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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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Not if, how

On the cusp of her 39th birthday, recently divorced Michelle struggles with a complicated new romance.

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Secrets in sport

Mark Tewksbury talks about gold medals and gay athletes.

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Ripples in a pond

In Fault Lines CBC Vancouver Seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe guides you through two disastrous scenarios so you can prepare yourself.

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Catch of the day

How one of the strangest, and frankly blandest-tasting animals you’ll ever encounter, might just be exactly the fish the planet needs.

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Why some animals make us squirm

Freaked out by eels, leeches, bed bugs, even butterflies? The author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat, explains why.

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When a coach crosses a line

From berating to abuse. How to respond, with the author of Mindful Team Making: a Guide for Coaches, Athletes and Parents.

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Giving up your career for your partner

Personal stories of what happens after.

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Future of news in crisis, with Edward Greenspon

Plus news junkies on why they won't pay for news.

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Banning smokers from hospital property: Too tough?

No more smokers in johnny shirts, dragging IV poles, outside hospitals. As of Jan. 1st, smokers are fined if they light up on hospital grounds.

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Gardening: Lemon trees

Ed Lawrence on grapefruit trees, Madagascar jasmine plants, catalpa lilies, money trees, bugleweed and above vs underground greenhouses.

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Lonely in a couple

The dial is on danger when a couple is together but emotionally isolated. Psychologist Sue Johnson tells us how to dial it back.

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After sexual harassment allegations

After the shock of sexual harassment in the workplace, then what? An employment lawyer and workplace investigator says, most of the time employers screw up.

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Budgeting is a waste of time, says bankruptcy expert

First comes Christmas, then comes debt. Doug Hoyes says, . But the insolvency trustee has simple strategies to bring spending under control.

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Golden Globes 2018: #TimesUp

Thumbs up or thumbs down on how Hollywood addressed the #MeToo movement.

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Gardening: Plants that remind you of someone you love

Plus Ed Lawrence`s advice on how to keep them thriving.

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Can't sleep without pills

Research is linking sleep drugs with cognitive problems, including dementia. But it's also found an alternative that works, known as CBT-I.

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Ontario explores decriminalizing impaired driving

MADD Canada wants police to stop charging drunk and drugged drivers on the first offence. Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General says it's considering administrative enforcement instead of criminal charges.

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What makes change so hard?

What behavioural science can teach us about self-improvement, and personal stories about real obstacles to change.

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Gardening: Christmas tree becomes home for wildlife

Plus Ed Lawrence's advice on keeping indoor plants healthy when it's cold outside.

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Unforgettable forts

A holiday favourite from our archives that the whole family will enjoy.

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Daring to Ask About Abortion

Women and men talk about their big secret.

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The lonely endangered payphone, and superheros

A New York filmmaker's clever homage; a repairman blown out of phone booth; and a debate: Are superheros good for kids?

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Encounters with Santa

Santa's pants fall down, a girl confesses all the bad things she's done, and more stand out stories of meeting the jolly old elf.

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Former cabinet minister says Ontario payday loans laws don't go far enough

John Garretson says, he regrets not doing more to protect people from payday loans when he was the Liberal minister responsible, and more whether new rules are making any difference.

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No gifts 'til Boxing Day

Why one immigrant family still laughs about their uniquely Canadian tradition, and more stories of family traditions, lost in translation.

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Aftermath of 5-week college strike

Thousands of students have dropped out. Others are scrambling to complete course work.

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Gardening: Perennial debate, fake or real trees?

Plus how to keep a live Christmas tree from dropping needles.

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Hiding the food you love from the people you love!

Homes stuffed full of goodies, and too many hungry sneaks. Find out how far people go to protect a stash of treats.

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Income sprinkling: Making up with the Federal Finance Minister ?

Insight from a senior political reporter on Parliament Hill and a chartered accountant.

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LGBTQ apology: Is it enough?

A man in his 20s, still in the closet; a Catholic vice principal told to keep his drag show clean; and more.

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Online shoppers pay different prices for the same stuff.

It's called price discrimination, have you been stung?

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Is fifty-fifty fair?

Provincial ministers are asking for a bigger share of the pot tax money. Talks are underway with the federal government. Which side are you on?

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Gardening

Ed Lawrence answers your questions.

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Why the constant push for new hockey arenas?

Open lines with Moshe Lander, sports economist at Concordia University.

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Borutski: Ever this afraid of a partner?

A gun under the mattress, a panic button to police, plus stories of being held hostage, pummeled and stalked.

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When were you complicit?

Confessions of witnessing sexual harassment but remaining silent.

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Pot: Only-at-home?

Government rules restricting marijuana to private residences raises public health concerns.

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How scary is strep?

Why medical officials are concerned about an infection that is spreading in London and other communities.

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Gardening: Making Christmas decorations

Dried and spray-painted hydrangea, and berries, plus lots more advice from Ed Lawrence.

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Sounds of the Season: Live music, stories and giving

A reunion with a biological sister, Santa at a funeral and more stories and songs that hold a special meaning this time of year.

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Getting to know federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

"I love when people ask me questions rather than hold a stereotypical belief about me" and more, including decriminalization of hard drugs and why he isn't running for a seat in the House of Commons.

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Abortion: Men talk

I have never told anyone... and more real life experiences from men.

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Post Weinstein: What can't you watch anymore?

Open lines with bestselling author Claire Dederer, on her article, What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?

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Grumpy about Parliament Hill rink?

Canada 150 top bureaucrat answers criticism about $5.6m price tag for rink near Rideau Canal.

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Gardening: Mushrooms and septic fields

Advice from Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawence.

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Heated debate over pulling police from schools

Toronto's public board removes cops because 2,000 students felt watched, targetted or intimidated.

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Accused killers: No defence lawyers

Two high profile murder cases, and the growing number of cases where people represent themselves in court.

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Transport truck crashes: 18 per day in Ontario

So far this year, there have been 6,000 collisions and 63 deaths involving transport trucks on Ontario roads.

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Gruesome details take a toll on jurors

Personal stories of how jurors still live with the memories of murder and sexual assault trials.

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Do you support limits on Airbnb hosting?

Toronto is moving to ban homeowners from renting out basements and secondary homes by the night.

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Answering your questions every Monday from 12:30 to 1.

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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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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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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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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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