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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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'We have our dog back'

B.C. woman has decided to treat pet with medical marijuana.

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Richard Simmons' disappearance

This reporter was investigating Richard Simmons' disappearance long before it reached podcast fame.

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Female doctors need now apply

Michael Enright's essay explores the treatment of female MDs during medical emergencies on planes;

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House flipping tax?

Ontario's Finance Minister says he is considering a foreign buyer's tax, but that may not be the best approach.

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What does it take to get rid of a senator?

The case of Senator Don Meredith: How much is about him? How much is about the Senate itself?

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A flat fee or charging by distance?

If you're riding the public transit, should you pay more if you go further? What's the fairest route?

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Web extra

Jazz singer Sophie Milman called at the end of our show, Is it worth learning the language of your parents? We taped her call so that you have a listen.

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Is it worth learning the language of your parents?

Why you do it, or why you have given up, with former Toronto councillor Gordon Chong.

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Gardening: Signs of spring

What does the first day of spring look like where you are? Crocuses, black birds and the rivers opening up, plus advice from Ed Lawrence.

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Your trip to the US: On or off?

Church volunteers are denied entry so they wouldn't steal American jobs; nurses' work visas questioned; school trips cancelled; Girl Guides staying home. Whether your trip is on, off or you're just returned, what's going on?

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The most embarassing moment with kids

A dad is live on the BBC when his kids burst into the room. Their mom crawls in on her hands and knees to retrieve them. Can you relate?

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How amazing is a fort?

Stories of the most unforgettable forts, with the author of Children's Special Places: Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens, and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood.

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How to be Miserable

A psychologist's counterintuitive question. Author Randy Peterson says, sometimes by finding the downward direction you find the one that leads higher.

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Cellphones in class

Are they a hassle or a necessary tool?

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Gardening: How to make a seed bomb

There's lots going on at Canada Blooms garden show that would appeal to kids. Plus gardening advice for big green thumbs too.

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The chances you take with your kids

The news of a car stolen with a child inside captivated the province for three hours last Friday morning. What lesson did you take from it?

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More outcry over sales tactics at the banks

Open lines with a finance professor and former banking executive, who says he quit one bank after feeling pressured to lie to make a sale.

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The big debate in the world of birders

Photographers can dangle a mouse and get a perfect shot of an owl flying toward the camera and pouncing on its prey. But is bird baiting bad?

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Going Native

Why some people search their family tree to claim the past or latch on to an entirely new culture, with UCLA Prof. David Delgado Shorter.

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Can a drunk person consent?

The debate over the acquittal of a Nova Scotia taxi driver in a sexual assault case.

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Gardening: 100 Easy-to-Grow Native plants

Lorraine Johnson and Ed Lawrence on which plants are good for the garden and which are better left in the nursery.

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Presssured to sell credit

Bank tellers say they're pushed to sell credit cards and credit lines, and risk losing their jobs if they don't make sales targets. Is the pressure going too far?

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Does Kellie Leitch speak to you?

If Conservative candidate Kellie Leitch speaks for you, or to you, what appeals to you abou

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A very big break on hydro

Hydro rates will drop 17% for everyone, but Ontarians will pay for it later.

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Young and homeless

The reality of what it's like to be young with nowhere to eat, sleep or stay warm.

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Robo-advisers

A computer algorithm or a flesh-and-blood human: Who or what to trust with your investments, with Globe personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.

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Gardening: A 22-year-old amaryllis

Lots of Christmas plants end up in the compost. Not this one. Ed Lawrence explains how to keep an amaryllis blooming for years.

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The Oscars big mistake

Why you're still shaking your head over the mix up over Best Picture, with movie reviewer Rad Simonpillai.

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Does the payphone have any place in the future?

When was the last time you used one? with filmmaker Alex Kliment whose short film Dead Ringer is a nostalgic tribute to curbside pay phones.

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Need a break on hydro?

Getting beyond the political arguing and making sense of the cost of hydro, with Mark Winfield co-chair of York University's Sustainable Energy Initiative.

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No police at Pride

Is having no police in the Toronto Pride parade a step forward or a step back? Two provocative points of view, plus open lines.

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What does it take to persuade teens not to take the chance?

A conversation prompted by a dramatic Facebook post from a Kanata father whose16-year-old daughter is struggling with an opiod addiction.

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Who should pay for a date in 2017?

Author and lecturer Alfie Kohn says, if men and women see a date as two equal people checking each other out, obviously they would split the bill.

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Stories of Stuart Mclean

Remembering the storyteller who created the irresistable and quirky characters at the Vinyl Cafe.

