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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.
 
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: The Star’s political reporter Raisa Patel Many say race wasn’t really a top-of-mind election issue until last week’s federal leader’s debates, and the conversation remained at surface-level, without getting into what actually is — or isn’t — on party platforms to tackle systemic racism. So, what exactly are Canada’s electoral candidates sayi…
 
Guest: Heather Scoffield, the Star’s Ottawa bureau chief and economic columnist Affordability is at a crisis level in Canada. From sky-high housing and rental costs, to childcare, to cellphone bills — the cost of living is putting a vice grip on the finances of middle-class and young Canadians. But it’s not a new problem to be tackled in federal el…
 
Guest: Alex Ballingall, Ottawa based politics reporter joins to talk climate change in the election. As wild fires burn in Western Canada, it seems like a day does not go by without further news about the climate crisis and the worsening shape of the planet, and the real consequences we are already seeing. Many experts are saying that changes need …
 
Guests: Host Althia Raj sits down with the Star’s Heather Scoffield, Richard Warnica an Jeremy Nuttall After four weeks of campaigning, the federal party leaders head into the home stretch. Polling puts the Liberals and the Conservatives basically neck and neck nationally. But on the ground? What does the contest really look like? Today, we’ll take…
 
Guest: Michelle Shephard, a journalist, author and filmmaker who was the Star’s national security reporter for nearly 20 years Everyone who is old enough has some kind of memory of where they were and what they were doing on September 11, 2001, when the two towers of the World Trade Centre in New York were brought down by commercial planes hijacked…
 
Does buying pre-construction make sense for homeowners and investors right now? The short answer: that depends. President of Key Marketing, Cam Good, and VP of Operations Nick Campbell sit down with Adam & Matt to discuss the number of factors that every potential buyer should consider before pulling the trigger on pre-construction. Where are the c…
 
We’re almost towards the end of the second year of the pandemic and, not surprisingly, the data shows that we’re not at the best version of ourselves anymore. A recent Angus Reid poll has revealed surprisingly low rates of empathy among Canadians. Especially when it’s between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. The Star’s mental health reporter Na…
 
Guest: Omar Mosleh, Toronto Star reporter After more than a year of COVID anxiety, lockdowns, working from home and helping kids with online learning, this is back to school week in the GTA. But as many parents are sharing their children’s day back to school, some are sharing their child’s disappointment in being left out. They say their children w…
 
Guests: Susan Delacourt, Toronto Star national political columnist and Grant LaFleche, investigative reporter for the Star and St. Catharines Standard Forget the election issues. The biggest story of Canada’s federal election campaign so far has been the protesters disrupting the rallies of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and the harassment towards o…
 
This is a rebroadcast of an episode first aired on December 2, 2020. Social media harassment is about more than words. It is violence and it is dangerous. We’ve witnessed a lot of ugliness during these polarizing and pandemic times, and a lot of it has been directed at women, particularly women of colour. As cyber misogyny has increased steadily, s…
 
Guests: Jennifer Yang and Megan Ogilvie, Toronto Star health reporters Back to school is almost here, kicking off the return of morning COVID screening for parents with their kids. With more data now available, the province has recently made some changes for that screening. In particular, runny noses have been removed from the screening guide — a r…
 
If you don’t know Dr. Ann McAfee you should and chances are you have benefitted from her life’s work. Vancouver’s first ever Housing Planner in 1974; the Co-Director of Planning with Larry Beasley, implementing plans now famously known as Vancouverism, in the 1990s; more recently a consultant to international cities in countries as varied as Austra…
 
Guest: Rob Ferguson, Queen’s Park reporter at The Star After months of debate, Ontario has revealed details of its vaccine passport program. Called late and inconsistent by critics, Premier Doug Ford admitted he was reluctant to bring in such a program due to fears of a “split society.” There are still many questions about how exactly the program w…
 
Guest: Kenyon Wallace, investigative reporter for the Toronto Star Amidst a growing fourth wave, the spread of the Delta variant and questions over how long immunity lasts, a number of nations around the world, including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Israel and Canada are either considering or have begun COVID vaccine booster programs. But n…
 
Ali Raza Yesa is an Afghan educator and founder of the Star Educational Society, a network of language schools across Afghanistan. With the West now withdrawn from Afghanistan, he has left his homeland and his schools have been shut down. He joins “This Matters” to talk about his life in Afghanistan and a lifetime of work that will remain unfinishe…
 
