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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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100 days of Trudeau

​100 days into Justin Trudeau's government, TSE reconvenes a panel of women from across Canada to assess its performance so far.

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An animal charter of rights?

Why does animal protection in this country need to be strengthened?

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Gritty doc on Loreena McKennitt

“Loreena McKennitt: The Wind That Shakes the Barley” tells the story of Loreena’s meteoric rise in the world of Celtic music.

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Is it immoral to watch the Super Bowl?

Has the combination of casual violence and crass consumerism made the Super Bowl irredeemable?

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Booze and botany

Healthy smoothies and fun cocktails from your garden with guest gardener Paul Zammit, Director of the Toronto Botanical Garden.

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Falling prices at the pumps

Gasoline is dipping below 70 cents in some places. Consumers may be enjoying it. But economists warn it's not all good news. 

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Treating the common cold: What actually works?

News out of a class action suit against Cold fX suggests the popular cold remedy isn't as effective as it claims. Your cold remedies from around the world, with University of Ottawa microbiologist and virologist Earl Brown, plus research on a cure for the

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Does anyone care about the death of local news?

The Guelph Mercury, the Toronto Star, CHCH TV, Postmedia, the Nanaimo Daily News, The Chronicle Herald... The list of local news outlets laying off staff or folding keeps growing. What difference does it make?

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Taking down the temperature in a crisis

Open lines with veteran police officer and expert crisis negotiator Terry Coleman on what it takes to talk someone down when they're in crisis.

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Is doing business with Saudi Arabia worth the risk?

Premier Wynne says it's unacceptable that 2 Ontario colleges have campuses in Saudi Arabia that don't allow women. The colleges say they've been open with the government about this from the start.

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What Brad Duguid said in 2014

The former Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities explains to Rita Celli in February 2014 why he approved two publically-funded Ontario colleges setting up campuses in Saudi Arabia that don't allow women.

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Gardening: A plant you can pass on to your kids

Dugald Cameron explains how to grow clivia and other bulbs and perennials.

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What's it like to do business in India?

Premier Kathleen Wynne is on a 10-day trade mission to India, looking for opportunities for Ontario companies. What's been your experience doing business in India?

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Why your horoscope is a must read every day

Freelance journalist Linda Rodriguez McRobbie wrote about why newspaper horoscopes are still a thing when there's no science behind them. Cognitive scientist Jim Davies says there are good reasons why we like them.

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Changing your mind about assisted dying, Pt 2

An American psychology professor with a disability explains how she went from yes to no; and a Toronto palliative care doctor describes how he ended up switching from no to yes.

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Assisted death: What voice is being lost in this debate?

While bioethicist Kerry Bowman once opposed assisted death, he now believes it should be allowed in limited circumstances. But he worries about the vulnerable. (Part 1 of 2) Tomorrow: What changed your mind?

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Has justice been served in the death of Sammy Yatim?

A dead teenager on a streetcar, shot repeatedly by a police officer. In a rare and hard-to-understand verdict, the constable is found not guilty of murdering the teenager -- but guilty of trying to.

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Gardening

Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence gives advice on orange trees, tulips and more.

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Why La Loche is on your mind

It's been four days since the shootings in La Loche. Four people were killed, including a teacher from Uxbridge. Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler reflects on the similar challenges his communities are facing in Northern Ontario.

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Miss-takes: Can you ever make it right?

Steve Harvey has apologized to Miss Columbia for mistakenly crowning her Miss Universe. But can you ever undo a mistake? Your biggest gaffes with David Eddie, author of Damage Control.

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What does it take to get through to an addict?

Liberal MP Seamus O'Regan says it took an intervention by friends and family to realize his addiction to alcohol. He is now returning to work after treatment. What did it take for you to acknowledge the truth?

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Why the Goodwill closures matter

The sudden shuttering of more than a dozen Goodwill stores left people with a lot of questions and 430 employees out of work. The charity's CEO says it's a cash flow crisis. Is this just about Goodwill,or about how cut throat the thrift store business is?

