Ontario Morning Podcast - Wednesday June 9, 2021

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A report on the Ontario Public Service found that Black, Indigenous, disabled and LGBTQ2+ employees. faced "systemic racism, discrimination and employment barriers." it documented workplace toxicity, harassment and a culture of fear. We have reaction from Tanya Sinclair. She's the founder of the Black HR Professionals of Canada and director of talent management for Ryerson University. Students and activists toppled a statue of Egerton Ryerson in Toronto as a protest against colonialist policies towards Indigenous peoples.We talk to museum specialist Irina Mihalache from the University of Toronto about why removing statues is normal in human history and can be viewed as a positive change; Muhsin Kermalli of Naseeha, a Muslim Youth help line, tells about attending the vigil last night for the slain members of a Muslim family in London and how people contacting the helpline have been reacting to the situation; Dr. Anne Ellis, an allergy and immunology specialist and professor at Queen's University, confirms that this is indeed a very bad season for pollen allergies; Dr. Simone Vigod, the chief of psychiatry at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, discusses a study that she led that revealed that there have been more post-partum mental health problems than normal during the pandemic; Graeme Langdon, a librarian at Kingston Frontenac Public Library and one of the organizers of the King Con Festival recommends some speculative fiction; Waleed Aslam is the congregation spokesperson for the Owen Sound Muslim Association. He offers his reaction to the recent killings in London; According to a new study, Ontario students endured more than their share of disruptions during the school year. We find out more from Prachi Srivastava at Western University in London.

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