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Canada’s homicide rate hits a 44-year low

Added on: November 11, 2011

Statistics Canada reported recently that Canada’s homicide rate is at a 44-year low. We spoke to criminology professor Scot Wortley about why—and about why our perceptions of safety don’t reflect the fact that we’re safer than we’ve been in decades. Wortley has conducted research on a wide range of topics including racial profiling, attitudes toward… MoreMore arrow

Is it getting better for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth?

Added on: November 1, 2011

When Jamie Hubley, a 15 year old from Ottawa, committed suicide on Oct. 14, attention was turned again to bullying among young people.  Jamie was openly gay.  Taunting from others about his sexuality played a major role in his suicide.  Professor David Rayside spoke with us about the challenges lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)… MoreMore arrow

Do food banks work?

Added on: October 24, 2011

The community food bank has become our way of helping people on social assistance to have access to food. But food bank donations were down during the annual Easter food drive in Toronto, leaving people who run food banks to wonder how they are going to manage.

The legacy of Steve Jobs

Added on: October 12, 2011

The death of Steve Jobs left many people reflecting on the history of computing—and wondering about its future. We spoke to Eugene Fiume on the legacy Jobs left. Fiume is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and co-director of the Dynamic Graphics Project. In addition to numerous research accomplishments, he has long been… MoreMore arrow

Why the Rouge Valley will make a great national park

Added on: September 22, 2011

This year Parks Canada is marking the 100th anniversary of our country’s national parks.  Our national parks, such as Banff National Park (Canada’s first national park), are all in wilderness areas, but the Government of Canada recently announced its intention to add a new kind of park to the Parks Canada system.  That would be… MoreMore arrow

9/11: What does it mean, 10 years later?

Added on: September 9, 2011

When the terrorist attacks on the United States happened on that sunny morning of September 11, 2001, global society let out a collective gasp. No one had ever seen anything like it before. A decade later, we still grapple with the tragedy of that day — and of the aftermath. We asked Professor Janice Stein,… MoreMore arrow

Fluctuating markets, debt crises in the U.S. and Europe: Are we headed for another recession?

Added on: August 12, 2011

A standoff in the U.S. over the debt ceiling. The possibility of more bailouts in Europe. Markets slumping almost everywhere. We spoke to Professor Eric Kirzner to get a sense of what’s causing financial uncertainty in the market right now—and how worried you should be. Kirzner is a professor of finance at the Rotman School… MoreMore arrow

What motivated the killings in Oslo?

Added on: July 26, 2011

All eyes are on Norway this week in the aftermath of the bombing and killings by Anders Breivik. We talked to political science professor Randall Hansen to help put these events in context. Hansen holds the Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Governance and directs the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the… MoreMore arrow

Saying goodbye to the space shuttle

Added on: July 8, 2011

With the final launch of the Atlantis, NASA retires its space shuttle program. We spoke to Professor Chris Damaren of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies about the end of an era in manned space travel. Damaren researches spacecraft dynamics and control systems. He also serves as  Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies in the Faculty… MoreMore arrow

Looking back into the Big Bang

Added on: June 27, 2011

Did you know that only four per cent of the universe is visibly accounted for? The vast majority is what’s called dark matter and dark energy—we can observe its effects, but we don’t know what it is. Did you know that every particle of matter has a corresponding anti-matter particle out there somewhere and that… MoreMore arrow