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Ontario Today

Unscripted and honest radio debates. Ontario Today is never shy. The host, studio guests and callers dive right into the contentious issues of the day. Call-in 1-888-817-8995

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Discovering the oldest water in the world, right here in Ontario

Prof. Barbara Sherwood Lollar, winner of the Herzberg Gold Medal, Canada's top prize for non-medical research.

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Beyond the Beyond Meat debate: Why bother with fake meat?

Vegans and omnivores chew over why fake meat is such a sensitive topic, with Ottawa concert promoter Shawn Scallen and the founder of Nuts for Cheese Margaret Coons.

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Billionaire's donation: Who put fuel in your bus?

Stories of surprising and life changing generosity, with Harvard MBA grad Nathaniel Goulbourne who tells his own story of receiving a leg up.

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Gardening: Newspaper instead of garden fabric

Ed Lawrence's advice on weeds, Dutchman's pipe vine, pear trees that won't bloom, bougainvillea, 12 Apostles plants and much more.

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Amber alert: When a child is in trouble, what do you do?

Parents and a police officer recall their stories of lost children and how they were found, with Amanda Pick from the Missing Children Society of Canada.

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Out with a bang. Why did you tune in to the Big Bang?

Last night, one of the longest running and most popular sit coms in tv history aired its finale. Our guest for the hour is tv columnist Bill Brioux.

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What happens when PCs dont answer questions at Queen's Park

Why does it matter? Our guest for the hour is Queen's Park Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star, Rob Benzie.

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Millions of Canadians don't get through when trying to reach some federal departments

Hello, government? The AG says millions of Canadians don't get through when trying to reach some federal departments. But it's not just government that doesn't answer. Your stories of telephone hell.

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110 km/h on some 400 highways: Is Ontario headed in the right direction?

We have two guests to kickstart the debate, Chris Klimek founder of the Stop 100 campaign to increase speed limits, and Graham Larkin, Executive Director of the national advocacy group Vision Zero Canada.

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Gardening: Face in a tree

Ed Lawrence is in to talk about strange gardening stories, and answer your questions

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Why is basketball your true love?

Kawhi Leonard's unebelievable 4-second final shot brings Toronto's team to the Eastern conference finals.

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Parenting: The downside of always trying to get it right

Open lines with Ann Douglas, author of Happy Parents Happy Kids; and Anne Walsh, author of Out of the Mouths of Moms.

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The case of Caster Semenya: Why it's about so much more

Open lines with former Canadian Olympic rower and Western University's Prof. Angela Schneider at the International Centre for Olympic Studies.

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GM maintains 300 jobs in Oshawa

Unifor's Jerry Dias says, it's not perfect but it's better than the closure the automaker announced last fall. Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter agrees but says the $170m from GM will create opportunities.

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Free menstrual products: Open lines with the Minister

Callers tell Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu what they think of providing free pads and tampons in federally regulated workplaces, like banks, telecommunications and transport companies, national defence and the RCMP.

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Is Gary Bettman right about banning head hits?

Many people are pushing the NHL to do more to reduce violence. But the Commissioner says no. Open lines with Dr. Doug Eyolfson, a Liberal MP on a sports-related concussion committee.

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Gardening: Rats in shrubs

Ed Lawrence on discouraging rats in the garden. Plus advice on building a tree house; orange trees; growing veggies in an old canoe; removing plants from lights.

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Who cares about cuts to libraries?

Borrowing fishing tackle, 3D printers, applying for jobs. You might be surprised how people use libraries. Open lines with Emily Farrell with the Brockville Public Library.

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Debating Ontario's take-over of Toronto's subway expansion

Is the province on the right track? Open lines with Toronto Region Board of Trade's Brian Kelcey and City Councillor Gord Perks.

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Trouble at Tim's

Lackluster sales at Canada's iconic coffee shop. What happened? Open lines with the marketing brain behind Tim Horton's Roll Up the Rim to Win contest Ron Buist.

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Positive parenting: How to get it right

How to move from yelling to firmness and kindness, with parenting expert and therapist Natasha Sharma.

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Heckling the PM in the flood zone

Why showing up at a disaster can get politicians in hot water, with public relations expert Bob Pickard.

