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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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Why Auschwitz matters to a new generation

To people like him who grew up with the internet, Jewish scholar Sebastian Schulman says, truth is slippery. So it's important to affirm what happened.

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Class size: How big is too big?

Forty students, not enough textbooks. Dropping curriculum, not enough time. Leaving teaching, feels like crowd control. Teachers describe how much is too much.

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Pat Sorbara: 40 years in backroom politics

Let 'Em Howl is a Liberal insider's story of putting women in power, being sidelined and then watching a dramatic defeat.

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Overdosing on over-the-counter painkillers

An Ontario study shows a sharp increase in the number youth intentionally taking too much acetaminophen. Drug safety expert Dr. David Juulink, co-author of the study, says it's time for a national conversation about the risks involved in this seemingly safe drug.

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Teachers strike: Open lines with elementary union president

ETFO's Sam Hammond on what's at stake. Callers take sides an escalating labour dispute.

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Harry and Meghan: Breaking up with family

We turn the mirror around to focus on callers' who've distanced themselves from family. Our guest is psychologist and couple and family therapist Sue Johnson, Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.

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Hoarding: A path to recovery

Social worker Elaine Birchall, co-author of Conquer the Clutter: Strategies to Identify, Manage and Overcome Hoarding, shares advice from nearly 2 decades of frontline experience.

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Ontario Human Rights Commissioner: Standing up for kids who can't read.

Renu Mandhane speaks about the Right to Read Public Inquiry with callers. The cost to purchase a full Empower Reading kit and train one teacher is $5,500 not $75,000, as mentioned on the broadcast.

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Harry and Meghan welcome here?

A debate about escaping racism, media scrutiny and the tortured dynamics of the royal family, with former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt.

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Gardening: The cactus came back

Stories of plants passed down from loved ones. Plus Ed Lawrence's advice on amaryllis, paper whites, asparagus and more.

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False alarm at Pickering nuclear plant: The moments afterwards

Pickering Fire Chief John Hagg, Ontario Tech University nuclear engineer Akira Tokuhiro and people in Ajax and Toronto describe how they reacted to the alert.

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Plane shot down: Analysis and reaction

Open lines with Middle East scholars Jeremy Wildeman at the University of Ottawa and Saeed Khan at Wayne State University.

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Flight 752: Bright and promising lives lost

Iranians and Canadians are grieving the loss of friends killed in the plane crash in Tehran.

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Weinstein's secret agreements: Is agreeing to say nothing the right choice?

Non-disclosure agreements are common in workplace sexual misconduct cases. But should they be? A debate with Toronto employment and human rights lawyer Hena Singh.

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Disgraced fertility doctor: Is too much left to trust?

A class action case against an Ottawa fertility doctor now claims 77 children were conceived using the wrong sperm or the doctor's own sperm.

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Porch pirates: What Fed Ex, Amazon, police advise

What you can do to keep your packages from being stolen off your doorstep.

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Gardening: Keeping indoor plants happy

Ed Lawrence's advice on kitchen herbs, amaryllis, Christmas cactus, passion flowers, cyclamen and more.

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Getting back with your ex: How some couples make it work

Open lines with Toronto psychotherapist Marcus Kupila.

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Chill Greta? The generational divide over climate change

How young and old are navigating the tension over what to do about the planet.

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The man who solved a real life Da Vinci mystery

This day marks the end of a year of celebrations commemorating 500 years since Leonardo Da Vinci's death. Hear how world renowned expert Prof. Martin Kemp verified that a portrait is indeed a previously unknown work of Da Vinci.

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How schools are failing kids with dyslexia

Hear why Ontario's Human Rights Commission has launched a public inquiry into the human rights of students with reading disabilities. An encore edition that prompted one listener to write: I'm sitting in my car sobbing. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Pet sitting: What could possibly go wrong?

A hilarious hour of stories about caring for neighbours' pets, with Toronto comedian Kyle Brownrigg.

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Holiday jukebox: Music that goes perfectly with Christmas baking

Stories and songs from this holiday season with Ottawa musician Jeff Rogers, Tyler Kealey, Petr Cancura and Nick Gauthier.

