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News and Views - January 31st, 2020

In this episode of News and Views, Wayne Greenway interviews Dr. Paul Caulford, head of the Canadian Centre for Refugee and immigrant Healthcare, about serious challenges facing newcomers to Canada. In addition, Jael Joseph continues her interview with journalist/author Desmond Cole, focusing on the complexities around organizations claiming to support black Canadians. Our weekly news roundup is presented by Cassandra Earle.

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News and Views - January 24th, 2020

In this episode of News and views, we welcome in the new year with a jam-packed program: David Wall discusses facts on the ground in Gaza and Syria with award-winning independent journalist Eva Bartlett; new team-member Naama Weingarten discusses the extradition hearing of Huawei’s top executive; and new team-member Jael Joseph interviews journalist/author Desmond Cole. Our weekly news roundup is presented by Cassandra Earle.

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2019-01-24

Catch da Flava - Discussing Mental Helath and Peacebuilders

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On today's Catch da Flava radio show for Tuesday, January 14, 2020, we focused on two separate but intertwined issues. They were youth mental health and the youth justice system. Our hosts were Shajuanah and Jamelia with co-hosts Kaila, Thalia, and Fazra.


Our guests for the mental health segment was Michelle Cauch, a Student Success Advisor at Centennial College and Michelle Galeotalanza, a mental health professional and professor at Centennial College. They discussed what is mental health, why is youth mental health important, why is youth mental health different from the other age groups, what are the major youth mental health issues, where should the youth get help, how can they seek trusting professionals to speak to on issues of mental health? These were just a few of the many interesting topics and questions we discussed.


Our guest for the next segment was Rachelle Bloomfield, a staff, leader, and counselor at Peacebuilders. Peacebuilders is a nonprofit organization that p…

Catch da Flava - #LetsStopAIDS

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For the first show of the 2020 year, the Catch Da Flava team took on the topic of HIV and its awareness among youth.  Our guest on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, was Shamin Mohamed Jr, the founder of LetsStopAIDs, a youth-driven organization devoted to HIV prevention and exchange. Later Shamin was joined over the telephone by a staff member of LetsStopAIDS.
Hosted by Catch da Flava's Fazra, Shejuanah and Thalia the show featured a lively discussion about HIV. We talked about the need to start an organization devoted to HIV, the appropriateness of HIV education to elementary and high school-aged youth, misconceptions on who and how you can get HIV, the importance of regular STD medical check-ups for sexually involved youth, HIV symptoms, the problems with promoting abstinence-only as a form of prevention education, HIV partners, stigma of living with HIV and much more. 

Special thanks to Dawit Tibebu for producing the show and identifying the guests.
To listen to this engaging show  cl…

Powerful by Nature - The Holiday Show

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Date:  December 9th, 2019
Topic: Holiday Show
Whether the holidays make you want to slam your head against the wall or jump for joy, our holiday show is for you! Join us as we talk all about the holidays and share some of our tips on everything from where to find affordable gifts to DIY decorating.
Listen Here: https://www.regentparkfocus.com/radio/media/jessies/2019-12-09.mp3


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Divas Girls Group - November 28th, 2019

On Thursday, November 28th, 2019, several  young women in our Divas Media program performed their spoken word poems at the annual holiday celebration for the Canadian Women’s Foundation. The event was held at 100 Adelaide St. W, and about 35 to 40 people were in attendance.  It was an honor to be invited to the celebration where FOCUS’ work was recognized. The event started off with:  speeches from  Paula Smith (the Board of Director) and Kristin Blakely  (Chair of the Board).  FOCUS young women were introduced by Kristin Blakely. The young women went up and introduced themselves, spoke about where they were from (FOCUS), and why they choose the poem to present. Although the young women were nervous during their performance, they pulled it off and did an amazing job! The celebration ended with a speech from Paulette Senior (The President and CEO). The young women and I had a great time and we enjoyed the celebration. Thank you to the Canadian Women’s Foundation for continued …

Powerful By Nature - Abortion

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Date:  November 25th, 2019
Hosts:  Kai, Chantal & Shuhita
Topic: Abortion
This show was all about abortion. Take a listen as we bust some of the most common abortion myths, talk the importance of being pro-choice and ask a representative from a local abortion clinic, the Cabbagetown Women’s Clinic, questions including all the ones you sent us over social media.


