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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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120 bathrooms short

Find out why a 35-storey condo doesn’t have any bathrooms.

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How the American right lost its way

Conservative talk radio host Charlie Sykes talks about what it's like to take on Trump supporters.

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The birth of videos games

Rewind takes a look at the birth of a multi-billion dollar industry.

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Taking food from kids who can't pay

A school cafeteria worker quits after she's ordered to enforce the school's new policy of taking hot meals away from kids whose parents haven't paid up.

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Brangelina: Is marriage a relationship killer?

This celebrity couple once opposed to marriage, then did it for the kids. What changes when people marry?

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Are videos of police killings helping or hurting?

US journalist and activist April Reign says these videos are tantamount to snuff films, shared thousands of times, to the point of being debilitating.

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Technology that tracks you

From sex toys to fitness monitors, privacy is not sacred. Why we don't care that apps, thermostats and cameras are following our every move.

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What Canadian values would you choose?

Too dangerous to talk about? Or maybe there are a few that should be carved into stone.

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150th anniversary tulip

The sales of the limited edition red and white tulips marking Canada's 150th anniversary have been overwhelming, says retailer.

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Should drivers give to panhandlers?

The OPP in Ottawa are asking drivers to stop giving to panhandlers at highway off-ramps. Open lines on why you give or don't when you're behind the wheel.

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Vaccines and who should get them

A general surgeon and mother argues for serious consequences for choosing not be vaccinated, like not being able to attend public school.

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Sickness, secrecy, and when it backfires

Hillary Clinton's secret pneumonia ended up creating a set back for her campaign. Open lines on what you tell your boss, with lawyer Lauren Bernardi.

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Why the Superhuman video is creating debate

The Rio Paralympics video We're The Superhumans is being called inspiration porn. It's meant to be inspirational. Is it offensive?

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

From dividing hostas to keeping avocado trees alive. Ontario Today's resident gardener has an answer to your gardening challenges.

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Can the throne speech win you over?

The Ontario government is promising to provide rebates to help offset high electricity rates. Open lines with political journalist Robert Fisher.

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Intervening in sexual violence

The government is committing $1.7M to train servers and bartenders to spot and stop sexual violence. Your stories of stepping in, with restaurateur and writer Jen Agg.

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Catching law breakers on film

Is it vigilante justice or good citizenship? Open lines with motorcyclist who filmed a texting driver and lawyer Anne London-Weinstein.

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The dangers of fentanyl

Doctors and police are warning of a crisis as Ontario communities report a record year for police seizures of bootleg fentanyl, a black market opiod many times more toxic than morphine.

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Gardening: Best buys

A stunning dahlia from a discount bin. Plus your best buys and advice from Ed Lawrence, Ontario Today's resident gardener.

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Are air shows thrilling or chilling?

Toronto filmmaker Maya Bastian recorded people's reactions at the Canadian International Air Show, as planes tore up the sky.

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How much does your dog understand?

Scientists in Hungary found that dogs process words with both hemispheres, like humans. Open lines with animal behavior scientist Dr. Nicholas Dodman, author of Pets on the Couch.

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Mamma: In the Meantime

A story of getting more than you give. After artist Tony Luciani's mother came to live with him, she became his model and his muse.

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Changed your mind about sex ed?

Ontario's new sex ed curriculum has been in classrooms for a year, and is still a political hot potato. Open lines with a trustee who changed her mind about it after learning son was abused as child.

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Jen Kish: What do you have against women in sport?

Rugby 7s team captain and Olympic champion Jen Kish says, people tell her women in sport doesn't sell. Why not?

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When kids push parents away

Ottawa family therapist Nataxja Cini on when to get involved and when to give space, when troubled teens ask to be left alone.

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The lie that got too big

US swimmer Ryan Lochte became a laughing stock over a fib he told about being held up in Rio. Your stories of whoppers that got away.

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The Liberal brand

The Federal Liberals have been building a brand, crafting feel-good messages around a Prime Minister with celebrity-status. The Opposition calls it, all image, no substance. Do you buy it?

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Do you need to see it to believe it?

The Toronto Star's lead investigative reporter on the infamous Rob Ford crack video, now available for all to see. Plus the growing demand for, pics or it didn't happen.

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Remembering Country Garden host

Popular PBS gardening show host Anstace Esmonde-White has died at her home in Kemptville. Plus gardening advice from Ed Lawrence.

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May stays: Was it the right decision?

The Green Party Leader is not stepping down despite unease with her party's vote to endorse Boycott Divestment Sanctions. Did she make the right decision?

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Up close with Ontario Olympians

Gold medal high jumper Derek Drouin from Corunna; Kylie Masse, the swimmer from LaSalle who won bronze in the 100m backstroke; and Kitchener boxer Mandy Bujold.

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Still loyal to Volkswagen?

Volkswagen has agreed to repair or buy back its emissions-cheating vehicles in the US. But Canadian owners are still waiting. VW owners tend to be a loyal lot. Are they still?

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Penny Oleksiak's former coach

Bill O'Toole remembers the first time he shook Penny Oleksiak's hand when she was 12-years-old. He knew he was shaking the hand of someone special. When did you spot talent?

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A power-hour of gardening with Ed Lawrence

It's been a hot, dry summer. Even with the recent rain, some plants are struggling. Ed Lawrence on how to keep your garden growing.

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Is enough being done to keep you safe?

In the wake of the RCMP confrontation with a would-be suicide bomber, questions remain about how well authorities managed the threat.

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Code White: How dangerous is nursing?

Nurses are punched, kicked and spat on by patients. But few speak up publically. As cases go to court, a rare look behind the hospital curtain at the violence in nursing.

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What woke you up to a bad credit score?

