John, Paul and Mic
A Candid Interview with Lisa Helps’ Campaign Manager, Sonia Théroux

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

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

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.

Westshore Candidates - Municipal and School Trustee

Westshore Candidates - Municipal and School Trustee

November 1, 2014

This is the 3rd and final interview in our series of Youth municipal candidates. We drove "all'" the way to the Westshore, were once again so thankful to be utilizing the Westshore Chamber of Commerce Boardroom...thank you Lindsay Wilson, you're doing a great job for Westshore business! Langford Council candidate Dustin Finerty and School District #62 Trustee candidate Ravi Parmar sat down with John and Paul (and Mic) this week to discuss youth in politics, as well as express some passionate views about education, safety, transportation issues and much more.

Paul tried his best to be the best non-candidate School Trustee that has ever not run...John tried to vote for everyone despite living in Saanich...all in all, our series hopefully helped the "rest" of us understand Youth based issues, concerns and excitement about this municipal election. So for f#$%'s sake, make you sure you vote on November 15th, whether you're a youth, middle aged and just plain old (like some of us). Till next time...
Peninsula Municipal Candidates

Peninsula Municipal Candidates

October 23, 2014

This is the 2nd in our series of listening to and asking youth candidates about the upcoming Municipal elections. In this episode we had a fun & informative time chatting with Ryan Windsor, Central Saanich Mayoral candidate, Erin Bremner, Sidney Councillor candidate & Niall Paltiel, Central Saanich Councillor candidate. 

We met at the fabulous Vancouver Island Technology Park, which much like our candidates, is another reflection of local innovation, creativity & efficiency. Please listen in to a new generation of politician and voter. 
City of Victoria Council Candidates

City of Victoria Council Candidates

October 20, 2014
It's municipal political season on Lower Vancouver Island. Did you know that fully one third of eligible voters in the City of Victoria are in the 25-40 year old demographic? This age group have tended not to fully engage in the political process in recent that about to end? Are we witnessing a schism shift on our political scene? Well, we'll find out November 15th. In the meantime, the John Paul & Mic show will be interviewing youth municipal council candidates for Victoria, the Peninsula and the Westshore, asking the same question, "Whaaaaz up?"...ok, that's definitely from my generation. 

This week we interviewed 3 council candidates (Jeremy LovedayIan HoarRyan Moen) and Lisa Help's campaign manager (Sonia Theroux), all with something in common: they're keenly interested in making Victoria a better place, and they're all under 40.

How do we make Victoria an affordable, livable place for all? What might happen if we elected a council with demographics that reflected the composition of our citizenship? Why are people under 40 so disinclined to vote? We also touched on policy issues including the Blue Bridge, infrastructure spending and much more.

We tackle these topics and others on this week's show. We could have gone on for hours...
Chris Coleman, Victoria City Councillor

Chris Coleman, Victoria City Councillor

October 6, 2014

John, fresh from vacation, and Paul, fresh from a comfortable sleep, join Victoria City Councillor Chris Coleman, fresh from UBCM in Whistler, to talk about local governance, Victoria issues, the upcoming municipal election, and other issues affecting our region.

Chris is a long-time Councillor, who has spearheaded a number of initiatives benefiting the region. He brings unique insights to local governance from years of experience on Council, as well as being actively involved in the Union of BC Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
For more information about Chris, visit his website at
Susan Low, Esquimalt Council candidate

Susan Low, Esquimalt Council candidate

September 22, 2014

This week's Paul sits down with his longtime friend Susan Low, a candidate for Esquimalt Council.

Susan was a strong finisher in the last provincial election in Esquimalt-Royal Roads, and has an extensive business background.

We chat about community, sewage treatment, Green politics and lots more!

Dean Fortin, Mayor of Victoria - Economy, Affordable Housing, Amalgamation, Homelessness, Johnson Street Bridge, Harbour Walkway Plan and more…

Dean Fortin, Mayor of Victoria - Economy, Affordable Housing, Amalgamation, Homelessness, Johnson Street Bridge, Harbour Walkway Plan and more…

September 11, 2014

We sat down recently with Dean Fortin, the Mayor of Victoria, British Columbia to talk about, well, pretty much everything.

We really wanted to get a sense of what it's like to be Mayor. Is it the coolest job on earth, or what?
We also talked about a number of issues specific to the Victoria municipality, and the region.
We also learned about what John does on his weekends (in the first minute, no less).
And in case you missed it, the Mayor dumped a bucket of ice water over Paul's head for the ALS ice bucket challenge. The video is embedded below (or, if you are on iTunes or TuneIn radio, look it up on Paul's personal channel at
Education and BC Politics with Dan Brooks, Leader of the BC Conservative Party

Education and BC Politics with Dan Brooks, Leader of the BC Conservative Party

September 3, 2014

While John is off on world travels, Paul sat down with the leader of the BC Conservative Party, Dan Brooks.

Dan gives his take on the current teacher's strike, and his 5 point plan for resolving the current situation. The big surprise being #1, the BCCP's position that the BC Government should drop the lawsuit currently before the BC Court of Appeals.
Dan also shares some other unique perspectives on BC politics, past, present and future.
Enjoy the show!