Ontario Morning


Ontario Morning

Ontario Morning tells you what's happening in your world - whether it's down the road or around the globe.Get the latest national and international news on World Report and local newscasts on the half-hour.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Friday August 7, 2020

Laurell Ritchie, a member of the coalition Good Jobs For All, offers her opinions on what could - and should - happen when the CERB payments end next month; Our happiness columnist Jennifer Moss discusses a positive contagion. She explains the scientific benefits of smiling and kindness on ourselves and others; Evelyn Ball, the C.O.O. of Rama First Nation, outlines their concerns about a big party dubbed 'Boats and Ropes' scheduled to take place at Chief Island in Lake Couchiching; Are pigs sentient? Georgia Mason iof the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph tells us about some of the research into animal intelligence, feeling and emotion; Anna Pidgorna of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society tells us how people setting up camp outside of designated campgrounds can threaten the animal and plant life within our parks; Diane Brisebois of the Retail Council of Canada explains how they're helping businesses and their employees enforce mask wearing; Kareem Aly has been checking travel destinations around the province by RV as research for a new travel company he co-founded called 'TRYPS'.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Thursday August 6, 2020

Brian Shelley is the Vice President of YMCA Simcoe/Muskoka which operates Camp Kitchikewana on Beausoliel Island in Georgian Bay. He’s also a former camper, councilor and director of the camp. He explains how the pandemic has forced them to close for the first time in over a century; Violaine Des Rosiers, a spokesperson for Canadian Red Cross describes in Beirut, describes conditions in the aftermath of the devastating explosion at the harbour earlier this week; Karen Cross of the Kingston Chamber of Commerce tells us how the city and local businesses are faring as the threat from the coronavirus continues; David Bedford of Athletics Canada outlines new protocols the organization has put in place to prevent inappropriate behaviour between athletes and coaches; Family doctor Peter Lin discusses what has to be considered in order to keep kids safe when they return to school; Fighting the invasive giant phragmites plants. Wetlands ecologist Janice Gilbert tells us about using the amphibious Truxor machines to destroy them in the Owen Sound area; Staying positive during the pandemic. Psychologist Laura Cavanagh offers her perspective.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Wednesday August 5, 2020

Marilyn Burns, the Vice-President of Communications & Enrollment at Trent University tells us about a special tour now being offered on its Peterborough campus. It's to help explain how the university will operate since health restrictions will still be in place when the new school year begins; U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to ban the video sharing app TikTok unless an American company runs it from the United States. Phillip Mai, a director of the Ryerson Social Media Lab at Ryerson University in Toronto, explains the controversy for us; Fay Faraday is a labour and human rights lawyer. Jenn Pfenning is a farmer from the Kitchener area who is also the chair of the National Farmers Union migrant worker subcommittee. They comment on the criticism leveled against some farmers that they are placing onerous and unreasonable restrictions on migrant workers because of the threat from COVID-19; Baby boom or bust? Nora Spinks of the Vanier Institute of the Family discusses how the uncertainty and insecurity many are facing because of the pandemic could lead to a further decline in the birth rate here in Canada;.Lyndsay Bowen from the Kawartha Lakes Public Library recommends some audio books for your road trip; Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at University of Ottawa outlines how the COVID Alert smartphone app works and discusses it's usefulness in controlling the coronavirs; Special effects artist Rhonda Causton is used to making creations for movies. She tells us how when that work dried up because the pandemic, she started selling her creatures on line.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Tuesday August 4, 2020

Belleville council has passed a motion to have a community forum where people can also discuss police handling of situations involving mental health and addiction. Chris Malette, the councilor who introduced the motion, tells us more about the initiative; Mark Boone, a hydrogeologist with Quinte Conservation, tells us about sensors they have installed that may help to warn of a pending drought; Did some communities find themselves overrun by visitors on the long weekend? We check in with Tracie Bertrand, Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development Director of Tourism; A study in Germany found dogs trained to detect the coronavirus had a 94 percent accuracy rate picking out COVID-19; Why are dogs so good at this? We find out more from Beth Daly an associate professor of anthrozoology at The University of Windsor; Recession or recovery? How can we expect Canada's economy to perform? Economist Steve Ambler. of the Université du Québec à Montréal offers his perspective; Kristin Bianchini a post-doctoral researcher with Acadia University and Birds Canada discusses the declining birthrate among loons; Dr. Sean Wharton, a specialist in internal medicine is the lead author of a new report 'Obesity in Adults: a Clinical Practice Guideline' that attempts to redefine obesity in order to provide more effective and hopefully, permanent change.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Friday July 31, 2020

Tomorrow marks one hundred and eighty six years since slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire.We learn more from Rosemary Sadlier. It's back to school for young people in Ontario- elementary students will be back in class full time come September. Secondary students will alternate their days or learn online. We talk to Cathy Abraham, President of the Ontario Public School Boards' Association. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has drastically scaled back the number of people its able to rain at its residential centre. It is now just one at a time. We meet a man who decided pandemic or not, he had to make the trek to meet his dog. The Ontario Government announced yesterday that students will be returning to school in September, with some covid caveats. The Chair of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Diane Lloyd talks about what that means. A temporary encampment at Belle Park has to be taken down today. What's happening? Kingston city councilor Jim Neill tells us. We learn more about this week's Emmy nominations. Hutchinson House in Peterborough is offering day camp kits. We learn more from Erin Panepinto. Jim Byers gives us ideas to Explore Ontario this year.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Thursday July 30, 2020

A rare event in Canadian politics is happening today- a sitting Prime Minister takes questions from the Commons Finance Committee. We talked to Stephanie Chouinard about what to expect when Justin Trudeau testifies. We talk about the importance of practising water safety during COVID-19. Sauble Beach's Sandfest is happening on August 8th. We learn more from Ron Howard who is the Event Coordinator for the Sauble Beach Chamber of Commerce. Big tech CEO's were grilled by US lawmakers yesterday over the power and influence they wield over the industry. Greg Ross, blue-green algae researcher, tells us about this dangerous organism and his high flying efforts trying to track it. Doctor Peter Lin talks about the rise of COVID-19 cases in young people. A new study from McMaster University investigates how Canadian cities could test their sewage water for early detection of coronavirus. Choosing your "bubble" during COVID-19 has been a dilemma and led to some family conflicts. But for 5 people in Peterborough, it was a harmonious decision. The choir members chose each other for their bubbles so they could continue to sing.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Wednesday July 29, 2020

Dan Hazell, Supervisor of Licensing and Enforcement for the City of Kingston, tells us about lawn bylaw rules. Hate and violent extremism is predicted to escalate both on and offline as COVID-19 restrictions continue and the US election looms. Laura Lambert from the Barrie Public Library tells us about Simcoe Reads. The Rural Ontario Institute has just finished training a group of youth leaders. Sarah Kiar is one of 2020's Rural Change Makers. Mike von Massow from the University of Guelph tells us about the future of restaurants and the restaurant industry which were hit hard by COVID-19.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Tuesday July 28, 2020

Charity Intelligence has come up with a list of 10 questions that they think the founders of WE Charity have not answered yet. Kate Behan of Charity Intelligence tells us more. There is no going back to normal this September. People for Education warns of the human cost of Covid-19. There has been a moratorium on evictions since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. That moratorium will soon be lifted. We talked to Kenneth Hale who is the legal director at the advocacy centre for Tenants Ontario. Gypsy moths are sweeping through the province and eating their way through forests. Fraser Smith, a professional forrester and owner of F Smith Consulting, gives us his take on the infestation and the extent of the damage they're causing. A new online tool launched by the John Howard Society of Ontario will help people with a criminal record find a job. Collingwood resident Abigail Hitchens talks about the town's upcoming meeting to amend it's sign by law. Tom Hanks may be the star of the film Greyhound but it's Canadian history that is in the spotlight- thanks to the contribution of naval historian Gordon Laco in Midland.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Monday July 27, 2020

