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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 Saba Eitizaz and Raju Mudhar talk to experts and newsmakers about the social, cultural, political and economic stories that shape your life.
 
Welcome to the TRANsmissions Podcast, broadcasting knowledge across the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. As part of our succession planning and knowledge management in this ministry, Host Russel Lolacher, Web and Social Media Services, will interview ministry staff across our province and at every level to hear about their experiences and best practices. Our focus is to share and learn more about our ministry, the work we do and why we do it. From emergencies to major projec ...
 
A free-ranging, magazine-style podcast series featuring slice-of-life stories, characters and culture from one of the alt-living/hippy Gulf Islands on Canada’s West Coast. Interviews, soundscapes, music, walks along the beaches, rambles into the forests. A new episode every 3 weeks or so. If you're island curious, this show is for you.
 
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Guest: Robert Benzie, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief With less than a week until the June 2 election in Ontario, and as most polls point to a Progressive Conservative victory, there are still plenty of questions about how things could shake out. Premier Doug Ford has been campaigning like a front-runner, as the Liberals and NDP put up a good fight. But …
 
As the real estate market softens throughout Greater Vancouver, many are wondering what this means for new construction and the presale market in Vancouver. MLA Canada's President, Ryan Lalonde, and Executive Director, Cameron McNeill, join Matt & Adam in studio to discuss the health of the presale market, where to find the deals in the coming mont…
 
Guest: Moira Welsh, investigative reporter In the middle of the pandemic, when baby boomers hit the milestone age of 75, they awakened to the reality of growing old in Ontario and they’re not going quietly into nursing homes. They want to age with purpose, energy and love. Their message to politicians? Get rid of the medicalized culture of nursing …
 
Guest: May Warren, reporter for the Toronto Star As of Wednesday, the Public Health Agency of Canada says there are 15 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Quebec, and health officials are investigating more, including four in Toronto. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are about 90 confirmed cases in 12 countries, including Canada.…
 
Guests: Sylvain Charlebois is a Canadian researcher and professor in food distribution and food policy at Dalhousie University. A recent Angus Reid poll showed that almost half of Canadians are finding it difficult to feed their families due to rocketing inflation of food prices at the grocery store. In April, food prices rose on average of 9.7 per…
 
This Matters would like to let you know about another Toronto Star podcast, ‘Death in a Small Town,’ hosted by Kevin Donovan. We are broadcasting episode 1, Just Another Day. Episode 2 is available at thestar.com/deathinasmalltownpodcast or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Episode 1: Just Another Day Roll out of bed, get the kids to school, th…
 
On this episode Kevin & Pete get into hunting private land and how to go about asking permission. They get into some goals for this year and make their Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions. As always be sure to check out our sponsors and use the promo codes... https://akuoutdoor.ca/ Use Promocode FOCUS for 15% off Hunting & Military Boots https://akuout…
 
Auto thefts are soaring in the GTA, which is now punctuated by a carjacking spree that saw several incidents in the past week, including one involving Toronto Maple Leafs star Mitch Marner. There have already been more carjackings in Toronto in 2022 than in all of the previous year, and police warn that some of these are turning violent. By looking…
 
Does Vancouver hate children? The answer, the data suggests, is a resounding yes. Data Scientist Jens von Bergmann sits down with Adam & Matt to chart this terrifying trend that will leave you worried about the future of our city as a vibrant place for all ages. How has city policy & practice made the city inhospitable to young families with childr…
 
Guest: Karon Liu, Food writer at The Star. The Michelin Guide to restaurants is coming to Toronto. This dining guide is known around the world for its three star rating system which highlights some of the best restaurants in the world. That said, it also has its critics as many believe it caters to higher end restaurants and there have been uninten…
 
Guest: Brendan Kennedy, social justice reporter on the Star investigations team A Toronto Star investigation has revealed that Canada confines hundreds of non-citizens in conditions meant for a criminal population. On any given day, there will be roughly 200 to 300 immigrants in Canadian detention. Immigration detention is not supposed to be puniti…
 
