Welcome with Karim KanjiJul 27, 2023
Arif Virani: Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
In 2017, I had the honour of interviewing my friend, Arif Virani. This past week, the Honourable Arif Virani became Canada's newest Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada!
Arif Virani's impressive career and journey to success are truly captivating. As a Member of Parliament, he has made significant contributions to his community and the country at large. With a focus on human rights, social justice, and community development, Arif Virani's passion for making a positive impact is evident in every aspect of his work.
From his early life experiences to his commitment to public service, Arif Virani's dedication to advocacy and public policy shines through. As a lawyer, educator, and political leader, he has consistently strived to bring about positive change and empower marginalized communities.
With a background in international human rights law, Arif Virani has skillfully championed the causes of refugees and immigrants, providing a voice to those who need it most. His impressive accomplishments as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada further highlight his commitment to upholding justice and fairness.
Arif Virani's journey is an inspiration to many, showcasing the transformative power of dedication, compassion, and hard work. As we delve into the pages of his story, we are reminded of the profound impact that individuals can have when they are driven by a genuine desire to create a better world.
To learn more about Arif Virani's remarkable journey and the initiatives he has championed, visit the link below:
[Link to the page: https://karimkanji.com/arif-virani/]
Perry Chafe - Closer By Sea
Perry Chafe is a Newfoundland-based writer, showrunner, and co-creator of TV series Republic of Doyle or writer / producer for Son of a Critch.
Closer by Sea is a coming-of-age story perfect for book clubs, and comparable to Mary Lawson’s A Town Called Solace, or the film Stand by Me (Stephen King). It’s about the mysterious disappearance of a young girl and the fragility of childhood bonds, set during the 90s, against the backdrop of a small island community adapting to an ever-changing landscape.
Jamaluddin Aram - Nothing Good Happens in Wazirabad On Wednesday
Jamaluddin Aram is a documentary filmmaker, producer, and writer from Kabul, Afghanistan. His works have appeared in Numero Cinq, The Write Launch, and Cagibi literary magazine among others. Jamaluddin’s short story “This Hard Easy Life” was a finalist for RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers in 2020. He was selected as a mentee by Michael Christie for the Writers’ Trust of Canada Mentorship program for his book Marchoba, now titled Nothing Good Happens in Wazirabad on Wednesday, his debut novel. He is the associate producer of the Academy Award–nominated film Buzkashi Boys. Jamaluddin has a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Union College in Schenectady, New York. He lives in Toronto. Connect with him on Facebook @Jamaluddin.Aram or on Instagram and Twitter @JamaluddinAram.
John "Gibby" Gibbons
This episode originally aired on the Welcome To The Music podcast.
- Listener Questions:
- Aneez from Whitby – It is said that rock stars want to be athletes, and athletes want to be rock stars… Adam Wainwright sang the National Anthem on Opening Day in St Louis… What’s the most John Gibbons Rock n Roll moment in the clubhouse, or on the road, or at a concert?
- Joshua from Scarborough – What was your walk up music when you were a Met? What would your walk up song be if you were playing today? Why don’t managers have walk up songs? (Fav song is Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd)
- Two WS rings with Braves and 1986 Mets
- Getting umps to throw John out
- World Baseball Classic (Ohtani and Trout)
- One of John’s good friends, JP Ricciardi – disliked in Toronto among the fan base. Why does JP get a bad rap?
- Pete Walker, pitching coach with the Jays, played for John
- Blue Jays new manager Schneider
- Alex Anthopolous
- Why John didn’t like the Home run jacket.
- Garth Brooks at METS spring training
- Rik Emmett and Gil Moore of Triumph came to games a lot
- Gil Moore helped John’s daughter, JORDAN, record couple of albums in his Toronto studio
- Having dinner with Geddy Lee and RUSH
Omer Aziz, Brown Boy
Omer Aziz is the author of the book "Brown Boy". The book is a memoir in which Aziz reflects on his experiences growing up as a Pakistani Canadian Muslim and explores themes of identity, belonging, and family.
