Politics and Social Media with Allie Valiente and Todd Hauptman

May 9, 2015

It's the Social Media Camp podcast cross-over episode. Look for this episode on John, Paul and Mic, and the Social Media Camp podcast. Crazy, huh?

Paul talks to two folks who know a thing or two about politics and social media. One is current journalist, communications consultant, and former communications and campaign manager for British Columbia MLA Mary Polak, Todd Hauptman. The other is communications consultant and former social media coordinator for the British Columbia Liberal Party during the last provincial election, Allie Valiente.

How does social media fit into the context of a modern political campaign? What are the opportunities, and what are the pitfalls? Who should and should not incorporate social media heavily into their campaign strategy.

We discuss this and more in this special episode.

Todd and Allie will be joining former JPM guests Andrew Reeve, Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps on a special Politics and Social Media panel at Social Media Camp 2015 on May 21st to 23rd, 2015 in Victoria, moderated by UVic political science professor Janni Aragon. For more information, check out Social Media Camp.


Alberta Election and other stuff … with Andrew Reeve

May 6, 2015

Andrew Reeve was a young candidate in the last municipal election in Victoria, finishing a very respectable 13th place in his first ever attempt. He is also currently serving as President of the Victoria Electoral District of the Liberal Party of Canada.

We talk youth in politics, Federal election and leaders, the PEI election, and... um... oh, ya, THE ALBERTA ELECTION.

The banter is larger than life in this COMPLETELY UNEDITED edition of John, Paul and Mic.

Enjoy the show!

The Truth About Workforce Housing in the CRD with special guest Shannon Renault

April 18, 2015
When we talk about housing policy in Greater Victoria (British Columbia, for all our non-Canadian friends), we usually mean homelessness. Fair enough. We can all agree homelessness is an important issue.

But what are the economic implications of high housing prices, both rental and ownership, for our region's "regular" workers - the middle class, the people that are here, and the smart people our region is trying to attract?

Governments in our region tell you they are addressing the issue. According to housing policy expert Shannon Renault, they really are not, and she explains why in this week's episode.

We begin the first show of the new season (that is, season 2) with the usual banter between Paul and John, and hit on a few topical political issues: the Alberta election, and the reliability of polls therein; the continuing dysfunction in Saanich Municipal politics; predictions for the Federal election; and more!

If you want to skip John and Paul's caffeine-fuelled nonsense, fast forward to about 15 minutes to get to the really good stuff.

Welcome back listeners.

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The Education Podcast with Jeff Hopkins

January 21, 2015

This week we kick off with Paul's thoughts about the importance of reconciling civility and freedoms, in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, then lead into a conversation about the state of B.C.'s education system.

We were very excited to be joined by the Founder and Principal Educator at the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry, a B.C. post-secondary institution that's breaking the mould and attracting a lot of attention.

How do kids learn, what kids should learn, and where all of this is going?

If you haven't watched Jeff's TedX Victoria talk, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O5PK6LsymM

During the talk, Jeff told us about an exciting event coming up in B.C., that will have both the BCTF and the Ministry of Education involved (collaboration, imagine that). Here's the announcement link: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2015/01/education-forum-to-be-all-about-learning.html

Jeff is also a fan of the work of John Abbott, recommending the article "Battling for the Soul of Education", and the video "Born to Learn".

Adam Olsen, Interim Leader, BC Green Party

January 9, 2015

John Paul & Mic start 2015 right out of the gate and interview Adam Olsen, Interim Leader of the BC Provincial Green Party

We ask the challenging questions, why are you wearing purple socks? Why is the left sock on the right foot? LOL...all kidding aside, the Provincial Green's appeared to end 2014 with good momentum...will it carry into 2015? And why? How will the Provincial Green Party handle Small Business interests? 

Listen in for the candor and light hearted but focussed conversation. 

Lorraine Murphy of TheCryptosphere.com - Hacking, Hacktivism, Anonymous, Sony and North Korea

December 23, 2014

Just in time for the holiday season!

