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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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Ontario Today - December 14th

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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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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Gardening: Norway spruces, watering and much more.

Mr. Gardener, Ed Lawrence.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The real cost of cancelling cap and trade

Ontario's Financial Accountability Officer and the province's Environmental Commissioner break down how the government's decision affects you.

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What happens when you eat cannabis?

Thought I was having a stroke. Panic but then nothing. Dog was motionless. PSW's cake unwittingly eaten by patient. An emergency physician, Ontario Poison Centre nurse and callers describe their first-hand experiences.

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Terry O'Reilly: The craziest place for an ad

The host of Under the Influence and callers talk about ads on armpits; urinal pucks with politicians' faces; and 3D augmented reality ads.

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Proud of your scar?

Princess Eugenie had her wedding dress designed with a v-neck back to show show off her scar. Listen to the stories scars tell.

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Gardening: Bougainvillea unhappy? 100s of mushrooms?

Leek moths on onions and garlic? Cedar or pine browning? Hear Ed Lawrence's advice.

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Graffiti: Art or nuisance?

A two-storey-high mural of a bull dog and flowers sparks a debate about graffitti art. Open lines with graffiti artist Case MacKeen.

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Labour reforms on the chopping block

Hear what's at stake for individual workers and business owners.

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Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh and laughter that hurts

Neuroscientist Robert Provine, author of Laughter: A Scientific Investigation and callers describe the darker side of laughter.

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Gardening: Veggie garden in shade?

Listen to Ed Lawrence's advice on this, plus runner beans, Concord grapes, nectarines and pruning in the fall.

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Do schools make good neighbours?

School board bans clapping and cheering at soccer field over noise complaints. One caller selling home next to school because of parents while others love kids nearby.

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Sudbury: How hometown is drilled into your core

Brian Richer of Castor Design, writer Matthew Heiti, comedian Sandra Battaglini and callers on how you're shaped by where you're from.

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The psychology of why we ignore danger

Staying behind in hurricane. Running to a window in a tornado. Swimming when the beach flags are up. What happens when you ignore the warnings?

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Does anything go with kids' reading?

What do you do when your kid picks books that makes you cringe? Open lines with author, teacher and mother Melissa Scholes Young.

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Is the USMCA a good deal for you?

Callers and analysis from Ryerson's Chair of Global Management Michael Manjuris.

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Gardening: Trees after tornadoes

Plus Ed Lawrence's advice on beech trees, bay trees and raccoons.

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Scrapping Drive Clean

Even mechanics who make money on emissions tests agree with the government, get rid of them. But a chemical engineeer who studies traffic emissions disagrees

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Kavanaugh hearing: Who to believe

It's a classic case of he said, she said. Callers weigh in what they would do if they were on the US Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Tiger Woods' come back

Why not everyone is cheering.

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Creatures of the province: Analysis of goverment takes-overs

Amalgamation, school boards with no decision-making power. People who lived through provincial government take overs speak up.

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Does it matter if Ernie and Bert are gay?

A debate about the Sesame Street puppets after one of the sketch's writers says he was inspired by his own gay relationship.

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Ottawa tornadoes: Humbled by tragedy

Emotional stories of what changes when everything changes.

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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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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 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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