Now Or Never


Now Or Never

Hosts Ify Chiwetelu and Trevor Dineen leap into the action with Canadians who are making things happen. Sometimes things go right. Sometimes they go off the rails. Either way, Now or Never nudges you to make a change, big or small.

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How prepared are you for your retirement?

Retirement is supposed to be our 'golden years' - a chance to relax, re-invent ourselves, and start the next chapter of our lives. But it can also be filled with uncertainty, poverty and loneliness. Today we're diving in with Canadians facing the challenges of their retirement head on.

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Finding real connections in digital communities

The amount of time we spend glued to our devices can sometimes be overwhelming. Whether it's social media, video games or group chats, why is it so gosh darn hard to peel yourself away? But it would be a mistake to label all of our screen time as negative or harmful. Because there are great things happening online. Beyond the likes and the follows, there are strong communities being built and meaningful relationships being formed. On this Now or Never, meet Canadians who are using their digital connection to create real-life connections.

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The Now or Never environmental challange

Since the United Nations released a shocking climate change report in October, 2018, a lot of people have been moved to take action. The report is truly life-or-death - it says we have only 12 years to make drastic changes to limit global warming or face devastating consequence like droughts, floods, extreme heat, and poverty, just to name a few. Hearing news like that can be paralyzing. What can any one person do to slow the destruction of the earth in just 12 years? Well, on this Now or Never you will meet people who are refusing to sit on the sidelines. They're taking on corporations, changing their lifestyles and trying to convince their friends and families to join the fight for our environment.

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What's in your mental health toolbox?

In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. If that's not you, it's definitely someone you know. There are few things as troubling as not understanding what's going on with your mind - or having any idea of how to deal with it. So on this Now or Never, meet people fighting hard to find mental health tools that work for them. Hear how hitting the comedy stage for the first time - at the age of 64 - helped one P.E.I. woman with her depression after her daughter took her own life. Meet a group of women who are knitting their way to better mental health. And a former NHL player tells us about how being open with his struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder was the first step in addressing it. Plus, drop in on a Grade 5 classroom in Winnipeg where kids are getting a boot camp in mindfulness.

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Get up, go outside and experience life on the land

Studies have shown that there are benefits to connecting, meaningfully, with the land. People tend to feel happier when they're surrounded by nature. But the majority of people in Canada feel it's easier to just spend time indoors. So on this Now or Never we're strapping on snowshoes, digging in the dirt, and fighting for vanishing wilderness with people who are determined to connect with the land. A group of refugee and newcomer women go backcountry hiking for the very first time. One young musher sets off on the Nunavut Quest, a week-long traditional dog sled race across unforgiving sea ice and tundra. A former librarian and self-described city girl returns home to run the family farm. A Mi'kmaq elder looks over his community's land as it disappears into the ocean. Alone in the deep woods of the Yukon, a man who left it all behind reflects on a life of solitude.

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What are you doing to prepare for a good death?

Preparing for a good death isn't easy, because the first step is addressing the fact that one day you're going to die - and that is not a fun thing to consider. Here's the thing... you can try to ignore it all you want, but death is a fact of life.  The least we can do is think about death, which means being brave, having some uncomfortable conversations, and considering what you want your last days to look like. On this Now or Never, meet people who are finding ways to make peace with passing on.

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The different paths to parenthood

For many people, the path to becoming a parent is a winding and difficult one. Whether it's deciphering ovulation charts or visiting a sperm bank, finding a surrogate or planning for adoption - the journey to parenthood can be filled with unexpected surprises and crushing disappointments. On this Now or Never, we're discovering what it takes to actually become a parent. A single, gay man has everything in place to be a father including the embryos... now he just needs a womb. How an accidental pregnancy set one man on a path he never expected. And meet an Ottawa woman who suddenly found herself a new mom at the age of 52 - and now has to figure out how to raise a grieving teenager.

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Beyond the shelves: Discovering the magic in public libraries

There is so much more to a library than just the reading material inside. Whether in a small town or a big city, libraries can be a place to build community, connect to resources, or spend time when you have nowhere else to go. From people polishing up their resumes to children discovering the magic of storytelling, you never know who you're going to find at the library - and what they're there to check out. This week, hosts Trevor Dineen and Ify Chiwetelu bring you into the brand new Calgary Central Library to discover all of the Now or Never moments happening inside.

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What's making you dance right now?

