About our Host

Manjula Selvarajah

Manjula Selvarajah is a national columnist for CBC Radio’s 20-plus radio stations across the country. An occasional radio host, she is a frequent emcee and moderator, with repeat speaking appearances at Elevate, Mars Discovery District and Collision. Formerly, she was on the executive team of a now acquired Toronto-based startup and holds a degree in Engineering from Queen’s University. She is co‐founder of the non-profit Tamil Women Rising and sits on the boards of Jumpstart Refugee Talent and Scientists in School.

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Check out Season 2

01 | Where are we heading?

A year and a half of a global pandemic and a new government later, what does the road ahead look like for Canada? Vaccination rates are rising across much of the G7, and OECD economic predictions...

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02 | Are we moving the needle on climate change?

Climate change is no longer a looming threat but a reality that is very much upon us. To move the needle, we need concrete commitments with measurable outcomes. Yet in many countries and across the...

Airdate: November 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST

03 | Indigenous rights are human rights

The human rights conversation in Canada is inextricably linked to both the United Nations Declaration on the Rights on Indigenous Peoples and the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation...

Airdate: December 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm EST

04 | Inside the mental health shadow pandemic

Mental health is on everyone’s list these days, with not only historic government investment but also record public engagement in addressing stigma, speaking openly about well-being, and seeking...

Airdate: January 19, 2022 at 1:00 pm EST

05 | Amplifying Black Excellence

February is Black History Month, when people in Canada celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their communities! At the community level, post-secondary institutions...

Airdate: February 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm EST

06 | The future is female

The pandemic has exposed disproportionate challenges for women in the workforce, from an average of lower-paying jobs to a higher burden of family responsibility than their male counterparts. This is...

Airdate: March 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm EDT

07 | Navigating Anew

Anyone who has lived on or visited a large body of water knows how quickly currents can shift and how important it is for a navigator to remain vigilant and take action to redirect the vessel when...

Airdate: April 13, 2022 at 1:00 pm EDT

08 | The good, the bad, and the ugly in cybersecurity

If mention of hackers, ransomware, and threats to national security is enough to send a chill down your spine, the good news is you’re not alone. Last year, Statistics Canada found that 21% of...

Airdate: May 18, 2022 at 1:00 pm EDT

09 | Let your pride flag wave!

Pride is about community, visibility, and celebrating being true to yourself. But, nearly five years after the prime minister’s officially apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians, discrimination and harassment...

Airdate: June 15, 2022 at 1:00 pm EDT

Watch the complete first season!

A unique snapshot of the biggest questions from last year. Explore topics like economic recovery, mental health, BIPOC representation, reconciliation, skills, and sustainability.

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