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Cutting out-of-country OHIP: Government MPP takes calls

Robin Martin, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health, on a proposal to eliminate government travel insurance that partly covers emergency health costs abroad.

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Gardening: Beautiful ranunculus

Ed Lawrence loves this flower. He explains how to grow it. Plus more great gardening advice.

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Privacy Commissioner's fight with Facebook

Users describe their uneasy relationship with the social media giant, with MPs Charlie Angus and Nathaniel Eskine-Smith.

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Secret recordings at work

How common is it? How legal is it? An unexpected confession from a boss and open line advice with employment lawyer Soma Ray-Ellis.

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The debate over Canada's new LGBTQ2 loonie

What's the value of a loonie marking 50 years since the government decriminalized homosexual sex.

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Living in a flood zone: Why stay

Tami Ladouceur lost her home to flooding in 2017. Now the Ottawa River is threatening her new home.

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Gardening ideas for kids: Bean fort

A secret place to hide and a great way to teach kids about gardening. Plus more advice from our resident gardener Ed Lawrence.

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Notre Dame: After this fire or any destruction, when to rebuild, when to let it go

Architectural historian Robert Jan van Pelt and callers on the meaning of why somethings are rebuilt and others not.

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Solving a real da Vinci mystery

Cracking the case of La Bella Principessa and more stories from one of the world's top Leonardo da Vinci scholars, Prof. Martin Kemp.

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Dementia's angry eruptions

How to cope with an elderly parent's emotional outbursts, with psychotherapist Janice Berger, author of A Conversation About Emotional Fitness.

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Gardening: Ideas for planting

Ed Lawrence's suggestions and advice.

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Tiger Woods' comeback inspires

Golf journalist Lorne Rubenstein and fans on Woods' Masters win after years of scandal and injury.

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Such a thing as a political promise that's too small?

The three-men-in-a-hot-tub logo; the license plate slogan; tailgating parties. Is every budget line important to somebody? Or are some just distractions?

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What Ontario's budget means to you

Analysis with McMaster University economist Michael Veall and open line callers.

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Tailgating in Ontario: Hallelujah or heck, no!?

Ontario moves to legalize drinking outside sports venues. A political distraction? Or scoring big with sports fans?

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Youth protest: What's effective?

Two delegates at the Daughters of the Vote event on Parliament Hill, and an open line debate about turning your back and walking out on political leaders.

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

How to source a new jasmine plant and help for an overwatered bonsai.

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Getting to the bottom. Full or partial sedation for colonscopies?

Gastroenterologist says full sedation is unnecessary, expensive and creates more problems for patients

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Upheaval over lost teaching jobs

Education directors in Toronto and Hamilton on what provincial changes will mean for students; a former superintendent says government is spoiling for a fight with unions.

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CWHL folds: Do you care about women's hockey?

Toronto Furies player Carlee Campbell talks with callers about why this league didn't thrive in a country that takes pride in its hockey.

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Ousted from caucus: Did the Liberals make the right move?

Liberals callers torn over the expulsion of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from caucus; with response from cabinet minister Karina Gould.

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Banning religious symbols: Is this what secularism looks like?

Exploring how secular values play out in society, with Pierre Jury, Editorial Page Editor with Le Droit.

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Gardening: Start spring clean up

Plus Ed Lawrence's advice on moving asparagus; moles in the lawn; creeping charlie; saving a broken bough; and growing seeds under LEDs.

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Carbon tax: Are you better or worse off?

Crunch the numbers. Consider the alternatives. Dale Beugin, an economist with the Ecofiscal Commission explains what the new federal carbon tax and rebates will mean for you.

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Trying pot for the first time? Here's what you need to know

Open lines with the Nick Pateras, Vice President of Strategy with Lift & Co., the company hired by Ontario's Alcohol and Gaming Commission to train retail staff at marijuana stores across Ontario.

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Can Canadian musicians make a living?

Jazz vocalist Heather Bambrick says a few months of streaming revenue can net her $100. Weather Station's Tamara Lindeman says, increase pay per play to at least 1 cent.

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Ontario's cormorant hunt worth a rethink?

Anglers and hunters worry about being associated with the hunt. The government's own scientists warn against it.

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One issue per doctor's visit: Good time management or bad medicine?