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REGENT PARK BLOG MID OCT-MID NOV

Since October we’ve been in the middle of another semester of the music recording program. Back again with Logic Pro X. This year started with three fresh faces, and a fourth joining in the middle of November.
The three that started with us this year were all at different points in their musical growth and highlighted the different parts of the program.

The student who was the furthest along and had the most extensive musical background was there to finish projects. She had a catalog of beats that she had been working on and began coming to the program as she was preparing to embark on the final stage of her creative process: mixing and mastering. After doing a couple sessions of tweaks, she is preparing a list of songs she wants to begin mixing that will begin in the new year.

The second student who joined had some musical background. He had been writing songs for a little over a year, and already had some in-studio experience, doing some recording. He came to the program to cont…

Divas Girls Program - November 22nd 2019

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By: Laura Polisuk  
November 22nd, 2019

On November 22nd, the Diva’s Girls Program met to discuss social justice issues regarding a movie called, “Miss Representation.” The purpose of the program was to debate whether the representation of women in the media has gotten better or worse since the movie premiered in 2011. The Diva’s were divided into two teams based on their beliefs. The girls who thought the representation of women in the media improved said it was because they think women are dominating the music charts, more recognition in film, more examples of women in sports, men identifying themselves as feminists and more people embracing the word ‘feminist’. The girls who believed the representation of women in the media is getting worse, said it was because there are many missing girls, the damaging impacts of the Kim Kardashian effect, sex sells in the music industry, there is pressure to wear makeup and use dating apps, and finally the comment sections on social media platfor…

Powerful By Nature - Self-Care

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Date:  November 11th, 2019

Hosts:  Chantal & Shuhita

Topic: Self-Care
Self -care has become a popular idea in the last few years but what does it really mean? In the latest episode of Powerful by Nature, we talk about what self-care means to us and break down how self-care is more than just bubble baths


Listen here: https://www.regentparkfocus.com/radio/media/jessies/2019-11-11.mp3
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November 8th, the Diva Girls Program

On Friday, November 8th, the Diva Girls Program met at Focus Media Arts Centre to discuss
“Women in Media”. We watched a documentary from 2011 called “Miss Representation”. The
film outlines the struggles that women face every day, specifically how mainstream media
contributes to the underrepresentation of women in powerful positions by limiting those
portrayals. The girls were encouraged to ask questions throughout the film and compare the
struggles the women faced in the film, to a struggle they face as young women in their day to
day lives.


Many of the Diva’s brought up the fact that the documentary was filmed in 2011 and that a lot
of those struggles depicted in the film are no longer problems to women in 2019. They
engaged in an important discussion about women being portrayed in the media and how they
have seen it improve since the documentaries premiere date.


Next week we will discuss the film in more detail and answer the questions that arose while
watching it. We…

Breastfeeding and Chestfeeding

Date:  October 21st, 2019 Hosts:  Shuhita & Kai
Guests: Daunette, Lactation Consultant 
Topic: Breastfeeding and Chestfeeding!


World BreastFeeding Week was in October so we talked about breastfeeding and chestfeeding. Both breastfeeding and chestfeeding refer to the same act but we use chestfeeding to be inclusive to the trans men, trans women and nonbinary people who also nurse their children.

There’s a lot of stigma and misinformation around breastfeeding and chest feeding so this show we decided to break it all down. We interviewed Daunette who is working to become a certified lactation consultant to answer all your breastfeeding and chestfeeding questions and then we talked all about our personal experiences nursing


Listen here:
https://www.regentparkfocus.com/radio/media/jessies/2019-10-21.mp3


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News and Views - November 8, 2019

Name of Program: Radio Regent News and Views
Date: November 8, 2019 Episode: 18 Host: David Wall
This week on Radio Regent News & Views, we will be exploring the following stories: 1. Elizabeth May steps down as Green Party Leader post federal elections and 12 Toronto District School Board schools students refuse vaccination; news update by David Wall. 
2. Wayne Greenway interviewed Dina Lad, Executive Director of Toronto Workers Action Centre - an advocacy group advocating for workers rights. The organisation has helped organize differnt groups across Toronto to fight for equality among workers in precarious work situations. 3. Theo Nazry joins David Wall discussing global issues that affect different parts of the world. Issues such as the refugee crisis and it effects on individuals and countries world wide. And also the issue of surrounding Alberta's separation from Canada.
Radio Regent News & Views runs Fridays at 2:00pm and is repeated throughout the week on…

