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Now or Never

Now or Never

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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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Let's talk about sex

Feb 22, 2020 00:54:10

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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 honest, vulnerable, and awkward conversations people are having about sex.  A young father sits down to have "the talk" with his teenage son. A couple explains how polyamory makes their marriage work. And a mom embraces her child's sexual identity after receiving a note that said, simply: "I'm bisexual." 

Rediscovering the power of letters

Feb 15, 2020 00:53:33

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Texting and emailing have become second nature to many of us. They're quick, efficient, and easy to send and forget. But are they as personal as sitting down with a pen and paper and writing someone a message by hand? We don't think so. That's why on this Now or Never, Ify and Trevor are showing you just how powerful a handwritten letter can be. You'll meet a grade five class who wrote letters to a residential school survivor — and are reading them to him for the very first time. And a mother who decided to write a "pre-dementia love letter" to her kids so they will never forget how much she loves them. Plus, a woman who has been saving every single piece of her children's letters, notes and artwork for 20 years... and needs help throwing some of them away.

Meet the caregivers

Feb 8, 2020 00:51:28

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Over the course of your life, chances are good that you will be put in a position to care for someone. At any point in time one in four Canadians are providing care to someone in their life. Maybe it's a responsibility that you take on by choice, or something you find yourself doing unexpectedly... needing to figure out how to care for someone as you go along. And it's not easy. There are moments of doubt, fear and complete exhaustion. But there's also times of joy, laughter, and the deep meaningful connection that comes with being such a crucial part of someone's life. On this Now or Never, we are celebrating the caregivers.

Living between identities

Feb 1, 2020 00:51:19

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It can sometimes feel like society wants to place everyone into a neatly defined box, whether it's "mother" or "Christian" or "Sikh" or "Nigerian" — but are people so easily summed up by a single word? In reality, our personal identities are much more complicated. And it's often in the hyphens between identities that our true selves lie. On this Now or Never, meet people who are trying to find where they belong in between the identities that define them. Meet a group of 'recovering Christians', finding faith and family with other LGBTQ people in Halifax.  We pull up a chair at the dinner table where a mixed race family is committed to learning a new language. A Muslim lawyer fights for her job and her faith in the wake of the ban on religious symbols in Quebec. A Vancouver chef finds the answers to his identity in making Chinese dumplings.

High School Musical

Jan 25, 2020 00:52:12

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On this Now or Never we're going behind the scenes at Winnipeg's Maples Collegiate. Students there are juggling life, family and schoolwork — all while trying to put on their high school musical. This ambitious production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast has taken over the lives of more than 90 students in the cast and crew. Can they pull it off? Hosts Ify Chiwetelu and Trevor Dineen are there as the countdown to curtain begins.

Making the most out of failure

Jan 18, 2020 00:54:10

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We all fail. There's no escaping it. But how you handle failure - and what you learn from it - can make all the difference. So this week on Now or Never, Ify Chiwetelu and guest-host Andrew Phung explore lessons in trying and failing. Long before becoming an actor, comedian, husband and father, Andrew Phung was just a guy in a Calgary nightclub failing hard at impressing a girl. Andrew sits down with his wife Tamara to relive all the fumbles from the night they first met. CHICKEEEEN! Millions of people have watched the viral clip of Eve Dubois confidently shimmying as she delivered the answer that cost her family $10,000 on Family Feud. We join her in her home in Lorette, Manitoba to find out what life is like after a viral fail. For years Steve MacLean struggled to get a grip on his substance abuse and his self worth. Two and a half years into recovery, he shares what it finally took to succeed. And find out what happens when Andrew and Ify challenge each other to redo a previous fail, sending Andrew back to high school and Ify into the deep end of a pool. 

How to make your workplace better

Jan 11, 2020 00:54:10

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Did you know the average person will spend over 90,000 hours at work? That's over one third of your life. Depending on how you feel about your job, that time can feel like a dream... or a never-ending nightmare. So on this Now or Never, Ify and Trevor are on a mission to help make your workplace work for you.

The kids are alright

Jan 4, 2020 00:52:15

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From climate change, to politics, to navigating identity, gender and sexuality — the youth of today are making their voices heard. So if you're writing off teenagers as a bunch of kids who are constantly on their phones, you'd be making a big mistake. On this Now or Never: hear from the teenagers of today. They'll show you that the world of tomorrow is in good hands. Meet a 15-year-old who is cracking jokes and using stand-up comedy to celebrate his identity as a gay, transgender teen. Hear from a group of Surrey, B.C., students who are dedicated to sharing the experiences of being young and black in 2020. Hit the streets with the Singh sisters, who are on a mission to feed Winnipeg's homeless. Drop in on a mental health day at a Saskatoon high school, as teenagers there grapple with a recent suicide. Grade 12 student Isaac Campeau explores how video games became an escape from, but also a reminder of, his family's struggles with poverty. Millions of youth around the world are skipping school on Fridays to fight for action on climate change. Hear from a group of Toronto teens at a recent climate march. And what does it take to be the best 14-year-old basketball player on the continent? Elijah Fisher and his parents talk about finding balance while becoming a sports superstar.

