Mike Dancy on Running for Brampton Council

mike dancy
mike dancy

I’ve known Mike for quite some time. He’s a stand up guy who lives in Brampton and cares about his community.

When asked by the Brampton Guardian who he wanted to run this is what he said, “Originally, I decided to run since the incumbent, Pat Fortini, was running unopposed. Everyone needs a choice and I put my name in so that people would have an option. Once I realized what a regional councillor could do with helping people, I decided that I was going to put 110 per cent into this campaign.”

This was Mike’s first time running for public office. So I thought I’d ask him on what lessons he learned. Hope you enjoy this conversation.

Photo from Brampton Guardian.

This is Episode #274 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Ali Hassan: Is There Bacon in Heaven? A Memoir

karim kanji with ali hassan
karim kanji with ali hassan

Ali Hassan is a stand-up comedian, actor, and professional chef. He is the host of CBC’s Canada Reads as well as Laugh Out Loud. He is also a frequent guest host of q, CBC’s premier national arts and entertainment show. His comedy has been performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and Toronto’s JFL42. He is a Canadian Comedy Awards nominee, and his solo show, Muslim, Interrupted, was performed at the world’s largest comedy festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has appeared in three award-winning films, BreakawayFrench Immersion, and as the memorable Lebanese Uncle Stevie in the hockey hit Goon, in addition to other film and TV roles, most recently CBC’s Run the Burbs. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his family. Follow him on Twitter @StandUpAli and find him at StandUpAli.com.

This is Episode #273 of the Welcome! podcast.

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The Village

Francis Plourde | The Village Season 3: The Montreal Murders

In the early 1990s, as AIDS tightens its grip on major cities around the world, the relative safety of Montreal’s nightlife becomes a magnet for gay men. But when they start turning up dead in hotel rooms, beaten lifeless in city parks, and violently murdered in their own homes, the queer community has more to fear than the disease. While the city’s police force dithers over the presence of a serial killer, a group of queer activists starts making connections, and rises up to start a movement that would end up changing thousands of lives. Hosted by Francis Plourde.

Listen on the CBC Listen App or wherever you get your podcasts.

This is Episode #272 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Zaileen Janmohamed: Head of Partnership Development & Innovation, LA28

Zaileen Janmohamed is a masterful marketer and a steadfast leader known for providing the vision necessary to navigate complex scenarios and deliver results.

Zaileen has a wealth of experience on the brand, agency, and property sides of the sports marketing business, and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion to drive culture and business. In her role, Zaileen is working at the intersection of sales and partner servicing, extracting key insights from the market to guide the evolution of Team USA and LA 2028’s business strategy, while also maximizing the offering for both existing and future partners.

This is Episode #271 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Scott Morrison: 1972 – The Series That Changed Hockey Forever

“Cournoyer has it on that wing. Here’s a shot. Henderson made a wild stab for it and fell. Here’s another shot. Right in front…they score! Henderson has scored for Canada!” These immortal words, spoken to hockey fans around the world by the legendary broadcaster Foster Hewitt, capture the historic final-seconds goal scored by Paul Henderson that won the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. Hockey fans across Canada know the moment well, but the story of those amazing eight games has never been fully told—until now.
Here is my conversation with author Scott Morrison.

This is Episode #270 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Amin Kanji

Amin Kanji is one of 8 children raised by Jaffer and Khadija Kanji. His eldest brother is Noordin Kassam whom I interviewed in 2018. This is a continuation in a series of conversations I have with all the KKC siblings. Including my dad.

This is Episode #268 of the Welcome! podcast.

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Jonathan Durand | Documentarian

Memory Is Our Homeland is a film by Canadian documentarian, Jonathan Durand. Charting the lost story of Polish refugees in Africa from 1942 to 1952 – this film brings to life a journey that brought a group of children from Poland through Siberia, Iran, India, and East Africa, to new lives in Montreal, Sheffield, and across the global Polish diaspora.

https://memoryisourhomeland.com/

This is Episode #267 of the Welcome! podcast.

PHOTO: Director Jonathan Durand filming in Astravok, Belarus, (formerly Poland) 2014.

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Randell Adjei | Ontario’s Poet Laureate

Randell Adjei is Ontario’s first Poet Laureate. Hailing from Scarborough, Randell is an author, spoken word artist, educator, community leader and entrepreneur. RISE Edutainment is a social enterprise which seeks to give opportunity to youth across the city.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • what exactly does a Poet Laureate do
  • who inspired Randell to take up poetry in the first place
  • graduating as his high school valedictorian after a less than stellar beginning
  • starting RISE
  • working with companies like Holt Renfrew
  • his involvement with the Scarborough Hospital Foundation’s Love, Scarborough initiative
  • his favourite things about Scarborough
  • and so much more!

Follow the links for more information:

https://www.lovescarborough.ca/

https://www.randelladjei.com/

https://www.riseedutainment.com/

https://www.ontariopoet.org/

This is Episode #266 of the Welcome! podcast.

 

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Adil Dhalla | Play Advocate

Adil Dhalla is a Community Organizer, Social Entrepreneur and Play Advocate. Currently, Adil is the Director of Community for Camp Reset.

Learn more about Camp Reset at https://www.thisisreset.org/copy-of-home.

Almost 12 years ago Adil co-founded a start up called My City Lives. On their first anniversary I asked Adil 5 Questions:

  • What motivates you to do what you do on a daily basis?
  • If you had 30 seconds to impart your wisdom on a classroom of soon-to-be graduates, what would you say?
  • In your opinion, what has been one of the most important technological developments over the past 12 months?
  • If you had a crystal ball, what would you say will be the most important technological development over the next 12 months?
  • Who is one of Canada’s tech stars and why?
  • In this episode we finish off with a new 5 Questions. Listen to the end to hear the questions and Adil’s answers.

This is Episode #265 of the Welcome! podcast.

 

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