NHL hockey returns this week. We talk to Sean Fitzgerald. A Barrie clinic is experiencing an uptick in people seeking treatment for their OCD symptions related to COVID-19, including children. TC Energy has revised its plan to build an enormous hilltop reservoir not far from a Blue Mountain ski area. Don Pittis tells us more. We learn more about a new report focusing on rural and remote communities and a lack of access to anesthesia. Asian communities across Canada are reporting a spike in anti-Asian racist incidents during the pandemic. We talk to Karl Flecker. Masks 4 Canada thinks most kids should be wearing masks when they return to school this fall. Neil Morton tells us about some local Peterborough business people who are hoping to bring a professional soccer team to the city.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Friday July 24, 2020

Linda Feldmann of the Christian Scientist Monitor comments on President Trump's decision to send federal law enforcement agents to Portland - and whether the decision is part of his political strategy; Our happiness columnist Jennifer Moss talks about the need to take some time away from work, even though all the uncertainty created by the pandemic may have left us reluctant to do so; More than half of the recent COVID-19 cases in Ontario have been in people under 39 years of age. Dr. Charles Gardner, the Medical Officer of Health, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit offers his reaction puts these new statistics in perspective for us; The sixteen year-old agreement between Canada and United States on refugees has been deemed unconstitutional by a Canadian court. Vasanthi Venkatesh, a professor in the faculty of law at the University of Windsor discusses the future of the Safe Third Country Agreement; As more Canadians go back to work and get ready for school, there have been spikes in the number of cases of COVID-19. And that has some people worried about the prospect of a second wave. Epidemiologist Tim Sly offers his reaction; The CBC's Haydn Watters talked to people about the dilemma for the media in covering so-called 'anti-maskers'. In so doing are broadcasters like the CBC promulgating opinions that are contrary to public health experts?; Debra Corbeil of 'The Planet D', travel blog recommends some destinations for your Ontario staycation.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Thursday July 23, 2020

Psychologists Tara Dumas and Wendy Ellis discuss their survey of 1000 Ontario teenagers about the impact of the pandemic; James Puffer tells us about his latest venture Desk House Coworking that will provide shared workspace for students in Kingston; Donna Duncan of the Canadian Association of Long Term Care shares their recommendations to provide a better quality of life for seniors in care; The provincial government will not - for the time being allow cannabis lounges or cafes. The CBC's John Rieti explains how a lengthy consultation with many health officials convinced the Ford government not to further relax restrictions on marijuana; Family doctor, Peter Lin, outlines the current research into finding a vaccine for CIVID-19; The CBC's Paula Duhatschek shares the stories of some front-line workers who were denied medical and dental treatment because they were perceived to present a health risk; Brenda Tucker of the Bowlerama in Peterborough talks about the difficult decision to close after 50 years.

Download Ontario Morning Podcast - Thursday July 23, 2020
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Ontario Morning Podcast - Wednesday July 22, 2020

Kristyn Ferguson of the Nature Conservancy of Canada explains what we can do to help turtles from becoming casualties on our roads; Ankit Tripathi who is in his fourth-year at Trent University in Peterborough talks about some of the problems that he's dealing with as an international student; David Macdonald, an economist with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives outlines their alternative budget in response to the federal government's recent fiscal update; Rob Benzie, the Queen's Park bureau chief for the Toronto Star talks about the passage of the P-C government's omnibus bill that revised 20 articles of legislation - including some controversial amendments to environmental regulation; Kerry Clare recommends some summer reading; Karen Murray tells us about a new course about anti-Black racism that she is developing as a new additional qualification course for teachers; Artist Chantal Rousseau talks about her paintings 'The Many Birds of Kingston' that are part of this year's Paved Paradise exhibition.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - July 21, 2020

Carolyn Ferns of the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care responds to Education Minister Lecce's announcement that 90% of the province's day cares will soon be able to reopen; Jordan Poppenk the Canada Research Chair in cognitive neuroscience and a psychology professor at Queen's University in Kingston talks about their research into something called 'thought worms' from which they can compute how many thoughts someone typically has in a day; Clinical psychologist Nina Josefowitz talks about 'lockdown fatigue' and what contributes to it; We hear from Jessica Root, one of the owners of The Bakery in Warkworth who just received 26-thousand dollars in donations from the community to help keep their business open; Jordan Press of the Canadian Press updates us on all the questions being leveled at the federal Liberals for their association with the charity, WE; Doris Grinspun of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario explains that Ontario does not need another commission or inquiry into the conditions at long term care homes. She says we need action not another report; Nelson Lang helped to found the Pita Pit in Kingston. After 25 years the company has over 650 franchises around the world. 5

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Monday July 20, 2020

We learn about 3 missions to mars blasting off this month with Andrew Fazekas. Barrie buffet restaurant reinvents itself. Chris Houser talks about how self-isolation fatigue can contribute to a potential rise in drownings as more people flock to beaches. A group is calling for the federal government to provide a basic income for artists. 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook launches its Monologues series

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Friday July 17, 2020

Charlie Pinkerton, of iPolitics joins us from Kingston with update on the parliamentary committee hearings into the controversy into the federal government's relationship with the charity WE; CBC reporter Angela Gemmill learned from experts just how critical ventilation - or the lack of it - can be to the transmission of the coronavirus; Joseph Quigley, a reporter with The Highlander in Haliburton offers local perspective in the aftermath the police shooting of a 73-year old man who was allegedly involved in an altercation at a local grocery store; Alexandra Anderson of the organization 'Camping in Ontario' tells people what to expect when they visit a campground this summer; Dasantila Golemi-Kotra is an associate professor at York University who specializes in the biology of microbial infections.She describes some the risks with respect to the coronavirus that people might face if they choose to visit a bar; Artist Sherry Crawford previews a drive-by exhibition she has organized that will feature an important and seldom seen work by the late Norval Morriseau; Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti, an infectious disease physician at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, explains the value of keeping a contact tracing log; Actor Alice Moran previews the new mockumentary "Decoys" that premieres today on CBC Gem.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Thursday July 16, 2020

Sam Hammond, the president of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario describes teachers' concerns with all the uncertainty surrounding the coming school year; Our Queen's Park reporter, Mike Crawley, discusses some of the risks involved as much the province prepares to move into Stage 3 of reopening; A group of childcare providers are urging the government to allow full reopening in September. We hear why from Leigh Anne Jacques, owner of Beaches Montessori School; Wes Hall one of the creators of the BlackNorth Initiative tells us that they want to use 'business minds and business acumen' to help to solve anti-Black bias and racism in our education system and the business world.; Family doctor Peter Lin explains the risk from airborne coronavirus; Onawa Labelle, a psychology professor at the University of Windsor, updates on how those in recovery programs are coping with the relative isolation that's being experienced during the pandemic; Kate Schuyler recounts the drive home from Florida to Huntsville with her mother.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Wednesday July 15, 2020

Epidemiologist Colin Furness from the University of Toronto offers his perspective on #schoolsnotbars - reflecting concerns that the province may giving priority to getting bars and restaurants open rather than getting kids back to school; Sex and dating in Canada during the time of COVID-19. Dr. Maryanne Fisher, professor of Psychology at Saint Mary's University tells us about her research; Elliot Tepper teaches International Relations at Carleton University in Ottawa. He has analysis of the federal government's decision to keep the U-S border closed to all but essential travel; Jackie Sharkey of CBC Kitchener tells us how a local man had to wait months to get a passport for his newly-adopted son; Rob Benzie, the Queen's Park bureau chief for the Toronto Star talks about the Premier's cross-Ontario tour, which looks to some like campaigning; Tom Fincher of Fincher Books in Goderich recommends some things to read; Jane Philpott who is currently Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's University discusses the new book of essays she helped to edit titled: Vulnerable: The Law, Policy & Ethics of COVID-19"; Allison Haley of the Cornwall Vikings Volleyball Club explains why they decided to cancel their Spikes on the Beach camp in Cornwall.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Tuesday July 14, 2020

