Clearing a New Path™

Clearing a New Path™

Clearing a New Path™ podcast looks to build a more united, feminist, anti-oppressive rural Canada. Produced by Radar Media. Podcast art inspired by the graphic design of Katie Wilhelm. Music branding by The Hankering Studio. Subscribe to the Clearing a New Path™ weekly newsletter: Contact us at:


March 24, 2024 54 mins

Janan McNaughton had a PhD in social work, worked in that industry, was a researcher, freelance writer and travelled the world. So how did she end up opening Proof Line Farm Creamery and Farm Market in rural Ontario?

Janan talks about her experience moving from the city to a rural community and the cult...

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Kerri Neil, co-chair of Social Justice Cooperative Newfoundland and Labrador, discusses the formation and work of the cooperative. The organization operates as a member-run, non-profit cooperative focused on social and environmental justice. They advocate for feminism, decolonization, and care for individuals, the land, and all living beings. The cooperative primarily consists of individual members, with a few organizati...

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Mani Chakrabarty grew up in Yellowknife, NWT, where she found her desire to make a social impact through looking at world problems with a community-oriented lens.

She has a business degree and a master's degree in Economics from the University of Alberta and a master's in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Mani's work experience spans both the public and private se...

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January 13, 2024 53 mins

Andrew Button - MashUp Lab

I first met Andrew Button from MashUp Lab over the phone. He was inquiring about the national conference the organization I was working with, Community Futures Ontario, was hosting and how he could become a speaker. That was in the throes of the pandemic.

Andrew and I caught up again recently to chat about how he’s supporting entrepreneurs in rural Canada (and the US), what is missing for many rural...

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January 13, 2024 48 mins

Elder Cindy Crowe - Sacred Circles

This is the third time I have had the pleasure of speaking with Elder Cindy Crowe for a podcast episode, however, I speak with her often as she is my mentor, a dear friend and my chosen family.

Cindy is an Anishinaabe Grandmother Elder, a Knowledge Keeper, a Lodgekeeper, a Pipe Carrier and a Drum Keeper.

Cindy is from Opwaaganisiniing close to Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. She is called t...

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November 22, 2023 57 mins

The Coxes: Rural Ontario in Colour

This episode, I again handed the microphone to folks who share a lens I do not have.

This is an intergenerational conversation, from a mom and son, whose experience and perspective is, as people of colour, who once lived in urban settings and now hav...

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November 8, 2023 42 mins

Organizing and Activism in Rural Canada

As a response to injustices that happen around the globe, protests and demonstrations have always been a way for people to express their views in a public way.

We’ve all seen big protests and demonstrations depicted on television news and increasingly on social media. But many of those displays of solidarity happen in big cities.

I believe that there are progressive folks, looking to...

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Racism: Rural vs Urban - A Gen Z Perspective

Racial inequities exist in Canada, and particularly in rural, remote and northern Canada.

I have heard the stories. Just one example is a Black woman entrepreneur in rural Alberta, who told me of the racism she experienced at her local Chamber of Commerce.

She’s the reason I enlisted the help of post secondary students (from the Venture for Canada Intrapreneurship program) from ...

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This Rural Canadian History Moment was created by Christian Doran as part of the University of Guelph Diarist course project in 2023. The course was taught by Catharine A. Wilson, PhD, F.R.S.C. / Redelmeier Professor in Rural History / Department of History / College of Arts at the University of Guelph.

From the Diary of Thomas Alexander Loghrin (1878-1936), Downie Township, Perth County. Courtesy of his descendants.

You can...

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Dispelling Period Stigma with Free Periods Canada - Zeba Kahn and Niki Oveisi

As our rural Canadian communities grapple with conflicting views about gender identity and the right to live freely as authentic people and simply exist, if we take a step back, often conversations around periods and menstruation along gender lines (and generations) can be strained and awkward at best.

Why is this? Why does the very mention of the w...

