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We live in a confusing world… so if you’ve ever stopped and asked yourself WHY something matters, we’re here to help. Every week Adam Toy and Dave McIvor will ask one big question and uncover the answer to help you truly understand what’s going on around you.

They'll try to get to the bottom of the issue by chatting with experts, journalists and even folks directly involved.

They may not have all the answers to climate change, world politics or the economy BUT you can join them on this weekly expedition as we get you some straight answers.

This Is Why airs on Corus Radio stations across Canada:
980 CKNW | Sunday | 7 – 7:30pm PT
770 CHQR | Sunday | 5 – 5:30am MT, 5 – 5:30pm MT
630 CHED | Sunday | 4 – 4:30pm MT
680 CJOB | Saturday | 9 – 9:30pm CT
900 CHML | Sunday | 5:30 -6:00pm ET

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We live in a confusing world… so if you’ve ever stopped and asked yourself WHY something matters, we’re here to help. Every week Adam Toy and Dave McIvor will ask one big question and uncover the answer to help you truly understand what’s going on around you.

They'll try to get to the bottom of the issue by chatting with experts, journalists and even folks directly involved.

They may not have all the answers to climate change, world politics or the economy BUT you can join them on this weekly expedition as we get you some straight answers.

This Is Why airs on Corus Radio stations across Canada:
980 CKNW | Sunday | 7 – 7:30pm PT
770 CHQR | Sunday | 5 – 5:30am MT, 5 – 5:30pm MT
630 CHED | Sunday | 4 – 4:30pm MT
680 CJOB | Saturday | 9 – 9:30pm CT
900 CHML | Sunday | 5:30 -6:00pm ET

    AIDS at 40

    AIDS at 40

    On June 5, 1981, the US Centers for Disease Control published a report about a rare type of pneumonia affecting gay men in Los Angeles, CA. It would be the first reports of HIV and AIDS in North America.

    On this episode of This Is Why, we look back at 40 years of science around HIV/AIDS and where treatment and policy has progressed for that pandemic.

    Contact:

    Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter

    Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter

    This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter

    Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca

    Guests:

    Gary Lacasse, executive director of the Canadian AIDS Society

    Episode Resources:
    "40 years of HIV/AIDS: a painful anniversary" in The Lancet
    "Forty years on and new UNAIDS report gives evidence that we can end AIDS" from UNAIDS

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    • 19 min
    Forests, Fire and Carbon

    Forests, Fire and Carbon

    With wildfire season underway, perennial concerns about forest fires have returned. And as the effects of climate change worsen, research is underway to understand the relationship between forests, forest fires and carbon in the atmosphere.

    On this episode of This Is Why, we dig into how a century of forest practices has made the problem worse, and a possible way forward for forests, the atmosphere and humanity.

    Contact:

    Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter

    Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter

    This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter

    Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca

    Guests:

    Dr Carly Phillips, researcher in residence at the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at University of Victoria

    Episode Resources:
    "How wildfires affect climate change — and vice versa" on The Conversation
    "The Language of Climate Change" from TEDxBearCreekPark

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    • 18 min
    The possibility of endemic COVID

    The possibility of endemic COVID

    We've all become familiar with the term 'pandemic,' and may know what an 'epidemic' is, but the term 'endemic' is maybe less widely known. But it's certainly widely-experienced.

    On this episode of This Is Why, we look at the factors at play that could turn COVID-19 from a pandemic into an endemic disease.

    Contact:

    Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter

    Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter

    This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter

    Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca

    Guests:

    Cynthia Carr, epidemiologist and founder of EPI Research Inc.

    Episode Resources:
    "Canada to face COVID-19 like yearly endemic flu due to variants, expert says" on GlobalNews.ca
    "‘When will it end?’: New data suggests COVID-19 could become endemic" on GlobalNews.ca
    "The coronavirus is here to stay — here’s what that means" from Nature

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    • 19 min
    Vaccine Miscommunication

    Vaccine Miscommunication

    With more jabs going into arms and the potential of some Canadians choosing between the AstraZeneca-manufactured viral vector COVID-19 vaccine and an mRNA-based shot from companies like Pfizer or Moderna, the advice from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) that seems to favour one or the other seems to fly in the face of the overall vaccination effort.

    On this episode of This Is Why, we explore what happened with the NACI recommendations and why clear communication about vaccines is vital to fighting any disease.

    Contact:

    Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter

    Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter

    This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter

    Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca

    Guest:

    Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy

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    • 19 min
    Another Roaring 20s?

    Another Roaring 20s?

    As the world begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic with shots going in arms, a growing sense of jollity is coming over more and more vaccinated people. There's an interesting parallel between the end of this pandemic and what could follow with the end of the 1918 influenza pandemic and the 1920s.

    On this episode of This Is Why, we discover the similarities and differences between the two eras, and why the 2020s might not be a repeat of a century earlier.

    Contact:

    Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter

    Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter

    This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter

    Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca

    Guests:

    Agnes Arnold-Forster, health care and medicine historian

    Episode Resources:
    "Will the end of the COVID-19 pandemic usher in a second Roaring ’20s?" on The Conversation

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    • 20 min
    Canada's carbon budget threat

    Canada's carbon budget threat

    There's only so much carbon humans can put into the atmosphere before the earth's average temperature will rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius, a point at which major climate change will happen -- that's the opinion of the panel of scientists at the IPCC. Broken out into a worldwide carbon budget, Canada's share of emissions is easy to determine.

    On this episode of This Is Why, we find out why Canada's oil and gas sector is threatening not just Canada's but the international carbon budget and why policy is falling short.

    Contact:

    Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter

    Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter

    This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter

    Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca

    Guests:

    Truzaar Dordi, a PhD candidate currently studying at the University of Waterloo, and author of "Correcting Canada's 'one eye shut' climate policy"

    Episode Resources:
    "Correcting Canada’s “one eye shut” climate policy" - Cascade Institute (PDF)

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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
193 Ratings

193 Ratings

Peachy🍑Jess ,

Music is bad

I like the personal stories, but if there is a possibility to list sources in the description, please do! Make it the most traceable possible and please stop with the dramatic music.
However, other than that the stories told and the questions asked were really well presented.

Margee Girl ,

This Is Why

Please Please cut out the music. In general the podcast would be great but I can’t get past the horrible background music. Too Much!!!!

Munch 75 ,

Climate wetters

Just another forum for climate bedwetters

No sources or research sited

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