A Calgary man has been serving to voters via a podcast crammed with debates and interviews with municipal election candidates — and he’s doing it whereas combating mind most cancers and coping with a cancelled surgical procedure.
Christopher Brown began a podcast called Cross Border Interviews in 2019, talking with company throughout the political spectrum.
This 12 months, the 35-year-old set a aim: to speak to each candidate operating in Calgary’s municipal election.
“I made a decision there may be an election arising. I don’t know who the heck I’m voting for, so let’s discuss to as many candidates as I probably can,” Brown stated.
Brown has completed 51 interviews with Calgary candidates and hosted eight ward debates.
It’s quite a lot of work for anybody — particularly difficult when combating mind most cancers.
“Throughout one of many debates that we had been internet hosting, I truly misplaced management of my hand. I couldn’t use it in the course of a stay debate. It was scary. I pushed via it as a result of I needed to, however the signs are getting worse each day,” Brown stated.
Brown was identified in July 2020. He’s been dropping his imaginative and prescient and reminiscence. There are occasions when he can’t use his arms and legs.
‘There’s nothing I can do’
Final month, Brown was informed his scheduled Sept. 9 surgical procedure to take away two tumours was placed on maintain due to COVID-19’s fourth wave.
“There’s nothing I can do about it, and that’s the scary half about it. There’s nothing I can do. I simply have to attend, and the ready is the worst half about this entire ordeal,” Brown stated.
As phrase of the favored podcast bought out in the course of the marketing campaign, Brown stated candidates began approaching him to be interviewed.
He stated just a few have turned him down, together with one candidate who declined as a result of Brown is married to former NDP MLA Ricardo Miranda. Brown stated the present isn’t about get together politics — simply conversations.
Brown considers himself fortunate as a result of he has discovered one thing to take his thoughts off his declining well being.
“This present has proven me that for those who discover one thing you’re keen on, that you simply get pleasure from within the darkest of occasions, that pleasure will deliver you some glimmer of hope. That’s what I’m combating for: a glimmer of hope,” Brown stated.
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Brown hopes that via his work, voters will likely be higher knowledgeable come Monday.
He’s additionally hoping for some excellent news on Wednesday when he’s anticipated to get an replace on his postponed surgical procedure.
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