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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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Notre Dame: After this fire or any destruction, when to rebuild, when to let it go

Architectural historian Robert Jan van Pelt and callers on the meaning of why somethings are rebuilt and others not.

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Solving a real da Vinci mystery

Cracking the case of La Bella Principessa and more stories from one of the world's top Leonardo da Vinci scholars, Prof. Martin Kemp.

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Dementia's angry eruptions

How to cope with an elderly parent's emotional outbursts, with psychotherapist Janice Berger, author of A Conversation About Emotional Fitness.

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Gardening: Ideas for planting

Ed Lawrence's suggestions and advice.

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Tiger Woods' comeback inspires

Golf journalist Lorne Rubenstein and fans on Woods' Masters win after years of scandal and injury.

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Such a thing as a political promise that's too small?

The three-men-in-a-hot-tub logo; the license plate slogan; tailgating parties. Is every budget line important to somebody? Or are some just distractions?

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What Ontario's budget means to you

Analysis with McMaster University economist Michael Veall and open line callers.

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Tailgating in Ontario: Hallelujah or heck, no!?

Ontario moves to legalize drinking outside sports venues. A political distraction? Or scoring big with sports fans?

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Youth protest: What's effective?

Two delegates at the Daughters of the Vote event on Parliament Hill, and an open line debate about turning your back and walking out on political leaders.

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Gardening with Ed Lawrence

How to source a new jasmine plant and help for an overwatered bonsai.

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Getting to the bottom. Full or partial sedation for colonscopies?

Gastroenterologist says full sedation is unnecessary, expensive and creates more problems for patients

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Upheaval over lost teaching jobs

Education directors in Toronto and Hamilton on what provincial changes will mean for students; a former superintendent says government is spoiling for a fight with unions.

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CWHL folds: Do you care about women's hockey?

Toronto Furies player Carlee Campbell talks with callers about why this league didn't thrive in a country that takes pride in its hockey.

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Ousted from caucus: Did the Liberals make the right move?

Liberals callers torn over the expulsion of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from caucus; with response from cabinet minister Karina Gould.

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Banning religious symbols: Is this what secularism looks like?

Exploring how secular values play out in society, with Pierre Jury, Editorial Page Editor with Le Droit.

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Gardening: Start spring clean up

Plus Ed Lawrence's advice on moving asparagus; moles in the lawn; creeping charlie; saving a broken bough; and growing seeds under LEDs.

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Carbon tax: Are you better or worse off?

Crunch the numbers. Consider the alternatives. Dale Beugin, an economist with the Ecofiscal Commission explains what the new federal carbon tax and rebates will mean for you.

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Trying pot for the first time? Here's what you need to know

Open lines with the Nick Pateras, Vice President of Strategy with Lift & Co., the company hired by Ontario's Alcohol and Gaming Commission to train retail staff at marijuana stores across Ontario.

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Can Canadian musicians make a living?

Jazz vocalist Heather Bambrick says a few months of streaming revenue can net her $100. Weather Station's Tamara Lindeman says, increase pay per play to at least 1 cent.

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Ontario's cormorant hunt worth a rethink?

Anglers and hunters worry about being associated with the hunt. The government's own scientists warn against it.

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One issue per doctor's visit: Good time management or bad medicine?

A Brantford mother's post to social media launches a national debate.

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Gardening: Signs of spring

Plus Ed Lawrence's advice on broccoli & cauliflower; clearing blackberry and wild raspberry; climbing roses; getting orchids to bloom; when to start spring clean up.

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Is making online high school courses mandatory a good move?

Teachers and students with experience with online learning weigh in on a change the province plans to introduce in 2020.

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Party discipline vs maverick politician

What happens when independently-minded politicians come into conflict with their party leader? Political scientist Alex Marland, Conservative MP Michael Chong and callers weigh in on two current examples, one at Queens Park, the other on Parliament Hill.

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Why vape but not smoke?

Health professionals warn that marketing e-cigarettes for smoking cessation has left many with the impression that vaping is safe when it's not.

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Does the federal budget appeal to millennials?

Not really. 24-year-old caller says, the budget looks like it was written by old people who don't understand millennial reality.

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What digital media is doing to democracy

A debate with David Moscrop, the author of Too Dumb for Democracy? Why We Make Bad Political Decisions And How We Can Make Better Ones.

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Gardening: Ice is bad news.

Ed Lawrence explains how the freeze-thraw cycle is playing out in your backyard. Plus advice on peach trees, sweet potatoes, husbands and pruning, and rabbit damage.

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Are bigger high school classes a big deal?

Average class size will go from 22 to 28 students. Queens University math specialist Lynda Colgan says, it's bad news for math and science students.

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Attacks in NZ: Anti-immigrant here too

Why mosque shootings a world away feel close to home. Open lines with Sabreena Ghaffar Siddiqui who researches anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim attitudes.

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What grounding Boeing's Max 8 means for you

Passengers can't get through to airlines. Pilots try to make sense of the tragic airplane crash in Ethiopia.

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Our addiction to plastic

Try as you might, plastics are hard to give up. The Ontario government is floating a trial balloon about banning single-use plastics. Could it work? We start with a case study of what happened when the City of Toronto tried to ban plastic bags.

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Should SNC-Lavalin have to stand trial?

Only the current AG David Lametti can grant the company a plea deal. A debate about what he should do.

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When to call it quits on a long commute

Callers describe travel times as long as 3 hours one way, changing jobs, moving, and working from home. Open lines with U of T transportation researcher Eric Miller.

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Gardening: Shamrocks, prepping veggie boxes

Plus advice from Ed Lawrence on blood oranges, bird of paradise flowers, and separating a root balls.