At the beginning of April, Michelle Joyce and her husband realized a dream when they were handed the keys to the Indian Flames restaurant in downtown Alliston. Then the pandemic hit. Michelle tells us how they have coped during the interim and what moving to Stage 3 here in the province will mean for their restaurant; With September less than two months what can we expect from when school resumes? Charles Pascal, a former Deputy Minister of Education, talks about the challenges ahead; Dr. Anna Banerji is an associate professor in infectious disease and pediatrics at the University of Toronto. She explains what she perceives as some the greatest risks to public health as the province readies for Stage 3 of reopening; Jen Wagner, the owner of the Hair, Body & Soul Salon and Spa, explains why she and some other local businesses were disappointed to by the behaviour of nine local politicians. They were being shaved to raise money for charity; but in so doing they were violating a number of public safety recommendations with respect to COVID-19; Jordan Press of the Canadian Press discusses the Prime Minister's apology for failing to recuse himself from the awarding of the contract for the Canada Student Service Grant Program; Economist Joel Blit explains what we need to do to prepare our economy for the possibility of a second wave of the coronavirus. He thinks automation can play a vital role.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Monday July 13, 2020

After two people had to be rescued at Eugenia Falls, the community concedes there has been difficulty monitoring all the visitors to the area. We find out more from Paul McQueen, the Mayor of the Municipality of Grey Highlands and Warden of Grey County; Rachel Harris of the Kingston Yacht Club tells us about their learn to sail program which is available online to beginners; Bill George is a grape grower and the Chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association. He tells about the new crop insurance available to farmers; Law professor, Bill Bogart, author of "Off The Street: Legalizing Drugs" comments on the announcement by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police that they support decriminalizing the possession of recreational drugs for personal use; Face masks are now mandatory in Simcoe-Muskoka. We talk about what this will mean for local businesses and their customers with Todd Tuckey, the President of the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce; Gene Howard is the author of 'Death at Cross Plains' that recounts the life and death of William Luke, a white man and minister originally from Flesherton who was lynched along with seven Black men by the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama, 150 years ago; Dr. Jennifer Kwan, a family physician and member of #Masks4Canada, looks at how public policy with respect to masks has undergone a complete change since the emergence of the coronavirus

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Friday July 10, 2020

Mia Rabson explains the WE controversy. Although the organization withdrew from its involvement with the Canada Student Service Grant, new questions have arisen because members of the Prime Minister's family have been paid by WE for participation in events; Eric Munoz of Oxfam America outlines their study which projects that because of complications from the pandemic in some parts of the world, more people may succumb to starvation than to COVID-19; Journalist, parenting writer and podcaster, Samantha Kemp-Jackson discusses how families are coping with all of the complications from the pandemic; Kent Moore, a climate scientist at the University of Toronto, talks about what our current heat wave has in common with uncommonly high temperatures in Siberia and the South Pole; The CBC's Haydn Watters brings us the final instalment in his series of unheralded front line workers. Today he profiles the people who have to deal with death and dying; Our happiness columnist, Jennifer Moss. examines how the pandemic is straining some marriages; Some politicians in Grey County will be shaving off their beards for charity, We hear from the Deputy Mayor of Hanover Walkerton, Selwyn Hicks and his relieved wife, Barbara.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Thursday July 9, 2020

Celeste Loewe, a physician in training with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit talks about the growing risk from tick bites; Claire Bouvier tells us about the Rural Mentorship Program launched by Kingston Economic Development Corporation and Queen's University; Our provincial affairs reporter, Mike Crawley, breaks down the P.C. government's 'COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act' that could result in changes to twenty pieces of legislation; Kate Schuyler of Toronto describes why she is about to drive with her mother from Fort Myers, Florida to her mother's home in Huntsville; Advocates are hopeful that the federal government may use the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit as an impetus to create a national basic income program. We hear more from one of them, Elaine Power of Queen's University in Kingston; Shane Bateman of the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College has tips on keeping your dog or cat safe during this heat wave; We speak with Betty-Lou Kristy is the new Chair of the Minister of Health's Patient and Family Advisory Council. Her appointment comes as the province grapples with a number of problems, from COVID outbreaks in long-term care and on farms, to a worsening opioid epidemic and rising rates of mental illness; Cornwall's Mayor Bernadette Clement tells about the shipping containers the city is making available for pop-up shops.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Wednesday July 8, 2020

Where do you have to wear a mask in this province? Cheryl White and Rob Shirkey Cheryl White are volunteers with the group Masks4Canada and they are plotting a map of where masks are mandatory; Back in April, Carolyn Rapson became the first person with COVID-19 in Bracebridge. She tells us her story of how she became infected and her long road to recovery; Avia Eek of Eek Farm in Holland Marsh tells us how the weather has been affecting their crops. Dave Phillips, Senior Climatologist for Environment and Climate Change Canada talks about what's brought on this streak of very hot, dry weather; Sheila Block, Senior Economist at The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives talks about the country's projected deficit and what we may expect to hear in the update from federal Finance Minister, Bill Morneau; Graeme Langdon a librarian with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library system has some recommends some books for younger readers; Family doctor Peter Lin explains how research is revealing that COVID-19 may cause vascular problems as well respiratory ones; Charmaine Holland tells us about the Caring and Connecting Pen Pal Initiative created to keep seniors from feeling lonely.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Tuesday July 7, 2020

For our kids, do the benefits of returning to school outweigh the risks? A group of Canadian health experts say 'yes'. Dr. Ronni Cohn, President The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto explains why; Many municipalities have made it mandatory to wear a mask while indoor in public spaces. So does making them mandatory make it easier, or harder, to cover up?Laura Cavanagh a psychotherapist at Seneca College talks about what motivates us when it comes to masks; Kingston councillor Rob Hutchison discusses why he would like to have the city delay evicting some people who have created an informal campground at Belle Park; Carl James led research on streaming students back in 2017 and found it disproportionately affected Black students. He talks about the implications of the province's decision to end streaming in Ontario schools; Mitch Panciuk the Mayor of Belleville discusses the city's police budget; Masks are now mandatory eastern Ontario. Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, explains the new rules, and why local medical of officers of health agreed they were necessary.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Monday July 6, 2020

The U-S has bought the global supply of the Covid-19 drug remdesivir for the next three months. Will it take the same approach with a vaccine? Alexandra Phelan at the Centre for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University in Washington, D-C. offers her perspective; Tracey Wodnisky of the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre tells us about starting Ontario's first 24/7 text line for sexual violence survivors in need of support; A tale of two beaches. The Mayor of Wasaga Beach, Nina Bifolchi explains why they will be closing down part of the beach because they are unable to enforce physical distancing; Tom LaForme owner of Beachside Cottages and Beachside Takeout in Sauble Beach, talks about being able to reopen last Friday; Kristin Muszynkski is a civil litigation lawyer and a member of the executive of the Federation of Ontario Law Associations. She describes how Ontario courts are attempting to return to in-person hearings and trials; Ashley Wallis of Environmental Defence in Toronto reminds us about 'Plastic Free July'; Chris Wallace of Maple Grove Farms in Mansfield tells us about their vending machines for produce.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Friday July 3, 2020

