Podcasts and Webinars

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BCHA, July 12, 2021

A Public Good? Religious property tax exemptions in BC

In a recent report, the BC Humanist Association called on municipalities to adopt public benefits tests for tax exemptions granted to places of worship. These tests, the report states, are necessary to ensure potential recipients of tax exemptions — which total millions each year — provide services that benefit the community as a whole. This measure would provide much needed safeguards to prevent tax funds from supporting organizations that operate as private clubs, discriminate against protected groups, operate commercial enterprises, or break the laws, such as COVID-19 regulations.


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NSRN 2021 Conference, July 7, 2021

Practitioners Session: Legislative Prayer in Canada

The following is a recording of the practitioners session from the NSRN 2021 Conference. Presenters from the BCHA: 
Teale Phelps Bondaroff, Research Coordinator
Adriana Thom, Researcher
Ian Bushfield, Executive Director
Katie Marshall, Board Member
RESPONDENT: Solange Lefebvre, Université de Montréal



LUEE, July 5, 2021

Life, the Universe, and Everything Else, Podcast Episode 170: Fish Crime!

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Ashlyn, and Lauren revisit Seaspiracy and discuss transnational organized crime in the international fisheries industry with returning guest Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, Director of Research for Oceans Asia.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that explores the intersection of science and society.


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Sri Lanka Sub Aqua Club, July 1, 2021

Sea Cucumber Crime in India and Sri Lanka during 2015-2020 - Talk by Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff

I shared my research on sea cucumber poaching and smuggling in Sri Lanka and India with the members of the Sri Lanka Sub Aqua Club.



LUEE, June 21, 2021

Life, the Universe, and Everything Else, Podcast Episode 169: Legislative Prayer

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem, Ashlyn, and Lauren speak with Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, the Research Coordinator for the BC Humanist Association, about his research into unconstitutional governmental prayer in Canada.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that explores the intersection of science and society.


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City of Victoria, May 27, 2021

My Great Neighbourhood Community Virtuals: Let 1,000 Little Free Libraries Bloom

Ever thought about improving your neighbourhood with a physical legacy? Join us in learning about how to enhance and create new public spaces as our panel of experts discuss all things placemaking, including the City’s new toolkit for residents. At 23:00 I speak about specialized little free libraries and connecting little free libraries to community projects. 


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Public Health On Call, April 22, 2021

301 - Earth Day: Why COVID-19 Has Caused an Increase in Ocean Pollution

COVID is creating massive environmental issues such as the 1.56 billion face masks that entered the oceans in 2020 alone. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, the Director of Research for Oceans Asia, talks with Stephanie Desmon about how improperly discarded PPE to a massive rise in the production of single-use plastics are setting the world significantly back in controlling its problem with microplastics and pollution.



Institute of Animal Law of Asia,
April 10, 2021

The Impact of Fishing, Overfishing, and Illegal Fishing on Marine Wildlife

Dr. Phelps Bondaroff will be presenting on marine conservation issues relating to fishing, with a specific focus on overfishing and illegal fishing and the impact of these activities on marine wildlife and ecosystems. His presentation will also explore some of the connections between illegal fishing and organized crime.


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Humanist Canada, March 21, 2021

Municipal Prayer in Canada after Saguenay with
Dr. Teale Bondaroff

In 2018, the British Columbia Humanist Association was notified that a number of municipalities in BC opened their inaugural council sessions with prayer. This was in violation of the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Mouvement laïque québécois v. Saguenay that including prayer in municipal council meetings was unconstitutional and violated the state’s duty of religious neutrality. In addition to detailing the results of this survey, this presentation explores the particular nuance of municipal prayer in each province.



Defender Radio, January 21, 2021

PPE and Plastic Pollution

The coronavirus pandemic has forced a lot of change in the world in the last 13 months. One of the most notable, unfortunately, is an increase in plastic waste entering our oceans. Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, which is frequently made with plastics more than doubled in size as a global industry in response to the pandemic.


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Laboratory for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Jan. 15, 2021

Symposium on Wildlife Trade: Not Cool - Sea Cucumber Crime in Sri Lanka and India

OceansAsia is a Hong Kong-based marine conservation organization dedicated to protecting our oceans and combating illegal fishing in Asia through the use of investigation and research. OceansAsia works on a wide range of marine conservation issues, including illegal fishing, marine plastic pollution, smuggling and crime in the fisheries supply chain, and coral propagation. Here, I talk about our ongoing work on sea cucumber crime.



Amazing Places, Dec. 13, 2020

Amazing Places - #23 Creating connections w/ Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff

Episode 23 of Amazing Places! This week Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff returns to the podcast to discuss loneliness. This holiday season is going to be different than years past. For those who live alone, it could feel very lonely. Teale and I discuss the effects of loneliness and isolation and things that communities, governments and NGOs can do to help rebuild networks to connect us.



Humanist Canada, Dec. 3, 2020

Webinar Series 2020: Strategies in Reproductive Health Activism

This talk surveys a number of these strategies. It will highlight efforts across Canada to increase access to prescription contraception, including the AccessBC Campaign in British Columbia and the ContraceptiON Campaign in Ontario.

The talk will then delve into the strategy of Women on Waves (WoW), an international non-governmental organization that seeks to prevent unsafe abortions and unwanted pregnancies. 



Amazing Places, July 13, 2020

Amazing Places - Reimagining our public spaces w/ Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff

The first episode of the Amazing Places podcast! My guest is Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff. In this episode we dive into reimagining our public spaces. The COVID pandemic has created a new opportunity to experiment and rethink our roadways, pathways, sidewalks and public spaces. What does the "new normal" look like and are these changes temporary or long-term?