Ontario Today

 
 

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.

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Peter MacKay: Harper contemplated Notwithstanding Clause

Former Conservative cabinet minister says his government considered overriding the Charter for mandatory minimums for sexual predators.

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Opposition Leader takes questions on battle over Toronto wards

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath explains her strategy against the government's move to shrink Toronto City Council.

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Toronto candidates caught up in ward change

Deputy mayor is happy but other candidates say voters are confused.

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Legal scholar: Constitution needs to give cities more power

Philip Slayton says court decision to allow Ontario to cut Toronto City Council in half exposes a critical problem with Canada's constitution.

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Millennials, teens weigh in on Notwithstanding Clause

Lessons in democracy and the constitution from Queen's Park.

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What it's like being Conservative in Ontario today

Life-long Conservative looking for another party. Others say, don't give up on the Premier yet.

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Gardening: Stinky, stinky, stinky

Corpse flower nick-named Pablo Picasso. Plus Ed Lawrence's advice on hydrangeas, red peppers and soil.

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What's really going on in Ontario's constitutional debate

Premier answers for deputy; Attorney General in Question Period; and what could Premier Ford mean when he says he's "handcuffed with a piece of tape over my mouth"?

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Sexism in sport: Is Serena right?

A debate about the tennis pro's behaviour at the US Open, with Stephanie Myles from Tennis.Life.

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Highlights of fireworks at Queens Park over Notwithstanding Clause

Hear the debate, protestors cleared from the gallery, and reaction.

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Invoking the Notwithstanding Clause

The Premier says he is cutting Toronto council because that's what the people of Ontario want. Hear some who agree, and some who don't.

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Judge tells Premier no to shrinking Toronto council

Reaction from candidates and callers.

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Hero or coward? NYT's anonymous editorial on Trump's White House.

Open lines with Peter Donolo, a former aide to Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien on the latest Washington intrigue.

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Don't drive high: Why isn't the message sinking in?

Drivers tell all: why they drive stoned and why they won't stop

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Chocolate milk wars

An Ottawa school stops selling chocolate milk and sparks a testy debate: what kind of milk is healthy, and does anyone else have the right to tell parents what to feed their kids.

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Giant sunflowers, mulberry trees threatened by condo developments and more.

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Cramming your carry on

Airlines are raising fees for checked bags. How good are you at packing lightly?

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Your summer soundtrack

Playful summer tunes that say summer 2018, with Ottawa musician Jeff Rogers.

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#MeToo leader and Weinstein accuser accused of abuse

How allegations against Asia Argento are changing the way people think about sexual assault.

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Roller coaster ride of your lifeScary, thrilling, memorable roller coaster rides

Harness popped; frozen stiff with fear; so scared she hit her date. Open lines with Jeff Wise, author Extreme Fear: Science of Your Mind in Danger.

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Telecom workers tell all

CBC`s Go Public documented so many stories of questionable sales tactics by companies selling phone, internet and TV services, the government called public inquiry. They want to hear from former and current employees. That's who called in to our show.

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Gardening: Apple trees, blueberries, leeks

What to do about a wound on an apple tree, and more, with Ontario Today`s resident gardener Ed Lawrence.

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Why Brooke Henderson`s golf win is so big

Four-time LPGA Tour Winner Lorie Kane, on the 1st Canadian woman in 45 years to win the national golf title.

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Does Crazy Rich Asians get it right?

Why this movie is so close to the heart for Asian Canadians.

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Seth Rogen, really? We need say don't clip toenails on transit?

Unbelievable behaviour on buses and subways with Toronto comedian Alex Kolanko.

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Do you cross a picket line?

Stories of fights; workers never talking to each other again; walking line with picketers.

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Pope begs forgiveness: Does it make a difference?

John Swales, abused by a priest, and psychologist Peter Jaffe reflect on the church's response to child sex abuse.

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Gardening: Grubs? Invasive buckthorn?

What to do about grubs? Invasive species? Advice from Director to the Toronto Botanical Garden Paul Zammit.

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North Dundas mayor gives his home to Syrian refugees for 5 months

What is the most unexpected, unforgettable thing that someone did for you?

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Your Aretha Franklin Anthem Anthem.

The song, the story.

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The outlaw artist;Banksy.

Guerilla graffitti master. Painter. Activist. Vandal and all round provocateur.

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Where does Sir John A Macdonald. Canada's first Prime Minister belong?

The debate over MacDonald including the removal of his statue in Victoria creates deep political ripples at all levels of government.

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Reversing course on pot sales

Is the provincial government on the right track? Open lines with cannabis analyst Ivan Ross Vrána and economist Anindya Sen.

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What is it about sunflowers?

Only knew of Van Gogh's sunflowers until a bouquet showed up. Plus more stories of super tall stalks.

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Gardening: Sunflowers

Japanese beetles, sleeping bees and unhealthy echinacea. Hear Ed Lawrence's advice.

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Mixing languages

Hear how people jumble up language. Is it something to fear or enjoy? Our guest Prof. Shana Poplack says, relax. It won't destroy a language.