What's driving people's choice to wear a mask - or not - during the pandemic? Psychologist Frank Farley explains how our survival instincts are influencing decisions that can affect our health; Kim Blackwell, the managing artistic director of 4th Line Theatre, tells us about the Festival Friday Farmers' Market that they are hosting; The contents of our toilets could hold some information about COVID-19 and its spread. The goal is to find new cases of COVID-19 and any hot spots that may have gone undetected. Nina Simmons an associate professor at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa is a member of the research team; It has been less than two weeks since Kingston's Love Marketplace project got off the ground and it's already hit a snag. Kingston mayor Bryan Paterson tells us about some of the changes their making to help local businesses; Political scientist Niambe Carter looks at the challenges Americans will be facing as they consider celebrating Independence Day as the county experiences a record high number of infections; Jim Hughes is a fifth generation farmer in Prince Edward County who employs a small number of migrant workers on his fruit farm. He describes how they all have coped during the pandemic; Corinne Pohlmann of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business explains why they are lobbying the federal government to provide more financial support for small businesses.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Thursday July 2, 2020

David Kerr is the manager of environmental services for Kawartha Lakes. He discusses how the region is collecting 25% more waste since the outset of the pandemic; 'NAFTA 2.0, the new free trade deal between Canada, the United States and Mexico is finally in effect. So what does it mean for Canadians? We ask Peter Loewen a political scientist at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at University of Toronto; We talk to two local restaurant owners about trying to survive business during the pandemic. John Ackerman of Bud's on the Bay in Brockville describes the difficult decision to close their place; Andrea Chiodo of Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery in Barrie tells us how they've had to adapt; Antje McNeely, Kingston's Chief of Police, is now the president of the Ontario Association of Police Chiefs. She talks about the role of local police amid calls for reform and 'defunding'; The European Union says it's opening its doors to Canadians. But are Canadians interested in going too far during this summer of Covid-19? We talk to travel writer Jim Byers; The Mayor of Innisfil, Lyne Dollin explains the difficulty in keeping the local beach safe - which often means discouraging out-of-towners to stay away.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Tuesday June 30, 2020

John Gradek of the Global Aviation Leadership Program at McGill University in Montreal discusses the announcement from Air Canada and WestJet that the airlines will no longer leave seats empty on aircraft to provide physical distancing among passengers; Our happiness columnist, Jennifer Moss, examines how even as more and more of us report feeling stressed during the pandemic, many of us are afraid to ask for help; Amanda Stone helps at the North Hastings Community Cupboard in Bancroft. She tells us about how their growing fresh produce on their tower garden; Ontario Power Generation has announced that it has ended efforts proceed with a plan to store nuclear waste under Lake Huron near Kincardine. We have reaction from Brennain Lloyd of Northwatch, a group monitoring the situation; Erin Balser of CBC Books has recommendations for summer reading; Ian Lee of the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University talks about the decision by various companies to withold their advertising from Facebook; Morgan Seabrook is member of the youth advisory council for the Human Environments Analysis Lab at Western University where teens have been working with to see how vaping impacts the health of young people. Jason Gilliland is the director of the lab and a professor of geography at Western. They talk about their work and the province's new regulations on how vaping products can be sold or advertised; We check in with Cathy Smith the owner of The Kawartha Buttertart Factory.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Monday June 29, 2020

Because of COVID 19 health measures, restaurant goers are likely to encounter a large helping of safety measures to protect both staff and customers. For his perspective on what this could mean for the hospitlaity business we reached Chef David Wolfman; Nancy Brady of the Ontario Principals Council describes the challenges administrators and teachers are facing in preparing to reopen schools in the fall; Jenna Hennebry is an associate professor at Wilfrid Laurier University with the International Migration Research Centre and also sits on the expert working group for the Migrant Worker Health Project. She discusses the province's response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting deaths among some migrant workers in southwestern Ontario; Sherry Karlo of Karlo Estates in Wellington, Prince Edward County talks about their vegan wine; Madeleine Barbarien is with Future Majority a non-profit organization that advocates on issues important to young people. She offers her reaction to the federal government's new program that will pay students for 'volunteer' work; Dr. Kieran Moore the Chief Medical Officer for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington talks about the recent outbreak of COVID-19; Serena Ryder previews the Canada Day shows she's co-hosting on the CBC this Wednesday.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Friday June 26, 2020

Kaitlin Schwan of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness discusses their report that reveals that those women who find themselves homeless are largely invisible to society at large; Sue Gontier is a community advocate in Peterborough. She talks about recent efforts to make things as basic as drinking water and washrooms available to the city's homeless; David Sills of the Northern Tornado Project based at Western University talks about their work and the tornado season thus far in Ontario; Abby Deshmanis from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association talks about their research into who is being charged for violating restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus; Parenting author Ann Douglas talks about the summer like no other and how it can still be an enjoyable one in spite of the cancellation of so many events and activities;Janice Jackson the mayor of South Bruce Peninsula explains why they felt obliged to close access to Sauble Beach in the interest of public safety.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Thursday June 25, 2020

Should wearing masks in public become mandatory? For his perspective we reached Dr. Matthew Oughton. He's an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal; Our Queen's Park reporter Mike Crawley looks at the new math curriculum announced by the province; Mark Mattson, the president of Swim Drink Fish, tracks beach conditions around the province. He talks about the challenge of maintaining proper physical distancing on popular Ontario beaches; Barrie Deputy-Mayor Barry Ward thinks that a proposal to drastically raise parking fees for out-of-towners by the lakeshore won't lure them downtown but just drive them away; Olga Cwiek is the chair of the board of directors for the Capitol Theatre Heritage Foundation in Port Hope. She explains how the pandemic could compromise the future of the historic theatre; Family doctor Peter Lin explains how the steroid dexamethasone has seemed effective in treating severe cases of COVID-19; Phil Harding, the Mayor of Muskoka Lakes, returns to address some alleged incidents of vandalism targeting drivers with American license plates; Todd Lewin of Muskoka Brewery explains how they are using their brands to advocate for certain causes.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Wednesday June 24, 2020

Ashlee Aitken of Kawartha Food Share general manager talks how they have coped with what were dwindling contributions and increasing demand during the pandemic; We talk again with Gilles Hache, chef and owner of Auberge Gilles near Meaford. Every Wednesday, he serves hundreds of free meals to those in need across Grey and Bruce counties; Kingston Dr. Gregory Davies chairs the Davies Charitable Foundation. He tells us about their initiative Friends Feeding Friends which provides grocery store gift cards for people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic; Alan MacDonald is an elementary school teacher in Kingston who also leads the South Frontenac Food Bank community garden. He talks about the importance of the garden to the community and for the education of his students; Peter Sundborg the executive director of Barrie Food Bank describes how they are coping with the increase in need for their services while contending with a drop in donations and number of volunteers; Greg MacIntyre is a new client with the South Frontenac Food Bank, which has seen the demand for its service doubled in the month of April. He tells us how illness led him to take advantage of the food bank for the first time in his life; Kat Rendek is a local food champion with the City of Cornwall. She outlines two of their intiatives: a virtual farmers' market and Edible City, where food is planted on unused city property; Ayla Fenton from the Kingston Community Gardens Network recommends some reading on gardening and the politics of food; Sisters Priya and Sonal Gupta are university students in Kingston. They explain how volunteering at the local food bank has evolved into summer jobs for both of them; Chef Jesse Neary and his 8-year-old son Jesse are cooking free meals in his own kitchen for residents at a local homeless shelter in Collingwood.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Tuesday June 23, 2020

So how do you get ahead when you're not going into work? Author and career coach Sarah Vermunt offers some advice to employees who would like to advance their careers but find themselves working remotely from home; Technically, it's called green filamentous algae. Informally, it's called snot algae. Scott Tweedie the operations manager of the Rideau Canal talks about its appearance in local waters; Many people in Prince Edward County are worried about the influx of people from areas where the coronavirus may be more prevalent. Some are calling for ways to restrict their access. We get reaction from Mayor Steve Ferguson; What changes are needed to protect residents of long term care home? And how much will it cost? Sheila Block, an economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, tells us about their recent report; Jordan Press of the Canadian Press talks about accusations and denials between Conservative leadership candidates and the Liberals' response to charges being laid against one their M.P.'s; Sean Jacklin is local organizer for 'Future Majorit' in the Peterborough-Kawartha area. The organization is hoping to get Millenials and other younger votes to get involved in their political future; Accomplished potter Bill Reddick explains why he has turned to baking - and is enjoying great success.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Monday June 22, 2020

