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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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How should Canada handle North Korea?

What do President Donald Trump's threats of "fire and fury" against North Korea mean for Canada?

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Music and Indigenous youth

Meet Indigenous youth who are finding deeper meaning in music — and finding their voices along the way.

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Black motherhood

Emily Bernard gives the history of black motherhood in North America.

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Geddy Lee, Rush and Le Studio

Geddy Lee looks back at the many albums Rush recorded at the famous Le Studio, which recently burned down in a fire.

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Your brain on games

Open lines with one of the first research scientists to find proof that you can lose grey matter by playing video games.

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Why let kids on social media before 13?

Parents decisions about launching their kids on Instragram, Snapchat, Facebook and online gaming. Open lines with IT professional Paul Davis of Social Networking Safety.

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Ready to go cashless?

Restarants, airlines and a growing number of customers are refusing to bother with bills and coins. Business owner David Segal predicts, 5 years from now it won't even be a topic of conversation.

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Gardening: MosaiCanada

Plus, lots of blooms but no zuccinis? No worries, says Ed Lawrence, Ontario Today's resident gardener.

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Hitchin' a ride

Adventures on the road.

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Growing up in the family business

The sacrifices, the stories and the lessons learned when family life revolves around a family firm.

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After Opioids

Opioids hijack your brain and change your ability to feel pleasure. So, is there life after an opioid addiction? with a former teen addict and a psychiatrist.

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Trapped on the tarmac: Should it be illegal?

Air Transat passengers spent 6 hours on the tarmac in Ottawa with no food or air conditioning.

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What are you harvesting?

Ed Lawrence is Ontario Today's resident gardener.

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Singlism: Is it time for more respect?

Statistics Canada says, there are now more people living on their own than households with couples raising children. Are singles getting a fair shake?

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Your workplace ever feel like this White House?

A job that lasts less than 2 weeks; everyone jumping ship. Sound familiar? Open lines with HR consultant Lisa Kay.

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Using your body to protect yourself

The link between obesity and childhood trauma and sexual abuse, with psychiatrist Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam.

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What the wet summer has cost business

Environment Canada is calling it the year of the big wet. Some seasonal businesses say they are hanging on by their fingernails.

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Gardening in the year of the "big wet"

Tomatoes and peppers are late. Ed Lawrence's advice on what to do about a water-logged garden.

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When you posed as somebody else

Open lines with a liar for hire, a security expert whom banks hire to test whether he can break in and steal stuff.

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Is CRISPR's gene-editing technology exciting or scary?

If you could change your genes to eliminate disease, maybe even your own, would you? Well, you can. Now what?

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What needs to change in foster care and group homes?

Rethinking foster care and group homes

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Tax fairness or tax grab?

The government wants to stop self-employed people from using private corporations to spread income among family members to save on tax.

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The CSI of horticulture

A call to our gardening show about Creelman lilies ignited excitement at the Royal Botantical Gardens in Burlington. Scientists there have been searching the globe for years for these flowers. Is the case finally solved?

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The worst restaurant customers

The stories restaurant staff tell after the customers leave, with restaurateur and author Jen Agg.

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Should doctors be forced to refer?

Ontario doctors who refuse to perform an assisted death are required to refer patients to a physician who will. Some argue that infringes on their constitutional rights.

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The end of car ownership

In an era of ride sharing and automated public transit and cars, predictions are fewer and fewer people will own cars. Many millenials are already there. So why own car?

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When police pull back

What happens when officers shy away from public scrutiny by being less pro-active in their policing to avoid complaints. Our guest says officers are changing their approach but not for the better.

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Interest rates up. Now what?

The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate for the first time in seven years. Was that the sound of the other shoe dropping?

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Gardening: Tangling with weeds

Keep 'em or rip 'em out? Advice from Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence.

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When did divorce guilt make you a bad parent?

Open lines with therapist Nataxja Cini on how guilt can change parenting for the worse.

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What doesn't work about your office work space?

Open lines with a Deloitte executive who redesigned the office workspace so that employees no longer have assigned desks.

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Are you warming up to electric cars?

Automakers are releasing more models for the masses, and the Ontario government will help you pay for them. Open lines with Cara Clairman, the head of Plug 'n Drive, on whether you're sold.

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Elder abuse : What did you see?

Ottawa lawyer Daniel Nassrallah was shocked to see a PSW punching his grandfather after installing a camera in his room at a long term care home.

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How to attract wildlife to your garden

What you plant can bring Hummingbirds, butterflies and tree frogs to your yard, and help create a habitat where native species thrive.

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The key to a restful vacation

Open lines with Alex Pang, author of Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less.

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What does Canada owe Omar Khadr?

An open line debate about whether $10.5m is fair compensation for what the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner went through.

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Kicked out of school: Was it fair?

