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Episode 101: The Stories We Don’t Tell

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This episode features another instalment of stories from the Stories We Don’t Tell monthly event. Recorded live in October, the event included personal stories from Stefan Hostetter, Tara Pearson, Brianne Benness, Erin Kang and Zoe Simpson.

Stories We Don’t Tell originated from Let’s Get Personal, a writing group started by Brianne. Every two weeks we share personal stories about our lives. After establishing a positive environment, we wondered if this could be brought to an audience. After attending many storytelling events around the city, we decided to start our own. For some behind-the-scenes information about the event, check out Episode 96. This was the first instalment of Stories We Don’t tell on the podcast and includes interviews with the storytellers where they explain how the event came about.

The stories cover a lot of ground, including exploring family history, understanding the past and personal experiences. This episode brings you right into the event and stay tuned for more from the Stories We Don’t Tell in the future.

If you would like to learn more about Stories We Don’t Tell and other projects, such as Misplaced Metrics and Datagasm: A Totally Relatable Quiz Show, visit the website: thereapers.org.

Follow the storytellers on Twitter:

Stefan Hostetter: @Steho_

Tara Pearson: @TaraMarina

Brianne Benness: @bennessb

Erin Kang: @e_kangster

Zoe Simpson: @ZoJSimpson

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Episode 100

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The Open Kwong Dore Podcast is celebrating the amazing milestone of 100 episodes!

Pj and Paul started this podcast because they were interested and curious in what people do and why they do it. 100 interviews later, they’re so happy to have sat down with each and every guest and provide a place for them to share their stories. And what stories they have been!

For this very special episode, Pj and Paul each chose three interviews that resonated and connected to something happening in their own lives. This is by no means a ‘greatest hits retrospective’, as we have valued each of our guests equally. The episodes takes a short section from each of the ‘picks’ and introduces each person between segments. You have to listen to find out which six interviews were chosen!

Paul and Pj cannot thank their guests and listeners enough. This podcast has been such a revelatory experience for the hosts and they appreciate all the support  for the first 100 episodes. Here’s to another 100 episodes and more after that!

In this moment of retrospection, Paul and Pj encourage you to check out our Episode Guide to listen to our full archive.

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Episode 99: Sage Tyrtle

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Sage Tyrtle is a Toronto-based storyteller who is performing her one person show, Boxes Buried Deep, from November 14 – 16, 2014. She shares true stories based on her rich well of experience – including living in a tent for two years, her lesbian schizophrenic mother and almost killing people with her evil mind control. Through it all, she casts a spell over her audiences, whether they are in school, corporate settings or at the many storytelling events around the city.

As Sage says, “It’s because I trust you that I share these mortifying moments with you.” She is completely open and authentic to her audiences and explores both the humorous and serious side of her experiences. Her audiences step inside her life for fifteen minutes at a time, and sometimes their stomachs hurt from laughing. And sometimes they have to go re-do their makeup because they were crying so hard. They forget they’re in a public place.

Sage tells stories all over Toronto, including Raconteurs, Tales Of and True Stories Told Live. She’s participated in the FOOL Festival, the Toronto Storytelling Festival and has had stories featured on NPR’s Snap Judgment and CBC’s Outfront.

Paul was excited to have Sage on the show to talk about her process and how she found her voice as a storyteller. Included at the beginning of this episode is Sage telling a story, and you can hear why The Toronto Star has said, “When Sage talks, people don’t just listen, they hang on her every word.” For more information on Sage and Boxes Buried Deep, click on the links below.

Website: tyrtle.com

Twitter: @sagetyrtle

Facebook: StorytellerSageTyrtle

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Episode 98: Craig Buntin

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Many skating fans will remember the smiling face from this photograph as Craig Buntin, a three-time Canadian national pair champion. To say that Pj has known Craig a long time is an understatement as they first met when he was still competing as Junior.

Pj wanted to interview Craig because she sees him as a serial entrepreneur. Craig started a coffee company not long after the 2006 Torino Olympics in an effort to discover what would come next in his life. As a business owner, he thought that if he was going to run a business, he needed to learn more about business, which led him to completing his MBA at McGill University in Montreal.

With his business education under his belt, he got the chance to sell his coffee company and figure out what would come next.

Enter Veriskate. This software forms the foundation of a new venture for Craig. Veriskate allows users to determine the qualities like speed in the entry and exit edges of jumps, height of a jump, how many revolutions per second in a spin and so on. Pj thinks it might be a game changer because it could take some of the mystery out of the quality of elements for everyone involved in figure skating: the skaters, the judges, the commentators, the fans and the coaches.

From a McGill information page: “Craig’s most recent project is VeriSkate, a software app that is used to analyze the movements of figure skaters: how high they jump or throw, the distance the move travels, the speed at which it travels, the flow, the ice coverage.”

If nothing else, this is a fascinating conversation that glides effortlessly through all of Craig’s life phases; on and off the ice. Look for some cool facts about some of the world’s best known skaters (Hint: He is Canadian and is taking a year off from skating and won 2 Silver Olympic medals in Sochi).

If you want more information about VeriSkate – you can be in touch via Twitter @veriskate and @CraigBuntin.

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Episode 97: Dr. Kristin Varik

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When Pj got the chance to interview chiropractor Dr. Kristin Varik, she jumped at it.

Chiropractic care has long been a regular component of many people’s health which makes it an interesting subject on its own. What makes Dr. Varik’s treatment different is that many of her patients are of the four-legged variety; namely horses and dogs.

Pj’s late uncle was a large animal vet and she’s sure that he would have been among the many eye rollers in the veterinary community as this practice of chiropractic care for horses started to take off.  What has changed though is the notion that if it can help people feel better then why not horses and dogs?

Truth be told, when Kristin went for the additional training and subsequent certification, her class was equal parts chiropractors and veterinarians. Pj loves how the world moves forward and how we are open to new ideas.

If there is a four-legged friend in your life, this podcast is for you.

If you want more information about Dr. Kristin Varik, check out her website: www.drvarik.com.

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Episode 96: The Stories We Don’t Tell

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We’re always up to something different on the podcast! This episode features five storytellers recorded live from the very first Stories We Don’t Tell event. Held in Toronto, the event included personal stories from Stefan Hostetter, Erin Kang, Jeanette Stock, Brianne Benness and the co-host of this podcast Paul Dore.

Stories We Don’t Tell originated from Let’s Get Personal, a writing group started by Brianne. Every two weeks we would share personal stories about our lives. After establishing a positive environment, we wondered if this could be brought to an audience. After attending many storytelling events around the city, we decided to start our own event. At the end of last month, over forty people congregated at Stefan’s apartment and we told our stories.