Holiday helpline

Dec 21, 2019 00:49:22

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The holidays can be festive and fun, but let’s be honest, they're also stressful. Whether it’s struggling to find the right gift, dealing with bickering relatives, or just trying to conjure up some of that Christmas spirit...it can be overwhelming. That’s why this week on Now or Never, Ify and Trevor are throwing on their Santa hats and spreading some holiday magic with the first ever Now or Never Holiday Helpline. After a very tough year, where one of them battled breast cancer and the other lost their job, Leanne and Wayne Doppler are having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit. Little do they know a “Now or Never” surprise is about to change all that. Meet Steven Hardy, who has spent so many years scrambling to find presents on Christmas Eve, that he started a support group for all the last-minute shoppers out there. After deciding that her family was going “present-less” for Christmas, Wanda Laurin received some push-back from relatives and in-laws. Not wanting to feel like a holiday Scrooge, she reaches out to the “Holiday Helpline” for advice, and just like Santa on Christmas morning...it delivers. Zameer Karim and Emily Goldsmith grew up with very different versions of a holiday dinner. In four days, they’ll be celebrating their first Christmas together as a couple AND finding out what it takes to blend traditions as their families meet for the very first time. When Wendy Onslow lost her husband three months ago, she knew the holidays were going to be hard. She's struggling to go Christmas shopping, so Ify and Trevor help her find the perfect gift for her daughter. It’s the season of giving and Brooke Eagle wants help showing her 9-year-old son what a little act of kindness will do, especially to a complete stranger.

Compelled to compete

Dec 14, 2019 00:54:09

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Competition is all around us — from neighbours trying to out do each other's Christmas decorations, to job candidates jockeying for the same position and siblings fighting for their parents' attention. The drive to compete can be thrilling. But does competitive spirit come with a cost? On this Now or Never, we're going head-to-head with people who are doing whatever it takes to be number one. A 15-year-old Alberta cowgirl who is determined to not get bucked off as she battles to make rodeo history. A Newfoundland mom makes a rallying cry to other parents to just stop with over-the-top birthday parties. And a community in Nova Scotia so desperate to attract family doctors, it is pulling out all the stops to make sure their town comes out on top.

Bridging the generation gap

Dec 7, 2019 00:54:10

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The holidays are almost 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.

Think before you drink

Nov 30, 2019 00:49:55

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As the holidays approach, it can be hard not to get swept up in the festive spirit and have a drink. People turn to alcohol for so many reasons: to celebrate, to unwind, to mark big occasions. But people can also drink because of peer pressure, because of loneliness, or to cover up feelings they don't want to feel. Regardless of the reason, how often have you stopped and thought about the role alcohol is playing... for you? Today on Now or Never, pull up a seat at the bar with people who are in the middle of renegotiating their relationship with alcohol.

Do something big with your birthday

Nov 23, 2019 00:54:10

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Birthdays aren't just about marking the passage of time — they can also be an opportunity to change, to reflect, and to consider what you want from life. On this Now or Never, we're blowing out candles and slicing up cake with people who are using their birthday to do something big. Meet Pat Colborne, an 100-year-old woman who celebrated her milestone birthday by lacing up her shoes and going bowling. Being born on December 25th has meant Lauren Bosc has never been able to celebrate her birthday on the actual day — but she's determined to make this year different. Kakeka Thundersky has been a permanent ward of Manitoba's child and family services since she was 14. Drop in on her 21st birthday party, which marks the moment she's no longer in care. Not all birthdays are celebrated with smiles and streamers. For Christa Couture, they can be a yearly reminder of the children she's lost.

I did it for love

Nov 16, 2019 00:54:16

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Despite how the sappy songs and cheesy movies make it seem, finding love and holding onto it takes work. Today on Now or Never, we're meeting people who are putting in overtime in the name of love. Trying to find a date in Whitehorse has Lori Fox going pretty far for love - literally driving hundreds of kilometres for a Tinder match. Kevin Harding is determined to learn Cantonese to better connect with his girlfriend, Alex Tse, and her family. But does he have the courage to call up her grandmother and ask her a question? After a hard break-up destroyed her confidence, Gabriella Goutam is determined to no longer let her lifelong battle with being plus-size hold her back from looking for love. Now or Never helps her get over her fears with the help of a body confidence advocate. Armed with roses and a romantic playlist, Trevor and Ify try to create romance for unsuspecting couples in a Winnipeg food court. And as Eddie Gajdel says, "any good contract should be revisited on a regular basis". Eddie and Djanka Gajdel have had three weddings in their 35 years of marriage, and are planning number four. They walk us through each of their weddings, and the ups and downs of married life, one song at a time.

How do you commemorate the painful moments from your past?

Nov 9, 2019 00:54:09

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When you reminisce about your life, it's easy to focus on the moments of joy and happiness. Birthdays. Weddings. Anniversaries. Vacations. But what about those moments of pain, and sadness and heartbreak. What do you do with those? Do you try to forget about them? Or can those struggles and those hardships teach us a little more about who we are and how far we've come? Today on Now or Never, we're jumping in with people finding the courage to commemorate the most painful moments from their past. Katie Combaluzier's life was turned upside down in one deafening moment, when an avalanche swept her off the side of a mountain. Why she's choosing to mark the one-year anniversary by going back to the mountain - this time, in her wheelchair. A young girl honours her brother's dying wish - by taking his friendly black mutt and transforming him into a therapy dog. And a 94-year-old grandmother - who's never recovered from the death of her son, killed in the line of duty almost half a century ago - visits his memorial for the first time.