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Lice-steria?

Should children with lice be allowed to go to school? Harvard entomologist Richard Pollack says, no big deal. But as school boards move to allow kids with lice to attend school, parents are pushing back.

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Gardening

Our resident gardener Ed Lawrence offers advice on peppers, lemons, compost and much more.

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Left with the bill for online gaming?

A teenager racks up $8,000 gaming online. Hear why this is more than a parent asleep at the switch; and why public policy advocates say gaming companies are being too sneaky about how they charge.

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Are you ready for driverless cars?

They're coming, starting with a new pilot in Ontario to allow testing on public roads. Open lines on how they'll change driving, jobs, cities and more, with Barrie Kirk of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence.

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What slows you down?

After graduating from university, Chris Bailey embarked on a year-long experiment to figure out what makes him more productive and what slows him down. The result is his new book, The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time.

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Barack Obama's last State of the Union

He swept into office on a promise of change you could believe in. Has U.S. President Barack Obama lived up to your expectations?

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Ontario Today's gardening guru takes your questions on everything from moon cactus to catgrass.

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Who's responsible in a workplace death?

An Ontario judge handed down a sentence of three and a half years to a construction manager this week. Open lines with Chris Buckley of the Ontario Federation of Labour.

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What David Bowie meant to you

Music legend David Bowie has died at 69. Ontario Today asks, how did he leave a mark on your life?

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Why vegans eat fake meat

Vegans eat pulled pork, corn dogs, Reuben sandwiches...just hold the meat. At one vegan restaurant in Toronto, the most popular pizza on the menu is the Pig Destroyer Destroyer, a meatless pizza for meatlovers. Why bother with fake meat?

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Lost and found.

Open lines on precious items gone missing, and happy reunions with those that turn up.

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Your worst parenting fails

Parents are far from perfect. They leave their kids behind, like the parents in Home-Alone; and melt-down like Faye Dunaway in Mommy Dearest. Parents confess the things they're not so proud of, with humour writer Kathy Buckworth.

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Is it getting easier to get marijuana?

As Canada enters a legal limbo around marijuana, dispensaries that sell it have been popping up. There are 7 in one Toronto neighourhood alone. Some worry it's getting too easy to get weed.

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Call of the Day: Fighting back against ticket gouging

Ontario Today asks: Should the government cap the price of oline tickets?

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Gardening: The cold finally arrives

After weeks of record breaking warm weather, winter is finally here. Ed Lawrence has advice on what to do with plants that thought it was spring in December.

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Capping online tickets prices

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley is calling on the Province to stop online ticket gouging. Good idea or getting in the way of free enterprise?

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It Could Be Me

Why you see a bit of yourself in the people fleeing Syria.

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Synethesetes: How you experience the world differently

Open lines with Greg Jarvis from the Canadian Synethesia Association. You can participate in the research into synethesia at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands. For more information, email synaethsia@mpi.nl

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Memories of Maria

Open lines with Sonia Manzano, the real-life Maria from Sesame Street. She retired after 45 years this year and published a memoir called, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.

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How music moves us

Your stories from 2015 : how Snoopy saved a marriage and a nonverbal child sang for the first time, with music from Sarah Noelle and her band.