Grab your dance shoes, wiggle those hips, and hit the dance floor with Canadians who have deeply personal reasons for getting their groove on. Like a 15-year old who's reinventing the traditional hoop dance - and has big plans to share it with the world. And a group of senior citizens who are tango-ing away the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Plus, Trevor and Ify attempt to start an impromptu dance party on the streets of Winnipeg.

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We need to talk about organ donation

At this moment, 4,600 Canadians are living in limbo as they wait for a life-saving organ transplant. The vast majority of Canadians say they support the idea of organ donation, but less than 25 per cent have registered to do it. Nova Scotia is on track to become the first jurisdiction in North America where consent for organ donation is presumed, which means citizens must opt out if they do not wish to donate their organs. But every year, hundreds of people still die while waiting for an organ. On this Now or Never, we take you into the lives of people who are directly impacted by the fact that Canada has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the world. This encore episode first aired in October, 2018.

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How messages from the past can change the present

Whether it's an unearthed letter from an ancestor, a cassette tape message from a high school buddy, or a meaningful note you can't bear to part with - old messages can truly transport us back in time. But they can also change the way we view the future and behave in the present . On this Now or Never, meet people who are being motivated by meaningful messages from the past: A daughter who still carries her mother's suicide note in her wallet, 30 years later. Two friends whose bond is built on the cassette tapes they've mailed back and forth for decades. Former strangers brought together by a mysterious letter from the First World War. A grandmother who has dedicated her life to sharing Anishinaabemowin with her grandson - and the world. And Now or Never host Ify Chiwetelu reads a heartfelt and hilarious email she sent to her future self.

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Building bridges and finding hope

Since the shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, many people around the world have been asking: what do we do now? There are no easy or comfortable answers to why these things happen or how to move forward when they do. But one things clear: change can't happen unless we are willing to push ourselves to understand communities different from ours. On this Now or Never, we are diving in with people who are building bridges and finding hope as they meet in the middle.

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Buckle up: Meet Canadians who are becoming better drivers

Getting behind the wheel is something most of us do every day. Driving from point A to point B can become so routine that we forget we're in control of a giant, complicated machine - and that one mistake or distraction could be life-changing. On average, 10 people are killed and 424 more are injured in collisions on Canada's roads every day. Those numbers have been going down over the past decade, but we can do better. So this week, Now or Never hosts Ify Chiwetelu and Trevor Dineen are putting out the call for drivers to be more mindful behind the wheel. Meet a woman who's trying to get her road raging dad to change his ways, before someone gets hurt. Hear why a man who's been driving for 50 years thinks it's time for him to take driving lessons. Learn why a young woman, seriously injured in a car crash, is teaming up with the man who was behind the wheel. Take a ride with a cyclist who just wants everyone to share the road. ... And more stories from the driver's seat. Hop in and buckle up!

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How to say you're sorry

When was the last time you said you were sorry? Saying "I'm sorry" is a life lesson we learn as children, but admitting you did something wrong and asking for forgiveness is not an easy thing to do. In this age of clap-back culture, of #MeToo, and the swelling demand to right historical wrongs, more and more people are making public apologies, with varying success. Whether it's a corporation apologizing to a customer, or a couple of kids on a playground, an apology done right can bring a sense of relief and help everyone move forward. Today on Now or Never hear what makes a good apology from people on both sides: those working up the courage to say they're sorry, and those desperate to hear those two magic words.

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How do you feel about your body?

When you look in the mirror, how do you feel about your body? Social media and selfies mean that you can constantly compare your body to everyone around you. It is so easy to feel like you don't measure up. Having a negative body image can have a huge impact on your quality of life, not to mention your physical and mental health. Improving self-image is a challenge, but feeling comfortable in your skin can be truly transformational. So on this Now or Never, meet people who are learning to accept - and maybe even love - the bodies they're in.

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Stuck in a cycle? Here's how to break out

On this Now or Never, meet people smashing their way out of the cycles that have them stuck. Because breaking free of patterns and cycles isn't easy - but there can be an incredible sense of freedom when you finally do. A young musician fights back against drug addiction by training in mixed martial arts. Two best friends, one Palestinian and the other Israeli, come together through food. How a stay-at-home Dad is breaking free of toxic masculinity when raising his son. ... And more Canadians who are breaking free of their personal cycles.

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Just ditch it

Chances are, you or someone you know is Marie Kondo-ing their life right now - decluttering, tidying up, or throwing out anything that doesn't spark joy. So on this week's episode of Now or Never, meet people who are shouting, "Just Ditch It" - even if it sparks conflict between friends or family members. A wife who tells her husband it's time to let go of his comic book collection. A young woman who is using Indigenous ceremony to release her shame. Not to mention all of us who desperately need to do a social media purge and un-friend all those deadbeat Facebook pals. Trevor and Ify will pressure, or at least encourage you to lighten your load for the months ahead.

