Episode 8–Transit, Turmoil and Tierney

Mike and Jon tackle the Clive Doucet’s plan for regional rail, the turmoil surrounding Tim Tierney and the CBC candidate quizzes…and instead of good ideas, we answer the questions we’re asking all the candidates! Oh yeah, and we recorded this a couple of weeks ago, so it’s maybe a bit dated. Sorry.

Episode 7–Alta Vista

Moving from the outer- to the inner-suburbs, Mike has a chat with all four challengers–Clinton Cowan, Kevin Kit, Raylene Lang-Dion, Mike McHarg and John Redins–chatting about transit, affordable housing, public safety and life in one of the city’s oldest suburbs. All five are hoping to unseat one-term incumbent Jean Cloutier, who declined to speak with us.

Episode 6–Heron Gate

Jon and Mike are joined by Mumina Egal of the Heron Gate Tenants Coalition to talk about the Timbercreek evictions. We also talk about the mayoral race (can Clive Doucet really challenge the mayor?), weed coming to Ottawa (sometime, eventually, maybe), the ongoing hijinx of OC Transpo (everyone loving the route changes?) and, as usual, some good ideas that everyone should be talking about.

Episode 5–Innes

With no incumbent, the race in Innes Ward is wide open. There are four candidates–two who ran last time and two who worked for the last two councillors, so it should be quite the race. Also, the field is 75% women! Considering how bad city politics are at representation, that’s pretty noteworthy. So settle in and see what your Innes Ward candidates have to say.

Episode 4–Healthily Transported

Healthy Transportation Coalition Vice-President Trevor Hach√© joins Mike and Jon to talk about… well… healthy transportation, and some other stuff. Speaking of which, have you all heard about the Harmer Bridge detour fiasco? You probably have, but you’ll hear more about it!¬†[Note: the city has changed its decision on the detour between the time we recorded and the time we posted this. It’s good news, but not particularly considerate of the podcast.] All that, and what’s the deal with Rick Chiarelli? …on episode four of Technically Interesting.

Episode 2–Spending Spree

[Note: We recorded this three weeks ago, but, well, yeah, we’re only getting it up now, so some of the content–like talk about the incoming provincial government–might be a bit dated. Sorry. Blame Mike. –JM] On the second episode of Technically Interesting, Mike and Jon are pleasantly surprised to learn that more than one person listened to the first episode. They take a cynical look at the recent spate of spending leading up to the October election, talk about transit and dissect he politics park space in the city. There’s also a special shoutout to retiring Kanata North councillor Marianne Wilkinson. Enjoy!

Episode 1–Welcome to Technically Interesting

In the inaugural episode, your hosts, Mike and Jon, welcome you to the podcast, and lay out what they plan to do with this new venture. They’ll talk a bit about some of the upcoming races in the 2018 municipal election, go over a couple of issues that people may not be talking about but maybe should be and, well, take a listen and find out.