We travel down a curious path with Lorraine Murphy (aka Raincoaster) of TheCryptosphere.com, covering such festive topics as hacking, hacktivism, Anonymous, "The Interview" and the Sony hack, North Korea, FBI hackers, privacy, and everything related.

Merry Christmas to all ... and a well-encrypted new year!

The Space Station Episode - with Shea Phillips and Dallas Gislason

December 11, 2014

If you're wondering why the audio is a bit off this week, it's because we recorded in space. Move over Chris Hadfield, the Space Station was ours this week! That's our story, anyway - and we're sticking to it.

Co-working. What is it? Where is it happening in Victoria? What's next on the scene? And what are we doing in the local economy to keep startups healthy, growing and staying local.

We put these questions, and more, to Shea Phillips, the Community Manager for Spacestation in beautiful downtown Victoria, and Dallas Gislason, Economic Development Officer at the Greater Victoria Development Agency.

Enjoy our first week in a while not talking about politics ... OK, well, not much.

A Candid Interview with Lisa Helps’ Campaign Manager, Sonia Théroux

November 28, 2014
First off, at the 1 minute mark, Paul and John review the municipal election predictions made on the show (by John, Paul, Bernard von Schulmann and Michael Geoghegan), to see how surprisingly accurate some of them were. Bernard and Paul were the only two with a big miss on the big news of the night, Saanich Mayor and Victoria Mayor (Paul got both wrong).

At the 10:20 mark, the veil is lifted on Lisa Helps' campaign machine, as we begin our interview with Sonia Théroux, her campaign manager. Sonia gives us unique insider insights into the mechanics of the campaign, the so-called "Purple" coalition, the galvanizing effect of Lisa's personality, and the peculiar campaign dynamics which ultimately led to a 89 vote victory on election night.

We veer off into a thousand directions, talking about sorry state of political discourse, voter suppression, pantyhose and photographs with chickens.

This was one of the most interesting interviews we have had to date. We hope you love it too!

Municipal Wrap-up with Bernard von Schulman

November 14, 2014

Welcome to the 25th episode of John, Paul and Mic. Yup, 25 episodes later, and we're still doing this thing. If you love us for real, send us a congratulations Tweet @JohnPaulandMic, and rate the show on iTunes.

John, Paul and Mic sat down with Bernard von Schulman, founder of the popular political blog Victoria Vision, and legendary local political nerd.

In our local election campaign wrap-up, we talked about amalgamation (a lot), a vision for the City of Victoria, the motivations of young candidates and young voters, Justin Trudeau and marijuana (ya, we went there for some reason), interesting local races, local Green political influences, and a bunch of election night predictions ... most of which Paul will likely be on the wrong side of, sadly.

Fun Fact! Did you know that the megacities of Kelowna, Kamloops, Nanaimo and Port Alberni were all created through the terrifying amalgamation of smaller municipalities? 

John also loses 10 points this week for declaring the word of the day, then not using it at all again during the entire show.

Municipal Election Campaign Roundup - with Justin Stephenson and Michael Geoghegan

November 7, 2014

Who will win the election in Victoria? What will voter turnout look like in the region? Will John Juricic stop calling himself a Founding Father? These issues and more, and not the last one, are all things we discuss on this week's podcast.

John and Paul sat down with Victoria Council hopeful Justin Stephenson, who, in John, Paul and Mic tradition, left a changed man. Joining us was the always brilliant, usually controversial, and occasionally funny Michael Geoghegan, Government relations consultant and television commentator and pundit.

What's it like running a campaign in this day and age? What's the role of a Councilor - a bureaucrat or a leader? What's the pulse of the region? Where's the coffee?

With Paul's threat to "eat his hat" if his very off-side predictions were wrong came forth a mythical "chocolate hat", which suddenly everyone wanted to eat. As such, Justin changed the losing prize to a bowl of oatmeal instead.

Enjoy the show, and tune in next week for our last look at the numbers before the election on November 15th.

Huge kudos go to the WestShore Chamber of Commerce for hosting us on short notice. Thanks you guys!

What do you want to see happen on the show after all this municipal election business is over? Let us know @JohnPaulandMic.