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Season 2

March 22, 2023

Emily McIntosh - Bill 5 - Women of Ontario Say No

Emily McIntosh - Bill 5 - Women of Ontario Say No I first heard about the Women of Ontario Say No campaign on Instagram . One of the campaign’s posts was shared by a number of female municipal council members …

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March 14, 2023

Rural Women Councillors - 100 Days in Office

Rural Women Councillors in Ontario - 100 Days in Office This episode is a conversation with four first-time rural women councilors, all serving in small communities across Ontario. They talk about what their experience has be...

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March 8, 2023

Gitanjali Aggarwal - PARO - Meeting Rural Women Where They Are

Gitanjali Aggarwal - Meeting Rural Women Where They Are The PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise is an organization that supports women entrepreneurs across Ontario. The organization’s approach to supporting women is unique in ...

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March 1, 2023

Jean Bota - Community Crime Prevention in Rural Canada

Jean Bota - ‘Building Capacity in Rural Crime Prevention Project In our last episode , we talked about just one element of crime in rural Canada, intimate partner violence, with Pamela Cross of Luke’s Place . She mentioned th...

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Feb. 22, 2023

Pamela Cross - Luke's Place - A Rural Inquest

Pamela Cross - Luke’s Place - A Rural Inquest Pamela Cross is a feminist lawyer ; a well respected expert on violence against women and the law. She is revered for her work as a researcher, writer, educator and trainer. …

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Feb. 15, 2023

Michelle Friesen - Municipal Government and Reconciliation

Councillor Michelle Friesen - Whitehorse, Yukon Territory Michelle Friesen caught my eye, initially, with a post on Instagram. She was addressing her city’s council, as a sitting councillor herself, about the discovery of chi...

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Feb. 8, 2023

Duane Kumala-Thomas - Highlander Studios - History and Truth

Duane Kumala-Thomas: Highlander Studios - History and Truth Duane Kumala-Thomas recently invited me to his art studio called Highlander Studios in Woodstock, Ontario for a tour and a conversation about his studio, his work, h...

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Jan. 27, 2023

Rural Development Network - Filling the gaps in rural Canada - Dee An…

Filling the Gaps - Dee Ann Benard & Daniela Seiferling - Rural Development Network I first came across the Rural Development Network or RDN when I started the podcast in 2021 and I signed up for its newsletter, following its …

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Jan. 18, 2023

Circles for Change in Rural Canada - Ame-Lia Tamburrini

Ame-Lia Tamburrini: Circles for Change in Rural Canada Recently, I’ve been thinking deeply about the value of circles when it comes to community building and community engagement. It seems to me that the division we see in Ca...

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Jan. 11, 2023

RURAL BOOKS: BELINDA CLEMMENSEN - Women, Leadership & Saving the World

Belinda Clemmensen - Women, Leadership and Saving the World Over the holidays this year, I took a connection break. That meant trying my best to unhinge from social media and work. I felt like I needed to rethink the podcast...

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Dec. 31, 2022


Will 2023 Bring Clean and Resilient Growth for Rural Canada? - John McNally - PLACE Centre What is clean and resilient growth and how does it fit into a rural perspective in Canada and will 2023 be the year we …

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Dec. 22, 2022

RURAL BOOKS - AUTUMN ONGARO - FEAD: A Taste of Home in Norfolk County

Autumn Ongaro - FEAD: A Taste of Home in Norfolk County This is the third in a series of rural-based authors. I love this book because it’s a combination of a recipe book and a storybook. Autumn Ongaro is the …

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Dec. 21, 2022

The Disconnection Between Health Authority and Community: Grandview…

Grandview HealthCare Solutions is a grassroots, community driven organization that grew out of the need to better serve patients in Grandview, Manitoba and the immediate surrounding area. This is another case of a community c...

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Dec. 19, 2022


Catharine Wilson - Being Neighbours: Cooperative Work and Rural Culture, 1830–1960 I have a fascination with Canadian history and more specifically, rural Canadian history. I have a keen interest in what life was like in rura...