In the U-S, cases of COVID-19 are spiking across the so-called Sun Belt and the West. Sheena Harris a professor at history at Tuskegee University in Alabama discusses the political impact of the spread of the coronavirus in 'Trump country'; James Skidmore teaches German studies at the University of Waterloo and also offers webinars to help instructors adjust to online teaching.He talks about the opportunities for students to cheat as more instruction and testing moves online; The CBC's Inayat Singh, looks into the predicament of those who are refusing to work during the pandemic for safety reasons and what their and their employers obligations are; Jay Exton the owner of The Canoe and Paddle English Pub and Restaurant in Lakefield now owns a bit of Blue Jays' history: the AstroTurf from their 1993 World Series win at the former SkyDome; Brock McGillis played for the Windsor Spitfires and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.He agrees with other former players who say the OHL and the CHL have been complicit in hazing, bullying and abuse of underage players for decades; The City of Kingston is hoping to revitalize the downtown core by adapting to the changes brought on by COVID-19. Mayor Bryan Paterson tells us about 'Love Kingston Marketplace'; Shannon Gutoskie of the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority describes the lady slipper orchids that are flourishing at the Purdon Conservation Area in Perth.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Friday June 19, 2020

The Indspire Awards, a celebration of Indigenous achievement will be broadcast this Sunday on CBC. We hear from one of the hosts, comedian and actor Craig Lauzon; Zi-Ann Lum.reports on federal politics at HuffPost Canada. She offers her perspective on the Conservative Party's leadership debates; Queen's University graduate student Kassandra Luciuk explains the history that informs her graphic novel on the internment of Ukrainians in Canada called 'Enemy Alien: A True Story of Life Behind Barbed Wire';, Belleville police launched a new Indigenous Cultural Awareness training program to strengthen their relationship with the city's First Nations neighbours; Mike Hill is a retired OPP and Tyendinaga officer who policed in First Nations for 16 years. He helped Belleville to facilitate the program; The CBC's Haydn Watters looks at some of the surprising inconsistencies in the province's restrictions with respect to the pandemic; The Ginger Press will launch an anthology called 20/20 Hindsight: Being Gay in Bruce and Grey; We hear from Joan Beecroft who compiled the book; Lawton Osler of the Muskoka Lakes Association talks about the reports of tension between permanent residents and visitors; Jeff Bowman ia wildlife ecologist with the Ministry of Natural Resources in Peterborough debunks the reported sighting of a Florida squirrel.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Thursday June 18, 2020

Michelle Guerrero, a postdoctoral fellow at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Ottawa sums up a survey she helped to conduct for ParticipACTION: that Canadian kids have not been getting enough exercise - and even less under the restrictions put in place during the pandemic; Our Queen's Park reporter Mike Crawley talks about the government's plan - or lack thereof - for getting students back to school; Jeff Lehman the Mayor of Barrie, explains the city's efforts to dismantle an encampment at Milligan's Pond put up by people without permanent homes; Gary the Unicorn (a.k.a. Jason Hopley) previews the second season of 'The Story Store' podcast; Pamela Libralesso of Barrie has not been able to visit her 14-year-old son Joey who lives in a group home since March. The new rules under which visits can now take place still make it untenable for her and her family to visit; Family doctor Peter Lin talks about who can be in our social bubbles or social circles; Charlene Theodore is a labour and employment lawyer. She discusses how one may be able to make a claim for injury compensation while working at home because of the coronavirus; Barrie North Collegiate student Rabab Azeem talks about winning a $100 thousand scholarship to Queen's University.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Wednesday June 17, 2020

The chronic shortage of affordable housing in Muskoka has put tremendous pressure on residents, and stalled economic growth. Huntsville councillor, Nancy Alcock talk about what the region is doing to help; Nicole Vaillancourt is a lawyer in Collingwood and is part of the effort to ban symbols of hate and discrimination in wake of someone flying of confederate flag in town. She tells us what is involved in making this happen; Dr. David Kuhl is a professor in the faculty of medicine and co-founder of The Men's Inititiative at the University of British Columbia. He explains that many fathers have been able connect with and be present for their kids during the pandemic and don't really want to get back to the old normal; Michael Knight, the chair of the Downtown Orillia Management Board, explains the debate surrounding allowing patios to extend onto the road; Phil Harding, the Mayor of Muskoka Lakes, says drivers with U.S. license plates are being targeted and told to go back home. He expresses his concern with this trend; Liberal MP and president of The Black Parliamentary Caucus Greg Fergus talks about a statement the group has released and the measures it contains to end systemic racism in Canada; Owen Sound librarian Nadia Danyluk shares must read books for the Class of 2020; James Murphy runs Explorers' Edge, which oversees tourism in the Muskoka, Parry Sound and Algonquin Park area. He joins us to explain just how ready these smaller towns are to receive tourists and what's at risk.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Tuesday June 16, 2020

Karen Morrison knows is an advertising professional with two children. It took her two and a half years to find a home to rent in the Huntsville area since so many property owners now prefer to let to short term tenants; One drink a day: that's the new threshold that's recommended if we hope to avoid some of the serious health effects of alcohol. Tim Stockwell of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria tells us about their research; Shakil Choudhury is a diversity consultant who conducts unconscious bias training for police services across Canada including here in Ontario; Emilie Norris-Roozman is a master's student at Queen's University who hopes to recruit participants for a survey she's created. to learn more about the experiences of people who've been bitten by a tick and contracted Lyme Disease; How has the pandemic affected who can serve as a volunteer? We find out more from Brenda Snider of Volunteer and Information Quinte in Belleville; Jordan Press of the Canadian Press discusses the this week's big issues in federal politics; Late last week, the province gave the go-ahead for people to start forming bubbles or "social circles" of up to 10 people. But deciding who to include can be a bit of a balancing act. We talk about it with Nafissa Ismail of the school of psychology at the University of Ottawa; Hollis English an owner of Murphy’s Farm Market and Bakery in Alliston explains how being forced to adapt during the pandemic has actually allowed them to expand their business model. .

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Monday June 15, 2020

Sarah Tilley is the outreach harm reduction coordinator with the Gilbert Centre in Orillia. She talks about the initiative they have undertaken with the Canadian Metal Health Association to help people with struggling with opioid use; The Mayor of Russell, Pierre Leroux, explains how they can repudiate the legacy of the man for whom the town is named - without renaming Russell; Takara Small, technology writer and founder of Venture Kids Canada offers her opinion on the value of math games for kids; David MacDonald, a senior economist for Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, talks about the decision by the major grocery store chains to end the two-dollar-a-week bonus to 'front line' workers; Alvin Fiddler, the Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation which represents 49 First Nations in northern Ontario talks about the charges of systemic racism levelled against the R.C.M.P. and other police forces; Greg Strong, a reporter with The Canadian Press, talks about the dwindling prospects for university sport because of the pandemic.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Friday June 12, 2020

Jewelles Smith withthe Council of Canadians with Disabilities expresses her frustration that many people with disabilities will have wait for an anticipated tax-free benefit; Aaron Rock the pastor at Harvest Bible Church in Windsor talks about preparing to welcome back the congregation now that churches, mosques and temples can reopen; Today, more businesses and activities will be opening for the first time in months as the province enters Phase 2 of reopening. Dr. Charles Gardner the local Medical Officer of Health talks about their approach; Even though many restaurants can now offer sit-down service a lot of the are struggling to survive. We get an update from James Rilett of Restaurants Canada - an association that represents the country's food service industry; Lisa Dixon the owner of Black Honey Desserts and Coffee House in Peterborough explains why she plans to continue to offer only take out for the time being; Dr. Eddy Lau a Toronto paediatrician says that for younger grads in elementary, middle and high school - a traditional, live graduation ceremony is essential; David Zheng who is a medical student at Western University in London and a musician tells us about the virtual concert series he has started to entertain people in long term care homes.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Thursday June 11, 2020

