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Mary Ormsby

Mary Ormsby has been a fixture in Toronto’s media landscape for many years. I first heard her on Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown and then began reading her in the Toronto Star.

This is Episode #148 of the Welcome! podcast.

  • While growing up Mary Ormsby wanted to be a marine biologist like Jacques Cousteau!
  • Mary first wrote locally for the Toronto Sun before joining the Toronto Star in 1985.
  • Mary Ormsby went to Ohio State on an athletic scholarship.
  • We chatted about Patrick Brown’s political comeback in the 2018 municipal elections in Brampton.
  • Mary and I discussed the sports journalism start-up space with companies like The Athletic and The Players Tribune.
  • With winter on it’s way we also discussed the homeless problem that has continued to plague Toronto for many years.
  • Mary Ormsby has recently written a number of investigative pieces on Ben Johnson, his fall from grace, and his botched post race drug test which we discussed.
  • Mary and I also spoke about Canadian boxing icon, George Chuvallo.

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This episode was taped at Girth Radio studios inside the Pacific Junction Hotel bar in Toronto.

Introduction Music by Afraaz Mulji. 

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Christine Estima

Christine Estima has been professionally writing since she was 18. Since then, Christine has continued to write articles, essays, novels and even plays. You can find her on Twitter @christineestima.

This is Episode #147 of the Welcome! podcast.

  • Christine Estima is half Portuguese and half Lebanese.
  • Christine grew up near Montreal and currently calls Toronto home.
  • Christine is also a professional house sitter!
  • We chatted about her two more recent from The Walrus (about Christine reporting her assault) and the New York Times (racism and ethnicity).
  • Christine has also had Twitter wars with the “most hated man in the world”, Martin Shkreli!
  • We argued about the recent Banksy exhibit in Toronto.
  • Christine has a love of urban art and graffiti and has also had a piece of art created in her honour!
  • Christine Estima has also appeared at various Spoken Word events.
  • Christine also shared her opinions on the #MeToo movement and her thoughts on Jian Ghomeshi and CK Lewis.

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This episode was taped at Girth Radio studios inside the Pacific Junction Hotel bar in Toronto.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Toronto Election 2018: Post Election Coverage

Dan Speerin and Vince Kesavamoorthy joined Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston in Girth Radio studios on October 23, 2018. The day after Toronto’s election that saw the voters return John Tory as the mayor of the largest city in Canada.

This is Episode #146 of the Welcome! podcast.

Special thanks to my co-host Gregg Tilston and to our Post Toronto Election Coverage in-studio guests Dan Speerin and Vince Kasavamoorthy.

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Toronto Election Coverage 2018

Now that we finally have the audio versions of last week’s Toronto Election Facebook Livestream we thought we’d create a page that includes the videos and audio in one place.

This is Episode #145 of the Welcome! podcast.

Special thanks to my co-host Gregg Tilston and to our Toronto Election in-studio guests Kelly Dyment, Bryn Feldmann, Paul Crowe, Casey Palmer and Connie Crosby.

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Sabrina Zuniga

On Monday October 22, 2018, Toronto goes to the polls to elect new school Trustees, a Mayor and council. Sabrina Zuniga is a candidate for city council in Ward 10 which is the Spadina-Fort York neighbourhood.

Here is my conversation with Sabrina Zuniga.

This is episode #144  of the Welcome! podcast.

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Sarah Midanik: Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund

Sarah Midanik is the President and CEO of the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund. She is also a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta and current resident of Toronto.

This is episode #143  of the Welcome! podcast.

Here are some of the things I discussed with Sarah Midanik:

  • The importance of not apologizing for taking a journey towards Reconciliation
  • Sarah’s Métis background
  • Her strong female role models in her life
  • Why Sarah chose to work with the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund
  • Which Calls To Action Canada has achieved since the completion of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Which Calls To Action Sarah Midanik would focus on first
  • Why Sarah is still so patient
  • Secret Path Week takes place between October 17 and 22
  • October 17 is the anniversary of the day Gord Downie died
  • October 22 is the day Chanie Wenjack died. Chanie was found a day later on October 23
  • The importance of Land Acknowledgments
  • How to put pressure on the system to encourage change

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Dai Williams: Women Win Toronto

Dai Williams is the Interim Co-chair and Communications Lead for Women Win Toronto. Women Win Toronto is a Toronto-based organization dedicated to train and prepare women from diverse backgrounds (including trans and gender non-conforming individuals) to run winning campaigns for the 2018 Toronto municipal election. Visit them at http://womenwinto.ca/

This is episode #142  of the Welcome! podcast.

