No Easy Answers ~ FWIW Episode 20

December 30, 2016

Events around the world continue to bring Islam and its adherents into the spotlight while average non-Muslim Westerners struggle with how to make sense of what they’re reading, watching, and hearing. This is exactly why I wanted to do this episode for a very long time. I have so many questions…and I don’t feel like Western non-Muslims really know what our Muslim neighbours are thinking. Enter Amine. A friend of mine from Montreal, Canada. He joined me to discuss his take on the various geopolitical events involving Islam, his experiences as a Muslim in the West, and much more.





Recorded on November 23rd, 2016

Music: Hazardous - Light


Completely Magic ~ FWIW Episode 19

December 16, 2016

What do you know about puppetry? What inspires someone to devote their talents to this ancient art and what is its place in our modern digital world? To explore this realm and trace her journey, I converse with puppeteer, biomedical computing graduate, and and co-founder of Birdbone Theatre, Aleksandra Brągoszewska. We talk and talk and try to wrap our brains around subjects like the changing nature of human communication, art as political dissent, the artist in and out of the world, and so, so much more…’Ola’, as I refer to her in the interview, joined me from Montreal, and traced her history from immigration, to un-closeting her inner artist in Kingston, Ontario, through Vermont where she cut her teeth in the world of puppetry, and finally to the current adventures of Birdbone Theatre, including their upcoming Greek tour.



Birdbone Theatre:

Bread and Puppet Theatre:

(Sponsor) La Cabeza Gallery:


Recorded on December 14th, 2016

Music: Hazardous - Light


Feminism LOL ~ FWIW Episode 18

December 4, 2016

Diana Davison is a media critic and civil rights advocate focused on feminism and gender issues. She runs a YouTube channel called ‘Feminism LOL’ as well as The Light House Project which is a non-profit organization with the mandate of preserving due process in the Canadian legal system, specifically addressing false accusations of sexual assault. I connected with Diana to discuss her take on the Men’s Rights Movement, rape culture, gender identity, individualism, obviously feminism, and much more.


Links to to Diana’s projects and some of the groups and topics mentioned during our convo:

Feminism LOL:

The Lighthouse Project:

Men’s Rights Movement:'s_rights_movement

Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW):

Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF):

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN.ORG):



Recorded on November 18th, 2016

Music: Hazardous - Light


Abortions for All! What the Hell’s Happening in Poland? ~ FWIW Episode 17

October 18, 2016

According to the media in the West, since being elected in October 2015, the ruling ‘Law and Justice’ party has curtailed democratic freedoms, run the country in an authoritarian fashion, and attempted to move laws in a socially conservative direction by, for example, proposing changes to abortion legislation. So what IS life and politics really like in Poland in 2016? Well, who better to ask than the average Pole! My friend Mike was born there, emigrated to Canada in 1991 at age 7, and returned to live in Poland in 2003. He has his ear to the ground as far as politics are concerned, and, like everyone he has his own take on things, but he’s there experiencing those things first hand and so he’s a great person to give us an account of what is going in the country that has seen so many political changes over the last 100 years and continues to be in the news for its politics.

Links to parties, etc. mentioned in the episode:

Governing Law & Justice Party (referred to in theepisode as “PiS”, pronounced “pees”:

Opposition Civic Platform Party (referred to in the episode as “PO”:

2010 Crash which killed Polish President and otherd ignitaries:

Committee for the Defense of Democracy:

Abortion in Poland:

Bomb explosion in Wroclaw in May 2016 mentioned by Mike:,10012322/

Recorded on October 8th, 2016

Music: Hazardous - Light


Nerd Culture: The World of Comic Books & The Upcoming Release of ‘Terminarch’ ~ FWIW Episode 16

June 7, 2016

The comic book industry continues to thrive and attract new readers, flying in the face of some opinions that new and digital forms of entertainment would wipe it out faster than a speeding bullet…so what is it like to bring your idea to life in the form of a comic book? What is it like to promote and distribute it and get it in the hands of readers across the continent and the world? On this episode we will find out all that and more as I host Editor-in-Chief at OSSM Comics, Siike Donnelly, and Jordan Hart, the creator and writer of the upcoming comic ‘Terminarch’; a tale of self-aware androids which have eliminated 95% of the human race to build a Utopian society for the 5% which they revere – artists. However, the logic of their actions was lost on the chosen…

Recorded on May 31st, 2016

Music: Hazardous - Light

Find out more about Terminarch HERE

Green Propaganda: The Ins & Outs of the Forest Industry ~ FWIW Episode 15

May 11, 2016

It’s May 9th, 2016 and while it’s slowing down, the wildfire around Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada continues to burn. By now, the entire world has heard of the situation and difficult questions are beginning to be asked.

