I believe that a country is largely defined by the rights, freedoms and social circumstances of the people who live within its borders. It’s defined as much by the achievements as the struggles, by the dark times as by the light and as much by the activists who fought for change as the naysayers who opposed it.
Former senior policy advisor and principal secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Tom Axworthy shares the story of the Charter of Rights – why it impassioned Trudeau so deeply, the fight to achieve consensus and ratification and the compromises along the way.
Having dedicated his career to defending the accused and upholding human rights, Clayton Ruby talks about the Charter of Rights and it how it has impacted his practice of constitutional and criminal law and civil rights.
CEO of the Chantier de l’economie sociale (Task Force on the Social Economy) and a long-time activist in the nonprofit sector, Nancy Neamtan defines the “Social Economy” and explains its unique and longstanding history in Quebec.
Chairman of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest social venture capital fund and board chair of learning centre Hollyhock, Joel Solomon shares his life story, one that led him from Tennessee to B.C. and a dedication to investing in social change.
A veteran of the nonprofit sector and the executive director of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) National, Tim Draimin talks about what inspired his commitment to the nonprofit sector, the origins of social innovation and its impact in Canada.
We caught up with the firebrand at his Ontario Federation of Labour office in Toronto where he spoke about his passion for labour rights and the evolution he’s witnessed in the movement. He also shared the challenges he’s tackled in… Continue reading
Professor and playwright Patricia McDermott has been exploring the labour movement and its impact on women’s rights for 40 years. In this podcast she discusses the play she produced based on the famous Eaton’s strike of 1984 and the various… Continue reading
Kim Baird talks about her role as the elected Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation and how she negotiated and implemented British Columbia’s first urban modern treaty in 2009, a victory that led to various accolades including Member of the… Continue reading
Aboriginal activist Tanya Kappo talks about her activist roots, her involvement with Idle No More, the legacy of residential schools and how she’s working to carve an empowered future for herself and her children.