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.
Get outdoors, doctor’s orders: Dr. Melissa Lem
Spending time in nature doesn’t just feel good – it’s also good for you, says Vancouver-based physician Dr. Melissa Lem. The founder and director of PaRx, a nature prescription initiative with the BC Parks Foundation, discusses the physical, emotional and mental health benefits of spending time in nature and why you might just leave your next check-up with a prescription for the outdoors.
How to make friends as an adult: Dr. Miriam Kirmayer
Clinical psychologist Dr. Miriam Kirmayer is passionate about helping people build stronger, healthier social connections. One of the only licenced clinical psychologists to specialize in friendship therapy, she shares her insights on how to combat loneliness, why not everyone needs a BFF, and how conflict can actually strengthen a friendship.
When the overdose crisis hits home: Tara McGuire
Tara McGuire, author of Holden, After and Before, experienced every parent’s nightmare when her 21-year-old son, Holden, died of an overdose in 2015. She shares how she wrestled with guilt, how she keeps her son’s memory alive – and how she transformed her grief into meaning.
What you should know about Canadian forestry: Derek Nighbor
President and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, Derek Nighbor, shares how sustainable forest management practices are leading to big gains for our economy, our communities and the planet. He discusses exciting developments in carbon-capture building materials, how sustainable forest management is supporting Indigenous reconciliation – and what really goes into the price of a 2x4.
Scoring a goal for men’s health: Marco Carducci
Canadian Premier League soccer goalkeeper Marco Carducci is an elite athlete – but despite being the picture of health he was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this year at the young age of 25. Now that he’s successfully completed treatment, he’s passionate about encouraging other young men to recognize the signs of cancer and to seek out medical help early. He joins us to talk about his health journey, his newfound passion for health advocacy, and what the experience of this past year has taught him about life – on and off the soccer pitch.
Raising human beings: Dr. Ross Greene
Clinical child psychologist and best-selling author of Raising Human Beings, Dr. Ross Greene, returns to share insights on supporting our kids in a post-pandemic world. He talks about creating the evidence-based Collaboration & Proactive Solutions (CPS) model of care, what’s behind an increase in behavioural challenges in schools – and why caregivers need to replace fear and punishment with collaboration and compassion.