Dec 8, 2020
Impersonal Information: Data and Privacy Protection in 2020 and Beyond
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What do digital privacy and COVID-19 have in common with climate change, Kompromat, counter-espionage hackers, and the new Netflix movie “The Social Dilemma”? They’re just a few of the many topics that come up in a timely and compelling conversation with Canada’s so-called “Hacker King”, on the latest episode of Disruptors, an RBC podcast.

On the heels of new federal privacy legislation, host John Stackhouse sits down with Ron Deibert, founder of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and author of  Reset: Reclaiming the Internet for Civil Society. They discuss how, in an era of record-breaking data generation and high profile digital security breaches, Canadian businesses can learn to access the potential of data and manage the risks by taking a wide-angled, interdisciplinary approach.

Featuring a guest appearance from Kevin Chan, Facebook Canada’s Head of Public Policy, this episode is essential listening for anyone concerned about the lack of strong protocols governing the collection of our online data. The concern is well-founded. But be sure to listen through to the end, because as you’ll hear from Ron, there are still reasons for optimism. 



You can learn more about the Citizen Lab’s work at the University of Toronto HERE, or on Ron Deibert’s personal website. The latest numbers about the impact of cybersecurity incidents on businesses can be found on Statistics Canada’s website or in the Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity’s National Cyber Threat Assessment 2020. Kevin Chan recently co-wrote an editorial about social media regulation that was published in the Globe and Mail, and you can hear him on a previous episode of Disruptors about the dangers of deepfake technology. John also refers to a previous episode about the Intangibles Economy from November 24th when he mentioned Canadian IP leaving the country.

Chatting with Candice
Chatting with Candice
Candice Horbacz
#32 Phil Demers- Saving Smooshi
*Chatting with Candice* *Phil Demers* *Episode Run Time: 01:32:01* Phil Demers is a former animal trainer turned activist. He has garnered international attention for his unique bond with a captive walrus named Smooshi. Phil’s story is featured in the 2020 documentary The Walrus and The Whistleblower.  In this episode, I talk to Phil about his experience at Marineland, the future of animal captivity, and the Saving Smooshi campaign.  [00:01:27] Phil as a Public Persona: Using Social Media and Facing Criticism   [00:08:40] From Animal Trainer to Whistleblower  [00:15:29] Caring for Animals VS Using Animals for Profit   [00:20:48] Phil and Smooshi’s Imprinting Moment  [00:22:03] Taking Time off from Marineland  [00:27:33] How to Create Sustaining Change  [00:33:10] Marineland’s Lawsuit and the Anti-SLAPP Legislation   [00:36:54] The Cost of Acquiring a Walrus  [00:38:38] Society’s Collective Movement Against Animal Captivity    [00:49:32] Changing Canada’s Captivity Laws   [00:54:38] Why Marineland Won’t Hand Over Smooshi  [00:59:07] Phil’s Advice to Aspiring Activists    [01:03:46] Looking Back at Phil’s Journey  [01:09:10] Psilocybin Mushrooms as Legal Medication  [01:21:56] Can Animals in Captivity Thrive?  [01:26:34] Current Status of Phil’s Legal Battle with Marineland In 2000, Phil started working at Marineland. He applied for a job after seeing a newspaper ad. At the time, he thought it was a good opportunity to work at such a popular establishment. As a newcomer, he noticed that the animal’s living conditions were not ideal but did not speak up about it for lack of knowledge. Over time, Phil was given more responsibility and had become an expert marine mammal trainer.  As Phil rose through the ranks, he realized that the management was primarily concerned about profit rather than the animals’ well-being. He claimed that the unkempt facilities posed health hazards to the animals. Unfortunately, his complaints only fell on deaf ears. In 2012, he decided to leave Marineland. Since then, Phil’s stance on animal captivity has been clear: the whole practice of it needs to stop. It has been well recorded that captured animals have a lower quality of life.  For the longest time, big corporations like Marineland have controlled the narrative. But with the help of social media, more activists are emboldened to speak up against injustice and abuse. Consumers have the power to change things. By purchasing or boycotting certain products and services, we are choosing which messages to support. The COVID-19 pandemic has been an eye opener for a lot of people. Now that humans know what it’s like to feel locked up, they have more empathy for captive creatures. It’s only a matter of time before society’s collective consciousness totally rejects the practice of caging animals for profit and entertainment.  Follow Phil Demers on Twitter and Instagram. Help support the Save Smooshi campaign through donations or merchandise. Support the show (http://patreon.com/candicehorbacz)
1 hr 32 min
The Yes Theory Podcast
The Yes Theory Podcast
Headspace Studios & Yes Theory
The End of a Chapter
Things are changing in our little Yes Theory world, as well as the broader world, and we aren’t sure what the future holds. Thomas is headed back to Europe for the foreseeable future, and Matt’s stepped back from hosting. It really feels like the end of a chapter (with a new one coming close behind).  To celebrate and close the last chapter properly, and to end the season on a high note, we took a new spin in this episode. Just like in Episode 8, there are no guests (besides the people that just pop into the recording).  Instead, we travel with Ammar, Thomas, and Matt to the demolition site of their first home together, and listen as they bury their very own treasure -- a time capsule full of memories from this last chapter together. They reflect on the spirit that brought them together, and how unlikely it was that they were able to get this podcast into the world this year. We started the season talking about how crazy, uncertain, and out of control this year has felt. That hasn’t changed so much of the course of these last 10 weeks. The lesson we’ve learned is to just -- make the best of it. Keep growing, trying, bumping around. Find some stillness when you can. Fight the burnout. Maintain hope. Lean into your closest relationships. Make your life meaningful, and just take it day by day. It’s a wrap on Season 1 of the Yes Theory Podcast. If you’re just joining us, start from the top or choose your adventure. It’s completely up to you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
35 min
The Love Doctor
The Love Doctor
Leah Tidey
EP 3 - Why Valentine's Day Isn't About Love! feat. Dr. Sari van Anders & Will Beischel
Today on the show I’m answering your questions about love - what is it? How do we know when we’re in it? What is the media telling us about love? And, what is the difference between love and lust? My interview with Dr. Sari van Anders and Will Beischel offers an important dialogue on what that difference is and provides an actually useful theory for us to better understand ourselves in the world. Resources from the Show! Dr. Sari van Anders Twitter @sarivananders  Will Beischel Twitter @willbeischel Van Anders Lab: https://www.queensu.ca/psychology/van-anders-lab/ (https://www.queensu.ca/psychology/van-anders-lab/) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ejZRlQawVQ&feature=youtu.be (SCT Gender/Sex Sexuality Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ejZRlQawVQ&feature=youtu.be (https://youtu.be/1ejZRlQawVQ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fRj3T4UazI&feature=youtu.be (SCT Partner Number Sexuality Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fRj3T4UazI&feature=youtu.be (https://youtu.be/2fRj3T4UazI) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxzJguDzbnM&feature=youtu.be (SCT & Individual Gender/Sex Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxzJguDzbnM&feature=youtu.be (https://youtu.be/mxzJguDzbnM) A Better Way to Talk About Love by Mandy Len Carton: https://www.ted.com/talks/mandy_len_catron_a_better_way_to_talk_about_love#t-223371 (https://www.ted.com/talks/mandy_len_catron_a_better_way_to_talk_about_love#t-223371) Good Clean Love: We Love The Way You Love: https://goodcleanlove.com/ (https://goodcleanlove.com/)
1 hr 2 min
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