Dec 15, 2020
Pandemics, Pivots, and Predictions: Looking Back on 2020 and Ahead to 2021
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Extraordinary. Unprecedented. Devastating. There’s no shortage of words that have been used to describe everything Canadians have endured over the past 12 months. COVID-19 has fundamentally disrupted our daily lives to such a degree that -- even though a vaccine is now being rolled out -- the ripple effects will be felt for years to come. But what will this “new normal” look like for businesses? Which changes will stick around, and which ones will disappear along with the pandemic? And how will the needs of consumers continue to evolve as we turn another page on our calendars?

On this special, year-end episode of Disruptors, an RBC podcast, host John Stackhouse welcomes back a voice that’s sure to be familiar to regular listeners; Theresa Do from RBC’s Thought Leadership Team. Together, they talk to a series of business leaders from across the country who’ve had to pivot their operations in dramatic and unexpected ways over the past year. They also delve into RBC’s world-class research to find out what these changes could signal about what’s coming our way in 2021.

This episode also features appearances from Soslan Tsoutsiev, the President of Transformer Table; Brandon Grossutti, the founder of FromTo; Andrew Feenstra, the owner of Cyclesmith; Alisha Esmail, the founder of Road Coffee Company; and Lisa Helps, the Mayor of Victoria, British Columbia. But listen until the very end and it’s Antoni Cimolino, the Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival of Canada, who will leave you feeling inspired and maybe even moved, with a poignant anecdote about the resilience of live theatre in times of pandemic.



The following organizations  are featured on this podcast: The Stratford Festival of  Canada, Transformer Table, Road Coffee Company, FromTo, and Cyclesmith. You can learn more about the City of Victoria’s pandemic recovery plan HERE. Click the following links to read the full RBC reports on ‘8 Ways COVID will Transform the Economy and Disrupt Every Business’ and ‘Navigating 2021. You can find more world-class research on RBC’s Thought Leadership page. These previous episodes of Disruptors were also mentioned in this podcast: “Beyond the Cart: How Grocery Commerce is Transforming,” “To Go Please: How Food Delivery Platforms are Transforming Restaurants,” and “Open Oceans, Open Opportunity: Mapping Canada’s Role in the Blue Economy”.


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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