The Future is Now ~ FWIW Episode 23

March 29, 2017

Technology is changing the way brands market to us, how companies hire, how our data is captured, and what we think about privacy. On this episode I’m joined by the dynamic account team duo at Toronto agency ZenithOptimedia Group, Ryan Covel and Ryan Woodrow. The guys take me through how Ryan C got noticed by using social media ads to promote himself, as well as their takes on privacy as a currency online, the future of voice search, the internet of things, integration of digital marketing into traditionally offline spaces like billboards, online influencers, changing streaming business model for live sports, and of course the hottest marketing topic: content.

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Links:

(Sponsor) www.lacabezagallery.com 

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Recorded on March 8th, 2017

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On Being a Single Mom ~ FWIW Episode 22

March 26, 2017

When we’re young, we often imagine what our lives will look like when we’re older…I’m sure few of us picture the challenges that life has a funny way of throwing at us. A common wrinkle in people’s plans is that of becoming a single parent. Raising children is hard enough with someone else, let alone by yourself…so what is it like? What are the challenges, but more importantly, the lessons, if you should find yourself in this situation? And what about advice for young people, especially girls, to try and avoid the predicament in the first place? To discuss all this and more, I had the pleasure of hosting my long time friend, Natalia on the podcast. Our conversation touched on her own journey as a single mother and much more. 

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Links:

(Sponsor) www.lacabezagallery.com 

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Recorded on February 9th, 2017

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The Alt-Right Is Real ~ FWIW Episode 21

March 4, 2017

When the opportunity came up to have the discussion you’re about to hear about the Alt Right, I was excited because I anticipated my ideas about the movement to be confirmed – that it was more of a media invention to fit a narrative, and that a clear definition was elusive. I got something completely different, most importantly from Richard, a self-described member of the movement from North Dakota, and Mel, a Canadian ‘ally’, as she put it. Not only was a definition put forward comfortably, but Richard and Mel presented arguments which focused on culture, often the West vs Islam. Daniel, a Canadian, made his return to the podcast as an observer of the movement, given his general interest in politics. Throughout the conversation you’ll hear me trying to return to my starting point of seeing the movement as an invention, while the people who actually consider themselves part of it, correct me and explain how real it is.

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Links:

(Sponsor) www.lacabezagallery.com 

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Recorded on February 3rd, 2017

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No Easy Answers ~ FWIW Episode 20

December 30, 2016

Events around the world continue to bring Islam and its adherents into the spotlight while average non-Muslim Westerners struggle with how to make sense of what they’re reading, watching, and hearing. This is exactly why I wanted to do this episode for a very long time. I have so many questions…and I don’t feel like Western non-Muslims really know what our Muslim neighbours are thinking. Enter Amine. A friend of mine from Montreal, Canada. He joined me to discuss his take on the various geopolitical events involving Islam, his experiences as a Muslim in the West, and much more.

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Links:

(Sponsor) www.lacabezagallery.com 

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Recorded on November 23rd, 2016

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Completely Magic ~ FWIW Episode 19

December 16, 2016

What do you know about puppetry? What inspires someone to devote their talents to this ancient art and what is its place in our modern digital world? To explore this realm and trace her journey, I converse with puppeteer, biomedical computing graduate, and and co-founder of Birdbone Theatre, Aleksandra Brągoszewska. We talk and talk and try to wrap our brains around subjects like the changing nature of human communication, art as political dissent, the artist in and out of the world, and so, so much more…’Ola’, as I refer to her in the interview, joined me from Montreal, and traced her history from immigration, to un-closeting her inner artist in Kingston, Ontario, through Vermont where she cut her teeth in the world of puppetry, and finally to the current adventures of Birdbone Theatre, including their upcoming Greek tour.

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Links:

Birdbone Theatre: http://www.birdbonetheatre.org

Bread and Puppet Theatre: http://breadandpuppet.org

(Sponsor) La Cabeza Gallery: www.lacabezagallery.com

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Recorded on December 14th, 2016

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Feminism LOL ~ FWIW Episode 18

December 4, 2016

Diana Davison is a media critic and civil rights advocate focused on feminism and gender issues. She runs a YouTube channel called ‘Feminism LOL’ as well as The Light House Project which is a non-profit organization with the mandate of preserving due process in the Canadian legal system, specifically addressing false accusations of sexual assault. I connected with Diana to discuss her take on the Men’s Rights Movement, rape culture, gender identity, individualism, obviously feminism, and much more.

