May 2013

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Your relationship with germs

Microbiologist Jason Tetro, aka the Germ Guy, says the war on germs will never be won. So embrace your microbes.

 

In his new book, The Germ Code, Tetro says, what we need is germ relationship therapy. Are you up close and personal with germs, or swabbing everything down?

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Last minute gardening

How to get your bulbs in the ground before winter truly sets in and more advice from Ontario Today's resident gardener, Ed Lawrence.

 

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Shopping for Votes

Does voting ever feel like a trip to the mall?  Our guest is veteran political journalist Susan Delacourt, author of Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them.

 

What does targeting voters do to the value of your vote?

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Trouble with 9-1-1

In an emergency, you call 911 and assume help is on its way. But a report by the CRTC is raising alarm bells about the reliability of the service. Your frightening experiences with 911.

 

Related links: 

CRTC invites public input, deadline Nov. 25

Rogers cellphone outage highlights 9-1-1 vulnerability

 

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When alcohol becomes a problem

What's happening at Toronto city hall plays out off camera in people's private lives all the time. What is Rob Ford making you think about from your own experience with alcohol?

 

Open lines with Ann Dowsett-Johnston, a recovering alcoholic and the author of Drink.

 

Related link:

How to know if you have a drinking problem, Psychology Today

 

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Wasting your 20s?

Jobs and relationships, going nowhere? People get married and settle down later than they did a generation ago. But that doesn't mean your 20s don't matter.

 

Open lines with Meg Jay, psychologist and author of The Defining Decade: Why your twenties matter and how to make the most of them.

 

Related Link

Meg Jay's TED Talk on why 30 is not the new 20 

 

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Heinz closing Leamington ketchup plant

After 100 years as Leamington's biggest employer, Heinz is pulling out and putting more than 700 people out of work. What happens when a company-town loses its company?

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Gardening: Heinz tomato farmers

Plus sage advice from Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence on wind breaks, tree damage, lipstick plants and more.

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Motion against the mayor

Toronto city council votes to restrict the powers of the mayor and shift powers to the deputy mayor. Is that enough? Should the Province step in?

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Unprecedented disaster in the Philippines

Emergency aid is now pouring in. How are you responding?

 

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How you can help

 

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Who decides when medical treatment stops?

In a legal battle that pitted the family of Hassan Rasouli against his doctors, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the family. Experts say the ruling clarifies some things. But it does not resolve who has the ultimate say in end-of-life decisions.

 

"Nor does the case resolve the philosophical debate over whether a next-of-kin's decision should trump the physician's interest in not being forced to provide non-beneficial treatment and the public interest in not funding treatment deemed of little or no value,"

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin

 

Who should decide when medical treatment stops?

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Francis Effect

Pope Francis says stop dwelling on moral issues like abortion and homosexuality. Churches in Italy say his message is increasing attendance. They call it the "Francis Effect."

 

Are you clicking with this Pope? 

Related links:

Interview with Pope Francis in America: The National Catholic Review

Pope Francis effect credited with boosting Italian congregations, The Guardian

Pope kisses disfigured man

 

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Who you think of on Remembrance Day

Our guest, former veterans' ombudsman Col. Pat Stogran calls Remembrance Day a day of healing. A conversation about the scars wars leave.

 

Related links:

Hollerado "So It Goes"

Healing for veterans

 

Note: We are cancelling the gardening phone-in on Monday so that we can dedicate the hour to Remembrance Day.

 

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Your on-line reputation

When has your reputation on-line become a problem in your life off-line?

 

Related links:

Scrubbed by Graeme Wood, New York Magazine June 2013

Remove from Google search results

Removing bad search results about yourself

Talking to teens about their on-line reputation

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The problem of prescription drugs

Who is selling? and who is paying the price?

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The death of shame

After the Toronto mayor's confession and three senators suspended, a conversation about shame.  Society has de-stigmatized many things. Is it possible we have gone too far?

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Ford admits to smoking crack

Rob Ford admits to what he's refused to acknowledge for five months. He did smoke crack cocaine.

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Meanwhile his brother, Toronto City Councillor Doug Ford, is calling on Police Chief Bill Blair to step aside. Did the police chief cross a line?

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Gail Vaz-Oxlade

Straight talking, no nonsense advice on how to save your money with Gail Vaz-Oxlade, host of Til Debt do us Part. 



 
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Who still wants a department store?

Sears closes 5 stores, including its flagship store in one of the highest consumer traffic locations in the country, the Eaton Centre. Are department stores passe?

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Gardening: Ginkgo sex change

Beautiful tree. But the smell of the fruit makes some wonder if you can give a ginkgo tree a sex change. Plus advice from Ed Lawrence.

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