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This Rural Canadian History Moment was created by Emma Rutledge as part of the University of Guelph Diarist course project in 2023.

The course was taught by Catharine A. Wilson, PhD, F.R.S.C. / Redelmeier Professor in Rural History / Department of History / College of Arts at the University of Guelph.

Many rural women, and the work they did, was often overlooked, many even eliminated from being counted as a person, in the C...

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Lisa Gallant-McRobb - Leading Indigenous Healing Through Trauma and Triumph

June is traditionally Pride Month but June is also Indigenous History month. It’s an opportunity to learn about the unique cultures, traditions and experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. It's a time to honour the stories, achievements and resilience of Indigenous Peoples, who have lived on this land since time immemorial.

While in Whitehorse l...

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Sista Patricia and the Drag Storytime Guardians

Earlier this month, a Drag Storytime was scheduled in the rural town of Parkhill, Ontario. Protestors were expected but what wasn’t expected was a group of woman-identifying motorbike enthusiasts, some of which belonged to the group, Wind Sisters.

One of those women was 70 year old Patricia Ginn, or Sista Patricia as she likes to be called.

Sista Patricia and her friends show...

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Who Fuels Division in Rural Canada and Why? - Kurt Phillips - Canadian Anti-Hate Network

I’ve spoken with Kurt Phillips from the Canadian Anti-Hate Network in an episode previously, called Bias, Hate and Extremism in Rural Canada - Part 2 about the organizations at play spreading hate and disinformation in the news deserts of rural Canada.

This time, we’re talking about the campaigns to overturn proclamations, Pride events an...

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Pride and Prejudice in Rural Ontario

In April of 2023, in the town of Norwich, Ontario the municipal council voted to ban all flags except for Canadian flags and provincial flags. At the same meeting, the council refused to recognize a Pride celebration and voted down the creation of a DEI committee.

This isn’t a new fight in this town, and it’s not a new fight in rural Canada. Protests at Drag Storytime are growing and a vei...

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Andrea Palframan and RAVEN - Supporting Indigenous Land Back Legal Claims

Many of us have colonial roots and understand that our ancestors were responsible for attempting to erase Indigenous people and culture in Canada. But with that understanding, what can we do?

Here is one thing you can do.

SUPPORT/DONATE to the Protect the Breathing Lands campaign, mentioned in the podcast.

RAVEN is a registered charity with a miss...

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Kendra Fry - Rural and Remote Churches - What's Next?

This episode came about when I was looking up how many churches are for sale or even abandoned in rural and remote Canada. I couldn’t find a current number but I did find a story about the selling off of Catholic churches in Newfoundland. In 1999, 39 men — former residents of Mount Cashel Orphanage in St. John’s — filed statements of claim at Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme...

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Dr. Jacquie Newman - How Some Rural Municipalities Use Power to Exclude

Through a chain of events, I found myself watching a previous recording of a municipal council meeting, a municipality in rural Alberta. It’s called Olds, Alberta. The CAO was briefing council (and a delegation that was there about another matter) on why the administration was recommending the municipality get out of the ‘proclamation business’. He facetious...

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Kim English - Addressing a Rural Canadian Nursing Crisis

Professor Kim English first sent me an email, suggesting the topic of rural and remote nursing. 

Kim is a Doctoral candidate who has been teaching nurses at the undergraduate and post-graduate level since 2002. 

Kim draws from her clinical experiences in acute care and professional practice, and her lived experiences in rural health and working with Indigen...

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March 29, 2023 39 mins

Isaac Murdoch - Revolution of the Heart

I first saw Isaac Murdoch telling his stories on Facebook, during the pandemic. A prolific and legendary Indigenous storyteller, he was so entertaining he left an indelible impression on me.

Later, during my own training and healing about the real beginnings of Canada, Isaac’s stories turned up again, during a training session as someone all of us should listen to.

Isaac is also a si...

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