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Julian Assange

In a Canadian broadcast exclusive, controversial WikiLeaks founder joins Jian Ghomeshi on the phone from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

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Hardwired to ignore climate change

If climate change presents a grave threat, why don't we respond to it that way?

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No delivery due to bear

Meet the Canada Post worker who wrote the 'Bear at Door' non-delivery slip.

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Texting and driving - a lethal mix

An Ontario study suggests teenagers know it's dangerous to text while driving and that's a behaviour they can't seem to change.

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Call of the Day: Juror haunted by Truscott trial

Criminal lawyer John Rosen is Ontario Today's guest: Defending the Indefensible

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Defending the indefensible: Why bother?

As the Magnotta trial gets underway, we open the lines with John Rosen, the lawyer who defended Paul Bernardo.

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EI break for small business: Who is it really helping?

The Federal government is giving small businesses a break on EI premiums, promising it'll create more jobs. Some business owners disagree. So who really benefits from this extra 500 million.

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Call of the Day: Hey sexy traveller

Hate baggage fees? Try this new look. Ontario Today asks why people won't pay 25 dollars to check bag

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Gardening: Second-time-around show

Callers describe the forsythia, roses and rudbeckia showing off in their gardens this fall. Plus the straight goods on gardening from Ontario Today's own gardener Ed Lawrence.

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Why won't you pay 25 dollars to check your bags?

Porter, WestJet, and now Air Canada are charging a new fee to check a bag on flights within this country. Open lines with Globe Travel Editor Domini Clark.

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How to get a good deal on a car

Next to a house, a car is one of the biggest purchases you make. Open lines with an expert who teaches courses on how to negotiate a good price on a vehicle. Viraf Baliwalla of Automall Network can help you detect when so

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What do you sing when you sing O Canada?

Liberal MP Mauril Belanger wants to change the lyrics to O Canada from "True patriot love in all thy sons command" to "True patriot love, in all of us command."

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Benefits for PTSD for first responders

Seeing horrific things is part of the job for many police officers, paramedics and firefighters. It's estimated one in four paramedics suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. But the condition isn't covered by

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Call of the Day: I want to call the shots

Tess says psychiatric care too much about control not enough about getting better Ontario Today asks is psychiatric care getting better.

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Is psychiatric care getting better?

In a candid new memoir, Dr. Paul Garfinkel, psychiatrist and founder of CAMH, chronicles how the pendulum swung from psychoanalysis to drugs as the treatment of choice.

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Why you buy illegal smokes

The Federal government wants to crack down on contraband tobacco. There is a bill in Senate hearings now that would criminalize it. Currently, you can be fined under tax law. Under this new law, repeat offenders would face mandatory minimum jail time.

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Gardening on the last day of summer

As the calendar clicks over, we officially say hello to autumn with Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence.

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What is a trustee's expense account for?

A $28 cookie? A MacBook ? A trip to Israel? Toronto school trustees are doing a lot of explaining. No trustee in Ontario gets paid much for doing the job. Is it petty or fair to watch every dime of their publicly s

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Is this what deportation from Canada looks like?

Refugee claimant Jamila Bibi was handcuffs and clinging to a friend at the airport just before she was deported back to Pakistan. A federal judge was not persuaded she would face danger there over accusatio

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Call of the Day: My work is so stingy

Always take back the lettuce! Ontario Today: Is stinginess a second chance for a company or is it the smell of death?

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Stinginess: Second chance or smell of death?

3G, the Brazilian company behind the takeover of Tim Horton's and Heinz is known for its hard-nosed attention to the bottom line, right down to counting sheets of paper. Their hiring philosophy is called PSD, w

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Should drivers pay more to build subways, buses and light rail?

Everyone hates gridlock.The question is: Who should pay to make things better? Open lines with a professor who says drivers should pay. Want a new car? Add another 20 grand for a license to b

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McGuinty lobbying Ontario Provincial Government

Former premier Dalton McGuinty is lobbying the Ministry of Education on behalf of a tech company. It's legal. But is it right?

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Call of the Day: First joint at 12 years old

Pot easier for kids to get than booze Ontario Today asks "Is smoking pot dangerous for teens?"

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Is marijuana a dream stealer?

In a day and age when politicians want to legalize it and doctors prescribe it, how do you talk with your kids about the dangers of smoking pot? A paper published this month in the medical journal The Lancet - Psychiatry foun

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Ford gets her vote for the first time

Call of the Day: Woman explains why Fords have won her over. Ontario Today asks "What's Up Toronto

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Gardening: From Rideau Hall to your rose bed

Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence on how to grow garden fit for the GG.

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The Ford Shuffle

Doug Ford steps in where Rob Ford steps out. Michael Ford steps out and Rob Ford steps in. Is it crazy town all over again?

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Ray Rice video reminds me of my life

Why it's never over, even when you leave Call of the Day; Ontario Today

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Ray Rice: Can we ever get ahead of domestic assault?

The Ray Rice story is sadly familiar. A football league is under fire for not taking an assault seriously. A woman is standing by her man. It could be you or someone you know. What have you learned about domestic violence in your own life?

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Do you care that the Franklin shipwreck is found?

