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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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Took his own life after being bullied on the job

Robert Duhaime’s employer denies bullying, but Workers’ Compensation Board has ruled differently.

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The sticky story of gum

It conquered our planet and today chewing gum is fighting just to survive.

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Adventures in medicine

Dr. Lori Regenstrief took a job as the doctor on a luxury cruise liner and ended up having to treat herself.

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The eating disorder voice inside

Belle has a voice inside her head that torments her with messages of self-hate. She turns to food to feel better.

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Gotta go and no public toilet?

Stories of discrimation; going in parking lots and poison sumac; carting a potty to the park; and getting locked in a self-cleaning toilet.

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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath: Election 2018

Leader talks about NDP candidates with controversial views and whether a Hydro One buy-back would reduce electricity bills.

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Extreme cost of diabetes: 2,000 amputations in Ontario a year

A rare first-person perspective from a woman who lost both feet; plus stories of what's not covered and who's falling through the cracks.

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Mammoth gardening projects

Transplanting tulips; replacing grass with flowers; getting grass growing; building flower boxes; and starting from scratch when all you have is mud.

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Harry and Meghan: Is this royal story different?

The walk down the aisle, the love story; the race; the difficult family. Even people who don't follow the royals are talking about this couple.

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Wynne on hospital overcrowding: cut administration, reinvest in front line

Ontario's Liberal Leader takes questions, says investing billions in homecare, midwives, support workers has how changed how healthcare is delivered.

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Teens debate lowering voting age to 16

Open lines with two 17-year-olds at Sir Allan MacNab Secondary in Hamilton, Mohamed Ali and Marissa Dann, along with Rutgers psychology Prof. Daniel Hart.

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Behind bars until 100: Justice or vengeance?

Debating consecutive sentences for extreme crimes with Sen. Kim Pate.

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Gardening: Dog ate my rose bush

Magnolia or lilac not blooming? Growing hot peppers? Hear Ed Lawrence's answers.

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Is increasing minimum wage making a difference?

Harder to hire lifeguards. Roommate can afford an eye appointment.

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Does Childish Gambino's This is America go too far?

Why people are debating this beautiful and violent video.

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NHL goalie, hospital CEO: Mental illness gets short end of stick

Corey Hirsch and the head of CAMH Dr. Catherine Zahn on how differently mental and physical illness are treated.

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Baffled, frustrated voters explain why they're undecided

Hear the voters politicians are trying to get on side.

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Ontario leaders debate #1: Highlights and reaction

The lines people are still talking about the next day.

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Gardening: Lawn full of moss or weeds?

Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence explains how to get grass growing.

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Ford dumps Granic Allen: Why is matters

Social conservative disappointed. Other PC caller happy but concerned about losing Granic Allen's supporters.

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Dr. Brian Goldman: The Power of Kindness

What we learn from the times we should have shown more empathy.

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Scared, attacked inmates and correctional officers

Insiders tell what's really behind the rise in violence behind bars.

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Should we scrap EQAO standardized tests?

A report recommends Ontario phase out some tests. Hear why people love or hate them.

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Exploring the dark side of the internet

A forensic psychologist and callers on what pushes people to do terrible things in the real world.

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Gardening: Slugs, Rose of Sharon, apple scab

Plus Ed Lawrence's advice on cats in the garden and green fungus on rhododendrons.

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Millennials still dream of owning home

Ontario Real Estate Association launch campaign to get government to help make owning more affordable.

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Humboldt, Toronto: When public mourning gets complicated

Who do we lower a flag for? Who do we raise money for?

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Patients in washrooms, closets, hallways

What overcrowding in hospitals looks like in Ontario.

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The police officer who didn't shoot

The take down in the Toronto van attack, and why everyone is talking about Constable Ken Lam.

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Reflections the day after the Toronto van attack

Politicians, callers and a trauma psychologist try to make sense of what happened.

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Gardening: Spring, finally

Getting flower beds ready. Dealing with invasive weeds. Plus more advice from Ontario Today`s resident gardener.

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Plastics that drive you mad

Bottles, hot meal packaging, utensils, soaps. The federal government is looking for ideas about what to do about all the plastic we throw out.

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Selling a Chagall: Did the National Gallery do the right thing?

A debate over two art treasures and the mystery around how they're being sold.

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Should you shield kids from tragic news?

Some parents do. Some don't. Psychologist says, kids are more resilient than you think.

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Teachers on what really happens in sex ed class

How they talk with students about anal or oral sex, pornography and gender fluidity.

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Ever wonder who is skeptical about climate change?

Host Rita Celli asks real people to try to explain their 'non-mainstream' thinking.

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Gardening: Ice storm damage

What to do about broken branches and frozen buds, from Toronto Botanical Garden's Paul Zammit.

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Ice storm: Trees down, brewery truck shares beer

Stories from the storm that held Ontario in its icy grip.

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Former GG: Charities rely on shrinking pool of aging donors

RHF research shows 75% of donations come from people 50 and older. Discussion of why people don't give.

