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January 2012 Archives

Friendships are something some people take for granted. But for people with disabilities, friendships are something many of them have a hard time maintaining.

We all value our friendships and most of us make friends throughout our lives. But for people with disabilities, it can be a lot harder to maintain friendships, especially as adults. That's one of the findings in a report released today by Anne Snowdon. She's a professor at the Odette School of Business. She joins me in the studio. Also joining us by phone is Kevin McShan, a 23 year Windsorite with cerebral palsy.
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we'll get an update on the Family Aquatics Centre slated for downtown Windsor.

If you've been wondering what the latest is on the Family Aquatics Centre for downtown Windsor, you can find out for yourself tonight at City Hall.Don Sadler, the project manager for the centre, is making a presentation to the Family Aquatics Steering Committee at 5 tonight.
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Be prepared to hear some stunning new music this weekend as the Windsor Symphony Orchestra performs new works for jazz piano and orchestra with guest pianist Ron Davis and his trio.

Back in 2009 Canadian Jazz pianist Ron Davis performed with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and the result was so exciting that music director John Morris Russell decided then and there that they had to work together again.Here we are three years later and Ron Davis is back with his trio to perform SymphRonica tomorrow night and Sunday afternoon at the Chrysler Theatre.Now, Ron Davis joins me in the studio to talk about SymphRonica.

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The WFCU center is hosting an event this Saturday and it's called the "Awesomness Summit".

This Saturday, the WFCU Center will host an event called "The Awesomeness Summit".
The event features four Windsor-based life coaches and motivational speakers who are dedicated to living life to the fullest, and motivating others to do the same.
Two of Saturday's speakers are Jennifer Merritt and Heather Chauvin. They join me in the studio.

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Just how much of your donations toward breast cancer research go to fight that disease? And how many of those products sporting pink ribbons actually walk the talk? You might be surprised.

When you make a donation to breast cancer research you expect your money to go to breast cancer research....but how much of it actually does.
And when you buy products that show the pink ribbon supporting that research you probably think that company is doing it's part to fight breast cancer as well.
But, according to the documentary Pink Ribbons Inc. you could be wrong in that thinking.
Pink ribbons inc is being screened tomorrow night at the Capitol theatre presented by the WQindsor International Film Festival.The producer of Pink Ribbins Inc. Ravinda Din joins me on the line.
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Pulled Pork with Green Apple Slaw

Pulled Pork with Green Apple Slaw By Atmosphere Fine Foods (

Green Apple Slaw Ingredients
1 sweet red pepper diced
2 to 3 green onions diced
1 granny smith apple cut in to matchsticks or diced
1 package of coleslaw mix 454 grams.
3/4 cup of mayo
3/4 cup of vinegar
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 tsp salt
Good pinch of black pepper

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and let sit in fridge for at least 2 hrs. (Tip: prepare ahead of time, the night before).

Pulled pork juice
1 1/2 cups apple juice
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. of Atmosphere's Pulled Pork Spice Rub (or substitute with any of your favourite spice blends)

Put all the ingredients in a jar or bottle and shake mixing well (you can do this the night before). Set aside until ready to use. Pulled Pork 2 to 3 lbs of pork shoulder butt (also known as blade roast) Atmosphere's Pulled Pork Spice Rub (or any spice blend you like).

Generously rub the pork with spice blend and store in fridge for at least 2 hrs, or prepare ahead of time and let sit in fridge overnight. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. You can also use a slow cooker in which case you would put it on low. In a roasting pan add the pork juice and pork, cover and cook for 4 hrs. If using a slow cooker you can cook it all day. (Note: the pulled pork gets more tender the longer you cook it.)

Remove from oven. Let it rest for a few minutes. Take two forks and start pulling away until pieces resemble shreds of pork. (Note: you will know when the pork is ready because it will break apart very easily.) Add your favourite barbecue sauce. Serve the pulled pork with coleslaw and fresh buns. Serves 6 to 8 people.