Vince Accardi of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada what needs to be done to help salvage the 2020 summer season; Our Queen's Park reporter outlines what to expect as much of the province begins stage 2 of reopening; Chantal Tranchemontagne explains her role as a legal observer at a recent demonstration against racism and police violence in Cornwall; Dr. Lesley Barron, a surgeon at Georgetown Hospital, has not seen her mother who is long term care in Fergus, for months. She makes the case that the province should be permitting access at locations that aren't dealing with any active cases of COVID-19; How would redirecting part of police budgets to social services affect the crime rate? We ask Michael Kempa is an Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Ottawa; Our happiness columnist Jennifer Moss explains why touch is so important to us humans; What options does the federal government have if it wishes to continue to offer financial aid when the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit - CERB - program ends? We ask Tammy Schirle an economist at Wilfred Laurier University; Dan Taylor the Economic Development Catalyst for the town of Innisfil tells us how they have collaborated with Ryerson University's DMZ, a business incubator.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Wednesday June 10, 2020

Tracy Saarikoski runs four child care facilities with Discovery Early Learning and Care in Sudbury. She explains how they were surprised that the province would allow daycares to resume operations so soonand what protocols they'll adopt when they do reopen; Reopening the Canada-US border was expected to happen on June 22nd. But now it appears that the restrictions will continue well into July. We get reaction from Laurie Tannous an advisor to the Cross Border Institute at the University of Windsor; Eric Thompson of the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home in Kingston tells us about their drive-thru visitaton service; Keenan Aylwin, a city councillor in Barrie makes the case for redirecting some of the police budget to other social services; As much of the province prepares to enter stage 2 in the easing of COVID restrictions, we hear from Rhonda Keenan of Peterborough and Kawarthas Economic Development. She says local businesses are relieved but concerned about re-opening; Kimberly Sutherland Mills of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library recommends some reading for Pride Month; Family doctor Peter Lin discusses New Zealand's success in effectively ending any more cases of COVID-19; Catharine Inniss is a realtor and President of the Lakelands Realtors Association. She talks about the market in traditional cottage country.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Tuesday Junes 9, 2020

Frances Smith, the Mayor of Central Frontenac Township which includes the hamlet of Parham, describes how the community is responding after the fire and shooting incident Sunday night that led to the arrest of a man yesterday; Epidemiologist, Nitin Mohan discusses the challenges as many jurisdictions enter stage two of the province's reopening plans while other areas such as Toronto and Hamilton will by subject to the current restrictions; Alok Mukherjee, the former Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board and co-author of "Excessive Force: Toronto's Fight to Reform City Policing" discusses 'defunding' of police forces as calls for change come in response to the murder of George Floyd while in police custody; Ross McIntyre with Camp Couchiching in the Orillia area tells about 'camp in a box'; Joanne Gallop, until recently was an employee of Canopy Growth in Smiths Falls. She tells us how she and many of her colleagues were laid off over Zoom; Jordan Press of the Canadian Press discusses the Prime Minister's call to require police to wear body cameras; Erick Laming is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto.His research focuses on police use of force and its impact on Black and Indigenous communities. He talks about the effectiveness of having police wear body cameras; Tracy Turner and her daughter Molly tell us about rescuing a baby beaver.

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Ontariio Morning Podcast - Monday June 8, 2020

This is National Blood Donor Week. Peter MacDonald is director of donor relations for Canada Blood Services. He talks about the need for blood and the new protocols in place to keeps donors safe; Joshua Sealy-Harrington is a lawyer at Power Law in Ottawa and a doctoral student at Columbia Law School. He talks about the challenges in attempting to prosecute police officers accused of violence towards citizens; Dan Kraus, a senior biologist with Nature Conservancy of Canada talks about endemic species - the flora and fauna unique to this country - that may be threatened; Barrington Walker is a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University who specializes in Black Canadian history. He outlines the racist heritage and symbolism of the Confederate flag; Dwayne and Emily are an interracial couple raising their three boys in Belleville. They off their reaction to a local police officer's posing with the Confederate flag; Dwayne who is Black, describes his experience living in what is a predominately white community; Chef and author Raquel Fox talks about summertime comfort foods.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Friday June 5, 2020

William Wallace operates cottagevacations.com They rent out cottages in Muskoka, Haliburton and the near north. He talks about the province's announcement that short-term rentals are permitted once again; Paula Duhatschek, a reporter with CBC Radio in Kitchener-Waterloo looks at how various Catholic school boards have decided to mark Pride Month; Pearl Dowe, a political scientist at Emory University in Atlanta compares the recent demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd to the civil rights movement of the '60's; There are calls in Belleville to have Constable Todd Bennett removed from the local police force because of images of him with the Confederate flag. We hear from Sydney Jarvis who is organizing a vigil, and from the Mayor, Mitch Panciuk; Siena Hopkins-Prest is a Grade 6 student at Edmison Heights Public School in Peterborough who earned a $10 thousand donation to Habitat for Humanity for her short essay on what home means to her; Following a viral video that shows a white woman calling police on a black birdwatcher in New York City, the first-ever Black Birders Week is underway. Birder Peter Saroye tells us more; Shakir Chambers a Progressive Conservative political strategist and senior consultant at Navigator looks at the new government's progress now two years into their mandate; A farm near Port Hope is open to the public again and offering walks with their goats and alpacas. We hear from owneer Debbie Nightingale.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Thursday June 4, 2020

Courtney Skye is a research fellow at the Yellowhead Institute, and currently at the Six Nations of the Grand River. She discusses what the government has yet to accomplish one year after the final report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Girls and Women; Our Queen's Park reporter Mike Crawley explains that Ontario seems to be lagging behind other provinces in bringing the spread of the coronavirus under control; Author and playwright Catherine Hernandez discusses the concept of 'ally-ship' and what we need to take into account when profferring support for people with different cultural or racial backgrounds from our own; Mayor Harry Hughes outlines their town's vision for the Oro-Medonte McLean Park and explains some of the obstacles to its development; Dr. Christina Grant of the Canadian Paediatric Society's Cannabis Project Advisory Group talks outlines news guidelines to help doctors talk with young patients about cannabis use; Journalist Jan Wong marks the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre; Hair stylist Kim Murphy works at Inn Style Salon in Bobcaygeon. She talks about not being able to see her clients.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Wednesday June 3, 2020

Justin Hansford a Law Professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C. talks about how police are responding to mass protests and whether certain of their tactics cause an escalation of violence; Chris Ramsaroop speaks on behalf of the the group Justice for Migrant Workers. He addresses the response to the recent outbreaks of COVID-19 at a number of farms in southern Ontario; Tianna Edwards writes a blog "Keeping Up with KIngston'. She discusses her experience that she recounts in her essay " Being Black in Kingston"; Arjumand Siddiqi the Canada Research Chair in population health equity of the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health makes the case for compiling race-based data on infection during the pandemic; Lyndsay Bowen of the Kawartha Lakes Public Library tells about some of the books people have shared during their weekly virtual book club meetings; Family doctor Peter Lin explains some of the risks of spreading the coronavirus when people gather in crowds to demonstrate; Craig Thompson of Patient Ombudsman explains why they think there is a need for their organization to also conduct an investigation into conditions at Ontario's long-term care facilities.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Tuesday June 2, 2020