Half of students expelled from Toronto schools are black. Open lines with lawyer Renatta Austin.

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Was Canada 150 a money-maker?

Politicians say every dollar they spend on anniversary celebrations generates more. But few callers saw a boost in sales.

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Gardening: A national flower for Canada

Master Gardeners of Ontario held a vote to choose to a national flower. Bunchberry is the winner. Plus gardening advice with Ed Lawrence.

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Marking Canada's big birthday

From duct tape to canoes, Canadians mark Canada 150 in fun and quirky ways.

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Compensated by the airline?

Get to know your rights when flights are delayed or cancelled. A former airline worker, on how to get cash compensation from the airlines.

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Your best photograph ever

Open lines with photographer Nikos Kokkas with Greece Photo Workshops. His first rule: there are no rules.

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What it takes to stop partying so hard

Open lines on the turning point when you're partying so hard that it hurts.

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Nearly 40 Ontario schools close this week

How you say goodbye to a school for good. Students at a Bruce County school walked out of closing ceremonies in one final act of defiance.

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Gardening for Canada 150

How gardeners are saying Happy Canada Day.

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Rita Celli's tribute to CBC broadcaster Sherry Drysdale

25-year veteran of the CBC dies of cancer.

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Metis artist Christi Belcourt calls reconciliation a farce

Why the Indigenous artist whose stained glass window on Parliament Hill commemorates residential school survivors and the 2008 apology has given up on Canada.

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Are celebrity moms distorting the truth about having babies?

Doctors say women in their 20s should start talking to their doctor about their biological clock. Are you having the biological clock talk?

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Care if it's fake?

Canadians buy an estimated $20b in counterfeit products. Very little is ever caught. Winners and losers in the counterfeit trade.

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Assisted death one year later

What's happened in the year since the federal government laid out the rules.

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Sticker shock over breaking your mortgage

Open lines with a lawyer about how to avoid a nasty surprise when you end your mortgage early.

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Gardening: Peonies and peony trees

Also Ed Lawrence's advice on hibiscus, hydrangeas and oriental poppies.

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What do you look for from superheroes?

Do you like your superheroes dark and serious or fun?

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How to get it right before it goes wrong, part 2

Our guest says your kids need connecdtion to you and adults in their community.

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What if Comey was a woman?

Can you relate to how James Comey froze in his meeting with the President, knowing that something was wrong, and hoping it would all end soon?

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Why roughhousing is good for kids

Psychologist Lawrence Cohen, co-author of The Art of Roughhousing, says playing war games and good guys versus bad guys helps kids make sense of aggression, morality and power.

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Fidget spinners, fun or dumb?

They're now in every classroom where they're not banned. Where do you stand?

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Gardening: Fall in love with flowers

A vegetable farmer asks Ed to help her love flowers the way she loves veggies.

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How big is the Comey bombshell?

Reaction to testimony by former U.S. FBI director James Comey.

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Getting it right before it goes wrong

Open lines with doctor and addictions expert Gabor Maté, on preventing addiction and overdose among teens.

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Do police belong in schools?

Open lines on the future of Toronto's School Resource Officer program.

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Does a rubber duck fit the bill?

Open lines on a plan to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with a giant floating rubber duckie, rented with a grant from the Ontario government.

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Recycling do's and don'ts

Inspectors are peeking in recycling bins in Toronto, looking for stuff that shouldn't be there. Are you getting the recycling right?

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It's gardening time

With Ed Lawrence

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Why didn't you go to grad?

Open lines with a PhD grad who ditched one, but went to her others, and now hands out diplomas at the college where she's a vice-president.

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The criminal next door

How do you treat offenders released from prison?

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Labour reform in Ontario

Did the government get it right? Open lines with advocates for small businesses and vulnerable workers.

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Where should pot be bought and sold?

Some have suggested the LCBO should sell it when it's legal. Open lines with a toxicologist with concerns about a one-stop shop.

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New Conservative leader

Did the party get it right? Open lines with strategist Jason Lietaer.

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Why the terrorist attacks on are your mind

28 Coptic Christians in Egypt are dead after gunmen opened fire on a bus, just days after a suicide bomber killed 22 in Manchester, England.

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Why white privilege is so difficult to talk about

Part 2: Reaction to a worksheet used to teach about the advantages that come with white skin.

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Teaching white privilege in school

How does it go over? Not so well for one Ottawa mother and her son.

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Cultural appropriation controversy

An editorial in an obscure magazine leads to a social media backlash and resignations. What has the story stirred up for you?

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Bullied over the breast?

The message that breast is best can end up shaming women. Correction: During this show, Prof. Courtney Jung said, no women in Scandinavia breastfeed exclusively. This is not true. Some Scandinavian women give their babies only breast milk.

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