The stories cover a lot of ground, including exploring family history, explaining our passions, personal experiences and reasoning with inanimate objects. This episode brings you right into the event and also includes some behind-the-scenes interviews with the storytellers.

If you would like to learn more about Stories We Don’t Tell and other projects, such as Misplaced Metrics, visit our website: thereapers.org.

Follow the storytellers on Twitter:

Stefan Hostetter: @Steho_

Erin Kang: @e_kangster

Jeanette Stock: @JeanetteStock

Brianne Benness: @bennessb

Paul Dore: @jeffreypauldore

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Episode 95: Carolyn Van

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Carolyn Van is a very accomplished woman and is immersed in the world of startups, education, design, technology, leadership, digital communications, innovation and developing strong communities. She is a consultant in many areas including leadership advisory, where she has successfully educated and advised CEOs, senior level managers, software developers, recruiters, sales people and marketers. She also works in marketing strategy and execution, business strategy and operations, internal growth and professional development. Carolyn has also appeared on television for technology segments.

In March of this year, Carolyn’s life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer. She decided to write about her journey to help with the process she is going through.

Paul first heard Carolyn give a talk at an event called Follow Your Fear and was inspired by her story. This interview has a range of emotions, as Carolyn has an upbeat personality and a very contagious laugh, but at the same time, she is not afraid to talk about the struggles she has overcome.

Personal Website: cvkickingcancersass.com

Business Website: www.carolynvan.com

Twitter: @CarolynVan

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Episode 94: Peter Llewellyn

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‘the art or practice of taking and processing photographs.’

That definition of photography doesn’t begin to touch the magic that is created when talent and lens converge.

Pj has wanted to talk to a photographer for a long time. In her mind there is nothing that captures the imagination more than a photograph. Whether the image captures the heart of a story as it does so often in sport, or captures a moment for the viewer in which they can imagine a story for themselves, a picture truly can be worth a thousand words.

Peter Llewellyn has a rare talent for stopping time with his lens and creating the most memorable images.

Peter initially worked as a sports photographer for many of the British national newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph and the Times. From the late 1980s, Peter was based in France covering sport throughout Europe including covering many of the world’s top equestrian events with his wife Jean, a sports journalist specializing in horse sports (www.jeanllewellyn.com).

Using the experience from shooting several Olympics, Peter worked for VANOC as Photo Manager at Whistler Olympic Park during the 2010 Vancouver Games. 2011 saw Peter back in the thick of the world of sports photography as Deputy Photo Manager for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with Bob Martin, formerly of Sports Illustrated. Peter is currently working as the Photo Services Manager for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and continues to shoot major sports event for USA Today Sports Pictures.

Peter is available for talks and slide shows to any interested groups in Ontario. Please e-mail with details of your organization.

Peter runs a series of photography workshops covering all aspects of both photography and photographic computer skills. Details of some exciting new workshops will be posted soon. You can also join Peter on one of his Photo Tours, traveling to various locations worldwide with small groups of photographers.

If you are in the Toronto area and want to attend one of his events – he will be at a Vistek-sponsored show on October 15 & 16, 2014. Check out the following website for details: www.profusionexpo.com.

Peter can be reached via his website www.peterllewellyn.com and on Twitter: @PeterLPhotos.

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Episode 93: Jordan Strofolino

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Jordan Strofolino is a Toronto-based comedian who looks at the world through a very unique lens. His comedy ranges from observational humour about current events to outrageous characters to hosting duties at a variety of events. There are no boundaries with Jordan when it comes to making people laugh, even when his parents are sitting in the front row. He enjoys creating new types of comedy shows that introduce audiences to emerging comics and different kinds of performers.

From the first time Paul saw Jordan perform, he wanted to have him as a guest on the podcast. Although Paul was prepared for just about anything, Jordan exceeded all expectations with some very outrageous stories.

Twitter: @Strofolino

Facebook: Jordan Strofolino’s Comedy Circus

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Episode 92: Kelly Okamura

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Kelly Okamura is a design industry consultant and marketer of qualitative global trend services. She has 20+ years of experience in the field that includes marketing, management, fashion journalism, pr/communications.

Since 1993, Kelly has worked with leading international trend and colour forecasting services. As the Canadian marketing agent for ESP TrendLab, New York, Kelly is the liaison between Canadian companies and a global community of elite trend trackers.

A former fashion editor and writer she has contributed to a number of trade related publications, and provides independent fashion and trend direction to her clients. In addition to seasonal presentations to individual companies, she has been a key speaker to national trade associations and lectured at the post secondary level.

Formerly a director with the charity Windfall Clothing Service that provides new clothes to 80 social service agencies in the Greater Toronto Area, Kelly is committed to innovative product development via iterative design processes under the GooderGoods platform.

Paul was excited to speak with Kelly about her fascinating career and the direction she is heading in the future.

For more information, check out Kelly’s website: gooderGoods.ca.

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Episode 91: Geoff Doner

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Geoff is a classically trained pianist, vocalist, drummer, guitar player, keyboard player and player of curious found objects. He is the co-founder of The Bureau of Power and Light, which is an artist collective of diverse creative warriors with a mission to promote self-awareness, death awareness and social responsibly through multi-media projects, events and installations.

MAGT is the first project to emerge from the Bureau of Power and Light. Formed in 2012 by Geoff, Mikela Jay, Andrea Battersby and Troy Jackson, MAGT was born of the need to economize and channel the creative energies of its four founding members into a force for social change. MAGT aims to intentionally participate in pop culture in order to promote the concepts behind the Bureau of Power and Light. They encourage letting one’s imagination run wild, while exploring the infinite possibilities of a meaningful life when one is grounded in compassion and empathy.

Paul found this to be a fascinating conversation that covered everything from music to exploring self-awareness to talking about death. Not to be missed. Included in the episode is the song Overcast Sky, by MAGT.

To learn more about The Bureau of Power and Light, visit the website:

http://www.bureauofpowerandlight.com

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Episode 90: Stephanie Van Veen

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Walking into work for the first day at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, Pj noticed a familiar face. Stephanie Van Veen is a former junior national level ice dancer who earned a degree in Kinesiology from Western University in London, Ontario. She decided on a Master’s degree from the University of British Columbia in Sports Sociology which she completed focusing on the impact the new ISU judging system has had on gender stereotypes and movement styles in figure skating.

The last time Pj and Stephanie had seen each other was when she was still a teenager, so once Pj heard about the focus of her Master’s thesis, she thought this kind of academic analysis would be interesting not only for the skating fans but for Open Kwong Dore listeners as well.

When she left high school, Stephanie was recruited by the Western track team to run cross-country. As an elite athlete in figure skating and cross-country running, Stephanie brings unique insights to this topic from her experience as an athlete turned academic and researcher.