This past week John Shannon joined me to chat about his career and new book, Evolve or Die (published by Simon and Shuster). Topics we discussed: - His relationship with Don Cherry - working with Richard Peddie and Sherali Najak - why he decided to write his first book - working with Bob McCown - working at Wayne Gretzky's last NHL game - and so much more! Who is John Shannon: John Shannon is a Canadian sportscaster, television producer, and former panelist on Rogers Sportsnet's Hockey Central. He won a Sports Emmy Award in 2003 for Outstanding Live Sports Special for his work on NBC's broadcast of the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Shannon was named Executive In Charge of Programming and Production for NHL Network in 2008, in addition to being Executive Vice President of Programming and Production for the National Hockey League. In 2009, he left the NHL Network to become an on-air panelist for Rogers Sportsnet and a co-host of sports talk radio show Prime Time Sports on Fan 590 in Toronto alongside Bob McCown. The show was simulcast on Rogers Sportsnet. The show aired for the final time on June 19, 2019, before its cancellation. On August 28, 2019, it was reported that Shannon would be retained by Rogers Sportsnet for the upcoming NHL season. In 2020, Shannon became a co-host of the sports talk podcast, "The Bob McCown Show," alongside Bob McCown, which discusses sports topics of the day and features guests from the sports industry.
Chris St. Clair: Weather Permitting
From the long time host of The Weather Network comes a behind-the-scenes look at Canada’s biggest weather events and climate phenomena.
Chris St. Clair was a weather presenter and journalist on The Weather Network for more than twenty-five years. He is also a popular speaker on meteorology and climate change. He lives in Kingston, Ontario. Connect with him on Twitter @CStClair1.
For more than twenty-five years, Chris St. Clair was on the frontline of Canada’s biggest weather events as a popular presenter on The Weather Network. For the first time, he shares his never-before-told stories covering the country’s most astounding weather events.
From the flooding of the Red River in Winnipeg to the ice storm in Montreal, the hurricanes in Newfoundland, the devastating wildfires in Fort McMurray, the hailstorm in Calgary, and the heat dome and horrifying floods in British Columbia, St. Clair recalls these extreme weather events and relays their impact on communities across the country. He also follows Canadian snowbirds south to Florida and recounts their dramatic escape from record-breaking Hurricanes Matthew and Irma.
A vivid personal narrative with accessible scientific explanations and meteorological analysis, Weather Permitting tells the story of how the weather has shaped the character and psyche of our nation, and is an homage to the strength and resilience of Canadian communities from coast to coast.
Shenaz Lila is my aunt (my dad's sister) and one of 8 siblings. Her eldest brother is Noordin Kassam whom I interviewed in 2018. I've also interviewed Amin Kanji and Taj Charania earlier this year. This is a continuation in a series of conversations I have with all the KKC siblings. Including my dad.
This is Episode #276 of the Welcome! podcast.
Gabriela Casineanu is an award-winning author who founded the Immigrant Writers Association in 2018.
The IWA is a non profit organization that assists new Canadian immigrants find support to express themselves through creative writing.
Each year the IWA releases a new anthology featuring short stories and poetry from their members. This past Tuesday the IWA released a new anthology called Finding The Way featuring 12 new Canadian writers. https://immigrantwriters.com/finding-the-way/
Finding The Way features writing from new Canadians that have come from Ghana, Ukraine, Romania, USA, India, Cuba, Senegal, United Arab Emirates, Trinidad and Tobago.
Mike Dancy - Running for Brampton Council
I've known Mike for quite some time. He's a stand up guy who lives in Brampton and cares about his community.
When asked by the Brampton Guardian who he wanted to run this is what he said, "Originally, I decided to run since the incumbent, Pat Fortini, was running unopposed. Everyone needs a choice and I put my name in so that people would have an option. Once I realized what a regional councillor could do with helping people, I decided that I was going to put 110 per cent into this campaign."
This was Mike's first time running for public office. So I thought I'd ask him on what lessons he learned. Hope you enjoy this conversation.
Photo from Brampton Guardian.
Ali Hassan: Is There Bacon in Heaven? A Memoir
Ali Hassan is a stand-up comedian, actor, and professional chef. He is the host of CBC’s Canada Reads as well as Laugh Out Loud. He is also a frequent guest host of q, CBC’s premier national arts and entertainment show. His comedy has been performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and Toronto’s JFL42. He is a Canadian Comedy Awards nominee, and his solo show, Muslim, Interrupted, was performed at the world’s largest comedy festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has appeared in three award-winning films, Breakaway, French Immersion, and as the memorable Lebanese Uncle Stevie in the hockey hit Goon, in addition to other film and TV roles, most recently CBC’s Run the Burbs. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his family. Follow him on Twitter @StandUpAli and find him at StandUpAli.com.
Francis Plourde | The Village Season 3: The Montreal Murders
In the early 1990s, as AIDS tightens its grip on major cities around the world, the relative safety of Montreal’s nightlife becomes a magnet for gay men. But when they start turning up dead in hotel rooms, beaten lifeless in city parks, and violently murdered in their own homes, the queer community has more to fear than the disease. While the city’s police force dithers over the presence of a serial killer, a group of queer activists starts making connections, and rises up to start a movement that would end up changing thousands of lives. Hosted by Francis Plourde.
