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Ontario Today

Ontario Today invites listeners to get together for a province-wide conversation about the stories that affect you.

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Where are you from?

Hear from young people who are learning about their Indigenous nations - and what that means to them.

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At a loss for words

Two strangers who don’t speak the same language meet in Haiti and sparks fly... through Google Translate.

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Soheil's Millionaire Blues

Vancouver’s Soheil Biniaz is a self-made millionaire, who's learning deep connection is something his money can't buy.

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War, on drugs

From berzerkers on mushrooms, to Nazis on meth, armies and soldiers have used drugs to fight, cope with and recover from war since ancient times.

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What it takes to stop partying so hard

Open lines on the turning point when you're partying so hard that it hurts.

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Nearly 40 Ontario schools close this week

How you say goodbye to a school for good. Students at a Bruce County school walked out of closing ceremonies in one final act of defiance.

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Gardening for Canada 150

How gardeners are saying Happy Canada Day.

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Angry and exhausted

Why Metis artist Christi Belcourt has given up on reconciliation.

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Rita Celli's tribute to CBC broadcaster Sherry Drysdale

25-year veteran of the CBC dies of cancer.

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Are celebrity moms distorting the truth about having babies?

Doctors say women in their 20s should start talking to their doctor about their biological clock. Are you having the biological clock talk?

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Care if it's fake?

Canadians buy an estimated $20b in counterfeit products. Very little is ever caught. Winners and losers in the counterfeit trade.

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Assisted death one year later

What's happened in the year since the federal government laid out the rules.

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Sticker shock over breaking your mortgage

Open lines with a lawyer about how to avoid a nasty surprise when you end your mortgage early.

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Gardening: Peonies and peony trees

Also Ed Lawrence's advice on hibiscus, hydrangeas and oriental poppies.

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What do you look for from superheroes?

Do you like your superheroes dark and serious or fun?

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How to get it right before it goes wrong, part 2

Our guest says your kids need connecdtion to you and adults in their community.

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What if Comey was a woman?

Can you relate to how James Comey froze in his meeting with the President, knowing that something was wrong, and hoping it would all end soon?

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Why roughhousing is good for kids

Psychologist Lawrence Cohen, co-author of The Art of Roughhousing, says playing war games and good guys versus bad guys helps kids make sense of aggression, morality and power.

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Fidget spinners, fun or dumb?

They're now in every classroom where they're not banned. Where do you stand?

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Gardening: Fall in love with flowers

A vegetable farmer asks Ed to help her love flowers the way she loves veggies.

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How big is the Comey bombshell?

Reaction to testimony by former U.S. FBI director James Comey.

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Getting it right before it goes wrong

Open lines with doctor and addictions expert Gabor Maté, on preventing addiction and overdose among teens.

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Do police belong in schools?

Open lines on the future of Toronto's School Resource Officer program.

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Does a rubber duck fit the bill?

Open lines on a plan to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with a giant floating rubber duckie, rented with a grant from the Ontario government.

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Recycling do's and don'ts

Inspectors are peeking in recycling bins in Toronto, looking for stuff that shouldn't be there. Are you getting the recycling right?

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It's gardening time

With Ed Lawrence

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Why didn't you go to grad?

Open lines with a PhD grad who ditched one, but went to her others, and now hands out diplomas at the college where she's a vice-president.

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The criminal next door

How do you treat offenders released from prison?

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Labour reform in Ontario

Did the government get it right? Open lines with advocates for small businesses and vulnerable workers.

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Where should pot be bought and sold?

Some have suggested the LCBO should sell it when it's legal. Open lines with a toxicologist with concerns about a one-stop shop.

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New Conservative leader

Did the party get it right? Open lines with strategist Jason Lietaer.

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Why the terrorist attacks on are your mind

28 Coptic Christians in Egypt are dead after gunmen opened fire on a bus, just days after a suicide bomber killed 22 in Manchester, England.

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Why white privilege is so difficult to talk about

Part 2: Reaction to a worksheet used to teach about the advantages that come with white skin.

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Teaching white privilege in school

How does it go over? Not so well for one Ottawa mother and her son.

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Cultural appropriation controversy

An editorial in an obscure magazine leads to a social media backlash and resignations. What has the story stirred up for you?

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Daring to ask about abortion

Women speak for themselves.

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Is music as important as math?

The number of Ontario elementary schools with full or part-time music teachers has steadily declined in the last decade. What is lost?

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Who has what it takes to lead the Federal NDP?

Open lines on the leadership race with former NDP MP Peggy Nash and former NDP press secretary Ian Capstick.

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What happened when you turned on the computer?

Callers hit by ransomware. Plus open lines with a cyber security expert on how to protect yourself.

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Gardening: when to fertilize spring bulbs

Advice from Ed Lawrence on how to keep cats out of the garden; when to fertilize spring bulbs; balcony gardening ideas and more.

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Why isn't this a crisis?

