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Camila Jimenez – Protecting Youth and Children from Sexual Exploitation

Camila Jimenez – Protecting Youth and Children from Sexual Exploitation

March 8, 2021

Episode 24

Camila Jimenez – Protecting Youth and Children from Sexual Exploitation

 

Today we are bringing you a special edition of This Amazing Story, on a very important issue that too often gets ignored or downplayed.

 

Every year in March, the Province of BC declares Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week, to raise awareness, and recognize the importance of supporting communities to develop prevention, education, enforcement, and intervention strategies to address the sexual exploitation of children and youth.

 

Sadly, the Sexual Exploitation of Youth and Children is a growing issue – with incidents of online sexual exploitation in Canada having risen by 88% just since the beginning of the pandemic.

 

So today we are going to talk about Sexual Exploitation – specifically the sexual exploitation of children and youth – and this is definitely not an easy conversation to have. But my guest today does an amazing job of making the topic more accessible.

 

Camila Jimenez, is a national leader in the issue of child and youth sexual exploitation, having worked for more than 16 years on preventing children, youth and families from being affected by this crime and supporting them when it does.

 

She manages Children of the Street, which provides more than 25,000 children and youth each year with the information and tools they need to keep themselves and their peers safe from sexual exploitation.  Complimenting her work on the prevention of this issue, she has dedicated much of her career to running voluntary support services for youth in a variety of communities who are being sexually exploited.

 

Camila is a sought-after speaker, and has been called on to present at provincial, federal and international conferences, forums and events.  She is a mom of two small children herself, so she understands the concerns of parents, and uses her in-depth knowledge of the issue to teach them how to keep their kids safe, both online and in real life.

 

I learned a lot during this conversation, and I think you will too. How to recognize some of the warning signs of sexual exploitation, how youth are groomed for exploitation by online predators, How to approach this difficult subject, whether you are a parent, a teacher, caregiver, or friend of someone who is at risk of being exploited – and in this digital age, that “at-risk” group includes pretty much everybody – and what you can do to help or how to find support if you or someone you know is impacted by sexual exploitation.

 

The critical thing I learned from Camila is how important it is just to have these difficult conversations, even if you might not know where to begin.

 

For more information, follow the links below:

 

LINKS:

 

Keep Kids Safe Online

www.keepkidssafeonline.ca

 

PLEA Community Services:

https://www.plea.ca/

 

Children of the Street

https://www.childrenofthestreet.com/

 

Making Sense with Sam Harris, Episode #213 – The Worst Epidemic

https://samharris.org/podcasts/213-worst-epidemic/

 

"Episode 24 Camila Jimenez – Protecting Youth and Children from Sexual Exploitation” was produced by Malcolm McMillan in association with the Vancouver Community Action Team for This Amazing Story. ©2021.
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This episode was recorded and produced on the unceded lands of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations people.

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Thomas K. Girard – New Ways of Prototyping, By Design

Thomas K. Girard – New Ways of Prototyping, By Design

February 24, 2021

My guest today is Thomas K Girard.

Thomas K Girard is a Canadian scholar, who has taught undergraduate level design in three countries. He has travelled extensively, and has spent time living and working in China, India, and the UK. He is a four times emerging scholar award recipient, and has spoken at conferences all over the world, and Currently, he is a design instructor at Emily Carr School of Art and Design, in Vancouver, B.C.

Thomas is driven and passionate about design, and he tells us how we can apply a design mentality to almost anything in life, and learn to see possibilities where everyone else just sees a problem.

 

LINKS:

 

Thomas Girard’s website:

www.thomaskgirard.com

 

Thomas K. Girard TED Talk:
https://www.ted.com/talks/thomas_girard_how_to_feel_at_home_in_the_airport

Thomas K. Girard on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/onthomas_tweet

 

"Episode 23. Thomas K. Girard – New Ways of Prototyping, By Design" was produced by Malcolm McMillan for This Amazing Story. ©2021.
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This episode was recorded and produced on the unceded lands of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations people.

