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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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Found: a 17th century map stuffed in a Scottish chimney

You never quite know what you might find when you're renovating your house.

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Gamergate and the "alt-right"

Emma Vosen looks to gamer culture as a microcosm of how sexism is seeded and replicated within broader society.

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You're a bad driver

Even with hands-free devices, you're still a distracted driver

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The joys of playing Lorelai Gilmore

The Gilmore Girls star discusses the past, present and potential future of the cult TV show which just returned as a Netflix miniseries.

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Sounds of the Season: A story for a song

The Juliet Singers and Normand Glaude take requests for songs that hold special meaning this time of year, while we raise money for food banks.

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Can you have church without God?

The United Church of Canada has declared the minister of a Toronto congregation unsuitable because she does not believe in God.

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Castro: Hero or Villain?

The ashes of Fidel Castro are travelling through Cuba in advance of his funeral later this week. Will you remember him as a hero or a villain?

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Should there be a minimum age for recreational pot?

A federal task force is expected to recommend one to cabinet. Open lines with Dr. Jeff Blackmer of the Canadian Medical Association.

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Gardening: Don't give up this time of year

Still lots you can do in the garden, says Ed Lawrence, such as seeding grass, transplanting lilacs, pruning, planting garlic.

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Should the CFL give up on Toronto?

Ottawa is over the moon over a Grey Cup victory. Meanwhile in Toronto, they were giving away tickets to fill the stadium. Open lines with Drew Edwards, editor of 3 Down Nation.

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Road tolls: love 'em or hate 'em?

While Toronto decides whether to charge tolls on the DVP and the Gardiner, callers debate whether they're willing to pay.

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Keeping the thought bubble to yourself

Being diplomatic and still yourself. Stories about the times you have held your tongue.

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Words that hurt

Real stories from real people who have been the targets of words that hurt.

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Why child support is so frustrating

The government office responsible for enforcing child and spousal support in Ontario tops the list for complaints. Does it have to be this way?

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Gardening: After the first snow

The Toronto Botanical Garden's Paul Zammit on what you can still rescue from the garden; raccoons in the compost; paper whites and amaryllis.

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Nominating Canada's national bird

A case for the gray jay. intelligent friendly.

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The song that won't quit

The songs that stay with you, with Ottawa native and Nashville-based Trevor Finlay, a Canadian guitarist who tours with Tiffany.

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Why not get the flu shot?

It's free. It`s the best defence we have against something that can be serious, even fatal. So why give it a pass?

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Marijuana and the legal grey zone

Open lines with a drug policy researcher with the Washington Office on Latin America, a group that advocates for marijuana legalization.

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Job after job after job: Get used to it?

The Finance Minister says, short-term jobs are the new norm. Get used it. Should you just get used to it?

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Gardening: Growing salad greens indoors

Toronto Botanical Garden's Paul Zammit on how to grow fresh sprouts such as pea sprouts and arugula in plastic clam shells.

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The return of photo radar: Good news or bad?

Municipalities want to crack down on speeders in school zones and areas around daycares, parks, seniors' homes and hospitals.

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Left out of Remembrance Day?

Retired soldier Stephen Gallard held a service for people who've been affected by war but feel left out on Remembrance Day.

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Utter shock, optimistic about Trump presidency

A special two-hour edition of Ontario Today, open lines on the election of Donald Trump.

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Housing for adults with developmental disabilities

Families wait decades for a home for adult children. The Ombudsman says, Ontario is making a sincere attempt to make things better. Is it?

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Gardening: Winter container arrangements

Toronto Botanical Garden director Paul Zammit on how to brighten up November with some classy urns and containers.

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Why drivers hit pedestrians

In Toronto, 36 pedestrians have been killed by drivers so far this year. Hospitals expect to see more since the switch to Daylight Savings Time.

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First dates that got off to awkward start

British comedian Laura Bubble sent unsuspecting blind dates on the run by turning up in a wedding dress. Your stories of awkward first dates.

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Does no mean no?

Why is consent still a debate? The law is clear. But the word or gesture is not always understood as a game-stopper.

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Injured workers confront WSIB

A chance to hear directly from the President of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Tom Teahan.

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The risks and rewards of surrogacy

The story of an Ottawa woman who has been a surrogate for 5 Norwegian couples raises all kinds of legal questions, such as who should pay.

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Gardening season far from over

Guest gardener Paul Zammit from the Toronto Botanical Garden on all the things you can still do even when the weather is nippy.

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The worst halloween treat ever

Molasses kisses, Big Turk, licorice Twizzlers. What candy is left at the bottom of your pillowcase?

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What's up with creepy clowns?

A creepy clown prankster with a Youtube channel; a clown school drop-out; a professional clown who is sad that he scares children.

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Campus hijinks: Source of regret or a laugh?

A lewd pub crawl for at the University of Ottawa made national news. What memories and feelings does it dredge up for you?

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Has the WSIB let you down?

A paramedic near Ottawa says the WSIB is unfairly alleging a pre-existing condition as a reason to deny him benefits. Has it happened to you? Open lines with lawyer Maryth Yachnin.

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Nursing home deaths

A former Woodstock, Ontario nurse has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of eight elderly people. Open lines with Jane Meadus, staff lawyer with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly.

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Squirrels that give the walnut tree a pass, in favour of the pumpkin on the porch. Your battles with the little beasts in your yard this season.

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Supermarket secrets

A dumpster full of fresh greens, wheels of cheese, tubs of yogurt. How much food from the grocery store ends up as waste?

