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Episode 7: Make Believe

A young woman reminisces about the friendship she once shared with the imaginative little boy she used to babysit.

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Episode four: Hello, Adrien?

What would Adrien look like today? Forensic artist Diana Trepkov creates a series of age-progression sketches,

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Hunger game

Body image can be a focal point for so many students starting out in university. But too often it can become an obsession.

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The Iraq Invasion, 2003

As coalition troops marched into Iraq, the CBC’s David Common was there.

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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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Walmart vs. Visa. Whose side are you on?

Walmart will soon stop accepting Visa cards at Canadian stores, citing high fees. Open lines with Steve Tissenbaum of the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.

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Reacting to Brexit

A historic vote in the U.K. to break from the European Union. Open lines with former MP Bob Rae, in London during the vote, on what the fallout will be.

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Hit by ransomware?

From a dog charity to universities and hospitals, ransomware holds computer files hostage until you pay up. Has your computer been hit?

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Why own a military-style assault rifle?

The AR-15 is under renewed scrutiny after a similar rifle was used in Orlando. Open lines with criminal defence lawyer and firearms advocate Solomon Friedman.

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Expanding CPP: Good news or bad?

The expanded Canada Pension Plan will mean workers making an income of 55-grand will pay an extra 34 dollars a month by 2023, and receive a maximum annaul benefit of 17,500 a year when they retire.

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Gardening: Is Neem oil banned?

A debate sprouted on our Twitter feed about whether neem oil is a banned pesticide. Health Canada settles the dispute. Plus Ed Lawrence's advice.

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Changing O Canada

Replacing a line in the national anthem from, in all thy sons command, to in all of us command. Love it, or leave it as is?

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Has the summer blockbuster ruined movies?

Hollywood has been strangled by its own success, says film prof James Brooke-Smith. The result is a constant stream of remakes, sequels and marketing campaigns.

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Should Canada pay ransom?

Two Canadians hostages have been executed in the Phillipines. The PM says, Canada will not pay ransom. An insider's view of the shadowy world of kidnappings and negotiations.

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Talking about rape, man-to-man

Conversations men are having about rape. Open lines with Andrew Bretz an English prof whose lectures about the depiction of rape in literature led him to try to change things on campus.

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Garden Days

A big country-wide celebration for gardeners this coming weekend, June 17-19. There are all kinds of events, tours and plant sales planned for Garden Days. Plus gardening with Ed Lawrence.

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Should the price a home sells for be listed online?

The Competition Tribunal says Toronto's real estate board stifles competition by limiting access to the data. Open lines with John Pasalis of Realosophy, a data-oriented realty firm that's been pushing.

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The shootings in Orlando

Openly gay Liberal MP Rob Oliphant reflects with callers on the deep sense of unease following the mass shooting in Orlando.

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Ottawa MS treatment yields impressive results

New research by 2 Ottawa doctors and published in The Lancet medical journal suggests a high-risk treatment may stop Multiple Sclerosis from progressing. Open lines with one of the lead physicians in the trial.

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Demon dialogues with teens

Parents and teens can get caught in conflicts that family therapist Sue Johnson calls demon dialogues, where talking just makes things worse. She says, parents have a responsibility to change the emotional tone. And if they can, their teens can change too

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How are you preparing for a Trump presidency?

Trump just got real. Enough delegates to win the Republican nomination and last week the endorsement of House Speaker Paul Ryan. It may be a long shot but he could take the White House.

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Does talking about suicide help or hurt?

Woodstock high school students walked out of class this morning after five teen suicides in the community. The students say they want schools to take more action. What conversations are helpful?

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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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Assisted dying: Who are you turning to?

After today's Supreme Court deadline, assisted dying will no longer be a criminal act in Canada, even though MPs have not passed a new law to regulate it.

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Can a couple recover from cheating?

Beyonce's latest album set the Internet ablaze, with its hints of infidelity by husband Jay Z. Open lines with psychologist and marital therapist Guy Grenier.

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Do you care if jail conditions are bad?

Ontario's minister of correctional services is vowing to fix problems at a notorious jail in Ottawa.

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Auto insurance: What do you get for $1 million?

Major changes to auto insurance kick in on June 1st. The cost of basic coverage will drop an average of 3.7 per cent. But so will the payout for catastrophic injuries, from $2 million to $1 million.

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Warming up to the new Conservatives?

Provincially and federally, Conservative parties are working to grow their support for the next election. Is it working to win you over - or win you back?

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Are Hip fans victims of crass capitalists?

Ticket re-sellers are beating Tragically Hip fans to the front of the line for tickets to what might be the band's final shows. Legal, but is it fair?

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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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What should legalization look like?

Toronto Police cracked down on pot dispensaries amid complaints that they were operating in a kind of wild west. By next year, recreational marijuana will be legal. So what should that look like?

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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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