Author Archives: Dean Murdock

Amazing Places #46 Regional transportation solutions w/ Rebecca Mersereau

Episode 46 of Amazing Places! Does the South Island need a TransLink? This week, Rebecca Mersereau, Saanich Councillor & CRD Board Vice Chair is my guest. We discuss the region’s transportation priorities. Is this our chance to solve the the South Island’s transportation challenges? Is a new transportation authority in the cards?

Amazing Places #45 Housing crisis solutions w/ Leo Spalteholz

Episode 45 of Amazing Places!How can we change this housing crisis we’re in? My guest this week is Leo Spalteholz, analyst at House Hunt Victoria and contributor to Homes for Living. We discuss solutions to Greater Victoria’s housing crisis.

Check out Leo’s blog, House Hunt Victoria:

Leo’s housing advocacy group, Homes for Living:

Amazing Places #44 Reinventing our streets w/ Kevin Krizek & David King

Episode 44 of Amazing Places! What is the future of our streets? How about a little variety? Cars have been the dominant use of the roads for a century. As we enter an era of experimenting with different ways of using our streets, we realize their untapped potential for community benefit. This week, I’m joined by Kevin Krizek, Professor of Environmental Design at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and David King, Urban Planning faculty at Arizona State University. Kevin and David share their vision for prioritizing multi-modal transport systems that promote access.

Check out some of Kevin and David’s research and ideas:

Advanced Introduction to Urban Transport Planning:

The Future of Streets:

How the COVID-19 pandemic can reshape our streets and relationship to cars:

This Is Our Chance to Reclaim Cities from Cars:

The power of reforming streets to boost access for human-scaled vehicles:

VIEWPOINT: Accelerating reform to govern streets in support of human-scaled accessibility:

Viewpoint: Visioning transport futures through windows of opportunity: changing streets and human-scaled networks:

Streets Are Arable Lands Lying Fallow:

Can street-focused emergency response measures trigger a transition to new transport systems?

Amazing Places #43 Who leashed the dogs up? w/ Judy Brownoff

Episode 43 of Amazing Places! There’s been a lot of barking in the District of Saanich recently. As Council considers changes to off-leash rules for dogs in parks, there’s concern it’s happening without consultation. This week Saanich Councillor Judy Brownoff joins the podcast to discuss a temporary off-leash pilot, a motion to leash-ups dogs in three Saanich parks, and we even talk about food trucks!

Amazing Places #42 Creating equitable and inclusive housing w/ Tamara Krawchenko

Episode 42 of Amazing Places! How do we create more equitable and inclusive housing in our communities? This week, Tamara Krawchenko, Assistant Professor at UVic’s School of Public Administration, joins the podcast. We discuss the history of exclusionary land use practices and how all level of governments have responsibility to create more equitable and inclusive housing in our communities.

Amazing Places #41 Family Cycling w/ Robert Kemp & Edward Pullman

Episode 41 of Amazing Places! Family cycling is on the rise in the capital region and all over the world. This week, Robert Kemp, owner of Bishop’s Family Cycles, and Edward Pullman, co-chair of Capital Bike, join the podcast to discuss why riding with the family has become so popular. We discuss cargo bikes, infrastructure and our region’s cycling culture.
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Amazing Places #40 Know when to fold ’em – No casino for Saanich w/ Fred Haynes

Episode 40 of Amazing Places! This week Saanich Council voted unanimously to reject a casino in the community. Mayor Fred Haynes had been describing the benefits of a potential casino. On Monday night he joined his Council colleagues in rejecting the idea. He joins the podcast this week to discuss what motivated Council’s choice and what other opportunities exist for economic development in Saanich.

Amazing Places #39 Future of Transit w/ Susan Brice

Episode 39 of Amazing Places! What’s the pandemic’s impact on transit? What does the future of transit look like in our region? This week Susan Brice, Victoria Regional Transit Commissioner Chair and Saanich Councillor, joins us to discuss our transit future.

Amazing Places #38 Capital Bike w/ Meredith James & Corey Burger

Episode 38 of Amazing Places! There’s a new cycling advocacy group in town! Capital Bike is the new name for the merger of the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition and Bike to Work Victoria. This week, Meredith James, Co-Chair of Capital Bike, and Corey Burger, Policy and Infrastructure Chair of Capital Bike, join me to discuss the new group and what it means for cycling in our region.

Find out more:

Watch the Capital Bike announcement event:

Amazing Places #37 – Live Episode – A panel discussion on housing

Episode 37 of Amazing Places is a special live episode! This week we held a live discussion via zoom with a panel of guests, talking about housing in the Capital Region. Panelist are Rebecca Mersereau, Saanich Councillor & CRD Director; Julian West, Urban Thrive Developments; Christine Lintott, Christine Lintott Architects; and Matt Dell, President, South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association. Panelists take questions that were submitted in advance and through the zoom chat.