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The world is changing every day. Now, more than ever, these questions matter. What’s happening? And why should you care? This Matters, a daily news podcast from the Toronto Star, aims to answer those questions, on important stories and ideas, every day, Monday to Friday. Hosts Adrian Cheung, Saba Eitizaz and Raju Mudhar talk to experts and newsmakers about the social, cultural, political and economic stories that shape your life.
 
This series of podcasts was produced by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) to raise awareness of the vital issues affecting the residential and civil sectors of the construction industry in Ontario. RCCAO is a unique alliance of construction labour and management groups. Members of the alliance build the homes, transportation networks and water systems that are of critical importance to the living standards of Ontario residents and businesses. RCCAO's research ...
 
We’re hearing stories from communities all over the world on how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting them. In honour of Children and Youth in Care Day on May 14th, we want to ensure that stories from our community are also heard! Children and Youth in Care Day is an annual, Ontario awareness day that was created to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and recognize children and youth in care. It is often used by advocates to bring together our community in solidarity and celebration. Young people in ...
 
Roy Green’s resume is outstanding. He is a three time consecutive winner of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters national Gold Ribbon award, Canada’s most prestigious broadcast award. Listeners need not read his resume to know that Roy is a passionate advocate for the average Canadian, with an unshakable desire for justice and a deep and abiding love for his country. No wonder Roy’s show has been cited by Canada’s parliamentary newspaper as required listening for federal politicians. You ...
 
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Episode Notes Today's episode is a short excerpt from the "Viewing Addictions Through a Holistic Lens" Workshop that was held in February by King's University College Professor of Social Work, Dr. Rick Csiernik. In this segment Dr. Rick explains why people have addictions by taking us through what a psychoactive drug is, what dependency is and what…
 
As we were recording this episode, details of Dr. David Williams' testimony before the Long Term Care Commission were released to the media. Among other things, the transcripts indicate Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health said he saw no evidence that some PSWs were working in several homes or whether that could have contributed to outbreaks i…
 
CPC defence critic James Bezan on defence minister Sajjan CAF Colonel (ret'd), laywer Michel Drapeau on CAF & sex harassment. NDP MP Charlie Angus. Parl Ethics Committee and WE Charity continues. Dr. Neil Rau, infectious diseases. Extending time between Covid vaccinations to 4months See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Alex Speaks with Mercedes Stephenson, Ottawa Bureau Chief and host of The West Block about the still developing investigation into sexual allegations laid against former Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance. Then Conservative MP Michael Barrett speaks with Alex about the recent developments in the WE Charity scandal, and why the Kielbu…
 
There’s a reason why some people refer to COVID-19 variants as “scariants.” If widespread, some of the modelling numbers are quite scary and eventual cases could overwhelm our health care system. If that happens some are worried the Health Care Consent Act of Ontario, a law that states a person has the right to consent to or refuse treatment, could…
 
Dr. Brian Goldman takes us to Sherbrooke, Quebec where a unique program aimed at new parents is reducing levels of hesitancy around childhood inoculations and increasing the rate of vaccination. The initiative, called PromoVac, was created by Dr. Arnaud Gagneur. After losing a newborn patient in France to meningitis because the mother was not aware…
 
Three young women who worked at a radio and TV station in Afghanistan were murdered Tuesday, with ISIS claiming responsibility for the attack. We talk to three women in journalism in the country — Najiba Ayubi, Fatimah Hossaini and Liza Karimi — about the dangers they face, and the change they want to see.…
 
Next week marks one year since the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Today we look to China, where the first cases were reported. We talk to Shawn Yuan, a freelance journalist in Beijing, about what life is like in China now. Lynette Ong, an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto, discusses the politics at play around…
 
Alex speaks with Francesca Grosso, Principal at Grosso McCarthy Inc about the crumbling Long-Term-Care system in Canada, and how it will only get worse soon unless we re-examine how we deal with our elderly. Then, Alex speaks with Regan Irvine, owner of the Irv Gastro Pub about how his pub won't be able to survive another 14 days in lockdown, and w…
 