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Links to to Diana’s projects and some of the groups and topics mentioned during our convo:

Feminism LOL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVRQqUgDRBevsDGOeE1DL3A

The Lighthouse Project: https://www.patreon.com/Diana_Davison

Men’s Rights Movement: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men's_rights_movement

Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men_Going_Their_Own_Way

Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF): http://www.leaf.ca/

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN.ORG): https://www.rainn.org

Otherkins: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otherkin

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Recorded on November 18th, 2016

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Abortions for All! What the Hell’s Happening in Poland? ~ FWIW Episode 17

October 18, 2016

According to the media in the West, since being elected in October 2015, the ruling ‘Law and Justice’ party has curtailed democratic freedoms, run the country in an authoritarian fashion, and attempted to move laws in a socially conservative direction by, for example, proposing changes to abortion legislation. So what IS life and politics really like in Poland in 2016? Well, who better to ask than the average Pole! My friend Mike was born there, emigrated to Canada in 1991 at age 7, and returned to live in Poland in 2003. He has his ear to the ground as far as politics are concerned, and, like everyone he has his own take on things, but he’s there experiencing those things first hand and so he’s a great person to give us an account of what is going in the country that has seen so many political changes over the last 100 years and continues to be in the news for its politics.


Links to parties, etc. mentioned in the episode:

Governing Law & Justice Party (referred to in theepisode as “PiS”, pronounced “pees”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_and_Justice

Opposition Civic Platform Party (referred to in the episode as “PO”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civic_Platform

2010 Crash which killed Polish President and otherd ignitaries: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Polish_Air_Force_Tu-154_crash

Committee for the Defense of Democracy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Committee_for_the_Defence_of_Democracy

Abortion in Poland: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_Poland

Bomb explosion in Wroclaw in May 2016 mentioned by Mike: http://www.gazetawroclawska.pl/wiadomosci/a/wybuch-bomby-w-centrum-wroclawia-ladunek-byl-w-autobusie-145,10012322/


Recorded on October 8th, 2016

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Nerd Culture: The World of Comic Books & The Upcoming Release of ‘Terminarch’ ~ FWIW Episode 16

June 7, 2016

The comic book industry continues to thrive and attract new readers, flying in the face of some opinions that new and digital forms of entertainment would wipe it out faster than a speeding bullet…so what is it like to bring your idea to life in the form of a comic book? What is it like to promote and distribute it and get it in the hands of readers across the continent and the world? On this episode we will find out all that and more as I host Editor-in-Chief at OSSM Comics, Siike Donnelly, and Jordan Hart, the creator and writer of the upcoming comic ‘Terminarch’; a tale of self-aware androids which have eliminated 95% of the human race to build a Utopian society for the 5% which they revere – artists. However, the logic of their actions was lost on the chosen…


Recorded on May 31st, 2016


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Find out more about Terminarch HERE
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Green Propaganda: The Ins & Outs of the Forest Industry ~ FWIW Episode 15

May 11, 2016

It’s May 9th, 2016 and while it’s slowing down, the wildfire around Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada continues to burn. By now, the entire world has heard of the situation and difficult questions are beginning to be asked.

Some of these difficult questions will inevitably turn to forestry, logging, etc: This is where my guest comes in. Marcin Lewandowski is a manager of operations and product development at Ecostrat Inc., a Canadian company which specializes in the supply of wood fiber and biogas feedstock worldwide and the mitigation of biomass supply chain risk. He joined me to discuss forest management including influence exerted by well-funded Environmental Non-Profit Organizations (ENGOs), international certification schemes, the way urbanization has shifted power to people who are no longer in touch with the land, and more. In addition I got his take on the contributing factors to such catastrophic fires as the one in Fort McMurray and what can be done to prevent them.


Recorded on May 9th, 2016

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Layman Watching: On the Ghomeshi Trial, Sexual Assault, and Lawyering ~ FWIW Episode 14

April 22, 2016

Michelle O’Doherty, a criminal defense lawyer at Bayne Sellar Boxall in Ottawa, joins me to discuss the recently concluded sexual assault trial of Jian Ghomeshi; Canada’s most prominent case in years. During our chat we touch on everything from the trial and its outcome to the way his lawyer, Marie Heinen was perceived by some women’s groups, the interview she gave to the CBC after the verdict came down (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XB5fG7gbZ0), trying sexual assault cases in general, the ‘I believe survivors’ movement, judge vs jury trials, consent in sexual encounters, and more.


Recorded on April 17th, 2016
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