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The abuse of seniors in Canadian care facilities

In this episode Zachary Weil speaks with Shauna McHarg on her long battle with seniors living facilities to help prevent elder abuse. McHarg has been banned from facilities as a result of her advocating for better treatment of seniors. These issues have been close to her heart for years after she saw first hand the happenings of a seniors living facility when her mother was in one.

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The need for Basic Universal Income

In this episode Marin Peake-MacAlister speaks with Hart Richards on her experience after losing her job as a preschool teacher as a result of the pandemic. Peake-MacAlister and Richards discuss how a universal basic income could have been Richards’ saving grace during her times of extreme stress.

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Exploitation in the film industry

In this episode, Kae Burnett speaks with those working in the film industry and have seen first hand the exploitation many suffer. The industry has overworked employees and has even been said to not care about financial penalties as many companies earn in the billions.

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Making Kananaskis accessible for everyone

In this episode, Ethan Ward speaks with Don Carruthers Den Hoed who is a research associate at the University of British Columbia where he leads the Canadian parks collective for innovation and leadership. The two discuss accessibility of parks and protected areas in Canada and how user fees along with other barriers play a role in making the outdoors less accessible.

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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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