Budget Breakdown

2 to 3 lbs of pulled pork around $7.00
Ingredients for coleslaw $3.50
Fresh buns $2.50
BBQ sauce $2.00+
Estimated cost $15.00.

Note: This is an approximate cost. Costs may vary according to season, region and sales.

Windsor's Capitol theatre has a new tenant and new management...the Windsor Symphony .

The big question mark known as the Capitol theatre now has an answer.After years of uncertainty...the city of Windsor has found a new tenant for the Capitol theatre...the Windsor Symphony. Jeth Mill is the Executive Director of the Windsor Symphony.
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The man who created the TV show The Polka Dot Door passed away last week. he came from Essex county and developed a world famous childrens show.

The large obituary in Saturday's Toronto Star was headlined as "Long Live Polkaroo"
It was the notice for the passing of Ted Coneybeare who developed and produced the TV Ontario children's program The Polkadot Door.Ted was 86 years old when he died last Monday.Ted was born here in Essex county and attended Essex High School . He graduated from Wayne state University and went on with a career teaching art in Windsor public schools.To find out more about Ted Coneybeare's interesting and creative life we've reached Randy and Mary Renaud the neice/nephew of Ted Coneybeare.
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Your childhood and healthy relationships.

Most of us run into issues with our relationships at some point in our lives.
But have you considered that your childhood experiences influence the relationships
you have as an adult. That's something Morrie Kleinplatz has spent some time thinking about. And he'll be sharing his thoughts on that tomorrow morning at a seminar on "Healthy Relationships" at the Unity Spiritual Centre. Dr. Morrie Kleinplatz is a clinical psychologist in Windsor. He's one of two presenters at tomorrow's seminar. Morrie Kleinplatz joins me on the line.
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Changes are coming to your local cable channels. In a few weeks, Cogeco Cable will be digitizing all of it's channels. And that will mean changes for you.

If you have more than one television set in your home and you use Cogeco cable to get your channels, you're going to notice a difference on February 14th. Cogeco Cable is going digital. And that will mean changes for cable subscribers. To find out just what it will mean, we've reached Greg O'Brien. He's the editor and publisher of It's an online magazine about the cable, radio, television and telecom industry.
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Conspiracies are dangerous to democracy according to the author of Conspiracy Rising - University of Windsor Associate Dean Martha Lee.

Sitting around your living room and talking about wierd things that happen can be entertaining...especially when it comes to conspiracy theories.
But my next guest says that although they appear to be harmless, belief in conspiracy theories are a real threat to democracy.Martha Lee is an Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Windsor.Her latest book is titled Conspiracy Rising - Conspiracy Thinking and American Public Life.It's published by ABC Clio.Martha Lee joins me in the studio this afternoon...
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A veteran of the Canadian music scene comes to the Mary Webb Centre in Highgate this Saturday night.

My next guest had his first hit before he had even entered a recording studio.
That was Child's Song - recorded by Tom Rush.But soon after that Murray McLauchlan came into his own with the release of Songs From the Street in 1971.And over the following decades he scored big hits with Farmer's Song, Down by the Henry Moore, On the Boulevard, Whispering Rain.He didn't do too poorly in the awards department either.
11 Juno Awards - 24 nominations and an Order Of Canada.His latest album is titled Human Writes.This Saturday Murray McLauchlan performs at the Mary Webb Centre in Highgate.Showtime is 8 o'clock.This afternoon Murray McLauchlan joins me from our Toronto studios.
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Steven Page, the former lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies, is giving a talk at that University of Windsor tonight

Here's a statistic for you. One in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. The remaining 4 will have a friend, family member or colleague who will. It's a sobering thought when you consider that despite those statistics, many people suffering from a mental illness won't admit to it because of the stigma associated
with mental illness. That's something my next guest is working to dispell.Stephen Page, the former lead singer of the Bare Naked ladies is speaking about his own battle with depression at the University of Windsor tonight. It's part of the University's weeklong
focus on mental health.
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A performance of music by Stravinsky and Strauss this Saturday night by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

It was a choice made months ago by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
To have Andreas Delfs appear as a guest condutor. But scheduling didn't work out until an opening recently appeared in Maestro Delfs calender.Now, the condutor laureate of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, which he led from 1996 until 2009, and most recently, the conductor of the Honolulu Symphony, is here for a performance of music by Stravinsky and Strauss tomorrow night at the Chrysler theatre.Andreas Delfs joins me in the studio this afternoon.
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Cirque du Soleil ..You have no idea what's involved in bringing that show to Windsor.

