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If you missed the Big Event, you can join us by listening to this podcast.

“Back when the rabble podcast network first began there was no iTunes, no iPhones, and few people knew what a podcast was — now, people talk on their daily commute and at work about the latest podcasts they’re listening to,” said Victoria Fenner, rabble podcast network executive producer and the event’s moderator. is the only podcasting network in the country and, when it was founded in 2006, was one of the first organizations to venture into the medium with a clear vision of how podcasting can serve as important tool for citizen journalists to add their voice to the public dialogue. “Thankfully now we’re living in the golden age of podcasting,” Fenner concluded. 

“We believe podcasts are the most democratic medium to come along since, well, the Internet itself,” said Kim Elliott, publisher. At present, the rpn’s extensive collection of Canadian podcasts offer an alternative take on politics, entertainment, society, stories, community and life in general. Each podcast is hosted on a platform created by, Canada’s leading online news service for the progressive left. Most podcasts are produced by individuals with little more than a laptop, a microphone, and opinions or ideas they want to share. “We want to mark the anniversary of the rabble podcast network with a free public event worthy of its 10-year history,” added Elliott.

Our Toronto celebration happened on Thursday September 10 at the Centre for Social Innovation’s Annex. Thanks to Unifor Local 79M and the Canadian Media Guild for their sponsorship.

Listen to our panellists: 

Victoria Fenner – (moderator/host) – is the Executive Producer of the rabble podcast network (rpn). She has worked for over 30 years in community radio, technical, and production roles at the CBC, audio artistry, and podcast production. She has worked all over Canada and is the former President of the Community Radio Fund of Canada, a national organization set up to fund community radio stations. She has produced documentaries for Earth Chronicles’ signature production “The Green Planet Monitor,” one of the first environmental podcasts. She also teaches people how to podcast.

Nora Young – is the host of the CBC Radio show Spark examining tech, trends, and fresh ideas. She was also the founding host of the CBC Radio show Definitely not the Opera. Nora is a journalist, author, and speaker exploring how new technology shapes the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. Her book, The Virtual Self, explores the very real impact of the virtual information we generate about ourselves — on our individual lives, our communities, and the broader world.

Meagan Perry – Editor-in-chief of and former RPN Executive Producer.

Wayne MacPhail is the Director of Emerging Media at He has been a print journalist and online content creator since the early ’80s. He was the Managing Editor of Hamilton Magazine and was a reporter and editor at The Hamilton Spectator up until he founded and led Southam InfoLab for newspaper chain Southam Inc. Wayne has created content for most of the major online networks in Canada and is a published playwright, author, and media expert having taught online journalism at numerous Ontario colleges and universities. He is also the owner of w8nc an emerging media consulting company that encourages its clients to tell great stories in new ways.

Rick Harp is an 18-plus-year veteran of journalism in print, radio, television and online media in Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton. He is currently editor-in-chief at MEDIA INDIGENA, an interactive, multimedia magazine dedicated to Indigenous news, views and creative expression.

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