The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E22: Take Back the Night: Port Hope

Check out my conversation with few of the other people involved in Take Back the Night: Port Hope, Avril Ewing, Maggie Robbins, and Sarah Kennedy (with contributions from Meghan Sheffield and Ashley Bouman).

We talk about:

– Our event this year
– What each of us think about the choices the Port Hope committee makes compared to the choices other groups make for Take Back the Night events (ie. the way we chose to involve men, not blocking off the streets, not involving police, choosing to celebrate coming together and not just to address the heavy vibes etc)
– What the theme “building community, building hope” means to us
– Why we’re each involved
– Why being involved in this event keeps us well

and more!

If you’re wondering about the stats I sourced:

  • 7 in 10 people who experience family violence are women and girls.32

    1. Women are about four times as likely as men to be victims of intimate partner homicide.33

    2. Women were 10 times more likely than men to be the victim of a police-reported sexual assault in 2008.3

    3. Women are twice as likely as men to be victims of family violence.38

    4. Women who experience spousal violence are more likely to endure extreme forms assault including choking, beating, being threatened with a knife or gun, and sexual violence.39

    5. About 80% of victims of dating violence are women.40

    6. Girls are 1.5 times more likely than boys to experience violence at home.41

Featured Tunes by:
The Muffs
Sarah Tohnin

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E21: Matt and Kate of “Stage Kiss”


We talk all about:
– The show itself
– About Northumberland Players and how they each got involved
– How they each got into theatre
– The creative team behind the production
– Why community theatre is important
– How their involvement in community theatre keeps them well

Featured Tunes by:
Cobra and the Daggers
Sixpence None the Richer
The Unlovables

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E20: Joshua Noiseux (ecological grief)


We talk all about Josh’s work in academia and the feels we feel when it comes to climate change.

Resources from Josh:
The Poison Pill (for me at least):


Mourning Nature: Hope at the Heart of Ecological Loss and Grief

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization

Active Hope: How to face the mess we’re in without going crazy

Featured Tunes:
Time to Build by Beastie Boys
Glass City by War on Women
Voice of Strength by Ecostrike
Cop Just Out of Frame by Propagandhi

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2Ep19: Holly Barclay (being a librarian, becoming a mother, and care work)


We chat about:

Why Holly chose to become a librarian and archivist

What the process of becoming a librarian and archivist has been like

How Ford’s government has impacted libraries in Ontario

Working with plants

Holly’s favourite bee facts

Navigating pregnancy and childbirth as a feminist in a rural area

Becoming a mother- and the identity shift associated with it

Care work, emotional labour, and asking for what we need

How Holly’s work keeps her well

and more!

Featured Tunes:

At the Library by Green Day

Lions and Tigers by Sleater Kinney

Prelude No. 7 of Book 1 (Debussy) by Daniel Weirsma

Braille by Regina Spektor

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour: S2E18 Anonymous (Psychedelics)


We talk all about psychedelics…

  • the history of psychedelics

  • what psychedelics are

  • microdosing and macrodosing

  • trip reports

  • potential risks and benefits of psychedelics

  • doing psychedelics safely

  • and more!

PLEASE NOTE: We’re not condoning the use or production of psychedelics, this is just a conversation. Please educate yourself on the potential physical, emotional, and legal risks associated with psychedelics.

Featured Tunes by:
Sincere Engineer
Wayne Kennedy
The Beatles

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour: S2E17 Susan K. (Managing the intersection between physical and mental health, unions, cats facts, and Sasquatch)


We talk about:

– Working for a union
– Gardening and wellness
– Cat facts
– Making art
– Managing physical and emotional intersections when it comes to disability
– Living with OCD and CPTSD
– The journey that is self-care
– What it means to listen to our bodies and to respect their boundaries
– What Susan loves about Sasquatch and conspiracies in general
– What wellness means and how the things Susan does keep her well

Featured Tunes by:
Billie Eilish
Brutal Knights
Kendrick Lamar
Wayne Kennedy

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E16: Mathew Thompson (Being a chef, opening his own restaurant )


