Episode 22: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part 5 – Pushing For Change

June 6, 2017

By now you’ve heard Shelley’s story. You’ve heard about her troubled childhood, her time in the foster care system, how she was trafficked into sex work, and everything we know about Shelley’s disappearance. We now wanted to make the most of all the attention this series has received, so we take a look at the foster care system and programs available today, to see if anything has changed. Plus, Karla finds a private investigator willing to look into some of the leads that we’ve uncovered during our research. Can we find out what happened to Shelley? Does anybody know? Are they too scared to talk?
Guests this episode are child & youth welfare expert Jane Kovarikova, Halton Collaborative Against Human Trafficking Coordinator Cindy Stover, and Chris Williams of Canadian Private Investigation Services. http://cpis.ca

My Sisters Place GoFundMe: http://www.gofundme.com/mysistersplacelondonontario

This podcast contains music used under a creative commons license.
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Dazie_Mae/Songs_Matured_in_Oak/12_-_Dazie_Mae_-_The_Winter_Of_My_First_Love

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca

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Episode 21: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part 4 - Series Update

May 30, 2017

In this mini episode, we take a look at the Finding Shelley Desrochers series so far. You’ll hear some of Karla’s radio interviews, and then get an inside view of what it’s been like behind the scenes working on this podcast and dealing with the flood of information that has come in.

Have you seen Shelley Desrochers? E-mail findshelleynow@gmail.comLondon Police Missing People: https://www.londonpolice.ca/en/about/Missing-People.aspx

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca

This episode contains music used under a Creative Commons License.

Great Lake Swimmers - Gonna Make It Through This Year

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Great_Lake_Swimmers/20120127150256228/GreatLakeSwimmers-GonnaMakeItThroughThisYear

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Episode 20: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part 3 - What Happened To Shelley?

May 23, 2017

Shelley Desrochers hasn’t been seen since January 2016. She’s one of three women who lived a “high-risk lifestyle” to go missing from London, Ontario, Canada in the last decade. In this series, we go beyond the police and news reports to take an in-depth look at Shelley’s life, ask questions surrounding the case and speak with guests and experts such as Mike Arntfield, host of “To Catch A Killer” and former London police officer.

Part 3 explores the difficult question of “What happened to Shelley Desrochers?”

The list of possibilities is long, but you’ll be shocked to hear just what kind of a picture Mike Arntfield can paint using his experience and statistics. We also speak with Shelley’s friends & family who have thoughts of their own, and some eerie comments made by Shelley in the past that may serve as clues.

Have you seen Shelley Desrochers? E-mail findshelleynow@gmail.com
London Police Missing People: https://www.londonpolice.ca/en/about/Missing-People.aspx

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative http://eastcoastradiocreative.ca 

This episode contains music used under a Creative Commons License.
Kalli - This Is Goodbye http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kalli/Live_at_WFMU_on_Irene_Trudels_Show_on_August_15_2011/Kalli_-_10_-_This_Is_Goodbye

Thanks to Mike Arntfield: http://michaelarntfield.com/

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Episode 19: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part 2 - Shelley’s Disappearance

May 16, 2017

Shelley Desrochers hasn’t been seen since January 2016. She’s one of three women who lived a “high-risk lifestyle” to go missing from London, Ontario, Canada in the last decade. In this series, we go beyond the police and news reports to take an in-depth look at Shelley’s life, ask questions surrounding the case and speak with guests and experts such as Mike Arntfield, host of “To Catch A Killer” and former London police officer.

Part 2 looks at the timeline of her disappearance, the efforts being made to find her, and why Shelley's friends and family are frustrated with the police response.

Former London Police officer Mike Arntfield shares his thoughts on the situation, and we speak with Randy Richmond of the London Free Press who has been following this story from the beginning. Randy sheds some light on a London Police officer who spent years of her career trying to keep sex-workers like Shelley safe.

Don't miss the end, when Karla shares an amazing gesture aimed at helping gather tips to find out what happened to Shelley.

Have you seen Shelley Desrochers? E-mail findshelleynow@gmail.com
London Police Missing People: https://www.londonpolice.ca/en/about/Missing-People.aspx 

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative

This episode contains music used under a Creative Commons License.
Kathy Lowe - When I Am No More
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kathy_Lowe/Above_Water/When_I_Am_No_More

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Episode 18: Finding Shelley Desrochers: Part 1 - Getting To Know Shelley

May 9, 2017

Shelley Desrochers hasn’t been seen since January 2016. She’s one of three women who lived a “high-risk lifestyle” to go missing from London, Ontario, Canada in the last decade. In this series, we go beyond the police and news reports to take an in-depth look at Shelley’s life, ask questions surrounding the case and speak with guests and experts such as Mike Arntfield, host of “To Catch A Killer” and former London police officer.

Part 1 - Getting To Know Shelley features exclusive interviews with Shelley’s sister and two friends. We hear some dramatic stories about Shelley’s troubling childhood, how she was forced into sex-work, and when she was last heard from.

Have you seen Shelley? E-mail findshelleynow@gmail.com
London Police Missing People: https://www.londonpolice.ca/en/about/Missing-People.aspx 

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative

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Episode 17: Michael - I Fought the Law… and the Law Won

May 2, 2017

As a child Michael James knew that life with his parents was not what it was supposed to be. Their drinking was taking its toll on his childhood and it led Michael to approach the police to take him away to a more stable environment. Instead he landed at MacLaren Hall in El Monte, California. This was just one of a series of centers which failed to provide support and eventually a plan for what he would do when he turned eighteen. This started his sad descent into homelessness, drug abuse, suicide and crime before he eventually took stock of what his life had become and reinvented himself. In this episode we’ll hear how Michael has found his calling and enjoys a happier life these days. We’re keen to share Michael’s inspiring story with you. Listen to the podcast and hear how he forged a path out of the darkness for himself.

