Out in the Openwith Piya Chattopadhyay


Two parents fight to remove their child's name from Canada's 'no-fly list'

Sulemaan Ahmed and Khadija Cajee share the inconveniences and the real fears they have for their now eight-year-old child, who is on Canada's 'no-fly list'.
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It's one thing to feel left out and excluded from opportunities. But what happens when you're officially cut out or cut off? Piya will speak with people who've been blacklisted... from an athlete banned from playing football because he was caught doping, to the parents of an eight-year-old on Canada's "no fly list".

What it's like being a registered sex offender in Canada: 'For me it's a sickness'

‘Louis’ sexually abused four children. Now, he’s trying to make sure he never does it again.

'I was blocked by the President of the United States on Twitter'

Three different people from different backgrounds talk about their experiences being blocked by Donald Trump on Twitter and what it has ultimately meant for them.

Court-imposed 'red zones' separate vulnerable people from social services, say outreach workers

When Mary was released from jail a few years ago after a drug charge, a court prohibited her from returning to her neighbourhood. Inside that neighbourhood were her homeless shelter, methadone clinic and welfare office.

Football player speaks up after the Waterloo steroid scandal that cost him his dream

In 2010, Matt Socholotiuk found himself in the centre of one of Canadian Varsity football’s biggest steroid scandals. After being caught for taking Human Growth Hormone, he was banned from playing football for three years. Ultimately, this would cost him his dream of playing in the CFL.

She might be blacklisted from Iran, but not knowing for certain is what causes the most pain

Ava Homa is an Iranian exile living in Canada. For her, there are definite signs it isn’t safe for her to return to her homeland, but she says her exile might be easier if there were a list she could actually see.

Radio host quits job over chronic dread, then decides to face her fears head-on

Courtenay Hameister constantly lived with dread and anxiety. Eventually, she quit her amazing job because of it. But she didn't want to continue missing out on opportunities, so she made a decision to face her everyday fears for an entire year.
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Sense of Dread

Dread, that gnawing—and for some debilitating—feeling that something bad is going to happen, it's in the air. Just look at how much of our entertainment these days is based on a doomsday premise. From facing it head on, to working really hard to ignore it, this week, Piya asks: How do we harness dread?

'Trump giveth and Trump taketh away,' says maker of bomb shelters

Ron Hubbard is in the dread industry. His company builds personal nuclear fallout bunkers for everything from people worried about the rapture to North Korea.

'You're almost naked up there': What terrifies one comedian about stand-up is also what draws her in

Comedian Danita Steinberg's dread starts the morning of every show. She even thinks about cancelling. But she doesn't because what she dreads about stand-up comedy is precisely what she loves about it.

'I was so destroyed inside. I couldn't even fake it': From breakdown to breakthrough

Joey Laguio got really good at harnessing his dread by pushing himself to be the perfect student. It worked really well for a while until he had a breakdown. He was jobless, bed-ridden and felt he’d lost everything. It was then that he realized he had to find another way to deal with his anxiety and dread.

Knowing you will lose your vision but not knowing exactly when

At thirteen years of age, Kirsty James was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, a genetic disease that leads to vision loss. She lived in fear and denial for years, knowing that one day she would eventually lose her sight.

'To call myself Canadian would speak to the success of residential schools'

Three Indigenous people reflect on the word ‘Canadian’ and what fuels their individual choice to acknowledge or reject the term in how they identify.
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Hyphen State

As Canada marks 151 years as a country, Piya speaks with people about the words that so often live on the left side of our national identities and their relationship to the identifier on the right side, 'Canadian.' So, what is the state of the hyphen today?

Why being asked 'What are you?' is a form of 'silent racism'

For Sandra Modiste, Canada’s multicultural dream ‘didn’t come true.’

A hyphen abroad

For Canadian expat Tori Allen, what it means to be a 'hyphen' lies both within her home country and without.

'Who am I?': A third culture kid finds himself in Canada

Alain Derbez was born in Mexico, spent his formative years in France, then moved to Canada — his mother’s homeland. He always felt like an ‘other’ until he stumbled upon a book about third culture kids and saw himself in the term.

Inuk performance artist challenges 'Southern Canadians' on their perceptions of 'the North'

For many Canadians, their northern-ness forms a treasured part of their Canadian identity (think kayaks and the ubiquitous inukshuk). But Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory wonders if 'Southern Canadians' hold some real misconceptions about the Great White North.

An American on what it takes to be a Canadian

American-born Nate Tabak is trying to become Canadian. He shares his voyage and the surprising conditions and contradictions of becoming Canadian that he's found along the way.

Free speech on campus: Where should universities draw the line?

After a tumultuous year, Wilfrid Laurier University reckons with what some see as an intrusion of ‘unpopular opinions.’

Can you ever truly be done with an addiction?

For several years, Leslie Jamison struggled with addiction to alcohol. She's sober today. But getting to that point was a complicated journey.

Done and Done

From confronting addiction to quitting your job, there are myriad ways we all hit the brakes in life. But sometimes the toughest part can be knowing when to stop. This week, Piya asks: When is it time to say, 'I'm done'?

'I began having nightmares': Former animal tester reveals the reality of working in animal research

Michael Slusher speaks with Piya about how he justified testing on and euthanizing animals as a vivisectionist, and what ultimately made him stop.

'If you think about who is feeling like an impostor, it's people not in the privileged class'

Dena Simmons says “it is the easy way out” to think of impostor syndrome as something that just happens at the individual level. She wants us to ask how certain environments make racialized people feel like impostors.
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