Listen on the CBC Listen App or wherever you get your podcasts.
Zaileen Janmohamed: Head of Partnership Development & Innovation, LA28
BIo: Zaileen Janmohamed is a masterful marketer and a steadfast leader known for providing the vision necessary to navigate complex scenarios and deliver results. Zaileen has a wealth of experience on the brand, agency, and property sides of the sports marketing business, and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion to drive culture and business. In her role with USOPP, Zaileen is working at the intersection of sales and partner servicing, extracting key insights from the market to guide the evolution of Team USA and LA 2028’s business strategy, while also maximizing the offering for both existing and future partners. She joined the team in April 2019.
Scott Morrison: 1972 - The Series That Changed Hockey Forever
“Cournoyer has it on that wing. Here’s a shot. Henderson made a wild stab for it and fell. Here’s another shot. Right in front...they score! Henderson has scored for Canada!”
These immortal words, spoken to hockey fans around the world by the legendary broadcaster Foster Hewitt, capture the historic final-seconds goal scored by Paul Henderson that won the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. Hockey fans across Canada know the moment well, but the story of those amazing eight games has never been fully told—until now.
Here is my conversation with author Scott Morrison.
Published by Simon & Schuster.
Purchase a copy today: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/1972/Scott-Morrison/9781982154141
Amin Kanji is one of 8 children raised by Jaffer and Khadija Kanji. His eldest brother is Noordin Kassam whom I interviewed in 2018. This is a continuation in a series of conversations I have with all the KKC siblings. Including my dad.
Jonathan Durand | Documentarian
Memory Is Our Homeland is a film by Canadian documentarian, Jonathan Durand. Charting the lost story of Polish refugees in Africa from 1942 to 1952 - this film brings to life a journey that brought a group of children from Poland through Siberia, Iran, India, and East Africa, to new lives in Montreal, Sheffield, and across the global Polish diaspora.
PHOTO: Director Jonathan Durand filming in Astravok, Belarus, (formerly Poland) 2014.
Randell Adjei | Ontario's Poet Laureate
Randell Adjei is Ontario's first Poet Laureate. Hailing from Scarborough, Randell is an author, spoken word artist, educator, community leader and entrepreneur. RISE Edutainment is a social enterprise which seeks to give opportunity to youth across the city.
In this conversation we discuss:
- what exactly does a Poet Laureate do
- who inspired Randell to take up poetry in the first place
- graduating as his high school valedictorian after a less than stellar beginning
- starting RISE
- working with companies like Holt Renfrew
- his involvement with the Scarborough Hospital Foundation's Love, Scarborough initiative
- his favourite things about Scarborough
- and so much more!
Follow the links for more information:
Adil Dhalla | Play Advocate
Adil Dhalla is a Community Organizer, Social Entrepreneur and Play Advocate. Currently, Adil is the Director of Community for Camp Reset.
Learn more about Camp Reset at https://www.thisisreset.org/copy-of-home.
Almost 12 years ago Adil co-founded a start up called My City Lives. On their first anniversary I asked Adil 5 Questions:
- What motivates you to do what you do on a daily basis?
- If you had 30 seconds to impart your wisdom on a classroom of soon-to-be graduates, what would you say?
- In your opinion, what has been one of the most important technological developments over the past 12 months?
- If you had a crystal ball, what would you say will be the most important technological development over the next 12 months?
- Who is one of Canada’s tech stars and why?
In this episode we finish off with a new 5 Questions. Listen to the end to hear the questions and Adil's answers.
Aneil Gokhale | Toronto Foundation
Aneil Gokhale is the Director of Philanthropy for the Toronto Foundation. In his role he is responsible for the development and management of the new business portfolio. In this episode we discuss:
- his work with the Toronto Foundation
- the Love, Scarborough fundraising initiative in support of the Scarborough Health Network Foundation.
- how he switched from business and science to philanthropy.
- his favourite things in Scarborough.
- how young adults can become involved in philanthropy.
- why Toronto is the best city in the world...for some people.
Ali Hassan: Is There Bacon In Heaven
Husein Madhavji: Donkeyhead
This is Husein's second appearance on the podcast. In this episode Husein calls in from hot and sunny Dubai where rumour has it that it is cold at night. Husien stars in the new film, Donkeyhead.
Donkeyhead is a 2021 Canadian comedy-drama film written and directed by Agam Darshi in her directorial debut. It stars Darshi as Mona, a woman tasked with taking care of her father with the help of her three siblings after he is diagnosed with cancer and his health starts to deteriorate.