Guest: Richard Warnica, Business feature writer Plastic recycling in Ontario has been called a “green lie.” For instance, Canada produced about 1.9 million tonnes of plastic packaging in 2019, according to a recent report commissioned by the Canada Plastics Pact. Of that, the authors estimate just 12 per cent was sent for recycling. Now, things mig…
 
Guest: Martha Paynter, registered nurse and author of “Abortion to Abolition: Reproductive Health and Justice in Canada.” The U.S. Supreme Court may soon strike down its 50-year-old landmark ruling ending constitutional protections for abortion, according to a draft decision leaked to Politico. The ruling would mean U.S. states decide whether and h…
 
On this episode we are joined by the Marc Smith aka the "Muley Slayer". Marc shares his story and talks about what fueled his passion to chase Mule Deer. We talk about the road to successful Mule Deer hunting. Check out Marc's Instagram Page @muleyslayer1 for tons of really cool Mule Deer! For more information on Marc go to... https://www.instagram…
 
Guest: Rosa Saba, Business Reporter Leaving on a jet plane, don’t know if I’ll be making my flight out of the airport? That’s not how the song goes, but it’s a reality for many people in Canadian airports right now, as they face long lineups, wait times and other issues caused by an uptick of travellers and staff shortages at many flight terminals.…
 
On this episode Kevin & Pete sit down with Marcus Simmons. Marcus is an experienced Bear hunter. Marcus tells about his years guiding in BC, he breakdowns his bear baiting methods, how to judge bears and shot placement. He tells us a crazy story of getting treed by a huge sow. For more on information on Marcus Simmons go to.... https://www.facebook…
 
Homes sales across the Lower Mainland have dropped steeply in April and the trend continues in the first weeks of May, but what does this mean for the balance of 2022? Steve Saretsky, author of The Saretsky Report and Co-Host of The Loonie Hour, and Michael Uy, Partner at Vancouver's leading brokerage Oakwyn Realty, join Matt & Adam for a real esta…
 
Guest: Noor Javed, Star reporter Did you know that Toronto used to be a leading city for cricket a few decades ago? As the sport continues to be one of the fastest growing sports in Canada, with an increasing number of immigrants from cricket-loving countries, the city is looking to regain lost cricketing glory and become a premiere city for the sp…
 
Guests: Nadine Yousif and Cristina Selva As the pandemic surged in Ontario, the opioid crisis hit another peak. While opioid related deaths increased by 60 per cent in 2020, nearly one in three employed people who died were construction workers. To address the disproportionate impact of the opioid crisis on the construction workforce, Ontario passe…
 
On this episode Kevin & Pete talk with Chris Dunlop of Elk River Archery. Chris talks about making footers, the benefits, cost and process of making them. The three talk what to look for in a new bow, how to properly tune your bow from new, how to get your broadheads to match your field tips without touching your rest, arrow clocking, hand torque, …
 
Guest: Christine Dobby, Business Reporter You don’t have to look far to see those who experienced terrible financial hardship over the past two years. We don’t talk about our finances. But a recent report has painted a harsh picture just the same. The report published by ACORN, a non-profit organization advocating for moderate to low-income Canadia…
 
On this episode Kevin tells the story of his son's first hunt as a "New Hunter". Kevin and Pete get talk about archery, LEH draws, CWD testing and sunken ships. As always be sure to check out our sponsors and use the promo codes... https://akuoutdoor.ca/ Use Promocode FOCUS for 15% off Hunting & Military Boots https://akuoutdoor.us/ Use Promocode F…
 
Guest: Jacques Gallant, Political Reporter A yearlong review by a panel of former military personnel has recently concluded that military leadership failed to tackle systemic racism and discrimination within its ranks for the past two decades, despite numerous calls to action. The panel that was created to identify racism, discrimination and hate w…
 
Guests: Ben Spurr and Jim Rankin, Star Reporters At the beginning of the pandemic, bikes became a hot commodity as people looked for ways to enjoy the outdoors. Cities like Toronto added more bikes lanes and even shut down streets for events like ActiveTO, so people could enjoy it. But now looking at the data, emergency room visits from cyclists we…
 
