This week’s news cycle is exactly why I don’t try to keep up on this show. It’s literally impossible. From the Taylor Swift Super Bowl frenzy to the social media showdown in the US, and Doug Ford’s ongoing dismantling of public institutions in Ontario, it’s been a whirlwind. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any more intense, Alberta’s Premier Marlaina Smith launched a shocking attack on trans kids. In a world where politicians seem to target the most vulnerable to distract from real issues, it’s disheartening. But trust me, we’ll delve into this more in future shows. For now, let’s hit pause and shift our focus to stories that inspire, challenge, and connect us. From global crises to personal transformations, we’re here to unpack, understand, and maybe find a bit of hope and resilience. So, grab your favourite spot, and let’s dive into these meaningful conversations.
Gaza in Focus: Understanding the ICJ Ruling and Its Impact
We’re starting with a critical issue that’s gripping the world—the situation in Gaza. Diana Sarosi from Oxfam Canada joins us to discuss the recent ICJ ruling and its implications, Oxfam’s global call to action, and Canada’s role in this complex geopolitical landscape. It’s a conversation that spans education policy, economics, and social justice, shedding light on the urgent need for global leadership and compassionate action.
Spotlight on Entertainment: Stories That Resonate and Inspire
Then, Anne Brodie and I will chat about some powerful entertainment choices this week. We’re discussing ‘Ru,’ inspired by the Canadian Reads 2015 book, the CBC series ‘Allegiance’ set in Surrey B.C., and ‘Three Little Birds’ by Sir Lenny Henry on BritBox, exploring the journey of Jamaican immigrants to Britain in the 1950s. These stories not only entertain but also reflect the rich tapestry of human experience and resilience.
The Hidden Struggle: Shedding Light on Eating Disorders
Next, we’re shining a light on eating disorders with Shaleen Jones from Body Peace Canada. Shaleen brings over two decades of dedication to supporting those impacted by eating disorders, offering insights into the challenges, recent trends, and the vital work being done to provide hope and assistance. It’s a pressing issue that affects many Canadians, and it’s time we bring it into the open. Don’t miss the longer podcast on this issue as well.
Bridging Divides with Dialogue and Education
Jenn Hayward joins us to discuss the importance of calling people in, rather than calling them out. In a society quick to cement opinions, Jenn’s approach to respectful dialogue is refreshing. With her extensive background in Indigenous policy and justice, Jenn is fostering conversations that bridge divides and promote understanding.
Literary Reflections: Exploring Friendship, Family, and Fertility
We’re also diving into Angela Langlois’s novel ‘What The Three Of Them Knew,’ set in Toronto. This story explores themes of friendship, family, and the complexities of fertility, resonating with many Canadians. It’s a narrative that celebrates the strength of friendship and the unexpected twists of life.
Entrepreneurial Resilience: Strategies for Women in Business
Finally, Chris McMartin joins us to talk about the resilience and adaptability required by small businesses, especially for women entrepreneurs, in the post-pandemic world. We’ll discuss strategies for sustaining and growing businesses in today’s uncertain times, highlighting the incredible strength and innovation of women in business.
As we navigate these turbulent times, it’s the stories of resilience, compassion, and human connection that offer us a beacon of hope. Today’s show is a testament to the power of meaningful conversations and the impact of coming together to listen, learn, and support one another. So, let’s continue this journey together, one story at a time, on “What She Said.”