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NYE 2021 Extravaganza with Cameron David!

NYE 2021 Extravaganza with Cameron David!

December 31, 2020

On today’s episode we are celebrating the end of what will surely go down in history as one of the most … interesting years of all time. And we celebrate the beginning of something new.

The Insightful and illuminating Cameron David joins me to look back at the past year and manage to find some small nuggets of gratitude amongst the burning wreckage of the dumpster fire that has been 2020.

We also look forward with cautious hope to outline some future goals for This Amazing Story and hopes for the progression of life on Earth.

Malcolm provides his Top Ten List of Podcasts for listeners to check out while they wait for new episodes of This Amazing Story, and we wrap by counting down into the New Year.

 

Happy New Year Everybody! May 2021 be moderately alright! HURRAH!!

 

LINKS:

 

Dr. Russell Kolts on Self-Compassion, Mindfulness, and Managing Difficult Emotions:
https://lifespeak.com/ask-the-expert-russell-kolts-on-self-compassion-mindfulness-and-managing-difficult-emotions/

 

“Auld Lang Syne” by The United States Marine Band:
https://freemusicarchive.org/music/United_States_Marine_Band

 

TOP TEN PODCASTS:

The Jordan Harbinger Show:
https://www.jordanharbinger.com/podcasts/

 

The Tim Ferris Show:
https://tim.blog/podcast/

 

Yo, Is This Racist?:
https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/yo-is-this-racist/id566985372

 

All My Relations:
https://www.allmyrelationspodcast.com/

 

Radiolab:
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab

 

Secular Buddhism Podcast:
https://secularbuddhism.com/

 

The Dundan Trussell Family Hour:
http://www.duncantrussell.com/

 

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness:
https://www.earwolf.com/show/getting-curious-with-jonathan-van-ness/

 

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape:
https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/podcast/

 

Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions:
https://www.gatesnotes.com/podcast

 

"Episode 22. NYE 2021 Extravaganza with Cameron David!" was produced by Malcolm McMillan for This Amazing Story. ©2020.
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Auld Lang Syne” Written by Robert Burns in 1788, Performed by United States Marine Band in 2011.

 

This episode was recorded and produced on the unceded lands of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations people.

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Cameron Baumgartner – An American Ninja Warrior Lights Our Way Through The Darkness

Cameron Baumgartner – An American Ninja Warrior Lights Our Way Through The Darkness

December 21, 2020

Cameron Baumgartner is a student, a gymnast, a wrestler, a coach, and a top participant in Ninja competitions… From his first foray in the sport only 2 years ago, he has quickly risen to the peak level of competition, and has now taken part in two seasons of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior.

For those who don’t know what that means, being an American Ninja Warrior has nothing to do with shooting blow darts in the dead of night, having kung fu fights on moonlit rooftops, or committing even mild espionage. These Ninjas are incredible athletes who combine the physical strength and explosive power of a hungry lion, with the speed, agility, and grace of a flying squirrel. Their goal is to overcome a set of insane obstacles in their path, and to do it faster than their opponents…

Cameron makes these obstacles look too easy. Maybe it’s because from a young age, he was trained by fate to overcome obstacles set in his path. Maybe it’s the incredible support of his family that helped him get to where he is now, or maybe he was driven by some kind of inner force that propelled him over and above what even he thought he could achieve.

I suspect that heaps of intense training and long hours at the gym have something to do with it too. We’ll find out today on This Amazing Story.

 

LINKS:

Cameron Baumgartner on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/cam_baum5/?hl=en

American Ninja Warrior on NBC:
https://www.nbc.com/american-ninja-warrior

Cameron Baumgartner page on Sasukepedia:
https://sasukepedia.fandom.com/wiki/Cameron_Baumgartner

Cameron Baumgartner video on Yahoo! Entertainment
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/cameron-baumgartner-shows-us-hes-020000329.html

Cameron Baumgartner's Qualifying Run on American Ninja Warrior 2020:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wyB_A1Bbe4

Cameron Baumgartner Shows Us He's a Natural (Video) - American Ninja Warrior 2020
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=673571046895742

Thomas Rhett – Be A Light
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-972nAyy_I

 

 

"Episode 21. Cameron Baumgartner – An American Ninja Warrior Lights Our Way Through The Darkness" was produced by Malcolm McMillan for This Amazing Story. ©2020.
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This episode was recorded and produced on the unceded lands of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations people.