This interview has as much substance as the style it talks about.

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Episode 89: Stefan Hostetter

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Stefan Hostetter is a graduate of Environmental Studies and Philosophy from the University of Toronto. Stefan co-produces, along with Daryn Caister, the Green Majority radio program on CIUT 89.5 and is the co-founder and executive director of The Green Society Campaign.

The Green Majority started as a radio show on CIUT 89.5 FM back in 2006, and is today still going strong. The radio show (and podcast) is nationally syndicated on more than 18 campus and community stations across the country, reaching more than 50,000 weekly listeners and is Canada’s only environmental news hour on radio. The Green Majority seeks to reintroduce our inherent and inescapable connection with the natural world into our daily discourse so that we might live more sustainable and happy lives.

Stefan is also the co-founder and executive director of The Green Society Campaign, which works to bring environmentalism into mainstream culture and ingrain the tenants of sustainability into the fabric of our society. They envision a world that embraces sustainability as a core value and understands environmental problems as actual threats to human life rather than political issues that can be affirmed or denied. That is a society where environmentalism is not a peripheral moral obligation, but an avenue for interacting more effectively and efficiently with our physical world. Through video projects and blog discussion, they hope to provide tools for thinking seriously about environment and its relation to culture, politics and society today.

Paul sat down with Stefan at the Centre for Social Innovation and talked about radio, environmental issues and The Peoples Climate March happening this September in New York City. To learn more about this special event happening in September, please visit the website: toronto350.org.

For more information on The Green Majority:

Website: greenmajority.ca

Facebook: thegreenmajority

Twitter: @greenmajority

YouTube: youtube.com/user/TheGreenMajority

For more information on The Green Society Campaign:

Website: greensocietycampaign.org

Facebook: GreenSocietyCampaign

Twitter: @GSCampaign

Follow Stefan on Twitter: @Steho_

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Episode 88: Rob Shirkey

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Rob Shirkey is a lawyer from Toronto, Canada. Prior to launching Our Horizon, Rob operated a private practice in downtown Toronto. He also has experience as an Assistant City Solicitor and Prosecutor. Before completing his law degree, Rob studied business, economics, and psychology at the undergraduate level. He graduated with distinction and was the university valedictorian. Rob’s goal in life is simple: when a kid asks him, “What did you do to stop climate change?” he just wants to be able to look that kid in the eye and honestly say he did everything he could.

Rob launched Our Horizon in 2013. Unlike many environmental organizations, Our Horizon does not solely blame industry. Their position is that we each share responsibility for this tragedy; indeed, it is the decisions that we each make on a daily basis that shape our collective reality and make such tragedies possible. When it comes to the big issues like climate change, the uncomfortable truth is that we are all responsible. It is only when we acknowledge our role in this unsustainable system that we will be able to take meaningful steps to create a much more desirable future.

Paul was excited to speak with Rob at the Centre for Social Innovation about Our Horizon, his personal reasons for starting the organization and how to tackle large environmental issues one step at a time.

To learn more about Our Horizon’s initiatives, including the campaign to put warning labels on gas pump nozzles, check out the links below.

Website: ourhorizon.org

Facebook: facebook.com/OurHorizonOrg

Twitter: @OurHorizonOrg

Rob: @robshirkey

For more information on Our Horizon’s change.org petition about putting climate change warning labels on gas pumps, click on this LINK.

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Episode 87: Lindsay Fischer, Part Two

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You didn’t have to ask Pj twice to continue the conversation with ballet world insider Lindsay Fischer.

In this second episode of the Open Kwong Dore podcast featuring Lindsay, he and Pj talk a lot about the influence and impact he is having on younger dancers. They also talk about Lindsay’s current project as the Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada’s outreach program called YOU Dance that introduces young people to the world of dance and ballet.

For  more information about Lindsay, the National Ballet of Canada or YOU Dance, please visit the following websites:

Twitter: @nationalballet

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nationalballet

Instagram instagram.com/nationalballet

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/nationalballetcanada

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Episode 86: Lindsay Fischer, Part One

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Paul and Pj thought that there would be unmistakable parallels between the figure skating and ballet worlds but it was going to take the perspective of a ballet insider to bring that out.

Enter Lindsay Fischer.

Lindsay’s remarkable story starts in the United States where attending a performance of Die Fledermaus as a very young boy gave him the notion that he wanted to dance. His talent ultimately led him to the National Ballet School in Toronto where he completed high school and furthered his dance education. Lindsay’s next step was the world of professional dance starting in Portugal and moving on to the Dutch National and New York City ballet companies as a principal dancer.

His next phase professionally was as part of the artistic staff at the National Ballet School where he also developed and managed a program to assist young dancers in making the transition from school to professional dancer. More mentoring and teaching opportunities were in store for Lindsay: he became the Director of the Professional Summer Dance program in Banff in 2008; a program where dancers are nominated by their company to come and participate in an intensive 4 week professional development session followed by a one week session of performances. He has also assumed responsibility as the Artistic Director of the National Ballet’s outreach program called YOU Dance.

We are thrilled to present this podcast as a two-part interview with next week’s conversation focusing a lot of attention on YOU dance and Lindsay’s outstanding record as an inspiration and mentor to young dancers.

If you would like more information about Lindsay Fischer and YOU Dance or you would like to find out how to contribute to this effort – please visit: www.youdancecanada.ca or  www.national.ballet.ca.

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Episode 85: Parapan Am Games

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With Pj working for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games and the One Year Countdown fast approaching for the TO2015 Parapan Am Games, she and Paul decided it might be fun to go behind the scenes to see what was going on.

One of the cooler things is the launch of a video that was produced featuring Para athletes including wheelchair basketball’s David Eng.The video is premiering on the www.toronto2015.org website Thursday on August 7th and will also be available here on Open Kwong Dore. You can find it on Twitter where it will be promoted using the hashtag #areyouready being tweeted from @TO2015.

In this podcast, you’ll get the chance to hear from:

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Jaye Milley, Para-cyclist

Teddy Katz, Director of Media Relations and TO2015 Games Spokesperson and former CBCer about some of his favourite memories from decades of covering international sporting events.

Tracy Schmitt- Manager of Parapan Planning and Integration – talking about life as a four-way amputee, what she knows as an aspiring 2016 Paralympic sailor and creating the best Games possible.

Kristina Molloy – Director of Parapan Planning and Integration – talking about not only these Games but creating new and innovative adaptive equipment for para rowing while she was a coach.

Michelle Tovizi – an aspiring 14 year old Parapan swimmer who has made it to Canada’s ‘long list’ from which Canada’s swim team will be named to the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games.

