Kalen Harris, Owner Shatterbox Coffee Bar - Community Commentator

August 24, 2016

Thank you to Kalen Harris, owner of the best coffee shop in Victoria, i.e., Shatterbox Coffee Bar on Pandora, as our August John Paul & Mic guest. 

Both Paul Holmes and Kalen Harris represent the finest of an emergent new digital media trend that I will characterize as the "Community Commentator". Good politics and fair, objective public policy are manifestly the result of robust and balanced community input and dialogue. John Paul & Mic intend to feature these community connectors and the profoundly human experience that they represent. 

Today Kalen, Paul & I chat about Social Media content and we try to figure out why it"generally" turns into such a mean and offensive sandbox in which to play in. Plus we talk about a bunch of other stuff.

Have fun listening and join in the conversation.

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Political discussion abounds…what to expect over the next year…with politico & national pundit Michael Geoghegan

June 22, 2016

- US election 2016 - historical review / how did we get to Trump? / comparison to Cdn.Electoral system

- which candidate represents the middle class?

- lots of crony capitalism references…

- ElizabethWarren & VP Chatter…

- what is today's socialism…discussion…

- how might today's middle class angst manifest in next year's provincial election?

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Social Media Camp 2016 review with Paul Holmes

May 18, 2016

Well, it's been a while since our last broadcast...we've both been busy...nonetheless, missed doing the broadcast with Paul...so we're gonna try hard to get back to once a month...today's JPM is all about Social Media Camp 2016, an extra-ordinarily successful digital media conference in beautiful Victoria, BC. Paul is co-founder...

  • Snapchat...what's going on...?
  • Social Media Camp background organizational chatter
  • SMC co-founder Paul Holmes digital business background review
  • Social Media 2016 themes:
    • Information revolution chatter & concequences
    • ah, the humanity of it all
    • story-telling
    • texting...killing literacy
    • abundance of video...


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Medical Cannabis Dispensaries with Chad Moats of Raven Herbal

January 3, 2016

Paul sits down with Chad Moats, proprietor of Raven Herbal, one of the many medical cannabis dispensaries that's opened recently in Victoria.


The conversation meanders around current and historical marijuana and drug laws in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. They also chat about the state of affairs in Canada today, particularly around the impending end to prohibition, and all the legal, moral and societal complexities involved with these changes.

"Weed be remiss not to do an episode about this." -- Paul's pun
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Successful Social Enterprise - The story of the Fernwood NRG & transforming a community - Lee Herrin, ED Fernwood NRG (Part 1)

December 9, 2015


  • What are the core programs operated by the Fernwood NRG?
  • What is a social enterprise and why does the Fernwood NRG do such a great job implementing this business model?
  • Chronological growth and development of the Fernwood NRG over the past 15 years.
  • In-depth discussion of charity fiscal operational processes.
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Economic Development in Greater Victoria just took a huge leap forward … with Dallas Gislason

November 26, 2015

Paul sat down with Dallas Gislason from the Greater Victoria Development Agency to hear about the new model for economic development in our region, and it's going to be awesome.


Dallas, along with support of The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, have been working tirelessly on a better model for our region for years, and we are on the cusp of something great.

Listen for details. Also, check out the news on the GVDA website - http://www.gvda.ca/renewed-strategy-model-economic-development-south-vancouver-island/


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Federal Election Panel - FINAL Episode!

October 15, 2015
*** SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ***

John and Paul are hosting a LIVE election night broadcast at 7:00pm on Monday, October 19th. This will NOT be on this channel, but through a social platform TBD (Livestream, YouTube or the like). Please hit up our Facebook or Twitter to find information about where to tune in.

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If you like this post, we'll update it with details once they are available:
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*** END OF SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ***

Paul was delighted to finally host a full contingency of all the party points of view on this week's podcast. Other than Elections Canada-related issues (and accusations involving tinfoil hat wearing), most of the discussion was around the Vancouver Island ridings, with lots of great info and points of view that every Vancouver Island voter should find helpful, with a dash of inside baseball to make it a bit more fun.


Thanks to our guests:
  • Bruce Hallsor, Conservative activist
  • Sheldon Kitzul, NDP activist
  • Sonia Théroux, Green activist and Campaign Co-Chair for Jo-Ann Roberts, Victoria
  • Andrew Reeve, Liberal activist and Campaign Manager for Luke Krayenhoff, Cowichan-Malahat-Langford
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JPM Political Pundit Show #3 - Sept 16th

September 17, 2015

This is the exciting, often raucous, political panel recorded on September 16th, featuring Bruce Hallsor, a long-time Conservative activist in Victoria, and Sheldon Kitzul, representing the NDP point of view and Andrew Reeve, local Riding President for the Liberal Party. 

Also very present were John Juricic of Harbour Digital Media & Paul Holmes of Smart Dolphins. Off the bat, a huge disclaimer on my part...because of trying to capture a conference call type environment around a large table, I increased the "Gain" microphone control, well, all it did was capture my incessant and annoying laughter (lots of "Equalization" editing)...so my apologies, I will do better next time. 

- lots of deficit / balance budgets talk

- hearing the NDP defend a balanced budget...well, well

- considerable "front runner" bashing & poking

- NDP / Green Social Media vitriol & political battling

- in the absence of a Green Party representative, we actively discuss Green strategies and political tactics

- do dis-affected Conservatives vote Green?

- will strategic voting go on in Lower Vancouver Island?

- Thursday's (Sept 17th) debate summary and forecast - what might each leader focus on?

- Elizabeth May participating via Twitter - #globeandmale

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Eric Jordan, CEO of Codename Entertainment Inc.

September 14, 2015

Paul is joined "in studio" by local technology legend Eric Jordan.

Eric is currently CEO of Codename Entertainment Inc., an award winning game studio founded and based in Victoria.

Eric talks about his path into the technology sector through UVic, his experiences around his start up, PureEdge, selling it to IBM, his work on the Premier's Technology Council and with VIATeC, and his latest foray into the growing video game industry in Victoria, joining Codename Entertainment.

Codename recently released a game called Crusaders of the Lost Idol, which very quickly after it's release came to dominate it's category, and receive widespread accolades from the video game media.

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August 27th Political Panel and Periscope Debut

September 8, 2015
This is the political panel recorded on August 27th, featuring Bruce Hallsor, a long-time Conservative activist in Victoria, and Sonia Théroux, Campaign Manager for Green Party Victoria candidate, Jo-Ann Roberts.

We had regrets from both our NDP and Liberal guests lined up for today's show, and hope to have them both back for the next one.

New this episode, we broadcast the first 10 minutes or so on Periscope. What a hoot. If you'd like to tune in to our next live Periscope show, download Periscope on your phone or tablet, and follow @JohnPaulandMic. If you follow us on Twitter (also @JohnPaulandMic), you will see a Tweet when we go live. If you really don't want to miss it, though, mark your calendar for September 16th at 9:05am.

We had a great discussion today, around the unique animal that is the South Vancouver Island Green vs. NDP battleground.

Here are a few articles we referenced during the Podcast:
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