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Eric Drozd: “[We] need curious people to ask the right questions”



Mention the name Eric Drozd in Waterloo Region, and you’re bound to get a reaction. For close to three years, the Mississauga native hosted the Region’s biggest talk radio show on 570 News, drawing callers from across Southwestern Ontario. At 28 years old, Drozd stepped into the host’s chair and carved a lane as a … Continue reading Eric Drozd: “[We] need curious people to ask the right questions”


Keagan Girdlestone: “My chance to live was pretty much zero”



They say you never forget how to ride a bicycle. South Africa’s Keagan Girdlestone is living proof. At 19 years of age in 2016, the Pretoria native was rising fast in the world of cycling, already the youngest ever champion in the history of New Zealand’s Le Race, and a former under-16 national champion in … Continue reading Keagan Girdlestone: “My chance to live was pretty much zero”


Mike Spencer Bown: “If I knew [airport security] any better, I’d have to send them Christmas cards”



Few and far between are those who can lay claim to visiting every country on the planet. Even rarer are the likes who can swap travel stories with Mike Spencer Bown. Having backpacked nonstop since 1990, the Ottawa-born, Calgary-raised Bown has hitchhiked through warzone Iraq and Afghanistan, explored the underground party scenes of Iran and … Continue reading Mike Spencer Bown: “If I knew [airport security] any better, I’d have to send them Christmas cards”


TiRon & Ayomari: “Life is too short to worry about getting it wrong”



In a music industry driven by fitting the mould, TiRon & Ayomari defy easy categorization. Not exactly hip-hop. Not quite R&B. Ditto for indie and pop music. In the midst of this landscape of carefully-curated brands and genres, of target audiences and defined demographics, the Los Angeles-based duo’s music raises a question: can one be … Continue reading TiRon & Ayomari: “Life is too short to worry about getting it wrong”


Emma Cubitt: “[I want] a community where we can all live together”



What if the key to growing a vibrant city isn’t in endless suburbs or more condo projects? What if, instead, it lay right in our backyards? Hamilton’s Emma Cubitt sees big potential in small houses lining the city’s laneways. Along with Good Shepherd Hamilton and the Social Planning and Research Council, Cubitt — a 37-year-old … Continue reading Emma Cubitt: “[I want] a community where we can all live together”


Joe Roberts: “[My experience with] homelessness is the greatest asset I have”



Ask Joe Roberts about the worst part of homelessness, and he’ll tell you it’s not the cold or the rain. It’s the isolation. “You’re seeing a world going on around you, but you’re not actually part of that world,” he says. “[You feel] invisible as you’re sitting on the sidewalk and people are walking by, … Continue reading Joe Roberts: “[My experience with] homelessness is the greatest asset I have”


Sean Stephenson: “Your interpretation is what matters in life”



Sean Stephenson has made a career out of making lemonade. When the Chicago native was born, doctors predicted he would not survive more than 24 hours because of a rare bone disorder, Osteogenesis Imperfecta. “My bones are more fragile than most people, and because of that […] sneezing could break ribs, or putting on a … Continue reading Sean Stephenson: “Your interpretation is what matters in life”


Searching for Sero: “You can’t buy happiness; you need to go find it”



Home for John Rathwell and Tracy Guenard is a pretty small space these days: since May of 2016, the Gatineau, Quebec couple has been crisscrossing Canada and the United States in a newly-polished 1991 Volkswagen Westfalia, meeting people and sharing their stories of pursuing happiness. “It’s a beautiful van,” says Guenard. “It’s small — 15 … Continue reading Searching for Sero: “You can’t buy happiness; you need to go find it”


Richard Holmes: “What you can’t see is often more important than what you are able to”



At 17, Richard Holmes had everything he had wanted: a successful career as a mountain biker; a life in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia; sponsors wanting to endorse him. Despite the accolades, he had one other thing that was tearing at his confidence and progressively worsening in the process: a stutter. “My speech was definitely the … Continue reading Richard Holmes: “What you can’t see is often more important than what you are able to”


5 Kids 1 Condo: “Reality is bigger than what [we’re] told it can be”



What if our collective idea of a good life — a house with a yard, two cars, maybe a summer home to boot — is missing the mark? Adrian Crook, the Vancouver-based author of 5 Kids 1 Condo, has been exploring that question. Living in a 1,000-square foot condo in the West Coast city’s Yaletown, … Continue reading 5 Kids 1 Condo: “Reality is bigger than what [we’re] told it can be”