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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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What happened to five-year-old Adrien McNaughton?

In season one of SKS, host David Ridgen goes back to his hometown in a search for answers.

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The stories behind the story

Go behind the scenes with journalists and correspondents, as they peel the curtain back and take you inside the stories they've covered.

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The nitty-gritty of real life

Every week, OITO digs into one timely topic through different perspectives, personal stories, and passionate opinions.

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A place were everythign changes

Hear intimate first-person stories about the pressures to succeed, the threat of failure and the adventures of growing up.

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For the love of Lucile

Lady Duff Gordon went from Guelph farm girl to a fashionista, as big as Coco Chanel. Her story and yours with the author of Lucile, Her Life By Design: Sex, Style and the Fusion of Theatre and Couture.

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Assisted-death and anesthesiologists

Anesthesiologists are experts in putting people to sleep. They expect they will be singled out for that expertise. And they worry about what will change when they're asked to inject drugs for euthanasia.

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Why does rape culture trigger such debate?

When Carleton University tried to write its policy on sexual violence and bring it into line with new provincial legislation, a heated debate broke out over two words, rape culture. What is it about that term?

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Gardening: Starting from zero

Ed Lawrence explains how to start a garden at a new home. Plus advice on raspberries, transplanting grapevine, rosemary, rhubarb, burnt lilac blooms.

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Ready for construction 24-7?

The City of Toronto found that construction projects that go around the clock aren't just faster. They're cheaper. And there will be more. Some say, the non-stop noise is torture. But construction workers like it.

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The debate over Sophie Gregoire Trudeau

When the Prime Minister's wife asked for help to serve the public , it triggered outrage. What is that all about?

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Mother who fought stigma of HIV dies

We're re-posting our show about a Toronto mother, who talked about how she told to her kids she was HIV positive. Marisol Desbiens has died and is remembered for her devotion to understanding and breaking down stigma.

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Chaos in the Commons

The Prime Minister has apologized for a physical encounter with 2 opposition MPs that resulted in a melee on the floor of the House of Commons. Open line reaction.

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Everything you wanted to know about tax havens

Tax Justice Network researcher George Turner trains investigative journalists on how to follow the money. He takes your questions about tax havens and the Panama Papers.

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Did a boss steal your wages?

After a Toronto clinic exposed a pattern of employers not paying overtime, holiday pay, or even minimum wage, workers told us they felt let down. Today Ontario's Labour Minister takes calls on stolen wages.

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Summer gardening web chats begin

CBC's award-winning live web chat with expert gardeners starts this week. While Ed Lawrence answers gardening questions on air a team of expert gardeners takes questions online.

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Raptors make history

The Raptors waited 2 decades for this moment. Their game 7 victory over the Miami Heat launches them into the NBA Eastern Conference finals for the first time. Our guest Nav Bhatia has attended every home game since 1995.

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Giving your hero a second chance

Celebrities and heroes regularly fall from grace, whether it's Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Roger Clemons or Martha Stewart. Can you give your hero a second chance?

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Should reserves be a thing of the past?

Cree buisnessman Brian Davey makes the case on why the future on reserve can be bright.

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The courts are done with Jian Ghomeshi

The former CBC host apologized in court. His former colleague Kathryn Borel stood on the steps of the courthouse in Toronto saying he still has much to answer for. Open lines reaction to the the final chapter of the Ghomeshi story

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The secret - troubling practice of choosing boys over girls.

Growing research that suggests some cultures are actively discriminating in favour of boys.Terminating pregnancies just because they'll have a baby girl.

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Gardening: Spring is here

The overnight temperatures may be hovering near zero but things are starting to bloom. Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence tells us what to hold off planting.

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Why is the Fort McMurray fire personal for you?

Tens of thousands of people have been uprooted by the Fort McMurray wildlife. Stories of who you are worried about and who you are helping.

