Category Archives: Podcast

Amazing Places #60 What’s a Woonerf? w/ John O’Brien & Robin Drader

Episode 60 of Amazing Places! What even is a Woonerf?? You may have seen it at Oaklands Rise. Or maybe you’ve been impressed by them in European cities. John O’Brien & Robin Drader drop by the podcast to tell us about the sidewalk-free walking experience that is the Oaklands Rise Woonerf.

Amazing Places #59 Supporting our community’s most vulnerable w/ Adam Richards & Joanne Linka

Episode 59 of Amazing Places! The Cridge Centre for the Family has been a fixture in our community for 148 years. Adam Richards and Joanne Linka stop by the podcast to talk about the amazing services and people who support our community’s most vulnerable.
Adam Richards is the Cridge Centre CEO. Joanne Linka is the Manager, Communications and Fund Development.
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Amazing Places #58 Election 2021: Housing w/ Leo Spalteholz

A special federal election episode of Amazing Places! Housing is a major issue in this election. Housing Analyst, Leo Spalteholz is on the podcast this week to tell us what each of the federal parties is promising and what it will mean for getting housing built in the Capital Region.
Leo is a contributor to the blog

Amazing Places #57 Diverse & inclusive housing in Saanich w/ Zac de Vries

Episode of 57 of Amazing Places! Will Saanich succeed in creating more housing in the community? Saanich Councillor Zac de Vries is back on the podcast this week to talk about Saanich’s brand new Housing Strategy. We discuss some of the actions identified in the strategy and what it will take to have a meaningful impact.
You can find Saanich’s Housing Strategy here:

Amazing Places #56 “The perfect highway alternative” – Rapid Transit w/ Eric Doherty

Episode 56 of Amazing Places! We spend millions of highways, overpasses and fly-overs and end up with the same result – more traffic. Eric Doherty thinks that investing in Rapid Transit will move more people, more quickly, with fewer GHG emissions.

Eric Doherty is the co-chair of Greater Victoria Acting Together’s Climate Action Research Team

Check out Greater Victoria Acting Together

Amazing Places #55 Sustainable transportation w/ Neil Arason

Episode 55 of Amazing Places! Neil Arason is back to talk about sustainable transportation. We discuss the environmental impacts of motor vehicles and our transportation system. Neil offers more sustainable solutions, including the 15-minute city and inter-city rail travel.

Neil is a road safety expert and author of No Accident: Eliminating Injury and Death on Canadian Roads

Amazing Places #54 Painting the streets w/ Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff

Episode 54 of Amazing Places! Creating places for people is a passion for my returning guest this week. Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff has his third turn on the podcast to talk about the growing number of Little Free Libraries and why we should put art on the roads.

Amazing Places #53 A life changed w/ Sher Wilson

*The content of this episode may be disturbing for some listeners*

Episode 53 of Amazing Places! This week, Sher Wilson joins us to share the incredible story of her son Matthew’s experience of transformation with the support of staff at the Wilkinson Correctional Centre in Greater Victoria. Sher’s story is a powerful one that she hopes will raise awareness about the need for mental heath support in our correctional system.

Amazing Places #52 “Homelessness is definitely a solvable problem” w/ Nicole Chaland

Episode 52 of Amazing Places! Nicole Chaland is the author of a recent report on solving homelessness in the Capital Region. We discuss the major findings and recommendations of the report and if it might really make a meaningful difference.

Amazing Places #51 Places for people w/ Lorne Daniel and Ray Straatsma

Episode 51 of Amazing Places! Placemaking is all about creating people-centred places. This week, Lorne Daniel and Ray Straatsma of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network join the podcast to discuss the benefits of “sticky places” where people want to spend time together.
Lorne Daniel is the founder of the Greater Victoria Pacemaking Network. Ray Straatsma is the Chair and long-time board member.
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