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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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The appearance of force

David takes a closer look at the New Year's Eve proposal video with a forensic psychologist and the TV host who was there that night.

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Quitting chemo

Quebec TV host Josée Blanchette decided to quit chemo therapy and a storm of controversy followed.

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The opioid crisis and men

According to the BC Coroners Service, of the 914 people who died in 2016 from illicit drug overdoses, 738 were men.

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A superbug resistant to 26 different antibiotics

It's time to prepare for a post-antibiotic future.

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Adding colour to winter garden

Spray paint dried out Annabelle hydrangea and chrysanthemum blossoms to add colour to your snow-covered garden.

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Why an avalanche in Italy is on your mind

Earthquakes, an avalanche, a Canadian hotel owner in Abbruzzo and Italian Canadians raising money for their homeland.

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Headlines missing something in leadership race?

Two Conservative contenders are hogging the limelight. Want to hear more about the other 12 who want Justin Trudeau's job?

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Barack Obama, the man

Why the President made a lasting impression.

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Gardening on Blue Monday

Countering the gloomiest day of the year with advice on how to grow a pineapple, a yucca plant, overwintering geraniums, King Protea flowers.

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What's the coolest thing you've seen in a winter sky?

A dad in North Bay got up in the night with his toddler and witnessed light beams shimmering red, green and yellow in the sky.

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Weirdest dinner mash up ever

The unlikely duo Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart cooking together? Stories of the oddest dinner parties, with columnist David Eddie.

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A guaranteed basic income

The Province is looking for municipalities to pilot a program that would make sure no one falls below a set income. Could it help people break out of poverty?

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Why Joseph Boyden's ancestry matters

A roiling debate within Indigenous communities over this popular, award-winning novelist. Open lines with Russell Diabo.

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Killed while walking

There were 43 pedestrian fatalities in Toronto last year. Some drivers walk away with a fine of $1,000. Should the penalties be stiffer?

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Gardening Ed Lawrence

Advice on dry house plants, growing rhubarb, Allamanda Yellow Bells, ficus benjamina and much more.

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Are calories on the menu changing your order?

As of Jan. 1st any Ontario restaurant with more than 20 locations must list all the calories on the menu. What difference is it making?

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Is sober the only solution for alcoholics?

A controversial treatment program that gives as much as three litres a day of booze to hardcore alcoholics.

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Lessons from failure

The professor who invited Monica Lewinksy, an Enron exec and the trader behind the Barings Bank collapse to speak to business students.

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Christmas plants: Keep or pitch?

Once the amaryllis has bloomed and the poinsettia is dropping leaves, are they destined for the compost? Ed Lawrence explains what to do.

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Cap and trade is here: Do you care?

It costs 4 cents a litre more to fuel up, 5 dollars a month more to heat your home. Not much, says the Environment Minister. Not everyone agrees.

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Away from home for the holidays

From Germany to China: How you bring a little bit of home to holiday celebrations when home is only in your dreams.

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Any good movies this year?

2016 was, by some accounts, a disappointing year for film. But movie reviewer Karen Gordon has a few gems you don't want to miss.

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Is giving grandparents rights a good idea?

New Ontario legislation gives grandparents the right to take their own kids to court to get access to their grandkids. Families react to the news.

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Satirical holiday decor: Funny or offensive?

In the spirit of the hipster age, a nativity set with Joseph snapping a selfie, Mary puckering her face, and the wise men carrying Amazon packages.

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Best and worst Christmas trees

Plus advice from Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence.

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No turkey?!!

Why your family is debating whether to cook the bird.

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Does an ugly sweater make your spirits bright?

Open lines with the owner of RetroFestive, an Oakville store where ugly Christmas sweaters are flying off the racks.

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Rental nightmares

It took a Kingston landlord 6 months to evict tenants who kept farm animals in the house. Advice from a tenancy lawyer who has seen it all.

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Child protection: Is that all there is?

What's working and what's not? Open lines with Ontario's Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth and a former CAS worker.

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Why can't police say they're sorry?

Police in Ottawa are facing criticism after returning a nine-year-old boy to a home where he was shackled and starved. Open lines with a former deputy chief of police in Ottawa, Larry Hill.

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Expert advice on growing Thai cilantro, bird of paradise flower, lemon trees, columnar trees around the pool, hibiscus, cinnamon cactus and anthurium.

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Why the story of Viola Desmond matters

She was the first black woman to legally challenge racial segregation in Canada, now in a new place of honour on the 10 dollar bill.

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Stories of unexpected kindness

Strangers circle around an anxious man on a Toronto subway, and the woman who shared their story, as we raise money for food banks.

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Are gift cards junk?

Nearly a decade after Ontario banned expiry dates on gift cards, there are still loopholes that whittle them down to nothing and lots that go unspent.

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Should we dismiss the chanters?

You do so at your peril, says Brian Gorman. Don't dismiss the crowd that chanted lock-her-up at a protest outside the Alberta legislature.

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When something isn't right, do you step in?

An Ottawa woman called police when a boy showed up at her door and she suspected he was a victim of child abuse. The police sent him home.

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Advice from Ontario Today's resident gardener about Christmas cactus, fig trees, ranunculus, and what to do if donkeys eats your pine trees.

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Air Miles tries to make up

Air Miles cancelled its controversial expiry policy on its loyalty points program. But are collectors any better off?

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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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