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Danielle Kisser, Swimmer

Chelsey Gotell - Coordinator Sport and Athlete Relations – Chelsey is an accomplished athlete in her own right having won 17 medals in her competitive career which included 5 Gold (3 in Paralympic swimming and 2 more in Parapan swimming).

This podcast features a unique perspective; not only into the planning of the Parapan Am Games but also what it’s like to be an athlete at the highest level.

For more information on the Parapan Am Games: www.toronto2015.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/toronto2015.

Check out the new video featuring Parapan Am hopefuls Danielle Kisser, Jaye Milley and David Eng. Directed by Vikram Dasgupta, the video features unforgettable images of strength, focus and determination.

 

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Episode 84: Patrick Chan

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What do you say about a three-time World champion and now two-time Olympic Silver medallist? LOTS! Patrick Chan sat down with Pj to talk about his life since the Olympics, figure skating in general and where he is headed in the future.

In the course of everyday writing and blogging, Pj doesn’t always get the chance to spend a lot of time with the athletes. Patrick and Pj sat for about 45 minutes and allowed the conversation to flow naturally from topic to topic.

If you want to know more about one of the world’s skating living legends, this podcast is for you.

Patrick Chan can be followed on Twitter @PChiddy. He also has a website that you can check out: www.patrickchan.ca.

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Episode 83: Rob Salem

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What Pj didn’t know when she walked into an event recently for a high school friend’s book was that she would be running into former high school classmate and TV critic extraordinaire Rob Salem. That’s the cool thing about having a podcast, you have an excuse to catch a conversation with some of the world’s most interesting people and Rob Salem certainly qualifies.

Rob Salem’s bio for the Toronto Star, where he has enjoyed a 35+ year career, describes him this way: “Rob Salem, the Toronto Star’s television critic, describes his column as the print equivalent of inviting him into your home and handing over the remote control . . . without having to feed him.” Funny right?

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Pj found out that Rob is as candid (not to mention entertaining) about his own life as he is in the opinions he shares about TV and movies. That same candour can be seen in the blog he writes called Salem’s Lot which can be found here: robsalem.blogspot.ca. If you want to follow him on Twitter he’s @robsalem and he has a wildly popular YouTube channel. Although we may know him best as a TV critic, he is also a writer, actor and frequent guest on radio and TV talking about all kinds of popular culture.

It suffices to say that Rob ‘knows people’ so to get the chance to hear about some of his many encounters with legends of the large and small screen is a rare and very entertaining treat.

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Episode 82: The Walking Man

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Paul-Dore-Walking-ManThe Walking Man starts out lost in the deserts of Jordan. The novel explores the life of the main character – someone very similar to the author – and attempts to make sense of a tumultuous year. After the deterioration of his relationship, the unnamed main character turns the lens on himself in an attempt to understand why his life failed to measure up to the hopes and dreams of his younger self. Joining him on this journey is ninety-three year old Mary, an old family friend. She becomes the catalyst of change and soon they find themselves hitting the road, the man walking and Mary on her scooter. Based on many of the author’s own experiences, the work is a novel that mixes reality and fiction. The act of walking is the thread holding the story of heartbreak, friendship and understanding family history together. Each chapter pushes the story forward by including a walk undertaken during times of confusion, comedy, crisis and the desire to work out the internal self. An unusual and unforgettable duo, join them as they walk and roll towards understanding their friendship and the value of exchanging stories.

The Walking Man is the first novel by Paul Dore, yes, the same Paul that usually co-hosts and co-produces this podcast. Pj wanted to interview Paul about the publishing of the book, the innovative way it is being distributed through Iguana Books and his Pubslush campaign and to have a conversation from one writer to another. Paul and Pj decided to talk about The Walking Man while out for a walk. Seemed appropriate. Watch the introduction video for the campaign below.

The Walking Man Pubslush campaign: thewalkingman.pubslush.com.

Paul on Twitter: @jeffreypauldore.

Paul on Facebook: facebook.com/jeffreypauldore.

Paul’s website: pauldore.com.

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Episode 81: Tonya Surman

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Tonya Surman is a social entrepreneur, community animator and mayhem choreographer. With a passion for bringing to life world-changing projects, Tonya is the founding CEO of the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), a co-working space, community and launchpad for people who are changing the world, with three locations in Toronto and a location in New York City. CSI provides its members with the tools they need to accelerate their success and amplify their social impact.

Tonya’s work fundamentally embodies collaboration, entrepreneurship and change. The Centre for Social Innovation is the first of its kind in the world – a pioneer in the co-working movement, a driver behind the move toward social enterprise and most recently, an innovator in the creation of a citizen-based Community Bond – a practical social finance tool that was created to purchase CSI Annex – CSI’s second location. Since then, CSI has launched its own crowdfunding platform – Catalyst – and Catapult, a microloan program for social enterprise.

Tonya co-founded and chaired the Ontario Nonprofit Network for 5 years, is a founding trustee in the Toronto Awesome Foundation and has been a leader within the Ontario Social Economy Roundtable and the Social Enterprise Council of Canada. Tonya was instrumental in the replication of the Enterprising Nonprofits Program in Toronto and the rollout of Tech Soup Canada, among other initiatives.

Previous to CSI, Tonya was the founding Partnership Director for the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment, whose work, in part, led to a new legislative framework to manage chemicals and the banning of BPA in baby bottles. Tonya has been creating and leading social ventures since 1987 and has built her body of knowledge around multi-sectoral collaboration and entrepreneurship for social change.

Paul joined the Centre for Social Innovation as a member a few months ago and has benefitted from the space immensely. He was excited to sit down with Tonya and learn the history of CSI, her role in building the core concepts of the organization and what motivates her to innovate.

Follow Tonya on Twitter: @tonyasurman.

Centre for Social Innovation’s website: socialinnovation.ca.

CSI on Facebook: facebook.com/centreforsocialinnovation.

CSI on Twitter (Toronto): @csiTO.

CSI on Twitter (New York): @csiSL.

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Episode 80: Ryan Stevens

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The best thing about being involved with the skating community for Pj is the chance to get to know fans on a one to one basis. Ryan Stevens is just one of those people.

The best thing about Ryan Stevens is that he decided to return to figure skating as a writer. Ryan’s blog skateguard1.blogspot.ca is a great source of information about past and present skaters. Ryan’s ability to capture the essence of the person in his interviews is first-rate.

As Pj and Ryan became friends via the internet, it occurred to Pj that Ryan would make a great podcast subject. Ryan agreed and the conversation was wonderful. The subjects ranged from skating and Ryan’s previous incarnation as a skater to his plans for a Salute to Canada theme for the month of July on his blog. Ryan was also willing to talk about another phase of his professional life when he was a drag queen.