The British explorer's ships have been lost in the Arctic for nearly 170 years. This week one ship was found! Does it matter to you? Open lines with John Geiger, CEO of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and co-author of Frozen In Time:

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The Art of Complaining with Phil Edmonston

Trouble getting action on your complaint? Open lines with the Lemon-Aid car guy on how to complain and get somewhere when your car is a dud.

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Why movies make us cry?

Open lines with Jim Davies, the author of Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe.

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Gardening: Eye-poppingly beautiful

Peony-sized dahlias, zinnias that look like a party at the pool and stunning rudbeckia. Callers to Ontario Today describe their September gardens in all their glory.

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Pick and Pay: Thumbs up or down?

There are 100s of channels but the average person only watches 17. As the CRTC starts hearings about whether people should be able to pick and pay for the channels they want, Ontario Today asks callers if they like it.

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Actor says Canadian content doesn't matter

Sudbury actor Steph Paquette of Hard Rock Medical tells Ontario Today it's more important that film and TV producers hire here.

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Film and TV: Does it matter if they're made here?

Film and TV: Does it matter if they're made here?

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Full-day kindergarten: Is it working for you?

Puppets, Lego and a huge price tag. Full-day kindergarten is now offered right across Ontario. Open lines with Minister of Education Liz Sandals

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Dry Frosh Week from Medic's Perspective

Medic from London tells Ontario Today his experience off-campus taking drunk students to hospital.

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Is a dry frosh week realistic?

No sex, booze or drugs. That's what some univerities want. But is it realistic? What really happens on campus when frosh leave home.

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Caught driving while on the cell phone

Driver tells Ontario Today the fine made him stop and think about the danger.

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Gardening: Donating some of your harvest

A growing number of communities are supplying foodbanks and soup kitchens with fresh produce.

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Distracted driving: Why do you do it?

The OPP were targeting distracted drivers over the long weekend. In future, drivers caught texting or peering at their iPad will be docked three points and fined up to a $1000 under new legislation being introduced.

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Does annonymity protect victims of sexual assault?

A victim of sexual assault never has to be identified in public. In practice, there is an automatic publication ban on their names in criminal cases. However annonymity is rare in civil cases. Does it protect victims or add to the stigma of the crime?

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Should Catholic school students have to take religion?

Open lines with a professor who instructs would-be teachers in religious studies. John Podgorski says students should not only take religion in Catholic schools but that it should be mandatory in public schools too. Would all students benefit from a bit o

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Workplace mistakes

What was the worst mistake you made on the job? Do you feel you got off easy or that you paid too high a price? Open lines with employment lawyer Janice Rubin.

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Gardening: Aphids on tamarack

Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence explains how to tackle a tamarack tree with aphid infestation.

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Burger King in talks to buy Tim Hortons

The new fast food giant would be based in Canada. Does it matter to you who owns this iconic brand?

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The Talk about being black

Clashes over the shooting of Michael Brown aren't just about life in Missouri. It hits close to home for many black families. An open lines on the Talk you've had with your kids about being black.

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Who is in charge? Man or beast?

Raccoons in the attic. Bears in the backyard. Who do you call? Rob Ford and those who are more fond of wildlife agree on one thing. There needs to be better a solution.

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Do you feel like a hypocrite reciting an oath to the queen?

Open lines with the lawyer who fought, lost and still wants to get the Supreme Court to rule on who should or shouldn't be forced to swear allegiance.

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Why you want to know your risk for a serious disease

A genetic counsellor explains what's at stake with the growing number of tests predicting future diseases. Open lines on knowing ahead of time.

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What scars do you refuse to cover up?

A mother of five was sunning herself on the beach in her bikini, when strangers started making fun of her stretch marks. Her story prompts a larger conversation about our so-called imperfections.

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Is it important to mark the anniversaries of war?

It's 100 years since Canadians marched off to WWI. It's 75 years since the second. Does marking these anniversaries teach us anything about how to respond to the world's current conflicts?

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Sharks: Monsters or amazing?

Open lines with a Florida researcher who's studied global shark attacks back to the 1500s. Plus a woman who lost her arm to a shark and still adores this creature. What is it about sharks that casts a spell?

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Remembering Robin Williams

The beloved comic and actor is dead at 63. How can someone who made people so happy be so sad inside?

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Gardening after the gardener's been away

Things overgrown and falling over in your garden? Gardening expert Ed Lawrence returns to help you with your horticultural challenges.

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Exotic diseases are on your mind?

Ebola in West Africa may be the least of your worries. You may be taking more of a chance going to places like Mexico, Cuba, the Middle East. An infectious disease specialist puts health warnings in perspective.

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Why should the voting age be lowered to 16?

Scotland is allowing 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in its upcoming referendum. But will it result in better voter turnout?

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High on the job?

A growing number of medical marijuana users need to be accomodated under Canadian employment law.What do you make, of medical marijuana at work?

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Do Fathers Matter?

Paul Praeburn tells us what science can teach us about the parent we've overlooked

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Gardening phone in

Paul Zammit is our guest gardener, filling in for Ed Lawrence

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Summer break is halfway over

how are you enjoying your summer job? Is it all you dreamed of - or a complete nightmare? What was your worst summer job?

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Face to face with wild animals

Playing harmonica to a moose. A bear shows up at a marriage proposal. Your never-forget-it encounters with the wild.

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