Guest: Josh Rubin, business reporter for the Star Because neither the federal or Ontario provincial government have created vaccine passports for the public yet (while other provinces have started plans of their own), live event businesses and franchises are taking matters into their own hands to create new rules for customers. Maple Leaf Sports an…
 
Guest: Lior Samfiru, employment lawyer and co-founding partner at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP Vaccine mandates in the workplace aren’t hypothetical anymore. They are real. The federal government has one for their employees, as does the Ontario government for people in high-risk settings. Those new rules are filtering down to private business, with Canada’…
 
It’s Saturday at the island’s recycling depot. Music Credits in order: Accidental background: “Do Ya Think I’m sexy” by Rod Stewart – MP3 track being played by others in an open air recording. Don’t sue! Excerpt: “Arctic Orchestral Cue” by Graham Makes Courtesy: creativecommons.org Excerpt: “Indigo” by Vincent Augustus from the album Nightlife for …
 
Guest: Nicole O’Reilly, crime reporter from The Hamilton Spectator It has been over four years since Angelo Musitano, a prominent member of the Musitano crime family in Hamilton, was gunned down in his driveway. His murder was the result of a sophisticated, mob-driven operation intricately planned, executed and now shared in “Trigger,” an investiga…
 
Imagine you had behind-the-scenes access to data showing exactly what buyers were looking for in Vancouver based on 6 Million+ inquiries? Now imagine how this could help predict Vancouver's next hot neighbourhoods. Finally, stop imagining because this week we made this a reality and did the work for you! Simon Bray, President of REW.ca, joins Matt …
 
Guest: Julie S. Lalonde, women’s rights advocate and author of “Resilience is Futile” Did you know that there is a country in the world where one woman or girl is killed every two and a half days? That country is Canada. According to a report by the Canadian Femicide Observatory, Canada saw an increase in femicide from 2019 to 2020. The report also…
 
Guest: Nichole Jankowski, freelance journalist who wrote on 6ixBuzz for Toronto Life 6ixBuzz began as a simple meme and joke Instagram account on all things Toronto, but in just a few short years, it has grown into a media empire with two million followers on Instagram, tens of thousands more on YouTube and contracts signed with major music labels.…
 
There is a sense of uncertainty, fear and deep anxiety for Afghan women following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Many are afraid of a return to a repressive past and reversal of painstaking progress made. Many also feel betrayal about how the country has been treated over the years, and the abrupt departure by the west. Today on “This Matters…
 
Guest: Dr. Karina Top, pediatrician, vaccine researcher and associate professor at Dalhousie University In what is increasingly being called a pandemic of the unvaccinated, the largest cohort that cannot receive vaccines yet are children under age 12. With the Delta variant spreading rapidly and the fourth wave accelerating, there has been a surge …
 
If you invest in Vancouver or Toronto, you already know that finding cash flow positive properties is tough. And, more than likely, you are currently addicted to the cap gain. But what if there was a way to have your cake and eat it too? Real estate investor and stock/options trader, Cody Yeh, joins Matt & Adam to offer a holistic approach to build…
 
Guest: Craig Whitlock, Washington Post investigative journalist who broke The Afghanistan Papers While many question the United States government’s decision to withdrawal from Afghanistan, within the government it has long been known it was an unwinnable conflict. The truth is laid bare in The Afghanistan Papers, a 2019 Washington Post investigatio…
 
Guest: Joanna Chiu, Toronto Star reporter covering Canada-China relations and author of “China Unbound” It’s been almost three years since former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor (collectively known as the “two Michaels”) were arrested by the Chinese Communist Party. The move was seen as retaliation against Canada’s arrest of…
 
Guest: Dr. Margaret Harris, infectious diseases expert and spokesperson for World Health Organization As the pandemic continues, low-income and developing nations remain left behind in vaccination efforts. The reason is simple. Many countries cannot afford vaccines because the contracts tied to them are tied to the most powerful nations in the worl…
 
Guests: Susan Delacourt and Alex Boutilier of the Star’s Ottawa bureau After months of speculation, it’s happening: the Canadian federal election is set for September 20. The stakes are historic and could not be higher. Who should lead Canada out of the pandemic? How does this country begin to recover economically? What do Canadians care about most…
 
Guest: Robert Benzie, Toronto Star Queen’s Park bureau chief A majority of Canadians say they are in favour of vaccine passports, the documentation proving people who enter a public space, like restaurants, gyms or arenas have a full set of vaccinations. They are the latest tool in the great balancing act of COVID safety measures with reopenings an…
 
