Podcast: Article 1

Air Passenger Problems

In this episode of the Article 1 podcast, Zach Poole talks to Terence Hong
about his experiences with and observations regarding the current state of Canada’s airline
industry. As air travel issues seem to become more and more common, Hong and many other
Canadians are becoming increasingly frustrated. In order to navigate these issues, Hong has
become a member of the Air Passenger Rights (Canada) Facebook page – A social media-based
advocacy group which has over 100,000 members at the time of this recording.

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Women, religion, and violence – the connection

In this episode of the Article 1 podcast, Article 1 reporter Hajar Al Khouzaii takes a closer look at the relationship between religion and violence, a women’s choice to wear a hijab, the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran, and the continuous conflict and human right violations against Iranian protestors. This episode’s guest is, Dr. Michael Hawley a religious studies professor at Mount Royal University, who will discuss religion and violence, and women’s role in the issue.

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Contraceptive access

Sara Eftekhar is a campaign volunteer with Access B.C. — an advocacy group working to eliminate the barriers to accessing contraception in Canada. Eftekhar’s work as a nurse practitioner allowed her to see the injustices in Canada’s healthcare system, leading her to become a health equity advocate. On February 28, 2023, B.C.’s government announced it would provide free prescription contraception, becoming the first province to do so. Eftekhar sees this change as a success story but says change is still needed in Canadian policy to make healthcare equitable for all Canadians.

Access B.C.: https://www.accessbc.org/

B.C. 2023 provincial budget to fund free prescription contraception: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023FIN0015-000244

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Discrimination behind mispronouncing personal names

In this episode, Emily Marsten talks with Rachelle Valenzuela on the racism behind English speakers purposely mispronouncing or “nicknaming” people of color names. Valenzuela is a Mount Royal University student who moved to Canada from the Philippines as a child. Since moving to Canada she has dealt with a constant mispronunciation of her name, Rachelle, where many people would constantly refer to her as Rachel, even after correction.

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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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