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Dec. 14, 2022

Physician Assistants: Can Physicians Side-Step Ego to Help Rural Heal…

Physicians Assistants: Can Physicians Side-Step Ego to Health Rural Health Care? Eric Demers and Dr. Alex Nataros Physicians Assistants or PAs are, in essence physician extenders, they extend the care of a primary physician. ...

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Dec. 12, 2022

RURAL BOOKS - ANN DOUGLAS - Navigating the Messy Middle

Ann Douglas - Navigating the Messy Middle A Fiercely Honest and Wildly Encouraging Guide for Midlife Women This is the first in our series of Rural Authors and Rural Books . Ann is an award-winning writer and bestselling auth...

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Nov. 30, 2022

BC Rural Health Network - Paul Adams

One of the fundamental challenges in rural Canadian communities is health care. Folks in rural and remote communities are not the same as our urban counterparts and therefore our health care needs to be different. And there a...

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Nov. 16, 2022

Kaity Adams - Adams Family Ink and Boutique - Decolonizing Business, …

Kaity and Montana Adams own Adams Family Ink and Boutique on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, near Brantford, Ontario but it is clear Kaity runs the business. But this is at the root of her Indigenous heritage and …

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Nov. 9, 2022

Politicization of Wind Energy in Rural Canada

Politicization of Wind Energy in Rural Canada This topic was brought to me by one of our newsletter subscribers named Ruby. She’s concerned that hundreds of wind turbines are moving into an area of Eastern Ontario where she a...

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Nov. 2, 2022

Bias, Hate and Extremism in Rural Canada - Part 2

Bias, Hate and Extremism - Part 2 (This episodes is the second of two-parts) This is part 2 of a two part series on bias, hate and extremism, specifically in rural Canada. If you haven’t heard it, I hope you …

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Oct. 26, 2022

Bias, Hate and Extremism in Rural Canada - Part 1

(This episodes is the first of two-parts) Almost everyone has a bias, a way of thinking, an opinion, it’s pretty much human nature. Journalists, when I went to journalism school, were only supposed to report on facts and not ...

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Oct. 25, 2022

RURAL TALKS: Erik - Union Saskatchewan, Anne - Owen Sound, Ontario an…

Every Sunday I've been hosting Open Circle Zoom calls, inviting folks from across rural Canada to talk about the issues on their mind that week. This was recorded just ahead of Ontario's municipal elections and leaks to media...

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Oct. 19, 2022

Solving a trades crisis - Add more women

Solving a trades shortage - Add more women Is your small community struggling to find qualified tradespeople? Are you looking for someone to do some work for you or are you a business owner, hunting for certified employees? R...

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Oct. 12, 2022

Supporting rural 2SLGBTQAI+ folks

*2SLGTBQIA+ is an acronym for Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual , and the plus reflects the countless affirmative ways in which people choose to self-identify. Canada...

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Oct. 12, 2022

RURAL TALKS: Leslie: Nelson, BC and Carrie: Caledon, Ont

I hosted another Sunday open Zoom call, this time it was on Thanksgiving weekend (for those who celebrate). I was joined by Leslie from Nelson, British Columbia and Carrie from Caledon, Ontario. Leslie is retired and is runni...

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Oct. 5, 2022

Women in rural politics

Women in rural and remote politics - Is change possible? WARNING: Cursing and at least one f-bomb - at the latter end of the episode This episode focuses on some of the abysmal stats when it comes to the representation …

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Oct. 3, 2022

BONUS: RURAL TALKS - Elizabeth from Vermilion, Alberta

On Sunday, I invited newsletter subscribers ( you can sign up here ) to an open Zoom call to talk about issues facing each person, where they are in rural Canada. I had a great conversation with Elizabeth from Vermilion, …

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Sept. 28, 2022

Cindy Crowe - Healing Rural Canada

You might remember Cindy Crowe from season one. She was the last episode of the first season. As luck would have it, I had quite a thought-provoking conversation with Indigenous Elder, Lodgekeeper, Author and rural business w...

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Sept. 25, 2022

Season Two Trailer

Welcome to the second season of Clearing a New Path Podcast. I’m your host, Shauna Rae. I’m in rural Southwestern Ontario, on the traditional territory of the Anish-inaabe, Haudenoshownee and Mississauga or Neutral peoples wh...

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