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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 Ed Keenan talk to their fellow journalists, 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 Saba Eitizaz and Ed Keenan talk to their fellow journalists, experts and newsmakers about the social, cultural, political and economic stories that shape your life.

    Author Salman Rushdie on his attack, writing ‘Knife’ and fear

    Author Salman Rushdie on his attack, writing ‘Knife’ and fear

    Guest: Salman Rushdie, author
    It has been almost two years since celebrated author Salman Rushdie was attacked on a stage in Erie, New York as he was about to deliver a lecture. In an assault that lasted 27 seconds, a knife went through his right eye and optical nerve, while wounds to his tongue, neck and hand left him a changed man. Salman shares details of the attack — and his recovery — in his new memoir, “Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder.” As interviews for the book are in full swing, Salman tells The Star that any fears of being onstage had long faded.
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    • 37 min
    What will it take for women to get a pay raise?

    What will it take for women to get a pay raise?

    Guest: Anuradha Dugal, Vice President Community Initiatives at the Canadian Women's Foundation
    Equal Pay Day is recognized internationally as a day of action, calling on stakeholders to advance women’s economic activity. It symbolizes how much longer women have had to work to catch up to what their male colleagues have earned in the previous year. Showing that women in Canada have worked nearly 16 months to earn what men make in 12. The needle hasn't budged on gender pay inequity in almost three decades. And no one is minding the gender pay gap. We take a look at why, and what it will take to change things.

    • 23 min
    Mayor Olivia Chow’s plans for homeless encampments, tax fiascos and dangerous dogs

    Mayor Olivia Chow’s plans for homeless encampments, tax fiascos and dangerous dogs

    Guest: Olivia Chow, mayor
    News over the last couple of weeks around city hall has been heavy on tax worries and mix-ups — thousands of bills sent out for vacant home taxes for occupied properties and concerns about a proposed stormwater fee. Mayor Olivia Chow explains what she thinks went wrong and how she plans to fix it (and “start from scratch” on the vacant home system). She also discusses her plan to deal with the growing number of homeless encampments in parks that have spread around the city, recent Toronto Police Association criticism of her about a letter some councillors signed, provincial and federal announcements on housing, and what the city should be doing about dangerous dogs. Plus, Chow shares how she herself had to appeal a vacant home tax bill on her own house.
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    • 50 min
    The vacant-home tax and other disasters

    The vacant-home tax and other disasters

    Thousands of property owners across the city got bills this week for vacant home taxes applying to homes they live in. Today, hosts Ed Keenan and Emma Teitel try to understand the comprehensive fiasco in the implementation of the policy. They also talk about the much-feared “rain tax” that will now go back for further study, about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s attempts to announce his way out of his problems and what to do about dangerous dogs in Toronto. Plus, it is IIHF World Women’s Championship time!
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    • 37 min
    Why is Canada limiting its number of temporary residents and what are the new rules?

    Why is Canada limiting its number of temporary residents and what are the new rules?

    Guest: Nicholas Keung, immigration reporter 
    The federal government is scaling back on the number of temporary residents and foreign workers in Canada while trying to boost access to permanent residence for those already here. Earlier, similar curbing measures were introduced for international students as well. While the government is framing these new, more restrictive immigration measures as a solution to a burgeoning housing and affordability crisis and to rein in population growth, there are also some concerns that immigrants have become scapegoats for domestic problems. So what are the new rules for foreign workers in Canada and what will they mean for Canadians and prospective Canadians? 
    This episode was produced by Saba Eitizaz and Paulo Marques.


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    • 18 min
    Thinking about a "lunch-break facelift?" It comes with risks you might not know

    Thinking about a "lunch-break facelift?" It comes with risks you might not know

    Guests: Sheila Wang and Morgan Sevareid-Bocknek, investigative reporters
    They're called ”lunch hour facelifts,” cosmetic touch-ups without the surgery. But if you are rethinking your lunch plans, you might want to think again. A recent Star investigation found a lot of these procedures are not as advertised. Across Canada, spas and medical clinics are offering the popular medical procedure marketed as a safe, minimally invasive treatment. But as service providers compete for customers on TikTok and Instagram, showing supposedly incredible results, some of them are making misleading claims about the quality and effectiveness of the threads they use on patients and soft-peddling the potential risks. 
    This episode was produced by Saba Eitizaz and Paulo Marques.

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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
327 Ratings

327 Ratings

BJ in Toronto ,

Conversation, not a monologue

Love the podcast but, oh my goodness Ed, let Emma get a word in. Save the monologues for your column.

Ella1218 ,

Good but please change the music!

As a Torontonian, I enjoy hearing about all of the relevant issues on this podcast and I find the guests are very knowledgeable. But I don’t like the podcast music at all and it bothers me every time I listen. My vote is to change the intro music to make it sound more interesting and upbeat.

tyfhgu ,

We need more maple trees!

This is crazy. We need more maple trees. That’s why we’re running out of maple syrup!!

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