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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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Talk to a Trump supporter

Alfredo Velazquez, a service technician with a robotics company in Detroit, takes questions from callers about why he's voting Republican.

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Key Ontario advisor on COVID-19

Open lines with Dr. Peter Juni, one of a trio of specialists leading Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, a group of 35 experts advising the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

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Queen's law school removes Sir John A's name from its building

Law Dean Mark Walters makes a case for removing Canada's first prime minister's name from law building. Hear what the decision means to Indigenous Prof. Karen Lawford, Queen's alumni and a caller whose mother's dying words were about her experience at residential school.

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No trick or treat in hotspots

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Andrew Morris is one of several physicians criticizing public health advice not to go door-to-door on Halloween in areas of high infection. Parents debate whether it's safe in a pandemic.

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Gardening: Last blooms of the season

Ed Lawrence's advice on overwintering lavendar, maple tar spot disease, potato towers and more.

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Mask while working out?

Is it possible to mask while sweating, and huffing and puffing on a bike? Julia Smith, one of the people who got covid from a spin studio in Hamilton, tells how it happened.

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Auto sector inks 2 deals to build electric cars in Ontario

Until recently, the industry was bleeding jobs. Now it's pegging its hopes on building EVs at the Ford plant in Oakville and Fiat Chrysler in Windsor. Hear why these deals are a big deal for this province and the federal and provincial governments that have committed more than a half a billion dollars.

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How school is going after first month

From the front lines: TCDSB Director of Education Brendan Browne, Whitby Principal Shauna McMurray, and parents and students talk about the challenges and joys of returning to school.

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How are hospitals coping with COVID-19?

Doctors are warning hospitals are close to being overwhelmed and unable to admit patients because of the growing numbers coming in with the coronavirus.

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Should you leave your leaves?

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is once again telling people not to rake their leaves to help protect biodiversity in the garden. But Ed Lawrence has a different suggestion.

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Can restaurants survive the new restrictions?

CFIB Ontario Director Ryan Mallough outlines the government support available, and the explains the devil the details.

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Tightening restrictions: What's at stake

Restaurant owners, workers and suppliers say jobs and businesses will be lost. Still some argue the government should shut them down to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Open lines with Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario.

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Did you spread COVID-19?

A server waits for test results while his restaurant remains open. Another restaurant shuts down. Should people be held accountable if they spread the virus? UHN infection control physician Dr. Alon Vaisman talks about responsibility, judgement and shame associated with the disease.

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Green Leader Annamie Paul on open line

New federal leader takes questions on her party's shift to the left; her Jewish faith; her stand on Palestine; defunding police; fossil fuels and more.

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Tenants vs landlords: COVID made a bad situation worse

Lawyers for landlords and tenants can agree on two things: More adjudicators are needed to clear delays; and legislation meant to help doesn't. A feisty debate with with landlord lawyer Ike Awgu and tenants lawyer Daniel Tucker-Simmons.

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Old gardens and artichoke tattoos

Ed Lawrence's gardening advice on everything from artichokes to tomatoes.

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Old gardens and artichoke tattoos

Ed Lawrence's gardening advice on everything from artichokes to tomatoes.

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Why Annamie Paul, Canada's first Black party leader, is on your radar

Callers say they'll switch to the Green Party because of its new leader. Our guest Velma Morgan chairs Operation Black Vote Canada and has known Paul for 20 years.

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Why the President's positive COVID test matters

Analysis and reaction with University of Ottawa epidemiologist Dr. Raywat Deonandan and Wayne State University Prof. Saeed Khan.

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Racism in construction unearths deep hurt

After the discovery of 7 nooses on Toronto job sites, Carpenters Local 27 union executive Chris Campbell describes confronting a culprit and comforting a worker who found one. An emotional recounting of hateful behaviour in the construction industry, and the resolve to stop it.

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Presidential debate called flabbergasting

The refusal to disavow white supremacy; vicious personal attacks; ignoring debate rules. Reaction and analysis of a chaotic debate with Prof. Matthew Lebo, Chair of Western University’s Department of Political Science.

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Kids in crisis left behind during pandemic

Wait lists grow, and more delays for crucial surgeries, rehab, homecare and mental health. Kim Moran, CEO of Children's Mental Health Ontario, along with other advocates, warn there will be life long consequences.

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Stunt drivers take over Wasaga Beach

OPP Sgt. Jason Folz describes hundreds drivers coming into this Georgian Bay town to shut down roads, do donuts, burn rubber and flout pandemic rules. Some even budgeted for the $750 fine.