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White Christmas

Sarah Noelle, Chris Spencer and Alex Pharoah live on CBC Radio's Ontario Today

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Silent Night

Sarah Noelle, Chris Spencer and Alex Pharoah live on CBC Radio's Ontario Today

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O Holy Night

Sarah Noelle, Chris Spencer and Alex Pharoah live on CBC Radio's Ontario Today

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I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Sarah Noelle, Chris Spencer and Alex Pharoah live on CBC Radio's Ontario Today

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Good King Wenceslas

Sarah Noelle, Chris Spencer and Alex Pharoah live on CBC Radio's Ontario Today

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Felis Navidad

Sarah Noelle, Chris Spencer and Alex Pharoah live on CBC Radio's Ontario Today

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Drummer Boy

Sarah Noelle, Chris Spencer and Alex Pharoah live on CBC Radio's Ontario Today

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Baby It's Cold Outside

Sarah Noelle, Chris Spencer and Alex Pharoah live on CBC Radio's Ontario Today

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Away in a Manger

Sarah Noelle, Chris Spencer and Alex Pharoah live on CBC Radio's Ontario Today

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All I Want for Christmas is You

Sarah Noelle, Chris Spencer and Alex Pharoah live on CBC Radio's Ontario Today

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The toy that got away.

Your stories of the lost toys you never forgot, with psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play; and author of Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul.

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The hardest choice you ever made

People sponsoring refugees face difficult choices about who to pick and who to reject. When did you feel like you were playing God?

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Your letters and questions about gardening during this green Christmas season.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens, love it or let down?

The latest Star Wars film broke a record for Canada's biggest opening weekend. But fans are deeply divided on the Disney-made movie.

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Call of the Day: Full diaper in the face

Ontario Today asks: How do you handle pushy relatives?

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How do you handle pushy relatives?

As we head into the holiday crush of family mash ups, your stories of relatives who are rude, noisy, pushing weird food and even weirder ideas. Plus advice from couple and family therapist Toula Kourgiantakis.

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This December is so warm...

Temperature records have been broken all across southern Ontario this month, from Windsor to Ottawa. Even the snowbelt around Barrie and Algonquin Park saw record-breaking warm temperatures. It's so warm apple trees are budding and golf courses are re-ope

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Harnessing quiet in a world of loud mouths.

In Susan Cain's bestseller, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, she argues that schools and workplaces undervalue introverts, and as a result we all lose out.

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Call of the Day: Elf on the Shelf scared twins

Caller says elf induced terror instead of holiday joy.

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A jumbo-sized Elf experience

Megan Wynberg is in Moncton. She's been posting photos of a life-sized elf to Facebook. An elf who looks remarkably like her husband, Joe Wynberg... Joe Wynberg is on the line from Tennessee (where he's travelling on business)

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Is the Elf on the Shelf anything more than Santa's spy?

Our guest is Professor Laura Pinto. She is at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. And has a variety of areas of expertise including the philosophy of education.

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Call of the Day: A loonie in my grinchy hand

Ontario Today asks: What's the grinchiest thing that's ever happened to you over the holidays?

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Holiday human jukebox

Exchange your stories for a song with our live house band. Tell us a story about the song that makes the season for you and our house band will bring it to life.

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It could be me

When you see images of the Syrian refugees - the crowds, the children, the boats - do you see a bit of your own story?

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Can you believe Donald Trump?

The litany of people he offends keeps growing: Muslims, Mexicans, veterans, people with disabilities. It's hard to believe he has a following. So why are you transfixed by Donald Trump?

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Is tipping fair?

Ontario is banning employers from skimming servers' tips. But critics say, it's still problematic because it allows employers to recover credit card fees from the tip. Others say, tipping is not fair to the backroom staff.

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Gardening: If it's looking like Christmas, it sure isn't the snow!

There may be wreaths, urns stuffed with boughs, birch limbs and red berries but there's not a lot of snow. Our resident gardener Ed Lawrence takes calls on the unseasonably warm December.

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When a stranger makes an unexpected difference

The 7-year-old from St. George who inspired people to celebrate Christmas two months early has died. Doctors predicted Evan Leversage would not live to see Christmas. But his home town made sure he had it in October.

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Jerry Granelli and why some holiday classics last

TV big wigs thought A Charlie Brown Christmas would flop. Fifty years later, people tell Jerry Granelli, the last living musician linked to its famous soundtrack, this is their Christmas music.