How to have a healthier relationship with your phone

Nov 2, 2019 00:54:09

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Do you talk to Siri more than your own family? Do you find yourself mindlessly scrolling Instagram into the wee hours of the morning? Then you, my friend, may be in need of a digital detox. Today on Now or Never, we're encouraging you to find ways to have a healthier relationship with your phone. Meet a Calgary dad so desperate to reconnect with his 18-year old son, he took him to one of the most remote places in the world for a month - without their cellphones. And a guy who's vowed to break up with all 650 of his Facebook friends....in person. Plus, hosts Ify and Trevor are forced to hand over their phones and go on a city-wide scavenger hunt - can they do it without Googling?

What does it take to be a first responder?

Oct 26, 2019 00:54:10

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Those who run toward disaster to help when everyone else is backing away are often labelled as "brave" or "strong" or "heroes". But who are the responders who are present for some of life's most dangerous and heartbreaking moments? They're not always who you think. Many responders are people who want to protect the communities they love. Hear how Ottawa's funeral workers are banding together to get serious about their mental health. Why one Haisla man is patrolling Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, searching for members of his Nation. How a small-town B.C. fire department got started with nothing but enthusiasm and a famous fire truck. And more stories of the unexpected things it takes to be a first responder.

How far would you go to find affordable housing?

Oct 19, 2019 00:54:09

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The hunt for affordable housing is becoming increasingly difficult in many parts of Canada - and it's a key issue in the upcoming federal election. Today on Now or Never, meet people resorting to desperate (and creative) measures to get a roof over their heads. A group of friends who decided that co-owning is their only way to crack the Toronto housing market. A woman in Tuktoyaktuk fighting to save her home from sliding into the Beaufort Sea. A university student in Kamloops who converted a delivery truck into his home. And a Vancouver family who realized the only way they could afford a home...was to leave.

How music changed my life

Oct 5, 2019 00:46:54

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The right song at the right moment can alter your mood, your energy... even your whole life. On this Now or Never, hear the surprising musical moments that change everything. An 11-year-old girl fights back against bullies after a pep talk from none other than Garth Brooks. A Halifax woman plans an unforgettable musical gift for her husband to find after her death. And how a Jay-Z song is inspiring one man to kick his drug addiction and turn his life around. It's Now or Never, the musical!

How to pop your social bubble

Sep 28, 2019 00:54:12

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Studies have found about one in five Canadians experience loneliness or social isolation. Some experts have even argued that being lonely for long periods could be more harmful than smoking 15 cigarettes a day. That's why Now or Never is hoping to nudge you to step outside your social bubble — and meet the strangers that are all around.

Going All In

Sep 21, 2019 00:56:23

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What does it really take to go "all in?" Today on Now or Never, meet people who are risking their life savings, their relationships, even their health...to chase down an impossible dream. A 39-year old athlete who just quit her job and moved across the country - all for one last-ditch effort to make the Olympics. A woman determined to hike the world's most dangerous and remote trails...even though she lives with a life-threatening condition. And a cautionary tale from a Toronto couple who nearly lost everything after their dream of opening a restaurant....turned into a nightmare.

Living a 'double life'

Sep 14, 2019 00:59:28

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We all have sides of ourselves that aren't for everyone to know. In school, you might present a completely different identity than you do at home. Whether it's to fit in, to feel safe, or to protect your secret passion, there are many reasons that people choose to keep their identities separate. On this Now or Never, you'll hear from people who are living what some might call "double lives" — and how they're managing to pull it off. A Punjabi hip-hop superstar... who's completely anonymous in his hometown of Calgary. An investigative reporter who went undercover to infiltrate a neo-Nazi group recruiting across Canada. A queer South Asian drag queen who hasn't come out to his super traditional parents — and has no plans to. And listen in as one woman grills her 70-year-old mom about pot, past loves, and the bad-ass woman she was before kids.

What's in a name?

Sep 7, 2019 00:55:44

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We all have a name. Some are chosen for us, others we choose for ourselves. Names can influence our identity or honour our family history, but they can also be a burden that require a lifetime of explanations. So what's in a name? Turns out, a lot more than we may realize.

Making big dreams come true

Jun 22, 2019 00:54:39

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Today Now or Never is dreaming big. Shooting for the stars. Punching above their weight. Getting right up alongside Canadians who are chasing a big (seemingly impossible) dream, and overcoming huge obstacles to get there. A 50-year old bodybuilder in Calgary overcomes a troubled past to make one last attempt at becoming Mr. Universe. A First Nations community ends 100 years of isolation when their "Freedom Road" officially opens. And a super-fan gets to meet her childhood hero, figure skating legend Kurt Browning - and ask him a question she's been wondering about for 25 years.

How prepared are you for your retirement?

Jun 15, 2019 00:54:39

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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.

Finding real connections in digital communities

Jun 8, 2019 00:54:38

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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.

The Now or Never environmental challange

Jun 1, 2019 00:54:39

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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.

What's in your mental health toolbox?

May 25, 2019 00:54:40

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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.

Get up, go outside and experience life on the land

May 18, 2019 00:54:39

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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.

What are you doing to prepare for a good death?

May 11, 2019 00:52:50

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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.

The different paths to parenthood

May 4, 2019 00:54:39

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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.

Beyond the shelves: Discovering the magic in public libraries

Apr 27, 2019 00:53:40

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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.