We talk about:

  • How Mathew knew he wanted to be a chef

  • His experience in the food industry

  • How he ended up in Northumberland County

  • What it’s been like opening up his own restaurant, Ganarascals

  • What we can expect from the future of Ganarascals

  • What it’s like balancing being a business owner and a dad

  • How the work Mathew does keeps him well

Upcoming Events at Ganarascals:

IT’s Trivia

Uncle Bass is Terry Wilkins

Pat Temple and the HiLo Players

Steve Marriner

Featured Tunes by:


The Clash


Tiny Stills

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E15: Jeff Bray (Cultivate Festival, the food industry)


We talk about:

  • Jeff’s history in the food industry and what he loves about it

  • What brought Jeff back to Northumberland County and why he’s chosen this place to grow his family

  • Cultivate festival– how it started, why it started, how it’s growing, and what to expect this year

  • and more!



Tunes by:

  • Nickola Mongolia

  • The Sheepdogs

  • Kate Boothman

  • Lemon Bucket Orkestra

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E14: Shelley Simester (being a professional actor)


We talk about:

How she became a professional actor

What she’s worked on in the past, what she’s working on now, what she’s doing next

Shelley’s advice for young people who are interested in becoming professional actors

How Shelley’s work keeps her well

and more!

Featured Music by:

The Slivers

Kate Suhr

Clan Hannigan & friends

The Weber Brothers

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E13: Kristie Salter (becoming an RMT, being a working professional with ADHD, and mind/body connection)


We talk about:

  • the path to becoming an RMT

  • the connection between mental and physical health

  • living as a working professional with ADHD

  • getting diagnosed with ADHD

  • various ways Kristie treats her ADHD

  • the transition to using cannabis as medicine

  • resilience and life after big traumatic events

  • how Kristie’s work keeps her well

and more!


Featured Tunes:
Picture of Health by Muncie Girls
It’s Gonna Rain All Day by Dan Adriano in the Emergency Room
Gold Guns Girls by Metric
You Were Right by Cuff the Duke

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E12: David Sheffield (An update on Green Wood Coalition and the upcoming Community 101)


We talk about:

An update on Green Wood Coalition (their newish space and relocating the community garden)

The upcoming Community 101, Mobilizing the Neighbourhood with Jonathan Massimi

“Explore Asset-Based Community Development, a tool for connecting and resourcing those who desire to build healthy and vibrant communities. With 20 years of experience in community development, guest presenter, Jonathan Massimi, Community Centres Supervisor for the City of Kitchener, believes if properly guided people can become architects of their own future.

This free, participatory workshop is presented with the financial support of Northumberland United Way. Thanks to the congregation of Grace Church for sharing their space for this Community 101 presentation.”

How David stays well in his line of work

How David balances his growing family of adult children and grandkids with his community work

and more!

Featured Tunes:

Crush Me by The Muffs

Ordinary Day by Great Big Sea

NDN Kars by A Tribe Called Red

Pimmel by The Muffs

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2 Ep. 11: Maureen Pollard


Maureen has worked in the field of social work since 1991. In private practice since 2011, Maureen is a specialist in traumatic bereavement, helping individuals, families and groups navigate life after losses, including pregnancy and infant loss, child death, suicide loss, homicide loss and sudden or accidental death. Maureen is a certified Compassionate Bereavement Care provider, and she is trained in RTS Bereavement Care (Resolve Through Sharing). In June 2019, she published The Twentieth Year: A Memoir of Miscarriage, a book that tells the story of her journey through multiple miscarriages to parenthood, and how her personal grief experiences influences her work.

