Brainstorming a Better Way: Genuine Curiosity!

June 10, 2019

Hi everyone - in this episode I discuss a bit of brainstorming on the Strong and Free brand. Take a listen and let me know what you think! Stay balanced, stay informed! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/strongandfree/support

Abortion Part Two: Psychological Effects on Women

June 2, 2019

Listen to my latest podcast on the psychological effects of abortion on women. Sources used: M. A. Biggs, Ushma D. Upadhyay, Julia R. Steinberg and Diana G. Foster, "Does abortion reduce self-esteem and life satisfaction?" Quality of Life Research, Vol. 23, №9 (November, 2014), pp. 2505–2513 Publis…

Abortion Part One: Personhood

May 29, 2019

Medium Article: https://medium.com/strong-and-free/the-abortion-debate-is-being-undermined-part-one-personhood-6a53ca2c1a8?source=friends_link&sk=af23a274e0038f904315ef9360a7b6d5 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/strongandfree/support

Anti Vax Movement

May 20, 2019

This topic discusses the Anti-vaccination movement noted as one of the top ten threats to health in 2019 by the WHO. MEDIUM ARTICLE: https://medium.com/strong-and-free/the-rise-of-anti-vax-abadf947045c?source=friends_link&sk=8c62c07c22f7965d945aa963fb7240df --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.…

Conversations about Education in Ontario

May 12, 2019

Hi Everyone, Sorry for making my content Ontario-focused the last little while! Lots happening over here. Medium Article and YouTube link below. Let me know what you think! MEDIUM ARTICLE: https://medium.com/strong-and-free/im-tired-of-protesters-getting-it-wrong-c04f283b2e46?source=friends_link&sk…

Cuts to Education?

May 4, 2019

Sources used in this podcast: Liberal Party 2018-19 Education Programs - Other http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/funding/1819/B07_EPO_memo_2018_19_gsn_en.pdf Education Funding 2018-19 - http://www.opsba.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/2018-2019%20Education%20Funding%20Engagement%20Guide.pdf 2018-19 Ontario …

You Should Care About the new 5G Network!

April 14, 2019

Sources used in this podcast: Congressional Research Service, "Fifth-Generation (5G) Telecommunications Technologies: Issues for Congress", United States Government, January 2019: https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R45485 Huawei, "5G Network Architecture: A High Level Perspective," 2016:…

Before You Reply Online - Confirmation Bias!

April 12, 2019

In this episode, I provide some insights on Confirmation Bias! 1) Present political issues online that invites conversations; not shuts them down. 2) Think about the sources used for the articles you post 3) Look at the comments, likes and engagement. Are people engaging with your content meaningfu…

Quebec's Ban on Religious Symbols: Bill 21

April 8, 2019

In this episode, I explore the Province of Quebec's ban on religious symbols for certain public servants. Sources used in this podcast include the following: Marie McAndrew and Mahsa Bakhsaei, "The difficult integration of Muslims into Québec since 9/11: International or local dynamics?" Internatio…

Before You Reply Online: 02 - Political Sniping!

April 4, 2019

In this episode, I explore political sniping in our comments online and provide some tips on how to avoid it. Remember: we want to be conversation starters / continuers (is that a word?) NOT conversation enders! Let me know your thoughts and feedback! Twitter: StrongnFreePod Instagram: strngnfree F…

Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

March 31, 2019

Sources used in this podcast: Donna Feir and Robert Hancock’s “A Guide to Reconciliation for Quantitative Social Scientists," https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/a-history-of-residential-schools-in-canada-1.702280 https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/government-apology-to-former-students-of…

Before You Reply Online: 01!

March 27, 2019

I’m excited to share with you a new podcast series (surprise!): “Before You Reply Online”! We’ve all been there: someone posts something on our social media feeds that we absolutely disagree with: maybe it’s just a difference of opinion - or maybe it’s something so deeply upsetting to us, we can’t …


March 24, 2019

Sources used in this episode: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/08/09/muslims-and-islam-key-findings-in-the-u-s-and-around-the-world/ https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/en/daily-quotidien/181129/dq181129a-eng.pdf?st=y6eEUKfd Defining and Researching Islamophobia Author(s): Erik Bleich Source:…

Donald Trump and Immigration Policy

March 11, 2019

In this episode I look at the rhetoric surrounding the immigration debate in the US, and examine how human perception may shape our discourse - for the worse. Let me know what you think! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/strongandfree/support

SNC Lavalin Mini-series: Part 3 - Deferred Prosecution Agreements

March 3, 2019

In the final instalment of the SNC-Lavalin mini-series, I examine Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs). What is missing is a real understanding of what DPAs are and its effects on the Criminal Code. Sources used include the following: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/snc-lavalin-trudeau-bribery-f…

SNC Lavalin Mini-series: Part 2 - Legislation

Feb. 25, 2019

In Part 2 of the Mini-Series on SNC-Lavalin, I examine the legislative environment the company, as a multi-national finds itself in. I examine the Corrupt Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) and its limitations. Sources used in this podcast include the following: https://dspace.library.uvic.ca/bit…

Food for Thought: Public Governance

Feb. 21, 2019

Listen now on why public governance is so critical to major infrastructure projects!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/strongandfree/support

SNC Lavalin Mini-series: Part 1 - Public Governance!

Feb. 17, 2019

Tired of all the information about SNC-Lavalin? Listen to Part 1 of a small mini-series on SNC-Lavalin! This first episode will focus on public governance and procurement. Sources used in this podcast include the following:https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/polarisinstitute/pages/29/attachments/…