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A conventional description of Joseph Couture and his career is a fairly simple matter and would go something like this: He is an award-winning journalist and author. He worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as an investigative reporter and has written for all the major Canadian newspapers, whether they know it or not. His first book, published in 2008, was a surprise best-seller whose success ironically led to the end of his career, having angered just about everyone. But those are not the details that matter.

Couture is a man on a journey, a quest, really. A quest for an elusive truth that is perhaps best described as being hidden in plain sight. If you have ever asked, as many have, what the point of all this is, and wondered about the true nature of reality, then nothing more needs to be said. In terms of his personal path, at this point he will say only, "the answer must be questioned."

My New Book
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Cuckoo is perhaps the most difficult investigative assignment journalist Joseph Couture never asked for.  Committed as an involuntary patient and unable to leave, he finds himself lost deep in the rabbit hole of the Canadian mental health system. He decides at this point only two things matter- finding the way out, and answering the more difficult questions of who he really is and why this is all happening to him. As a practising Buddhist, he can’t help but examine everything from the bigger picture of what this is really about- even if it is real at all and what meaning is to be found in it- or if there is any.  

His first, and easiest conclusion at the end, having narrowly escaped with his life, is that the "system" is not designed to help him or anyone but the people running the system.  As for the question of who he is, he says only that he discovered that the true madness in his life is not within himself, but in the world around him.  His best advice for anyone facing a similar pickle is, "if you really want to know who you are, stop asking other people." In terms of whether it is either real or meaningful, he leaves those questions mostly for you to decide for yourself.

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Videos and Documentaries
Blowing In the Wind
Red Dresses hang on many of Vancouver Island's highways to remember the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada. Memorials for the 215 children found buried at a residential school are now also appearing.

Tammy Undefeated

Tammy is the rape baby no one ever wanted or loved. Her life has been pure hell and endless misery. But she is one of the strongest women I have ever met.

Oh Canada

Canada was once ranked by the United Nations as the number one country in the world to live in, three years in a row. Now the new norm is mass homelessness, drug addiction and mental health issues. This is a glimpse of my old hometown, London, Ontario. 

No Place For Home
Everyday across Canada authorities evict the growing number of homeless from their camps. The trifecta of nightmares – drug addiction, mental health problems and poverty – cause the situation to worsen by the day.
Meth Stooges
Filmed inside a real crackhouse with actual junkies attempting to demonstrate how to make an improvised meth pipe out of a lightbulb. It does not go well.
Run Boy Run
After ditching my life and heading off to live alone and off-grid in the forest on the West Coast of Canada, I move in with my first set of roommates...a bunch of horny and very noisy frogs.

No one said living alone off-grid in the forest would be easy.  Here are some the of the hard realities.

I take a quick break from my five month retreat living alone and off grid on the Canadian West Coast to wander back into the world looking for a rumoured stand of old growth forest.

No Sanctuary

The Answer Questioned
Your Move
Visions of 2021
The Divide

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