Out in the Openwith Piya Chattopadhyay


Free speech on campus: Where should universities draw the line?

After a tumultuous year, Wilfrid Laurier University reckons with what some see as an intrusion of ‘unpopular opinions.’

Can you ever truly be done with an addiction?

Leslie Jamison talks about the subjectivity of 'rock bottom' and how quitting drinking was a repeated act

Done and Done

From confronting addiction to quitting your job, there are myriad ways we all hit the brakes in life. But sometimes the toughest part can be knowing when to stop. This week, Piya asks: When is it time to say, 'I'm done'?

'I began having nightmares': Former animal tester reveals the reality of working in animal research

Michael Slusher speaks with Piya about how he justified testing on and euthanizing animals as a vivisectionist, and what ultimately made him stop.

'If you think about who is feeling like an impostor, it's people not in the privileged class'

Dena Simmons says “it is the easy way out” to think of impostor syndrome as something that just happens at the individual level. She wants us to ask how certain environments make racialized people feel like impostors.


No matter how confident you are in your own skin or how experienced you are at what you do, both in work and in life, many of us have times when we feel like we're faking it. This week, Piya asks: How do you deal with feeling like an impostor?

'Confronting the truth about yourself is really hard': Rediscovering a complicated youth through adult eyes

Piper Weiss was a teenager when she along with everyone else in her Upper East Side community fell victim to the charms of Gary Wilensky, her tennis coach who would soon turn out to be a child predator.

How a psychiatry professor accidentally discovered he was a psychopath

James Fallon is determined to overcome his worst instincts.

When my second child was born, I started to feel like a fraud

Lisa Bryn Rundle's definition of motherhood has always included all the different ways that people become mothers. But three years after she gave birth, her partner became pregnant. And Lisa began to feel like an impostor. In a personal essay, she talks about the internal struggle of being the mom of a child she didn't birth herself.

Even Canada's top law students can feel they aren't good enough

Nick Papageorge opens up about impostor syndrome as he prepares for the bar exam

Calgary student determined to be first in his family to graduate high school

Cauy Healy has been tempted to drop out like his brother and sisters. But with a year to go until graduation, he’s driven to combat stereotypes by staying in school.

Family Tree

We all inherit so much from our families. And whether what gets passed down to you is helpful or hurtful, it's common to want to set yourself apart from what's handed down. This week, Piya asks: How do you branch out from your family tree?

Breaking the branch: How one woman plans to stop spread of disease by not having kids

Huntington's disease runs in Chantelle Smith's family. She will die of it herself, should she live long enough. So she's decided not to have kids of her own to stop the perpetuation of the disease.

For Chuck Winters breaking the cycle of violence meant taking a good hard look at himself

When the former CFL player realized his stepfather’s violence had worked its way inside him, he knew he had to address it head on or risk becoming like the man he says put his family through ‘hell’.

The exhilaration and isolation of being the first family member to attend university

Sheena Thomas was the first in her family to attend post secondary school. Along with never having seen a syllabus before, she had to navigate the pressure and the isolation of being the first.

'We're taking back who we are as people': Fighting for better mental health among Indigenous youth

Linnea Dick opens up about dealing with mental health issues as a young Indigenous person, the influences of geographical and social place, and how she's helping a new generation not feel so alone.
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Youth Mental Health

From geographic location to social place, this week Piya speaks with young people across Canada about how where they are affects their mental health.

The stigma around mental health can be hard to overcome when you live in a small town

Emma McCann says that lack of privacy in small communities can be a barrier to getting help when you need it.

Cyberbullying hurt her mental health, so she's teaching kids and parents alike how to stop it

Alex San Diego was cyberbullied in middle school. She says that rather than monitoring online conduct, adults should be encouraging young people to talk openly about mental health.
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The Lonely Road

It cuts across ages, genders, relationships, and classes. New research suggests it can lead to an early death. And in the United Kingdom, a minister has been appointed to tackle it with policy. This week, Piya asks: How do you confront loneliness?

'I do grab anything I can to move on in life': Dealing with loneliness in the senior years

Keeping busy is key to avoiding loneliness, say three senior women who meet up every week.

Why a divorced dad had trouble telling his buddies he felt lonely

Vancouver comedian Patrick Maliha believes some middle-aged men would rather sit at home in sad solitude than have to talk about their feelings.

Former inmate says the one thing lonelier than addiction is prison

Johanne Wendy Bariteau says prison may be necessary, but the loneliness that goes with it isn’t.

'It's not something we talk about … but it's a real issue': The isolation of new motherhood

Social media was feeding new mom Audrey Poulin’s loneliness, so she made an app to help other mothers connect.

Why one widow says her husband's death made loneliness more manageable

Evie Wallace says the loneliness of having a chronically-ill spouse can be harder to confront than the loneliness of being alone.