Catch da Flava - Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships

Nov 05, 2019

This week on Catch da Flava, your hosts Thalia, Jamelia, Shejuanah and Kylie had the pleasure to interview Jasmina from EarlyOn, Child and Family Centre to discuss healthy relationships. The youth acquired a wealth of knowledge from Jasmina. Many important questions about controlling behavior and boundaries were discussed. Moreover, many of the misconceptions of sexual relationships were addressed. On behalf of the group, Thanks again to Jasmina for her time and we would love to have her again soon. Listen to an archive of this episode and more at http://www.radioregent.com.

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News and Views - November 1st, 2019

Name of Program: Radio Regent News and Views


Date: November 1, 2019


Episode: 17


Host: David Wall


This week on Radio Regent News & Views:

Is distracted driving more deadly than impaired driving? Co-host, Theo Nazry, shares his views. Along with the local, provincial and international news .

In the second segment, Co-host, Theo Nazary, joins host, David Wall, in an interesting and analytical discussion about post October 21st Federal Elections; the winners and the losers.
Co-host, Theo Nazry, interviews Shantel Maroo, from the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada and the United States, and what the government of Canada is doing about the issue.

Radio Regent News & Views runs Fridays at 2:00pm and is repeated throughout the week on Radio Regent


By: Loretta Bailey

Catch da Flava - Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy

Oct 29, 2019

This week of Catch da Flava, your hosts Jamila and Kiley are joined by Ish to discuss some basic financial literacy. The trio have been also joined by Hirani Siva over the phone. Hirani is a part-time Financial adviser and a third-year criminology student at Wilfrid Laurier University. In this episode, many great questions about budgeting, delay of instant gratification and chequing/saving accounts were discussed. Additionally, some of the misconceptions of credit cards were addressed. On behalf of the group, Thanks again to Hirani for her time and knowledge we are looking forward to having her again soon. Listen to an archive of this episode and more at: https://www.radioregent.com.

Divas #2

We met for the second Diva’s program of the session on Friday October 25th. The girls arrived with smiles on their faces and began to socialize and eat snacks before beginning the week’s discussion. The facilitator wrote a question on the board that said, “Who inspires you on Youtube?” The girls named a few like Denzel Dion, Nella Rose and Adam Saleh. They said that they are inspiring because they are out there, true to them, authentic, relatable and don’t hold back on their thoughts and beliefs. The discussion shifted to stereotypes and which Youtubers are challenging them on their channels. Then we discussed the dangers of Youtube, including false information/fake news, forcing young girls to grow up fast, hateful comments and secret product placements. The final activity of the day was to create a Youtube video called, “Storytime: They Thought I Was Aggressive?” The video was about stereotypes people placed on them and they had to answer specific questions in the video such as “wh…

Diva Girl's Blog #1

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Diva Girl's Blog #1



Today was the first day of the Diva's program for this year. The girls came in with vibrant energy and were excited to be back and to see each other. The group socialized and ate some snacks before gathering in a circle to start today's program.




It began with an ice breaker game called "Two Truths and a Lie", where the girls opened up about what they did over the summer and what they are looking forward to for this session of the Diva's group. After going around the circle, the CANVAS instructor, Twoey, pulled out two large pieces of paper: one had social justice issues the girls want to tackle and the other one was arts based practices to tackle those issues. For example, the paper said topics such as Islamophobia, racism, love and relationships, body image and many others, and the girls circled which topics they wanted to discuss further. Then, they had to circle which arts based practices they wanted to do which included painting, da…

News & Views - October 25, 2019

Name of Program: Radio Regent News and Views
Date: October 25, 2019
Episode: 16
Host: David Wall

This week on Radio Regent News & Views, we will be exploring the following stories:

1. The 17th Toronto Foundation Vital Signs Report and issues coming out of that report about precarious work based on the growing racial and income inequalities being faced by residents living in Toronto. On this week's program, Wayne Greenway will interview Felicia Davis-Weslin who is apart of the team at Toronto Foundation Vital Signs Report.


2. Davis-Weslin will be discussing her sessions with grassroots leaders from across Toronto who were invited to a round table talk about the findings in the Toronto Vital Signs Report. The idea of these sessions is to bring new sets of voices and opinions to the discussion and to find out the leaders' reaction to the findings in the report.