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Choosing donor sperm or eggs

What parents dream of when they choose a donor to be the biological other half of their baby. Open lines with psychologist Janet Takefman.

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Duffy charges dismissed: Enough to restore your faith?

Senator Mike Duffy returns to work, his criminal charges dismissed. But is that enough to restore your faith in the Senate?

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What would you do?

Parents in a Montreal suburb were surprised to learn convicted killer Karla Homolka had settled in the neighbourhood.

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Alternative medicine on trial?

The case of an Alberta couple, convicted for their son's meningitis death, is shining a spotlight on alternative medicine. Is it fair to put alternative medicine on trial?

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Gardening: RBG rock garden gets $20m facelift

Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence offers advice on transplanting roses, lavendar and a recipe for slugs.

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Is it too difficult to evict?

Ontario is mulling over changes to the rules around renting. It's all in the discussion phase. But already some big things on the table.

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Did you fall under K-Tel's spell?

Before ShamWow, there was the Patty Stacker, the Veg-o-matic and millions of greatest hits records. Remembering the creations, chutzpah and advertising genius of Philip Kives.

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Ban door-to-door sales?

Markham and Mississauga are pushing the province to ban on door-to-door sales. Is it time to stop the knocks?

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Time to ban asbestos?

Canada no longer produces asbestos. But it is still imported in brake pads, clutches and concrete pipes. And it is still very much all around us. Hear why labour leaders, doctors and families are pleading for a ban.

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Legalizing pot

Health Minister Jane Philpott is promising to legalize marijuana by the spring 2017, and create new laws to punish those who provide pot to minors or drive while under its influence. What does that actually mean to you?

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Losing your job: Does it have to be this bad?

Former Senators coach Dave Cameron says, it felt like he was being fired for 3 weeks. Termination is never nice. But if you could turn back the clock, what's the one thing you'd change?

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Duffy Trial

A judge is ruling on 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery around the PEI senator's housing and travel claims, consulting contracts and a $90,000 cheque from the former Prime Minister's right hand man.

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Gardening

Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence offers advice about front yard veggie gardens; chinch bugs; Japanese beetles; and pruning lilacs and hedges.

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Stolen wages

A survey of Chinese restaurant workers in Toronto reveals they're often getting less than minimum wage and no overtime or holiday pay. Callers say, it's not just happening in the restaurant industry.

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Why Prince matters

Whether it was musical genre, style, sexuality or career management, Prince bent the rules. His music occupied the world's music soundtrack for more than three decades. And it's easy to see why.

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Why you're watching the US primaries

The New York primary delivered commanding wins for Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. Open lines on why this race for the White House has you on the edge of your seat.

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What works when it comes to teaching math?

In response to declining math scores, Ontario is committing $60m and 60 minutes a day of math for elementary students. Our guest, University of Manitoba math Prof. Robert Craigen, says that's funding the same ideas that are causing the problems.

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Gardening: Muddy yards and lousy leeks

Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence answers spring gardening questions on mud: leeks; taking rosemary and lavendar outside; spraying fruit trees; and to rake or not.

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Why Joseph Boyden loves Attawapiskat

The remote northern First Nations community is in the news for all the wrong reasons: poverty, poor housing, overdoses and suicide. But novelist Joseph Boyden and former Lieutenant Governor James Bartleman remain hopeful.

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Why Attawapiskat is on your mind

A suicide of pact involving 13 children in the remote First Nations community of Attawapiskat prompted a state of emergency and disturbing revelations about the state of health care in Indigenous communities.

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Doctor's chilling account of First Nation's health care

Dr. Michael Kirlew, a family physician with the Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority, describes to MPs what health care looks like for remote Indigenous communities.

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Should cities do business with a company like Uber?

Ottawa councillors were frustrated with Uber's answers and complaining that it ignores bylaws. But in the end, Ottawa gave Uber the green light. Today, Toronto begins hearings about whether to do the same.

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Why is miscarriage still a taboo?

