2017

With the beginning of the new year many people make resolutions. The popular one’s are usually about doing better at something. And losing weight.

I’m finished make resolutions. However, re-setting and setting some goals is what I like to do. Not always. But…

Today, I’d like to share with you some of my goals for 2017:

Health

I have hereditary high blood pressure. One of the ways to control it is to lose weight. For myself, there is really one way to accomplish this: lifestyle change. And like most people that’s too big of a task. Instead, there are a few things I want to do this year.

Firstly, I am going to use the MyFitnessPal app to help control my calorie intake.  I love eating. But if I can control how much I eat I should be able to control when I eat.

Second, I’m going to pledge to be active at least 5 days of the week. This means going to the gym, going for a long brisk walk, hiking, biking, running, etc. Basically, anything that will either increase my heart beat and/or break a good sweat.

Third, I’m going to start taking karate lessons. Why? I need to both shock my body and have something to discipline myself.

Fourth. I’m going to attempt to cook. Once a month. You’ve been warned. I think making a meal (which by the way, I’ve never done. Not including eggs, fries, frozen pizza, and bbq) will help me better understand what I’m eating. Plus, I really should learn to cook.

By the way, I’m 185 lbs. Let’s see about hitting 165…

Reading

I used to be a voracious reader. But since we got our Netflix account, reading has understandably taken a back seat. I’m hoping to get back into the reading habit. So in 2017, I hope to read, on average, at least a book per month.

Podcasts

After 20+ months, I’ve recorded 57 episodes of Welcome!. I don’t know if I’ll hit 100 episodes this year. But I do want to record some important episodes. Yes, I want to interview Maestro Fresh Wes. And a couple of other pop stars and athletes. But I really want to record some important episodes. The first two I have in mind: #BlackLivesMatter and Canadian #FirstNations.

(RePodcast) Episode #20: Romana Kassam

The following is a podcast rebroadcast. Or a repodcast!

In the 20th episode of Welcome!, I spoke with entrepreneur Romana Kassam about life travelling Europe and Africa, climbing Kilimanjaro, dealing with East Indian parents and their expectations of their daughter, working corporate life and her decision to stop participating in the rat race to start her own business.

UFC 206 in Toronto

Earlier this month the UFC finally came back to Toronto to host UFC 206: Holloway vs Pettis. Holloway ended up winning over Pettis in a thrilling TKO. However, the final bout was overshadowed by the intense match between veteran Cub Swanson and the youngster Doo Ho Choi.

And I happened to be in attendance at this historic event as a guest of King & Bay Custom Clothing. It was my second live UFC event. The first was UFC 129: St. Pierre vs Shields.

See some photos here: https://goo.gl/photos/9hYpqxWYRHQws1F77

Uncle Neil and Friends Annual Toy Drive

Every year since 2005 Uncle Neil has got together with his friends to put on an annual Christmas concert. However, this concert is unlike others. The main focus is not the outstanding musicianship. It is the work that takes place throughout the year. The collection of toys which started off as many a few hundred has now accumulated to over 100,000+ toys.

Uncle Neil has been spreading the gospel of “So Little Can Do So Much, For So Many” for the past 12 years.

As we end 2016 I thought I would share some photos we took from this past year’s event.

See more photos here: https://goo.gl/photos/SHsNECw5G8yUn6rcA

 

 

 

(RePodcast) Episode #23: Khadija Cajee

The following is a podcast rebroadcast. Or a repodcast!

On Saturday February 20, 2016 Khadija Cajee joined Welcome’s Karim Kanji at PodCamp Toronto for a special one our interview in front of a live audience.

#NoFlyListKids

Khadija Cajee’s six year old son, Syed Adam Ahmed, has been on Canada’s DHP (Deemed High Profile) for as long as she and her husband, Sulemaan Ahmed, can remember.

During this conversation we discuss the following:

– How a single tweet led to a series of tweets that led to real public discourse.
– When did Khadija and her family find out their son was on the DHP list?
– How many kids under 18 years old are on the DHP list in Canada?
– What is Khadija doing to shed light on this issue?
– Will kids under 18 ever be off the DHP list?
– What is #NoFlyListKids and how can people become involved?
– What liberties are we willing to give up for the sake of security?
– What is Minister Goodale doing to ensure that children are not on the DHP list?

For more information on #NoFlyListKids please visit the website.

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(REPODCAST) WELCOME #44: GEORGE SMITHERMAN

The following is a podcast rebroadcast. In late September we spoke with the one-time Toronto mayoral candidate, former Liberal MPP and Ontario’s first openly gay MPP and Ontario cabinet minister, George Smitherman.

Here’s my conversation with George Smitherman.

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(RePodcast) Episode #1: Karim Awad

The following is a podcast rebroadcast. Or a repodcast! March 10, 2015 I recorded my first Welcome! podcast with my good friend, Karim Awad. Karim is an entrepreneur, designer, teacher, artist and award winning deejay.

Here’s my very first Welcome! podcast. Enjoy!

(Sorry about the sound quality. It improves after a dozen or so episodes!)

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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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