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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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Rock moms and the stars they raised

Dave Grohl and his mother, Virginia, discuss her new book about rock moms.

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Feminism - 'stop blaming men'

Camille Paglia is never afraid to speak her mind — even when it rankles her fellow feminists.

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"God wasn't there"

William dedicated 22 years of his life to Mormonism, before he committed a serious sin.

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Mississauga mom fears for her son's safety at school prayers

A Mississauga mother says she fears for her eldest son's safety after a number of high-profile incidents targeting Muslim school prayers at the Peel District School Board.

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Free drugs for anyone under 24

Universal pharmacare was the big announcement in the Ontario budget. No co-payments, no deductibles, starting in January. Let the debate begin.

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Now that Kevin O'Leary is out

Who are you backing in the final days of the Conservative leadership race?

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Should schools police the lunch box?

An Ottawa student who brought a jam sandwich on white bread to school was sent home with a note, saying it wasn't nutritious enough.

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Is your age working against you?

Our guest says ageism is the most tolerated social bias, and the most pervasive form of discrimination there is.

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Gardening with chickens

Ed Lawrence's advice on backyard chickens, compost, forsythia.

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Who has a taste for the unicorn frappicino?

If it's just a fad, why buy it?

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Clandestine chickens

Breaking the law one egg at a time. Who's keeping chickens in the backyard?

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Should pot possession convictions be pardoned?

The government's plan to legalize marijuana doesn't include amnesty for past pot convictions. How does a criminal record for possession affect you?

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Should there be limits on what landlords can charge?

Ontario is expected to expand rent control beyond the current 1991 limit.

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Gardening: Starting sugar maples

Also advice on ant hills, forsythia, dog strangling vine, peonies and nematodes from Ontario Today`s resident gardener Ed Lawrence.

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So hot it hurts

Are you winning or losing in the hot housing market?

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The blue print for legalizing pot

On this day when the government puts out its plan to legalize marijuana, are you worried or excited? Open lines with psychiatrist Dr. Phil Tibbo.

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Any justification for airlines overbooking?

After that unbelievable drag-'em-out scene on a United Airlines plane, can anyone defend overbooked flights?

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Does PTSD excuse bad, even criminal behaviour?

Open lines with CAMH Chief of Forensic Psychiatry Dr. Sandy Simpson, on the delicate balance between understanding and excusing.

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One man's epic story to bring back the Vimy oaks

A 100 years ago, a soldier scooped up some acorns. Now their acorns return to Vimy. Plus the lengths you have gone to preserve a living legacy.

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Restoring trust in police

A judge has made 129 recommendations to improve police oversight. How far do they go toward restoring trust?

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Why visit a battlefield?

One hundred years after the Battle of Vimy Ridge, 1000s of Canadians are making pilgrimmages. Why go so far to visit a battlefield or a war cemetary?

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Buying before it's built

What do you wish you'd known? Open lines with a top lawyer who has a lot of experience taking condo developers to court

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No NHL players at the Olympics

Is it the right decision?

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Gardening

Gardening with Ed Lawrence.

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The Sunshine List

Why you click on it?

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Boo Boo the cat, back with its owner

The owner of the cat that went missing from its California home 4 years ago talks with Rita Celli moments after an emotional reunion in Buffalo.

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Animal stories that put Disney to shame

Boo Boo the cat is back with its owner. The Guelph Humane Society delivered the California cat back to family after it went missing for 4 years and turned up in Puslinch, Ontario.

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Disappearing Life Lines

What vanished, what was lost when the school, gas station or bank closed in your town?

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Why the opposition parties are up in arms

Time limits on debate. Friday's off. One day to question the Prime Minister. Are the proposed changes to House rules a step forward or back?

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Parent to parent

Open lines with Sean O'Leary, the Kanata father of a teen who is addicted to opioids.

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Gardening with Ed

From 60-year-old cacti to rats in the compost. Advice from Ontario Today's resident gardener, Ed Lawrence, on all things green.

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Broken elevators

How long did you wait for repairs? Ontario MPP Han Dong says it's time to bring in time limits when it comes to repairs.

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Who is the Trump in your family?

It's an extraordinary blended family. Which member are you most fixated on? The favoured daughter? The son who idiolizes dad? The wife explaining her husband?

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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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