How do we talk to our young children about racism? The media has been full of images of the protests that erupted to protest the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Carl James, a professor in York University's Faculty of Education, has suggestions on how to approach the subject; Steve Clarke, the Mayor of Orillia, talks about plans to allow worship in public parks; The Mayor of Barrie, Jeff Lehman, offers his reaction to the federal government's plan to immediately transfer all of the revenues earmarked for municipalities; Flavio Turchet of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario explains the protocols that will be in place to help ensure the help of dentists and their patients now that regular visits are resuming; The federal government has set aside millions of dollars to promote domestic tourism. Megan Knott of Tourism tells us how they hope to attract more visitors to the city as the restrictions around the coronavirus are relaxed; Jordan Press of the Canadian Press reports on the Prime Minister's remarks on racism in response to the killing of American George Floyd and looks at the release of funds to support municipal governments; Ernie Cecchetto has recovered from COVD-19 and is now donating his blood plasma in hopes that the antibodies he produced may help researchers find a cure for the disease; Sarah Doyle of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at Ryerson University tells us about their research into what the job market may be like ten years in the future.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Monday June 1, 2020

Physician Epidemiologist Nitin Mohan explains the concept of the 'superspreader' following news that a doctor in New Brunswick managed to infect a number of people after failing to self-isolate after a trip out of the province; Co-host Elena Hudgins Lyle, previews the new podcast Inappropriate Questions; Ralph Yeung, a medical radiation technologist, expresses his disappointment and frustration that his and many other jobs are not considered eligible for the $4-dollar-per-hour premium being paid to other 'front line' workers; Penny Rush is Collingwood parent whose son attends what had until recently been known as Jean Vanier Catholic High School. She expresses her frustration with trustees who voted against the new name selected for the school by a committee in the community; Terry Young of the Independent Electricity System Operator - the group responsible for making sure the province has enough power - talks about how much power we've been using during the pandemic; Keneshia Grant a political scientist at Howard University in Washington, D.C. talks about the continuing unrest that has spread across the U.S. in reaction to the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer; Award-winning baker Beatriz Muller talks about the Big June Bake, a baking contest to help celebrate Innisfil's 200th anniversary.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Friday May 29, 2020

This week, at the Collingwood Health Centre , the number of people coming to be tested nearly tripled. We find out more from Dr. Harry O'Halloran the clinical lead for the South Georgian Bay Covid Assessment Centre ; Ian Mosby is one of the authors of Uncertain Harvest: The Future of Food on a Warming Planet. He talks about how our food chain could be threatened by climate change; Our Haydn Watters profiles some other front line workers: security guards; Doug Earle is the head of Fighting Blindness Canada which funds research. He tells us about their Screens Off For Sight challenge; Carolyn Hyslop of the Canadian Canoe Museum tells us how its future site on property next to the Peterborough Lift Lock was found to be contaminated with an industrial solvent; Asparagus is growing like weeds, now. We find out more from farmer Maurice Gervais.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Thursday May 28, 2020 - Part 1

Is it elder abuse? Following the revelations in a report by the Canadian military about the appalling conditions within some long-term care homes, we ask Esme Fuller-Thomson of the Institute for Life Course and Aging at the University of Toronto about our attitudes towards aging and the elderly; Our Queen's Park reporter Mike Crawley discusses his research that shows that cases of COVID-19 are concentrated mainly in Toronto and to a lesser extent in Hamilton, Windsor and Ottawa. It raises the question as to why the province has not allowed areas less affected to relax restrictions; Lynn Dollin, the Mayor of Innisfil, explains why people shouldn't plan on heading to the local beach; Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health for Peterborough tells us about the new drive-thru testing program; I asked happiness columnist Jennifer Moss if working from home all the time is a good thing for workers; Dr Paul Roumeliotis the Medical Officer of Health for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit talks about determing if - and how - different communities would be allowed to relax restrictions due to the coronavirus sooner than others; Dillon Browne a professor of psychology at the University of Waterloo explains what we can do to help students who are deprived of traditional graduation celebrations remain positive about their prospects.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Wednesday May 27, 2020

Candace Rennick is a part of the leadership team of CUPE Ontario, the union that represents workers in long term care homes. She was a personal support worker herself. She offers her reaction - and corroborates - the report by the Canadian Armed Forces of appalling conditions in some of the province's long term care facilities; John Higginbotham, a former commissioner for Canada in Hong Kong discusses the extradition hearing of Meng Wanzhou the Huawei executive living under house arrest in Vancouver. A judge is expected to issue a decision today; Sportswriter Sean Fitz-Gerald of 'The Athletic' outlines the N.H.L.'s plans to resume play; Steve Clark the province's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes talks about what financial relief may be forthcoming for municipal governments who will be unable raise enough revenue to finance services at the usual level; Angie Ricci of Angel Tours & Entertainment in Barrie explains how she like to turn her fleet of coaches into mobile testing centres; Lisa Levin of AdvantAge Ontario the association that represents not-for-profit long term care, housing, and services for seniors - including one of the residences where the military provided aid - offers her reaction to the military's grim report on conditions within some long-term care residences; Kerry Clare, editor at the 49th Shelf recommends some new reads; Family doctor Peter Lin has advice on using a non-medical face mask; Geoff Johnstone tells us about his picnic table boat.

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Ontario Morning Podcast -Tuesday May 26, 2020

Family physician Joshua Tepper who is the president of North York General Hospital in Toronto talks about our collective urge to gather - even if it appears to be at our peril - as seen at various parks over the very warm weekend; Laura Summerfeldt, a clinical psychologist at Trent University in Peterborough discusses what might be called 'quarantine fatigue' - our response to the long period of risk and relative isolation we've experienced since the beginning of the pandemic; James Rilett of Restaurants Canada tells us how he has been helping establishments prepare for operations whlle the threat from the coronavirus still prevails; Joanne Borris is Kingston's Housing Program Administrator. She explains the city's decision to close an improvised campsite at a city park and their efforts to find the people concerned safe temporary shelter; Jordan Press of the Canadian Press explains the deal the Liberals made with the N.D.P. to consult the provinces about providing a minimum of two weeks paid sick leave for workers; As Ontario has started opening up again there are worries what it might mean for community spread of COVID-19 and whether the province even has the ability to spot and isolate any new outbreaks. We find out more from Raywat Deonandan an epidemiologist at the University of Ottawa; Blue Mountains has announced that come next month they will be charging people to use their hiking trails. Tara Lovell, a spokesperson for the resort, explains their decision.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Monday May 25, 2020

The Canadian Screen Awards being tonight. We learn more from Beth Janson. Samuel Dahan tells us about a new app that uses artificial intelligence to help answer employment rights questions and connect you to a lawyer. We talk to researcher Janice Keefe about the gender imbalance when it comes to the impact of Covid-19. William Alexander, owner of Muskoka Drive-In, tells us the Drive-Ins are ready to re-open. Abigail Robinson tells us about chicken rentals.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Friday May 22, 2020

Kathryn Hill of MediaSmarts tells us about their new campaign to combat misinformation and disinformation from spreading on the internet, 'Check First Share Later'; Mike Moffat of the Ivey School of Business in London discusses the skyrocketing government debt and how we may bring it under control; Psychology professor Steve Joordens talks about how we are affected when we have very little to look forward to in terms of travel, vacations, or entertainment; Mira Gillis is a Grade 12 student in Windsor and one of organizers of 'Prom Is On' a national, virtual prom party; Ian Moggach of Theatre By The Bay in Barrie tells us about the live cabaret and fundraising show they are streaming tonight called 'Bring the Bay Home'. (MAW-gach) is the artistic director. Good morning.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Thursday May 21, 2020

