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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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This is one of the first episodes I originally recorded but due some technical issues, technical being me be computer retarded, I am joined by my good pal Robin Unrau founder of Hunters for BC and president of BC's interior chapter of SCI. Robin and I talk about some of the issues going with the wildlife in British Columbia and how we move forward.…
 
Kofi Hope and Zahra Ebrahim, co-founders of Monumental and part of a team leading the AllOut campaign, join “This Matters” to talk about the systemic barriers that lead to a lack of representation of racialized communities in the Canadian outdoors, how this fuels damaging stereotypes and the growing movement to get more Indigenous, Black and people…
 
On this episode I am joined by Hunt to Eat co-founder Mahting Putelis. Mahting shares his and the Hunt to Eat story and all the great stuff we can find over at Hunting Apparel And Accessories | Hunt To Eat. We talk about 100 mile Ultra running and how that helps Mahting in the backcountry, we also talk elk hunting, pack-outs and if expensive gear i…
 
In the works for almost four years, reporter Kevin Donovan’s five-part series “Death in a Small Town” explores the death of a child and the turmoil it plunged his family into. Nathaniel McLellan was 15-months-old and acting strangely at his daycare when his parents, Rose-Anne and Kent McLellan, were summoned to take him to the hospital. What follow…
 
The Bloomberg Economics Dashboard just listed Canada as the second frothiest real estate market in the world in its “bubble rank”. Uh oh…we’ve been here before. But Is this time different? Mortgage Broker and owner of the Greene Mortgage Team, Kyle Greene, joins Adam & Matt to discuss the key indicators for bubbles and what the current indicators m…
 
It was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who said “young people aren’t facing a housing problem, they’re facing a housing crisis.” The red hot real estate market has seen growth at a record pace, and many young and first-time buyers have found themselves priced out of buying a home. To address that, the government recently made changes to the mortgage …
 
For the first time in its history, the Ontario provincial government invoked the “notwithstanding” clause to override the courts on a campaign law that was deemed unconstitutional by an Ontario Superior Court judge. The Ford government’s critics call the usage of the clause an attack on democracy and an effort to silence Premier Doug Ford’s opposit…
 
This week, our guest is the great Ryan Sickler! Ryan's got a ton of crazy stories from growing up in Baltimore, like dropping off a UPS package where a major crime is happening. Ryan also tells us about fighting his twin, and we learn about one important food item that all single people should have in their fridges. See acast.com/privacy for privac…
 
With the rise of the worrisome Delta variant, Ontario is accelerating second doses of COVID vaccines in hot spots across the province, as well as shortening the length between doses from 12 to eight weeks for people who got AstraZeneca as their first shot. In addition, some have a choice on their hands as vaccine mixing is also now allowed, includi…
 
Political leaders have publicly condemned the murders of a Muslim family in London, Ont. Terrorism charges have been brought against the alleged killer. But many Muslim Canadians say words are no longer enough, action must be taken to prevent more hate crimes. From fierce opposition against Motion 103, a motion in the provincial legislature to reco…
 
On this episode I am joined by Steve Smith founder of Smith Game Calls. Steve shares his story on how and when he got into making game calls. We talk about the fundamentals of making a call and how to use that to our advantage. Steve has been hunting and calling elk most of his life and has even gone up against some of the best callers in the indus…
 
Guest: Edward Keenan, the Toronto Star's Washington Bureau Chief While former president Donald Trump has effectively been muzzled on social media, his power and influence continue to grow as Republicans line up behind the man who still casts a long shadow over the party. His Big Lie — that the last election was rigged so he wouldn’t win — continues…
 
The New York Times' Economics Reporter Conor Dougherty's book, "The Golden Gates: The Housing Crisis and a Reckoning for the American Dream" charts the history and politics of the West Coast housing crisis and its dire consequences. Sound familiar and highly relevant? You are not alone. It was a Time 100 Must-Read Book of 2020, a New York Times Boo…
 
Guest: Noor Javed, Toronto Star reporter Muslim Canadians have felt profound grief in the wake of the hateful attack in London that left four members of the Afzaal family dead, and one 9-year-old boy orphaned. There is also a sense of betrayal and anger that despite political promises and platitudes, Islamophobia continues to rise in Canada, unchec…
 
Guest: Hayden King, educator and director of the Yellowhead Institute It was a powerful image seen across Canada: the statue of Egerton Ryerson, chief architect of the residential school system, torn down at the namesake university campus in Toronto. More than 300 signatures from students, faculty and associate deans from Ryerson University back th…
 
