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Trash Talk - March 5, 2021
Ryan rolls out the best rants of the week, as submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Buckle up for another edition of Trash Talk, presented by Local Waste.
March 5, 2021- COVID Zero with Dr. Gosia Gasperowicz, Women on the Move Round Table with Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Druh Farrell and Bridget Stirling
Between vaccines and new variants and businesses re-opening and health experts sounding alarms, it can be tough for the average person to know how to feel about proper COVID protocols. Dr. Gosia Gasperowicz, a developmental biologist, spells out what the numbers say, and describes a road to "COVID Zero". They're women who've held elected office, and decided to leave on their own terms. Our Real Talk Friday Round Table features a fantastic trio: author and former MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Calgary Councillor Druh Farrell, and Edmonton Public School Trustee Bridget Stirling. You'll want to watch every minute of why they decided to move on, where they're going, and what's driving their journey. Plus, buckle up for another rowdy edition of Trash Talk, presented by Local Waste!
12:06 - Dr. Gosia Gasperowicz
45:19 - Women Leaving Politics Round Table
1:47:01 - Trash Talk
March 4, 2021 - Cancer Whistleblower Panel, Psychedelics Panel
For years, researchers have drawn a line from oil sands activity to recurring rare forms of cancer in Fort Chipewyan and Fort McKay. Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam, whistleblower Dr. John O'Connor, and James Turk from Ryerson University's Centre for Free Expression explain why they think provincial and federal governments haven't taken this health threat seriously. How much do you know about psychedelics? How could Psilocybin ("magic mushrooms"), Ayahuasca, and other approaches assist in effective treatments, including for mental health? Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Silverstone, Jazmin Pirozek of the Canadian Psychedelic Association, and journalist Ryan Hook explore what could be a game-changing approach.
6:11 - Cancer Whistleblower Panel
37:52 - Psychedelics Panel
March 3, 2021 - NFTs with Elizabeth Howcroft, Pastor Greg Hochhalter, and "Becoming A Better Man" with Mike Cameron
What on earth are NFTs, and why are collectors paying millions of dollars for ten-second digital video clips? Reuters finance journalist Elizabeth Howcroft joins us from London to get into her recent feature on art collector Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile. Is the entire Christian community getting a bad rap as select churches continue to defy public health orders? Pastor Greg Hochhalter gets into how they've manage this pandemic year at Sherwood Park Alliance Church, and describes how his congregation has gathered in community without gathering in person. Mike Cameron experienced the worst kind of tragedy when his girlfriend was murdered by her ex-partner. The author of "Becoming a Better Man" takes on emotional vulnerability, "toxic masculinity," and choosing creativity over judgement, in what proved to be one of the most powerful interviews we've seen yet on the show.
41:01 - Elizabeth Howcroft
1:00:39 - Pastor Greg Hochhalter
1:42:57 - Mike Cameron
March 2, 2021 - Hilary McKeekin, Les Landry, Todd Babiak
Why are 18-30 year olds proving to be most susceptible to investment fraud? We talk to Hilary McKeekin from the Alberta Securities Commission about desperation, and how "get rich quick" schemes target young professionals. We heard from (literally) more than a hundred of you who reached out to email@example.com and told us you wanted Real Talkers to hear Les Landry's story. We check in with the citizen organizer, founder of #PeopleFightingPoverty, and learn about why he's taking matters into his own hands. Todd Babiak is a master storyteller. The CEO of Brand Tasmania, co-founder of Story Engine, and author of several celebrated novels checks in (at 4am his time!) to lay out how Alberta needs to tell its story to the rest of the world. It's a live branding exercise you won't want to miss. Plus, plenty of your emails on various subjects throughout this "easy breathing" episode of Real Talk!
22:32 - Hilary McKeekin
1:04:22 - Les Landry
1:35:54 - Todd Babiak
March 1, 2021 - David Herle, University Cuts Panel, Riaz Maghji
Can the relationship between Ottawa and Alberta really be as positive and collaborative as Minister Seamus O'Regan portrayed it to be on Friday's show? We ask longtime pollster and political commentator David Herle, former top advisor to Prime Minister Paul Martin, to chime in. The host of The Herle Burly podcast tells us why he thinks CPC leader Erin O'Toole has problems brewing within his party, and if he believes the Liberals will call an election this spring. The Alberta budget released last week isn't bad news for everybody, but it's a tough one for post-secondary institutions. Hardest hit is the University of Alberta. Dr. Laurie Adkin and Ricardo Acuna tell us why they believe the cuts are "vindictive," and explore different options for the university moving forward. Closing in on the one year mark with this pandemic, more and more people are acknowledging its effects on their mental health and wellbeing. Riaz Meghji, a former colleague of Ryan's at the Breakfast Television, takes us into his new book about the five habits for meaningful human connection, Every Conversation Counts. Plus, it's Monday, so prepare to be inspired by another edition of Positive Reflections, presented by Kuby Energy!
9:02 - David Herle
37:40 - University Cuts Panel (Dr. Laurie Adkin & Ricardo Acuna)
1:38:11 - Riaz Meghji
2:26:36 - Positive Reflections
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