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Who is your chosen family?

You don't get to choose the family you're born into. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not - the decision was never yours. But then this funny thing happens as you go through life. You meet people and form connections that enrich your life and provide support when you most need it.

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Capturing the moment

This year, it's estimated that people around the world will take over one trillion photographs. When you've always got a smartphone camera in hand and an unlimited amount of photos at your fingertips, what gives a photo meaning? On this episode of Now or Never, we are hearing from professional photographers and regular joes who are capturing real, meaningful moments through pictures. Each has a story to tell that will nudge you to change the way you capture images. A prairie photographer takes portraits of babies who've passed away. A woman carves out a niche using squirrels for muses. A cancer survivor bypasses wigs for her bald head, using homemade dioramas instead. Plus, you'll get insight into what makes people "click", and meet some unexpected shutterbugs.

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Let's talk about sex

Sex is everywhere. You can't make it through a movie without a sex scene, sex education curriculum has become a big issue for politicians, and the #MeToo movement has started important conversations around consent. But do we talk about sex enough? For many, it remains a taboo topic only addressed behind closed doors. On this Now or Never, we are eavesdropping on the awkward, vulnerable, and honest conversations people are having about sex. Because, in the wise words of Salt-N-Pepa: "It keeps coming up anyhow. Don't decoy, avoid, or make void the topic. Cuz that ain't gonna stop it."

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It's time to get out of your rut

Being stuck in a rut can be comfortable: you know exactly what to expect, and exactly how things are going to turn out. But life in a rut has a dark side, reinforcing old habits and preventing you from stepping out of your comfort zone. Just ask Ronnie Hoffman, who changed his life using a few pieces of paper and a box. Every month for the past five years, Hoffman pulls out a hand-written goal from his box and challenges himself to explore something new - from freestyle rap to learning how to write Hebrew. Inspired by Ronnie, this Now or Never features the unique ways that Canadians are digging themselves out of their ruts. A woman desperate to kick her cell phone addiction gets help from a master of mindfulness. Unsuspecting shoppers are convinced to get out of their grocery store grooves. A guy who has basically worn the same outfit for 15 years has a style intervention. And a woman pulls herself out of a romantic dry spell... by challenging herself to go on 50 dates.

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What rite of passage are you facing right now?

From your first day of kindergarten, to losing your virginity and your last day of work before retirement - rites of passage come in many shapes and sizes. They mark the end of the life you've known and the beginning of something new. Life is peppered with these transitional moments: some of them you look forward to, others you dread. But as you'll find on this episode of Now or Never, they almost always lead to learning. (This encore episode first aired in May, 2018)

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Swimming against the current

On this Now or Never, meet people pushing against the status quo and charting their own course - even when the world is telling them not to. A die-hard Blue Bombers fan tells us why he hasn't worn pants in 17 years, even on the most bone-chilling Winnipeg winter days. A plucky young reporter puts her life savings on the line to start her own newspaper in small-town Ontario, even though everyone tells her it's a bad idea. A Malaysian immigrant desperate to "fit in" pretends to like the Tragically Hip... until the day she decides she's got her own definition of what makes a Canadian. And meet Fred Frost, the only man in his quilter's bee.

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New year, old you: saying no to resolutions

Go to the gym. Eat better. Buy a new wardrobe. At the dawn of a new year, it can be easy believe that you need to change. But what if the thing you need to do this January is just... be you? On this Now or Never, meet people who are rejecting resolutions and spending 2019 celebrating themselves, regardless of what the world might think of them. A pair of self-described "fat babes" go shopping in a size-small society. A young performer bares all, and invites an audience to ask nosy questions about his body. After years of hiding it, a retiree finally embraces her attention deficit disorder.

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Bridging the generation gap

The holidays are here, which means you might soon be awkwardly interacting with multiple generations of your family under one roof. So what's the key to bridging the generation gap? On this Now or Never, meet people going outside their comfort zone to try and connect with people much older - or younger - than themselves. A Toronto comedian asks her dad, the king of dad jokes, to perform stand-up with her - and has an eye-opening moment with him on stage. A millennial finds a creative way to bridge the generation gap in her workplace. And a grunge-loving musician creates an unexpected musical mash-up with his grandpa, the unofficial polka king of southern Manitoba.

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