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We live in a confusing world… so if you’ve ever stopped and asked yourself WHY something matters, we’re here to help. Every week Adam Toy and Dave McIvor will ask one big question and uncover the answer to help you truly understand what’s going on around you. They'll try to get to the bottom of the issue by chatting with experts, journalists and even folks directly involved. They may not have all the answers to climate change, world politics or the economy BUT you can join them on this weekly expedition as we get you some straight answers. This Is Why airs on Corus Radio stations across Canada: 980 CKNW | Sunday | 7 – 7:30pm PT 770 CHQR | Sunday | 5 – 5:30am MT, 5 – 5:30pm MT 630 CHED | Sunday | 4 – 4:30pm MT 680 CJOB | Saturday | 9 – 9:30pm CT 900 CHML | Sunday | 5:30 -6:00pm ET
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21 September 2020

Pro sports and social change

Global News / Curiouscast
Athletes and social movements have had a long history -- almost as long as pro sports itself. The Undefeated created a list that goes back to 1883. But in August, all of the major professional sports in North America went dark following the shooting death of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In this episode of This Is Why, we look at why pro sports leagues are finally getting behind their athletes in calling for change. Contact: Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca Guests: Bruce Arthur, columnist, the Toronto Star See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14 September 2020

Getting to know COVID-19 - an update (part 2)

Global News / Curiouscast
It's been six months since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Since then, the scientific community has focused nearly all its efforts into understanding the disease in the hopes of creating a vaccine. In the second of a two-part conversation on This Is Why, we talk with an infectious disease specialist to find out what's been discovered about the novel coronavirus. Contact: Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca Guests: Dr. Horacio Bach, adjunct professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UBC Faculty of Medicine See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07 September 2020

Getting to know COVID-19 - an update (part 1)

Global News / Curiouscast
It's been six months since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Since then, the scientific community has focused nearly all its efforts into understanding the disease in the hopes of creating a vaccine. In the first of a two-part conversation on This Is Why, we talk with an infectious disease specialist to find out what's been discovered about the novel coronavirus. Contact: Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca Guests: Dr. Horacio Bach, adjunct professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UBC Faculty of Medicine See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07 September 2020

Lessons from handwashing

Global News / Curiouscast
The simple act of washing hands with soap and water is one of the best things to do in preventing the spread of COVID-19. But before 2020, it was also one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many other diseases, saving lives. On this episode of This Is Why, we speak with a woman who has spread the message of handwashing to a billion people around the world. Contact: Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca Guests: Myriam Sidibe, senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and founder of Brands on a Mission Myriam's TED talk: The simple power of hand-washing See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24 August 2020

Arctic ice collapse

Global News / Curiouscast
The last remaining permanent ice shelf collapsed in Canada's Arctic earlier this month, continuing the trend of the loss of Arctic ice. For climate observers and for Canada's insurance industry, it's a big concern. On this episode of This Is Why, we find out how the melting of Arctic ice is connected with more extreme natural disasters and why the insurance industry is among those concerned about climate change. Contact: Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca Guests: Glenn McGillivray, managing director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17 August 2020

Stuck in South America due to COVID-19

Global News / Curiouscast
It was originally planned as a trip from North to South America and back riding a motorcycle starting last August. And while Jeremy Kroeker and Elle West were able to make it to the Antarctic from Alberta, their trip back was interrupted by COVID-19. And they've only just returned home. On this episode of This Is Why, we talk with a Canadian couple whose yearlong motorcycle trip to the furthest point of South America got interrupted by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Contact: Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca Guests: Jeremy Kroeker - motorcyclist, writer and YouTuber Elle West - motorcyclist and riding instructor See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10 August 2020

Kids and COVID-19

Global News / Curiouscast
The school year is just around the corner and provincial governments across Canada have been rolling out their school reopening plans. But questions remain on whether the various plans are appropriate or protective enough of children and the wider community during this pandemic. On this episode of This Is Why, we look into the pediatric evidence of COVID-19's effects on children and what that could mean for school reopenings. Contact: Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca Guests: Dr. Joan Robinson, division director of pediatric infectious disease at the University of Alberta, and a pediatric infectious disease physician at Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07 August 2020

Creativity during COVID-19

Global News / Curiouscast
Disrupting "normal" patterns and habits, the novel coronavirus pandemic has created lots of time and space for people around the world. With all that time and the influence of a pandemic, artists must be creating untold amounts of new work, right? On this episode of This Is Why, we talk with artists from around the country about how this pandemic has affected their lives and their art. Contact: Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca Guests: Laura Stinson and Ian McFarlane, The North Barn Theatre Collective in Antigonish County, N.S. Alexander Robinson, an emerging visual artist in Toronto, ON. Ciele Beau, multidisciplinary visual artist and musician in Vancouver, B.C. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
07 August 2020

Canada's internet use during the COVID-19 pandemic

Global News / Curiouscast
Canadians, like many around the world, have been spending much more time online during the novel coronavirus pandemic. So when CIRA, Canada's internet registrars, did their annual survey on internet use, they found how that internet use changed with COVID-19. On this episode of This Is Why, we look at how the pandemic changed the use and perception of the internet and social media platforms in Canada. Contact: Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca Guests: Spencer Callahan, communications manager for the Canadian Internet Registration  Authority (CIRA) Episode Resources: CIRA release "Facebook named most toxic social media platform by 40 per cent of Canadians" See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
16 July 2020

Anti-Asian Racism and COVID-19

Global News / Curiouscast
The novel coronavirus was first detected in the city of Wuhan in China in late 2019. For some, that's reason enough to discriminate against and vilify people who aren't from that region of China or haven't even visited the country. On this episode of This Is Why, we look at the role racism against people of Asian heritage during the coronavirus pandemic and how it's the latest chapter of anti-Asian racism. Contact: Adam Toy - @Adam_Toy on Twitter Dave McIvor - @d_mac1519 on Twitter This is Why - @ThisIsWhy on Twitter Email us - thisiswhy@globalnews.ca Guests: Dr. Kim Noels, professor of psychology at the University of Alberta Barbara Lee, founder & president of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, who partnered with Project 1907 to create Elimin8hate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.