This is Episode #270 of the Welcome! podcast.
Taju Charania is one of 8 children raised by Jaffer and Khadija Kanji. His eldest brother is Noordin Kassam whom I interviewed in 2018. I’ve also interviewed Amin Kanji earlier this year. This is a continuation in a series of conversations I have with all the KKC siblings. Including my dad.
This is Episode #269 of the Welcome! podcast.
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.
This is Episode #267 of the Welcome! podcast.
PHOTO: Director Jonathan Durand filming in Astravok, Belarus, (formerly Poland) 2014.
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!
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This is Episode #266 of the Welcome! podcast.
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.
Aneil Gokhale is the Director of Philanthropy for the Toronto Foundation. In his role he is responsible for the development and management of the new business portfolio. In this episode we discuss:
- his work with the Toronto Foundation the Love, Scarborough fundraising initiative in support of the Scarborough Health Network Foundation.
- how he switched from business and science to philanthropy.
- his favourite things in Scarborough.
- how young adults can become involved in philanthropy.
- why Toronto is the best city in the world…for some people.
This is Episode #264 of the Welcome! podcast.
In this episode we talk about:
- Doctor VS Comedian
- His upcoming book, Is There Bacon In Heaven
- Favourite tunes from the ’90s
- His upcoming movie, Stealing Vows
- CBC comedy series, Run The ‘Burbs
- …and so much more!
This is Episode #263 of the Welcome! podcast.
This is Husein’s second appearance on the podcast. In this episode Husein calls in from hot and sunny Dubai where rumour has it that it is cold at night. Husien stars in the new film, Donkeyhead.
Donkeyhead is a 2021 Canadian comedy-drama film written and directed by Agam Darshi in her directorial debut. It stars Darshi as Mona, a woman tasked with taking care of her father with the help of her three siblings after he is diagnosed with cancer and his health starts to deteriorate.
This is Episode #262 of the Welcome! podcast.
Simu Liu is the star of the new Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Prior to earning worldwide fame for this role Simu was one of the stars of the hit Canadian comedy, Kim’s Convenience.
Listen to this episode from 2017 to learn the back story of Marvel’s newest superhero!
This is Episode #261 of the Welcome! podcast.
Ari Shapiro returns to the podcast. Instead of talking about baseball we chat about politics and world events. Specifically, Islamophobia; the role of governments in addressing Islamophobia; the conflict between Palestine and Israel; Ari’s view on the situation in the Middle East as a Jewish person born in Israel and now living in Canada; and finally how the West has it all wrong about Russia.
This is Episode #260 of the Welcome! podcast.