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Should taxpayers pay for the PM's nannies?

The Conservatives are calling out the Prime Minister for having taxpayers pay for nannies after having said that wealthy families like his shouldn't receive childcare benefits. Why is childcare on the public purse an issue, and not the chef or the gardene

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Home inspections with Mike Holmes

An expert panel recommened two years ago that home inspectors be regulated in Ontario. They are still not. And that means wildly varying degrees of competency and consumer horror stories. Mike Holmes, that guardian angel of home buyers, explains what you

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Beyond Charlie Sheen: Disclosing HIV

Since HIV is less of the death sentence it once was, you might think it would lose some of its stigma. Not so. Marisol Desbiens kept her diagnosis a secret from her kids for years until she realized they might learn from someone else.

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Listeners share stories of memorable bouquets, inspired by the simple roses and irises brought by Canadian politicians to the memorial in Paris.

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Is a nude portrait of a prime minister in bad taste?

Open lines with Frederick Ghahramani, who just bought Emperor Haute Couture, that famous nude portrait of former prime minister Stephen Harper.

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Your biggest or dumbest impulse buy

Stores use all kinds of tricks to get you to spend. Half of shoppers CBC's Marketplace spoke to said they've spent $100 or more on impulse. 1 in 10 say it caused them financial strain.

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Cancelling yoga over cultural senstivitiess

A yoga instructor who says her free classes at the University of Ottawa were cancelled because of concerns over cultural appropriation believes the student union's concerns are misplaced. Yoga as cultural appropriation: Too much of a stretch?

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Can you hate your dead end job and still love Uber?

As more people turn to Uber and Airbnb, economists warn there will be less job security. Is there a contradiction between loving the sharing economy and hating precarious work?

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Sensitivity training: Is it more than a joke?

From Michael Scott on the The Office to the re-instated Hyrdo One worker who made vulgar comments into a TV reporter's camera, sensivity training is prescribed. It's often mocked. What is it? Who takes it? Is it more than common sense?

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How the Redblacks turned things around

The newest CFL team was dead last a year ago. But with just over a minute remaining, a storybook catch sends the Ottawa RedBlacks on their way to the Grey Cup. Player Jordan Verdone's mother calls in.

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Gardening after a snowfall

Gardening advice with Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence, about over-wintering geraniums, rhododendrons and azaleas.

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Conversations with kids after the Paris attacks

Whether it's talking about bad guys with your 5-year-old, comforting a college student, or confronting the backlash against Muslims, what you're talking about with your kids about terrorism, with Ottawa child psychologist Maggie Mamen.

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What price do you pay when there is no dental insurance?

What price do you pay when there is no dental insurance?

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Roadside memorials: Never or forever?

Ghost bikes, home made crosses. They are tragic reminders that cars kill. But they're also deeply political as one Ottawa city councillor found when he proposed limiting how long they can stay up.

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Could robots be more humane soldiers?

Ronald Arkin, a leading ethicist on robots and modern warfare says, the tempo of the battlefield is so fast and vast, it's hard to expect rational decisions. He argues, robots could potentially be more ethical than human soldiers.

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Why the attacks in Paris strike so close to home

Three days after the attacks, does anything change for you? Royal Military College political scientist Christian Leuprecht joins us from Grenoble, France.

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Is a 2-tier workplace rubbing you the wrong way?

A student journalist opens a Pandora's box with a story about who gets 2-ply toilet paper and who doesn't. Is it possible it's touching a nerve because small things come to signify a much broader sense of injustice?

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What's wrong with what's going into the water in your community?

As Montreal flushes billions of litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence, we turn the spotlight on Ontario where sewage overflows, agricultural run off and plastics are creating problems that require a costly fix.

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Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper

Jody Mitic dreamed of being a soldier as a child. In 2007, he was part of an elite sniper team with the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan when he stepped on a landmine. He recounts his story in a new best-selling memoir.

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