3. Theo Nazary joins David Wall in an interesting and analytical discussion about the October 21st Federal Ele…

Catch da Flava - Federal Election

Federal Election

Oct 08, 2019

This week Catch da Flava youth radio show started off with a banger! The hosts Jamelia, Thalia, Shejuanah and Kylie -joined by Ish, discussed the upcoming Federal election and what qualities and goals they wanted to see in the next leader of our beautiful country. Moreover, they debriefed the Federal Election debate for listeners who didn’t get the chance to watch. To hear this amazing radio show, go to the Radio Regent archive at: http://radioregent.com.

By: Ishag Ahmed

Powerful by Nature - Sickle Cell Awareness

Date:  September 23th, 2019 Hosts:  Chantal & Kai
Guests: Ulysse Guerrier, Community Health Worker at Taibu Community Health Centre
Topic: Sickle Cell Awareness



September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month so this show, we talked all about Sickle Cell Disease, treatment, stigma and more. We interview Ulysse Guerrier, a Community Health Worker at Taibu Community Health Centre who runs a Sickle Cell Support Group and Kai talks about her personal experiences as someone living with Sickle Cell Disease.

Listen here: https://www.regentparkfocus.com/radio/media/jessies/2019-09-23.mp3
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TAIBU Community Health Centre is a multidisciplinary, non-for-profit, community led organization established to serve the Black Community across the GTA as its priority populati…

Powerful By Nature - Take Back the Night & Reporting Sexual Assault

Date:  September 9th, 2019 Hosts:  Chantal & Rhiannon Guests: Deb, Counselor at Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape
Topic: Take Back the Night & Reporting Sexual Assault*
*Trigger Warning for Discussions of Sexual Assault & Suicidal Thoughts
In the latest episode of Powerful by Nature, your hosts talk about the fight to end sexual violence and violence against women, with a focus on the Take Back the Night movement, and talk about what surviving sexual violence can look like.

We talk about where you can get support in Toronto if you have experienced sexual violence and take you step by step through the reporting process. We talk to a survivor about her personal experience surviving and anonymously reporting a sexual assault and then interview Deb, a Counsellor at Toronto Rape Crisis Centre about their crucial services and why Take Back the Night remains a critical feminist movement. 
We want every survivor who listens to this show to know that we believe y…

2019 Summer Program Finishes

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Our summer program has ended last week and we are already missing our outstanding team. They have been very active and super talented and working on their own documentary project and also Catch Da Flava radio programs every Wednesdays under our supervision has thought them so much on the process. It was very successful. We wish them all the best in their future in media as they aspire to be and always happy to welcome them back.

Powerful By Nature - Celebrates Caribana

Date:  August 19th, 2019

Hosts:  Kai

Topic: PXN Celebrates Caribana

Caribana celebrates freedom and the struggle against slavery and Caribbean culture and identity. Join Kai as she explores the history of Caribana, talks Caribana Toronto and shares tips for anyone interested in playing mas. Listen here: 2019-08-19

Catch da Flava - Group: #1 Radio Blog #7

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Welcome this is the 7th and finale Catch Da Flava Youth Radio Show. It is hosted by Iman and Vanessa and Vanessa’s brother Jaden. Andre was not present with us in the radio show because he was working on the Criminal Harassment Video but Andre was with us in spirit for our last radio show. The topic was about Technology and the side effects of too much exposure to it. In the radio show me Vanessa and Jaden discussed possible solutions/countermeasures for technology usage. Although it was our last radio show our group enjoyed broadcasting and loved working here at Regent Park Focus Media Centre and would love to come back here.

Neighbourhood Police - Group: # 1 Blog post #7

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Our second last week at Focus was an eventful one. The beginning of the week was filled with editing for our Criminal Harassment and Neighbourhood Police videos. Wednesday was the most exciting day. Over the weekend, a bunch of Focus members participated in the 24 hr Film Challenge by TIFF. Wednesday was the screening where 18 films were shown on the big screen, including Focus’s own film “Sweet Deal”.

It was so amazing to see the wide variety of entries, and how creative people were when implementing the required shots and props from TIFF. Even though Focus didn’t win, the bonding experience the team had and the final product is something they are proud of. I will definitely be part of that team next year.

