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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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Female comics speak out against sexual harassment

"Their first defence is: 'We're all comics. It's a joke."

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Best & worst luggage carousels

Hear about an annual report that ranks Canada's best and worst airport luggage carousels.

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Music as medicine

Buffy Sainte-Marie talks about being blacklisted by the entertainment industry, ongoing sex scandals and more.

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Julian Fantino and medical marijuana

The former federal cabinet minister who once compared weed to murder, defends opening medical marijuana business.

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Faculty, students and parents debate back to work legislation

The Liberal government steps in to end college strike but New Democrats try to block it.

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Premier: College students back in class next week

Kathleen Wynne warns both sides, solve this strike or I will.

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Violence in schools: Hit in the head, kicked, beaten

Teachers talk about what happens in Ontario schools.

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High-stakes college vote: Could it end five week long strike?

Union and college negotiators debate students and striking teachers.

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Should Ontario use drones to patrol highways?

The provincial government is considering using drones to enforce traffic laws on the 400 series highways.

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Gardening: Jack Frost sightings

Plus Ed Lawrence's end of season advice on planting tulips and garlic, raking leaves and pruning.

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Smells that bring you back in time

An exhibit inspired by a soldier who sent pressed flowers home and stories conjured by tumeric, vegetable soup, manure and mothballs.

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Debating GG`s dismissal of divine intervention

An astronomer, a physicist and callers argue whether Julie Payette is standing up for science or over-stepping her role.

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If taking drugs can be fatal, why take the chance?

Users talk openly: overdoses, withdrawl, not caring and lucky to be alive.

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Weinstein effect: Accusations and apologies

Debate erupts over whether men are confused about sexual harassment.

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Confessions of phone zombies

The dumb and dangerous things people do when looking at their phones.

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Gardening: Garlic, blackberries, plums

Ed Lawrence on what to do with garlic in the fall; over-wintering tulip trees; blackberries that won't fruit; indoor fig trees; and compost.

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Are superheroes bad for kids?

Why frown on princess culture but not vigilantes who use violence to solve problems?

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Sixties Scoop: Adopted, happy and still missing a piece of herself

One family's story plus a police officer who apprehended Indigenous children in the 80s, and a woman still looking for a lost child.

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Jews, Holocaust and what hate looks like today

Architect Daniel Libeskind, and powerful real-life stories, including an ex-soldier who found mass graves in Bosnia.

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Stories of the unexplained

The beautiful, chilling and unforgettable stories you wish you could brush aside but can't, with Rowena Brook from the Toronto Haunted Walk.

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Was the Sudbury bribery trial a waste of time?

A judge acquitted 2 influential Ontario Liberals saying the Crown's definition of a candidate would lead to absurd elections.

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Gardening: Ready for winter?

Ed Lawence's advice for fall about slugs, gathering seeds, succulents, compost, lilacs, mums, and moving tomatoes.

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Olympian Erica Weibe, and how failure builds success

Canada's wrestling champion, Alex Benay, author of the new book Canadian Failures, and stories of the failures that get us where we are.

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Indigenous population grows 4 times faster than rest of country

The personal stories behind the numbers, as more people newly self-identify as Aboriginal on the census.

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When government bans the niqab

Why it matters to people in Ontario that Quebec is legislating where women can or can't wear a niqab.

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What bankruptcy looks like

Real life stories, with bankruptcy trustee Doug Hoyes, author of Straight Talk on Your Money: The Biggest Financial Myths and Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.

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Farmers markets: Are you being fed lies?

A CBC Marketplace investigation found vendors claiming to sell produce they'd grown but who were actually re-selling food purchased elsewhere.

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Gardening: Flowers that look like fireworks

Advice about black knot disease, slugs and more with Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence.

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Ontario MPP: No question, we need more long-term care beds

Open lines with one of the senior politicians responsible for fixing what's wrong in Ontario long term care and home care.

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Memories of the Hip

Frontman Gord Downie has died of brain cancer at age 53. Your memories, and what the music has meant to you, with music journalist Alan Cross.

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Gardening: Easter lilies in autumn

This warm fall has produced some amazing results. Plus advice from Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence.

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Weinstein prompts 65-year-old's ME TOO moment

Woman says she was raped by an MP but kept it secret.

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Your go to song

With Ottawa-raised, Nashville-based guitarist. singer-song writer Trevor Finlay.

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Weinstein: When you realize it's not okay

Women and men describe the moment they recognized behaviour as sexual harassment.

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Will you use marijuana for the first time when it's legal?

From curious to maybe just edibles, maybe as a business opportunity and absolutely never. Callers weigh in on whether they'll try pot.

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Toronto's secret chickens now legal

For years people in Toronto secretly kept chickens even though a bylaw forbade it. Now that backyard chickens are allowed, are they welcome?

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Our gardening guru Ed Lawrence took questions on everything from strangling vines to hydrangea blooms.

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Six degrees of separation from Las Vegas, or closer

When unthinkable violence gets too close. Open lines with a photographer who was in Vegas and a CAMH psychologist who specializes in trauma.

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Las Vegas: The instinct to protect your partner

Couples therapist psychologist Sue Johnson on what makes relationships strong when life gets scary.