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Overheard on social media: Are they listening to us?

Chat with friends and suddenly getting targeted ads for Prosecco, cheese and crackers.

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Zuckerberg's apologies, business model, policing thoughts

Reaction to the Facebook founder's testimony in Washington.

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Pornography, marriage, gender: What's really taught in Ontario schools?

An expert takes questions on Ontario's sex ed curriculum.

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Going on after Humboldt

When a child dies it shakes you to the core. Parents share their stories of healing.

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The online survey for Aeroplan, and the questions it raises

Open lines with the president of the market research company behind a controversial online questionnaire.

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Ontario smokers explain why they buy illegal cigarettes

Bought legal until when taxes jumped, now feeling like second-class citizens.

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The politics of free

Technicially nothing is free. Who gets excited by the promises of free tuition, free pre-school, free medication or dental care?

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Gardening advice from Ed Lawrence

Grubs in the grass, bulbs, pruning lilacs and tiny carrots.

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Week 5: Strike at York University

York University Provost, students whose classes are cancelled, and the union.

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The Liberals' big promise on childcare

The economist who makes a case for free daycare for pre-schoolers, and callers' reactions to this election promise.

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Marketing yourself to find a home

Are personal appeals to landlords or sellers a turn off or the thing that seals the deal?

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Gun owners debate Liberal's revamp of gun laws

Backdoor registry? Should RCMP classify firearms? Track ammunition sales?

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Gardening: Ed Lawrence's advice

Five easy steps for wintering house plants. Plus how to care for patio blueberries, balcony cedars, holly and hoya.

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BNL reunite with Steven Page for a night

Why fans tuned in to the Junos just to see the iconic band back together again.

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What's really going on during lunch at your kid's school?

Eating in the washrooms; bullying; chaos; one adult per 100 kids.

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Why you hate the carbon tax

Post Patrick Brown, Ontario PC's dump a carbon tax. A chance to hear from voters who support the move.

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Why not everyone is in love with The Shape of Water

The Oscar-winning film gets mixed reviews over its portrayal of a character with disability.

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Cambridge Analytica: If you love Facebook, now what?

Facebook users shaken but not ready to give it up

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Gardening: Spring is almost here

Ed Lawrence's advice on growing tulips, grass, sweet potatoes and more.

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Ontario Liberals lay out priorities

In the Throne Speech, the Wynne government promises to reduce hospital wait times, improve mental-health care and childcare services.

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Talking about Hawking with Canadian Nobel laureate

Canadian astrophysicist Art McDonald and callers reflect on Stephen Hawking's influence.

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Sore losers: What you learn the hard way

Stories of losing it after a loss, and learning to lose with grace.

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What #MeToo is dredging up in relationships

Accusations in the news turn into arguments in the home.

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Disciplining kids, do parents ever get it right?

The world has weighed in on a parent who made her kids walk 7 km to school. How do the rest of us measure up?

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PCs conflicted over Doug Ford as leader

One Conservative caller says she feels sick to her stomach. Another says Ford is the best person to defeat the Liberals.

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Virtue and Moir: Why can't men and women just be friends?

Their steamy performance on ice has others assuming there's something else going on. The eternal debate with callers and their personal stories.

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Christine Elliott: Caller says no carbon tax nothing to be proud of

Callers question PC leadership candidate over carbon tax, sex ed and Catholic school funding.

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Gardening: Magnolias, rhododendrons at risk

Frostier weather after spring temperatures nips some plants in the bud.

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Closing the wage gap: Manager says women never ask for more money

Would revealing salaries make pay equity a reality? Open lines on Ontario's new pay transparency bill.

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PC leadership hopeful Tanya Granic Allen: "I'm blunt"

Didn't know Pope has urged world leaders to stop global warming. Caller says sex-ed is the reason his daughter revealed abuse.

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Caroline Mulroney: Opposing Patrick Brown's carbon tax

Plus, the real reason she stopped answering questions during a scrum. Nothing to do with kids going to private school, she says.

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Students affected by college strike, now caught up in strikes at universities

Strikes at York and Carleton are disrupting traffic and frustrating students and parents

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Doug Ford continues attack on Christine Elliott

PC leadership candidate also rejects Integrity Commissioner's findings from his Toronto City council days.

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Florida shooting: #NeverAgain

How teenage survivors are turning tragedy into hope

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MEC drops gear made by US assault rifle manufacturer

Did Mountain Equipment Co-op make the right move? A debate about business ethics.

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Workplace deaths: Crushed under rock, run over, poisoned

Can you ever make it right when someone is killed or hurt on the job?

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When guns are too close to home

Living with an image and date seared in the mind, locking the doors. How a neighbourhood is changed forever after a shooting.

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Gardening, even in February

Growing Trumpet Vine: getting Bird of Paradise and String of Pearls to bloom; getting rid of Garlic Grass; and more great advice from Ed Lawrence.

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Biggest fine ever for workplace death but company will never pay

Widow says she wanted to look the mining officials in the eye but they never showed up in court because they`d declared bankruptcy.

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