What's making you dance right now?

Apr 20, 2019 00:52:47

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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.

We need to talk about organ donation

Apr 13, 2019 00:54:51

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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.

How messages from the past can change the present

Apr 6, 2019 00:54:49

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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.

Building bridges and finding hope

Mar 30, 2019 00:49:52

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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.

Buckle up: Meet Canadians who are becoming better drivers

Mar 23, 2019 00:54:50

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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!

How to say you're sorry

Mar 16, 2019 00:54:49

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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.

How do you feel about your body?

Mar 9, 2019 00:54:50

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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.

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

Mar 2, 2019 00:54:49

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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.

Just ditch it

Feb 23, 2019 00:54:49

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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.

Who is your chosen family?

Feb 16, 2019 00:54:42

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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.

Capturing the moment

Feb 9, 2019 00:51:21

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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.

Let's talk about sex

Feb 2, 2019 00:54:38

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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."

It's time to get out of your rut

Jan 26, 2019 00:54:37

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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.

What rite of passage are you facing right now?

Jan 19, 2019 00:54:46

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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)

Swimming against the current

Jan 12, 2019 00:54:46

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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.

New year, old you: saying no to resolutions

Jan 5, 2019 00:49:52

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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.

Bridging the generation gap

Dec 22, 2018 00:54:46

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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.

How to give a truly meaningful gift this year

Dec 15, 2018 00:54:40

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At this time of year, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the endless flyers and non-stop commercials - all of them telling you that you need to spend money on gifts that show just how much you care. But a truly meaningful gift is so much more than something you got a really good deal on. On this Now or Never, meet people who are tapping into their hearts to find the perfect gift - and be there for the intense moment when they're finally unwrapped. Instead of presents, a woman sends deeply personal letters to her loved ones. A 10-year-old boy collects dozens of prosthetics to send to those who need them. A grieving mother makes handmade bracelets for others who are mourning loved ones. An anonymous listener donates a bed to Vivian, a woman haunted by dreams of her past and who craved a good night's sleep. Ify and Trevor hold their own heartfelt host gift exchange. Plus, we give the gift of closure to children's entertainer Fred Penner, by solving the mystery of his missing set.

The resilience of North Preston, Nova Scotia

Dec 8, 2018 00:54:41

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On this Now or Never, stories from a small but mighty community that is fighting to define itself. North Preston, Nova Scotia is Canada's largest and oldest black community - a place where history runs deep, and where people are fighting passionately for their future. A man opens up about his criminal past, and how the thought of losing his family - and the future of his town - changed his life. A woman opens her heart, and her home, by turning her basement into an unofficial drop-in hub for youth in North Preston. A group of elders work hard to keep the long tradition of making and selling Christmas wreaths alive.

What it takes to live with a chronic condition

Dec 1, 2018 00:54:41

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Every day, many Canadians suffer silently with chronic conditions that are invisible to those around them. How they look on the outside doesn't reflect the pain, anxiety, fear and loneliness that might be going on inside. But still, they push on. On this Now or Never, meet people who refuse to be defined by their chronic condition. Lace up your hiking boots with a woman hiking the world's most dangerous and remote trails, even though she lives with a blood clot that could kill her at any moment. Meet identical twin sisters whose close relationship is put to the test, after one is diagnosed with lupus. And an aspiring sports journalist with a stutter works up the courage to ask his hero a question at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Guide to making friends as a grown-up

Nov 24, 2018 00:54:39

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Researchers say we're in the middle of a loneliness epidemic. Luckily, there's an antidote: social interaction and strong relationships. But once you're an adult - finding friends is easier said than done. On this Now or Never, meet grown-ups who are pushing past the awkwardness and making real connections. Lonely seniors discover that friendship is only a conference call away. Two women strike up an unlikely friendship in an unlikely location... at the spa one of them owns. Plus, we seek out guidance from the friend-making experts: early years students. Trevor and Ify plan a pop-up party for our You Got This! Facebook Group. Will anybody show up? And if they do, will they make friends? And more advice on how to say those six difficult words: "Do you want to be friends?"

Gender identity: Challenge, change and celebration

Nov 17, 2018 00:54:42

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Now, more than ever, people are having conversations about gender. And there is a lot to figure out: what society says you can and can't wear; which bathrooms you can use; and just how far you need to go to feel right in your own body. For many people, those questions don't require much thought. But for the guests on this episode, they're in the middle of challenging their gender identity right now - from a non-binary comedian figuring out how to talk about identity on stage, to a trans teenager's gender reveal party and a class of students studying to become drag queens.

Searching for a good night's sleep

Nov 10, 2018 00:54:42

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Almost 50 per cent of Canadians say they have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and nearly a third of us just aren't getting enough each night. When you don't sleep, it affects more than just the people who have to deal with you the next day: it can affect your health, your state of mind, and your ability to do your job. So on this Now or Never, snuggle up beside people who are trying their best to get some much-needed shut-eye. A residential school survivor, awoken by nightmares of her past, finds warm comfort in her cats. How a former addict, 60 days sober from meth, is finally getting a safe night's sleep. Plus, tired university students share their sneaky "sleep hacks" and a young couple deals with a case of pregnancy-induced snoring.