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Still in love with Uber?

Uber faces a class-action lawsuit from drivers arguing they are not contract workers but employees entitled to minimum wage and vacation.

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The President meets the Prime Minister

Did Justin Trudeau get it right?

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Gardening: Put Ed Lawrence on a stamp!

Ed responds to tribute by the CBC's Michael Enright.

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What's happening at the border?

Schools are cancelling trips to the US. People being turned away. What's changed about crossing the border?

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The meal that made you fall in love

Stories of meals the made romance simmer, with Toronto Star Food Writer Karon Liu.

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Are things getting better for people with food allergies?

Families with allergies vow to take business elsewhere after McDonald's adds nuts to its menu. How hard is it to find a safe place to eat?

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Why you're reading dystopian litterature

George Orwell's 1984 and novels like it are flying off the virtual shelves.

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Getting it right

Significant changes are coming to childcare in Ontario. The Minister responsible, on what's in the fine print and how it will affect families.

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Two leaders' sunny getaways

The Leader of the Opposition was tweeting about the Prime Minister's vacation to the Aga Khan's island while she was on a billionaire's yacht.

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Feeling withdrawl

The Toronto Botanical Garden's Paul Zammit has the perfect fix.

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Bre-X and beyond

The bewitching hunt for gold, and it never loses its lustre, with Diane Francis, journalist and author of Bre-X: The Inside Story.

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Does this broken promise matter?

The Liberals are abandoning an election promise to reform the way Canadians vote.

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Taking back control

The more control the US asserts, the more out of control it gets for others. How do you take back?

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Before and after

What's changed since the Quebec shooting?

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Heated debate on winners and losers

Premier Wynne stops tolls for Gardiner and DVP

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Women's March: What's next?

Millions took part in the Women's March. But they also got marching orders to go home and make their community a better place.

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Is bilingualism closing doors?

Learning a language is not easy. Are bilingual requirements unnecessarily disqualifying good people?

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Why bother with dieting?

The latest research shows most people who lose weight will put back the pounds. Scientist Jennifer Kuk says, dieting needs a rethink.

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Adding colour to winter garden

Spray paint dried out Annabelle hydrangea and chrysanthemum blossoms to add colour to your snow-covered garden.

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Why an avalanche in Italy is on your mind

Earthquakes, an avalanche, a Canadian hotel owner in Abbruzzo and Italian Canadians raising money for their homeland.

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Headlines missing something in leadership race?

Two Conservative contenders are hogging the limelight. Want to hear more about the other 12 who want Justin Trudeau's job?

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Barack Obama, the man

Why the President made a lasting impression.

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Gardening on Blue Monday

Countering the gloomiest day of the year with advice on how to grow a pineapple, a yucca plant, overwintering geraniums, King Protea flowers.

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What's the coolest thing you've seen in a winter sky?

A dad in North Bay got up in the night with his toddler and witnessed light beams shimmering red, green and yellow in the sky.

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Weirdest dinner mash up ever

The unlikely duo Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart cooking together? Stories of the oddest dinner parties, with columnist David Eddie.

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A guaranteed basic income

The Province is looking for municipalities to pilot a program that would make sure no one falls below a set income. Could it help people break out of poverty?

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Why Joseph Boyden's ancestry matters

A roiling debate within Indigenous communities over this popular, award-winning novelist. Open lines with Russell Diabo.

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Killed while walking

There were 43 pedestrian fatalities in Toronto last year. Some drivers walk away with a fine of $1,000. Should the penalties be stiffer?

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Gardening Ed Lawrence

Advice on dry house plants, growing rhubarb, Allamanda Yellow Bells, ficus benjamina and much more.

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Are calories on the menu changing your order?

As of Jan. 1st any Ontario restaurant with more than 20 locations must list all the calories on the menu. What difference is it making?

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Is sober the only solution for alcoholics?

A controversial treatment program that gives as much as three litres a day of booze to hardcore alcoholics.

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Lessons from failure

The professor who invited Monica Lewinksy, an Enron exec and the trader behind the Barings Bank collapse to speak to business students.

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Christmas plants: Keep or pitch?

Once the amaryllis has bloomed and the poinsettia is dropping leaves, are they destined for the compost? Ed Lawrence explains what to do.

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Cap and trade is here: Do you care?

It costs 4 cents a litre more to fuel up, 5 dollars a month more to heat your home. Not much, says the Environment Minister. Not everyone agrees.

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Away from home for the holidays

From Germany to China: How you bring a little bit of home to holiday celebrations when home is only in your dreams.

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