If you want to know more about this very interesting and quite hilarious man you can follow him on Twitter @ohh_n and find him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SkateGuard.

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Episode 79: Kevin Kennedy

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Kevin Kennedy is the man behind Tallboys – Craft Beer House, Pitch: Talks on Baseball and The Big Smoke Bands & Brews Festival. In his spare time he also manages Toronto indie outfit Army Girls. He is also the founder and Creative Director of Swingman Live, a full-service event production company specializing in promotion, marketing and management. With Swingman Live, Kevin works directly with non-profits, government, artists, entrepreneurs, corporations and start-up companies.

Prior to founding Swingman and Tallboys, Kevin spent time in several professions including corporate communications, teaching, journalism and banking. His diverse professional experience led to a role on the communications team for Canada at the London 2012 Olympics.

Paul was excited to sit down with Kevin and get his experiences on building a business, his perspective on what it takes to be an entrepreneur and beer, or more specifically, Ontario craft beer.

Stop by Tallboys for a beer and some great food at 838 Bloor Street West.

Website: tallboyscraft.com

Twitter: @tallboysbar

Facebook: facebook.com/tallboysbar

Or check out Kevin’s work with Swingman Live: swingmanlive.com.

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Episode 78: Amanda Barbara

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Amanda Barbara is the Vice President and co-founder of Pubslush, a global crowdfunding and analytics platform for the literary world. A philanthropist at heart, she serves on the board of directors for the Pubslush Foundation, which supports children’s literacy initiatives worldwide, and is a founder and director of The Barbara Family Foundation, an organization committed to assisting charities and children in need. Amanda is member of the Young Entrepreneur Council and is an advocate for crowdfunding in the publishing world. She has spoken at various conferences, such as Writer’s Digest, Exceptional Women in Publishing, Crowdfunding East Conference, and the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit, and has served as an ambassador and speaker at CONTEC at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Amanda has also contributed to Elite Daily, Yahoo Small Business, and Tech Cocktail.

Pubslush is located in New York City and Paul happened to be traveling there for other reasons. Through his publisher Iguana Books, Paul was able to setup this fascinating interview with Amanda. The conversation ranges from discussing new models of publishing to how the relationship has changed between the reader and writer. A discussion on the cutting edge of the publishing world.

Amanda and the wonderful people from Pubslush have given our listeners the opportunity to download a free ebook about crowd funding. Sign up for an account using the promo code crowdfund1 to receive The Guide: Tips To Successful Crowdfunding, an informative manual created by Pubslush for their authors.

Pubslush online:

Website: pubslush.com

Twitter: @pubslush

Facebook: facebook.com/PUBSLUSH

Follow Amanda on Twitter: @AmandaBabs1

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Episode 77: Helen Croza

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Pj is lucky to have friendships that go back decades, like the one with Somatic psychotherapist Helen Croza, whom she’s known since being a teenager.

Helen started her career in the field of massage therapy a little over 30 years ago and it was there that she discovered that the relationship people had with their bodies was at the root of many problems. With a keen interest in healing, Helen was prompted to continue her education culminating in a Master’s degree.

Her practice is focused on life coaching, wellness and psychotherapy for her clients, the majority of whom are women. Helen is a sought after speaker and webinarist (Pj’s word for people who offer webinars! lol!).

From Helen’s website: “My passion and mission is to help women attain a healthier relationship with their body and themselves by addressing their Emotional Health; to support women in finding a kinder, more peaceful and compassionate way of being with themselves.”

That kind of attitude goes a long way to helping someone feel better about themselves.

For more information, visit her website www.helencroza.com and sign up for her no obligation newsletter. Helen can also be found on Twitter @HCroza and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/healthcounsellingforwomen.

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Episode 76: David Dore, Part Two

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Here is the second part of Pj’s interview with another Dore, Paul’s father David. While in Toronto receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Central Ontario Section, Pj grabbed the opportunity to sit down with David for an extended interview.

David was introduced to figure skating as therapy to regain his ability to walk after nearly losing his life to polio. He soon developed a love for the sport that would become a huge part of his life. David’s first figure skating coach, Wally Distelmeyer, taught him to love a sport, and to celebrate every moment with enthusiasm. From Sheldon Galbraith, his second coach, he learned to respect what the sport was, and to strive for excellence. He achieved the gold level and competed at the National Championships. At university, he turned from competitive skating to judging where he rose quickly officiating at seven World Championships and the 1984 Olympic Games.

In 1980 he became the youngest president of the Canadian Figure Skating Association (now Skate Canada) Board of Directors bringing fresh enthusiasm to the organization. Four years later, David accepted the staff position of Director General, a place he would hold until 2002. During his tenure he developed the National Team program, created the Athlete’s Trust and developed successful marketing and television concepts. In 2000, the International Olympic Committee presented David with the Olympic Order, its highest honour, for his contribution to sport in the global community. In 2008 he was inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame and the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 2010.

This half of the conversation deals with David’s work as the Vice President of the International Skating Union. Not to be missed.

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Episode 75: David Dore, Part One

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This interview was so jammed packed full of insightful information that it’s split it into two parts. The subject of these two episodes is another Dore, Paul’s father David. While in Toronto receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Central Ontario Section, Pj grabbed the opportunity to sit down with David for an extended interview.

David was introduced to figure skating as therapy to regain his ability to walk after nearly losing his life to polio. He soon developed a love for the sport that would become a huge part of his life. David’s first figure skating coach, Wally Distelmeyer, taught him to love a sport, and to celebrate every moment with enthusiasm. From Sheldon Galbraith, his second coach, he learned to respect what the sport was, and to strive for excellence. He achieved the gold level and competed at the National Championships. At university, he turned from competitive skating to judging where he rose quickly officiating at seven World Championships and the 1984 Olympic Games.

In 1980 he became the youngest president of the Canadian Figure Skating Association (now Skate Canada) Board of Directors bringing fresh enthusiasm to the organization. Four years later, David accepted the staff position of Director General, a place he would hold until 2002. During his tenure he developed the National Team program, created the Athlete’s Trust and developed successful marketing and television concepts. In 2000, the International Olympic Committee presented David with the Olympic Order, its highest honour, for his contribution to sport in the global community. In 2008 he was inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame and the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 2010. David is currently the International Skating Union’s Vice-President.

This very special conversation reveals many details about David’s history, his contributions to the sport and what skating has meant to his life. Not to be missed.