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Hello Goodbye

The most memorable hello or goodbye from the screenplay of your life, with Dale Curd, the host of the CBC reality TV show, Hello Goodbye.

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How would you write the headlines?

After the final debate, US election is into the home stretch with talk of rigged votes; not conceding the election; and name-calling.

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What's fair for an NCR offender?

Four times, a court has declared Jeff Weber not criminally responsible, too disturbed to know right from wrong. Are we striking the right balance between the rights of an offender and public safety?

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Garden still thinks it's summer?

With temperatures going into the 20s in parts of Ontario this week, gardens are looking pretty good for mid-October.

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Who should replace Harper?

The Conservative leadership race is attracting a lot of contenders. Who should be the next federal leader? with Jim Farney, author of Conservatism in Canada.

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If we can love a robot, can we also hurt one?

From Westworld to robots to keep lonely people company. Why the way we treat machines may be the biggest test of our humanity.

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My 8 year old wants to be vegan

The family eats meat, dairy and eggs. But their 8-year-old says he's vegan. Open lines with registered dietitian Leslie Beck.

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Does a little shame go a long way?

Some say Trump has none. Can a bit of public shaming be a good thing?

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Gardening: A mystery involving dahlias

Plus, same plant, different blooms.

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Does a little shame go a long way?

Some say Trump has none. Can a bit of public shaming be a good thing?

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Gardening: A mystery involving a dahlia

Plus, same plant, different blooms, and other questions.

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Ontario campuses drowning in mental health needs

Universities say they're overwhelmed by the growing need for mental health services. Was help there when you needed it?

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How to spot a liar

Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting: Proven techniques to detect deception, trains insurance investigators, banks and investors on how to get to the truth.

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Are you sweet or sour on airbnb?

It`s being blamed for making Toronto a less affordable place to live. But more and more people are cashing in on short term rentals.

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Do you believe Maryam Monsef didn't know?

The Liberal minister recently revealed she had a different birthplace. She is often called Canada's first Afghan minister. So does it matter?

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Gardening: Banana peels for bulbs

A sure fire way to keep squirrels from digging up your tulip bulbs, listener says. Plus more gardening advice from Ed Lawrence.

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Ontario boosted its minimum wage

But will fifteen cents an hour more add up for you?

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Why have curves gone out of style?

A new boxy straight-lined addition to the Chateau Laurier incited online fury. Is it about the lack of curves?

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Three parent babies

A five month old boy born thanks to a controversial fertility procedure. Medical, legal and ethical questions abound. Are we ready for a baby born of 3 parents?

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Three parent babies

A five month old boy born thanks to a controversial fertility procedure. Medical, legal and ethical questions abound. Are we ready for a baby born of 3 parents?

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Is the glass ceiling still dusty?

Can the way couples divide chores make or break a marriage?

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Round one: Trump vs Clinton

The exchanges that tipped opinion in the first presidential debate.

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The shortage of airport wheelchairs

How difficult is it to get a wheelchair at the airport? Open lines with a personal injury lawyer.

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Brangelina: Is marriage a relationship killer?

This celebrity couple once opposed to marriage, then did it for the kids. What changes when people marry?

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Are videos of police killings helping or hurting?

US journalist and activist April Reign says these videos are tantamount to snuff films, shared thousands of times, to the point of being debilitating.

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Technology that tracks you

From sex toys to fitness monitors, privacy is not sacred. Why we don't care that apps, thermostats and cameras are following our every move.

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What Canadian values would you choose?

Too dangerous to talk about? Or maybe there are a few that should be carved into stone.

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150th anniversary tulip

The sales of the limited edition red and white tulips marking Canada's 150th anniversary have been overwhelming, says retailer.

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Should drivers give to panhandlers?

The OPP in Ottawa are asking drivers to stop giving to panhandlers at highway off-ramps. Open lines on why you give or don't when you're behind the wheel.

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Vaccines and who should get them

A general surgeon and mother argues for serious consequences for choosing not be vaccinated, like not being able to attend public school.

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Sickness, secrecy, and when it backfires

Hillary Clinton's secret pneumonia ended up creating a set back for her campaign. Open lines on what you tell your boss, with lawyer Lauren Bernardi.

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Why the Superhuman video is creating debate

The Rio Paralympics video We're The Superhumans is being called inspiration porn. It's meant to be inspirational. Is it offensive?

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

From dividing hostas to keeping avocado trees alive. Ontario Today's resident gardener has an answer to your gardening challenges.

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Can the throne speech win you over?

The Ontario government is promising to provide rebates to help offset high electricity rates. Open lines with political journalist Robert Fisher.

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Intervening in sexual violence

The government is committing $1.7M to train servers and bartenders to spot and stop sexual violence. Your stories of stepping in, with restaurateur and writer Jen Agg.

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Catching law breakers on film

Is it vigilante justice or good citizenship? Open lines with motorcyclist who filmed a texting driver and lawyer Anne London-Weinstein.

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The dangers of fentanyl

Doctors and police are warning of a crisis as Ontario communities report a record year for police seizures of bootleg fentanyl, a black market opiod many times more toxic than morphine.

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Gardening: Best buys

A stunning dahlia from a discount bin. Plus your best buys and advice from Ed Lawrence, Ontario Today's resident gardener.

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Are air shows thrilling or chilling?

Toronto filmmaker Maya Bastian recorded people's reactions at the Canadian International Air Show, as planes tore up the sky.

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