Category : Podcasts

Feminism in Winnipeg: Past and Present

Shaking the Tree radio presents a one-hour conversion on feminism and what it means to women living in Winnipeg, past and present.  Through stories about feminist struggles and triumphs we explore the topic of feminism by touching on historical points of feminism in Canada and what it means for the way forward. Dean Rennie, a Masters student at the University of Manitoba, hosts the show and discusses feminism with Willow Aster, a long time Winnipeg resident and feminist and Cheryl Sobie, a fellow feminist and University of Manitoba student.  We discuss why it is important to honour the struggles and tell the stories of women who came before us and reflect on how their strength shaped the world we live in today.  However there is still much work to be done by women living in today’s world amongst the male dominated media industry and within the health care sector.  Willow talks about her work in the feminist movement in Winnipeg, which started with her involvement in the peace movement joining the disarmament committee, and then led to her work on the Action Committee on the Status of Women.  Highlights of music that reflect on experiences Willow and Cheryl have had within the feminist movement highlight the discussion, which explains why feminism is a topic that everyone can relate to.

Cheryl Sobie

Willow Aster

Dean Rennie

Taking a Summer Break…

Our host radio station, UMFM, is undergoing some renovations this summer and we’re in need of a bit of a break.  Look forward to new episodes of Shaking the Tree coming soon.  In the meanwhile, check out one of our episodes from earlier this season.

EPISODE 15: The Right to Food: Food (In)security in India and Bangladesh

This week’s Shaking the Tree Radio heads overseas as Stefan Epp takes you to India and Bangladesh to explore some of the challenges to achieving food security.  (more…)

EPISODE 14: Urban Chicken Farming, Challenging City Bylaws One Egg at a Time

In this episode Stef and Troy talk with Bernard von Schulman from Victoria and Mary Contrary from Calgary about their urban chickens and then go to visit a backyard chicken farm in urban Winnipeg! (more…)

EPISODE 10: Fair Trade Manitoba

Shaking the Tree Radio brings the local and the international together with this week’s focus on fair trade.  Special guests include Darryl Reid of the Green Bean Coffee Company, Jennifer Foreshaw of Ten Thousand Villages, and Zach Gross from the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation. Discussion is based around definitions of fair trade, the social justice issues surrounding fair trade purchases, community benefits and control surrounding fair trade as well as the growth and promise of this industry. (more…)

EPISODE 9: Food Inc.

Hosts Troy Stozek, Dean Rennie, and Dayna Kroeker spend this week talking about changes in our food system.This week’s show focuses on changes in the food system, and features a panel discussion on the Oscar-nominated documentary ‘Food Inc’ that was recently held in Winnipeg.


EPISODE 8: New Media and Social Change

In this episode, we talk with Colin Anderson, Mike Spear, and Valerie Sim about the potential for creating social change through new media. (more…)

EPISODE 7: Changing Canadian Food Policy From the Ground Up: Cathleen Kneen and the People’s Food Policy Project

In this episode, Stef McLachlan and Troy Stozek take on food policy, talking to Cathleen Kneen of Food Secure Canada and the People’s Food Policy Project. The People’s Food Policy Project is a pan-Canadian network of citizens and organizations that is creating Canada’s first comprehensive food sovereignty policy. (more…)

EPISODE 6: Getting Vocal about Growing Local, 2010 Conference Insights

In this episode, guest hosts Carmen Anseeuw, Joscelyn Bailey, and Karlah Rudolph discuss the recent third annual Growing Local, Getting Vocal Conference held by Food Matters Manitoba at the University of Winnipeg. This years’ conference was the best attended yet, with low income, rural farm families, urban eaters, Northern and First Nations community representatives, Government agencies and non-profit organizations coming to the discussion. (more…)

EPISODE 5: Local and Just: the Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance

Join Stef McLachlan and guest host Dean Rennie to learn about an exciting new research alliance in Manitoba.  Also, hear Dean Rennie’s coverage of the Black Sheep Diner.   Special guests this week are Shirley Thompson from the University of Manitoba, Paul Chorney from Food Matters Manitoba, and Glen Koroluk from Beyond Factory Farming.  (more…)