Surviving the Top 5 most stressful life events

Nov 3, 2018 00:54:43

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Death of a loved one. Divorce. Moving. Illness. Job Loss. Studies show these are the five most stressful life events you can go through. Today on Now or Never, meet people facing these challenging life moments head on - and finding surprising ways to navigate through them.

Back in the saddle

Oct 27, 2018 00:54:44

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If you've been needing extra motivation to get back into the swing of things after a period of time away - or a major life change - your friends at Now or Never are telling you that today is that day. Today's episode is all about getting back on the saddle. And it comes from a very personal place for co-host Trevor Dineen,who is nervous about coming back to work after a four-month absence. He shares some surprising advice he got from Now or Never listeners on easing his transition back to work. Plus, a couch potato gets help going back to the gym - with a little encouragement from Olympic rower Jeremiah Brown. And we ride shot-gun with a recent divorcee as she gets behind the wheel for the first time in 20 years.

Let's talk about organ donation

Oct 19, 2018 00:54:44

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90% of Canadians say they support organ donation, yet only 20% of us have made plans to register. So every year, thousands of Canadians are forced to live in limbo as they wait for a life-saving organ transplant. Today on Now or Never, we take you into the lives of people directly impacted by the fact Canada has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the world.

Small towns, big Now or Never moments

Oct 13, 2018 00:54:42

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Across Canada, there are millions of people living in small communities. They know that with small town life even the tiniest changes can have huge repercussions. From tight-knit farming families, to racial tensions and LGBT experiences - on this Now or Never we're hitting the road and visiting small town people at meaningful moments. A care home in a tiny Saskatchewan hamlet fights to survive. A B.C. farm family grapples with the future after losing a loving son and dedicated farmer. A Syrian refugee makes a name for himself by bringing his barbering skills to Corner Brook, Newfoundland. And more big stories from small towns coast to coast!

What are you trying to save before it disappears forever?

Oct 8, 2018 00:54:43

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Jump in with Canadians going above and beyond to save something that really matters to them - from neighbourhood gardens to dinosaur bones to a cherished family summer camp.

You Got This!

Sep 28, 2018 00:54:43

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You know those days when you're feeling a little unsure, insecure, or overwhelmed? Now or Never is starting a "You Got This!" movement, by jumping in with different Canadians who are facing a big change - and surprising them with an unexpected boost.

What do you need to learn right now?

Sep 22, 2018 00:50:44

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For many, September is a time to focus on learning - to hit the books, learn new skills, and soak up some knowledge. On this Now or Never, we break out of the classroom and into the world with people who are learning something new right now. The friends of a soon-to-be 18-year-old get a crash-course in choreographed dance for her Filipino 'debut'. Charmian Bland of Vancouver celebrates turning 50 by learning how to skydive and rope climb, just two of the growing list of things she wants to do this year. Ryan Straschnitzki, one of the survivors of the Humboldt bus crash, has spent the past six months re-learning how to live everyday life. Now, he's learning to get back on the ice as a sledge hockey player. In order to have a deeper relationship with her future mother-in-law, Erica Caputi of Toronto is learning how to speak Vietnamese. And it's not easy! Alyssa Gagnon goes to Banff to learn the traditional art of moose hide tanning so she can teach it to the next generation.

Taking care of unfinished business

Sep 15, 2018 00:57:01

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We all have things in our lives that are weighing us down - projects we abandoned, conversations we're putting off, home renos we never got around to completing. Today on Now or Never, meet people who are done with excuses and guilt, and finally finishing what they started. A Winnipeg dad heads back to the classroom for his high school diploma - 40 years after bullies forced him to drop out of school. A pair of self-described "man-children" go on an epic quest to pay back an overdue arts grant. And a family who's never stopped searching for their two-year old daughter, who vanished from an Ontario campground more than 50 year ago.

Solved! The personal mysteries keeping you up at night

Sep 7, 2018 00:54:44

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You've told us about the personal unsolved mysteries that haunt your dreams, changed your family forever, or altered the course of your life. And on this episode we are getting to the bottom of it all.

Solved! The personal mysteries keeping you up at night

Sep 7, 2018 00:54:44

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You've told us about the personal unsolved mysteries that haunt your dreams, changed your family forever, or altered the course of your life. And on this episode we are getting to the bottom of it all.

Get a pep talk from Now or Never live!

Sep 1, 2018 00:54:42

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Do you have a challenge that you don't feel quite up to facing? On this live episode of Now or Never, get the pep talk you need. Hosts Trevor Dineen and Ify Chiwetelu, along with some very special guests - and team of literal cheerleaders - are here to pep you up. From an aspiring comedian who needs a confidence boost to a lifelong teacher on the cusp of retirement, listen along as people get some help tackling their own Now or Never moments.

Teen takeover

Aug 25, 2018 00:54:42

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For better and for worse, teenagers today are growing up with the world at their fingertips. They're able to connect with their friends - and their bullies - 24/7 on social media. And they are more vocal and politically active than ever before. Earlier this year, thousands of students across North America staged walk-outs in protest of gun violence. All this while still dealing with the pressures of figuring out who you are, who you want to be, and what is important to you. From the pressure of being the best 13-year-old basketball player in the country, to the stress of keeping a secret that you know your family won't accept, hear from teens all across Canada who are ready to speak out about their experiences.