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Who is in love with buck-a-beer?

The Ford government says people everywhere are asking, when are you bringing back buck-a-beer? Hear who likes the idea.

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In praise of the line up

Getting hired as an actor; falling in love; discovering family history. Stories of random encounters in line, with movie reviewer Rad Simonpillai.

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Gardening: Hot peppers and surviving the heat

Evergreen not surviving drought conditions? Something eating beet leaves? Listen to Ed Lawrence's advice.

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EpiPen shortage got you worried?

Within weeks, pharmacies across the country are expected to run out of adult-dose injectors for anaphylactic reactions. Open lines with Phil Emberley of the Canadian Pharmacists Association.

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Are you avoiding the U.S. this summer?

Despite the threats of a boycott, the number of Canadians travelling to the States has been rising. Open lines on who's bucking the trend and who isn't.

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A new plan for social assistance

The province has reduced a planned increase for social assistance and cancelled its basic income pilot project. What do you think of the changes?

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Is it time to embrace a four-day work week?

A company in New Zealand tried it out and said workers actually got more done. Could it fly at your workplace?

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Why do you need a gun?

A spate of shootings in Toronto has the city's mayor asking why anyone needs a gun in the city. Open lines on why people are seeking them out.

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The Mystery of the Creelman Lily

A call to Ontario Today last summer helped solve a decade-old mystery for a curator at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Plus, our weekly gardening phone-in with Ed Lawrence.

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Is this better local government?

Open lines on the premier's announcement to cut the size of Toronto city council and cut elections for regional chairs.

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Why Young Men?

Open lines with Jamil Javani, author of Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity, on the roots of young men's anger.

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More than 800 forest fires in Ontario

Accounts from people who've had to flee their homes, and a conversation about the health of the forests.

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Is the smartphone messing with the teenage brain?

Open lines with Jean Twenge, author of iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood.

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Shootings on the Danforth

Open lines on your reaction to this latest episode of gun violence in Toronto.

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Camping: Awe-inspiring or awful?

Funny stories of how the wilderness can surprise you.

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Insiders' stories of when governments come and go

Former staffers and public servants take us behind the scenes to hear what it's like when one government is defeated and another one is just getting its legs.

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The Trump-Putin summit with former Canadian NATO ambassador

Why the fallout from this meeting matters.

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Gun violence: Life after behind bars

Toronto's plan to combat gun violence is more police and more youth programs. But our guests say, that response is missing something key: a strategy for people coming out of prison.

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Gardening: Veggies, dandelions

Lilacs, iris not blooming? Planting now for fall vegetables? Listen to Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence for great gardening advice.

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Debating beer and wine in corner stores

The provincial government is promising to expand alcohol sales to convenience stores, big box stores and more grocery stores.

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Sex ed gone, wind farms gone

Reaction to the changes Ontario's new government is making.

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Cave rescuer, and dramatic rescue stories

A jungle rescue with an air strip lit up by molotov cocktails; mauled by a grizzly; and a recovery operation from Canada's deepest cave.

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Refugees in Ontario: How are they managing?

Real life stories, from shelters to finding jobs and homes.

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When hair is an issue at work

A Toronto security guard files a human rights complaint after he says supervisors told him his natural hair looked unprofessional.

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Banning rights on reds

Montreal and New York don't allow right turns on red lights. Now advocates in Toronto want a ban too. Would it make the roads safer?

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Gardening in dry conditions

Trees turning brown? Grass parched? Water not soaking in? Ed Lawrence explains how to keep your plants and trees hydrated.

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Private pot, yay or nay?

Ontario's new premier has expressed openness to private sales of recreational cannabis. Callers debate whether a government-run monopoly is a good idea.

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Wettlaufer: Why people don't report co-workers

The real life repercussions of what happens when people speak up or don't about theft, harassment, being high on the job.

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GreenOn rebates gone

Homeowners, business owners frustrated after a program to encourage energy efficient windows, insulation and solar panels ends.

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Gardening: Keeping your lawn alive

Battling horsetail? Replacing grass with ground cover? Listen to Ed Lawrence's advice.

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Wildlife where you didn't expect it

A bird's nest at a music festival. A squirrel climbing 11 storeys. Stories of how wildlife surprise us.

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What did you find in your DNA?

Did you unearth a surprise with this new tool for digging up your roots? Your stories with genetic genealogist Mags Gaulden of Grandma's Genes.

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That's Mr. President to you

The president of France gave a teenager a dressing down last week for addressing him by nickname at a public event. When is a title worth a fuss? Open lines with etiquette trainer Julie Blais Comeau.

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When video games take over

The World Health Organization now says compulsive gaming qualifies as an addictive behaviour disorder. Your stories, with social worker Lisa Pont of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

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Gee Gees aquittal

Two former hockey players found not guilty of sexual assault after drunken antics in a Thunder Bay hotel room. Where does this ruling leave us?

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Reclaiming a garden from weeds, why squirrels love Japanese maples and more.

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Gifts for teacher

The good, the bad and the ugly of those end of year gifts, with Toronto teacher and blogger Diana Mancuso.

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