Episode #57: Steve Paikin, host of TVO’s The Agenda

Today, I welcome Canadian journalist, author, and documentary producer at TVO, and anchor of TVO’s flagship current affairs program The Agenda, Steve Paikin.

We talk about:

Podcasts
Take listener questions
Steve’s love of public broadcasting and TVO
Preparing for election debates
Steve’s many books
Steve’s love of the Boston Red Sox
Steve’s fascination with political leadership
And so much more!

Intro music by Afraaz Mulji

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Episode #56: Ben Zifkin, founder and CEO, Hubba

Hubba founder and CEO Ben Zifkin and I both have a lot in common. We both live in Toronto and have owned laundry businesses. In today’s episode Ben and I discuss his entrepreneurial journey. It started at Western University as a Philosophy Major and now sees Ben lead a fast growing company in the ever changing world of e-commerce.

Intro music by Afraaz Mulji

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Episode #54: Earvin Venzant (Black American in Canada)

Earvin Venzant is my brother in law. He’s a black American in Canada. And Earvin has some things to get off his chest about the recent election of Donald Trump as America’s next President.

Intro music by Afraaz Mulji

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Episode #51: Jim Creeggan

Jim Creeggan is 1/4 of the Canadian pop-rock band, Barenaked Ladies.

In this episode we talk about:
– his friendship with Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip
– the influence The Hip has had on him and Barenaked Ladies
– How Jim started in music and ended up with BNL
– How Jim almost quit BNL
– Why Steven Page left the band
– Jim’s favourite BNL song and album
– Jim’s new project with his wife called, The Together Project
– Listener questions and so much more!

Intro music by Aafraz Mulji

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The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund

Like many of you, I watched with amazement this past summer as Gord Downie performed a farewell tour across Canada with The Tragically Hip. Then we heard that he had been working on a solo project called Secret Path.

Secret Path acknowledges a dark part of Canada’s history—the long-suppressed mistreatment of Indigenous children and families by the residential school system—with the hope of starting our country on a road to reconciliation.

Secret Path is an album, film and comic which tell the story of a young Chanie Wenjack who escaped from a residential school in an attempt to return to his family and home. As we now know, he never made it.

I was fortunate to watch Downie perform the first single from the album, The Stranger.

It was more emotional and heart wrenching than being at The Hip’s last show in Toronto this past summer. So much so that I haven’t been able to even watch Secret Path. Yet.

It is very sad that this place I call home, Canada, is responsible for taking children away from their homes for no other reason than they were indigenous. Canada did this for 100 years. Canada is still a place where you can find indigenous communities 30 minutes away from Toronto that live under a drinking water contamination alert. It’s fucking ridiculous.

If we care about people we should all be doing something (significant or otherwise) to make the lives of Canada’s First Peoples better. We must.

Write to your MP. Educate your children. Educate yourself. Challenge the Prime Minister and other Cabinet members on social media on what concrete steps are being taken to ensure than reconciliation truly happens. Support The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund. Do something. Because doing nothing is no longer an option.

 

Episode #50: Two Left Feet

Two Left Feet is an acoustic guitar duo featuring Neil Haden and Mark Caruana. During their appearance they played:

Thank You – Led Zeppelin
I’ve Just Seen A Face – The Beatles
My Life – Billy Joel
Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who

Neil Haden is founder of the Uncle Neil and Friends Toy Drive. Mark Caruana is a high school teacher in Toronto.

Neil shared stories about meeting Jeff Healey and Rik Emmett and his wildly popular annual Toy Drive.

Mark shared stories about repairing guitars for RUSH and his one of a kind phonograph collection.

Join Neil and Mark on December 11th at The Birchmount in Toronto.

Enjoy!

Music by Afraaz Mulji.
Produced by James Khan and Adam Deacon.

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