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Episode 74: Deanna Wright

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If clothes make the man (or woman) then that must go double for figure skaters. The people responsible for the ‘look’ that skaters appear in on the ice is the handiwork of Deanna Wright. Deanna’s professional life has meandered from teaching high school to creating fashion looks for children’s wear and, subsequently, uniform ensembles prior to coming home to figure skating. The intimate understanding of what makes a good skating costume has its roots in Deanna’s early life as a figure skater in a suburban Toronto club.

When Pj and Deanna first met it was in the halls of the Mississauga Skating Club where Pj was coaching and Deanna had been contracted to produce costumes for the annual ice show. It wasn’t long after that Deanna opened a retail store: DressWright on Ice, where she sold skating equipment, supplies and skating wear. Currently the majority of Deanna’s professional life is taken up by dressing choruses, whose membership can push over 100 people, and numerous Synchronized skating teams.  She is called on frequently to design outfits for competitive skaters and has also worked with marketing companies to bring their costumes to life. This is an interesting conversation in particular for anyone curious about the creative process of taking an idea from concept to sketchpad to skaters or singers in competition.

If you want more information go to www.dresswright.com or follow Deanna on Twitter at @DressWright.

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Episode 73: Mysterion the Mindreader

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Since watching the Amazing Kreskin on television as a child, Mysterion has dedicated his time to the study of the unknown. He has found the real answers to many paranormal mysteries and now demonstrates them live for entertainment purposes.

Audiences have been blown away as their thoughts are revealed in a showcase of magic that borders on the impossible. They watch in awe as he bends and contorts spoons, reads minds and performs magic while blindfolded. Time and time again, audiences are amazed by Mysterion’s high energy program of comedy mentalism and magic.

Mysterion has one main mission: To share his love of making you wonder. A self proclaimed PhD in ESP, The Doctor of Mentalism performs feats of magic, creating awe in even the biggest skeptic.

Connect with Mysterion the Mindreader:

Website: mysterionthemindreader.com

Facebook: facebook.com/MysterionTheMindreader

Twitter: @DrMysterion

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Episode 72: Susie McGrigor

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Susie McGrigor is a well-known Canadian choreographer who worked with Paul as a skater and with Pj on the very first show number for breast cancer fundraising initiative Ice Nightmare.

Pj wanted to reconnect with her old friend because of her interesting and unique perspectives on figure skating, art, choreography and life.

Susie got her start on the ice in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Raised by a single mom who wanted to know where her daughter was after school, Susie fell in love with skating. Her talent led her to a stint on an ice show and then working professionally as an in-demand skating choreographer where she has worked with skaters in all disciplines including synchronized teams and shows.

This interview goes from funny to serious to thoughtful and back to funny. If you are interested in some skating insight then this conversation is for you. If you want to be in touch with Susie, drop us a note at contact @ openkwongdore.com and we’ll forward it to her.

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Episode 71: Mello Ayo & Paul Dore

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There’s always something different going on here at the podcast. It’s the great advantage with this medium: the loose structure allows us to play with the format. Mello is our first return guest, but he came with the idea of turning the tables as he wanted to interview Paul. An intriguing idea, as Paul so enjoyed conversing with Mello that the dialogue has continued off the mics. Enjoy this episode with guest interviewer Mello Ayo where we talk about film and writing.

Mello Ayo is a poet and spoken word artist. Born in Jamaica, he currently lives in Toronto. Mello has published a poetry collection called Love Rhapsodies and Blues and released the album Water Carrier, which is based on After Dark: The Anatomy of a People’s Struggle. When listening and reading Mello’s words, one can’t help being carried away by his charisma, intelligence and the transformative power of his authentic voice. Mello writes with a respect for history while trying to understand how we can find hope in the future.

This episode is an extension of Mello’s earlier interview, which can be found by clicking on the link below:

Episode Forty-Four: Mello Ayo

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Episode 70: Dr. Sarah Pash

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Pj is pretty proud of the little cousin she used to babysit. Dr. Sarah Pash not only recently defended her PhD dissertation in Education, but she did it while continuing to raise four children with husband Brian Dioszeghy.

The start of her career was in teaching, and evolved into a passion for education with a special interest in marginalized students. Her dissertation focused on student engagement on reserve schools.

In this interesting interview, we get a slice of Cree culture, of northern education, the students and what challenges are specific to that part of the world.

Sarah Pash is now the Director of Programs at Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in Northern Quebec and makes her home with her family in Chibougamau.

If you would like more information, follow Sarah on Twitter @Sarah_Pash.

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Episode 69: Daniel Clay

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Daniel Clay is the author of the novel Broken, which was published by Curtis Brown and nominated for The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and The Commonwealth Writers’ Best Debut Novel Award. Broken was adapted into a movie starring Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy and premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

The book is a coming of age story that revolves around a neighbourhood in the British suburbs. Eleven year old Skunk lives with her father Archie, older brother Jed and au pair Kasia. Next door live the Oswald’s: a father and his many daughters. Skunk witnesses a horrible beating that Mr. Oswald gives to a neighbouring boy and this sets off a chain of events that change their lives forever. The themes and stories in the book create an authentic portrait of friendship, families, mental illness and addiction.

This is a special episode of the podcast for Paul. From the moment he started reading Broken a few years ago, he was hooked and it turned into one of his favourite books. Very seldom does a great book make a great movie, but the film adaptation of Broken successfully captures the essence of the novel. The tone was expertly displayed and all the actors turned out remarkable performances. Daniel runs a website where he helps writers with their submissions to publishing companies and agents. Before the podcast existed, Paul contacted Daniel to ask for some advice about publishing and his thoughts on Paul’s work were very appreciated and encouraging. It was quite a thrilling opportunity to extend an invitation to Daniel to appear on the podcast.

Find Daniel on Twitter @danielclaywrite.

Visit Daniel’s website: danielclaywriter.co.uk.

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Episode 68: Alexander Orlov

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When Pj arrived at the Wheelchair Curling venue she knew she would be working with Alexander Orlov as her Russian co-announcer. What she didn’t know was that he was as entrenched in curling as she is in figure skating. Warm, friendly and generous, he gave her insight into a sport she didn’t know much about. When Pj noticed that he spent every spare moment working on his computer, she wondered what else he was up to.

It turns out that Alexander, or Sasha as Pj called him, runs the biggest curling website in Russia. He has also turned his attention to selling curling products in an online store. Sasha doesn’t limit his interest in the sport to writing or selling curling products, he is also an athlete and national curling champion preparing for the World Championships representing Kazakhstan.

Pj was interested in speaking with Sasha to gain some insight into the life of a young entrepreneur in Russia.

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Episode 67: Kate Caithness

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Kate Caithness began curling in the 1980s, playing for the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. From 1997 to 1998, she served as the president of the Club’s ladies branch, later representing the Club at the World Curling Federation. At the World Curling Federation, Caithness promoted wheelchair curling, helping make it a Paralympic sport in 2006 in Turin.