 

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Stephanie Ostler – Devil May Wear

Stephanie Ostler – Devil May Wear

December 7, 2020

Stephanie Ostler is a fashion designer, business owner, teacher, and an inspiration to anyone who has the good luck of meeting her. She opened her clothing shop, Devil May Wear, in 2003 when she was only 18 years old, and today she is more dedicated than ever to producing sustainable fashions at an affordable price, while sharing her knowledge with the next generation of fashion designers.

Stephanie makes fashion fun and accessible – and her expertise in designing and hand-sewing beautiful clothing is matched by her knack for connecting with people. Everything you see in Devil May Wear is made locally, and Stephanie makes most of it herself! All of that, while making environmental sustainability a central part of her business plan.

In addition to running a successful small business, Stephanie teaches at Simon Fraser University and at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, she works in the film industry, and she is a member of several boards and associations.

How in the world does one person accomplish so much?!?

On this episode we talk all about sustainable textiles, supply chains, starting a small business, even agriculture… and Stephanie has some great ideas on how small changes can result in big solutions for some really pressing global and local issues. I wanted to keep chatting with her all night, so we went pretty long on this interview, but I think you are really going to enjoy this one.

 

LINKS:

Devil May Wear Website:
https://www.devilmaywear.ca/

 

Devil May Wear on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/devilmaywearstore

 

Devil May Wear on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/devilmaywear/

 

Devil may Wear on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/devilmaywear

 

Stephanie Ostler Tedx SFU:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_KSXOqqnz4

 

Stephanie Ostler Website:

https://stephanieostler.wordpress.com/

 

"Episode 20. Stephanie Ostler – Devil May Wear " was produced by Malcolm McMillan for This Amazing Story. ©2020.

This Amazing News segment was created by Malcolm McMillan and Cameron David.
This Amazing News Theme Music by Fesliyan Studios https://www.fesliyanstudios.com

All other content is copyright 2020 by Malcolm McMillan.
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This episode was recorded and produced on the unceded lands of the Squamish, Musqeum, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations people.

 

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France Benoit – Sowing the Seeds of Resiliency

France Benoit – Sowing the Seeds of Resiliency

November 19, 2020

France Benoit is a farmer from North West Territories, who started Yellowknife’s largest urban farm last year when she moved her off-the-grid farm operations from outside of town, to an industrial area of downtown Yellowknife. She converted an unused parking lot into 5000 sq ft of market garden, where she grows an impressively diverse range of crops for local consumption. She sells her produce and value added products like cheese, tiramisu, and coleslaw at the Yellowknife Farmers Market.

In fact France played a major role in founding the Yellowknife Farmers market in 2013. Today, the farmer’s market supports a wide range of community programs, contributes close to $1 million to the local economy each year, and it has become a hub for locals to meet up and enjoy everything that Yellowknife farmers, bakers, artisans, and crafters has to offer.

 

You’ll also hear get a philosophical take on some of the world’s good news stories, with co-anchor of This Amazing News, Cameron David.