A human rights case has put miscarriage and work in the spotlight. A preliminary finding from the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal calls miscarriage a disabilility. We explore the implications with lawyer Christine Johnson.

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Neighbour vs neighbour

A group of Etobicoke residents take on Lush soap over the smell coming from the factory. Open lines with Bob Aaron, a Toronto who specializes in real estate law.

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Is the NDP getting it right?

The President of the Alberta Federation of Labour calls the LEAP Manifesto a poison pill written by downtown Toronto dilettantes, and warns it could split the party. Open lines with NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo.

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Who gets away with what at work?

It's almost unbelievable that a Spanish civil servant could get away with not showing up for work for 6 years. But it's true. And you might be surprised by what else bosses overlook. Open lines with human resouces lawyer Lauren Bernardi.

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When your neighbourhood feels unsafe

In Toronto, 13 people have been gunned down so far this year, more than double the number this time last year. Ottawa has had 5 gun deaths in 2016. The city had 7 killings in total in 2015. What do you do when your community feels unsafe?

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When talking just makes it worse

You want to hash things out with your partner. But the conversation always spirals into what Sue Johnson calls demon dialogues. The author of Love Sense on what to do when talking gets you nowhere.

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Too easy to ignore indigenous people?

Days after Rob Ford died, 9 people died in a house fire in Pikangikum First Nation. The cause is still unknown. But the contrast in the attention wasn't lost on Ryan McMahon, host of the Red Man Laughing podcast.

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Deep Water

Searching for answers in the deaths of First Nations students in Thunder Bay. In her documentary Deep Water, CBC reporter Jody Porter explores the lives lost and those left behind by Canada's indigenous education policy.

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Ontario Today's resident gardener on trimming cedar hedges; transplanting trees; creating a shady patio.

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If corporate donations are banned, will you give?

Under mounting pressure about who funds politics, the Ontario government is moving to allow municipalities to ban corporate and union donations. But if you don't trust big business or unions to fund elections and political parties, why don't you pay?

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Seeing red over Ontario political fundraising?

Reporter Martin Regg Cohn revealed this week Liberal cabinet ministers have fundraising targets of up to $500,000, giving big pharma, big banks and big breweries special access to government.

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The Ghomeshi decision: The debate persists

Jian Ghomeshi's lawyer Marie Henein believes justice was done. But critics maintain the way sexual assault is prosecuted has to change. Did the court get it right?

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Rob Ford and what we look for in leaders

As Toronto says goodbye to an unforgettable mayor, we explore the rare and difficult to pin down it factor, that makes a leader.

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Muzzo sentenced to 10 years

29-year-old Marco Muzzo is sentenced to 10 years in prison for impaired driving causing the deaths of three children and their grandfather. Open lines with criminal lawyer Adam Weisberg.

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Gardening: What the melting snow reveals

All kinds of treasures turn up when the snow melts: a Humperdink record album, a car and plants you didn't know you had. Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence on what to do in your spring garden.

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How much is the government doing for the green economy?

The federal budget made big promises for the cleantech sector. Open lines on what difference that investment will make.

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What message does the Ghomeshi decision send?

Anne London-Weinstein, former crown prosecutor and director of the Criminal Lawyers Association

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The budget: Thumbs up or down?

The Federal Liberals' first budget puts a price tag on all those campaign promises about the middle class, infrastructure, First Nations, childcare and the green economy.

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How hard is to get a kidney transplant?

Bettina Iraci turned to social media to find a match for her son after waiting 4 years for a kidney transplant. A new report says the wait list for a kidney is more than double the number of transplants performed.

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Remembering Rob Ford

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford is dead at age 46. He was unlike any mayor this country has ever seen. Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong reflects on why Ford earned so much loyalty from his supporters

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Gardening: Evergreens looking brown?

Spring has arrived. But there's a lot of brown around. Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence tells us what to do if your evergreens are showing signs of winter burn.

