In this episode, Eric Tanner sat down with Julie Van Rosendaal to confront the growing issue of food insecurity in Calgary, as green-roots begin cropping up to give Calgarians meals. They discuss that while the state of widespread food security may seem grim, many grass-roots organizations, businesses and communities are looking to tackle this growing issue to make nutritious meals and ingredients accessible, no matter an individual’s income.


In this episode, Sam Chipera spoke with Niamh Hernandez about how alt-right ideologies bloomed in one of her closest friends thanks to the negative influence memes had on his political outlooks. Back in high school, Hernandez discusses how one of her closest friends followed the alt-right pipeline as memes began to influence his political world views. She talks about the reality of how memes and social media platforms easily spread misinformation and the difficulty of tackling such a reality.


In this episode, Taylor Charlebois talks with Suraya Aziz to discuss her diagnosis and the stigma she’s faced. Aziz struggles with a series of mental health issues and is still working hard today to better understand her diagnosis. Aziz speaks on how she has occasionally had a hard time talking to people about her mental health as a result of stigma.


In this episode, Emily Marsten talks with Rachelle Valenzuela on the racism behind English speakers purposely mispronouncing or “nicknaming” people of colour names. Valenzuela is a Mount Royal University student who moved to Canada from the Philippines as a child. Since moving to Canada she has dealt with a constant mispronunciation of her name, Rachelle, where many people would constantly refer to her as Rachel, even after correction.

Albertan woman fight for abortion healthcare

With only three places to access surgical abortion in Alberta and all of them being in the major cities of Calgary and Edmonton the fight for rural access is a constant battle. In this episode, Samantha Lafleur speaks with Autumn Reinhart-Simpson, Lauren Lagoutte & Chantal Parkinson about the abortion access issues Albertans are facing. All three women have helped people across the province find appropriate abortion resources.


In this episode, Gabrielle Pyska speaks with Thai Dillon Higashihara, a member of the TTC Riders advocate group in Toronto, on the inequality that lies behind public transit for students and low income community members. Higashihara speaks on his own experiences with the system, as well as how permanent funding is needed in order to transition away from fares, ultimately creating a more inclusive transportation system.


In this episode Zachary Weil speaks with Shauna McHarg on her long battle with seniors living facilities to help prevent elder abuse. McHarg has been banned from facilities as a result of her advocating for better treatment of seniors. These issues have been close to her heart for years after she saw first hand the happenings of a seniors living facility when her mother was in one.


In this episode Marin Peake-MacAlister speaks with Hart Richards on her experience after losing her job as a preschool teacher as a result of the pandemic. Peake-MacAlister and Richards discuss how a universal basic income could have been Richards’ saving grace during her times of extreme stress.


In this episode, Kae Burnett speaks with those working in the film industry and have seen first hand the exploitation many suffer. The industry has overworked employees and has even been said to not care about financial penalties as many companies earn in the billions.


At the start of 2020, COVID-19 ravaged the world forcing Canadians to adapt to a new way of life that ultimately changed our day-to-day routines. While many people are aware of the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as not being able to see loved ones and not being able to have social gatherings, many have overlooked one of the larger side effects of COVID-19. Since governments ordered people to isolate from one another, many were not permitted to do work or attend school in person. While this was a mild inconvenience for some Canadians, for those with major technical limitations it meant that they were no longer able to conduct their day-to-day activities.


There are many barriers that Indigenous people run into when they need healthcare and they continue to have hesitancy because of those challenges. Experts have proposed cultural-safety, trauma, and violence-informed care as models to improve healthcare access, but many practitioners lack expertise on how to address this problem. 

In this episode, Ethan Ward speaks with Don Carruthers Den Hoed who is a research associate at the University of British Columbia where he leads the Canadian parks collective for innovation and leadership. The two discuss accessibility of parks and protected areas in Canada and how user fees along with other barriers play a role in making the outdoors less accessible.

Let’s talk choice, contraceptive access in Canada

Sara Eftekhar is a campaign volunteer with Access B.C. — an advocacy group working to eliminate the barriers to accessing contraception in Canada. Eftekhar’s work as a nurse practitioner allowed her to see the injustices in Canada’s healthcare system, leading her to become a health equity advocate. On February 28, 2023, B.C.’s government announced it would provide free prescription contraception, becoming the first province to do so. Eftekhar sees this change as a success story but says change is still needed in Canadian policy to make healthcare equitable for all Canadians.

Access B.C.: https://www.accessbc.org/

B.C. 2023 provincial budget to fund free prescription contraception: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023FIN0015-000244

Women, religion, and violence – the connection

In this episode of the Article 1 podcast, Article 1 reporter Hajar Al Khouzaii takes a closer look at the relationship between religion and violence, a women’s choice to wear a hijab, the death of Mahsa Amini in Iran, and the continuous conflict and human right violations against Iranian protestors. 

This episode’s guest is, Dr. Michael Hawley a religious studies professor at Mount Royal University, who will discuss religion and violence, and women’s role in the issue.  

Woman with a baby waiting for registration Plane.
Air Passenger Problems

In this episode of the Article 1 podcast, Zach Poole talks to Terence Hong
about his experiences with and observations regarding the current state of Canada’s airline industry. As air travel issues seem to become more and more common, Hong and many other Canadians are becoming increasingly frustrated. In order to navigate these issues, Hong has become a member of the Air Passenger Rights (Canada) Facebook page – A social media-based advocacy group which has over 100,000 members at the time of this recording.