Fearlessly funny women

Aug 18, 2018 00:54:42

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What's so funny? On this Now or Never, meet women who are storming the stand-up stage for the very first time. Sit in the audience for a performance that was 10 years in the making. Listen as a seasoned comic rediscovers her voice after transitioning. Meet a group of young women trying to transform the Iqaluit comedy scene. Plus, hear Ify Chiwetelu's attempt to connect with her comedy idol.

When your life changes in an instant

Aug 11, 2018 00:54:42

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The blink of an eye - that's how fast life can be turned upside down. And there's no going back, no matter how much you may want to. A daughter shows up on her biological Dad's doorstep. A couple struggles to adjust to their new normal after a split-second accident. Two families find themselves sharing one home - and one shower - only months after meeting online. On this Now or Never, meet people who are navigating the highs and lows of life after it changed in an instant.

What's making you sing right now?

Aug 4, 2018 00:54:42

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Whether you have perfect pitch or are painfully off-key, singing music makes a lot of us feel vulnerable. But singing can also lead to unexpected joys and life lessons. On this Now or Never, meet people who are singing for some very personal reasons... even if they don't all sound like Celine. Ify and Trevor crash a restaurant with a pop-up karaoke machine and try to convince strangers to sing. We talk to a star about to make his debut in the hit musical Come From Away, even though he's never taken a voice lesson in his life. And find out what's compelling an Inuit artist to belt out Rhianna songs in Inuktitut.

Out with the old

Jul 28, 2018 00:54:43

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This Now or Never is all about Canadians who are shouting, "Out with the old! In with the new!" - 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. Sisters who are fighting over mom's old garden gnomes. 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 unfriend all those deadbeat Facebook pals. Trevor and Ify will pressure, or at least encourage, you to lighten your load this summer.

Shining a light across the autism spectrum

Jul 21, 2018 00:54:42

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In Canada, one in every 68 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. It is the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in the country - but not many people truly understand what it is. There's a common saying in the autism community: "If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism." On this Now or Never, you'll learn about autism from people who are surviving and thriving with the disorder in their own unique ways. And you'll discover the challenges people with autism are tackling head on.

Who do you need to reconnect with?

Jul 15, 2018 00:54:43

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Who's one person you need to reconnect with? We've all had the experience of losing touch with somebody important to us. And often, it's easier to just stay apart rather than reach out. But on this Now or Never, you'll meet Canadians who have taken a risk and reconnected with somebody from their past - from a young man who needs a pep talk from his old high school teacher, to two brothers ripped apart by war, and a woman who wants to thank the lifeguard who saved her life.

On the job hunt

Jul 8, 2018 00:54:33

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It's not easy pounding the pavement to find a job. It's even harder when something keeps getting in your way. This Now or Never, follow Canadians as they hustle to find employment and find out how they're turning challenges into opportunities. We're featuring true stories as they unfold, including a woman who's using vocal tics to her advantage in job interviews and an ex-con who's petitioning to overhaul the justice system so that he can chase his dream career.

I'm a kid again!

Jul 1, 2018 00:53:57

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As we get older, we tend to trade things like sleepovers, swingsets and being silly for working late and worrying. So this week on Now or Never we're on a mission to re-awaken the eight-year-old in all of us.

Make the most of your summer!

Jun 24, 2018 00:54:17

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Summer is here, and it's up to you to make the most of it. On this Now or Never, get inspired by people who are motivated to cross big items off their summer bucket list. A woman with terminal cancer spends what could be her last summer doing what she loves - performing on stage. A two-spirit traditional dancer attends his first LGBTTQ powwow. A young runner with autism prepares for the Special Olympics. And Trevor and Ify take the ultimate Now or Never road trip!

What knowledge are you passing down?

Jun 16, 2018 00:54:59

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Passing down your knowledge is important, whether it's teaching your kids how to cook a traditional dish or training potential athletes. When you don't impart your wisdom there can be big consequences. Family recipes are forgotten, languages disappear and legacies are lost. So on this Now or Never, we're on a mission to keep those special talents, skills and stories alive by passing them along.

Gender identity: Challenge, change and celebration

Jun 9, 2018 00:54:34

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It's pride season in Canada. And now, more than ever, people are having conversations about gender. And there is a lot to figure out: what society says you can and can't wear; which bathrooms you can use; and just how far you need to go to feel right in your own body. For many people, those questions don't require much thought. But for the guests on this episode, they're in the middle of challenging their gender identity right now - from a non-binary comedian figuring out how to talk about identity on stage, to a trans teenager's gender reveal party and a class of students studying to become drag queens.

What is your faith motivating you to do?

Jun 2, 2018 00:54:37

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We're right in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan, which means that Muslims around the world are demonstrating their faith by fasting from sunrise to sunset. Across all religions, there are people whose faith is challenging them right now. Whether it's sacrificing food and water for the day, committing good deeds, or stepping in to ceremonial sweat lodges — belief is something that motivates billions of people every single day. On this Now or Never, meet folks whose faith has inspired them to take action.

Never give up!

May 26, 2018 00:54:26

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We've all had big — and not so big — things that we've given up on. But on this Now or Never, meet people who have no quit at all. If there's an obstacle, they'll find a away around it. If there's a road block, they'll just go through. A refugee who lost his fingers trying to cross the Manitoba border, gets a new bionic prosthetic... and debuts a new play inspired by his life. A life-long smoker takes a drag on his very last cigarette, and tells us what he's doing this time to make it stick. And a matchmaker who resorts to unusual measures to help young Muslims navigate a challenging dating scene.