Caithness served on the International Paralympic Committee’s Sports Council Management Committee from 2005 to 2009, and on the Paralympic Games Committee from 2006 to 2009. In 2006, Caithness was elected Vice-President, and in 2010 President, of the World Curling Federation. She is the first female president of the World Curling Federation, as well as the first female president of any Olympic Winter Sports Federation.

Pj caught up with Kate at the Paralympic Games in Sochi and talked about, you guessed it, curling.

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Episode 66: Ines Marchand

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Armed conflict in Colombia has been going on for a long time and the use of child soldiers has been one of the more heartbreaking by-products.

According a Save the Children fact sheet from 2008:

For more than 40 years Colombia has suffered from civil war, poverty, insecurity, corruption and drug trafficking. Of its 45 million people, 40% are children. Children are constant targets of the conflict, either directly when they are murdered, kidnapped, tortured, or forced to fight, or indirectly when they lose their families, homes and access to education and health services.

General:  Colombia is marked by sharp socio-economic inequalities. With a GINI coefficient [1] of 0.575 it finds itself amongst the most unequal societies worldwide. 64% of the population lives below the national poverty line (World Bank). More than 4 million people, 9% of its population, have been forcibly displaced since 1985 due to its civil war, making it the second biggest internally displaced population after Sudan.

This displacement has also made Colombia the most serious and persistent humanitarian crisis outside Africa (CODHES).

Protection:  There are currently between an estimated 11,000 and 14,000 child soldiers in Colombia serving for both guerrilla and paramilitary groups.  This places Colombia third in the world for reliance on child soldiers, following Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least one in every four irregular combatants in Colombia’s civil war is under eighteen years old (Human Rights Watch).

In this candid and fascinating podcast, Pj and guest Ines Marchand talk about Colombia and Ines’ healing work with people on both side of the conflict:  child soldiers and their victims.

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Episode 65: Robert Fothergill

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Born in England in 1941, and educated at Downing College, Cambridge, Robert Fothergill came to Canada in 1963 to pursue graduate work at McMaster University and the University of Toronto. His PhD dissertation was published as Private Chronicles: a Study of English Diaries by Oxford University Press in 1974. After teaching for many years in the English Department of Atkinson College at York University, he joined the Department of Theatre in the Faculty of Fine Arts in 1994, serving as Chair for five years.

An early play, Something To Do, won a prize in a one-act play competition at the University of Toronto in 1965, but for a number of years he was more involved in film, founding the Canadian Filmmakers’ Distribution Centre in 1967, with Lorne Michaels and David Cronenberg, and making the controversial TV news simulation, “Countdown Canada,” in 1970.

Paul talked with Robert mainly about four of his plays: Detaining Mr. Trotsky (1987), Public Lies (1993), The Dershowitz Protocol (2003) and Borderline (2004). These plays were published in the book, Public Lies and Other Plays. A fascinating conversation about the value of re-creating the past in historical fiction and the political and societal mirror his plays provide for the audience.

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Episode 64: Al Tompkins

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There is something to be said about being able to talk the talk but only if you have ever really walked the walk. Al Tompkins is a trainer whose career sees him going around the world counselling reporters and web types on how to maximize their presence and be effective storytellers. This only works because of his 24 years as a news guy doing everything from photojournalism to reporting to news directing to special projects/investigations producer to documentary filmmaking. All of this and a huge number of prestigious awards including the National Emmy, the Peabody Award (group award), the Japan Prize, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel for Court Reporting, seven National Headliner Awards, two Iris Awards and the Robert F. Kennedy Award among many others to boot. He is senior faculty at the Poynter Institute and the author of Aim for the Heart: A Guide for TV Producers and Reporters. Pj and Al met during a training session at CBC for the Olympic writers and she was thrilled (and a little intimidated) to be able to capture this man’s fascinating story in this podcast interview.

Check out the Poynter Institute’s website: poynter.org.

Al can be followed on Twitter @atompkins.

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Episode 63: Dr. Jane Moran

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Sometimes back hallway conversations can lead to the most interesting podcast opportunities. Pj has known Dr. Jane Moran for over 10 years and it was just such an occasion that brought this podcast to light.

Dr. Moran is the chair of the ISU’s Medical Commission, a position she has held since 1999. In November, she was chosen as the representative on the the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports’ Federations on the IOC’s Medical Commission’s Games Group.

As passionate as she is about sport, it is even more important to her that sport is clean and all about fair play. What this means is looking for and going after those who cheat. In this enlightening interview, Pj and Jane talk about the different approaches to anti-doping and what it means to be able to encourage the Olympic ideal of Faster -Higher – Stronger. Jane strives to ensure that each athlete is doing their own best without the aid of illegal or banned substances for performance enhancement.

For more information about anti-doping and the list of banned substances, check out this link at the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) website HERE.

If you’ve ever wondered about how and why anti-doping works; this interview is for you. With thanks to Dr. Jane Moran for taking time out of an already overloaded schedule.

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Episode 62: Sochi, Part Three

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Paul and Pj wrap their trilogy of podcast episodes from Sochi. On this segment, they talk about favourite Olympic moments, the difference between the Olympics and ParaOlympics, more behind the scenes television talk and how to be interviewed on Russian television.

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Episode 61: Sochi, Part Two

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Paul and Pj once again report back from Sochi, Russia at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. For this short episode, Pj talks about how she was asked to be the French announcer for the medal ceremonies at Olympic Medals Plaza. Paul reveals more about his position with the Olympic Broadcasting Services and the excitement when things go a little off script. Stay tuned for more episodes from Sochi!

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Episode 60: Sochi, Part One

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The Winter Games in Sochi marks Pj’s sixth trip to the Olympics as an announcer. A few months ago, Paul got hired by the Olympic Broadcasting Service to help out with instant replays. even though Paul and Pj were both going to be at the Olympics for a number of weeks, they realized that the podcast must go on! So, they decided to do some short episodes right from Sochi. In this first episode, Pj and Paul share their travel stories, discuss the competition and talk about their roles at the Olympics.

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Episode 59: Donald Jackson

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Pj wanted to sit down with Donald Jackson to talk to him about his legendary skating life and career. As the first man to ever execute a triple Lutz in competition at Worlds in Prague in 1962, Don went down in the history books. He moved on to a long and illustrious show career after winning a World title in 1962 and an Olympic Bronze medal in 1960. Warm and humble, this conversation will give you insight into what it was like to be a skater from that era and what skating is like today.