The longest wait for a long term care bed in Ontario is 10 years. Nursing homes in Scarborough, Durham, Thunder Bay and Ottawa have wait times of 7 and 8 years, while 26,000 across the province are waiting for a bed.

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Fixed on France?

France's new president seems to have broken all the rules, in politics and in private, and won. Open lines with freelance journalist Catherine Field.

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Bullied over the breast?

The message that breast is best is preached by hospitals and government. But Courtney Jung, the author of Lactivism, it leaves women who don't breastfeed feeling that they are badparents and their bodies are inadequate.

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Why drive stoned?

Why you drive high, and how dangerous is it? Open lines with CAMH scientist Robert Mann who studies how pot affects driving.

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Can you ever recover from a flood?

Weighing the risks of living close to water. Does a home ever feel the same after the water invades?

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Should restaurants be able to ban kids?

A debate with writer Tanya Enberg.

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13 Reasons Why: Watch or not?

Teenagers love it, but many worry it glorifies suicide. Open lines with child psychiatrist Marshall Korenblum on the controversial hit TV show.

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Should the defence minister resign?

Harjit Sajjan has apologized for embellishing his role in battle in Afghanistan. Open lines on whether sorry is enough, with retired colonel Michel Drapeau.

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Time to merge school systems?

Proponents of merging Catholic and public boards say it could save money and help stop school closures. Open lines with David King, a former Alberta minister of education.

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How poor is the food in long term care homes?

The Ontario budget commits an extra 15 million dollars to the food allowance to ensure that LTC homes can provide nutritious menus.

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Gardening: Jumping worms

The scientist who documented the first jumping worms in Ontario, in Windsor 3 years ago, joins Ed Lawrence to take calls on earthworms.

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Free drugs for anyone under 24

Universal pharmacare was the big announcement in the Ontario budget. No co-payments, no deductibles, starting in January. Let the debate begin.

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Now that Kevin O'Leary is out

Who are you backing in the final days of the Conservative leadership race?

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Should schools police the lunch box?

An Ottawa student who brought a jam sandwich on white bread to school was sent home with a note, saying it wasn't nutritious enough.

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Is your age working against you?

Our guest says ageism is the most tolerated social bias, and the most pervasive form of discrimination there is.

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Who has a taste for the unicorn frappicino?

If it's just a fad, why buy it?

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Gardening with chickens

Ed Lawrence's advice on backyard chickens, compost, forsythia.

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Clandestine chickens

Breaking the law one egg at a time. Who's keeping chickens in the backyard?

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Should pot possession convictions be pardoned?

The government's plan to legalize marijuana doesn't include amnesty for past pot convictions. How does a criminal record for possession affect you?

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Should there be limits on what landlords can charge?

Ontario is expected to expand rent control beyond the current 1991 limit.

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So hot it hurts

Are you winning or losing in the hot housing market?

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Gardening: Starting sugar maples

Also advice on ant hills, forsythia, dog strangling vine, peonies and nematodes from Ontario Today`s resident gardener Ed Lawrence.

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The blue print for legalizing pot

On this day when the government puts out its plan to legalize marijuana, are you worried or excited? Open lines with psychiatrist Dr. Phil Tibbo.

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Any justification for airlines overbooking?

After that unbelievable drag-'em-out scene on a United Airlines plane, can anyone defend overbooked flights?

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Does PTSD excuse bad, even criminal behaviour?

Open lines with CAMH Chief of Forensic Psychiatry Dr. Sandy Simpson, on the delicate balance between understanding and excusing.

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One man's epic story to bring back the Vimy oaks

A 100 years ago, a soldier scooped up some acorns. Now their acorns return to Vimy. Plus the lengths you have gone to preserve a living legacy.

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Restoring trust in police

A judge has made 129 recommendations to improve police oversight. How far do they go toward restoring trust?

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Why visit a battlefield?

One hundred years after the Battle of Vimy Ridge, 1000s of Canadians are making pilgrimmages. Why go so far to visit a battlefield or a war cemetary?

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Buying before it's built

What do you wish you'd known? Open lines with a top lawyer who has a lot of experience taking condo developers to court

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No NHL players at the Olympics

Is it the right decision?

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The Sunshine List

Why you click on it?

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Gardening

Gardening with Ed Lawrence.

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Animal stories that put Disney to shame

Boo Boo the cat is back with its owner. The Guelph Humane Society delivered the California cat back to family after it went missing for 4 years and turned up in Puslinch, Ontario.

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Boo Boo the cat, back with its owner

The owner of the cat that went missing from its California home 4 years ago talks with Rita Celli moments after an emotional reunion in Buffalo.

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Disappearing Life Lines

What vanished, what was lost when the school, gas station or bank closed in your town?

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Why the opposition parties are up in arms

Time limits on debate. Friday's off. One day to question the Prime Minister. Are the proposed changes to House rules a step forward or back?

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