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Conversations That Matter is a weekly news series hosted by veteran Canadian journalist Stuart McNish. He sits down with thought leaders from around the globe to dig into the issues that matter to Canadians.

Conversations That Matter Stuart McNish, Veteran Canadian Newsman

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Conversations That Matter is a weekly news series hosted by veteran Canadian journalist Stuart McNish. He sits down with thought leaders from around the globe to dig into the issues that matter to Canadians.

    Greg Flato: Climate Scientist

    Greg Flato: Climate Scientist

    Ep 275 Government of Canada Climate Scientist explains Climate Part 1 of 2
    Guest: Greg Flato
     
    If you are like me you watch and read a wide variety of reports about climate. The consensus is that arctic ice is melting, ocean levels are rising, ocean pH is changing and not getting better, global temperatures are rising.
     
    Then I read reports that say the above is not true. Arctic ice is actually growing and at astounding rates, ocean levels are not rising and while the temperature has gone up it is insignificant.
     
    I look up reports that are cited from either side of the argument and within minutes realize I do not have the appropriate knowledge to begin to understand what they mean. They are complex, they are extremely specific because science demands that the hypothesis focus on defined elements. The results of an individual experiment are just that and need to be taken in the context of the whole which is challenging because the world we live in is extremely complicated.
     
    I have reached out to a wide range of people who read the reports differently from one another. This week I read in a Canadian newspaper, that the World Meteorological Organization,  a trusted source, says Canada had a very cold 2019. So I looked it up. I couldn’t find that statement, instead I read, “2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global heat and high-impact weather”
     
    Where is the truth? In this Conversation That Matters I talk online to Environment Canada Climate Scientist Greg Flato about climate and he clears up a number of issues for me. And because our conversation extended far beyond my broadcast window, I have broken this Conversation into two parts. Here now is part one.
     
    Conversations That Matter is a partner program for the Morris J Wosk Center for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. The production of this program is made possible thanks to the support of the following and viewers like you.
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    Ep 16: Shauna Sylvester; Executive Director, Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

    Ep 16: Shauna Sylvester; Executive Director, Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

    Ep 16 Shauna Sylvester
    Executive Director, Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue
     
    Dialogue is a tricky thing. It’s not just the exchanging of words: it is the sharing of ideas. On the surface, that sounds straightforward – until you realize it is a complex interplay of thoughts, agendas, emotions and competing interests, to name but a few.
     
    Then add in the demands of running a program at Simon Fraser University complete with intelligent staff and associates. But don’t stop there: be a professor too. Then take a break from the job and run for mayor of Vancouver.
     
    What does this career look like and how do you ever plot a course to it? In this episode of Careers That Matter, Shauna Sylvester takes us inside her world and her career.

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    Ep 15: Dr Claire Fraser - Mapping the Microbiome

    Ep 15: Dr Claire Fraser - Mapping the Microbiome

    Ep 15 Dr Claire Fraser
    Mapping the Microbiome 
     
    The mapping of the human genome was a fearless plunge into groundbreaking science. Dr Fraser says, as a scientist, she had to take risks that allowed her to answer the questions she was asking in molecular biology, at the time a nascent field. She dared to fail at a time when that was still an option.
     
    Her PhD and her early work at NIH was focused on G-protein coupled receptors and that lead to exploring the receptors at a fundamental molecular level. She asked how do you discover new members of this protein family and that question led her to an intersection of disciplines, such as automated DNA sequencing which ultimately put her in line to map the human genome.
     
    In this episode of Careers That Matter, Dr Claire Fraser walks us through her remarkable career.

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    Ep 274 Give a Damn: Martin McNish

    Ep 274 Give a Damn: Martin McNish

    Ep 274 Give a Damn
    Guest: Martin McNish
     
    “It’s more blessed to give than receive.” (Acts 20:35) – but not if that is the reason to give. Giving with a purity of purpose manifests if your intention is in the true spirit of giving. Giving of oneself, one’s time, one’s skills, one’s heart and sometimes their money.
     
    Giving helps others and improves lives. Now, imagine you can come together as a small group of people who can make a difference to small charities that make a difference in the lives of people in need.
     
    Margaret Mead is credited with saying, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” It’s a quote that also epitomizes what Martin McNish and a 100 or so of his closest friends are doing. They are changing the lives of hundreds of people who rely on small charities.
     
    So rather than wait for the opportunity to give to come to him, McNish sought out a way to build his own small group of committed citizens. What started as 100 men who give a damn morphed into an expanding group of women and men who show up at four events each year to support micro charities. 
     
    Give a Damn is about believing you can make a difference. Martin McNish, at each quarterly event, emphasizes the point that not giving a damn is to resign yourself to believing you can’t make a difference.
     
    We invited Martin McNish to join us for a Conversation That Matters about the gift of giving.
     
    Conversations That Matter is a partner program for the Morris J Wosk Center for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. The production of this program is made possible thanks to the support of the following and viewers like you.
     
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    Ep 14 Mario Canseco: Taking the Temperature of Society

    Ep 14 Mario Canseco: Taking the Temperature of Society

    Ep 14 Mario Canseco
    Taking the Temperature of Society
     
    Every day you see some poll, some insight into how people shop, relax, vacation, choose their job, pick a favourite beer – and how they say they will vote. Have you ever wondered who the people are who gather all of that information? 
     
    What do they do? How many people do they have to talk to? And what kind of training do you need to speak to and gather information from thousands of people?
     
    In this episode of Careers That Matter, the insightful Mario Canseco takes us on his career journey.

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    Bob Rich: First Responder PTSD

    Bob Rich: First Responder PTSD

    Ep 273 - First Responder PTSD
    Guest: Bob Rich
     
    The average person experiences about four events in their lives that could trigger PTSD. The average career cop encounters between 100 and 400 incidents that could trigger PTSD. Retired Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich knows this all too well.
     
    In early 2015 Chief Rich lost two active members of the police department by their own hand. Their deaths shook him to the core. He was forced to look inward at his leadership, at the culture within his police department and in the first responder community. What was happening that PTSD and stigma rates were so high? 
     
    Chief Rich took on the responsibility of identifying the source and changing the culture. His first priority became the wellness of his team. Rich says, “These are women and men who put their lives on the line everyday to keep their community safe. In return, it is my job to keep them safe.”  
     
    He identified that a “suck it up” culture was one of the root causes and it was counterproductive putting everyone at risk. He and his team went to work to implement those needed changes. Then came the killing of Constable John Davidson, which rocked the policing community in Abbotsford, the Lower Mainland and the province. 
     
    Thanks to the support of the Vancouver Police and other police officers who took over law enforcement duties in the city for more than a week, the Abbotsford PD was able to take a knee, psychologically, physically and emotionally. Bob Rick says, “As a result, we didn’t lose another member – which can happen.” In Ontario over the past year, nine officers took their own lives. 
     
    Bob Rich is determined to help other police departments do what Abbotsford has begun to do – create a culture that understands the trauma of horrific incidents and supports one another.
     
    We invited Bob Rich to join us for a Conversation That Matters about caring for the well-being of all first responders who care about us.
     
    Conversations That Matter is a partner program for the Morris J Wosk Center for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. The production of this program is made possible thanks to the support of the following and viewers like you.
     
    Please become a Patreon subscriber and support the production of this program, with a $1 pledge https://goo.gl/ypXyDs 

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