A Brantford mother's post to social media launches a national debate.

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Gardening: Signs of spring

Plus Ed Lawrence's advice on broccoli & cauliflower; clearing blackberry and wild raspberry; climbing roses; getting orchids to bloom; when to start spring clean up.

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Is making online high school courses mandatory a good move?

Teachers and students with experience with online learning weigh in on a change the province plans to introduce in 2020.

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Party discipline vs maverick politician

What happens when independently-minded politicians come into conflict with their party leader? Political scientist Alex Marland, Conservative MP Michael Chong and callers weigh in on two current examples, one at Queens Park, the other on Parliament Hill.

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Why vape but not smoke?

Health professionals warn that marketing e-cigarettes for smoking cessation has left many with the impression that vaping is safe when it's not.

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Does the federal budget appeal to millennials?

Not really. 24-year-old caller says, the budget looks like it was written by old people who don't understand millennial reality.

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What digital media is doing to democracy

A debate with David Moscrop, the author of Too Dumb for Democracy? Why We Make Bad Political Decisions And How We Can Make Better Ones.

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Gardening: Ice is bad news.

Ed Lawrence explains how the freeze-thraw cycle is playing out in your backyard. Plus advice on peach trees, sweet potatoes, husbands and pruning, and rabbit damage.

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Are bigger high school classes a big deal?

Average class size will go from 22 to 28 students. Queens University math specialist Lynda Colgan says, it's bad news for math and science students.

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Attacks in NZ: Anti-immigrant here too

Why mosque shootings a world away feel close to home. Open lines with Sabreena Ghaffar Siddiqui who researches anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim attitudes.

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What grounding Boeing's Max 8 means for you

Passengers can't get through to airlines. Pilots try to make sense of the tragic airplane crash in Ethiopia.

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Our addiction to plastic

Try as you might, plastics are hard to give up. The Ontario government is floating a trial balloon about banning single-use plastics. Could it work? We start with a case study of what happened when the City of Toronto tried to ban plastic bags.

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Should SNC-Lavalin have to stand trial?

Only the current AG David Lametti can grant the company a plea deal. A debate about what he should do.

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Gardening: Shamrocks, prepping veggie boxes

Plus advice from Ed Lawrence on blood oranges, bird of paradise flowers, and separating a root balls.

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When to call it quits on a long commute

Callers describe travel times as long as 3 hours one way, changing jobs, moving, and working from home. Open lines with U of T transportation researcher Eric Miller.

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The Premier and the OPP

Police officers weigh in on accusations of political interference in appointing the Premier's friend to head the OPP; and a criminologist explains how that's all perfectly legal.

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Trudeau's future after SNC-Lavalin

Callers and a Liberal cabinet minister, an MP, and a candidate and Olympian react to the Prime Minister's account of the SNC scandal.

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Butts' testimony: A very different context

Political and legal analysis, and open line reaction to Gerald Butts' account of the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

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Is getting closure too simplistic?

Psychologist Randy Paterson says, society has a discomfort with discomfort. Expecting to seal off an event is unrealistic and unhealthy.

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Gardening: Corkscrew hazel going straight

Dried out dahlias? Not to worry. Plus more of Ed Lawrence's advice on growing clivia lilies; planting poppies; and dealing with bugs on succulents.

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What difference will a pot pardon make?

Not much, according to people who've received one. Reaction to the Liberal government's free and speedy pardons for simple possession, with lawyer Angela Chaisson.

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What changes to autism funding will mean for schools

Some children with high needs may be returning to the classroom.

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Jody Wilson-Raybould speaks. Are things any clearer?

Law professor Jennifer Quaid calls the former AG's testimony damning.

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Ontario's autism overhaul: Is anybody happy?

The debate over how to deliver services to thousands of children with autism .

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Now Singh has a seat, does the NDP stand a chance?

More substance. More to the left. Analysis of what it'll take for the NDP leader to recover after a rocky year.

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Gardening: Not dead yet!

Ed Lawrence's advice for hydrangea hanging on to life; spring bulbs that weren't planted in the fall; blood oranges; lemons, limes; and raised vegetable gardens.

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Does Green Book deserve Oscar for best film?

Movie critic Rad Simonpillai predicted it would win but that's not to say he's happy about it.

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