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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

Legal Aid Clinics in Ontario

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

French radio blog # 3

French radio blog # 3


Pour l'émission de radio de la semaine 3, nous avons fait un résumé de ce qu’a fait Justin Trudeau pendant qu’il était premier ministre. Nous avons également parlé de l’adaptation de films pour la bien-pensance de 2019. Thomas a animé, Sheni a posé les questions et Elwin a décrypté les sujets.



For the week 3 radio show, we did a resume of what Justin Trudeau did during the 4 last years. We talked to about color washing in movies like The little mermaid or 007. Thomas was hosting, Shani introduced subjects and Elwin talked about subjects with Thomas.

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Date: July 24, 2019


Name: Alwin Atangana

Catch da Flava - Pro-Life and Pro-Choice

3rd Radio Blog

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Catch da Flava’s topic for our third week was abortion, from how to get an abortion in Canada, the Unplanned pro-life film, and people’s personal opinions about pro-life and pro-choice. The hosting was done by André and Iman since I lost my voice, but I was still there listening to the conversation.

Our 11 am to 12 pm timeslot was slightly hijacked in the beginning by our guest Minerva Navasca, who wished a very happy 19th birthday to our other guest Lorena Florea. Happy birthday Lorena, you’re finally 19!

After we got the show back on track Minerva and Lorena gave their opinions about being pro-choice, and how the pro-life side is adapting to the times. We also discussed the Unplanned movie, an adaptation about Abby Johnson’s switch from pro-choice to pro-life.

After Lorena and Minerva, we had Carolyn Egan from Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada to answer some questions about the current abortion system in Canada and what their organization is doing to help…

Powerful by Nature: Sex Work is Work

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Date: July 23rd, 2019 Hosts:  Kai & Chantal Guests: @Exotic.Cancer, Shorty & More Topic: Sex work is Work 

Sex work is simultaneously one of the world’s oldest and most criminalized and stigmatized professions. In the latest episode of Powerful by Nature, your hosts openly explore the realities of sex work and stripping today through a roundtable discussion and interviews with a variety of different women who work or have worked as strippers.

We talk why stripping and sex work are often the best option for work for people living in poverty, facing discrimination and violence and living in places without affordable housing or a minimum wage that's anywhere near a living wage. We talk about the importance of respecting the bodily autonomy of people who work in the industry and explore the violence and entitlement of many men who pay for the services of sex workers and strippers. We explore anti-black racism and other forms of discrimination that operate within the industry and …

Criminal Harassment and Abortion and Ergonomics Projects

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This week our group not only broadcast our second radio show “Catch da Flava” but also did a
lot of activities related to the next weeks’ radio shows and to the short documentary on Criminal
Harassment that we are producing.

On Monday we went to the streets to ask Regent Park streeters’ opinion about the changes that
Ontario province is making for the accessibility of alcohol beverages and retail and convenience
stores and its consumption in public areas. The next day we edited their answers into two audio
clips that were played on our radio show on Wednesday.

Throughout the week we also edited footage of the testimonials from criminal harassment
victims for the short documentary that we are making. We also reached out to experts on the
subject, police officers and lawyers as potential interviewees for this project. We plan to film our
first interview next week.

Meanwhile, we researched and gathered the information that will guide our scripts for our radio
shows for the next two weeks.…

Catch da Flava - Raptors Chamionshoip

Group #2 - blog #3

Last week at Regent Park Focus we were working on our radio show on Radio Regent, "CATCH
DA FLAVA"! It was a lot of fun, our topic of discussion was about the positive and negative
impacts that the Raptors Championship had on the City of Toronto. We chose to focus on the
socioeconomic impacts such as the increase in tourism and money that the championship
brought, but also the negatives such as pollution and danger that come with winning a
championship. It was a lot of fun putting together the script and working together as a team, we
chose hip-hop music to go with the vibe of the show and brought a super-fan as our guest.
Overall the radio show was a success.

For the rest of the week we were prepping for our promotional video we are doing for Neighbourhood Legal Services. Doug Ford has cut funding to the legal clinics in Ontario and we
want to raise awareness of this problem because legal aid clinics help the lower income families
and refugees immensely I also lea…

Regent Park Focus Blog 3

This week we worked hard on writing the scripts for the radio show up until Friday, where we interviewed Ismail Afrah for the Revitalization Project. Ismail had a lot to share about his work in the neighborhood as he is the co-chair of TCHC. Later in the day, we went out to film Lloyd and his friend Yousuf Ismail for the “Lloyd Show”. They had a discussion on how the revitalization has affected everyday life as longtime residents of Regent Park. So far, the week consisted of a lot of filming and script writing. Very excited for next week’s radio show where we talk about DUI’s.

Summer Radio - Physical and Psychological Effects of Mental Health

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This week, our third working in Regent Park Focus this summer, we broadcast our first radio show. It was an episode of Catch da Flava, one of the most traditional and long-going shows at Radio Regent.

We went live on Wednesday, July 10, at 11 am, for an hour-long show. The topic this week was Mental Health -  the physical and psychological effect of mental health problems, the broad scale of mental health, what to watch for and where to find help.

To discuss all that, we had two guest interviews. In the first half, we talked with two undergraduate students, Christine Nastor and Diana DeLeon, about their struggles with mental health, especially in high school.

After that, we interviewed Mike Stroh, founder of Starts With Me, a company that offers services for promoting mental health at schools and workplaces along with empowering families and individuals to increase their capacity for well-being. Mike answered our questions around the subject, talking about what are the…

Powerful By Nature - Pride!!!

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Date:  July 8th, 2019 Hosts:  Kay, Chantal & Rhiannon Guests: Berkha Gupta, ED at LGBTYouthline
Topic: Pride Show



This is our show about all things LGBTQ+. We start off taking a deep dive in to the history of Pride and then we interview Berkha Gupta, the Executive Director of LGBT Youthline about the organization’s incredible work supporting LGBTQ+  youth across Ontario through their confidential and non-judgemental peer support telephone, text and chat services.  Kay, Chantal and Rhiannon end off the show with a round table discussion about sexuality, identity, coming out and more!


Listen here: https://www.regentparkfocus.com/radio/media/jessies/2019-07-08.mp3
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This week, we got new cameras! It was very interesting to see how the settings worked and how much more advanced they were compared to the old equipment we had previously. Besides this, we also did our third radio show so far on Driving Under the Influence, with special guest, Carolyn Swinson. She talked to us a ton about MADD Canada and how they help enforce safe driving. Other than that, we continued working on writing the script for next week’s radio show, as well as started to edit the “Lloyd Show”. So far, so good! Next week, we plan to film some more with Lloyd as well as start editing the Revitalization Project.

Summer Blog - Week of July 2-5th, 2019

Summer Blog 2019
I Week of July 2 – 5, 2019
This is the 2nd week working in Regent Park Focus for the Summer Media Assistant Production Program, and it is a blast working on numerous projects for this job. My co-workers are fun, energetic and diverse. Everyone works their hardest during projects to ensure they leave their mark at Regent Park. Our most recent project was short films about gentrification. All of my group members had a blast during production and the whole filming experience was super fun. We ended up making two videos called “Invasive”, and “Grandmami”. And this is just the beginning of the summer with more projects waiting for us to produce.
By: Iman Rajabi Date: July 5, 2019