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Call the Question is a fast-paced podcast hosted by Maria Dobrinskaya and Lesli Boldt. We dig into some of the political issues that are making headlines in Vancouver, B.C. and Canada, with a focus on the perspectives and issues that aren’t getting enough airtime these days. We talk politics. With women. Twice a month, you’ll hear from expert guests who bring smart, interesting, and clever takes on today’s most compelling political issues.

Call the question, and pass the mic.

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Call the Question is a fast-paced podcast hosted by Maria Dobrinskaya and Lesli Boldt. We dig into some of the political issues that are making headlines in Vancouver, B.C. and Canada, with a focus on the perspectives and issues that aren’t getting enough airtime these days. We talk politics. With women. Twice a month, you’ll hear from expert guests who bring smart, interesting, and clever takes on today’s most compelling political issues.

Call the question, and pass the mic.

    Pearl Low...and a Cliff Notes on the legacies of colonialism

    Pearl Low...and a Cliff Notes on the legacies of colonialism

    Our fabulous guest is the Oscar-winning #HairLove story artist - Vancouver-based illustrator and animator Pearl Low. We talk with Pearl about storytelling, representation, diversity in film and animation, and…of course, hair. We'll also talk with her about her own graphic novel, Tension, on her own struggle with her own! We also talk with Lesli's dad, Cliff, about the word "settler," and the legacies of colonialism in Canada in a new edition of Cliff Notes.

    Watch the Oscar-winning short animated film, "Hair Love," on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNw8V_Fkw28

    You can order a copy of Pearl Low's book, Tension, here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/671692113/tension

    • 43 Min.
    Jagmeet Singh...and on cover-ups of abuse in amateur sport

    Jagmeet Singh...and on cover-ups of abuse in amateur sport

    Call the Question welcomes our first-ever male guest, Jagmeet Singh, to the pod. We talk with Canada's NDP leader about the intersections between race- and gender-based discrimination in politics, being judged based on how one looks, and his case for the need for truly universal, head-to-toe health care in Canada. Lesli and Maria also discuss the harrowing story of former university elite athlete Megan Brown, and how some universities and sport organizations appear to ignore sexual misconduct in amateur sport in the drive to win...at any cost.

    You can follow Jagmeet Singh on Twitter @theJagmeetSingh.

    Read Michael Doyle's expose on the University of Guelph and Megan Brown's story in the Globe and Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-athlete-breaks-silence-about-sexual-misconduct-of-university-of-guelph/

    • 42 Min.
    Manjot Bains...and on white supremacy (and free WiFi)

    Manjot Bains...and on white supremacy (and free WiFi)

    Vancouver writer Manjot Bains was a senior advisor for the Government of Canada on anti-racism initiatives - that is, until she and her father made brief comments on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's brownface/blackface-wearing past in an interview. Manjot shares her incredible story with Call the Question. We also talk about Arielle Kayabaga, a city councillor in London, Ontario who dared to speak against the elimination of funding for a WiFi Hotspot lending program at the London Public Library. We'll tell you what happened at City Council in response to her comments.

    We mentioned on the pod an upcoming summit on February 23, Women Shaping Surrey: Towards a Women-Friendly City. The summit will provide an opportunity for participants to share their views, experiences and perspectives and explore how to amplify the diverse voices of women and girls, and to ensure that a gendered perspective is applied to all city policies, programs, and activities. You can get tickets on Eventbrite:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-shaping-surrey-towards-a-women-friendly-city-tickets-88518883363

    • 41 Min.
    Jody Wilson-Raybould...and Indignenous rights, BMO and VPD

    Jody Wilson-Raybould...and Indignenous rights, BMO and VPD

    Call the Question launches our third series with extraordinary Vancouver-Granville MP and former Attorney General and Justice Minister of Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould. We talk with Jody about everything from Indigenous rights and UNDRIP, to SNC-Lavalin (and the "joys" of being gaslighted), her strength under pressure, and her priorities today as an independent MP. We also discuss one of the biggest #vanpoli stories of 2020: the Indigenous grandfather and granddaughter who tried to open a bank account at a Bank of Montreal branch in December 2019, but instead, were suspected of fraud and detained and handcuffed by Vancouver police officers.

    • 48 Min.
    Our top #vanpoli and #bcpoli issues (and predictions for 2020)

    Our top #vanpoli and #bcpoli issues (and predictions for 2020)

    It's Call the Question's wrap up podcast for 2019! Maria and Lesli riff on what's hot in Vancouver and BC politics issues at the end of the year (and offer a few predictions for 2020, too). We begin by nerding out on #vanpoli, with a look at the city-wide planning process, rental housing proposals, and a proposed hefty 8.2% property tax hike. Next up is #bcpoli: recent UNDRIP legislation, unanimously passed in the BC Legislature; the recently averted transit strike; the ongoing handwringing around ride hailing (Uber, Lyft) in BC; and, our predictions on what's next for BC politics (including the prospect of an early provincial election) and BC party leaders in 2020.

    We want to hear from you, too! How did we do with these first few months of our podcast adventure? What would you like to hear from us on Call the Question in 2020? Drop us a line with your ideas and suggestions at hello@boldtcommunications.com, or @ us on social media @CalltheQPodcast on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! See you in 2020!

    • 41 Min.
    Christine Bergeron...and making poverty a crime in BC communities

    Christine Bergeron...and making poverty a crime in BC communities

    Money money mo-ney! We welcome Vancity's chief member experience officer, Christine Bergeron, to talk about $$$: women in finance, and *women and finance*. Christine talks about her own experience in the financial sector as a hedge fund manager, and how gender dynamics and the sector's intense focus on maximizing profit may prevent more women from working the field. She also tells us how an increasing industry wide focus on CSR and sustainability is helping to change industry culture. We also dig into the complex relationships many women (and men) have with money and our own personal finances, and that we may know more about money than we think we do.

    Then, Maria and Lesli take a look at the growing number of local BC bylaws - including the recent bylaw passed in Maple Ridge - to punish people with *no money* with fines for being poor and homeless. WTF?

    • 51 Min.

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