But we also had a bit of filming this week too. We had two interviews with Julie Fiddes from the Women’s Shelter discussing their role in helping victims of criminal harassment. Our big filming session was filming Rob and Amber on their patrols in the gay village and St. James Town…

Catch da Flava - Opiod Epidemic in Canada - Group: #1 Radio Blog #6

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This is the sixth radio blog of Catch Da Flava Youth Radio Show hosted by Vanessa, Andre and Iman. The topic is about Opioid and the opioid epidemic here in Canada. Our guest is Sheena Taha from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. She gave information about the topic and her opinion about it. This radio show showed the negative side effects of opioid overdoses and how to help others if they are struggling with opioid addiction. This is Iman from Catch Da Flava and hope you tune in for next week's radio show.




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Date: August 14, 2019
Name: Iman Rajabi

Group: #2 – Radio Blog #6

On this weeks radio show we had a discussion about Lifestyle (Veganism Vs Meat Eaters). We
had our guests Stephan, Raymondo & Diego speak about their experiences and the different
lifestyles they live. On the vegan side we had Elise and Stephan and on the meat eater side we
had Raymondo and Diego. Both sides had GREAT arguments but its still unsolved as to which
lifestyle is better. Elise Ardizzi hosted this weeks show. I (Xavier Ricketts) and Minerva
Navasca did the technical work for the show. Overall I enjoyed it this week and I look forward to
my last radio show next week!!!

Date: August 14, 2019
Name: Xavier Ricketts

Group: #2 – Radio Blog #6

On this weeks radio show we had a discussion about Lifestyle (Veganism Vs Meat Eaters). We had our guests Stephan, Raymondo & Diego speak about their experiences and the different lifestyles they live. On the vegan side we had Elise and Stephan and on the meat eater side we had Raymondo and Diego. Both sides had GREAT arguments but its still unsolved as to which lifestyle is better. Elise Ardizzi hosted this weeks show. I (Xavier Ricketts) and Minerva Navasca did the technical work for the show. Overall I enjoyed it this week and I look forward to my last radio show next week!!!
Date: August 14, 2019 Name: Xavier Ricketts

French Radio Show on Online Data Protection - Blog #6

Cette semaine, nous sommes avons animé une émission de radio sur la protection de données en ligne. Nous sommes donc entrés en contact avec un homme qui travaillait dans ce domaine afin qu’il nous explique plus en détail le fonctionnement de la vente de données en ligne avec google, facebook et apple. Nous sommes également entrés en contact avec des membres de différents partis politiques québécois peu connus afin de connaître leur position sur différents sujets. Cette semaine est notre dernière a regent park focus, nous avons vécu des expériences extraordinaire, rencontrer des gens super sympathique et appris plusieurs choses. Pour nous, le groupe 3, nous sommes très reconnaissant et recommandons amplement ce programme!


This week, we hosted a radio show on online data protection. So we got in touch with a man who worked in this area to explain more about how online sales of data works with Google, Facebook and Apple. We also got in touch with members of various less known Quebec pol…

Legal Aid Convention and Radio Show on Technology - Group: #2 – Blog #6

This week at Regent Park Focus was very productive! We edited a lot of the footage we got from the Legal Aid Convention and board meetings. We are still continuing to edit and finish the feature before summer comes to an end.

We also had our radio show that focused on technology of the future, and the positive and negative impacts that it could potentially have. We had Danny Nolivos who spoke about the dark web which got a bit eerie, but definitely interesting! We also had Christian Waddell (a.k.a Pants) who is the best Virtual Reality gamer in the world! He spoke a lot about VR and AR, his experience with it, and how he thinks it will benefit the future. We spoke about TV show, Black Mirror and how it does a good representation of how the future can potentially look like.

Looking forward to finishing up the Legal Aid film and the last week at Regent Park Focus.


Date: August 9, 2019
Name: Elise Ardizzi

French Radio Show on Lesser-known Political Parties in Quebec - Blog #5.2

Pour la dernière émission de radio, nous avons parlé des partis politiques québécois méconnus. Nous sommes entrés en contact avec un membre du Bloc Pot, un parti qui veut la décriminalisation du cannabis, un membre du parti Marxiste Léniniste, un parti qui veut  faire respecter les droits des travailleurs québécois, et un membre du parti Citoyens au Pouvoir, un parti qui souhaite que le système québécois devienne comme le système suisse, beaucoup plus démocratique. Nous avons également parlé quelque temps du parti culinaire, du parti communiste et du parti nul.