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A pill to stop the cravings for alcohol

An encore episode about why Toronto addictions medicine physician Dr. Chetan Mehta is trying to get the word out about this treatment.

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What Muslims, Jews, Sikhs like - and don't like - about Christmas

Open lines with York University Cinema and Media Studies Prof. Gillian Helfield who sees much of the season's appeal in classic Christmas films.

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Hamilton LRT scrapped: What it signals for Ontario politics

Light rail transit was more than 10 years in the making. More than $160 m has been spent. But it's all come to a halt because the government says costs ballooned.

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Teachers walkout again: How the labour dispute is being felt

Parents staying home from work and scrambling to find caregivers, and teachers on the picket line. Plus Prof. Rafael Gomez, Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto.

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Stolen cars: How thieves do it and how to stop them

Open lines with a police office with Ottawa's Organized Crime Unit and a security expert who knows all the gadgets to protect your vehicle.

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Scrapping the cannabis lottery

Details and reaction to the Ontario government opening the door to more legal cannabis stores.

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Gardening: Stargazer lilies

Plus advice from Ed Lawrence diseased spruce, jade plants and Christmas cactus.

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50 years with Toronto's Santa Claus Parade: Keeping the magic alive

Parade Creative Director Alf Iannarelli retires after 50 years of bringing joy to the kid in all of us. Memories and funny stories of past parades.

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Andrew Scheer steps down: Initial reaction

Breaking news from CBC Parliamentary Bureau Chief Rob Russo, plus callers' comments on the Conservative Leader's resignation.

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Is mandatory online learning a big deal?

It's a key sticking point in the labour dispute between high school teachers and the provincial government. Open lines with Educational Technology Prof. Michelle Schira Hagerman from the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa.

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Facing the world with facial difference

Ani Spooner was born with a port wine stain on her face. She and callers talk about what it`s like navigating life when you don`t look like everyone else.

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Phone scams: What you need to know

Privacy and Security expert and consultant on the board of mydata.org global NGO Former senior technology and policy advisor the privacy commissioner of Ontario.

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Gardening: Jack in the Pulpit from seed

Plus Ed Lawrence's advice about maple sugar trees, blueberries, fig trees, orchids, overwintering hibiscus and transplanting Venus flytraps.

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Laughing at Trump: Does it matter?

Columnist Susan Delacourt debates callers, arguing that it's about time world leaders make fun of the President.

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Sounds of the Season Holiday Jukebox

Our house band -- Jeff Rogers, Petr Cancura, Tyler Kealey and Nick Gauthier -- plays your Christmas requests as we raise money for local food banks across Ontario.

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Auditor finds food in long-term care not sufficient or nutritious

Incidents of choking, tooth decay, not enough staff to feed everyone. It needs to get better, says Dale Mayerson, a registered dietitian with extensive experience in long-term care.

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Teachers strike: Whose side are you on?

Hear both sides, the people who support the striking teachers and those who don't.

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Racial slurs, abuse in sport: What happens when a coach crosses a line?

Atheletes speak up about the discrimination and abuse they experienced. Mark Allen, Director of Safe Sport, says that's taboo because players were told that what is said behind the door stays behind the door.

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Dismantling turbines and green contracts: $230 m tip of iceberg

The cost of cancelling wind and solar projects likely much higher than reported, says York University Environmental Studies Prof. Mark Winfield.

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Gardening: Bonchi, turning peppers into bonzai

Ed Lawrence's advice on how to clear snow off tall cedars bent over with the weight; how to grow a yew; rescue an ivy; and deal with palm that's growing like crazy.

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Why is climate change such a landmine for Conservatives?

Open lines with long-time party insider and former CEO of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy David McLaughlin.

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Should Andrew Scheer step aside?

A debate with Ontario Proud's Jeff Ballingall, one of the party insiders calling on the Federal Conservative Leader to resign.

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Judges in the cross hairs: Keeping politics out of the courts

The Ford government wants to change the way Ontario judges are chosen to give the Attorney General more say in the process. Open lines with the man who designed the system to keep politicians from choosing political soulmates as judges.

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Marijuana edibles: How much is too much?

It can go from fine to very bad, very quickly, says addiction medicine physician Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler. What you need to know before you take a bite.