Cara Zwibel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association explains why they have undertaken a court challenge to Newfoundland and Labrador's restriction of allowing access only to those who normally reside in the province; Our Queen's Park reporter Mike Crawley looks into how testing will be a vital part of the province's plan to gradually ease restrictions and how the rate of testing has at times remained below the government's stated goal; Spencer Callaghan of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority outlines how the disparity in the speed and quality of internet service between urban and rural locations has only increased during the pandemic; Is working from home becoming a pain in the neck for you - literally? We get some tips from Linda Miller, an occupational therapist and certified ergonomist; Paula Duhatschek of CBC Kitchener-Waterloo looked at how drivers for food delivery apps could have a hard time getting valid vehicle insurance; Allergy season has begun. Allergist Anne Ellis tells us how to distinguish from these seasonal symptoms and the onset of COVID-19; Paul Roumeliotis the Medical Officer of Health with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit talks about the challenges confronting local businesses at they navigate the tricky path to reopening.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Wednesday May 20, 2020

Dr. Samir Sinha, the Director of Geriatrics of Sinai Health Systems and University Health Network in Toronto offers his reaction to the province's announcement of the creation of an independent commission to look into the our long-term care system and its response to the coronavirus pandemic; The CBC's Colin Butler marks the 20th anniversary of the Walkerton water disaster and reports on concerns that climate change could compromise our water safety in the near future; Erinn Drage invites us to say 'Hello Spring' and to submit photos or videos marking the arrival of the warmer weather across the country. cbc.ca/HelloSpring #hellospringcbc; Eloise Tan of People for Education and a mother of two herself offers her perspective on the province's decision not to reopen schools until September at the earliest; COVID-19 and fashion. Alison Matthews David, a professor of fashion at Ryerson University who has studied the history of fashion and disease, looks at how the pandemic has affected the way we dress; Kristy Kirkup of the Globe and Mail talks about the efforts by the Conservatives to attempt to have Parliament reconvene in a more conventional way; Chris Streets of the Barrie Public Library tells us what's popular with local readers; Family doctor Peter Lin explains concerns that some chronic - and sometimes serious - health conditions are going untreated because of all the complications created by the coronavirus.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Tuesday May 19, 2020

Alison Thompson a Public Health Ethicist at the University of Toronto discusses the factors involved in making the decision to allow more businesses and activities to resume; Kristyn Ferguson of the Nature Conservancy of Canada says spring is a good time to wrangle any invasive species that may be colonizing your garden; Terry Guiel of the Downtown Peterborough BIA talks about what local merchants are doing as they prepare to start welcoming more customers; David McNair was a military pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force and an Aviation Safety Investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. He offers his expertise to explain what may have happened in the fatal crash of one of the Snowbirds in Kamloops, B.C.; Karla Combres is a trained life cycle celebrant. She offers some advice on how to properly honour a person following their death; Dr. Jennifer Kwan is a family physician in Ontario and a member of #Masks4Canada a group of physicians and citizens advocating for mask-use - and not just during the pandemic; We ask Sheila Embleton, a linguistics expert at York University which of the many phrases coined during the pandemic will endure when we return to some semblance of normal.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Friday May 15, 2020

Rebecca Compton of Dalton White Farms in Norfolk County explains how a killing frost ruined there first crop of asparagus; Jeff Preston is a longtime disability advocate and an assistant professor at King's University College in London He was invited to testify to a House of Commons committee on how well the federal government has supported people with disabilities during this pandemic. He talks about the unique challenges he and they are facing because of the pandemic; Several public health officials and municipal leaders are sending a clear message to day-trippers: cancel your trips, and stay home.The lakeshores are off limits. We hear from the Medical Officer of Health for Grey Bruce Dr. Ian Arra and the Mayor of Innisil, Lynn Dollin; Heather Greenwood-Davis is travel writer with the Globe and Mail. She discusses how we can indulge our wanderlust without leaving home; Our Haydn Watters marks the 20th anniversary of the Walkerton water crisis; Sgt. Kerry Schmidt with the OPP Highway Safety Division talks about the need to take special care while driving during the long weekend; How are restaurants doing nearly two months into the closures? Kingston restauranteur Tim Pater updates us on his situation.

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Ontario Morning - Thursday May 14, 2020

Peter Jüni, an epidemiology professor at the University of Toronto, was the lead author of a peer-reviewed study that concludes that warming weather will not do anything to slow the spread of the coronavirus; The National Research Council of Canada is teaming up with a Chinese company CanSino to develop a vaccine to combat the coronavirus. Lakshmi Krishnan of the NRC tells us more; Our Queen's Park reporter Mike Crawley obtained a draft of a news release outlining the province's plans to allow more openings. He tells us what he's learned; Two companies, Revera and Siena, operate more than 130 long-term care homes in Ontario, including facilities in Cornwall, Barrie and Bobcayeon. They may find themselves find themselves facing a $100 million class action lawsuit undertaken by the families of residents who have died. Darryl Singer is the lawyer who is leading the case; Carmen Gill is a sociologist at the University of New Brunswick who specializes in violence against women. She discusses how women have become particularly vulnerable because of the isolation being observed because of the pandemic; Cybersecurity expert Claudiu Popa explains how the apps designed for contact tracing of COVID-19 work and the risks they can present to our privacy; Siena and Zoe McLaven are twin sisters and Grade 12 students at Innisdale Secondary School in Barrie. They talk about ending their final year without prom; Annie Sparling extols the virtues of the humble rutabaga from Blyth, the Rutabaga Capitol of Canada.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Wednesday May 13, 2020

Many post-secondary students are reconsidering returning to their studies in the fall as more and more institutions announce that only online learning will be allowed. Sofia Descalzithe Canadian Federation of Students told us more; To mark National Nursing Week, we talk a veteran nurse from Barrie, Patty Schilling, about what it's like to be on the job during the pandemic; Sarah Thatcher, is a Grade 5 and 6 French immersion teacher and a mother of two. She explains why she no longer has her own kids take part in the e-learning classes being made available by the province; Washington-based journalist Paul Waldman discusses the apparent disconnect in the approaches to the pandemic by medical officials and President Trump and his administration; Harvey Bischoff of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation talks about some of their frustration with video lessons; Kimberly Sutherland Mills with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library tells about what's popular lately with their readers; Family doctor Peter Lin explains the controversial practice of 'human challenge trials' in testing the effectiveness of a vaccine; Barrie photographer Louise Jones tells us about the front-porch portraits she's taking.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Tuesday May 12, 2020

Pierre Filion is a Professor in the University of Waterloo's school of planning. He explains how our experience of this pandemic and other outbreaks has informed the way we design our towns and cities; Sports writer Sean Fitz-Gerald talks about what form minor league hockey will take when it returns; We check in with Kelly McKenna, of the Downtown Business Association in Barrie to find out local merchants are faring as some of the restrictions are relaxed; Author and parenting expert Alyson Schafer offers her perspective on a study on how kids from 11 to 14 are reacting to the relative isolation during the pandemic; Peter Weltman, Ontario's Financial Accountability Officer outlines at how they calculated that the province will arrive at a record deficit of $41 billion; Environment Canada climatologist Dave Phillips explains this unseasonably cold weather; Master gardener Ten van Andel has some tips for people worried about the low temperatures.

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Ontario Morning Podcast - Monday May 11, 2020

Sean Henry, journalist and anchor with CBC television discusses how Montreal has emerged at the hot spot for COVID-19 in the country; Alex Usher of Higher Education Strategy Associates, a consulting firm, discusses how colleges and universities will operate as it appears that most campuses will remain closed for the time being; Kerry Bowman is a bioethicist at the University of Toronto. He examines the effect of the mixed messages we are receiving about the safety of resuming some activities; Businesses with street access will now be able to serve customers at curbside. Karl Littler with the Retail Council of Canada looks at how - and if - businesses will be able to adapt; Millions of Canadians have are out of work - hopefully temporarily - because of the pandemic. But what if you're actively trying to find a job right now? Teresa Francis, a registered Counselling Therapist has some suggestions; Museums across the province are hoping you share your stories of living through this historic time. We find out more from Deb Sturdevant the archivist at the Bruce County Museum.

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