Big changes are coming to BC’s building code in 2022 that will transform the way we value homes. Doug Langford, President of JDL Homes, joins Matt & Adam this week to outline the BC Energy Step Code and our province’s path to net-zero building by 2032. What changes are imminent? Will building costs skyrocket? And what does this mean for home prices…
 
Guest: Ed Tubb, Toronto Star assignment editor focused on COVID-19 data With rising case counts and other indicators, the fourth wave of COVID-19 is here and just getting started. The Delta variant is more infectious than other forms of the virus and could have a serious impact on our health care systems. Unvaccinated people will bear the brunt of …
 
Guest: Sara Mojtehedzadeh, work and wealth reporter for the Toronto Star Robots have arrived in Toronto and they’re delivering your food. You may have come across Geoffrey, an adorable pink robot with hearts for eyes, who offers contactless, affordable delivery at the tap of a smartphone. The company behind Geoffrey is claiming it to be a safe alte…
 
Guest: Jack Froese, Chair of National Zero Waste Council Canada has a real problem with food waste and we’re all responsible. According to Second Harvest, 58 per cent of all food produced in Canada — the equivalent of 35.5 million tonnes — is lost or wasted every year. That comes out to $31 billion at the food production and consumer level. The cos…
 
As a bonus episode, This Matters is broadcasting an episode from another Toronto Star podcast. Tokyo Daily, hosted by Brendan Dunlop, recaps the Canadian women’s national team’s historic gold medal win with the Toronto Star’s Laura Armstrong, on a day that Canada won three medals over the span of one hour. Christine Sinclair is one of the greatest …
 
Guest: Nadine Yousif, the Star’s mental health reporter The Tokyo Olympics have been historic in many ways. The games took place in the middle of a global pandemic, Canada’s female athletes are bringing in the gold and glory, and mental health has been brought to the centre stage. Olympians have rallied around U.S. gymnast Simone Biles’ decision to…
 
Jeff Poh is not our typical guest. He is not a celebrated politician or university economist. He hasn’t built a condo tower or bought an investment property a month for years at a time. Jeff Poh is probably a lot like you: a bright person somewhere in their middle years with some investment wins and some losses under their belt. Jeff sits down with…
 
Guest: Ed Keenan, The Star’s Washington Bureau Chief This week New York City became the first city in the United States to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for indoor spaces and activities. Just two months after Washington Bureau Chief Ed Keenan reported about the city’s reopening joy and successful vaccinations, COVID cases are rising in all …
 
Guest: Olivia Bowden, Toronto Star reporter As Canada goes through the painful process of identifying hundreds of Indigenous children’s remains who were buried in unmarked graves outside the sites of former residential schools, conversations have turned to what to do next with the locations, how to commemorate the children lost and how to honour th…
 
On this episode I am joined by Kevin Timm founder or Seek Outside. Kevin shares with us his origin story on how Seek Outside all got started, we talk about his packs and his tents, which they have integrated a wood stove into. For more information on Kevin and Seek Outside go to... www.seekoutside.com https://www.instagram.com/seekoutside/ https://…
 
Guest: Kana Enomoto, senior expert at McKinsey & Company, national leader in mental health, substance-use policy, data and programs Recent data released by global management consulting firm McKinsey and Company has shown that COVID-19 has profoundly impacted employees’ well-being. Almost a third of respondents reported having anxiety, while at leas…
 
GUEST: Professor Jean-Nicolas Reyt, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at McGill University A recent study in Iceland involving thousands of workers has brought back the buzz around a shorter four-day work week. As the pandemic has accelerated the movement to work smarter and not longer, we explore the tantalizing possibilities — and p…
 
Metro Vancouver is projecting 1 million new residents by 2050 (an average of 35,000 newcomers every year!), so what does this mean for emerging urban centres, job creation, housing affordability, transportation, and the environment. This week, Sean Galloway, Director of Regional Planning and Electoral Area Services for Metro Vancouver, joins Matt &…
 
Guest: Moira Welsh, investigative reporter for the Star The case of the MV Miner is a siren call to the question of what happens to “dead ships” that come from Canada and the dire consequences of neglect. Nova Scotians know the story well after the giant vessel full of chemicals and fuel became adrift and ended up in a protected area. It took $20 m…
 
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