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Sounds of the Season Instagram Live 'Kindness Q&A's' with Jason D'Souza

As part of the Sounds of the Season campaign in support of local food banks, CBC Fresh Air host Jason D'Souza will speak with guests on December 10 and December 17 on CBC Toronto's Instagram Live about community, food security and extending kindness through the holiday season.

Join Fresh Air host on CBC Toronto's Instagram Live with guests on Dec. 10 & 17 at 11:30 a.m. EST

Fresh Air's Jason D'Souza hosts a series of Instagram Live conversations as part of the Sounds of the Season campaign in support of local food banks. (CBC)

In previous years during Sounds of the Season, we've invited you to visit our building's atrium to meet your favourite CBC hosts. Though we can't invite you down to the CBC Broadcasting Centre this year, we invite you to join in the conversation about community, kindness and addressing food insecurity with a series of Instagram Lives through December.

Fresh Air host Jason D'Souza will interview local changemakers about the importance of kindness in our community. Starting on Thursday, Dec. 10, join us at 11:30 a.m. on Instagram (@CBCToronto) and send us your questions or comments.

Tune into CBC Toronto's Instagram channel to watch the discussions on Thursday Dec. 10 and Thursday Dec. 17 at 11:30am EST. (CBC)

December 10 - Volunteer Carol Cooper

Jason will speak with Carol Cooper about her volunteer work providing food and other essential supplies to people experiencing homelessness in Toronto.

On Dec. 10, 2020, Jason will speak with North York volunteer Carol Cooper about her work providing food to people experiencing homelessness (CBC)

Carol Cooper is a full-time hairdresser by profession. Four years ago, when she asked her 18 year old son what he wanted for Christmas, he said he wanted to feed the homeless because they both had a passion for helping others. No organization had need for their volunteer services at the time, so Carol and her son decided to start their own initiative to buy, cook and prepare meals for the homeless. Fast forward to 2020: Carol now accepts clothing, produce and freshly baked goods from her friends and community members and she spends every Friday night handing out food and clothing to the homeless in Toronto.

December 17 - Jessica Mclauglin, Coordinator - Indigenous Food Circle

Jason will speak with Jessica Mclaughlin, coordinator with the Indigenous Food Circle and guest on Season 2 of the Hard to Stomach podcast.

Jason speaks with Jessica Mclaughlin of the Indigenous Food Circle on Dec. 17 (CBC)

Jessica Mclaughlin is the Coordinator of the Indigenous Food Circle. This work is focused around Indigenous food systems in the Thunder Bay area. Mclaughlin looks at philanthropy and supporting communities financially through her work with the Northern Ontario Indigenous Food Sovereignty Collaborative. Mclaughlin was one of the guests featured in Season 2 of the Hard to Stomach podcast, focused on how communities are adapting to address food insecurity amidst the pandemic.

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