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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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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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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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Allison Dore: comedian and radio host

Allison Dore is a renowned radio host, media personality and former comedian. Allison Dore will be launching Howl & Roar Records – a female-centric comedy record label aimed at empowering artists and facilitating the creation of content for women and underrepresented performers in comedy.

On September 19th in Toronto drop by the Bad Dog Theatre for the official launch party of Howl & Roar Records. For more information please visit Facebook.

This is episode #138  of the Welcome! podcast.

Here are some of the things we talked about:

  • Allison Dore was born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • She was encouraged to try comedy by her big brother, Jon Dore
  • Allison Dore suffered mental illness which resulted in her getting addicted to drugs to make herself feel better
  • Allison explains why she does not separate the art from the person (especially when it comes to people like Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, etc)
  • Why she started Howl & Roar Records
  • How Allison got her first gig on SiriusXM Canada radio
  • We also spoke about her shows, The Breakdown, Digging In and Allison Dore’s BroadCast

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John Sewell: Former Toronto Mayor

John Sewell is Toronto’s 58th Mayor. Sewell was first elected to Toronto’s city council in 1969 and served as the city’s Mayor from 1978 until 1980.

John Sewell was raised in the Beaches area of Toronto and earned his Law Degree from the University of Toronto. Sewell has always fought for the under represented and the underdog in Toronto.

Co-host Gregg Tilston joined me in studio for this conversation with Toronto’s first rebel mayor.

This is episode #137  of the Welcome! podcast.

Here are some of the things we talked about:

  • Why John Sewell wore jeans and a leather jacket when he was first elected to city council
  • Working with the community to help develop the St. Lawrence neighbourhood.
  • Why John Sewell thinks that the revitalized Regent Park didn’t go far enough in regards to affordable housing and integration.
  • The history behind the 401 Richmond heritage building and why it’s important to have smart property tax assessments instead of a one size fits all solution.
  • We discussed the challenges that cities all over the world seem to have regarding accessing funds for municipal programming and services.
  • A long and lively discussion around affordable housing.
  • Why John Sewell fought against the “megacity” proposal that created the city of Toronto as we now know it today.
  • Why Sewell thinks we should have smaller councils (in terms of councilors) while also having more local representation (more councils).
  • Sewell was a big fan of the Metropolitan Toronto system prior to “megacity”.
  • John Sewell’s candid thoughts on Richard Peddie, Desmond Cole, David Miller, John Tory, Jennifer Keesmat.
  • His favourite thing about Toronto.

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Stuart Coxe: Storyteller

Stuart Coxe heads up Canada’s largest independent podcast network, Entertainment One’s Podcast Network. Coxe was also an Executive Producer of The Secret Path and a founding board member of the Downie Wenjack Fund.

This is episode #136  of the Welcome! podcast.

Here are some of the things we talked about:

  • Stuart Coxe worked with Mr “Reality TV”, Mark Burnett
  • His experience working for CBC for 15+ years
  • Stuart Coxe helped to develop and launch Dragon’s Den in 2006
  • What his childhood was like.
  • Producing the “Becoming Canadian” series to celebrate Canada 150 in 2017
  • Stuart Coxe produced the Passchendaele interactive documentary called “Spurred On”
  • The current popularity of podcasts
  • How podcasts can monetize; especially in Canada with many independent podcastor’s and an overall small audience size.
  • Stuart Coxe teamed up with Gord and Mike Downie and the Wenjack family to start the Downie Wenjack Fund
  • Starting Antica
  • Where the name Antica came from
  • Working with Peter Mansbridge during 9/11

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Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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