The Sunday Magazine

The Sunday Magazine for February 28, 2021

Host Piya Chattopadhyay discusses with former Olympian Angela Schneider whether Canada should boycott next winter's China Olympic Games, talks about mental health and self-care with NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, and chats with author Kim Echlin about the importance of survivors’ stories. Also on the show, Los Angeles Times reporter Stacy Perman on the the vote-buying allegations at the Golden Globe Awards.

This week on The Sunday Magazine with Piya Chattopadhyay:

Former Olympian: Everyone loses when you boycott the Games: There are growing calls for Canada to boycott next winter's China Olympic Games. But Angela Schneider, for one, doesn't support them. She won silver for Canada in rowing at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, and remembers well the day she learned that the Soviets were boycotting; she and her teammates cried. Then, as now, she says, boycotts never work, and only punish the athletes. Today, as head of Western University's International Centre for Olympic Studies, Schneider says Canada must take a stand and protest China's treatment of Uighers, Hong Kong, and the two Canadian Michaels.  But it must be in the political arena, she tells host Piya Chattopadhyay, not the athletic one. 

How burnout, anxiety and depression led Nunavut's MP to value self-love: Last fall, Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq landed in a hospital emergency room, diagnosed with severe burnout, anxiety, and depression. In her first year in office, she had thrown herself into the job - working 14-hour days, weekends, and holidays to advocate for better living conditions for the people of Nunavut.  Then in August, Qaqqaq set out on a tour to talk to constituents and see how they were living.   What she saw and heard led to her breaking point.   After taking some time off, the 27-year-old NDP MP is now back at work, but with a new take on boundaries, balance and self-care. Mumilaaq Qaqqaq joins Chattopadhyay to talk about her experience, what she has learned from it - and her hopes not only for the future of her home territory, but for the future of Canadian Parliament, too.

Why Charles M. Blow thinks Black Americans would be empowered by moving south: When six million Black people moved from the U.S. South to northern cities between 1916 and 1970, they were fleeing poverty, segregation and racist violence -- and seeking freedom, equality and economic opportunity. But New York Times columnist Charles Blow argues that the Great Migration didn't turn out as hoped; he says Black people face systemic racism in the North that's perhaps even more oppressive than racism in the South. In his new book, The Devil You Know, he makes the provocative proposal that Black Americans should move by the millions back to southern states where they could form a majority and assume real power and control over their destiny through the ballot box.

'Speak, Silence' author Kim Echlin on the importance of survivors' stories: During the Bosnian War, the town of Foca fell under the control of Serb forces - and the town's Muslim population came under attack. Of the many horrors that followed, some of the worst were reserved for girls and women, who were rounded up and delivered to so-called "rape camps." Years later, some of the men accused of running those camps were convicted in a groundbreaking international court case that recognized rape as a crime against humanity. That case, and the women who provided testimony, are at the centre of Speak, Silence, a new novel by Canadian writer Kim Echlin. She joins Chattopadhyay to talk about the story of those women, her decision to weave it into a piece of fiction, the power of survivors speaking up - and the importance of listening to those who do.

A brief history of scandals orbiting the Golden Globes: Ahead of Sunday night's Golden Globes, Los Angeles Times reporter Stacy Perman takes us behind the scenes of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association - the small, secretive group that doles out the awards. The Association has come under fire again and again during its history for appearing to be easily swayed by access and swag.  And this year is no different, with the LA Times revealing that controversial nominee Emily In Paris put up association members in a swanky hotel during a set visit. There have been calls for change before, but  what may be different now, Perman says, is those calls are even coming from the inside.


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