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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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Defying the shut down of Norway's FM Radio service

In a world first, Norway has switched off its FM radio service — but not everyone is celebrating the move to digital.

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How to save an island

The National Film Board of Canada went to visit the island of Fogo, and interview people about their future.

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The biggest stories of 2017

What is it like to confront Harvey Weinstein or to be swept up by the 'antifa' movement?

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A 20 year-old mystery

A well-liked couple are gunned down in a small, Alberta town. Twenty years later, the mystery still lingers.

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Aftermath of 5-week college strike

Thousands of students have dropped out. Others are scrambling to complete course work.

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Gardening: Perennial debate, fake or real trees?

Plus how to keep a live Christmas tree from dropping needles.

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Hiding the food you love from the people you love!

Homes stuffed full of goodies, and too many hungry sneaks. Find out how far people go to protect a stash of treats.

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Income sprinkling: Making up with the Federal Finance Minister ?

Insight from a senior political reporter on Parliament Hill and a chartered accountant.

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LGBTQ apology: Is it enough?

A man in his 20s, still in the closet; a Catholic vice principal told to keep his drag show clean; and more.

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Online shoppers pay different prices for the same stuff.

It's called price discrimination, have you been stung?

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Is fifty-fifty fair?

Provincial ministers are asking for a bigger share of the pot tax money. Talks are underway with the federal government. Which side are you on?

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Gardening

Ed Lawrence answers your questions.

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Why the constant push for new hockey arenas?

Open lines with Moshe Lander, sports economist at Concordia University.

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Borutski: Ever this afraid of a partner?

A gun under the mattress, a panic button to police, plus stories of being held hostage, pummeled and stalked.

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When were you complicit?

Confessions of witnessing sexual harassment but remaining silent.

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Pot: Only-at-home?

Government rules restricting marijuana to private residences raises public health concerns.

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How scary is strep?

Why medical officials are concerned about an infection that is spreading in London and other communities.

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Gardening: Making Christmas decorations

Dried and spray-painted hydrangea, and berries, plus lots more advice from Ed Lawrence.

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Sounds of the Season: Live music, stories and giving

A reunion with a biological sister, Santa at a funeral and more stories and songs that hold a special meaning this time of year.

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Getting to know federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

"I love when people ask me questions rather than hold a stereotypical belief about me" and more, including decriminalization of hard drugs and why he isn't running for a seat in the House of Commons.

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Abortion: Men talk

I have never told anyone... and more real life experiences from men.

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Post Weinstein: What can't you watch anymore?

Open lines with bestselling author Claire Dederer, on her article, What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?

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Grumpy about Parliament Hill rink?

Canada 150 top bureaucrat answers criticism about $5.6m price tag for rink near Rideau Canal.

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Gardening: Mushrooms and septic fields

Advice from Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawence.

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Heated debate over pulling police from schools

Toronto's public board removes cops because 2,000 students felt watched, targetted or intimidated.

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Accused killers: No defence lawyers

Two high profile murder cases, and the growing number of cases where people represent themselves in court.

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Transport truck crashes: 18 per day in Ontario

So far this year, there have been 6,000 collisions and 63 deaths involving transport trucks on Ontario roads.

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Gruesome details take a toll on jurors

Personal stories of how jurors still live with the memories of murder and sexual assault trials.

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Do you support limits on Airbnb hosting?

Toronto is moving to ban homeowners from renting out basements and secondary homes by the night.

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Answering your questions every Monday from 12:30 to 1.

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Faculty, students and parents debate back to work legislation

The Liberal government steps in to end college strike but New Democrats try to block it.

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Premier: College students back in class next week

Kathleen Wynne warns both sides, solve this strike or I will.

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Violence in schools: Hit in the head, kicked, beaten

Teachers talk about what happens in Ontario schools.

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High-stakes college vote: Could it end five week long strike?

Union and college negotiators debate students and striking teachers.

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Should Ontario use drones to patrol highways?

The provincial government is considering using drones to enforce traffic laws on the 400 series highways.

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Gardening: Jack Frost sightings

Plus Ed Lawrence's end of season advice on planting tulips and garlic, raking leaves and pruning.

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Smells that bring you back in time

An exhibit inspired by a soldier who sent pressed flowers home and stories conjured by tumeric, vegetable soup, manure and mothballs.

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Debating GG`s dismissal of divine intervention

An astronomer, a physicist and callers argue whether Julie Payette is standing up for science or over-stepping her role.

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If taking drugs can be fatal, why take the chance?

Users talk openly: overdoses, withdrawl, not caring and lucky to be alive.

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Weinstein effect: Accusations and apologies

Debate erupts over whether men are confused about sexual harassment.

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Confessions of phone zombies

The dumb and dangerous things people do when looking at their phones.

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Gardening: Garlic, blackberries, plums

Ed Lawrence on what to do with garlic in the fall; over-wintering tulip trees; blackberries that won't fruit; indoor fig trees; and compost.

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Are superheroes bad for kids?