Some of these difficult questions will inevitably turn to forestry, logging, etc: This is where my guest comes in. Marcin Lewandowski is a manager of operations and product development at Ecostrat Inc., a Canadian company which specializes in the supply of wood fiber and biogas feedstock worldwide and the mitigation of biomass supply chain risk. He joined me to discuss forest management including influence exerted by well-funded Environmental Non-Profit Organizations (ENGOs), international certification schemes, the way urbanization has shifted power to people who are no longer in touch with the land, and more. In addition I got his take on the contributing factors to such catastrophic fires as the one in Fort McMurray and what can be done to prevent them.

Recorded on May 9th, 2016

Music: Hazardous - Light


Layman Watching: On the Ghomeshi Trial, Sexual Assault, and Lawyering ~ FWIW Episode 14

April 22, 2016

Michelle O’Doherty, a criminal defense lawyer at Bayne Sellar Boxall in Ottawa, joins me to discuss the recently concluded sexual assault trial of Jian Ghomeshi; Canada’s most prominent case in years. During our chat we touch on everything from the trial and its outcome to the way his lawyer, Marie Heinen was perceived by some women’s groups, the interview she gave to the CBC after the verdict came down (, trying sexual assault cases in general, the ‘I believe survivors’ movement, judge vs jury trials, consent in sexual encounters, and more.

Recorded on April 17th, 2016
Music: Hazardous - Light


Fully Grounded: The Journey and Thoughts of a Gay Catholic ~ FWIW Episode 13

March 23, 2016

To many, "gay" and "Catholic" seem like contradictory terms...after all, The Church's rules for homosexuals are quite different and more stringent than those for heterosexuals. Furthermore, some clergy and leaders in The church preach a very hard line on the matter and finally, the institution tends to represent traditionalism while open homosexuality is a matter of a modern, liberal society. What is it like, then, to be an openly gay man while remaining not just a practicing Catholic, but one who shares his gifts and volunteers in his parish and community? My friend Séan joins me to take me through his journey and discuss how he reconciles these two very important aspects of his identity.

Recorded on March 18th, 2016
Music: Hazardous - Light

A Pirate’s Tale: Surviving the World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise ~ FWIW Episode 12

March 15, 2016
CORRECTION: I erroneously referred to the cruise as "7,000 Tons of Metal" in the episode. It's actually 10 times better than that: 70,000 Tons of Metal and Apologies!

Going on a cruise is the preferred method of vacationing for many people around the world. But, what do you think of when you hear the word 'cruise'? I know I never thought of heavy metal rock music...well, as it turns out, if this genre floats your boat (sorry, I had to), there's an option just for you! A massive 4 day party where 60 bands perform almost around the clock as several thousand attendees from all corners of the world take in the action, mingle, and have a jolly good time. What is that whole experience like? What should one keep in mind if he/she is thinking of attending and boarding this pirate ship? My good friend, Maciej just returned from the 6th successful voyage of '70,000 Tons of Metal' and has lived to tell the tale...which he generously shared with me.  

Recorded on March 9th, 2016. 

Like, Share, Subscribe: The Sociology of YouTube as an Entertainment Hub ~ FWIW Episode 11

February 22, 2016

In its 10 years of existence, YouTube has grown to become much more than the world's biggest online video platform: It is now the number one source of entertainment for many people, especially those 20ish and younger. It has turned the experience of watching television from a solitary one (a small group one, at most) into a connected global community, full of its own rules, celebrities, and loyal fans. To decipher the ins and outs, learn about the biggest stars, hear about what makes the community tick, and more I'm joined by a friend who doesn't even own a TV, such is her devotion to this new media world. Together we discuss how the community operates, YouTube's business model, the future of the medium as its fans + stars age, and much more.

Recorded on February 17th, 2016.

Music: Hazardous - Light

The YouTubers mentioned on the show:

Shaalini on Twitter: