Interview Series

Baltej Singh Dhillon

Baltej Singh Dhillon remains a significant pioneer in the South Asian community for becoming the first member of the RCMP permitted to wear a turban, and bringing change to the force’s uniform policy in 1991. He joined the Spice Radio team for the 2nd year in a row to talk about numerous reports of racism and discrimination still prevalent in many Canadian workplaces.

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Lily Grewal

Born and raised in Richmond, BC, Lily Grewal is a longtime community advocate, and serves as Vice-Chair on Vancity Credit Union’s Board of Directors. She has spearheaded a number of initiatives including programming for immigrants, and youth projects, along with acting as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Delta/Richmond, and the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians in Toronto.

The Spice Radio team had the opportunity to speak with Lily on the importance of committing towards diversity, the different barriers which women face in today’s society, and how people can work towards inclusion.

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Kal Dosanjh


Kal Dosanjh is a veteran law enforcement officer, community leader, and the CEO of the KidsPlay Foundation, a non profit organization that actively works towards keeping youth away from a lifestyle of drugs, gang, and violence through sports tournaments, conferences, and other various projects.

Kal joined the Spice Radio team to talk about how racism continues to flare in today’s society, and the different ways in which people can combat it.

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Bonnie Van Hatten

Bonnie’s specific matrilineal ancestry is Secwepemc from St’uxwtews First Nation, located in what is now known as Interior BC. She has worked in Indigenous Education for the past 10 years with the Langley School District. Currently she facilitates reconciliation dialogue with a strong emphasis on shared history, stereotypes/biases, responsible ally-ship & advocacy for direct calls to action within her company Skelep Reconciliation. Bonnie holds an Indigenous Cultural Safety Facilitator Certificate from UBC Health and is a Building Bridges Collaborator with the Raven Institute. Bonnie is currently pursuing her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction at Simon Fraser University.

In honour of International Women’s Day, Spice Radio had the pleasure of talking to Bonnie about a number of issues regarding the barriers women face in Canada, reconciliation, and more.

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Kimball Cariou

Kimball Cariou has been the editor of Vancouver-based People’s Voice newspaper since its founding in 1993. He is originally from the prairies, born into a farming and working class family, of Metis and European backgrounds. Kimball first became active in movements for social justice, peace and equality when he went to university in Edmonton in the early 1970s. During his time in Vancouver, he has been involved in many campaigns against racism, poverty, and war, and is a strong advocate of the rights of workers, Indigenous peoples and the LGBTQ community.

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Farid Rohani

Farid Rohani is the immediate past Chair of the Laurier Institution, an organization dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge about the economic and social implications of diversity. He is currently on the Advisory board of the Global Reporting Centre, he is also on the Board of the Royal Columbia Hospital Foundation. During his tenure on the Laurier board Chair, Rohani established the Ethics and Human Rights Lecture Series at UBC, and expanded the M.K. Wong Lecture Series on multicultural issues (CBC Radio) now in its 14th year. He also established Canada’s first Indigenous speaker series at Vancouver Island University (CBC Radio). As former Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (Vancouver), he organized the first Citizenship Ceremony on a First Nations Reserve.

Farid has been honored with the British Columbia Multicultural Award (2011), the British Columbia Regiment Commanding Officer’s Commendation (2014), and has been recognized as a Georgia Straight Cultural Navigator (2013).

An Iranian-born Canadian, Farid publishes widely on immigration, multiculturalism, diversity and ethics, and is a guest commentator on these issues on CBC radio and television. He also manages his family’s Vancouver-based development and real estate holding company.

Click below to hear his discussion on immigration, cultural barriers, and more with Spice Radio:

Alan Dutton


Alan Dutton is a member of the Canadian Anti-racism Education and Research Society. The Society tracks hate groups, helps prevent hate group recruitment and provides help to youth who want to leave hate groups. Alan’s work against organized racist and ultranationalist groups has been recognized nationally and internationally. He is now working with other activists to build a national network to counteract the recent growth in extremism.

This was the 2nd time Alan was in conversation with Spice Radio to talk about discrimination in Canada. Click the links below to hear the full interview:

Imtiaz Popat

Imtiaz Popat is an equal rights activist, community worker and a media producer working in radio, television and film. He actively contributes articles to the Georgia Straight, and has joined Spice Radio on air many times to talk about topics of racism and discrimination in BC. 

A year after the Quebec mosque attack on January 29th, 2017, Imtiaz came to the studio to discuss Islamophobia in Canada, and to reflect upon how not much has changed in society after the massacre that took the lives of 16 people, and injured 19.


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Ravi Kahlon

Ravi Kahlon is the MLA for Delta North, and is also the Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism. Born and raised in Victoria, BC, he started playing field hockey at a young age, and went on to become a two-time Olympian in the sport for Team Canada. Prior to his election in 2017, Ravi spent 7 years in banking, and another 6 years as the Director of Stakeholder Relations with the New Democrat Caucus. An active community leader, he has volunteered with the Delta Parks and Recreation Committee, and is a certified coach to youth across North Delta.

Ravi spoke to Spice Radio on the importance of community dialogue when it comes to issues of discrimination in BC, and detailed the NDP’s new anti-racism initiative. Click below to hear his full interview:

Jennifer Sherif


Jennifer Sherif was born and brought up in Syilx territory. She is of  Cherokee, English, Ashkenazi, Irish, French and Mongolian descent. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Thompson Rivers University, as well as a Master of Education in Indigenous Knowledges, and Pedagogies from the University of British Columbia. The first in-studio guest for Spice Radio’s 2018 campaign, Jennifer discussed various barriers First Nation groups continuously face in Canada, and how the country should be focusing on reconciliation. 

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