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I've been 'sheltering in place' long before COVID-19 — here are some tips on how to make it easier

Sean Towgood is used to long periods of isolation. The combination of Canadian winters and electric wheelchairs have forced him to frequently “shelter-in-place” over his lifetime. Along the way he has developed some helpful tips while waiting out any storm.
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How selling my parents' house made me reconsider what truly defines us

Richard Kemick pressured his parents ages ago to sell their family home — a split-level bungalow they owned for three decades. With the house now up for sale, Kemick wants to understand the place that they, as a family, constructed and how that place, in turn, constructed them.
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When hiding it became exhausting, I decided to finally step out of the disability closet

Kent Hoffman was diagnosed with Becker muscular dystrophy when he was a high school senior. Watching daylong telethons to raise money for the condition in the 1970s reinforced a damaging view of disability for him. After years of hiding his condition, he is now trying to figure out what it really means to identify as someone who's disabled.

A home ready for isolation and a home ready for sale

In this week's episode we bring you two stories — about our homes, how we shape them and in turn how they shape us. Sean Towgood has some helpful tips on setting up your home to weather the shelter-in-place order. And Richard Kemick reminisces about his family house from the confines of his own home.

'I have a deaf heart': An artist caught between two worlds finds a balance

Ever since she was little, Jodee Mundy has moved between the Deaf community and mainstream society, feeling a little out of place in both. In this documentary, we explore what it was like for Mundy to be the constant interpreter, to witness her parents and brothers negotiate a world that is not set up to accommodate them, and what happened when she finally snapped.

An Ontario man's fight to get out of jail before COVID-19 gets in

As COVID-19 spreads in prisons, a lot of the conversation has focused on releasing non-violent offenders. But according to Ontario's Auditor General, 71 per cent of people in Ontario jails aren’t necessarily offenders at all. They are pretrial — detained, but presumed innocent — like 21-year-old "T" who was held at the Toronto East Detention Centre.

As a brown guy, I knew hiking the U.S. border would be risky. But it also made me face my trauma

Amiththan Sebarajah is a through hiker who's clocked over 10,000 km of long-distance hiking. As a person of colour, he's always been an anomaly on the trail. But his most recent hike brought his trauma as a child in Sri Lanka to the surface.

'I like who I am and I like all the mess that came with it': living with multiple identities

Rachel has dissociative identity disorder, formerly called multiple personality disorder. There are 11 personalities — or alters — within her system. Rachel is the main personality of this system, the long term host, as she describes it. 
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My mom died and my family never discussed it, until I broke the silence

Julie Arounlasy's mother died suddenly three years ago, but she, her father and her siblings never talked about it. Now she is breaking the silence, and trying to get to the bottom of why they never talked.
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There's a mammal in our bathroom. Bigger than a mouse, smaller than a car

When Sam Mullins saw the rental house he currently lives in, he thought it would be a suitable place to raise a newborn baby. That all changed a year later when he discovered that the storage room in the house was infested with rats.
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'Mamma's working' and other impossible things I now need to explain to my toddler

CBC Radio's Julia Pagel shares what it's like to do her job from a makeshift home office with a potty-training toddler never far away.

Any child in immigration detention is one too many, says psychiatrist

Three researchers were given rare access to an immigration holding centre to study the effects of detention on adults and children. They encountered a system that stripped everyone of the agency to help.
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Life in lockdown: 'Every horrible situation offers a lesson to grow from'

After living and working through multiple lockdowns in two different countries, Laura Bain arrived in Italy with the hopes of slowing down and having a more stress-free life. That changed when Italy became the European epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak and went into lockdown.
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Arriving in London, I got the text: 'Welcome to the Apocalypse'

When Natasha Greenblatt's flight landed in England for a layover, she got two texts: “The show is cancelled” and “Welcome to the Apocalypse.” Amidst the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe and the U.K., the Toronto playwright did the only thing she could think of: head to her cousin's house in north London and make art.

'They're all here forever': how a couple in Perth came to foster five young children

Over the course of eight years, Sharon and Kim Greenock fostered five children. They already had three kids of their own. Along the way, the couple learned about the joy, grief, chaos, worry and love that comes with fostering children.

As cars change, this rural garage faces an uncertain future

Swinn’s Service, a garage near Tillsonburg, Ontario, is a family-run business passed down from father to son. It's facing closure once its current owner retires because cars are increasingly computerized and few mechanics want to move to the country.

'I don't know how to love': Sisters search for answers 51 years after their family's axe murder

Connie Woods and Cynthia Laliberte were children when most of their family were murdered in their home. They say they never received the government or community support they would have needed. Now, they're asking why not?
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How my Grampy is helping me stay sober from beyond the grave

You can quit the booze, but it doesn’t magically fix all the parts of you that you don’t like. What do you do when you have nothing to blame? Faced with no options, I was dragged into introspection. That’s when I started thinking about my grandfather again.

There's a uniquely Korean word for rage and regret. So why had I never heard of it?

Eunice Kim came to Canada from Korea when she was five years old, but had never heard of the term 'han,' sometimes referred to as "Korean rage."

A tell-tale accent and a whispering voice: Identities shaped by how we sound

In this week's episode we bring you two stories — about how our voices shape who we are. Gretel Kahn embarks on a journey to change her accent. And Joceline Doucette changes her creative pursuits when a medical condition impacts her voice.

Mother of two hides in Fort McMurray to avoid deportation

A Namibian woman, the mother of two Canadian-born children, has gone into hiding in Fort McMurray because she fears deportation. Ngurimuje Mujoro's spouse has applied to sponsor her as a permanent resident, but the Canada Border Services Agency says a pending application does not stay a removal.

'It was a joke': Students describe lax standards, easy high marks at private schools known as 'credit mills'

Universities have raised concerns about students at public schools taking some of their courses at unaffiliated private schools, where for a fee they can have a better chance at the marks needed to get into the post-secondary institution of their choice.

Canada declared the Sinixt extinct. But the Sinixt say they are alive and well

The Canadian government declared the Sinixt First Nation extinct and struck it from the Indian Act in 1956. The group is still fighting today for recognition to prove that they are, indeed, living.
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Library shame: How my late fees tortured my conscience

There is an unspoken promise made when entering the library: I’ll lend you my books. And you’ll return them — on time and basically in the same shape as they were given to you. Catherine Cole has a hard time keeping that promise.
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My mother worked for Britain's spy agency in the 1960s. Can I get her to reveal her secrets?

Author Camilla Gibb has always known her mother worked for MI5 during the 1960s. But she's never known much more than that.