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 -


Federal Election Panel - FINAL Episode!

October 15, 2015

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.

If you like this post, we'll update it with details once they are available:


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) 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


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.


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:

Federal Political Panel 2015 - Part 1 of 4

August 3, 2015
In a dangerous social experiment, we brought four different viewpoints from four different Federal political party activists into one room.

Instead of the predicted implosion of the space-time continuum, we actually had a pretty frank and interesting discussion about the upcoming Federal election, and many issues...
  • A McKenzie Interchange!
  • $1 Billion deficit. Rounding error, or political hay?
  • Apparently we are in, or may have been in a recession.
  • Did anybody predict the price of oil falling as it did? Fracking revolution or carbon bubble?
  • The carbon economy... Cap and trade? Carbon tax? Regulatory standards? Government incentives?
  • Childcare? A National plan? Parent choice?
  • When's the writ going to drop? How does it matter?
Esteemed guests included...

James Cocolla
Riding President, NDP - Victoria

Bruce Hallsor
Conservative Activist
Managing Partner, Crease Harman LLP

Andrew Reeve
Riding President, Liberal Party of Canada - Victoria

Sonia Théroux
Campaign Manager for Jo-Ann Roberts, Green Party of Canada - Victoria

BEER - with Murray Langdon of Vancouver Island Brewery

July 22, 2015
In this episode, we welcome to the show Murray Langdon, the General Manager of the award winning Vancouver Island Brewery, the oldest craft brewer on Vancouver Island.

Given Murray's long career in journalism prior to coming aboard with Vancouver Island Brewery, we kick off the conversation with a general talk around the state of media in Canada, and get some great insights from somebody who spent most of a lifetime working in the media industry.

We shift gears into beer. The history of the brewery, the state of the industry, it's connection with "buy local", and the many opportunities that exist around the industry.

We wrap up with a chat about the area where the brewery is located, and the potential land use around that area - "mid-town" (or as John might envision it, "Yaletown").

Media, business and politics - sounds like a pretty well rounded episode for JPM. Enjoy the show!

This episode is not intended as an endorsement of alcohol consumption of any kind. In particular, it is not intended for an audience under age 19. If you drink alcohol, please drink responsibly, don't drive (and drink locally).

Elizabeth May, Green Party of Canada Leader

June 30, 2015
What's it like trying to be an authentic politician in Canada, with our unforgiving media, and widespread cynicism?

Is Stephen Harper really a fiscal conservative?

What would the Green Party do to improve our economy?

We ask Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada, all this and much more...

Federal Election Political Chat - with Sonia Théroux and Kalen Harris

June 18, 2015

In the lead up to the Federal election, we are assembling a political panel to look at the bigger picture, and issues that affect us locally.

We were joined on June 11th by Sonia Théroux, Campaign Manager for Victoria Green Party candidate Jo-Ann Roberts, and Kalen Harris, community advocate and owner of Shatterbox Coffee.

Except for being sidetracked by a fierce debate between Sonia and Paul about a National Daycare Program, most of this episode focuses on the flaws of our current electoral system, not just the systemic institutional ones...the problems with outcomes based on who votes (and who doesn't) Members of Parliament vote in Parliament, talking points, the media, and so much more.

It was a raucous, but oh so fun!


The Social Media Camp Episode

May 22, 2015

We recorded live at Social Media Camp. A podcast all about podcasting - past, present and future. (Warning: It's totally unedited.)

We were joined by Eric Bramble of

Follow along with Social Media Camp on social media, using #SMCamp.

The music is "Rollin at 5" by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0