Each week, TELUS Talks with Tamara Taggart will bring exclusive conversations with experts and influencers making a difference for Canadians right now. From health and wellness, to community, to social responsibility, we’ll share stories, bust myths, provide simple and practical tips, and deliver information of value to Canadians.
Sitting Pretty: Rebekah Taussig
Rebekah Taussig wrote Sitting Pretty, a memoir about having a body that looks and moves differently in the world. She recognized that disabled lives are almost always portrayed as tragic or triumphant when actually the experience of having a disability is quite ordinary. She challenges some of the attitudes people have toward disabilities, many under the guise of empathy, and posits that ultimately we all live in bodies that age, are vulnerable to sickness and move in and out of disabled states constantly.
Living in a stigma-free society: Andrea Paquette
Andrea Paquette founded the Stigma-Free Society in 2010 after being hospitalized for bipolar disorder and losing her home. She was hoping to address the significant stigma around mental illness, and created customized workshops, mental health toolkits and presentations to support people too embarrassed or ashamed to speak up about their experiences. Andrea believes that the more we remove judgement and encourage people to share their stories, the more educated and understanding we’ll all become.
Ask your doctor about social prescribing: Dr. Dominik Nowak
Dr. Dominik Nowak joins us again to talk about how “social prescribing” can complement medical treatment and help provide better health outcomes for everyone. Social prescribing addresses issues like loneliness, poverty, and job insecurity and ties them into formal recommendations from health professionals for mental and physical support resources. You get a more holistic approach to your health, and your community benefits from greater overall wellbeing.
Confronting the legacy of residential schools: Carey Newman
The son of a residential school survivor, artist and master carver Carey Newman has spent a decade working on The Witness Blanket, an art installation created with artifacts gathered from Indigenous communities across the country that have been affected by Canada’s dark legacy of the residential school system. In this episode, he talks about his process of creating the piece, the profound impact of bearing witness to the stories of survivors, and why we need truth before we can achieve reconciliation.
A trailblazer on the ice: Kori Cheverie
When hockey player Kori Cheverie became Assistant Coach of the Ryerson Rams in 2016, she made sports history as the first woman to hold that role with a men's university-level hockey program. Kori shares her trailblazing experience, the differences between coaching women’s and men’s teams, and why professional sports could benefit from more diversity.
Tackling the epidemic of misinformation: Timothy Caulfield
Tackling misinformation has long been a passion for health policy expert and bestselling author Timothy Caulfield, and the COVID-19 pandemic is providing ample opportunity to further his research. In this episode, Timothy discusses the importance of fact-checking medical advice from celebrities, why we should avoid social media influencers who are peddling miracle cures, and how we all can make informed decisions when it comes to our health.