What rite of passage are you facing right now?

May 22, 2018 00:54:25

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Rites of passage 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.

Where do you need to go back to?

May 11, 2018 00:54:24

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We've all got places that have made a major impact on us. Sometimes, those meaningful locations call us to return — whether it be to rekindle old memories, right a wrong, or get some closure. The problem is, you never know if past places will live up to the snapshot you keep tucked away in your mind. So on this Now or Never, we bring people back to the places that matter to them.

Finding motivation in loss

May 5, 2018 00:54:25

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In the last few weeks, there have been many tragedies that have rocked the country. From an intersection in rural Saskatchewan, to a busy Toronto sidewalk, to a dirt road in northern Manitoba — Canadians are reeling from devastating and unexpected losses. And they're coming together in surprising ways. Loss inspires so many Now or Never moments. On this episode, meet people who are channelling their grief into action.

What are you doing for the good of your health?

Apr 28, 2018 00:54:36

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If you need some incentive to get off your couch and do one good thing for your health today... listen to this episode of Now or Never! Meet Canadians from all walks of life who are taking their first, tentative steps to improving their physical and mental health. Meet a life-long smoker taking a drag on his very last cigarette. Try to keep up with a 70-year-old with terminal cancer as she climbs to the top of the CN Tower. Ride along with a veteran as he navigates the difficult road of post-traumatic stress disorder.

How are you facing your family expectations?

Apr 21, 2018 00:54:41

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When are you going to give me grandchildren? Why don't you call more? Why can't you be more like your sister? The list of family expectations can be long. And those expectations are often wrapped up in culture, family history and tradition. They can carry some serious emotional weight. On this Now or Never, you'll meet people who are trying their best to not let their family down by facing their expectations — spoken and unspoken — head on.

Vancouver does the new Now or Never list!

Apr 14, 2018 00:54:50

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If Now or Never were a community centre, it might be something like the Roundhouse. This arts and recreation centre in downtown Vancouver draws people of all ages and walks of life — like a troupe of dancers over 50 and a class of parents teaching their babies sign language. And it's the perfect place to test-drive our brand new Now or Never list! 11 questions that we've put together to challenge you — and us, too — to think big, do things you've long wanted to do and have the personal moments that you've been needing to have.

Nudged by the Now or Never list

Apr 7, 2018 00:54:48

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We started the season by putting together the Now or Never list, an interactive questionnaire we hoped would motivate you to do things that you may have been putting off — or not even realized that you needed to do. Whether it's reliving your favourite childhood activities, breaking your bad habits, or even nudging you to reconnect with the people that matter most, the list was designed to help you make changes big and small. We didn't know if it would catch on. But every week, hundreds of people from across the country filled it out. On this episode, you'll meet some of the Canadians who were nudged by the Now or Never List. From a woman on a quest to meet every single one of her neighbours, to a swimmer who needed to thank the lifeguard who saved her life.

Shouldn't you be outside?

Mar 31, 2018 00:54:41

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Today we're on a mission to drag people away from their phones, tablets and TVs and into the great outdoors. Trevor Dineen and Ify Chiwetelu will try to convince office workers to get outside and play basketball with them, we'll ride along with a blind woman taking her first bike ride in 39 years and meet a mother and daughter finding nature in the place you least expect it.

Shining a light across the autism spectrum

Mar 24, 2018 00:54:40

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In Canada, one in every 68 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. It is the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in the country — but not a lot of people truly understand what it is. On this Now or Never, you'll learn about autism from people who are surviving and thriving with the disorder in their own unique ways. And you'll discover the challenges people with autism are tackling head on.

Teen Takeover

Mar 17, 2018 00:54:32

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For better and for worse, teenagers today are growing up with the world at their fingertips. All this while still dealing with the pressures of figuring out who you are, who you want to be, and what is important to you. From the pressure of being the best 13-year-old basketball player in the country, to the stress of keeping a secret that you know your family won't accept, hear from teens all across Canada who are ready to speak out about their experiences.

The transformative power of the car

Mar 10, 2018 00:54:33

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A lot of people look at a vehicle and see nothing but an engine, four tires and a tank of gas. Or simply a way to get from point A to point B. But cars can mean so much more. On this Now or Never, meet people whose lives have been shaped by the cars they drive or ride in. From a Toronto cab driver who is on a mission to change up people's boring commutes with his blinged-out taxi, to a young woman whose terrifying ride compelled her to take action... and jump start a new business. And hop in the passenger seat with a son as he takes an emotional drive in his dad's classic yellow Ford — after it's been sitting in a garage for four decades.

24 hours in the online classifieds

Mar 3, 2018 00:53:55

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People turn to the online classifieds — like Kijiji, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace — for deeply personal reasons. On this episode we bring you stories behind the surprising things and incredible people found in the online listings.

Celebrating Black Creatives in Canada

Feb 25, 2018 00:55:06

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Meet Black artists in Canada who are using their creativity to tell stories of identity and community.

Family Traditions

Feb 17, 2018 00:54:42

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What's the family tradition you're desperately trying to re-boot or keep alive?

What's making you go it alone?

Feb 10, 2018 00:54:33

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A young woman who decided to stop dating for a year. A 12-year-old ballet dancer who left home to chase her dreams. A guy who stayed silent and alone with his thoughts for ten whole days. What does it take to strike out on your own?

