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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

    Anti-Asian Racism and COVID-19

    Anti-Asian Racism and COVID-19

    The novel coronavirus was first detected in the city of Wuhan in China in late 2019. For some, that's reason enough to discriminate against and vilify people who aren't from that region of China or haven't even visited the country.

    On this episode of This Is Why, we look at the role racism against people of Asian heritage during the coronavirus pandemic and how it's the latest chapter of anti-Asian racism.

    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. Kim Noels, professor of psychology at the University of Alberta

    Barbara Lee, founder & president of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, who partnered with Project 1907 to create Elimin8hate

    • 24 min
    Reopening pro sports during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Reopening pro sports during the COVID-19 pandemic

    As pro sports leagues across North America prepare to resume play, states south of the border are seeing increased outbreaks and rapidly mounting numbers of positive COVID-19 cases.

    On this episode of This Is Why, we look at the various leagues' plans to return to play and what the future of sports could look like after the 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:

    Aileen McManaman, founder and managing partner, 5T Sports Group

    Dan Mason, professor of sport management, University of Alberta

    • 20 min
    Addressing Racism in Canada

    Addressing Racism in Canada

    June 2020 has been an unprecedented month. Millions of people around the world marched in support of Black Lives Matter and protesting anti-Black racism.

    They were joined by Indigenous peoples during National Indigenous History Month, the same month that saw two Indigenous people shot by police in New Brunswick and video surfacing of an Alberta chief brutally arrested.

    And June is Pride month for the LGBTQ community, with jurisdictions around the country announcing bans of conversion therapy leading up to a month born from protest but with celebrations transformed by the coronavirus pandemic.

    On this episode of This Is Why, we hear about what can be done, individually and systemically, to address racism and prejudice against BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) and LGBTQ groups, and how they're connected.

    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:

    Cheryl Foggo, a multiple award-winning author, playwright and filmmaker, whose work focuses on the lives of western Canadians of African descent.

    Anthony Morgan, a racial justice lawyer and manager of the City of Toronto’s confronting anti-black racism unit.

    Dr. Kristopher Wells, Canada research chair for the Public Understanding of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth at McEwan University.

    Ry Moran, director of the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation.

    • 19 min
    Conversion Therapy and Pride during coronavirus

    Conversion Therapy and Pride during coronavirus

    Worldwide, the coronavirus pandemic is changing the way celebrations and gatherings of all kinds are happening. That includes Pride for the LGBTQ community.

    On this episode of This Is Why, we hear about a landmark ruling for Western Canadian LGBTQ communities.

    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. Kristopher Wells, Canada research chair for the Public Understanding of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth at McEwan University

    • 24 min
    Anti-Indigenous racism in Canada

    Anti-Indigenous racism in Canada

    Alongside the rallies for the Black Lives Matter movement, support for Indigenous lives in Canada have come to the forefront. Two police shootings of Indigenous people in New Brunswick and the emergence of a video of an arrest with force of an Alberta chief have underscored the plight faced by Indigenous peoples.

    On this episode of This Is Why, we hear about past and present systemic racism forced upon Indigenous peoples from the chief of a First Nation in Alberta and the current director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

    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:

    Siksika Nation Chief Ouray Crowfoot

    Ry Moran, director of the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation

    More resources:

    "The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America" by Thomas King

    • 27 min
    Being Black in Canada

    Being Black in Canada

    Hundreds of cities in the U.S. and Canada have erupted in protests and rallies supporting Black Lives Matter and opposing police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. At the heart of the argument is the injustice of systemic racism.

    On this episode of This Is Why, we hear from two perspectives on being Black in Canada, including the problematic history of Black cowboy John Ware and the challenges facing the largest Black community in the country.

    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:

    Cheryl Foggo, a multiple award-winning author, playwright and filmmaker, whose work focuses on the lives of western Canadians of African descent.

    Anthony Morgan, a racial justice lawyer and manager of the City of Toronto’s confronting anti-black racism unit.

    More resources:

    Foggo recommends reading "Policing Black Lives" by Robyn Maynard and "The Skin We're In" by Desmond Cole. She also suggests listening to the podcast "The Secret Life of Canada."

    Morgan has penned a couple of articles, including "Black People in Canada are not Settlers" and "What’s wrong with a cheque? A call for slavery reparations in Canada."

    • 32 min

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185 Ratings

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When the ads come on, it’s way too loud

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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. Tone it down in terms of volume. Change it all together.

Music and sources is what needs amelioration. However, other than that the stories presented and the questions are really well presented.

Vincent Galiano ,

Insulting

Enough with the music already. I’m interested in listening to your guest talk about his battle with addiction, and he is drowned out by dramatic music. It’s cheap and it’s nonsense.

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