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Gardening: Transplanting white pines

Ed Lawrence's on advice planting sapplings; bringing hibiscus indoors; cutting back asparagus and more.

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Teachers union defends work-to-rule

No report card comments; no prep for standardized testing. OSSTF President Harvey Bischof responds to parents and teachers concerns.

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Coach's Corner principle vs friendship: What did you choose?

We turn the mirror around on Don Cherry's now infamous poppy rant and ask callers what they did when they were faced with choosing between principle and friendship.

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The interview that sealed Prince Andrew's fate

Open lines with veteran BBC journalist and presenter Robin Lustig.

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Long-term wait lists grow despite promises: What's the delay?

The former Liberal government promised 5,000 new beds. The Conservatives are promising 15,000. What's standing in the way of making more long-term beds a reality?

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Indoor vs outdoor pot: Which is better?

Chemical taste. Bugs. Theft. Consumers and growers weigh in on what they prefer, with Derek Pedro from WeedMD in Strathroy and Mark Spear from Wildfire Collective in the Ottawa Valley.

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Don and Ron gone: Debating MacLean's reaction to Cherry's firing

Open line reaction with hockey analyst Sean Fitz-Gerald with The Athletic Canada.

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Gardening: Dog vomit slime mold?

You might be surprised by some of the questions Ed Lawrence gets.

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You people: Immigrants have say on Don Cherry's rant

We handed the microphone over to newcomers to hear their thoughts on what the co-host of Coach's Corner said about wearing Remembrance Day poppies.

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The latest science, techniques, on how to teach children who struggle to read

In part 2 of series on dyslexia, open lines with psychologist Dave Kilpatrick, authorof Reading Development and Difficulties: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice.

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Boy with dyslexia: Wished I could die so I'd stop feeling so stupid

How 10 year-old Marcus Smith and hundreds like him helped launch an Ontario Human Rights Commission inquiry into the right to read.

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Did Don Cherry have to go?

Why some hockey fans defend the Coach's Corner's co-host even after remarks about immigrants got him fired. Other say good riddance.

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Heartbreaking, angry, funny

On this Remembrance Day, intimate perspectives on the lives of Canadian soldiers from the letters they wrote to loved ones.

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Where a song starts: Finlay says, goal was to make it dirty

Canadian-born Nashville-based singer-songwriter Trevor Finlay talks about recording a new album the old fashioned way. Plus songs you wish you could go back and hear for the first time.

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Reality check: Ford government boasts of an economic turnaround. Are you better or worse off?

Open lines with economist Michael Veall at McMaster University in Hamilton.

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Pharmacare: The promise and perils

Three of the 5 parties in the House of Commons have committed to free medication. Open lines with a proponent, Prof. Colleen Flood, the University Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa.

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Banning Airbnb party houses

Can the online short term rental company really shut down the party house next door?

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Gardening: Mystery smell

A caller asks about a plant that smells like patchouli. Plus Ed Lawrence's advice on wrapping cedars, growing herbs indoors and much more.

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Dogs on restaurant patios, in breweries?

The province is looking for feedback on a proposal to allow dogs in outdoor eating areas, like patios, and in breweries indoors where booze and pre-packaged foods are served.

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Covering Trump's Washington: BBC's Barbara Plett Usher

Canadian journalist and BBC State Department Correspondent on witnessing suicide bombers; the Quran in Middle East politics; Canada's shifting international role and more.

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The pursuit of fear: From ghost hunting to parachuting

Why we seek out things that scare us. Open lines with science journalist Jeff Wise, author of Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger.

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Critters in the Workplace

Bedbugs have been confirmed in ten federal government buildings across Canada including Ottawa, Hamilton and Toronto. Union leaders are calling for a national strategy. When did a critter get the best of you at work?

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Eliminating cervical cancer.. what's standing in the way?

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable cancers. But it kills 400 women in Canada each year. What barriers exist to eliminating this disease for good?

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Gardening phone in with Ed Lawrence - prepping for winter

So whether you are putting your perennials to bed for the winter...Wondering whether to leave those leaves on the lawn or rake 'em all up...Ed is here to help you figure it all out.

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Queen's Park returns after 5 month break and several policy U-turns

Do you like the policy changes?

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