'We need to talk': Parents and children have tough conversations

Feb 3, 2018 00:52:03

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Do you remember the feeling of dread, knowing that your parents were about to start a conversation that you absolutely didn't want to have? On this Now or Never, families gather their courage and dive in to difficult conversations. A Mom answers her seven-year-old's questions about slavery. Fathers have conversations with their sons about harassment and sexism. A woman works to break the cycle of sexual abuse with her three-year-old daughter.

Fearlessly Funny: Women taking the stage right now

Jan 27, 2018 00:54:35

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What's so funny? On this Now or Never, meet women who are storming the stand-up stage for the very first time. Sit in the audience for a performance that was 10 years in the making. Listen as a seasoned comic rediscovers her voice after transitioning. Meet a group of young women trying to transform the Iqaluit comedy scene. Plus, hear Ify Chiwetelu's attempt to connect with her comedy idol.

When your life changes in an instant

Jan 20, 2018 00:54:35

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The blink of an eye: that's how fast life can be turned upside down. And there's no going back, no matter how much you may want to. You just have to figure out what comes next.

What's making you sing right now?

Jan 13, 2018 00:55:32

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On this Now or Never, meet people who are singing for some very personal reasons... even if they don't all sound like Celine.

Out with the old!

Jan 6, 2018 00:54:35

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Meet Canadians who are starting 2018 by lightening their load and getting rid of the things they don't need anymore - from a comic book collection to deep-seated shame.

What do you want to accomplish in 2018?

Dec 28, 2017 00:55:30

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Whether it's donating bone marrow, mastering an endangered Indigenous language, or finally learning how to drive - meet Canadians who are on a personal mission in 2018.

How are you changing up the holidays?

Dec 23, 2017 00:51:42

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From the Mom who decked out her entire house in purple decorations in honour of Prince to a retired oil executive who finally enrolled in Santa Claus School... this year, people are giving the heave-ho-ho-ho to holiday traditions.

How are you helping others?

Dec 16, 2017 00:54:29

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It's the time of year when a lot of us are thinking of ways we can give back. So today on Now or Never, jump in with Canadians coming together to help each other out.

Get a pep talk from Now or Never live!

Dec 9, 2017 00:54:36

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From an aspiring comedian who needs a confidence boost to a lifelong teacher on the cusp of retirement, listen along as Canadians get some encouragement to tackle their own Now or Never moments.

Living with OCD

Dec 1, 2017 00:54:49

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Trevor Dineen has been living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - OCD - since he was 21 years old. It's a debilitating mental illness that almost took Trevor's life, and today he reveals his fight to overcome it.

'I really need a solid Burnsy pep talk': Reconnecting with the teacher who changed my life

Nov 29, 2017 00:12:12

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When Arif Jaffer was in high school, Mr. Burns gave him some advice he never forgot. Now he's at another crossroads in his life, and could really use another Burnsy pep talk.

Arif calls up his old teacher for a pep talk

Nov 29, 2017 00:05:50

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'I really need a solid Burnsy pep talk': Reconnecting with the teacher who changed my life

Who do you need to reconnect with?

Nov 25, 2017 00:56:13

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Meet Canadians who took a risk and reconnected with somebody from their past. A young man gets a pep talk from his old high school teacher. Two brothers, ripped apart by war, reunite. A woman thanks the lifeguard who saved her from drowning.

Surviving and thriving in winter

Nov 18, 2017 00:55:08

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Even though it comes every year, it's easy to feel unprepared for winter. But we're Canadians... and we're better than that. Meet people who are not just surviving winter, but thriving in it!

Keeping the memory of war alive

Nov 10, 2017 00:54:46

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From a Syrian refugee working out his pain on a theatre stage in Antigonish to a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor sharing his experiences for the first time - meet Canadians who are keeping the memories of war alive.

Keeping the spark alive

Nov 4, 2017 00:54:38

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Whether you're in a long-term relationship or on the prowl for a potential love interest, it can be hard to keep the romantic sparks flying. Host Trevor Dineen is the first to admit that he's in a romance rut - so he sought out some advice.

Turning the #MeToo movement into action

Oct 28, 2017 00:54:45

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Lately it seems like everyone has been talking about women's safety. The Harvey Weinstein scandal led to the #MeToo social media campaign. But there have been hashtags before. So we wondered if this moment will lead to a true turning point.

'Hard-core Churchillians will never give up': portrait of a town in uncertain times

Oct 21, 2017 00:54:45

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Churchill, Manitoba is known as the polar bear capital of the world. But for the hundreds of people who live here, it's home. And their future has never been so uncertain.

How to improve your neighbourhood

Oct 14, 2017 00:00:32

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Meet dreamers and schemers who are coming up with creative ways to improve their communities.

Starting a thank you revolution

Oct 7, 2017 00:00:32

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Hosts Ify Chiwetelu and Trevor Dineen nudge Canadians to say thanks. They try to start a thank you revolution in Winnipeg, unpack Lido Pimienta's unforgettable Polaris Prize acceptance speech, and eavesdrop on some very intimate thanks along the way.

Hustling to find a job - when the odds are against you

Sep 29, 2017 00:54:37

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It's not easy pounding the pavement to find a job. It's even harder when something keeps getting in your way. Follow five different Canadians hustling to find employment, and how they're turning challenges into opportunities.