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20 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
The science behind why you should date your friends (no, really)
We all saw “Friends,” but what if we told you it was a universal truth? New research shows two-thirds of the friends end up together. Danu Stinson, Associate professor of psychology at the University of Victoria talks about the relationship science around dating and friends.
27 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
What COVID reveals about Canada
Guest: Stephanie Nolen, the 2020-21 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy Stephanie Nolen is on “This Matters” to talk about her extensive reporting on the impact of COVID-19 in Canada, where it hit the hardest, who fell through the cracks and what institutions created those vulnerabilities. Nolen’s Atkinson series “What COVID Reveals” featuring her in-depth reporting is available at thestar.com.
18 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Opioid crisis: How Toronto’s street drug supply is getting more dangerous
Guest: Robert Cribb, Toronto Star investigative reporter and director of the Investigative Journalism Bureau at the University of Toronto The opioid crisis has been raging, with deaths surging in Toronto, climbing 80 per cent from 2019 to 2020. Now, new research shows that this city’s street supply of drugs is growing more toxic, stronger and potentially more deadly with additives that make it harder to bring back people who overdose. Today on “This Matters,” we look at the opioid crisis now and explain how these drugs are more dangerous than ever.
3 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Introducing Tokyo Daily, the Summer Olympics podcast from the Toronto Star
This Matters is happy to share that sports broadcaster and author Brendan Dunlop hosts “Tokyo Daily,” the daily Summer Olympics podcast, also from the Toronto Star. Each day during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Brendan will recap the Canadian headlines and talk about the major stories with Star journalists on location in Japan and at home, ex-Olympians and other experts. Listen to the show every afternoon. Listen to the trailer here and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
22 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
It’s summer! Let’s get together. Here’s how to do it COVID safe
Guest: Rebecca Cotter, GTA-based event specialist It is summer and many of us are gathering again, from inviting friends over for a pool party to getting together for meetings, holidays, festivals and weddings. But there are more considerations than there were before. COVID-19 has redefined how to gather safely and changed our rules of etiquette for everything from handshaking to screening to the inevitable talk with guests about vaccination status. Here’s how to approach a large-scale event or a pool party at home with pandemic protocols in mind. Rebecca Cotter, GTA-based event specialist It is summer and many of us are gathering again, from inviting friends over for a pool party to getting together for meetings, holidays, festivals and weddings. But there are more considerations than there were before. COVID-19 has redefined how to gather safely and changed our rules of etiquette for everything from handshaking to screening to the inevitable talk with guests about vaccination status. Here’s how to approach a large-scale event or a pool party at home with pandemic protocols in mind.
24 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
What you need to know about the fourth wave
Guest: Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist and assistant professor at University of Toronto There are plenty of positive signs regarding COVID-19 in Canada, with vaccination rates leading the world and case counts coming down, but the fourth wave is on the horizon. There are worrying signs in several countries around the world, with some jurisdictions considering further mask mandates and lockdowns. All we know so far is that the fourth wave is going to be different, so an epidemiologist takes us through what it might look like.
22 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Canada’s bill to ban conversion therapy may be lost. Here’s why
Guest: Nicholas Schiavo, founder of No Conversion Canada There was an important piece of legislation brought to the Senate last month, but with senators now on summer break and the possibility of an election looming, that legislation might be lost. Bill C-6 would ban conversion therapy, a widely discredited practice that claims to change someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The practice is banned in some jurisdictions, but not Canada-wide. The bill has been called a “historic piece of legislation” and if the bill dies on the order paper because of the roadblock in the Senate, some say it will only lead to more irreparable harm on LGBTQ people.
23 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Quebec’s Bill 21 from a Canadian Muslim woman's perspective
Guest: Dania Suleman, a lawyer and author from Quebec The National Council of Canadian Muslims wants the government to show they’re serious about tackling violent and systemic Islamophobia. This week, the council released a list of 60 calls to action to implement policy change at a federal, provincial and local levels. The NCCM is also calling on governments to challenge Bill 21 in Quebec, the law that bans public service workers from wearing of religious symbols. Dania Suleman, a lawyer and author from Quebec, explains the impact and implications of this particular law from a Canadian Muslim woman’s perspective.
17 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Flights of Fancy: How billionaires are making space tourism blast off
Guest: John Moores, associate professor and York University Research Chair in Space Exploration In the future, we may say space tourism really began in July 2021. Following Virgin Galactic’s recent successful suborbital flight, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin is set to blast off and achieve an even higher orbit. With estimates that space tourism could be worth $5 billion by 2025, both billionaires are not only looking to the stars, but also at an opportunity to make it a lot closer for people who can afford to pay for the incredibly expensive ticket price.
17 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
How accommodating pets at domestic violence shelters can save lives
Guest: Hannah Brown, manager of the criminal justice system reform program at Humane Canada During COVID-19, domestic violence numbers spiked to the point where we began to call it “the shadow pandemic.” Alongside that, data across North America has begun to reveal “the violence link” which means that often cruelty towards the family pet is intertwined with other violence within the home. Hannah Brown, of Humane Canada explains the “violence link”–and why no one in danger should have to choose between their own personal safety and that of a much-loved pets’. Directory of shelters in Ontario with pet services: http://www.oaith.ca/assets/library/SHELTERS%20and%20PET%20SERVICES%20Oct%202018.pdf Directory of shelters in Canada and the U.S with pet services: https://safeplaceforpets.org/
21 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Are conservatorships toxic? How Britney Spears’ cry for help forced a conversation in America
Guest: Professor Nina Kohn, law professor at Syracuse University and expert on elder law and conservatorships Britney Spears is fighting to free herself from a decade-long conservatorship under her father James and yesterday, she might have reached a milestone win when a California court judge agreed to let the pop star choose her own lawyer. Today on “This Matters,” we take a look at exactly how conservatorships work in the U.S. and whether a pop icon’s cry for help has started an important national conversation on the need for reform on conservatorship laws.