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Gardening: Cauliflower, Sea buckthorn, limes

Ed Lawrence answers questions about cedar, trumpet vine, Virginia creeper, hydrangeas and much more.

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Want to work from home forever?

Government offices are empty. Toronto's downtown office towers are eerily silent. Open Text, headquartered in Waterloo, closed 50 percent of its offices around the world. We weigh the pros and cons for workers, employers and everyone else.

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Doctor calls Ontario long-term care home canary in coal mine

Are long-term care homes ready for the second wave? Toronto geriatrician Dr. Nathan Stall says no. Hear what he says needs to happen to protect residents and staff.

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Doctor calls Ontario long-term care home canary in the coal mine

Are long-term care homes ready for the second wave? Toronto geriatrician Dr. Nathan Stall says no. Hear what he says needs to happen to protect residents and staff.

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Getting answers on air quality and ventilation in a COVID world

What do you do if you can't open windows? Is a teacher talking loudly risky? Mechanical engineer and air flow expert Duncan Phillips and Dr. Anne Huang take questions from callers.

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Ontario's first cormorant hunt comes under fire

The hunt is open. Although it's shorter and the bag limit much smaller than originally proposed, the hunt is still being criticized, even by hunters who say, it gives them a bad name.

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Gardening: Sudden Fir Mortality kills evergreens

Ed Lawrence explains what's causing pine, spruce and cedars to go scarlet red and dead. Plus how to start a peach tree; prepare your garden for winter; deal with chinch bugs; and much more.

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Lumber shortage sends prices up, contractors scrambling

Hear the work arounds builders have come up with to keep working while prices nearly triple.

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Reaction to new restrictions on parties

Ontario is cracking down on social gatherings in three regions. But the Opposition is asking why it makes sense to limit indoor parties to 10 but not limit class sizes to 15. Our guest is Toronto pediatrician and infectious disease specialist Dr. Anna Banerji.

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100s of school buses cancelled due to driver shortage

Ottawa School Transportation Authority General Manager Vicky Kyriaco and Nancy Daigneault, Executive Director of School Bus Ontario, explain what's behind the severe driver shortage and the impact it's having.

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Partying during COVID

Why people take risks with social gatherings; and what you need to know if you do, with advice from Dr. Chris Mackie, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

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No paid sick leave. What do you do?

The federal government promised 10 paid sick days in May. But that hasn't materialized. So what choices are people making when they or their children are sick? Callers' stories and analysis with Toronto labour lawyer Daniel Sheppard.

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Should Bob Woodward have released Trump tapes earlier?

An ethical debate about whether the famous investigative journalist was wrong to wait to release news that the President knew of the seriousness of COVID-19 back in February, with analysis from Ryerson Journalism Prof. Paul Knox.

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Gardening: Horseradish harvest, hydrangea

Ed Lawence's advice on when to harvest horseradish; what to with hydrangea that won't bloom; how to prepare a vegetable bed for winter and much more.

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Are you still a fan of Ellen DeGeneres?

Callers weigh in on reports of a toxic workplace at the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and award-winning comedian and writer Elvira Kurt shares her "Ellen" experience.

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Did government get the back-to-school plan right?

A reality check with Globe and Mail Education Reporter Caroline Alphonso along with calls from parents, teachers and a former board administrator.

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CFL fans miss their game

But how much do they really care? The CFL is asking fans to donate $400 to a Grey Cup Fan Base to help keep the league alive. Analysis with Justin Dunk who covers Canadian football for the website 3DownNation and CHCH TV in Hamilton.

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Gardening: Honeysuckle and hydrangea trees

Ed Lawrence's advice on pruning honeysuckle; transplanting perennials; keeping hydrangea trees happy; and much more.

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New rules for visiting long-term care unclear

Starting Wednesday, residents can designate two caregivers who can visit without time limits. But our guest, Prof. Vivian Stamatopoulos at Ontario Tech University says, the guidelines are promising but leave many questions unanswered.

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Let's talk about "Karen"

You call in with your thoughts about a name that's become shorthand for privileged and entitled white women. With Karen Grigsby-Bates, senior correspondent with the NPR podcast Code Switch.

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A call out to Ontario teachers

Teachers call in to speak to EFTO union leader Sam Hammond and OSSTF leader Harvey Bischoff about measures they're taking to make sure teachers are heading into a safe workplace.

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Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health take calls on back-to-school

Dr. David Williams answers questions from teachers, parents and other members of the community about social distancing, masks, cleaning protocol and other back-to-school issues.

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Should the NBA keep playing? Or call it a season?