The market has shifted but a lot of questions remain. Where will interest rates go and what will be the impact? What will happen with inventory? And what does this all mean for home prices? This week, BCREA's Chief Economist, Brendon Ogmundson joins Matt & Adam to discuss where we are at in the current market and, more importantly, where we are hea…
 
Guest: Wendy Gillis, crime reporter The Ontario election campaign is officially underway. Today, we zero in on an early pledge from Liberal leader Steven Del Duca who says that his government will ban handguns within a year if elected on June 2. Crime reporter Wendy Gillis joins us to explain what’s behind this pledge, why it is so contentious, and…
 
This Matters would like to let you know about another Toronto Star podcast launching today. ‘It's Political with Althia Raj’ is the Star’s new Canadian politics podcast. Every two weeks, Raj brings listeners behind the scenes on Parliament Hill with exclusive interviews, in-depth reporting and thoughtful analysis. Join us as we explore the ins and …
 
Guest: Arif Husain, Chief Economist at World Food Programme Ukraine was forced to close its four Black and Azov sea ports earlier this week and, as one of the breadbaskets of the world, this cut off access to the country’s rich grains. These ports help feed 400 million people, many of whom live in the poorest countries in the world. Even before the…
 
On this episode Kevin and Pete sit down with Travis O'Shea founder of Wapiti River Outdoors.. Travis talks about his background and his calls, what they do and when to use them. This is a great episode for those looking to get into calling and want to improve their Elk calling. Trav gives us tips and shares his techniques on calling cadence, locati…
 
Guest: Edward Keenan, Washington Bureau Chief Protests erupted in Washington D.C. Monday night after a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito leaked to Politico suggested the country's highest court might be poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the almost fifty-year-old landmark ruling that gave women the constitutional right to abortion…
 
Guest: Jacob Lorinc, business reporter Want a smoothie with a side of outsourcing? That’s what customers are seeing at several Freshii locations in Ontario. Instead of a regular cashier, a virtual customer service agent takes your order before actual staff in the restaurant prepare it. Called Percy, a virtual cashier is based in other countries, li…
 
Guest: Robert Benzie, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief The Ontario government just released a record budget for spending, with over $198.6 billion allocated to things like health care, education, tax cuts and much more. With the provincial election writ dropping soon, there’s no way the budget can be passed before June 2 so instead it serves as the platfo…
 
With considerable headwinds in the market, many are wondering if this is the moment to Love it, or List it? This week's guest can help! Celebrity Realtor & Past Guest, Fan Favorite Todd Talbot Joins Adam & Matt in Kokomo Studios to give his take on the state of the Vancouver real estate market and outlines why he just sold his house. Is Todd pullin…
 
On this episode Kevin chats with Jay Nichol, host of the Mindful Hunter Podcast. They get into Bow set-ups, arrows and new bows, hunting Black-tail and Elk on the Charlottes (Haida Gwaii). They talk homelife and how to get your wife to encourage you to get out hunting. They also generational hunting, mental toughness, mentors and overcoming the fea…
 
Guests: David Rider and Jennifer Pagliaro, The Star’s City Hall bureau With a municipal election coming in October, change is coming to city hall. While Mayor John Tory will be seeking his third term, it is in the race for council seats where a lot of the action and interest will be. While there are no political parties tied to Toronto’s council, t…
 
Guest: Nadine Yousif, mental health reporter A recent survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has found disturbing trends. More than half of the 2,200 kids in grades 7-12 surveyed are not just reeling from the effects of the pandemic, they are anxious about climate change and the future. This is an eye-opening glimpse …
 
On this episode Kevin & Pete get into Hunting Boots. They talk Brands, experiences, in-souls, socks and liners. The Good the Bad and some tips on foot care and lessons learned the hard way. Best Boot Warranty Lowa, Meindl & Kenetrek 12 months https://focushunting.ca/read/f/selecting-the-right-hunting-boot As always be sure to check out our sponsors…
 
