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Think all those in faith communities are misogynist homophobic idiots? Think again! Religion and politics no matter what you believe shape the world. Listen to the Revolutionary Rantings of the Radical Reverend and other heretics!

The Radical Reverend Reverend Dr. Cheri DiNovo, C.M.

    • Religion & Spirituality

Think all those in faith communities are misogynist homophobic idiots? Think again! Religion and politics no matter what you believe shape the world. Listen to the Revolutionary Rantings of the Radical Reverend and other heretics!

    Left, Lefter, Leftist | Who's Paying?

    Left, Lefter, Leftist | Who's Paying?

    Right-wing politicians are looking for scapegoats to focus people's rage and fear on, stoking anti-lockdown sentiment and receiving wall-to-wall coverage in the corporate media. But where's the coverage of the rent strikes and walkouts, and why isn't the NDP able to move the conversation to the left? 

    We're beginning to reopen the economy but who stands to benefit—working people or the rich? With CERB running out soon, people are being forced to return to unsafe workplaces while big businesses are receiving massive bailouts. Who's paying for these bailouts, and who's paying with their lives?

    Guests:

    Emma Wakelin [@cwakelin], Liberal Party strategist, on the ongoing fight for progressive values.

    Alex Grant [@alexg_fightback], editor at Fightback, on building the movement for a socialist future.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Post-Secondary Education and COVID

    Post-Secondary Education and COVID

    COVID-19 has suddenly placed increased pressure on post-secondary students and institutions, exposing longstanding problems and creating new ones. Many students are finding themselves in difficult situations, supporting themselves and their families with precarious work while burdened with astronomical tuition fees and soaring costs of living. Institutions are facing huge projected deficits, with cuts and austerity a likely outcome. But a crisis also creates opportunities for positive change.

    Guests:

    Lina Medaglia, professor of liberal arts and sciences at George Brown College

    François Tanguay-Renaud [@FTanguayRenaud], law professor and co-directer of the Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security at York University

    • 1 hr
    Left, Lefter, Leftist | People over Profit

    Left, Lefter, Leftist | People over Profit

    For-profit long-term care homes have been in need of major reforms for decades, with workers underpaid and denied safe working conditions, and residents suffering the tragic consequences. The city of Toronto has started issuing tickets to homeless people and forcing them into unsafe shelters, but why can't we house them in empty hotel rooms and empty condos instead? Why are we using taxpayers' money to bail out corporations that don't pay taxes here? And could we see the rise of the right wing in Canada?

    Guests:

    Alex Grant [@alexg_fightback], editor at Fightback, on taking private companies back into public hands under workers' control.

    Emma Wakelin [@cwakelin], Liberal Party strategist, on the path forward for liberal politics.

    • 59 min
    Pride and Indigenous Reistance

    Pride and Indigenous Reistance

    Pride Toronto will go ahead virtually this year throughout the month of June, complete with music, performances, community programming, and parties! But Pride is also a protest, and queer and trans people are continuing to fight for justice.

    Plus, a conversation about indigenous resistance. Indigenous nations are facing police violence for protecting their lands, and are trying to stay safe during this pandemic without parity access to clean water or healthcare. What can we do?

    Guests:

    Shakir Rahim [@szrahim], Pride Toronto board co-chair and criminal defense lawyer, on celebrating pride virtually, and how policing disproportionately affects those in the queer and trans community who are the most marginalized.

    http://www.pridetoronto.com/virtualpride/

    Patty Krawec [@gindaanis], author and Medicine for the Resistance podcaster, on building relationships, finding somebody to disrupt with, pushing back against unjust policies, and lifting up the voices of those who are resisting.

    https://sojo.net/magazine/april-2020/christians-romanticize-wandering-yet-rendered-my-people-homeless

    Music: Strong Water Women

    • 57 min
    Faith Panel | Death and Dying in Islam and Judaism

    Faith Panel | Death and Dying in Islam and Judaism

    What do Islam and Judaism say happens after we cease to be in our bodies? Is there an afterlife? What are the traditions around death and mourning, and how have they changed as a result of COVID-19?

    Plus, a look at how Muslims can observe Ramadan without being able to gather or pray together in person.

    Guests:

    Fizza Mir, Muslim activist

    Annie Matan, Jewish spiritual leader (mentioned in the podcast: Rabbi Dr. Simcha Raphael, scholar on Judaism and the afterlife)

    • 59 min
    COVID's Effects on the Recovery Community and Global NGOs

    COVID's Effects on the Recovery Community and Global NGOs

    What is it like to be in recovery now that 12 Step groups can't meet in person anymore? This week, The Radical Reverend looks at where people can go to find love, support, and help. Plus, how COVID-19 impacts children around the world who are already affected by war, food insecurity, and overloaded healthcare systems.

    Guests:

    Natalie Harris, city councillor in Barrie, Ontario, on finding support while in recovery.

    Judith Slivinski, national manager at World Vision, on how COVID-19 impacts the most vulnerable people around the world and what World Vision is doing to help.

    • 59 min

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