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Is the auto industry sparking back to life?

January was a stellar month for manufacturing. According to Statistics Canada, sales hit a record high with the auto industry fuelling most of the gains.

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What it takes to get a job if you've got a disability

Fifty percent of people with disabilities in Canada are unemployed. Of those, half have a post-secondary degree. Tim Rose has 2 degrees and cerebral palsy. It took him 4 years to land a job.

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Should Tom Mulcair stay or go?

Former NDP MPs published a letter in the newspaper this week saying the party has lost its way. Tom Mulcair's leadership is up for debate at a convention in three weeks. Do New Democrats want a new leader?

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Should Ontario have supervised injection sites?

There are efforts to set up supervised injection sites in Toronto, Ottawa, London and Thunder Bay. But the law says, local communities have to give their approval first. Would you want one in your neighbourhood?

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Who gets a break from the taxman?

A CBC investigation reveals the Canada Revenue Agency offered amnesty to multimillionaires caught in a offshore tax sham. Did you get a break from the taxman?

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Gardening: Getting your bulbs to bloom

Guest gardener Dugald Cameron explains how to get your tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, begonias, and dalhias blooming and blooming.

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The debate over vaping

Ontario is proposing new rules around e-cigarettes. If passed, vaping, even if it's medical marijuana, would be prohibited at work, restaurants, playgrounds and on the soccer field.

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Why all the US attention on Trudeau matters

It's the first state dinner for a Canadian PM in 20 years. The 2 leaders toasted and teased each other. This, after profiles on 60 Minutes, in TIME and Vogue. Our guest says, a sitcom appearance would be good too.

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The family vacation you can laugh at ... now

Loads of baby gear. No naps. And someone gets sick. Our guest, humour writer Kathy Buckworth has been that mom driving home with the windows down to try to air out the van.

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Celine Dion: What gives comfort?

Celine Dion wept during her first performance after the death of her life and music partner Rene Angelil. But the show went on. What gives comforts and what seems impossible when you're grieving?

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Is the Wynne government living up to expectations?

It's 3 years since Kathleen Wynne became premier of Ontario. She won a majority mandate nearly 2 years ago. If you voted for the Wynne Liberals, what do you think now?

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Ugly fruits and veggies: Do you buy it?

After launching its Naturally Imperfect apples and potatoes in Ontario and Quebec, Loblaw is branching out with more ugly foods and expanding the line to the whole country. Open lines with Loblaw's Senior Director of Produce Dan Branson.

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Gardening: Preserving wilderness with land trusts

Land trusts are a way of protecting habitat by keeping large tracks of land natural and wild. An added benefit is many are open to the public.

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Looking for Mike

Filmmaker Dylan Reibling's documentary about a 12-year quest to discover the true identity of a friend. Plus, the private investigator, David Perry who involved in the search, on the missing person in your life.

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How Can I Help

In his new book How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist Dr. David Goldbloom pulls back the curtain on what it's like inside in a psychiatric hospital and how patients affect the people who work there.

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How Can I Help

In his new book How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist Dr. David Goldbloom pulls back the curtain on what it's like inside in a psychiatric hospital and how patients affect the people who work there.

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Father Claude's Secret

Father Claude Thibault was a teenager when he was abused by a priest. He still chose to become a priest.

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When abuse is exposed inside an organization

What happens when child sex abuse is exposed inside an organization? When they get it right and when the system fails.

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Ken Dryden on what he wishes he'd done

Ken Dryden became president of the Toronto Maple Leafs months after a sex abuse ring came to light at Maple Leaf Gardens. The legendary goaltender describes his reaction and calls on Canadians to do more.

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Gardening: Starting from seed

Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence explains what you need in the way of soil, seeds and temperature to get seeds started indoors.

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Was the Oscars a must-see?

The OscarsSoWhite protest created a lot of curiosity about what MC Chris Rock would say. Was it funny, offensive or right on the mark?

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