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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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