Social work website:

Author website:

Facebook page:

Twitter and Instagram handle: @rhythmsinlife

We talk about:

What inspired her to get into social work and specialize in the things she does

What kind of training she draws from in her professional practice

Her book, “The Twentieth Year: Memoirs of Miscarriage”

The process of writing and publishing her book

Being public about recurrent miscarriage and early pregnancy

Pregnancy after recurrent miscarriage

Grief and peoples’ reactions to it

How to maintain professional boundaries as someone working with people who have also experienced recurrent pregnancy loss (and other types of traumatic loss)

What Maureen wants people to know about recurrent pregnancy loss

What Maureen wants youth and parents of youth to know about mental health and suicide

How Maureen’s work has contributed to her being well

Featured Music by:

Sincere Engineer

David Newland

Ellen Torrie

Cale Crowe

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E9: Adilson Jacobs (WWOOFing and learning music)


We talk about WWOOFING at Fifth Wind Farm, picking up guitar and developing songwriting and recording skills during his travels, and all the unreal experiences that have got him where he is.

I’m also proud to announce that we’ll be playing a recording of one of Adilson’s original songs for the very first time!

Don’t miss it, this guy has quite the story.

Featured Tunes:

wish you were gay by Billie Eilish

Lip Service by Natalie Sweet

Hope by Adilson

Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E8: Sarah Kennedy (owning her own doggy daycare, PMDD)


We talk about:

– Sarah’s love for dogs and her daily tasks at the kennel

– How Sarah got to a place where she owns her own business

– Sarah’s other random skills (she’s a costumer!!)

– What Sarah needs from her clients to make for the best experience for everyone (especially their pups!)

– An update on the renovations currently happening at the kennel

– Why Lakeview doesn’t discriminate against breeds or use cages

– PMDD, self-diagnosis, and barriers to talking about and treating women’s health

– Sarah’s volunteer work with Take Back the Night: Port Hope

and more!

Featured Tunes by:

– Wayne Kennedy

– Avem

– Backyard Riot

– Deviants and the Odd Man Out

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E6: David Newland (Musician, Adventurer)


Check out my conversation with David Newland (deemed “quality radio” by closet radio producer, Meghan Sheffield)!

We talk about:

  • His new album, Northbound

  • His work with Adventure Canada

  • Making Northumberland County home

  • Reconsidering the way we, as settlers, approach truth and reconciliation

and more!

Don’t miss David’s upcoming show in Cobourg!! Click here for details!

Featured Tunes by:
Kim Doolittle
Cale Crowe
Kyler Tapscott
David Newland

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E5: Carol and Justine from The Drowning Girls (a feminist true crime play produced by Northumberland Players!)


Check out my conversation with director, Carol, and actor, Justine, to hear all about The Drowning Girls, which opens this weekend!

“Bessie, Alice, and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith and they are dead.

Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband, reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths.

The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters and lyrical language: thought provoking, suspenseful and gripping theatre.

Winner of the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play.”

Performances at the Firehall Theatre, Cobourg.

May 24, 25, 31, June 1, 6, 7, 8, 2019, at 8:00 pm

May 26, June 2, 9, 2019, at 2:00 pm

Tickets $22 (+ handling)

Call 905-372-2210 or 1-855-372-2210 or purchase online at

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E4: Nickola - Tattooer and owner of Koukla Ink, Founder of Project New Moon.


We talk about:
– Nickola’s background in art and process of becoming a professional tattooer
– How being passionate about gender equality influences her professional creative work
– Why Nickola loves the medium of tattoo
– Project New Moon (how and why it started and how to get involved)
– Nickola’s tattoo healing tips and a bit about what she wants her clients to know

…and more!


Featured Tunes by:
Ellen Torrie
Winona Wilde
Jimmy Bowskill
James Taylor

The Nothing Exists Radio Hour S2E3: Jeff Cook (Tattooer, artist, musician)

Check out my interview with Jeff Cook of The Artery Original Tattoos WHILE HE TATTOOS ME!!


We talk about:
– How Jeff got into tattooing
– His dos and don’t of booking and receiving a tattoo
– How and why he started his own shop
– Why he loves tattoo as a medium
– His advice on aftercare
– An update on Gunt and how playing in that band keeps him well

and more!

Featured Tunes:
Mystery Box by Battlebear
The Riff by Lumbergh
Stop Thinking, Start Feeling by Exes For Eyes
I Don’t Know by E.L.E.