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The Niagarans with Greg Miller
29 minutes | Nov 24, 2017
Laura Ip, founder and Head Coach at Underdogs Boxing Club, joins Greg to talk about founding the club, why boxing, and the philosophy that makes Underdogs different. Laura is also a blogger and podcaster, co-hosting the Practice Feminist podcast and writing her blog of the same name. Greg and Laura talk about Laura's feminism, what she's learned from doing the podcast, and more. Finally Laura, a former City Councillor, answers a question about her future political plans.
28 minutes | Nov 5, 2017
Ep. 25 - Jessica Potts
Jessica Potts joins Greg to talk about the upcoming Pearl Gloves Charity Boxing Event, which is in its 7th year and raises money for the MS Society of Canada. Jessica talks about the history of the events, its ambitious fundraising goal and the fights she remembers best. She also lets us know about some of her other work, including helping people find their strengths and even chimes in with her economic development expertise with regards to Niagara's Amazon bid.
28 minutes | Nov 14, 2016
Greg talks with Julie Rorison, Executive Assistant to the Mayor of St. Catharines and Chair of the Niagara Leadership Summit for Women, which takes place annually in October at Brock University. The NLSW, put on by the YWCA of Niagara Region, features a full day of celebration and information of women's leadership. This year's keynote speaker was Shirley Cheechoo, Chancellor of Brock University and Canada's first woman and first aboriginal university Chancellor. Greg and Julie discuss how she came up with the idea for the summit, why it's important, promoting a renewed sense of pride in Niagara and more. ----------------------- In this episode: ----------------------- 1:15 - Julie's background 2:30 - The idea for the Niagara Leadership Summit for Women 4:50 - Working with the YWCA 6:45 - Why a "leadership" summit for women? 9:15 - What happens at the NLSW? 12:40 - What does Julie expect from the NLSW? 13:15 - A renewed sense of pride in Niagara 15:55 - The future of the NLSW 20:20 - What Julie is looking forward to the most (Shirley Cheechoo) 23:00 - The Burning Question: why work in municipal government?
27 minutes | Nov 6, 2016
Greg talks with Kate Miller, Director of YMCA's Sprott House in Toronto. Sprott is Canada's first transitional housing for LGBTQ2SA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning, Two-Spirited and Ally) youth. Sprott opened its doors in 2016 and currently has space for 25 youths. Miller, originally from St. Catharines and the older sister of the podcast's host, explains why Sprott is necessary, what its first year has been like, what Niagara is doing well for homeless youth and what all communities could learn from Sprott House. ----------------------- In this episode: ----------------------- 1:15 - Becoming Director of Sprott House 2:50 - What Makes Sprott Different? 4:15 - Why is Sprott necessary for LGBTQ2AS youth? 6:20 - Harm reduction and other Sprott policies 8:50 - Daily life at Sprott House 10:45 - Need for more long-term housing and the future for LGBTQ2AS youth 16:35 - Advice for Niagara and what Niagara is doing well now (RAFT and Quest Community Health) 23:00 - Kate's most rewarding outcome so far 24:12 - The Burning Question: when is she moving back to St. Catharines?
30 minutes | Sep 14, 2016
Greg talks with Dr. Zachary Spicer, Assistant Professor at Brock University and author of "The Boundary Bargain: Growth, Development and the Future of City-County Separation". Spicer's research interests centre on Canadian local government, public policy, public administration and Canadian politics. For the past few years, he has focused on inter-municipal coordination and collaboration, but he has also spent time researching a variety of other subjects, including municipal elections, Indigenous-settler relations and politics, and multilevel governance. We get to know Spicer better, talk about his academic career, his new book, why Niagara's governance structure may actually be good, the Vancouver Canucks and more!
40 minutes | Sep 8, 2016
Greg talks to Allie Hughes, owner and founder of Hughes & Co marketing agency. We learn more about Allie as she shares insight into what inbound marketing is, what it's like to be an entrepreneur in Niagara and why her company recently swapped St. Catharines for a heritage building in Thorold. Allie also provides an update on Wingfest, which she was an organizer of and took place in August in Port Dalhousie. All that and more in Episode 21!