Here are some of the things we discussed with Dai Williams:

  • What Women Win Toronto is
  • What Dai Williams does with Women Win Toronto
  • How Dai became involved in local politics and why she’s passionate about her work with Women Win Toronto and other initiatives
  • Women In Toronto Politics
  • Social Media Lead for #SnapTheBudget
  • Social Media Lead for Ontario Thrive
  • Why Faith Goldy wouldn’t meet the criteria for getting accepted into Women Win Toronto

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Closing music by Afraaz Mulji.

This episode was taped at Girth Radio studios inside the Pacific Junction Hotel bar in Toronto.

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Rob Johnston from #Curiouscast

Rob Johnston is the Lead Audio Producer and head of Sound Design for CuriousCast. What is CuriousCast? It’s the new Corus podcast project. Rob has also been the Technical Producer for the Alan Cross show, Ongoing History of New Music, since forever.

This is episode #141  of the Welcome! podcast.

Here are some of the things we discussed with Rob Johnston:

  • Rob’s new role at Corus
  • Rob started at CFNY/Corus answering calls for the likes of Alan Cross, Chris Sheppard and Martin Streek
  • Rob beginning his Technical Production work with Alan Cross on the popular radio show (and podcast), Ongoing History of New Music
  • Turning radio programs into podcasts
  • Turning podcasts into radio programs
  • The work Rob Johnston did with Mike Downie
  • Rob Johnston’s work with Stuart Coxe (now of Antica Productions – eOne’s podcast offering)

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Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Amira de Vera

Amira de Vera is a good friend of the Welcome! and has supported us over the past 2+ years. So much so that we decided to pull back the covers on this in-depth and revealing discussion with one of Canada’s top entertainment and lifestyle public relations professionals.

This is episode #140  of the Welcome! podcast.

Here are some of the things we discussed with Amira de Vera:

  • Studying Political Science and International Relations in Ottawa at Carelton University
  • Her dream job of being a DeeJay
  • How Amira de Vera got her first break in the world of PR
  • The highs and lows of starting her own PR company
  • What Amira de Vera’s favourite food is
  • Her favourite place in Toronto to take a selfie
  • Her favourite client
  • The types of clients she doesn’t take on or would fire

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Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Richard Peddie

Richard Peddie is best known as the former President and CEO of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment. These days, Peddie can be found learning and talking across the globe as a passionate city builder.

Richard Peddie joined Karim Kanji and co-host Gregg Tilston inside Toronto’s Girth Radio studios for an unprecedented fourth visit. In this episode we discuss the upcoming Toronto election and the impact Doug Ford continues to have on the city of Toronto.

This is episode #139  of the Welcome! podcast.
Here are some of the things we discussed with Richard Peddie:
  • The bombshell announcement that Doug Ford wanted to almost halve the size of Toronto’s city council to 25 councilors
  • Why Richard Peddie is supporting Jennifer Keesmat
  • Why Peddie doesn’t think John Tory has done enough as Mayor of Toronto over the past three years
  • Why Keesmat’s leadership style is preferred over Tory’s leadership style by many progressives in Toronto
  • The ongoing transit woes in Toronto
  • Should the city of Toronto ban guns within it’s borders and how effective could it be in shrinking crime
  • Can powerful neighborhood councils be more effective in places like North York, Scarborough and Etobicoke than a seemingly distant Toronto city hall?
  • Finally, we discussed Richard Peddie’s thoughts on women’s professional basketball coming to Toronto

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Music by Afraaz Mulji.

If you liked this episode you will also like all our previous conversations with Richard Peddie.