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33 minutes | 19 hours ago
NOW What Ep100 - It’s Time to Care About Ontario’s Caregivers
In this week’s NOW, Julia Mastroianni explores the crisis facing personal support workers, overwhelmed and undersupported by the province as they do their utmost to care for at-risk seniors in communal living situations during a pandemic that’s latest almost a year … and the crisis that awaits us if PSWs continue to leave the workforce at the current rate. Julia and Dr. Amit Arya join Norm to discuss this increasingly urgent issue.
40 minutes | 4 days ago
NOW What Ep99 - (NOW 40 at 40): Michael Healey and The Drawer Boy
It’s NOW’s 40th anniversary this year, and we’re looking back at some of our most memorable covers with retrospective interviews. Glenn Sumi talks to playwright and actor Michael Healey about his February 18, 1999 cover appearance for his breakout play The Drawer Boy, and how it changed his life … and how, two decades later, another NOW story changed his life once again.
28 minutes | 8 days ago
NOW What Ep98 - How Comfort Food Is Keeping Toronto Restaurants Afloat
Eleven months into the pandemic, and with winter depressing everyone even further, people are turning to the foods that comfort them. In this week’s NOW, staff writer Kelsey Adams talks to chefs and restaurateurs across Toronto to find out what’s working for them, and why. One of them is Marben executive chef Chris Locke, who joins Kelsey and Norm for this conversation.
25 minutes | 11 days ago
NOW What Ep97 - How Toronto Writers Are Making Substack Work For Them
Now that NOW has launched a streaming newsletter (NOW Streaming! Check it out!), Norm reaches out to Toronto writers and Substack users Kat Angus (Kat Watches Everything), Matt Elliott (City Hall Watcher) and Andrew Stoeten (The Batflip) to get up to speed on how the platform works for entertainment, news and sports. Learn along with him!
63 minutes | 15 days ago
NOW What Ep96 - The State Of Sex Work
For our annual Love & Sex issue, NOW culture editor Radheyan Simonpillai asked sex workers and activists Andrea Werhun, Gwen Adora, Ana Valens, Eliza Lorde, Vixen Vu and Ellie Ade Kur to discuss the ways in which their industry has and hasn’t reinvented itself as a result of the pandemic. (Think Onlyfans.)
24 minutes | 18 days ago
NOW What Ep95 - Why The Toronto Black Film Festival Matters More Than Ever
The Toronto Black Film Festival is back this week, and things are very different this year than they were in 2020. It’s not just the pandemic that’s changed the landscape, but the surge in Black activism and the ensuing calls for increased representation in television and cinema. TBFF founder Fabienne Colas is here to talk about all of it.
47 minutes | 22 days ago
NOW What Ep94 - Black Futures Month 2021
In a companion piece to her Black Futures Month cover package, NOW’s Kelsey Adams talks to Obsidian Theatre artistic director Mumbi, FoodShare Toronto executive director Paul Taylor, Sundance Harvest founder Cheyenne Sundance, Black Lives Matter Canada co-founder Rodney Diverlus and recent candidate for Toronto city council Renee Jagdeo about their work to demand a more just future.
27 minutes | 25 days ago
NOW What Ep93 - A Glitch In The Matrix: Are We Living In A Simulation?
Rodney Ascher’s new documentary A Glitch in the Matrix explores simulation theory -- specifically, the idea that our world, and we ourselves, exist inside a computer simulation so detailed it’s indistinguishable from real life. Can we trust the evidence of our own senses? And … should we? Norm and Rodney hash it out just a few hours before the film’s (virtual) Sundance premiere.
31 minutes | a month ago
NOW What Ep92 - Toronto Real Estate Has a Missing Middle Problem
Toronto is short on the smaller, multi-unit dwellings that occupy the space between single-family homes and high-density apartments and condos. Culture editor Radheyan Simonpillai talks to realtors Phillip Kocev and Meray Mansour to figure out why, and what the city is going to do about it.
21 minutes | a month ago
NOW What Ep91 - Science Up First Stands Up For Facts
In order to counter the ever-rising tide of skepticism and misinformation about the pandemic, a group of scientists, researchers and health care providers have launched the Science Up First initiative. Timothy Caulfield and Samantha Yammine join Norm to discuss the initiative and how they’re hoping to steer more people towards fact and reason.
