Isolated during Covid without internet access

In this episode, Spencer Yu spoke with Kathy Coots, Linda McLean and Sally Tran about the issues with access to technology during the COVID-19 lockdown era, and the problems that many Canadians face in attempting to stay connected to the outside world. Many impoverished Canadians struggled to gain access to technology, as they discuss donated technology, the shortages of it and the efforts to recycle and reuse computers.

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Indigenizing the Canadian health care system

In this episode, Jazmine Canfield spoke with Tara Horril and Dion Simon, Stephanie Vandevenne about how Canadian healthcare providers ultimately can create an environment in the medical scene that’s far more culturally safe to Indigenous peoples. Vandeveen discusses the racism she experienced seeking medical support as a young mother, while Horril talks about her 10 years of experience as a nurse, with Simon, a medicine trail coordinator who teaches about cultural resources to students and staff.

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Abortion rights do not equal access: a conversation with the women fighting for access

With only three places to access surgical abortion in Alberta and all of them being in the major cities of Calgary and Edmonton the fight for rural access is a constant battle. In this episode, Samantha Lafleur speaks with Autumn Reinhart-Simpson, Lauren Lagoutte & Chantal Parkinson about the abortion access issues Albertans are facing. All three women have helped people across the province find appropriate abortion resources.

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Urban food insecurities

In this episode, Eric Tanner sat down with Julie Van Rosendaal to confront the growing issue of food insecurity in Calgary, as green-roots begin cropping up to give Calgarians meals. They discuss that while the state of widespread food security may seem grim, many grass-roots organizations, businesses and communities are looking to tackle this growing issue to make nutritious meals and ingredients accessible, no matter an individual’s income.

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Memes and misinformation

In this episode, Sam Chipera spoke with Niamh Hernandez about how alt-right ideologies bloomed in one of her closest friends thanks to the negative influence memes had on his political outlooks. Back in high school, Hernandez discusses how one of her closest friends followed the alt-right pipeline as memes began to influence his political world views. She talks about the reality of how memes and social media platforms easily spread misinformation and the difficulty of tackling such a reality.

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Media and the perception of mental health

In this episode, Taylor Charlebois talks with Suraya Aziz to discuss her diagnosis and the stigma she’s faced. Aziz struggles with a series of mental health issues and is still working hard today to better understand her diagnosis. Aziz speaks on how she has occasionally had a hard time talking to people about her mental health as a result of stigma.

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Inequity and public transit

In this episode, Gabrielle Pyska speaks with Thai Dillon Higashihara, a member of the TTC Riders advocate group in Toronto, on the inequality that lies behind public transit for students and low income community members. Higashihara speaks on his own experiences with the system, as well as how permanent funding is needed in order to transition away from fares, ultimately creating a more inclusive transportation system.

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CPI co-director releases new book on the media’s role in equity, diversity and inclusion

CPI co-director releases new book on the media’s role in equity, diversity and inclusion The summer of 2020 was a time of reckoning for institutions the world over, and the need for reform and facing institutional racism extended to those who covered the Black Lives Matter Movement — the news media. In a new book,…

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The Canadian Mountain Assessment

In this episode, we learn more about the Canadian Mountain Assessment, which is a flagship initiative of the Canadian Mountain Network that will clarify what we know, do not know, and need to know about Canada’s diverse and rapidly changing mountain systems. This assessment is led by Dr. Graham McDowell, who is supported by a team of international and Canadian advisors that help steward the project as it moves forward. The assessment is the first of its kind in Canada and the first in the world to put a primary focus on working and collaborating with Indigenous peoples.

Host: Ethan Ward


Dr. Graham McDowell is the Project Leader of the Canadian Mountain Assessment. He has also led community-level projects in the Nepal Himalayas, Peruvian Andes, Rocky Mountains, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic as well as numerous large-scale assessments of the human dimensions of climate change in cold regions.

Dr. Carolina Adler is a member of the Canadian Mountain Assessment’s International Advisory Committee and Executive Director at the Mountain Research Initiative. She is an environmental scientist and geographer with broad international professional experience with a career spanning both research and practice in the public and private sectors.

Dr. Philippus (Flip) Wester is a member of the Canadian Mountain Assessment’s International Advisory Committee, who provides guidance on the project based on his extensive work on other mountain assessments, specifically the Hindu Kush assessment that examined the Himalaya mountain range.

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Community Podcast Initiative one of Mount Royal University’s first projects to secure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation

The CPI is proud to be among the first of three projects at MRU to be awarded a grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and a matching grant from Alberta’s Research Capacity Program.  Click here to read the full story on the MRU website:

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