Free radicals: Two men, two ways out of the darkness
Like so many other people that he meets living on the streets of Hamilton, ON, Penny O'Radical has spent years battling drug addiction. In 2019 he decided to try a new approach to staying clean: documenting his recovery in a remarkably candid YouTube channel, and turning the lens on the people he's gotten to know in shelters and on the streets.
When Wesley Altuna was growing up in the Philippines, food was always connected to his sense of home. But when he came to Canada as a kid, wrenched from his mother's arms at the airport, that picture of safety and joy was also left behind. Wes struggled to find his way as a teen, and got into some dark business. But when things were at their worst, Wes would cook to ground himself. Now that the pandemic ransacked his career, he's realized that returning to his love of Filipino food and sharing it with others is his way forward — and his way home.