45 minutes | Aug 28, 2016
Greg talks with Mike Garrett, photographer, social media star and anti-Marineland activist. Mike has been organizing demonstrations outside Marineland for a few years and has been on the receiving end of a SLAPP lawsuit and even threats for his activism. Mike talks about his history with Marineland, the recent controversy over Niagara Falls removing anti-captivity ads, the Labour Day Demonstration…and much more!
55 minutes | Aug 28, 2016
Greg Talks with Cowork Niagara president Trevor Twining about Niagara's independent workforce, Garden City Food Co-op, Open Data, and the Niagara Podcast Network.
44 minutes | Aug 3, 2016
Greg talks with Jennifer Bonato, graduate student in critical sociology, Vice-President of the YWCA Niagara Region Board of Directors and an engaging voice of the emerging generation. Jennifer’s grad work focuses on eco-feminism and the food industry. As incoming President of the YWCA Board, Jennifer recently attended the YWCA’s annual meeting in Moncton. Jennifer talks about what feminism is to her, what eco-feminism is, No Fixed Address, the Niagara Leadership Summit for Women…and much more!
31 minutes | Jul 21, 2016
Greg talks with Norm Foster, Canada’s most popular playwright and namesake of the ongoing Foster Festival at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines. Norm has written over 50 plays and sees them produced 150 times a year by different theatre groups. The Foster Festival, in its first year, is the first festival dedicated to the work of a living, Canadian playwright. Greg and Norm talk about his work, the three plays at the Festival and the changing nature of theatre.
34 minutes | Jul 17, 2016
Greg talks with Rod Mawhood, sports broadcaster, journalist and the voice of Niagara sports. Greg and Rod talk about his background in sports, the Niagara IceDogs, the River Lions, the Lock Monsters, Brock University sports, the impact of sports on the community and more!
43 minutes | Jul 10, 2016
Greg talks with Ed Smith, retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Port Dalhousie advocate and conservation activist. Greg and Ed talk about his life in the army, the changes that citizens have been driving in Port Dalhousie, how he’s become the bane of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and what needs to change at the NPCA.
45 minutes | Jul 4, 2016
Greg talks with Chris Bittle, Liberal Member of Parliament for St. Catharines. Greg and Chris talk about Chris’ life before becoming a politician, why his campaign to defeat incumbent Rick Dykstra was successful in 2015, early tribulations for the Liberal government, housing and poverty in Niagara and why he won’t be meddling in municipal politics.
40 minutes | Jun 19, 2016
Show description: Greg talks with Mishka Balsom, CEO of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. Greg and Mishka talk about how she came to be CEO of the GNCC, what it’s like replacing Walter Sendzik, being a woman leader in Niagara, if chambers of commerce are still needed, raising the minimum wage and the upcoming Niagara Business Achievement Awards.
43 minutes | Jun 19, 2016
Show description: Greg talks with Karl Vanderkuip. Karl is a local real estate agent who has been behind community projects like Sunset Beach and the rehabilitation of Centennial Gardens Park. Greg and Karl talk about the Niagara real estate market, Port Dalhousie, Karl’s passion projects, disc golf and more.
24 minutes | May 28, 2016
Greg talks with Rhonda, Health Promoter with Bridges Community Health in Fort Erie and transportation advocate. Greg and Rhonda talk about affordable public transit, car sharing and the upcoming commuter challenge week.
31 minutes | May 28, 2016
Greg talks with Marty Mako, Public Health Promotoer and volunteer extraordinaire. Greg and Matt talk about Marty’s volunteer work, the state of health in Niagara and what it’s like to run for City Council.
31 minutes | May 16, 2016
Greg talks with Matt Harris, St. Catharines City Councillor and Major Gifts Officer for Hotel Dieu-Shaver. Greg and Matt talk about Matt's background, City Council and St. Catharines’ never-ending arena crises.
34 minutes | May 11, 2016
Greg talks with Brent Porter, co-founder and creative director of Form & Affect, a digital design and development agency in St. Catharines. Greg and Brent talk about Brent's background, the Pearl Gloves charity fundraiser and the recent controversy surrounding the City of Welland's logo design contest.
37 minutes | Apr 17, 2016
Greg interviews Scott Rosts from Niagara This week
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