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Ontario NDP Leader says people are fed up with the Liberals

Andrea Horwath says voters need to think about what comes next.

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Two Black Guys with Good Credit

Podcast host Shaun Lynda: stop losing money in dumb ways.

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Jagmeet Singh to lead the Federal NDP

Reaction to New Democrats choosing the first non-white leader of a major federal party, a 38-year-old Sikh Ontario MPP who wears a turban and a kirpan.

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Doomsday Clock scientist

Lawrence Krauss is one of the scientists who set the Doomsday Clock at 2 and a half minutes to midnight, the highest threat to humanity since the 80s.

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Taking the knee during Star-Spangled Banner

Does the national anthem belong at a games?

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Fatal overdose one day after asking for help

Why, her mother asks, does cancer get treated right away but addiction waits?

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How free is free tuition?

Ontario's Minister of Advanced Education Deb Matthews on changes to OSAP, and who wins and who loses.

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Should Sidney Crosby go to the Whitehouse?

While professional athletes all over the US sink to their knees or lock arms in protest, the Captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins calls a visit to the White House an opportunity.

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Gardening

Ed Lawrence's gardening advice on oak wilt, slugs, garlic and much more.

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To Siri, With Love: A Mother, Her Autistic Son and the Kindness of Machines

Judith Newman's new book is an insightful and funny memoir about being Gus' mom, and an unusual tribute to technology.

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Should Aung San Suu Kyi lose her Nobel Peace Prize?

How can this leader go from being revered by fellow Nobel Laureates, called friend by Barack Obama, to being accused of ethnic cleansing?

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Is government ignoring PSWs and their patients? Pt 2

Families and patients to speak up.

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Is government ignoring PSWs and their patients?

Pt 1 of 2: Personal support workers tell how underpaid they are, and call for a governing body that would standardize pay, training and complaints.

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Should the PC Leader say sorry to the Premier?

Kathleen Wynne has given Patrick Brown 6 weeks to apologize.

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Dramatic dahlias

Advice from Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence.

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Consumer champion Ellen Roseman

The Toronto Star's consumer advocate explains how to win when you go up against airlines, door-to-door salespeople and car dealers.

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The Premier testifying in court: How big a deal is this?

Kathleen Wynne testifies in the trial of two senior Liberals facing charges under the provincial Election Act. Reaction with Prof. David Tabachnick.

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Ontario PC Leader calls Liberal threat of legal action diversionary tactic

Patrick Brown refuses to comment on demand for apology over statement about the Premier's participation in the Sudbury bribery trial. He also says, delay $15 minimum wage.

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The Ontario plan to manage the sale and distribution of marijuana

What you like and what you don't. Open lines with CAMH research scientist Dr. Benedikt Fischer and dispensary owner David Ferkul.

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Why you can't take your eyes off these storms

Open lines with former Canadian ambassador to Cuba Mark Entwistle.

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Gardening

Advice from Ed Lawrence, Ontario Today's resident gardener.

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Phew! It's September

After a summer of planning for their kids, parents are breathing a sigh of relief, it's all over.

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Is warning women about the dangers of drinking sexist or common sense?

A debate over an anti-drinking ad that was pulled for being too sexist.

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Sir John A. with Senator Murray Sinclair, former head of the TRC

Sen. Sinclair says it's okay to be angry but don't use all the energy on the past, and work to elevate important Indigeneous people.

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Gardening: Ed's 35th anniversary

Ed Lawrence has been giving gardening advice on CBC Radio for 35 years.

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Your summer soundtrack, with Kellylee Evans.

The song you listened to all summer long.

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Can a racist change?

Open lines with Tony McAleer, a former skinhead and co-founder of Life After Hate, a group that helps people leave white supremacy groups.

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Who's winning on the shoreline? You or the geese?

Swans, dogs, transport trucks, destroying eggs, replanting shorelines. The lengths people go to scare away Canada geese.

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Can the brain conquer pain?

One man's battle to get his life back, plus open lines with Dr. Hance Clarke, the Medical Director of Pain Research at the University Health Network.

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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister takes calls on Phoenix

Federal public servants who've been waiting as long as 18 months to resolve problems with their paycheques put their case to the government.

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Advice on tomato blight; replenishing soil in container garden; and what's attacking hostas and Solomon's seal.

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Tales of teenage road trips

Stories and songs with a high school basketball coach who spent 30 years on the road.

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Sir John A. Macdonald on trial

A teachers' union wants to rename schools named after this Father of Confederation, calling him an architect of genocide.

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When you don't know how to swim

The death of a 15-year-old has forced a deep investigation. Jeremiah Perry didn't know how to swim but somehow ended up on a school canoe trip.

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Take it down or keep it?

Things have boiled over in the US, and there's tension in Canada too over statues and buildings commemorating racist historical figures.

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Why the fascination with the solar eclipse?

Open lines with an astrophysicist who always grabs a front row seat.

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Gardening: A chorus line of carrots

A listener sent a photograph of carrots with multiple twisty legs. Plus your bizarre harvest and advice from our resident gardener Ed Lawrence.

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