Your thoughts on the NBA and other sports leagues taking action after more police violence against a black man in the U.S.. You shared your opinions with university basketball coach Tenicha Gittens and former Montreal Alouette Balarama Holness.

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Gardening: Asters, gorgeous go-to for cut flowers

Plus Ed Lawence's advice on albino squash, roses reverting to their graft, and much more.

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Is the summer of 2020 the summer of too much trash?

The litter piling up in Ontario Parks, on Great Lake beaches and along country roads is mind-boggling. A runner is collecting 3 bags of litter per kilometer. The Mayor of Port Colborne explains why Council closed its beautiful beaches on Lake Erie.

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Students open up about going back to school

Feeling iffy, excited, nervous, happy. A frank conversation with students about how they feel about returning to class.

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Which leaders do Conservatives relate to?

Hear what party supporters like about Doug Ford, Erin O'Toole, Leslyn Lewis and Peter MacKay, with analysis from strategic communications consultant Conway Fraser.

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Doctor answers concerns about back to school

Dr. Alexander Summers, Associate Medical Officer of Health at Middlesex-London Health Unit, responds to the anxiety parents, teachers and students have about returning to school.

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Is COVID exposing money trouble in your relationship?

Ottawa financial literacy expert and credit counsellor, Pamela George, has been seeing more couples come to her with problems arising from their finances, since the pandemic began. She offers some advice.

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Peonies, apple trees and onion maggots (oh my!)

Ed Lawrence answers listeners' gardening questions.

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The federal Conservative Party has chosen a new leader

We get reaction to the new leader of the Conservative Party, Ontario MP Erin O'Toole, with political scientist Andrea Perrella.

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Stories of COVID weddings

Scaled back, small, virtual, but still beautiful.

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The personal impact of the closed border

Parents who can't see children; a dog breeder who can't breed her dog; and other first-person stories, with Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rakesh Naidu.

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Teachers get creative about keeping class safe

From karaoke machines to outdoors classes, teachers talk about new ways to teach when they return to school.

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Reaction to Finance Minister's resignation

A range of political views on Bill Morneau's departure amid the WE scandal, and Chrystia Freeland becoming Canada's next finance minister, with Toronto Star National Columnist Susan Delacourt.

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Gardening: Planting now for fall harvest

Ideas for seeds to plant now to put more food on your table this fall, with guest gardener Paul Zammit, Professor of Horticulture at Niagara College.

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Back in class: Danish teacher on what it's like

Lots of handwashing, classes of 28, but students happy to return after boring, lonely lockdown.

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The joy of loving your bike, the heartbreak of having it stolen

Your stories of losing bikes to theft, and one account from a thief. We also hear about one of Canada's most notorious bicycle thieves, and explore why the film The Bicycle Thief is so relevant today.

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Back to school solutions and blunders around the world

Journalist Jennifer Couzin-Frankel shares what she learned from research she did into back to school plans in other countries.

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COVID fees and surcharges: where do you stand?

Your thoughts and experiences as customers and business owners - from dogwalkers to dentists.

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Back to school: are you in? Or are you out?

How you are making decisions about whether or not to send your children back to school in September. With guest Robin Pilkey, former Chair of the Toronto District School Board

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

Ed gives advice about grass cuttings, agapanthus, and other rare plants and trees.

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Blink and miss it

You share your stories of the brief, magical moments you were lucky enough to experience. With McMaster biology professor Susan Dudley.

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Treasures lost and found

Your stories of the things you've found in your closets and attics, and the stories behind them.

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Reactions to Ontario's back to school plan

You share your questions and concerns with our guest, Toronto pediatrician Dr. Dan Flanders.

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Transforming the yard

This is the year when a lot of people were inspired to create their own backyard paradise - for their kids or themselves. We hear from a father who went all out to make a play space for his kids, and listeners share their own experiences.

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Your verdict on Trudeau and WE

Reaction and analysis after the Prime Minister to testifies about conflict of interest allegations, with Co-founder of Democracy Watch Duff Conacher.

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Back to the gym

Gyms are reopening but not everyone is ready to return. Fitness Lab President Adam Bracken describes the lengths he's going to try to keep clients safe.

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Laid off in a pandemic

Being let go can feel like a kick to the gut. Personal stories and how to rebuild, with social worker Ann-Marie O'Brien, the lead for women's mental health at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.

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Gardening: Bug attacks

Ed Lawrence's advice on plants that resist insect attacks; and what to do about Gypsy Moth damage.

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Brampton Mayor warns partiers of fines

Reaction to a party that was so big it took police an hour to break it up.

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