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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.

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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.

    The truth is out there: How Canada tracks UFOs

    The truth is out there: How Canada tracks UFOs

    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 discuss what’s he found.
    If you would like to support the journalism of the Toronto Star, you can subscribe at thestar.com/subscribingmatters.

    Canada’s one-time immigration program is a doorway to dreams but with a deadline

    Canada’s one-time immigration program is a doorway to dreams but with a deadline

    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. Immigration reporter Nicholas Keung talks to “This Matters” host Saba Eitizaz about how the program works, why it is needed and how applicants can navigate it.
    If you would like to support the journalism of the Toronto Star, you can subscribe at thestar.com/subscribingmatters.

    AstraZeneca and second thoughts on second doses

    AstraZeneca and second thoughts on second doses

    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 latest AstraZeneca news.
    If you would like to support the journalism of the Toronto Star, you can subscribe at thestar.com/subscribingmatters.

    Why COVID will stay when the pandemic ends

    Why COVID will stay when the pandemic ends

    Despite more vaccinations around the world, infectious disease experts are coming to a consensus that COVID, as a viral strain, isn’t going anywhere soon. Instead, it’s likely to be endemic, meaning the virus will become a constant in our lives like seasonal mutations of the flu. A major factor in how well we control COVID in the years to come will be dependent on herd immunity. What does this mean? Is it even achievable? Dr. David Fisman, an epidemiology professor at University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, explains how the world is “going to have to figure out how to live with an endemic pathogen that’s nasty.”

    Daycare testing: Making sure the kids are all right

    Daycare testing: Making sure the kids are all right

    Ask any parent with young children in daycare and they’ll have plenty of COVID-19 testing stories for you. With higher rates of COVID transmissions, many parents and families have caught the virus through their child’s daycare or opted for trips to testing centres with the appearance of every sniffle or fever. Some experts have advised people to pull their kids from daycares, but that is just not possible for many families. In a move to help families and try to get a track of spread, there is a new testing program in the daycare setting to make the process a little easier. Jennifer Yang, a Health Reporter for the Star, joins us to talk daycares, outbreaks and the new testing program.
    If you would like to support the journalism of the Toronto Star, you can subscribe at thestar.com/subscribingmatters.

    The clear-as-mud messaging on vaccines and how to fix it

    The clear-as-mud messaging on vaccines and how to fix it

    To many doctors across Canada, the latest statement from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) left a lot to be desired. NACI’s guidance on mRNA vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna) being “preferred” over viral vector vaccines like AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson seemingly contradicts the messaging from public health officials who say the best shot is the first one you can get. On “ThisMatters,” we explain how the advisory panel’s advice can fuel vaccine hesitancy and why Canada can’t afford bad public health messaging. Guest: Sabina Vohra-Miller, founder of the web site “Unambiguous Science”
    If you would like to support the journalism of the Toronto Star, you can subscribe at thestar.com/subscribingmatters.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
184 Ratings

184 Ratings

MikeB1535 ,

Really enjoying this podcast!

Great insight and in nice short bites. A good format.

Jo123vie ,

Line 5

How come no one in Toronto is talking about shutting down Enbridge’s line 5? It would be horrible and nobody is discussing it except us Alberta’s because we know the consequences

vrb19 ,

Mix it up?

Started listening to this podcast in the summer after “Wait There’s More” by Global News was cancelled. I appreciate it as a Canadian daily news show that focuses on more local issues compared to other shows that are so American-heavy. But I’m starting to struggle with half the episodes each week being about either COVID-19 or racial issues. Don’t get me wrong; both of these are massive issues that influence us all (to varying degrees) every day. But can we mix it up a bit? I’d really love to start hearing about other stories and events a few times a week. My interest decreases every time I see something about covid or racial issues every day. Other things are happening around the world as well as in our communities and they can/should be reported on as well.
Maybe I am an outliner here and most listeners WANT to hear about these same issues every day. But I’m getting more drained from what is starting to feel like repeated information.
Still a fan; I like the hosts and their perspectives on these issues are interesting. But if something doesn’t shift, I will be unsubscribing soon and just occasionally checking new episodes for anything that peaks my interest.

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