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THE ROAD LESS TAKEN...TURNING TRAVEL INTO IMPACT

Airing February 1, 2023

Tourism is an $8 trillion global industry yet very little of that money makes its way into the hands of local businesses and communities. Fortunately, there is an organization called Planeterra that is trying to change all that. They have helped create nearly  500 community-based initiatives in more than 77 countries. Each one provides travellers with a unique travel experience that also  benefits the local community and many marginalized groups. 

Their articulate Director of Partnerships and Development, Tricia Schers,  pulls back the curtain and tells us how they do it and more importantly, how you can travel in a way that makes a difference.

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Tricia Schers

Director of Partnerships and Development

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Women with Wheels

New Delhi, India

SEASON TWO: Team

IT'S DAVID VS. GOLIATH FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE IN TORONTO

SEASON TWO: Inventory
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Zach Grant is the Community Director at the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto. The church is a mere 21 steps from the Eaton Centre, the epicentre of retail consumerism in Canada. The contrast could not be more stark. Zach works with, and on behalf of, the homeless people living in Toronto.  Each month there is a memorial at the Church to celebrate the life and tragic death of those living on the streets.  Zach's life is surrounded by grief and rage, yet their (Zach prefers the gender-neutral pronouns "they/them") compassion and respect for the homeless is on full display. They are a force for change in our city.

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Toronto Homeless Memorial outside Church of the Holy Trinity

Listen to the podcast at 

hiddengemstoronto.buzzsprout.com

Learn more about the memorial at

holytrinity.to/justice-work/homeless-memorial/

Follow Unity Kitchen at @unitykitchento

Find the book Displacement City at 

utorontopress.com/9781487546496

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IT’S TOO LATE FOR PESSIMISM...

In the fight against climate change!

The indefatigable Sarah Lazarovic has been a journalist, editorial cartoonist and  author. Her book, A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy, is a lively tale of her fight against overconsumption, including going one whole year without  buying a single piece of clothing.  And her regular  newsletter, Minimal Viable Planet, which she describes as an undepressing newsletter about how to fight climate change is irreverent, funny and very insightful. She is a much needed breath of fresh air.


Listen to the podcast at 

hiddengemstoronto.buzzsprout.com


Check out Sarah's book at

sarahl.com/my-book


Subscribe to Sarah's newsletter at

mvp.ist/

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SEASON TWO: About

UNDER THE (NEW) NEON PALMS

The El Mocambo is alive and well!

In this podcast we chat with the Executive and Creative Director of El Mocambo, the effervescent, Mike Chalut.  Mike talks about how the El Mocambo was completely renovated into a state of the art facility, while at the same time, paying homage to its illustrious past. It seems everyone has an Elmo story and you will hear lots of them in this podcast.  

Listen to the podcast at 

hiddengemstoronto.buzzsprout.com

Check out El  Mocambo at

elmocambo.com

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SEASON TWO: Welcome

SKELETONS OUT OF THE CLOSET

In this month’s podcast we chat with Ben Lovatt, owner of the Skull Store and Prehistoria Museum

He proudly calls his museum the worlds weirdest recycling centre and Canada’s biggest oddity shop. When you see what Ben has on display, you will quickly surmise that “odd” barely scratches the surface.

Listen to the podcast at 

hiddengemstoronto.buzzsprout.com

Visit the store and museum at

skullstore.ca

SEASON TWO: Inventory
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PARTNERS IN CRIME

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For the past decade, Sgt. Derrick Gaudet has always referred to his police dog in the K9 unit as his partner. And why wouldn’t he? His four-legged companion, Major, has played a vital role in solving numerous complex crimes in Canada. It was Major after all who, on a cold winter’s day, found the remains of the bodies that were hidden in planters by serial killer Bruce McArthur. 

Derrick talks about their exceptional career together and the challenges of taking care of Major now that they have both retired.

Retired RCMP officer, Stacey Talbot talks about Ned's Wish foundation, which helps cover the substantial medical bills for retired police dogs. 

Listen to the podcast at 

hiddengemstoronto.buzzsprout.com

Visit

nedswish.com

SEASON TWO: Services
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