Guest: Paul Kershaw, a professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health and founder of Generation Squeeze, a non-profit that works for generational fairness They say timing is everything, but should it be when it comes to home ownership? Canada’s wealth gap is not just driven by income, but also by real estate with much determined by if an…
 
There are a LOT of what this ministry does that you don’t see. That you might not even consider. Driving along, checking out our beautiful scenery with no idea the work that goes into making it all… work. I’m talking about utilities. Host Russel Lolacher chats with Utilities Project Analyst Ryan Pinches and Senior Project Manager in Major Projects …
 
Guest: Stephanie Levitz, a reporter in the Star's Ottawa Bureau The Conservative party leadership race is underway and while the goal is to find a new leader, some think this contest could be for the soul of the party. While there candidates pushing more socially conservative views against others with more progressive stands on issues, there are al…
 
We get it - you watch a lot of HGTV and have a flair for design. But, does that really mean you should be taking on that renovation project? And how can you find exceptional deals that not only mitigate risk but offer healthy returns? This week, Matt & Adam discuss 10 tips for super-charging your real estate portfolio and finding lucrative reno pro…
 
Guest: Megan Ogilvie & Kenyon Wallace, Star reporters Last week, Ontario expanded eligibility to testing and antiviral treatments such as Paxlovid for high-risk individuals as the sixth wave of COVID continues to gain momentum. Paxlovid is now also available with a prescription at dozens of pharmacies across the GTA. But questions still remain arou…
 
On this episode Doug Boze joins the show again to talk Spring Black Bear Hunting. Kevin, Pete & Doug get into some Q & A on locating spring bears, calling techniques, set-ups, wind, field dressing and some other Bear related items. For more on Doug go to.... https://www.instagram.com/bozeandbears/?hl=en https://www.amazon.ca/Ultimate-Guide-Black-Be…
 
Guest: Heather Scoffield, economics columnist and the Star's Ottawa Bureau Chief. Inflation hit a 31-year high, rising to 6.7 per cent in March, with escalating prices across many sectors. Grocery store and gas bills in particular are where many people are feeling it, and the gas prices have risen almost 40 per cent from a year ago. There are sever…
 
Guest: Alex Boyd, Toronto Star reporter Almost two years after the first COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Canada, the excitement is somewhat over. Most Canadians are now vaccinated and demand is grinding to a halt. The rush for vaccines has also slowed down considerably after recently lifted mandates. This means that millions of doses are lying unused,…
 
Guest: Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, professor and satellite imaging specialist at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. Satellites and social media are working together to give new perspectives and viewpoints on the war in Ukraine. The amount and frequency of images, sophistication of technology and ever easier access for…
 
Guest: Ben Spurr, the Star’s transportation reporter. It has been a terrible week for tragic events on public transit, with New York City dealing with a subway shooting, a murder outside of Sherbourne station and a woman getting pushed onto the tracks at Yonge station. While these are nightmare scenarios for any transit service, there are all kinds…
 
The Bank of Canada just hiked the benchmark interest rate to 1% at a time with runaway inflation and a softening national housing market. But what does all this mean for prices and Vancouver real estate? This week, Andrey Pavlov, Professor of Finance & Real Estate at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, sits down with Matt & Adam to break down the key …
 
Guest: Wendy Gillis, Star reporter As Toronto Police say the average age of those linked to gun violence continues to drop, Sunnybrook Hospital is taking action because “patching people up and sending them home” isn’t working. Today, we are joined by Star reporter Wendy Gillis, who’s been following the rollout of the new program designed to stem th…
 
On this episode Kevin chats with Seth Watts of Black Bear Pursuit. Seth is a California Bear hunter who is deeply involved in advocating for Hunter's and hunting rights, especially regarding the Black Bear Hunting opportunities in California. Guns, politics, ammo, anti-hunting and the proposed pause on California Bear Hunting fuel the conversation …
 
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