 

France Benoit Links:

 

Le Refuge Farm:
https://www.lerefugefarm.com/

 

Le Refuge Farm on FaceBook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Farm/Le-Refuge-Farm-603895689800783/

 

Yellowknife Farmers Market:
http://yellowknifefarmersmarket.ca/

 

Square Foot Gardening:
https://squarefootgardening.org/

 

France Benoit on Vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/user41958892

 

This Amazing News Links:

 

A Pachyderm Prosthesis:

https://stories.worldsteel.org/innovation/elephant-prosthetic-is-a-world-first/

 

The Chunky Cat Cupid:
https://nypost.com/2019/12/18/couple-meets-on-cat-facebook-group-travels-4000-miles-to-be-together/

 

Making Rocket Fuel out of Thin Air:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/afdhelaziz/2020/10/27/from-vodka-to-space-flight-air-co-launches-sustainable-rocket-fuel-to-help-us-get-to-marsand-beyond/?sh=5b0742a2e4ca

 

If You Feel Like Things Are Falling Apart, They Are Probably Actually Coming Together:
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/tama-kieves-book-excerpt-on-change/

 

Seccular Buddhism Podcast:
https://secularbuddhism.com/category/podcast/

 

Waking Up Meditation App:
https://wakingup.com/

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18. Kryshan Randel and Ryan Alexander McDonald – Farewell, Treehouse Manor

18. Kryshan Randel and Ryan Alexander McDonald – Farewell, Treehouse Manor

November 4, 2020

Episode 18. Kryshan Randel and Ryan Alexander McDonald – Farewell, Treehouse Manor

My guests today are Kryshan Randel and Ryan McDonald.

Ryan and Kryshan are roommates at a home that has become legendary amongst a certain cohort of Vancouver creative minds and party-goers. It’s a secretive Mecha of the creative arts that has been shrouded in mystery and strange rumours that only get wilder with each retelling.

Few people have heard the name of this home, and even fewer know the full extent of the finely-tuned chaos that has existed within it’s walls. But today, we will hear the amazing story of Treehouse Manor from two of it’s inhabitants, who are sadly in the process of a renoviction. Yes, Treehouse Manor will soon be torn down to rubble to make way for more boring townhouses where nothing this cool will ever happen again...

Kryshan Randel lives and breathes film. He has been passionate about film-making since he was a baby. Kryshan is a film director and instructor, who has directed dozens of short films, with some of these touring the festival circuit worldwide. His short films have appeared at Sitges, Fantastic Fest, and Fantasia, and have screened on Amazon Instant Video, Movieola, and the Sundance Channel.

Kryshan was at the helm for four episodes of the web series, Libelle, the Directors Guild of Canada’s Just Watch Us, campaign, and commercials for the smartphone app, Shotlister. Kryshan also does freelance shooting and editing for clients such as BBC America, Netflix, Legendary Pictures, Universal Studios, and Disney.

Ryan McDonald is an actor, director, producer, writer, cinematographer, photographer, editor, projection designer, sometimes fight choreographer, occasional slow-motion animator, and life long party thrower. He is like a Swiss Army Knife of film and media skills, a MacGyver when it comes to problem solving, and his leadership has been likened to that of Jean Luc Picard.

As a member of the Art Left Creative Group, Ryan has created content for clients such as: Telus, Bard on the Beach, Studio 58, The Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

 

LINKS:

Treehouse Manor on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/treehousemanor

Treehouse Manor on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/treehousemanor/

Kryshan Randel:
https://kryshanrandel.com/

Ryan McDonald:
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3692641/

Art Left Creative:
https://www.artleftcreative.com/

Art Left Creative on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/artleftcreative/

 

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17. Jeremy Schneider – How to Grow Wealthy and Stay That Way

17. Jeremy Schneider – How to Grow Wealthy and Stay That Way

October 15, 2020

Jeremy Schneider is an expert in Personal Finance, and the founder of RentLinx, an online platform for property managers to simplify the process of listing properties for rent. Jeremy spent ten years growing the RentLinx business, before selling it in 2015 to a larger web-based software company. After that he retired at the age of 36, and for the last 3 years he has not had to spend a single day working at a regular job. Today, his major project is the Personal Finance Club, which is designed to help ordinary people build their wealth and then stay wealthy. Almost everything on Personal Finance Club is given away for free, and you can learn a ton just by following “personalfinanceclub” on Instagram! Jeremy has also just launched a course, called “How to Build Wealth by Investing in Index Funds”, and this is available on his website at personalfinanceclub.com for a super low price.