24 minutes | a month ago
NOW What Ep90 - How To Socialize And Have Fun Remotely
With NOW’s Chill Winter Guide on the stands, writers Kelsey Adams, Julia Mastroianni and Richard Trapunski join Norm to discuss their recommendations for staying connected -- to friends, family and the world -- during this latest lockdown.
53 minutes | a month ago
NOW What Ep89 - The Promising Young Woman Panel
Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman arrived on VOD last week, and to balance NOW’s all-male discussion of the film in a previous NOW WHAT, culture editor Radheyan Simonpillai moderates a panel discussion with entertainment reporter Teri Hart, gender justice advocate Farrah Khan, Refinery 29 senior editor Kathleen Newman-Bremang and Bechdel Tested creator Erica Shiner.
53 minutes | a month ago
Love Your Body 2021: The Podcast
With NOW’s annual celebration of body positivity on the stands, associate entertainment editor Glenn Sumi talks to Gelek Badheytsang, Emma Hewson, Denise Mcleod, Jessie Olsen and Arianne Persaud about their participation in the issue, and what they’ve taken away from the experience.
23 minutes | a month ago
NOW What Ep87 - The Cast Of Kim's Convenience On Season 5, Marvel, Star Wars and COVID
With their award-winning show returning to CBC next week, stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon, Simu Liu and Andrew Phung join Norm for a conversation about Season 5's darker turn, shooting during COVID and what it means to have Kim’s Convenience on the air right now.
18 minutes | 2 months ago
NOW What Ep86 - The Plight Of Toronto’s Queer Bars During COVID-19
In a new story on the NOW website, staff writer Julia Mastroianni looks at how queer spaces face different financial challenges than their mainstream equivalents. Julia and Shameful Tiki’s Alana Nogueda join Norm to discuss the ways in which queer bar owners are trying to hold their community together, even as they’re forced apart.
20 minutes | 2 months ago
NOW What Ep85 - NOW Staffers Share Their New Year’s Resolutions
We’d like to do something optimistic to ring in the new year, so Norm asks Kelsey Adams, Julia Mastroianni, Radheyan Simonpillai and Glenn Sumi to share one thing they hope to accomplish in 2021 … whether or not they get to leave the house.
41 minutes | 2 months ago
NOW What Ep84 - The struggle to make Toronto real estate affordable in 2021
Real estate brokers and urban planners recap rising prices in the Toronto real estate market in 2020, how the upcoming home vacancy tax and other efforts to make housing affordable meets with considerable challenges and what to expect in 2021.
20 minutes | 2 months ago
NOW What Ep83 - Rechev Browne takes us back to the frontlines
NOW’s political editor Enzo DiMatteo catches up with Rechev Browne, the grocery store worker featured in our spring frontline heroes issue. Rechev revisits his experience hazarding COVID-19 while working at No Frills and dealing with people’s daily frustrations and microaggressions. He explain’s how attitudes have evolved and the sentiment celebrating frontline workers has withered away along with pandemic pay.
73 minutes | 2 months ago
NOW What Ep82 - The best and worst movies coming out this holiday season
Santa may be on ice during the pandemic but the holiday movie season is in full effect. Wonder Woman 1984, Pixar’s Soul, Promising Young Woman and Tom Hanks in News of the World are joining movies in theatres and online like Mank, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Nomadland to compete for your holiday viewing attention. NOW’s critics Norm Wilner, Radheyan Simonpillai, Glenn Sumi and Kevin Ritchie debate all the new releases See below for time stamps if you want to skip ahead to a particular movie conversation. Wonder Woman 1984 – 2:00 Soul – 16:00 News of the World – 23:00 Promising Young Woman – 26:30 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – 40:00 Mank – 45:30 Nomadland – 52:30
19 minutes | 2 months ago
NOW What Ep81 - Pandemic Check-In With Ryan Imgrund
Shouldn’t we be in a lockdown by now? Norm checks in with Newmarket biostatistician Ryan Imgrund to find out where things stand right now, what Ontarians could and should be doing differently in their daily lives, and what Doug Ford ought to be doing at the provincial level.
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