Special Guests

  • Gracia Burnham — Missionary Held Hostage For Over A Year: Shot During A Rescue Attempt & Her Husband Killed
    For 17 years, Gracia and her husband Martin served with New Tribes Mission in the Philippines where Martin was a jungle pilot delivering mail, supplies, and encouragement to other missionaries, and transporting sick and injured patients to medical facilities. Gracia served in various roles supporting the aviation program and also home-schooling their children – all of whom were born in the Philippines. On May 27, 2001, while celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary at Dos Palmas Resort off Palawan Island, the Burnhams were taken captive by a militant group of Muslims called the Abu Sayyaf Group. In addition to the Burnhams, the group seized several more guests and took them to Basilan Island, an ASG stronghold. In the ensuing months, some of the hostages were killed, but most were set free. From November 2001, only the Burnhams and one other hostage remained in captivity. For more than a year, and under the total control of their captors, they were constantly on the move living in primitive conditions in the jungle, evading capture from the Philippine military, enduring gun battles, and witnessing unspeakable atrocities committed by the men of Abu Sayyaf Group. Soon after the events of September 11, the news media took a greater interest in Gracia and Martin’s plight and kept their story in the national headlines. On the afternoon of June 7, 2002, over a year since their abduction, the Philippine military attempted another rescue. Tragically, Martin was killed during the gunfight. Wounded, but alive, Gracia was rescued and returned home under a national spotlight. Since that time, Gracia has authored two books, In The Presence Of My Enemies, and To Fly Again. Her talks about the spiritual lessons she learned during her captivity and how God has blessed her and her family since Martin’s death is something that forces even the hardcore doubter to rethink Faith.

  • Steven Hassan — Leading Authority on Cult Mind Control, Former Cult Member
    Recently featured on A&E’s hit TV series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath", Steven Alan Hassan is one of the foremost authorities on undue influence (mind control) and destructive, authoritarian people and cults. He understands the subject from the unique perspective as both a former cult member and as a clinical professional who has been working full time in the field since 1976. Hassan holds a Masters degree in counseling psychology from Cambridge College. As a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Hassan is the author of several books that have received extensive praise from international mental health professionals, educators, law enforcement, former cult members, families of former members, clergy and other professionals. Combating Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best Selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults / Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves / Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults & Beliefs. Steve is the founder and Director of the Freedom of Mind Resource Center Inc., a counseling and publishing organization dedicated to helping people become psychologically empowered, upholding human rights, promoting consumer awareness and exposing abuses of undue influence. He is also the Co-Developer of Ending the Game, a non-coercive curriculum designed to educate and empower sex trafficking victims to leave pimps and traffickers. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Child Friendly Faith Project as well as the Open Minds Foundation. He has pioneered a breakthrough approach called the Strategic Interactive Approach (SIA) to help loved ones rescue cult mind control victims. Unlike stressful and sensationalized "deprogramming", this non-coercive method is an effective and legal alternative for families to help cult members. SIA teaches family and friends how to strategically influence the individual involved in the cult. Using this unique technique, Hassan has helped thousands of people victimized by destructive cult-related mind control groups. Steve was a featured speaker and at the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2009 National Amber Alert Symposium, where he explained why victims like Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Lee Dugard denied their real identity to police and others due to psychological coercion. In 2013, Hassan participated, at the invitation of Carissa Phelps’ Runaway Girl in training over 600 Law Enforcement professionals at JRIC.org on psychological coercion used by pimps and traffickers. In 2014, My Life, My Choice sponsored Hassan’s 4-hour workshop on understanding traffickers mind control methods and how to help survivors. Hassan has written and spoken out about the importance of viewing ISIS and other terrorist groups as destructive cults. With over 40 years of cult awareness activism, Steve Hassan’s insightful perspective and expert commentary have made him the definitive source for hundreds of national and international media outlets including: 60 Minutes, CNN, Fox News, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Newsweek, ABC NightLine, NPR, Oprah Winfrey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, USA Today and Washington Post.

