Category Archives: Life

Benveet Gill: “Nothing is designed for people with disabilities”



In 2012, Benveet Gill was on holiday in Las Vegas when a virus paralyzed her from the waist down. “I had the most excruciating pain in my low back,” she said. Doctors diagnosed her with transverse myelitis, an autoimmune disorder in the spinal cord. Since then, she’s co-launched ReYu, an Edmonton-based not-for-profit promoting neurorecovery; and … Continue reading Benveet Gill: “Nothing is designed for people with disabilities”


Marc Hamer: “This is a small life”



Marc Hamer has lived a great many lives — from wandering the English countryside as a homeless teen to teaching creative writing to inmates. But it’s his latest chapter, that of an author and retired mole-catcher, that has sparked interest around the world. Hamer’s debut book, How to Catch a Mole, has been called “effortlessly … Continue reading Marc Hamer: “This is a small life”


Best of Story Untold: Fear (Part 2)



On this week’s Story Untold, hear from more of the most noteworthy episodes on the podcast about fear — from walking on a highline 1,000 feet in the air, using fear as a tool in marathon competitions, insecurity and how it leads to self-sabotage, and the experience of fleeing a child soldier camp. Snapshots from … Continue reading Best of Story Untold: Fear (Part 2)


Best of Story Untold: Fear (Part 1)



Everything you want, it has been said, is on the other side of fear. On this week’s Story Untold, hear from some of the most memorable conversations on the podcast about fear — from quieting doubts as a meditative practice, how anxiety and speech are intertwined, the urgency of overcoming fear, and how fear can … Continue reading Best of Story Untold: Fear (Part 1)


Carla Funk: “Small towns do something to the imagination”



Carla Funk grew up in a place of logging trucks and God, pellet guns and parables. Every Sunday, she sat with her mother and brother in the same pew at the Mennonite church while her dad stayed home with his cigarettes and a fridge full of whiskey. Part ode to childhood, part love letter to … Continue reading Carla Funk: “Small towns do something to the imagination”


TOBi: “Everybody’s fighting a hard battle”



TOBi is having his moment. In the last four months alone, the Nigerian-Canadian singer-songwriter has been name-checked by the likes of Snoop Dogg and Jamie Foxx, and invited to Los Angeles to work on music with The Game. (“My fans are now your fans,” the Los Angeles-raised emcee posted on Instagram.) Add to that the … Continue reading TOBi: “Everybody’s fighting a hard battle”


Yasuko Thanh: “It always feels like we’re writing some kind of fiction”



If a writer’s greatest asset is life experience, then Yasuko Thanh has no shortage of material. The winner of 2009’s Journey Prize and 2016’s Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Vancouver Island-based Thanh left home at the age of 15 and lived on the streets of Victoria and Vancouver, where her most prized possession was … Continue reading Yasuko Thanh: “It always feels like we’re writing some kind of fiction”


Danielle Williams: “I can still love this community and want it to be better”



Danielle Williams has no quit. An army veteran and Harvard graduate, she has been an advocate for diversity in outdoor adventure sports since 2014, when she co-founded Team Blackstar Skydivers. An African-American skydiver living with a disability, Williams has over 600 jumps under her belt, and has also launched Melanin Base Camp and Diversify Outdoors. … Continue reading Danielle Williams: “I can still love this community and want it to be better”


Issey Nakajima-Farran: “You never know when your chance is there”



Issey Nakajima-Farran has more than a few stories to tell. Such things tend to happen when one spends a career chasing a soccer ball around the globe. From the time he was three, the 34-year-old winger for Pacific FC has moved to Japan, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Denmark, Australia, Cyprus, Spain, and Malaysia. To hear … Continue reading Issey Nakajima-Farran: “You never know when your chance is there”


Nathan Smith: “As long as there is racism in Canada, I want this project to keep going”



Nathan Smith is tired of being profiled. A Jamaican-Canadian photographer from Victoria, British Columbia, he figured he’d harness the racism he’s experienced as a person of colour in Canada and put it on full display. So began his latest creative work, Profiling Black Excellence, a photo project exploring the experiences of racial profiling felt by … Continue reading Nathan Smith: “As long as there is racism in Canada, I want this project to keep going”