....was trying to get some projects out the door, but now i'm back!
$data['title'] in the controller becomes $title in the view via a simple process:
Right before you load the view, you have to load the vars stored in $data, like this:
$data['title'] = "This is my title....";
$data['other_stuff'] = "Other stuff....";
After that, create a template.php view, and in that, you can use $title and $other_stuff, etc.