  • Wilma Derksen — Author of THE WAY OF LETTING GO: One Woman’s Walk Toward Forgiveness
    In November 1984, 13 year-old Candace Derksen set home from school on a sleepy, wintry afternoon in Winnipeg. She didn’t make it home that night, and her disappearance set off Winnipeg’s most comprehensive missing person’s search to date. Seven weeks later, Candace’s body had been found. She had been abducted and left to die in a shed as Winnipeg’s winter temperature plummeted. In the face of unfathomable loss, violence, and heartbreak, how could the Derksens reorient their lives? How could they move forward? If they allowed themselves to be consumed with revenge, would they lose their future in addition to their daughter? Could they create something life-giving out of this total darkness? It took 22 years for charges to be brought in the case of the abduction and murder of Candace Derksen. And in that time, the Derksens made the conscious, daily, and grueling decision to choose a radical way: forgiveness. As Wilma said, “Little did I know that the word forgiveness would haunt me for the next 30 years – prod me, guide me, heal me, label me, enlighten me, imprison me, free me and in the end define me.” This path of forgiveness is the story that Wilma Derksen shares in her first book. In THE WAY OF LETTING GO, Wilma recounts the harrowing first hours, days, and years that unfolded after they lost Candace and waited with the unknown before charges were brought. Wilma describes the grief of the trial, and the ongoing pain and uncertainty as the case is currently still under appeal. A final decision is expected to be made in this case in March of this year, so it’s very much a timely story. The trial has ended and the family is awaiting a verdict. Wilma is an important figure in the restorative justice movement and a game-changing advocate of a new way forward. As Malcolm Gladwell realized when he interviewed her for his bestseller David and Goliath, “Wilma reminds us that there is another way out of tragedy. It is a long and hard and rocky path, but it ends in a place of peace and joy…. The Way of Letting Go is a beautiful and important book. It will open your heart.”
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  • Kerri Pomarolli — Comedian, Actress, Author
    That's right folks - It's time for our monthly visit with our favorite Hollywood Correspondent!

Meanwhile, Back On The Farm...

LIVE! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music

  • Patrick Ballantyne
    Patrick has been writing songs since he first picked up a guitar at the age of 14. Heavily influenced by the sounds of his hometown station CKLW, you can hear echoes of the motor cities in his timeless songs. When not lawyering or songwriting, in addition to releasing two solo albums and a series of singles, Patrick has co-written with award winning artists. Early on, Patrick Ballantyne forged a strong bond with Gordie Johnson who later formed Big Sugar and Grady. Together they have written songs that have become staples of Canadian radio, including “If I Had My Way”, “Girlwatcher”, “I Want You Now” and “All Hell For a Basement”. Patrick also co-wrote the Trews’ single “Poor Old Broken Hearted Me,” which charted well for the band in 2007. “Beat This Heart,” co-written with Tim Chaisson, received nominations in the category of ‘song of the year’ by the East Coast Music Association and Music PEI. He has been an active performer, writer, and industry panelist. He has a passion for co-writing with artists of all levels. Patrick spends his time serving on industry panels, performing at songwriting circles, mentoring, running, and spending time with his family.



    Andrew Collins
    Andrew Collins is the 5x JUNO-nominated/7x Canadian Folk Music Award winning mando-maestro behind two of Canada’s top-billed string bands – The Foggy Hogtown Boys and the Creaking Tree String Quartet. Together with fellow members of his Trio – string guru Mike Mezzatesta and in-the-pocket bassist James McEleney – The Andrew Collins Trio invite you to a special live filming of their And It Was Good concert at The Great Hall, March 19 @ 3pm ($18 adv/$20) www.thegreathall.ca They’ll be joined by the Phantasmagoria String Quartet comprised of Andrew's long time musical co conspirator John Showman (Foggy Hogtown Boys, CTSQ, New Country Rehab), Trent Freeman, Ben Plotnick and Eric Wright (of the newly JUNO nominated The Fretless). Showcasing a popular collision of bluegrass, folk, jazz, swing, and classical, not to mention a dizzying number of instruments on stage, Collins and Co. appear to live by the old adage, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” – all the more because And It Was Good tackles the Creation story itself – likely keeping him just ahead of the devil’s grasp. And It Was Good is a labour of love inspired by the late, avant-garde fiddler Oliver Schroer. (Who walked and played/recorded along The Camino before his passing) The result is a lush-sounding, multi-layered album bringing fresh and universal appeal to an age-old story while demonstrating the depth of musicianship from each of these three inspirational players.

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Pub Crawl

  • Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few!
    Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff. Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? CLICK HERE)

    This Week on The Pub Crawl:

    1/ Should a university class have been cancelled because someone drew swastikas on the classroom walls? Was turning the classroom into a crime scene as they determined if this was a “hate crime” going over board OR should this type of graffiti always be taken seriously?

    2/ Does it worry you that Islam will takeover Christianity as the world’s #1 faith by the year 2100? Or will that statistic make absolutely no difference in your world?

    3/ If you were to plan the perfect funeral FOR YOURSELF… Who would speak? Would it be in a church or pub? What would be your funeral song? Burned or buried? What would you wear?

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Talkback, etc.

  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Manya Brachear Pashman – Religion Reporter For The Chicago Tribune