22 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
The bugs that are ticking us off this summer
Guest: Dr. Andrew Young, assistant professor of systematic entomology at the University of Guelph The bugs are back. With summer in full bloom and many of us enjoying the great outdoors, it’s a good time to remember that there are plenty of creepy crawly critters out there. Some are really making their presence known. From cicada to tick to caterpillar moth infestations, there are plenty of insects that want to take a bite out of summer. We talk with an expert on why we are seeing some of population spikes and what are the best common sense tips when dealing with these creatures.
20 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Ransomware: How an expert deals with a breach
Guest: Sunny Handa, technology group lead at Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP Cybercrime is growing at an incredible rate. Ransomware attacks are up and according to the experts, companies are willing to pay to get their data back. Hackers are increasingly sophisticated in how they breach companies but also in the way they deal and negotiate with the companies they are attacking. We talk with a lawyer who has handled hundred of these types of cyber attacks.
16 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
By classifying workers as contractors, do Uber and Lyft avoid millions in taxes?
Guest: Ben Spurr, The Star’s transportation reporter Tax avoidance isn’t tax evasion, but is it fair? A new report from the non-profit Canadians for Tax Fairness says ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft could be avoiding millions of dollars in taxes by classifying their workers as contractors instead of employees. This isn’t illegal, but is it time to take a look at the rules governing corporations’ tax laws? Today’s episode breaks down how the report arrived at such a number, and what it means for workers, riders and even public transportation systems.
17 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
How Toronto is using ‘playbooks’ and vaccines to reopen
Guest: Jennifer Pagliaro, Toronto city hall reporter for the Star Toronto continues to reopen alongside the staged plan created by the Ontario government. How we progress and when reopening happens depends on many factors: vaccination rates, case numbers and other public health data. But the City of Toronto is getting ready with a ‘playbook’ plan for businesses, twinned with a renewed push for vaccinations in the city’s marginalized communities. Today’s episode takes a look into the reopening plans in the months ahead, with a sense of when Toronto will become a thriving city again.
16 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
New Sick Kids study reveals the pandemic’s heavy toll on children
Guest: Nadine Yousif, mental health reporter for the Star A new report by Sick Kids has revealed worryingly high rates of depression and other mental health issues in kids in the aftermath of the second wave of COVID-19. They did not just bounce back as many experts had predicted earlier. On “This Matters” today, we talk about what’s next as kids prepare to return to school in the fall amid deep concerns from medical health professionals who say going back to the “old normal” might not be enough to undo the harm of pandemic-related disruptions. If you would like to support the journalism of the Toronto Star, you can subscribe atthestar.com/subscribingmatters.
17 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
A wave of terrifying racist attacks in Alberta sheds light on Canada’s Islamophobia problem
Guest: Omar Mosleh, Edmonton-based reporter for the Star A wave of terrifying racist attacks in Alberta has the province on edge. The targets have been Muslim women, most of them Black and wearing a hijab. The Muslim community says Islamophobia and anti-Black racism have always been a problem in the province, and the pandemic might have made it worse. The Star's Edmonton-based reporter Omar Mosleh joins "This Matters" to talk about what's going on in and whether it's a snapshot of Canada's larger Islamophobia problem. If you would like to support the journalism of the Toronto Star, you can subscribe at thestar.com/subscribingmatters.
24 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Garment factory workers were already exploited and abused. COVID made it worse
Guest: Robert Cribb, investigative and foreign affairs reporter at the Toronto Star The Star’s Robert Cribb speaks to “This Matters” about a recent investigative collaboration that took a deep dive into the disturbing world of the garment manufacturing industry, its global supply chain and how the pandemic has devastated workers who were working under very questionable conditions to begin with. The story was produced by reporters of the Global Reporting Centre, including academics and journalists from the Toronto Star. If you would like to support the journalism of the Toronto Star, you can subscribe at thestar.com/subscribingmatters.
16 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
The neuroscience of lockdowns and reopening
Guest: Kareem Clark, post-doctoral associate in neuroscience at Virginia Tech’s Fralin Biomedical Research Institute With all the time in COVID-related lockdown, you and your brain are likely out of practice at social interactions. Studies and research have shown even short periods of social isolation can have detrimental effects, including our mental abilities. The good news is the brain can quickly adapt to new efforts to socialize, something to keep in mind as the world reopens and there are more opportunities to reunite. If you would like to support the journalism of the Toronto Star, you can subscribe at thestar.com/subscribingmatters.
23 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Why Canada is dreaming of a World Cup berth
Guest: Brendan Dunlop, host of the Star’s Headers and Footers UEFA Euro 2020 podcast Canada is not among the traditional superpowers of world football (or soccer, if you like). But a new generation of the brightest talents in the game — Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David — are giving Canadian footy fans a reason to dream of competing with the biggest names and nations of the beautiful game. It’s been over 30 years since Canada’s men’s national team made it to the World Cup. Can they land a spot in next year’s tournament? We talk about the highs and lows of Canadian football, the growth of the game in Canada and why the years ahead might be the best to come. If you would like to support the journalism of the Toronto Star, you can subscribe at thestar.com/subscribingmatters.
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