Earlier this afternoon I dropped by the WFCU Centre as an army of technicians and performers worked to prepare for the opening night - tonight - of Cirque De Soleils Quidam.
It's pretty incredible to consider the dozens of people - all doing their individuals jobs - yet all contributing to the singular job
of producing the spectacle known as Quidam.
There's one person in charge of making sure the technical requirements are met and there are plnty of technical requirements.
Here's my conversation...
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If "YOUR" math homework has you taking a tantrum, there's one on one help available to help you out.

If your child has trouble with their math homework, and you don't know how to help them, there is now a website you can turn to for help. It's called "Homework Help" and it gives students in grades 7 through 10, free online math tutoring. The website is funded by Ontario's Ministry of Education and administered through TV Ontario's"Independent Learning Centre. Mandy Mabee is Manager of Homework Help and she joins me on the line.
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There's a new CBC Television show about to air that gives a second chance in business to ex convicts.

CBC Television premieres a new reality show tonight. It's called "Redemption Inc and it's all about giving ex cons a second chance.Multi Millionaire Kevin O'Leary is the host of the program tonight on CBC Television that's aimed at giving ex cons a second chance.
Over the course of the show, the ex cons will be competing for a chance to win a start up investment of 100,000 dollars from Kevin O'Leary to set up their own legitimate business.
My next guest knows all too well the challenges ex-cons face when it comes to getting a job. Skip Graham is the Executive Director of St. Leonard's Halfway House. It's an organization that helps ex-cons transition into society after they complete their prison sentence. Skip Graham joins me on the line.
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Windsor and the world but few know who he is?Denial. We'll talk to to the artist.

Daniel Bombardier A.K.A. Denial, is one of Windsor's best known artists, in fact, you've likely his work around town. Denial is a mixed media and graffiti artist.
Right now Denial is best known for his gorilla marketing campaign where a half a million of his Denial stickers have been plastered all over Windsor and the world.
But Denial the artist is just getting started. Most recently Denial entered a competition called "Artists Wanted" an international call for art where the winner gets a $10,000 grant and space at the SCOPE Art Show in New York City.
Denial, AKA Daniel Bombardier joins me in the studio this afternoon...
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Millions of people have joined Facebook. But to many seniors it is a foreign language. We'll talk to an instructor who's helping them.

For many of us Facebook and Twitter are a part of everyday life, just like TV and radio.
But to many seniors the concepts of Facebooking and tweeting are foreign. Tom Lucier is trying to change that. Tom is a local entrepreneur, blogger and teacher - now giving classes to seniors on how to use the latest social media.
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People have been talking a lot about a "Great Gray Owl" spotted near Kingsville. I'll talk with an expert to find out why he's here.

If you've traveled to Kingsville lately, you may have noticed a bird that looks out of place.
It's a "Great Gray Owl" and it's not hard to find... all you need to do is look for the swarm of people that have been following its every move since it was first spotted at Christmas.
The bird is the largest Owl on the planet, native to the far north and is rarely seen South of Timmins. To find out more about the bird and why it's here, some 700 km from it's natural habitat, we've got Dr. Dan Mennill in the studio this afternoon.
Dr. Mennill is an Ornithologist at the University of Windsor.
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The City of Windsor is considering a new partnership with the arts.

A new partnership between the city of Windsor and it's arts community is taking shape.
Next week Council will be asked to support a union between local businesses and local artists.That partnership would see funding for projects that cross the boundaries between the arts and business.It's called Arts Vest.
Cathy Masterson is the City of Windsor's Manager of Cultural Affairs.
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