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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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Gillette ad rubbing you the wrong way?

A debate with ad exec Ron Tite of Church and State.

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Canadian facing death penalty in China

Insight and implications for the standoff between Canada and China, with former Canadian ambassador to China Guy Saint-Jacques.

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Drugs that stop alcoholics from drinking

Addictions doctor and recovering alcoholics describe how lives improve with medications like Naltrexone and Acamprosate.

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Gardening: What grows under black walnut

Plus Ed Lawrence and the green house manager at the University of Guelph on castor beans, and more advice.

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Getting back on the bus after the Ottawa bus crash

CBC's Hallie Cotnam speaks with woman who was on the bus when it crashed about returning to her commute. Plus caller who was hit by bus.

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Tidying Up: KonMari converts and critics

A huge weight off my shoulders, says one caller. It caused a break up for another. A messy debate about Marie Kondo's method of decluttering.

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Playground politics

What happens on the playground is why kids want to go to school, and why they want to leave. Prof. Tracy Vaillancourt, one of the country's leading experts in the mental health of school age kids, talks about the implications of bullying and belonging.

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Is space exploration a waste of time?

A debate with Gordon Osinski, Industrial Research Chair in Earth and Space Exploration at Western University, and Canada Aviation and Space Museum astrophysicist Jesse Rogerson.

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Naming and shaming drunk drivers

Does it make anyone stop? An open line debate with people with lived experience.

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Gardening: Hot peppers help heat homes

Plus Ed Lawrence's advice on indoor corn plants; white pine rust; getting wisteria to bloom; corkscrew hazel and more.

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Ontario's pot shop lottery

What difference will 25 new retail stores make?

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Best films of 2018

Film critic Karen Gordon debates callers' likes and dislikes.

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So you want to quit your job

The job market is so tight right now that for the first time in years people have enough confidence to quit their job if they want to try something new. Here are a few things to consider before you jump ship

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Gardening: What happens when you leave Christmas trees in the yard

Plus a power-hour of gardening advice from Ontario Today's resident gardener Ed Lawrence.

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Climate change: Why can't everyone just get along?

Why some people remain skeptical about climate change. This show sparked an avalanche of email. It remains as relevant today as when it first aired in April.

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Sunflowers and male-female friendships

This best-of holiday episode is a celebration of how much the same we all are, no matter what age, where you were born, or where you are living.

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A story for a song, with The Commotions

Seasonal Motown music and stories with Jeff Rogers, Rebecca Noelle, Brian Asselin on saxophone and Ed Lister on trumpet. Reliving Sounds of the Season, our CBC annual charity drive for food banks.

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Hiding the food you love from the people you love

Hilarious stories of squirrelling away favourite treats, and the sneaky people who plunder the stash. Back by popular demand.

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The heated debate over hunting cormorants

A proposal to allow hunters to kill 50 birds a day, 9 months of the year.

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Baby It's Cold Outside controversy

Removed from playlists. Then back on air again. Why the debate goes on. Open lines with singer songwriter Kellylee Evans.

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What's the real threat of the lights going out?

The government has tabled back-to-work legislation over a threat of a strike by 6,000 hydro workers.

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Gardening: Precocious apple tree?

Ed Lawrence solves a mystery, and gives advice on dahlias sprouting in the basement, potted evergreens and a pot-bound Christmas cactus.

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The fight over who will lead the OPP

If you work in policing, are you worried?

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Secrets on open line radio inspired by songwriter's Book of Truths

Craig Cardiff invites concert-goers to write down stories they've never told soul.

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Michelle Obama's memoir: Why infertility is so hard to talk about

Callers open up about the judgement, misunderstandings and grief they experienced. Open lines with a psychologist who counsels people trying to have a baby.

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Child sex dolls: Illegal in Canada, and dozens seized at the border.

Do these life-like dolls endanger real children?

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Swear oath to Queen to work at LCBO.

A fight over pledging allegiance changes the rules for Indigenous people running for council in Ontario, and exposes some messy rules around who has to swear and who doesn't.

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Gardening: Norway spruces, watering and much more.

Mr. Gardener, Ed Lawrence.

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Mounting accusations of political interference.

Are you okay with it? Prof. Lydia Miljan is a political scientist at the University of Windsor, and a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute.

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Sounds of the Season with The Commotions

If you love soul, Motown and Christmas, this show will melt away your winter blahs.

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Caring for loved ones with dementia: Practical help from a psychiatrist.

Dr. Anthony Levinson helped create online training called iGericare for family members struggling to care for a loved one.

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#MeToo moment in the locker room

After a series of hockey players come forward with accounts of hazing, callers open up about the abuse they witnessed in sport.

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Raj Grewal: The ethics of politicians moonlighting

Should an MP earning $173,000 a year get paid for other kinds of work?

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French services: Why the fight over this, not that?

Bilingualism historian Prof. Matthew Hayday explains why the fight over one government watchdog is getting more traction than the others.

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Gardening: Christmas planters for the porch

How to spruce to up a planter. Plus Ed Lawrence's advice about what to do with bulbs still in the bag and perennials still in pots when winter arrives.

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Getting the details on Ontario's news plan to fight climate change

Open lines with Ontario's Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe, and Mark Cameron, a former Harper government policy advisor now with Canadians for Clean Prosperity.