Why frown on princess culture but not vigilantes who use violence to solve problems?

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Sixties Scoop: Adopted, happy and still missing a piece of herself

One family's story plus a police officer who apprehended Indigenous children in the 80s, and a woman still looking for a lost child.

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Jews, Holocaust and what hate looks like today

Architect Daniel Libeskind, and powerful real-life stories, including an ex-soldier who found mass graves in Bosnia.

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Stories of the unexplained

The beautiful, chilling and unforgettable stories you wish you could brush aside but can't, with Rowena Brook from the Toronto Haunted Walk.

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Was the Sudbury bribery trial a waste of time?

A judge acquitted 2 influential Ontario Liberals saying the Crown's definition of a candidate would lead to absurd elections.

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Gardening: Ready for winter?

Ed Lawence's advice for fall about slugs, gathering seeds, succulents, compost, lilacs, mums, and moving tomatoes.

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Olympian Erica Weibe, and how failure builds success

Canada's wrestling champion, Alex Benay, author of the new book Canadian Failures, and stories of the failures that get us where we are.

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Indigenous population grows 4 times faster than rest of country

The personal stories behind the numbers, as more people newly self-identify as Aboriginal on the census.

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When government bans the niqab

Why it matters to people in Ontario that Quebec is legislating where women can or can't wear a niqab.

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What bankruptcy looks like

Real life stories, with bankruptcy trustee Doug Hoyes, author of Straight Talk on Your Money: The Biggest Financial Myths and Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.

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Farmers markets: Are you being fed lies?

A CBC Marketplace investigation found vendors claiming to sell produce they'd grown but who were actually re-selling food purchased elsewhere.

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Gardening: Flowers that look like fireworks

Advice about black knot disease, slugs and more with Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence.

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Ontario MPP: No question, we need more long-term care beds

Open lines with one of the senior politicians responsible for fixing what's wrong in Ontario long term care and home care.

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Memories of the Hip

Frontman Gord Downie has died of brain cancer at age 53. Your memories, and what the music has meant to you, with music journalist Alan Cross.

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Gardening: Easter lilies in autumn

This warm fall has produced some amazing results. Plus advice from Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence.

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Weinstein prompts 65-year-old's ME TOO moment

Woman says she was raped by an MP but kept it secret.

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Your go to song

With Ottawa-raised, Nashville-based guitarist. singer-song writer Trevor Finlay.

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Weinstein: When you realize it's not okay

Women and men describe the moment they recognized behaviour as sexual harassment.

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Will you use marijuana for the first time when it's legal?

From curious to maybe just edibles, maybe as a business opportunity and absolutely never. Callers weigh in on whether they'll try pot.

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Toronto's secret chickens now legal

For years people in Toronto secretly kept chickens even though a bylaw forbade it. Now that backyard chickens are allowed, are they welcome?

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Our gardening guru Ed Lawrence took questions on everything from strangling vines to hydrangea blooms.

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Six degrees of separation from Las Vegas, or closer

When unthinkable violence gets too close. Open lines with a photographer who was in Vegas and a CAMH psychologist who specializes in trauma.

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Las Vegas: The instinct to protect your partner

Couples therapist psychologist Sue Johnson on what makes relationships strong when life gets scary.

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Ontario NDP Leader says people are fed up with the Liberals

Andrea Horwath says voters need to think about what comes next.

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Two Black Guys with Good Credit

Podcast host Shaun Lynda: stop losing money in dumb ways.

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Jagmeet Singh to lead the Federal NDP

Reaction to New Democrats choosing the first non-white leader of a major federal party, a 38-year-old Sikh Ontario MPP who wears a turban and a kirpan.

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Doomsday Clock scientist

Lawrence Krauss is one of the scientists who set the Doomsday Clock at 2 and a half minutes to midnight, the highest threat to humanity since the 80s.

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Taking the knee during Star-Spangled Banner

Does the national anthem belong at a games?

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Fatal overdose one day after asking for help

Why, her mother asks, does cancer get treated right away but addiction waits?

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How free is free tuition?

Ontario's Minister of Advanced Education Deb Matthews on changes to OSAP, and who wins and who loses.

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Should Sidney Crosby go to the Whitehouse?

While professional athletes all over the US sink to their knees or lock arms in protest, the Captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins calls a visit to the White House an opportunity.

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Gardening

Ed Lawrence's gardening advice on oak wilt, slugs, garlic and much more.

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To Siri, With Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son and the Kindness of Machines

Judith Newman's new book is an insightful and funny memoir about being Gus' mom, and an unusual tribute to technology.

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Should Aung San Suu Kyi lose her Nobel Peace Prize?

How can this leader go from being revered by fellow Nobel Laureates, called friend by Barack Obama, to being accused of ethnic cleansing?

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Is government ignoring PSWs and their patients? Pt 2

Families and patients to speak up.

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Is government ignoring PSWs and their patients?

Pt 1 of 2: Personal support workers tell how underpaid they are, and call for a governing body that would standardize pay, training and complaints.

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