This week on the show, we’re thrilled to have Darcy Michael and Jane Stanton, the hosts of the hit podcast, High School Sucks! We discuss sending candygrams in school, being really bad at your day job and forgetting to take your child to school! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Guest: Dr. Fahad Razak, epidemiologist and internist at St. Michael’s Hospital, and member of Ontario’s Science Advisory Table With 58 per cent of Canadians (and counting) having received a first dose of a COVID vaccine, many are eagerly diving into a “one-dose” summer. Now, Ontario is moving up its Step 1 reopening plans and with more vaccine ship…
 
Guest: Karon Liu, food reporter for the Toronto Star What’s going on with Canadian butter? For more than a year, hawk-eyed bakers, chefs and food experts stuck at home have noticed something odd, a hypothesis that has morphed into a low-stakes but viral conspiracy theory: the butter we’re now using is physically firmer and melts slower. Is this tru…
 
It sounds counterintuitive, but according to some research, more restaurants opened than closed in Toronto during the pandemic. Data from Yelp, found by Shauna Brail and her team for the Toronto: After the First Wave project, tells a different side of the restaurant story than we typically hear about this struggling sector. As Ontario looks to reop…
 
Opportunities only emerge when you know where to look. Anyone that understands Vancouver knows that the feeling of a neighbourhood can transform block by block but how should that inform your real estate decision making? Developer Jeremy Waldman & Project Marketer, Ben Amzaleg, sit down with Matt & Adam to discuss how their deep local knowledge of …
 
Guest: Ed Tubb, Toronto Star journalist focused on COVID-19 data With declining case counts and other positives indicators, it looks as though Ontario might have finally turned the corner of the devastating third wave. With rumours of the province potentially opening earlier than expected, there may be better days on the horizon. But not all the nu…
 
On this episode I am joined by Corey Jacobsen, founder of ELK University. Corey and I discuss Elk 101, what it is and how it will help you become a successful Elk Hunter. The hard truth about Elk hunting is that only 10% of Elk hunters are successful, Corey walks us through all the modules of Elk101 and how they will help us become a member of the …
 
An Indigenous archaeologist reflects on the discovery in Kamloops, explains how radar technology helps find burial sites in a culturally respectful way and the reckoning that will follow in finding the full truth behind Canada’s residential school system. Guest: Kisha Supernant, Director of the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology and as…
 
The horrific discovery of a mass grave containing the remains of 215 Indigenous children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation grounds is a glaring reminder of Canada’s racist legacy and a country’s shame. Cree/Iroquois/French human rights journalist Brandi Morin joins “This Matters” host Saba Eitiz…
 
Ontario law gives people facing domestic violence, abuse and trafficking priority access to social housing. Those applications spiked by more than 50 per cent last year — a disturbing reflection of the violence that erupted during the pandemic. The Star’s affordable housing reporter Victoria Gibson is on “This Matters” to talk about these soaring n…
 
Guest: Shawn Micallef, contributing columnist on Toronto and urbanism, Toronto Star Public parks and city streets have been a lifeline for Torontonians, cooped up in their homes and apartments, throughout the pandemic. But there’s a hitch to being outside: when nature calls, where do you “go?” The access to public bathrooms (or lack thereof) in Tor…
 
There are all sorts of excuses for not achieving your real estate goals - no time, no money, no stomach for today's prices. Well, today's guest has overcome all these obstacles and with staggering results: 260+ doors in under 10 years! Real estate investor, Adrian Pannozzo, sits down with Matt & Adam to chart his trajectory from police officer to r…
 
Ontario’s first Poet Laureate, spoken word artist Randell Adjei is on “This Matters” to talk about his life, his work and his plans to bring beauty and poetry into our lives during these exceptionally dark times of the pandemic—and shares some of his tremendous talent and poetry with us. If you would like to support the journalism of the Toronto St…
 
On this episode of the FOCUS Hunting Podcast I am joined by Sitka's John Barklow. John is a 25+ year Navy Seal and now works with Sitka and shares his knowledge of surviving in some of the worst environments on earth. John and I discuss putting together a clothing system to help you stay, not only dry and warm, but might save your life when hunting…
 
Guests: Anoosha Keshav, Grade 12 student and Kim Moran, CEO, Children’s Mental Health Ontario Ontario is slowly reopening and the school year is coming to its close. For the high school graduating class of 2021, it looks like some form of video conferencing solution for a virtual graduation ceremony is on the table as their final send-off. For one …
 