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Service animals: Why just dogs?

A Niagara woman who trained her rabbit to help her with anxiety gets raised eyebrows. Her story and a debate about where animals belong.

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Google, let me finish my sentence!

Do you love or hate it when your device tries to predict what you want to say.

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GM closure: Can or should government do anything?

A debate over whether government has a role to play in rescuing jobs at the auto plant in Oshawa.

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Workers feel betrayed over GM closure

Politicians, workers, pensioners and the public react to news that GM is shutting down its plant in Oshawa after building cars there for a 100 years.

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What it takes to get off social assistance

Callers talk of creating their own jobs, cycling on and off ODSP, facing stigma from employers and harassment from social workers.

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Borrowing money for meds

New research shows young adults are three times more likely to borrow money to pay for prescriptions than middle aged Canadians.

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Is the CRA treating you fairly?

The Auditor General says how you're treated by CRA depends on where you live and which auditor you're dealing with. Open lines with a tax lawyer and a chartered professional accountant.

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Crisis at St. Michael's

Assaults, expulsions, and criminal charges. Why does this keep happening?

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Labour unrest and disruptions at Canada Post. Have you noticed?

Open lines with postal workers, people awaiting parcels and Canada Post itself.

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No Child Advocate, no Environmental Commissioner

What is the cost of cutting Ontario's watchdogs? with children's rights lawyer Suzan Fraser and former Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller.

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Why you pause -- or don't -- for Remembrance Day

Mother who got together with friends at 11 o'clock feels bad. Dad who paused in a park says toddler sensed his stillness.

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Do you do laundry in space? What's the future of space travel?

An AMA with Canadian astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot and emergency doctor Dave Williams. His new memoir is called Defying Limits.

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Was 911 there when you needed it?

A boat crash causes 3 deaths, one the result of the 911 dispatcher's advice. A police officer finds a woman 2 days after she calls 911. The inquest finds a patchwork system, and callers confirm it causes delays and confusion.

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Gardening: Beech bark disease creating 'zombie forest'

Invasive species is killing Ontario's beech trees. Forester says, province needs to do more to save them. Plus advice from Toronto Botanical Garden's Paul Zammit.

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Honouring military service with free fishing?

Ontario is offering free fishing licences to veterans and current military members. Is this the way to thank them?

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Tony Clement's very bad week

What's the worst thing he did? Sending naked videos? Lying to his boss? Opening himself up to extortion while on a national security committee?

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Former politicians and police in the pot business: Hypocritical or brilliant?

A debate about those who once cracked down on cannabis but are now cashing in.

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Why the US midterms matter

Callers and political watchers debate how this election affects Canadians.

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What you find when you look up close

Biomedical engineer Prof. Molly Shoichet, Ontario's first Chief Scientist, created an art exhibit using images from her lab.

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Gardening: Leave the leaves

Even though it's November, there's lots of to do in the garden. But our guest gardener says, don't bother raking the leaves.

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A case for restoring passenger rail in Northern Ontario

All Aboard Northern Ontario wants the PC government to bring back the Northlander train that was cancelled by the previous Liberal government.

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Jamal Khashoggi: How can Canada have a relationship with Saudi Arabia?

Open lines with former Canadian ambassador David Chatterson.

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Is a test for teachers the answer to low math scores?

The Ontario government is introducing a mandatory math test that student teachers will have to pass before they can teach in this province.

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Stories of the unexplained

A clock going crazy. Mysterious cigarette smoke. A sasquatch sighting. A ghost buster. Open lines with a professor who investigates paranormal investigators.

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Targets of hate: Former Premier Kathleen Wynne describes attacks

Wynne takes a call from a caller who says, lock her up.

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Gardening: Comfrey everywhere

Plus Ed Lawrence's advice for peegee hydrangeas, beech trees, blue spruce, redbud trees, paw paw samplings, blueberries, and ideas for sandy soil.

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After Pittsburgh shooting, first call to Peterborough synagogue is from mosque

Stories of coming together after acts of hate.

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How hard is it to fix stuff? with co-founder of iFixit

Told to replace watch after face came off. No parts for printers. Even repair companies frustrated they can't fix stuff.

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Ontario's latest labour laws: Winners and losers

The PC government is getting rid of most of the Liberal workplace reforms. Hear what that means for employees and employers.

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Living in the danger zone

If you live near a refinery, a nuclear reactor, a propane facility, who is in charge of your safety when something goes wrong? Open lines with Prof. Paul Bozek, a University of Toronto chemical engineer who spent 20 auditing emergency response systems.

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Online voting delays in 51 Ontario municipalities

Voters frustrated, and voting extended for another day in 29 communities after technical difficulties with internet voting.

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Sitting out this municipal election?

Don't know enough to vote. Always the same people get in. A debate between people who don't vote and Western political scientist Prof. Laura Stephenson.

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Gardening: Pruning a hedge?

Storing dahlias? No ground cover under trees? Listen to Ed Lawrence's advice to keep your garden thriving year round.

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Open lines with the Fifth Estate's Bob McKeown

He interviewed killers; chased down a sex offender; reported from war zones; and told of his friendship with a notorious bank robber.

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