Category Archives: Podcast

Amazing Places #21 Unleashing the City’s potential w/ Lisa Helps

Episode 21 of Amazing Places! City of Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps joins us this week. Mayor Helps says it’s the job of city governments to create places where people feel like they belong. We talk about active transportation, creating well-being, pandemic patios, downtown holiday shopping and becoming a 21st Century city.

Amazing Places #20 Building compact, mixed-use communities w/ Luke Mari, Julian West and Ryan Jabs

Episode 20 of Amazing Places! This week, we talk to the builders in our communities. Community leaders espouse car-free, transit and active transporation-oriented development. What are the barriers to making it happen in our urban and suburban centres? Luke Mari, Aryze Developments; Julian West, Urban Thrive; and Ryan Jabs, Lapis Homes join the podcast to talk about building compact, mixed-used communities that’s geared toward sustainable mobility options like transit and active transportation. 

#19 Buying local this holiday season w/ Jeff Bray, Caitlynn Neal & Katrina Dwulit

Episode 19 of Amazing Places! The holidays season is nearly upon us. This year, things look quite different for our holiday plans. What can we do to support local businesses for the holidays? This week my guests are Jeff Bray, Exec Director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association; Caitlynn Neal, Founder of the YYJ Craft Crawl; and Katrina Dwulit, coordinator of the Market Collective by Shi Studio.

Check out the YYJ Craft Crawl:

Market Collective by Shi Studio:

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#18 Cycling in our cities w/ Ray Straatsma and Corey Burger

Episode 18 of Amazing Places! This week, Ray Straatsma and Corey Burger, two prominent local cycling advocates, join us to discuss Greater Victoria’s growing cycling network and why creating safe spaces for cyclists to ride is crucial to our commuting future. Ray Straatsma is a Board Director of the BC Cycling Coalition. Corey Burger is Policy and Infrastructure Chair of the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition.

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#17 High cost of free parking w/ Todd Litman

Episode 17 of Amazing Places! This week, Todd Litman, Executive Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute joins the podcast to talk about the hidden costs of free parking. There’s no such thing as free parking. Whether it’s the added construction costs of underground parking or the spot outside your house, parking costs add up.

Check out Todd’s work at the Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Cities for Everyone is a community organization that supports more affordable housing and transportation in order to provide security, mobility and opportunity for people with all incomes and abilities.

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#16 Slower speeds for Saanich streets w/ Rebecca Mersereau

Episode 16 of Amazing Places! This week first-term Saanich Councillor Rebecca Mersereau joins the podcast. We discuss Saanich’s request to reduce speeds for neighbourhood streets as part of a provincial pilot project. Slower speeds save lives, promote active transportation and helps contribute to affordability in an expensive region.
Check out Councillor Mersereau’s bio:
Check out the news story on the reduced speeds pilot:

Saanich continues looking at speed reduction pilot but advocates call for lower speeds

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#15 South Island Transportation w/ David Screech

Episode 15 of Amazing Places! How do we solve the region’s transportation challenges?  This week my guest is View Royal Mayor David Screech. We discuss  improving transportation in the South Island, including better transit service, E&N and Light Rail, and regional trails.

Check out Mayor Screech’s bio:

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#14 BC Election on the South Island w/ Dan Reeve and Travis Paterson

A special BC Election episode of Amazing Places! This week, my guests are Dan Reeve, Political Science Instructor at Camosun College, and Travis Paterson, Reporter at Black Press. We take a look at the parties’ major policy announcements and the issues that affect the South Island: Homelessness, transportation, and housing (among others). What will voters decide to do on October 24?

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#13 Right of Way w/ Angie Schmitt

Episode 13 of Amazing Places! This week my guest is Angie Schmitt, Author of Right of Way: Race, Class and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America. Angie encourages us to reframe the problem of pedestrian deaths and serious injury by acknowledging the role of racism and classism in the public response to these deaths, and energizing advocacy around road safety.

You can check out Angie’s book here:

Listeners can receive a 20% discount with the code SCHMITT when ordering directly from the publisher.

Special thanks to Neil Arason for connecting us with Angie. Check out Neil’s book,
No Accident: Eliminating Injury and Death on Canadian Roads

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#12 Creating a diversity of housing options w/ Andrew Appleton

Episode 12 of Amazing Places! This week, Oak Bay Councillor Andrew Appleton joins us to discuss housing in Oak Bay. Oak Bay’s a great place to live but it can be tough to find affordable housing options for newcomers. Council recently approved the community’s first legal duplex. What can Oak Bay do to create more housing options to keep the community thriving?

Here’s the story on the Oak Bay duplex:

Oak Bay’s second legal duplex to be stratified

Here’s Councillor Appleton’s bio:

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