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The Premier and the OPP

Police officers weigh in on accusations of political interference in appointing the Premier's friend to head the OPP; and a criminologist explains how that's all perfectly legal.

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Trudeau's future after SNC-Lavalin

Callers and a Liberal cabinet minister, an MP, and a candidate and Olympian react to the Prime Minister's account of the SNC scandal.

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Butts' testimony: A very different context

Political and legal analysis, and open line reaction to Gerald Butts' account of the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

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Is getting closure too simplistic?

Psychologist Randy Paterson says, society has a discomfort with discomfort. Expecting to seal off an event is unrealistic and unhealthy.

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Gardening: Corkscrew hazel going straight

Dried out dahlias? Not to worry. Plus more of Ed Lawrence's advice on growing clivia lilies; planting poppies; and dealing with bugs on succulents.

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What difference will a pot pardon make?

Not much, according to people who've received one. Reaction to the Liberal government's free and speedy pardons for simple possession, with lawyer Angela Chaisson.

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What changes to autism funding will mean for schools

Some children with high needs may be returning to the classroom.

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Jody Wilson-Raybould speaks. Are things any clearer?

Law professor Jennifer Quaid calls the former AG's testimony damning.

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Ontario's autism overhaul: Is anybody happy?

The debate over how to deliver services to thousands of children with autism .

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Now Singh has a seat, does the NDP stand a chance?

More substance. More to the left. Analysis of what it'll take for the NDP leader to recover after a rocky year.

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Gardening: Not dead yet!

Ed Lawrence's advice for hydrangea hanging on to life; spring bulbs that weren't planted in the fall; blood oranges; lemons, limes; and raised vegetable gardens.

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Does Green Book deserve Oscar for best film?

Movie critic Rad Simonpillai predicted it would win but that's not to say he's happy about it.

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The science of singing

Belting out a tune together may be fun but researchers have found that it also reduces pain; prompts kids to share; and improves the lives of people with Parkinson's, hearing loss, dementia, even aphasia. Open lines with Ryerson music psychologist Frank Russo.

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Changing how police are investigated

The Ford government says its new legislation around police oversight replaces Liberal anti-police measures. Analysis with a former police officer, a Toronto lawyer and callers.

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Alberta's convoy. Does Ontario care?

A feisty debate about oil pipelines, immigration and western alienation.

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PM's trusted advisor leaves over SNC-Lavalin

Why Gerald Butts' resignation is making some Liberals sad and others fearful about the next election.

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Stand with Jody or Justin?

The political implications of the SNC-Lavalin scandal. Will Liberals abandon the Trudeau government? Open lines with Chief Bob Chamberlin and Carleton University Indigenous studies instructor Veldon Coburn.

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SNC-Lavalin scandal and the rule of law

A legal analysis of the most serious allegations against the federal government, with law professor Jennifer Quaid.

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Will you boycott GM's made-in-Mexico cars?

Open lines with Jerry Dias the union president who is asking.

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Wilson-Raybould resigns from cabinet: Callers feel betrayed

She was used for appearance of reconciliation and discarded, says Indigenous caller as news breaks that star Trudeau cabinet minister is stepping down amid reports the PMO pressured her to help SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.

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Gardening: Seedlings, oregano, pawpaws

Ed Lawrence's advice on fungus gnats in seedling trays; rooting oregano indoors; planting pawpaw trees; white pine tips browning; growing lemons from seed.

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If not McArthur, then who?

A serial killer who preyed on Toronto's gay village gets 25 years while the mosque shooter gets 40. Making sense of the sentencing with defense lawyer Lisa Jorgensen.

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Former priest becomes proud dad of transgender kid

Rick Prashaw, author of Soar, Adam, Soar, on his memoir about his family's transformation.

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Are consecutive sentences justice or revenge?

Two killers will find out Friday if they will serve the harshest sentence possible in Canada. A debate with a lawyer who persuaded a judge not to give his client 75 years.

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Firsthand accounts of foreign prisons

Stories from Mexico, Syria, Pakistan, Spain and more. You might be surprised how many Canadians have been inside a foreign jail cell. Open lines with former Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi.

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Testing the value of victim impact statements

Victims of crime and Queens University law professor Lisa Kerr discuss whether telling a judge how awful a crime is accomplishes anything.

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Gardening: Talking to plants?

Ed Lawrence fields questions on everything from shade gardens to chatting with a Mandavilla.

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Shorts in winter

While extreme cold closes US schools Canadians brag about braving frigid temperatures.

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When school buses are cancelled ... everyone's a critic

The head of a transportation authority fields calls about how they decide whether the buses should roll on a frigid, snowy days.

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Reuniting immigrant families: Can it ever be fair?

The frustration and heartbreak of bringing loved ones to Canada.

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Opioid crisis: Ontario not making enough progress

Doctors, addicts, family members and frontline workers describe a situtaion that is still deadly.

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Is bigger ever better when it comes to class sizes?

Open lines with teachers, parents and experts on class sizes for the youngest grades.

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Gardening: Too late for garlic?

Is January too late for planting garlic or spring bulbs? Ed Lawrence explains how you can have both growing in your garden this coming year.

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Prince Philip's apology to the passenger

After a car crash, do you reach out to the other driver?

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Is crappy the way to happy?

Why "crappy dinner parties" beat Instagram and Pinterest meals to bring friends together.

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What's driving the shortage of home care workers?

Open lines with those in the field, about what that work is really like.

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Coding for kids: How much is hype?

Is coding essential for kids? Does has it have to cost a lot? Coders, parents, business people and teachers share what they've discovered.

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Karen Wang's Chinese WeChat post ends her political career

Was the ex Liberal candidate racist to point out NDP leader's ethnic background? A former Chinese Canadian politician says he reacted completely differently reading it in Chinese and then translated into English.

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