This week on Talk Recovery Radio Dr. Louise Stanger Author of "Addiction in the Family: Helping Families Navigate Challenges, Emotions, and Recovery" About the Book: A practical and supportive guide for families struggling with addiction Get compassionate guidance that shows you how to navigate the unique challenges faced when a family member is su…
 
The airline industry is in a financial tailspin as travel remains limited and borders of many countries are restricted because of COVID-19. In Canada’s aviation industry, airlines are under more pressure than ever before. The largest airlines are laying off thousands, while smaller ones could face bankruptcy. Robert Kokonis, founder of aviation con…
 
The latest numbers from MaruBlue suggest the Trudeau government is getting a failing grade for it's handling of the COVID vaccine rollout. A majority of Canadians (57%) believe the Trudeau government has done a bad job in delivering vaccines to their province. Similarly, more than half of Ontarians believe the Ford government has done a bad job man…
 
When COVID-19 raged through Steinbach, Man., last November, Filipino-Canadian Lester Quives got sick and ended up in a coma. When his wife Christie-Mae shared their story online, she received an outpouring of support from around the world. We hear their story as part of our virtual road trip, Canada's Road Ahead, and talk to Filipino advocate Kris …
 
In a world first, a German court has convicted a former Assad regime intelligence officer with crimes against humanity, involving torture during Syria's civil war. We discuss the case with Mai El-Sadany, a human rights lawyer with the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy; Wafa Mustafa, a Syrian journalist and activist living in Germany; Bill Wil…
 
Alex speaks with Colin Clarke, Sr. Research Fellow at the Soufan Centre about the rise of hate-groups as Incel, and why young children are joining their ranks. Next, Alex speaks with Lorne Honickman, Global News Legal Expert about the verdict of the Alex Minassian case, and why the judge chose to withhold his name in her verdict. And finally, Alex …
 
In Canada’s non-profit sector, where many disenfranchised and racialized communities are considered, there is actually a diversity problem. A recent survey has revealed BIPOC are not represented in leadership at the table in their boardrooms. Today on “This Matters,” we hear a powerful personal story of what that looks like from Soofia Mahmood, an …
 
Health Canada approved the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine Friday, but the National Advisory Committee on Immunization has warned against giving it to people who are 65 or older. And while the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines require two doses, recommended three to four weeks apart, B.C. is pursuing a plan to delay the second dose by four months, in…
 
The government of Ontario has extended a moratorium on young people aging out of care at 18, and proposed more changes to help them transition successfully out of the system. We talk to a teen in care, and we hear from Bryant Doradea and Sandra Vena, who have already been through the system. And we discuss the proposed changes with Irwin Elman, the…
 
Guest Host Arlene Bynon Arlene speaks with Justin Ling, A Freelance investigative reporter about the current state of the Canadian Prison system, and its many failings. Next Arlene speaks with Dan Kelly, CEO and President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business about a new survey that shows, unsurprisingly, majority of Torontonians are r…
 
Hundreds of encampments have popped up in Toronto’s city parks since the start of the pandemic. On “This Matters” we hear first-hand stories from Dom, an encampment resident who lives in Alexandra Park, who shares his experience surviving on the street. Lorraine Lam, an outreach worker from Sanctuary Toronto, joins part two of the episode to talk a…
 
A U.S. report lays the blame for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder at the feet of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. We discuss the fallout from the report, and what it means for other Saudi dissidents, with Washington Post reporter Sarah Dddouch, and Ben Hubbard, Beirut bureau chief for the New York Times and author of MBS: The Rise to …
 
The Globe and Mail's health columnist, André Picard, says he's sick of reading reports on the pandemic's devastating toll on long-term care homes, because "they all say the same thing … and we don't really act on them." He talks to Matt Galloway about his new book Neglected No More: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada's Elders in the Wak…
 
COVID-19 often robs people of their sense of smell and taste — a particular problem for chefs and food writers. We talk to foodies Jenni Lessard, Suriya Bala and Justin Burke about what that experience was like, and hear some tips about regaining those senses from Barry Smith, the founding director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses at the U…
 
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