Tag Archives: Canada

Kris Siddiqi and Nigel Downer

Kris and Nigel are two of the nicest and funniest people I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with on this podcast.

Bit Playas is a comedy series on CBC Gem/Amazon Prime created by Kris Siddiqi and Nigel Downer – two friends/actors that met while working at The Second City Toronto. Season One deals with Race, Nerd Culture, Dating, Marijuana and navigating the Canadian Entertainment scene as actors of color. The show originally came out December 2019 and was just released this past summer on Amazon Prime in the US and the UK.

Here is the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfzO9obrGwo&ab_channel=CBCComedy

This is Episode #243 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Jesse Thistle

On July 10 2020, Karim Kanji sat down with Jesse Thistle . Thistle is Métis-Cree, an author, assistant professor in the Department of Equity Studies at York University in Toronto. He is also the author of the best-selling memoir, From the Ashes. Thistle is an advocate for the  homeless.

This is Episode #235 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Award-winning author Tanya Talaga

Tanya Talaga is an award wining Anishinaabe author and former investigative reporter for the Toronto Star. Her 2017 book Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City, won the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize for non-fiction and the 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Her latest book, All Our Relations served as the focus for her recent Massey Lectures across Canada.

This is Episode #221 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Laurie Dillon-Schalk | Conquer COVID-19

Laurie Dillon-Schalk owns a family maple farm, an agency and is a co-founder and volunteer with the Conquer COVID-19 team.

According to their website, Conquer COVID-19 is comprised of physicians, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and other volunteers who are working together to ensure front line workers responsible for the health and well-being of Canadians have access to masks, gloves, and other supplies that are essential in treating patients and minimizing the spread of the virus.

This is Episode #220 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Dr. Ruby Alvi | Conquer COVID-19

Dr. Ruby Alvi is a family doctor in Mississauga and a volunteer with the Conquer COVID-19 team.

According to their website, Conquer COVID-19 is comprised of physicians, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and other volunteers who are working together to ensure front line workers responsible for the health and well-being of Canadians have access to masks, gloves, and other supplies that are essential in treating patients and minimizing the spread of the virus.

This is Episode #218 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Ahmed Bulaleh

My next guest is part owner of Sport Stacking Canada and a coach with Northern Kings Basketball in Ontario. Part of his responsibilities with Northern Kings includes overseeing all its Junior NBA programs.

Welcome to the show, Ahmed Bulaleh!

This is Episode #203 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Jeff Teravainen

Few people can boast a resume that includes the following:

  • racing school scholarship winner
  • lead singer of two rock bands; one of them award-winning; one of them featuring a young Mike Turner who would later go on to be a founding member of Our Lady Peace
  • played with the likes of Harem Scarem, Frozen Ghost and Andy Curran
  • the voice of two Olympics
  • voice of Hockey Night In Canada
  • was mistaken to be Gord Downie by Erica Ehm

Please Welcome! to the studio, Jeff Teravainen.

This is Episode #192 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Samantha Wan

My next guest is award-winning. Seriously. She’s a winner. Listen to this list of awards:

  • Winner: Best New Play (2015)
  • Winner: Female Action Performer of the Year (2015)
  • Winner: Best Actress (2016)
  • Winner: Best Action Short (2015)

She has also been nominated a bunch of times for a bunch of awards.

This past year, her comedy series, Second Jen, was nominated for Best Comedy Series at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Please welcome to the show actor, writer, producer, director and kick ass martial artist, Samantha Wan!

This is Episode #177 of the Welcome! podcast.

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The Impact of Technology and Media on the Upcoming Federal Election

The impact of technology and media on the upcoming federal election. This title may b fake news. At the very least it’s most likely misleading. In the end it’s 100% manipulated content. Or is it?

Here’s what you’ll actually learn: What you need to learn about how to inform yourself, your family and friends on the real issues in advance of the Canadian federal election.

This is Episode #161 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Gregg Tilston is a VP at Iron Gate Wine, speaker, investor and podcaster.

Ari Shapiro is a podcaster and digital publisher at AriShapiro.ca.

Dan Speerin is an original YouTuber, former host of Young Turks Network and political and media commentator.

Politics in 2018 and 2019

Our next guest is a strategic leader in government relations, public policy and communications disciplines. Our guest joined Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston in studio to chat about local, provincial and national politics in 2018 and what we can expect in 2019.

This is Episode #154 of the Welcome! podcast. Politics in Canada, many will argue, is boring. 2018 may have changed all that. One needs to look no further than this past year’s Ontario election.

According to most observers Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals had run out of time. Patrick Brown’s Progressive Conservatives were poised to take power. Then everything changed.

Brown resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct. Brown came back to run only to drop out and throw his hat into the ring for chair of the Region of Peel.

But then Doug Ford won the Progressive Conservative leadership and eventually became premier of Ontario.

Ford would cut the size of Toronto’s government and even scraped the Region of Peel chair. This would force Patrick Brown to run municipally in Brampton against an incumbent. And Brown won.

Our guest is one of Toronto’s most sought after political commentators. He joined us in studio to help all of us make sense of this and everything else that happened in 2018 in politics. He also gave us his insights on what to expect in 2019.

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