For the last radio show, we talked about the unknown political parties in Quebec. We got in touch with a member of the Bloc Pot, a party that wants to decriminalize cannabis, a member of the Marxist Leninist party, a party that wants to uphold the rights of Quebec workers, and a member of the Citizens in Power Party, a party that wants the Quebec system to become like the Swiss system, much more democratic. We also talked for …

Catch da Flava - Gender Inequality - Group: #1 Radio Blog #5

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Our fifth radio show on Catch Da Flava was taken over by myself, Vanessa. I kicked the other guys out to have an all girls show (with Matthew Avolio coming in as a later guest) with my fellow girls. I had Minerva Navasca and Lorena Florea with me from 11 am to 12 pm to spill the tea.



Opening with Run the World by Beyoncé, our conversation started off hot with discussions about the inequality of how women have to constantly buy products for periods when men get condoms for free. We also discussed false information about periods, how the blame is often heavily placed on the woman when accidental pregnancies happen, and the statement “women who wear revealing clothing are asking to get raped”.

After listening to 7 Rings by Ariana Grande, we continued our conversation with Matthew to provide a guy voice during our ranting. We discussed cat calling, men commenting about women and guys playing the victim when being rejected by a girl. With a quick break to Demi Lovato’s Confident, we conti…

Catch da Flava - Income Inequality - Group #3 – Radio Blog #5

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This week on our radio show, we talked about Income Inequality, with special guests Laura McDonough and David Hulchanski. We decided to message them specifically to see if they would come on our show because Laura is a United Way researcher and David is a UofT professor, and both are very informed on the topic and talk about it daily in their workplaces. We discussed topics revolving around what problems they face, residential segregation, the gini coefficient, and many more. We also looked at the different incomes communities have had over the years. We found that in 1980, there were five very low-income neighbourhoods in Toronto and in 2015, the number grew to 88. Overall, it was a very interesting topic to handle and think about. Laura and David told us that they had previously worked together combatting income inequality, which made the radio show even better and made it run much more smoothly. Next week we plan on talking about Skin Bleaching and the effects it has had on people…

French Radio Show - Quebec Religious Symbol Bans - Regent Park Focus Blog 1

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Today was an exciting day! We had the opportunity to visit Yonge Dundas Square to create a Vox Pop with the residents of Toronto. We asked them a series of questions about the new law passed in Quebec which bans public workers in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols. We also asked them about the changes that were made to O’ Canada in 2018.



Aujourd'hui était une journée passionnante! Nous avons eu l’occasion de visiter Yonge Dundas Square pour enregistrer un Vox Pop avec les habitants de Toronto. Nous leur avons posé une série de questions sur la nouvelle loi adoptée au Québec, qui interdit aux fonctionnaires occupant des postes d'autorité de porter des symboles religieux. Nous leur avons également demandé quelles modifications avaient été apportées à O ’Canada en 2018.

Catch da Flava - Travel and Tourism, The Good, The Bad, The Dirty - Group: #2 – Blog #5

This week at Regent Park Focus was very productive. We visited the Legal Aid Clinic and interviewed the staff members to get their opinions on the legal aid cuts that Doug Ford is implementing. We learned that this will, unfortunately, impact low-income individuals putting them at even more risk of homelessness, jail and to be hospitalized. Ultiumatley this will cost the government more in the end. We also went to a rally on Tuesday to film and interview individuals who have used the legal aid services, and also staff memebers who are being effected by these cuts as well. The footage we got of everyone was very good and now starting to edit and sync the audio in the lab. We are super excited to see how the final video comes out!
We also had our radio show on Wednesday. Our topic of discussion was "Travel and Tourism, the good, the bad, the dirty". We had Nino Ace as our guest who is a professional traveller, having travelled to 36 countries and 6 continents. We were very kn…

Regent Park Focus Blog 5

This week, we filmed the last episode of the “Lloyd Show”. Meeting Lloyd was an interesting experience and for it to come to an end is a little bit sad as we will miss working with him. In this episode, Lloyd interviewed a friend of his, Ines, who talked about what stores she thinks should be put up in Regent Park and etc. Overall, the scenery was a nice touch to the video, and we’ll surely be coming again to film or take photos.