Check out some of our Against Abuse clothing products here.

Host and producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Reporter and co-producer: Kris Mulliah
Editor: Cesar Del Castillo

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Episode 16: Turning Life Around After A Rough Start

April 18, 2017

Patricia Rodenbaugh was turned over to the L.A. foster care system at the tender age of 12. By her later teen years, she had given birth to two children and married just to escape the system. While Patricia had a rough start, she was determined to ensure a better life for her kids. In this episode, we hear about Patricia’s experience in the foster care system, including time at the notorious MacLaren Hall Children’s Center, and a troubling event that forced her into juvenile detention. Patricia shares how she gave her children a better life and went on to help other troubled youth. Although Patricia admits she still struggles with some vices, her kind and caring nature shines through, and we’re glad to be sharing this compelling story.

Check out some of our Against Abuse clothing products here. Read Patricia's blog post on our blog.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative

This show contains some music used under a Creative Commons License.
Kai Engel - Moonlight Reprise

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Episode 15: The Beauty of Harm Reduction

April 4, 2017

Reporter Drew Penner tracks down four very different but important perspectives on the evolving harm reduction movement. This episode will take you from east coast of the United States to London, Ontario, to Vancouver's downtown eastside. And we'll even wade into the thorny topic of an illegal, but promising therapy. Harm reduction isn't for the faint of heart, but the stories we bring you today are empowering tales.

Check out some of our Beyond Addiction clothing products here. Read Drew's blog post on our blog.

Producer and Host: Karla Stephens Tolstoy 

Co-producer, researcher, lead journalist, original sound design: Drew Penner

Music: soundcloud.com/frequencyhorizon (iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/frequency-horizon/id1127552995)

Song of the week: Jon Clever aka Be Clever Beats https://soundcloud.com/becleverbeats/harm-reduction

Cover image: Collage by Drew Penner of imagery from Kenneth Anderson, iamwilli.am, end_thewod, ann harkness (via Flickr).

In this episode you will hear from:

-Dr. Arnold Washton, a substance abuse consultant to professional sports teams, foreign governments, the American Food and Drug Administration, and even the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, discusses his “drink smartly” program for problem drinkers.

http://recoveryoptions.us/

-Randy Richmond, a London Free Press reporter covering that city’s efforts to bring forward a variety of harm-reduction measures to help sex workers, alcoholics and drug addicts.

www.lfpress.com/author/randy-richmond

-A woman working on the front lines of the opioid crisis in Vancouver’s downtown eastside.

-Tim, an ex-con and former substance abuser who has been taking plant-based hallucinogen ayahuasca as a way to improve his life.

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Episode 14: Misfortune To Marriage: The Scott Inman Story

March 29, 2017

While researching for our episodes on the foster care system, we came across Scott Inman and felt he deserved an episode all to himself. Scott's story begins as so many others forced into the foster system - his father passed away when Scott was only 10, leaving him and two sisters with a mother who suffered from mental illness and could not properly care for them.  Where Scott's story turns to remarkable is in how he was able to rise above the seemingly endless obstacles that faced him.  This episode investigates how Scott overcame the odds to become the happily married and successful man he is today.

Check out some of our Stop the Stigma clothing products here, or read more about Scott's journey on our blog.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy
Editor and Co-Producer: Joel at East Coast Radio Creative

This show contains some music used under a Creative Commons License.
Broke For Free - Something Elated
Paper Navy - Swan Song

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Episode 13: A Missing Shoe - The Story of Delaine Copenace Part #2

March 13, 2017

Reporter Drew Penner travels with Anita, the mother of a 16-year-old native girl named Delaine who went missing one year ago. We retrace her last known steps, in an effort to get a better understanding of the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada. You can read about Drew's journey investigating this episode on our blog.

Check out some of our advocacy-wear clothing products here. Be sure to leave a comment on any of our podcast platforms before March 31st and get a chance to win a tee shirt.

Host and Producer: Karla Stephens-Tolstoy

Researcher, Interviewer, Editor, and Co-producer: Drew Penner

Music:

Quinton Larry Roy Cameron “Don’t Play”

https://soundcloud.com/quinton-larry-roy-cameron

Michael + Emily Taylor “She Used to Be Mine”

We Are the City “Bottom of the Lake”

https://wearethecity.bandcamp.com/

www.wearethecity.ca/

Lullatone “Tiny Glaciers”

https://soundcloud.com/lullatone

Yuminale (Deane Holmes) “The Lacquered Bird”
https://yuminale.com/album/371701/prevailing-perception
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/prevailing-perception/id1111730031

psypad “You (Intro)”

https://www.facebook.com/iampsypad/

https://soundcloud.com/psypad/you-intro?in=psypad/sets/sonos

Rumourtone:

https://rumourtone.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.soundcloud.com/rumourtone

Sunshine Girl: 

http://www.kafsg.com/

https://soundcloud.com/sunshine-girl-8

Still Breathing Fire “She Rewards From Where She Stands”

https://soundcloud.com/still-breathing-fire/

https://www.facebook.com/stillbreathingfire/

https://xixistixasbf.bandcamp.com/

Frequency Horizon “Delaine’s Theme”

http://soundcloud.com/frequencyhorizon

http://frequencyhorizon.com

Ginger Slice + Frequency Horizon “Drew + Slice”

https://soundcloud.com/ginga-slice

Bernie de la Torre + Frequency Horizon “#MMIW”

https://soundcloud.com/bernieff

MD of The Boomsday Alliance “Chill”

https://soundcloud.com/intergalacticinterviews

 

Production:

A huge thank you goes out to the Wachiay Aboriginal Multi Media (WAMM) studio:

http://www.wachiaymultimedia.com/

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