Guest: Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Toronto Star’s Work and Wealth Reporter In COVID’s third wave, workplaces are the single largest outbreak settings, according to Ontario’s provincial data. More than 23,500 Ontarians have contracted COVID from work, many of them in industries like warehousing, manufacturing and food processing, the very sectors helping su…
 
Guest: Edward Keenan, The Star’s Washington Bureau Chief. New York, America’s biggest city, officially reopened this week after a year of devastation, grief and loss as one of the worst hit cities by the COVID pandemic. Edward Keenan, The Star’s Washington Bureau Chief, was in the Big Apple to capture all the post-lockdown joy and he joins “This Ma…
 
Did you meet your financial goals in 2020 and the first half of 2021? We know one guy who did and his logic and strategies provide a blueprint for investing in any market. Mark Ting, Guide to Personal Finance (CBC's On the Coast) and Partner at Foundation Wealth, sits down with Matt & Adam to chart an epic year of investing. Find out what Mark thin…
 
An Ontario judge has recently ruled that an employee of an ophthalmic clinic who was laid off early in the pandemic was actually terminated, and eligible to sue for constructive dismissal. Some legal experts have been predicting this all along and say this could mean thousands of lawsuits in the coming years after so many lost their jobs last year.…
 
Being indoors is a well-known recipe for COVID-19 transmission: poor ventilation, aerosol particles in the air and prolonged exposure. But more than a year into the pandemic, the evidence is clear that the risk of outdoor transmission, especially when distanced, is extremely low. This is likely welcome information to golfers missing the golf course…
 
For construction to succeed, our industry needs top-notch suppliers and support. Fuelex Energy (www.fuelexenergy.ca) is one of those companies that is vital to the success of many of our ICBA members. Jeff Adams is a Senior Sales Executive for Fuelex Energy, a local family-based company that is rapidly expanding across Alberta and British Columbia.…
 
Canada’s vaccine has been plagued by problems. Fast-changing rules, buggy websites and last minute openings have turned finding a jab into a holy grail-like quest. Through it all, Vaccine Hunters Canada have been a lifeline to get a vaccine appointment for thousands of Canadians. They are a group of volunteers who have managed to spread information…
 
On this episode I am joined by Doug Boze. Doug is the author of "No Bait, Just Bears" and "The Ultimate Guide to Black Bear Hunting". Doug shares some great stories of his years hunting Black Bears and he gives us some tips and tricks on hunting and calling in Black Bears. For those of us in provinces or states where baiting is illegal this is a mu…
 
As we all struggle with the weight of what we have lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists say you can measure that loss by calculating the years of unlived life that COVID took from those who died. Toronto-based science and business journalist Kat Eschner wrote about it for the New York Times and she joins “This Matters” to talk about it.…
 
On this episode I am joined by Sam Ayres host of The Wild Initiative Podcast. Be sure to join Sam and his amazing line up of guests. Sam shares his path to becoming a hunter, he tells us about his first ever Elk trip which left him pretty beat up. For more information on Sam and The Wild Initiative go to.... The Wild Initiative As always be sure to…
 
The minute you mention Unidentified Flying Objects or UFOs, there are some who are ready to custom fit you for a tin foil hat. But the truth is there are more people who are taking this very seriously. Daniel Otis, a freelance journalist has been looking into how the Canadian Governments tracks unidentified flying objects joins “This Matters” to di…
 
Have you ever felt like you wish you had a better financial education? Do you know people in your life who could benefit from hearing no nonsense, useful Canadian centered (we mean centred!!) financial advice? Past guest and recent author, Doug Allan, joins Adam and Matt to bring this podcast back to the basics when it comes to financial literacy (…
 
A new pathway designed for recent international graduates and essential migrant workers already in Canada is offering permanent residency to 90,000 people. There is a limited time window for applications and specific eligibility requirements, so the heat is on because for many, it is their only chance to make their immigration dreams come true. Imm…
 
Sean Hodgins grew up in the construction business and is now the president of Century Group, a family-owned business that was started in 1957. The company is based in New Westminster, BC but has recently been doing a lot of work in Vancouver working alongside local communities and neighbourhoods to add flavour and housing as needed. The mid-sized r…
 
Just as Gen X went from being slackers to pragmatic when the vaccine eligibility hit the 40+ age demographic in Ontario and they rushed out to get jabbed, the AstraZeneca vaccine has gone from being selfie-worthy to the shot that no one wants. Alex Boyd is a Star reporter who has been covering vaccines during the pandemic and joins us to talk lates…
 
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