Decomplicated

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Making better sense of everything. Decomplicated breaks down the headlines in Canada, so that you don't have to. Join hosts Rumneek Johal and Carol Eugene Park as they tell you why it's trending, and why you should care, in a daily newsletter and podcast.

Why do we keep falling for BS diet trends? With Buzzfeed's Scaachi Koul.
#15
Yesterday at 7:00 AM

From the romanticization of eating disorders on Tumblr to TikTok’s viral “Nature’s cereal”, how has the messaging around diet culture shaped misinformation and disordered eating? Rumneek (@rumneeek) sat down with Carol (@caroleugenepark) to talk about the problems with diet culture and the influence social media has on it. 

Thanks to today's guests: Buzzfeed's Scaachi Koul (@scaachi) and author Edith Bernier (@edithbernier_ca) for sharing their insight and commentary!


What should Canadian millennials know about investing, and why is it important to start now?
#14
Last Thursday at 7:00 AM

From Gamestop to the latest explosion in cryptocurrency: it feels like everyone is trying their hand at investing. But how do Canadian millennials begin investing? Carol (@caroleugenepark) sat down with Rumneek (@rumneeek) to talk about why it's important for millennials to begin investing. 

Thank you to today's guests: Peter Hodson, the founder of 5i Research (@5iresearchdotca), and TikToker Vasiliki Belegrinis, aka Passions2Profits.


Will Canadian millennials ever be able to own homes?
#13
04/13/2021

To own or to rent? That would be the question, but for many Canadian millennials being a homeowner isn't as easy as it was during our parents' generation. Rumneek (@rumneeek) sat down with Carol (@caroleugenepark) to talk about the likelihood of millennials owning a home. 

Thanks to today's guests for their insight: Jeffrey Nader & Devin Wagner from The Habistat (@TheHabistat), and Mandy Hansen (@MandyHansen1) from Insight Specialty Consulting.

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How could decriminalizing drugs in Canada save lives?
#12
04/08/2021

It's been five years since the province of B.C. declared opioid-related overdose deaths as a public health emergency. Activists and advocates have been urging governments for the decriminalization of drugs. Yet, little has been done to implement this evidence-based approach. Carol sat down with Rumneek to talk about what the decriminalization of drugs would look like in practice.

Thank you to today's experts: Scott Bernstein, Director of Policy with  the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, and Caitlin Shane, a drug policy lawyer at Pivot Legal Society in Vancouver.


What would an early pandemic election mean for Canadians?
#11
04/06/2021

Elections. Times for debates, critical thought and uncomfortable conversations with relatives who don't share similar political beliefs and values.  But after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged the possibility of an early election, Rumneek sat down with Carol to discuss what that would mean for Canadians during a pandemic.

Thank you  to our experts from today's show: Ricardo Tranjen from Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in Ontario, and professor Amanda Bittner from Memorial University.


How Do These Millennials Make Money On TikTok?
#10
04/01/2021

TikTok has been around for a while but it didn't become a popular mainstream app until the pandemic lockdown last year. This app is similar and yet unlike any other social media app. Carol sat down with Rumneek to talk about why this app is different from the rest, and how some Canadian creators are making money off of it. 


What are NFTs? Why are people buying tweets and gifs for millions of dollars?
#9
03/30/2021

These days, NFTs are all the rage. But why and for what? Carol sat down with Rumneek to talk about what NFTs are, and the pros and cons of purchasing them.

Special thanks: public broadcaster Alan Cross, William Johnson from Vancouver Tech Journal, and Moon Jerin from Doctrina for their expertise. 


Whose land does Parliament Hill sit on? Stolen land.
#8
03/25/2021

It’s likely that many Canadians didn’t learn about the stolen land on which the federal government buildings stand on. Why would we? It's not something many Canadians learn about on school field trips. Rumneek sat down with two Algonquin scholars to talk about the land, which many Canadians know as the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

 


Where does the Prime Minister live, and do we have a “Canadian White House?”
#7
03/23/2021

The U.S. White House is an iconic piece of architecture. But can the same be said about Canada's Prime Minister's official residence?  Carol sat down with Rumneek to talk about where the Canadian prime minister's residence is, and why our current PM doesn't live there. 


Why is Canada not immune to White Supremacy and the alt-right?
#6
03/18/2021

White Supremacist organizations aren’t just a problem in the U.S. It’s time for Canada to confront the insidious nature of this threat right here in our own backyard. Rumneek sat down with Carol to discuss the racism that permeates all facets of Canadian society. 


Where does the Prime Minister live, and do we have a “Canadian White House?”
#6
03/18/2021

The U.S. White House is an iconic piece of architecture. It's a structure most people can instantly recognize. But for many young Canadians, the Prime Minister's official residence is not as obvious to point out or picture. Carol sat down with Rumneek to talk about where the Prime Minister's official home is, and why he doesn't live there anymore.


Why does Canada still have ties to the Monarchy?
#5
03/16/2021

Some Canadians love the Royals, while others don't. Rumneek sat down with Carol to talk about the relevance of the Royals and whether Canada could sever its ties with them. 


How are people travelling during the pandemic? Why is this even allowed?
#4
03/11/2021

Travel restrictions have been in place since Canada introduced lockdown measures last March.  These restrictions aren't prohibitions but rather, strong recommendations against travelling internationally and domestically. Rumneek  sat down with Carol to talk about the "loopholes" of the travel rules on the one year anniversary of the pandemic.


How do we “celebrate” Women’s Day despite ongoing violence against Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people?
#3
03/09/2021

Women’s day is meant to be a celebration. But this does not address the harm that liberal feminism and colonialism perpetuate against Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people in Canada.  Rumneek and Carol connected with an Indigenous scholar, and an Indigenous activist to discuss what this day means, and what work still needs to be done.


What is “Blackfishing"? How has social media made this phenomenon skyrocket?
#2
03/04/2021

“Blackfishing” is where non-Black influencers and celebrities mimic the features of Black women and take on Black aesthetics. Carol sat down with Rumneek to discuss what she learned about Blackfishing. 


Why is everyone talking about psychedelics?
#1
03/02/2021

Psychedelics have re-emerged as a popular topic for researchers and investors, creating a "psychedelics boom" both in microdosing and as medicine. Rumneek sat down with Carol to discuss what she learned about psychedelics and microdosing. 

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02/23/2021

Making better sense of everything. Decomplicated breaks down the daily headlines in Canada, so that you don't have to. Join hosts Rumneek Johal and Carol Eugene Park as they tell you why it's trending, and why you should care, in a daily newsletter and podcast.

Find us on Twitter at @decomplicatedca and Instagram at @decomplicatednews.