All your financial sins can come back to haunt you when you try to get an apartment, a mortgage or a credit line. Open lines with money columnist Rubina Ahmed-Haq.

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When has social media gone too far?

Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones was bombarded by insults. MP Michelle Rempel was threatened. Attacks on social media can be racist, sexist and criminal. When has it gone too far for you?

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When did you cry uncle?

By nature, gardeners are persistant. But even the pros call it quits sometimes. Ed Lawrence on when to give up, or not.

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What keeps you returning to the Olympic games?

The opening ceremonies are about to kick off amid headlines full of controversy. Canadian Olympian Sue Holloway says, that's not new.

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What's stressing teens out?

New research out of CAMH shows a substantial increase in the number of teens feeling psychological distress. The research also revealed a major increase in screen time. Teens to tell us what's behind this change.

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Police and the people they serve

The death of a mentally ill Somali man after an encounter with Ottawa police has been a huge blow to public trust. How do you rebuild that trust?

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Gardening: Ontario fruits and veggies

This is the best time of year for eating fresh produce from your garden. What's delicious this year? What's a disappointments?

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With the rise in precarious jobs

Ontario is reviewing its labour laws to better protect workers. Some suggestions were released in an interim report. What needs to change to better protect workers?

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Why does Hilary Clinton's nomination matter to you?

It was a historic speech to mark a historic moment in American politics. For the first time, there's a female candidate for president of the United States, now that Hilary Clinton has accepted the Democratic nomination.

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Have the olympics lost their shine, for you?

In just over a week the opening ceremonies will kick off the 2016 olympic games in Rio. But headlines remain mired in headlines about doping, pollution and the zika virus.

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What have you given up for people back home?

Whether it's sending remittances to family, or returning home to work after schooling abroad, newcomers often feel the pull to give back.

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Pokemon Go or Pokemon Go away?

It's been called a craze, obsession or a mania. People around the world have gone Pokemon hunting, leading to all kinds of bizarre headlines about pokemon-inspired crime and injuries. So what's behind this trend?

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Gardening: how to help your plants handle the heat.

Expert Ed Lawrence is in to share his experiences, and give advice for yours.

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Is Visa worth it?

Last week, Walmart stopped taking VISA in Thunder Bay and Ikea Canada introduced pay pal as an online payment method. Other businesses are also mulling switching away from VISA, complaining about high fees.

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What does Donald Trump's nomination signal to you?

The Republican party made its candidate official this week in Cleveland, and Trump accepted with a long speech last night. What did you hear?

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Wear a helmet or not?

Research shows wearing a helmet may not provide as much protection as you'd expect, and could even make cycling riskier.

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Do immigration detainees belong behind bars?

Immigrants held at 2 maximum security jails in Ontario are? on a hunger strike. They are calling for an end to indefinite detentions.

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Is it okay for kids to have nothing to do?

Many children are booked solid for the summer. Is that for the best? Also, the full interview with Sergio Pellis of the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience.

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Gardening: What projects have you started in the garden?

Expert Ed Lawrence is in to share his experiences, and give advice for yours.

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Should we pay people to drive electric?

The Ontario government wants to put more electric cars on the road. It's offering rebates and paying for plug-ins. Should we be paying people to drive electric?

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When does violence hit close to home?

Orlando, Instanbul, Baghdad, police shootings, Dallas and now Nice. Why do we care about some attacks and not others?

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Phoenix federal payroll fiasco

Hundreds of federal government workers aren't being paid thanks to the new Phoenix payroll system. Open lines with an employment lawyer and a government expert.

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A duet with Seal

A Montreal busker gets to sing a duet with Grammy-award-winning singer Seal. Plus the stories of your brush with fame.

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Have you given up on owning a home?

As house prices get scorching hot, the federal government is looking for a way to cool things down. Open lines with financial adviser and real estate blogger Garth Turner on whether to give up on owning a home.

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Gardening: What flourishes in a drought

Guest gardener Dugald Cameron says the dry weather is not all bad news.

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Should defined benefit pensions be a thing of the past?

One of the key issues in the contract dispute at Canada Post is what new employees will get when they retire. What's decided could affect your pension plans too.

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Sniper attack kills 5 police officers

Five Dallas police officers are dead after a sniper attack at a protest against police shootings. What do you want to say to police today?

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Your standoff with a wild animal

Rick Nelson of Sudbury ended his by punching the bear in the stout. Open lines with outdoors-man and writer Jeff Morrison, on how your encounter worked out.

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How do you talk back to racism?

Black Lives Matter spoke out loudly - some say too loudly - with their sit-in at Pride. Open lines on how you've responded to racism, as a victim or witness.

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How healthy is your lake?

Algae has arrived early this year on many lakes, including the dreaded blue-green algae. Open lines with Mark Mattson, founder and president of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence.

Ed takes your gardening questions each Monday from 12:30 to 1:00.

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Do you care if Canada Post stops delivering?

The contract dispute between Canada Post and its largest union is putting a stop on letters, cheques and parcels.

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What's different about Pride this year?

Rahim Thawer will march with 10 or 20 gay Muslims at Toronto's Pride Parade. He says, it's important for racialized and Muslim members of the LGBTQ community to be visible in the wake of the Orlando shootings.

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Can you have too much democracy?

Philosopher John Dewey once said, the solution to the ills of democracy is more democracy. Princeton's Chris Achen argues, that's not the case. Do really trust your neighbours to decide?

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Who gets to be Dr.?

Those little letters are a big deal for an audiologist in Guelph. Open lines on which health care workers deserve the right to call themselves doctor.

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Are tinted car windows a problem?

The inspection your car needs to pass to get a license plate will soon include a check of whether the windows are too dark. Open lines with CST. Clint Stibbe of Toronto Police traffic services.

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