Calgary man whose brain cancer surgery was delayed by COVID-19 finds hope in producing election podcast

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A Calgary man is helping voters through a podcast filled with debates and interviews with municipal election candidates—and he’s doing so while battling brain cancer and dealing with canceled surgery.

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Christopher Brown started The podcast is called Cross Border Interview In 2019, talking with guests across the political spectrum.

This year, the 35-year-old set a goal: to talk to every candidate running in Calgary’s municipal election.

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“I decided there was an election coming up. I don’t know what I’m voting for, so let’s talk to as many candidates as possible,” Brown said.

Brown has conducted 51 interviews with Calgary candidates and hosted eight ward debates.

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This is of great use to anyone — especially challenging when battling brain cancer.

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“During one of the debates we were hosting, I really lost control of my hand. I couldn’t use it in the middle of a live debate. it was scary. I took it because I had to, but the symptoms are getting worse every day,” Brown said.

Brown was diagnosed in July 2020. He is losing his sight and memory. Sometimes he is unable to use his hands and feet.

‘there’s nothing I can do’

Last month, Brown was told that his scheduled September 9 surgery to remove two tumors had been put on hold due to the fourth wave of COVID-19.

“I can’t do anything about it, and that’s the scary part about it. I can’t do anything. I just have to wait, and waiting is the worst part of this whole ordeal,” Brown said.

As soon as the popular podcast popped up during the campaign, Brown said candidates began contacting him for interviews.

She said some people have turned her down, including one candidate who declined because Brown is married to former NDP legislator Ricardo Miranda. Brown said the show is not about party politics – just conversation.

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Brown considers himself lucky because he has found something to take his attention away from his declining health.

“This show has shown me that if you find something you love that you enjoy in the darkest of times, that happiness will bring you a ray of hope. That’s what I’m fighting for: hope. A ray of it,” Brown said.

Brown hopes his work on Monday will give voters a better idea.

He is also expecting some good news on Wednesday, when he is expected to get an update on his postponed surgery.

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