Out in the Openwith Piya Chattopadhyay


'You live in hell every day': The tragedy of forgetting your child in the car

Even though Raelyn Balfour remembers dropping off her nine-month-old son at the babysitter's before going to work, she actually didn’t. Later that day, he died in the car of hyperthermia.
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Make it Right

This week, in the realm of sexual misconduct and beyond, Piya asks: When you've done wrong... how do you make it right?
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Past Lives

You can't change the past. But can you ever leave it behind? This week, we bring you stories of criminal, familial, traumatic and famous pasts that some are struggling to let go, and others are trying to repair.

Truth versus protection: David Chariandy negotiates how to talk to his daughter about race and belonging

The award-winning novelist says he’s never felt divided when it comes to his own identity, but that talking to his daughter about racism past and present was another matter.

'I probably made things worse': Cree former prosecutor looks back regretfully on his work in Saskatchewan

After a career in law, retired prosecutor Harold Johnson now believes Indigenous people should be allowed to take over justice in their own communities.
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Split Loyalty

Have you ever been torn between two ideals, causes or people... and can't quite figure where your allegiance should lie? This week, Piya speaks with people who found themselves with split loyalty and either felt like they had to choose a side or embrace living on a border.

Emergency dispatcher tried to 'brush off' her PTSD, until she couldn't

‘I went into my own crisis,’ said Jessica Patoine after an emergency call.

'We all want to believe we would be the hero': Why one woman froze in a crisis

The bystander effect prevented Jeva Lange from helping someone who she thought was contemplating suicide.
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Crisis Reactors

Between natural disasters, targeted attacks, and everyday accidents, we hear about crises happening to other people on the news all the time. This week, Piya speaks with people who were there when crisis struck, to find out how they responded... and what their reaction says about them.

How straight, white, able-bodied men can have a role in workplace diversity

Corporate inclusion manager Tej Singh Hazra says addressing inequality ‘means having everybody at the table’

Feminista Jones doesn't think you're an ally

Activist, writer and social worker Feminista Jones doesn’t like the term 'ally'. Instead, she says she wants 'co-conspirators'.
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The word "ally" is thrown around a lot these days, especially by people who work to support women, people of colour, and those in the LGBT community. This week, we go beyond the buzz of the word to see what it really means... and whether it makes a difference.

Fighting hate with friendship — one Exalted Cyclops at a time

Daryl Davis is a black blues musician. He's befriended hundreds of Ku Klux Klan members, many of whom have since changed their views on white supremacy. And he’s got dozens of robes and hoods in his closet to prove it.

Former member of Canadian white supremacist group says hatred must be met 'with an open heart'

Elizabeth Moore was one of the few female members of the neo-Nazi group the Heritage Front in the early 1990s.

#MeToo and You

One year after the hashtag #MeToo took off, motivating victims of sexual harassment and assault to go public about their experiences, Piya speaks with people about how it has -- or has not -- changed their own lives.

Going public with Weinstein allegations was the 'right thing to do,' Erika Rosenbaum says one year later

The Montreal actress describes how life on set has changed after going public with her allegations of harassment by Harvey Weinstein, and in the wake of the wider #MeToo movement.

'Love brought me back': Father deported, then detained reflects on time apart from family

Olukunle Adetunji was deported to Nigeria in 2014 and came back to Canada two years later, only to be found out and detained. After his release, he says all he wants is to be with his family.

Refugee parents can bring their kids to Canada, so why can't kids bring their parents?

Elisée Makola and Humayun Sawar came to Canada without their parents and have yet to be reunited years later.

'As a caregiver, why can't we join with our family here?'

Cristina Acuram came to Canada in 2007 as a caregiver to support her four children back in the Philippines. She’s still waiting to hear whether her family can join her in Canada.

'There isn't anywhere to go': Ontario halfway house for aging inmates addressing gap in prison system

Haley House, a unique halfway house in Ontario, specifically caters to the needs of older and palliative offenders on parole — a type of facility prisoner advocates say we need more of.

'It's a wound I don't think will ever get covered': Five stories of life after the Toronto van attack

A survivor, a witness, a victim's family, the city's mayor and more talk to Out in the Open host Piya Chattopadhyay about what happens in the aftermath of mass tragedy.

'I'm just lucky to be here': Patrick Brazeau's quiet comeback after years of scandal

In a wide-ranging interview with Out in the Open host Piya Chattopadhyay, the controversial senator reflects on the personal turmoil that nearly ended his career.

The psychological battle for women who go public about sexual violence

Silence can protect survivors of sexual assault, allow them to heal. Or it can isolate them, and let shame fester. So it’s hard to know when to break it.

Why 'culturally appropriate' elder care matters

Mahjong, Chinese chess, singing, and of course, bingo: just some of the activities for seniors living at Yee Hong, a culturally appropriate care home.


When we imagine old age, we tend to picture — and fear — mental decline, physical breakdown, and loss of independence. This week, Piya speaks with people facing additional challenges in the process of getting older... just because of who they are.