Besides the show, we also conducted our fourth radio show, talking about Eating Disorders with two special guests from NEDIC. They talked about signs to look out for and what to do if you know someone is dealing with the problem. It was very educational and we hope our listeners enjoyed it just as much as we did.

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In the end, it was an easy going week. Next week, we plan on focusing on just editing the videos now that we’ve finished filming altogether.


Group #1 Blog #5

The last week of July had been a busy week for us with filming sessions and important guest speakers. Monday July 29th had Deputy Police Chief Peter Yuen discussing the future plans for the Neighbourhood Community Officer Program. The meeting took place at the Regent Park Community Centre with an amazing turnout from residents. The new program will be rolled out in September to 35 communities, including Regent Park. Our team filmed the meeting and interviewed a few guests to get their opinions about the expanded program.


Wednesday had our usual Catch da Flava radio show, with our specialist being Mary Wu from SE Health to discuss tips for Job Hunting and Ergonomics. But beforehand we had a special guest speaker. Nigel H. from Etalk came to talk to us about his career in the industry, and even his own time in Regent Park Focus. Nigel gave great advice about how to get an internship and shared his tips on how to make a lasting impression that will open more doors (you should have a goo…

Catch da Flava - Eating Discorders - Regent Park Focus Radio Blog 4

This week, we discussed Eating Disorders with special guests, Jennifer and Arya, from NEDIC. We talked about how the media affects people and how it could lead to having the disorder, as well as who founded NEDIC and why. They also mentioned their personal experiences with eating disorders and how it inspired them to get involved in working with NEDIC. While talking to them, you could feel the compassion they had for the people suffering from the disorder, and how they really tailored their program to each specific person. We were so happy they emailed back so fast and agreed to come to Regent Park Focus because they were the best possible people we could’ve interviewed for this topic. Stay tuned for next week, where we tackle the topic of Income Inequality!
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Group #1 Blog #4

Group #1 Blog #4


This week was full of interviews and filming. On top of our Wednesday radio show, we had two filming sessions interviewing speakers for our Criminal Harassment video, and our new Neighbourhood police video. On Monday we met with Julie S. Lalonde, creator of Outside of the Shadows, to hear her opinion about criminal harassment in Canada. That was followed by a meeting with St. James Town Neighbourhood Police Officers Rob Chevalier and Amber Smith. We got to know the officers and discussed ideas for the neighbourhood police video. Tuesday was our first filming session with Rob and Amber. We got a tour of the 51 division and filmed an interview session in “The Space”, a space the police acquired and turned into a community centre. Our Wednesday radio show was about abortion with a surprise birthday party for Lorena. We shouted her out on air and had cake to celebrate later. What an interesting week!


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Hosts: Iman Rajabi and Vanessa Wu

Group # 2 Blog #4

Group # 2 Blog #4



This week at Regent Park Focus was very busy! We started off with our radio show, had to find a guest speaker that our discussion. This was a bit difficult but in the end, had a guest come from Regent Park Film Festival to talk about diversity in the film industry. 



We also started working on our promotional video for the Legal Aid Clinics in Ontario. Here we are focusing on the residents that live and use the service, and also trying to raise awareness to the general public of Doug Ford's cuts. We went to Ryerson University, and Moss Park to interview people.



We just got new equipment so it was a lot of fun working with such high-quality camera gear. 



Loving and learning a lot here!



Date: July 26, 2019


Name: Elise Ardizzi

Crminal Harassment Video and Neighbourhood Police

Group #1 Blog #4

This week was full of interviews and filming. On top of our Wednesday radio show, we had two filming sessions interviewing speakers for our Criminal Harassment video and our new Neighbourhood police video. On Monday we met with Julie S. Lalonde, creator of Outside of the Shadows, to hear her opinion about criminal harassment in Canada. That was followed by a meeting with St. James Town Neighbourhood Police Officers Rob Chevalier and Amber Smith. We got to know the officers and discussed ideas for the neighbourhood police video. Tuesday was our first filming session with Rob and Amber. We got a tour of the 51 division and filmed an interview session in “The Space”, a space the police acquired and turned into a community centre. Our Wednesday radio show was about abortion with a surprise birthday party for Lorena. We shouted her out on air and had cake to celebrate later. What an interesting week!

Date: July 26, 2019
Names: Iman Rajabi and Vanessa Wu