 

Links:

Personal Finance Club:
https://www.personalfinanceclub.com/

 

Personal Finance Club on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/personalfinanceclub/

 

Personal Finance Club on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/personalfinanceclub/

 

Personal Finance Club on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqhRZnzfUig6jtRVtYpV7Eg

 

RentLinx:
https://www.rentlinx.com/

 

Jack Bogle Wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_C._Bogle

 

The Millionaire Next Door:
https://www.themillionairenextdoor.com/

 

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/171127.The_Little_Book_of_Common_Sense_Investing

 

The Simple Path to Wealth:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30646587-the-simple-path-to-wealth

 

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16. Meagan Putts – Life at 6000m Below Sea Level

16. Meagan Putts – Life at 6000m Below Sea Level

September 30, 2020

On today’s show I was super lucky to do a deep-dive into life at 6000 meters below sea level, with Deep-Sea Marine Biologist, Communications specialist, and Remotely Operated Vehicle navigator, Meagan Putts! Meagan is part of a team of researchers at the University of Hawaii, that is building a better understanding of life in the deep oceans, which are still largely unexplored and unknown.

Meagan’s main area of expertise is in deep-sea coral and sponge commnunities, but she clearly has a love for all things oceanic. Her ground-breaking research is changing the way we think about the largest biome on Earth, and you can learn more about that research and follow Meagan and the Hawaii team’s future expeditions by clicking on the links below.

Also we are pleased to welcome Cameron David to This Amazing Story's team. Cam is joining me as co-anchor for our new segment, This Amazing News. 

LINKS:

Meagan Putts Research:

https://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v630/p69-82/

 

University of Hawaii Marine Center ROV Lu’ukai page:

http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/UMC/cms/Luukai.php

 

Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory Archive:

http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/HURL/HURLarchive/

 

ROV Lu’ukai on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ROVluukai/

 

ROV Lu’ukai on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/rovluukai

 

ROV Lu’ukai on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCimKlzIEJtA8ubYGbgmDToQ

 

Okeanos Explorer, Deep Discoverer:

https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/technology/subs/deep-discoverer/deep-discoverer.html

 

Nautilus Hercules ROV:

https://nautiluslive.org/tech/rov-hercules

 

Schmidt Oceanic Institute Subastian ROV:

https://schmidtocean.org/technology/robotic-platforms/4500-m-remotely-operated-vehicle-rov/

 

The Abyss Movie Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zbpL3LeW7k

 

Sylvia Earle Wiki:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Earle

 

 

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Joalda Morancy – On the Path from Earth to Mars

Joalda Morancy – On the Path from Earth to Mars

July 27, 2020

Joalda Morancy is a Geosphysics, Astronomy and Astrophysics student at the University of Chicago. She just started an internship with NASA, and her goal is to become an astronaut, and one day walk on Mars.

 

Joalda is Director of Operations at Students for the Development and Exploration of Space, or SEDS USA. When she started college and realized that SEDS didn’t have a chapter in Chicago, she started one - and she’s also the president of the Chicago chapter.

 

On top of all that, she is also a science communicator. Joalda has a passion for inspiring low-income and disadvantaged kids in Chicago to see that anything is possible; that they don’t need to believe in the limitations that other people have put on them.

 

In this episode, we talk about what inspired Joalda to pursue Astronomy. We look at the current and future state of Mars exploration, and what it will take to set up a permanent base on the red planet. And we also discuss some other awesome ideas for how humans might one day live in space. If you’re not familiar with this sort of thing, some of it might seem pretty out there. But rest assured it’s all based on science and within the realm of the possible.

 

SOME RELEVANT LINKS:

Joalda Morancy Website:
https://www.joalda.space/

 

Joalda Morancy on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/solarrsystem

 

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space:
https://seds.org/

 

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory:
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/

 

ECOSTRESS Project:
https://ecostress.jpl.nasa.gov/

 

JPL Solar System Ambassadors:
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/solar-system-ambassadors/events/

 

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