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Episode 58: Tricia Lee

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Tricia Lee grew up in Toronto and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the Film and Video specialized Honours program at York University. She traveled to England to study Media Production at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and worked in L.A. for a year. Tricia owns her own production company A Film Monkey Production Inc., through which she has produced and directed several award-winning films. She directed her first feature Clean Break with Dark Hope Entertainment and Geordie Sabbagh Productions in 2011 and her second feature, Silent Retreat, in 2012.

Other past projects include Searching For Wonder, winner of the Reel Asian Charles Street Video Pitch Award, Bravo!FACT grant and NFB FAP award. Paper Tulips for YTV through the CFTPA Corus Young Filmmaker Initiative. The Bravo!FACT Marv Freetell’s Wedding Day which won a Special Jury Award at Houston Worldfest. She won The N Youth Drama Pitch at the Banff Television Festival and the Kodak Audience Choice Award for the TV series pitch Waiting in the Wings. Tricia placed second at the SUNTV Convergence Pitch at the WIFT Summit for her Street Racing PSA that offered mentorship to youth. She was selected to participate in the NBC Universal Development Incubator for the feature script Lost Souls. She has also worked as a field producer / director for Kids CBC and Fraud Squad on Discovery Channel and produced the Ontario Arts Council short The Old Ways, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Paul was excited to talk with this very accomplished filmmaker about her career thus far, her feature films and where she’s headed in the future.

Check out trailers and other information about Tricia’s films on her website: filmmonkey.ca.

Like her work on Facebook.

Follow her on Twitter @Filmmonkey_ca.

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Episode 57: David Wilson

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Pj and choreographer to skating’s elite David Wilson have known each other for a very long time. Much of the time when they meet during skating season, it is to talk about the sport they both love. In this fascinating conversation, Pj gets David to talk about his life beyond the boards. A self-acknowledged shy person, David’s childhood was simultaneously filled with the love and support from his parents and the loathing and bullying of some of his classmates. He lays bare the pain and the triumph of a life filled with no regrets – actually only one regret and that was not learning the art of self-defence as a child. Pj’s conversation takes place in David’s home where he is nursing back to health his beloved dog Hunter who is on the comeback trail after having surgery to repair a herniated disc. Intelligent, gentle, warm and no pushover, David Wilson is an enigma and this conversation is fascinating whether or not you are a skating fan.

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Episode 56: Dick Bezic

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With the help of his daughter Sandra Bezic, Pj got the chance to sit down and talk to her father Dick Bezic about his many adventures on his way to emigrating to Canada in 1950. A survivor of the second World War, Bezic was bounced around from refugee camps in Italy, Egypt and Palestine before finally making it to Toronto. A proud Croatian-Canadian, he candidly speaks about his own immigrant experience and being a founding member of Our Lady Queen of Croatia Church in Toronto among many other projects. Pj and Dick are joined on this podcast by Bezic’s grandson and McGill English student Dean Ricci, who spent the better part of 8 months refining the English translation of his grandfather’s memoirs. Talk about bringing history to life – this podcast offers a unique perspective on a challenging time.

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Episode 55: Petra Burka

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Petra Burka is the 1965 World Figure Skating Champion, 1964 Olympic bronze medalist and the first woman to complete a triple Salchow in competition.

Osborne Colson advised Petra’s mother, the legendary Ellen Burka, that she should take a look at her daughter’s talent. Petra started skating lessons at the age of 10 and her talent and work ethic propelled her to the top of the podium. In addition to her skating triumphs, Petra won Canada’s Outstanding Athlete of the Year in 1964 and was named twice as Canada’s Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year in 1964 and 1965. She was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1965 and Skate Canada’s Hall of Fame in 1997.

Petra worked in the film and television industry for 15 years but couldn’t stay away from skating, returning to coaching in 1999. She also works as a skating consultant and team leader for Skate Canada.

Pj was excited to talk with Petra about her career, her many successes and about her role as a team leader.

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Episode 54: Dr. Amanda Wintink

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Dr. Amanda (Mandy) Wintink is the Director of the Centre for Applied Neuroscience. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg in 1998 with an Honor’s in Psychology. Mandy completed her Master’s of Arts degree at Brock University specializing in Behavioural Neuroscience in 2000 and earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Dalhousie University in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2005. Following her PhD work, Mandy earned an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship to study in the Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University.

The Centre for Applied Neuroscience has this intention: “We have made it our goal (and job!) to tell you about the neuroscience that affects you in all the important aspect of your life. There has been a tremendous amount of knowledge gained about how the brain works. We believe it is important to share this knowledge with you and help you apply it to your own life. Understanding how your mind-body-brain works is your opportunity to get the most of your life.”

In addition to her research into science and the brain, Mandy is a yoga teacher, mentor and heavily involved in sports (both in coaching and sports psychology).

Paul was excited to talk with Mandy about what is happening to our brains when we are being creative and innovative. This fascinating conversation takes you inside the brain and Mandy helps explain what is happening biologically in various situations. Subjects range from stress to work/life balance to relationships. Mandy covers it all!

For tons of information about the intersection between positive psychology and neuroscience and how it is furthering human potential, check out the website for The Centre for Applied Neuroscience: KnowYourBrain.ca. Follow Mandy on Twitter @ajwintink.

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Episode 53: Elizabeth Manley

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Elizabeth Manley is the 1988 Olympic silver medalist, 1988 World silver medalist and three-time Canadian champion. She is best known for her amazing performance at the Olympics in Calgary, cementing her status as an icon in the figure skating world. Pj was excited for the opportunity to sit down with Liz and discuss her career.

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Episode 52: Cary West

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Cary West is a man of many talents: improv performer, teacher, actor, writer and director. A graduate of the training program at Second City and a member of Theatresports Toronto/Bad Dog Theatre, Cary also has a B.A. in Communications and Drama from the University of Windsor and a diploma in Theatre Arts from the Players Academy (Equity Showcase).

Cary is a working stage actor with credits in leading and strong supporting roles. He has studied and performed with some of the top improvisers in North America. Over the years, he has also studied classical theatre, voice and directing. He was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award in 2001 for Best New Sketch Troupe (The Closet Primadonnas).

Cary is currently an instructor at Second City and Bad Dog Theatre. Teaching groups of all ages and backgrounds, his knowledge of all the major improvisation techniques taught in North America allow him to select the best from each and incorporate them into a workshop or performance to meet individual needs. Cary’s additional experience as a director and actor in film and television translate to an intuitive understanding of creating the right impression.

Paul was a student in one of Cary’s classes at Second City. Besides learning a tremendous amount, Paul wanted to dive deeper behind the many concepts that Cary spoke about in class. A fascinating talk about Cary’s background, the concepts behind improv and how they can be applied to situations outside of performing on a stage.

Connect with Cary through his website: carywest.com.

Find him on Facebook.

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