October 30, 2009 — A Sandy Hill Affair

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on October 30, 2009

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Today’s show was a Sandy Hill affair. Action Sandy Hill vice-president Joshua Zanin discussed some of the issues that arose during the most recent meeting of that organization’s board of directors (on Oct. 26). During the second half of the show, we spoke with Julie Ann Levett of All Saints’ Sandy Hill. She helps coordinate a monthly “open table” supper that is co-organized by several area churches.

Please do listen to the interviews for more.


October 23, 2009 — The one about Terry Gomes

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on October 28, 2009

There’s something special about the long-form interview. Sitting down and speaking with someone for an hour, only occasionally interrupted by advertising, can be quite calming. It can also be quite fun. And when you can do it live on-air, it can be rewarding.

I sat down with Terry Gomes, a local singer and songwriter who is also a Grade 3 teacher in Kanata and an alumnus of the University of Ottawa. Terry lives and breathes (and studied) music, so we talked about that. It was really quite pleasant.

I changed the format of this post to accommodate the quantity of segments. You can stream them all here. Please do enjoy them.

Part 1 — [Download]

Part 2 — [Download]

Part 3 — [Download]

Part 4 — [Download]

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Part 6 — [Download]

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October 16, 2009 — What (more) is in a name?

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on October 28, 2009

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  • Travis Boisvenue: local arts journalist and University of Ottawa alumnus [Download] [iTunes]

If this show had a Friend of the Show award, Travis would be a repeat winner. He came on and gave his two cents about what should go into an on-campus naming policy and whether or not certain names shouldn’t be on buildings.

October 9, 2009 — How to name a building

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on October 16, 2009

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  • Vincent Duckworth: Calgary-based consultant who advises schools about their on-campus naming policies — [Download] [iTunes]
  • Gaétan-Philippe Beaulière: external commissioner of the Graduate Students’ Association at the University of Ottawa — [Download] [iTunes]

Immediately following a panel discussion on naming policies at the University of Ottawa, Around the Block tackled the issue by interviewing a Calgary consultant who spends some of his time advising universities and colleges on how to go about creating and using a naming policy for university assets.

We asked him about the advice he gives to schools. Who should be at the table when the policy is created? Do they need to be summoned every time a new building or faculty is named? Can names be easily removed?

During the second half of the show, we discussed the issue with Gaétan-Philippe Beaulière, the external commissioner of the Graduate Students’ Association at the University of Ottawa. He attended the panel and offered his thoughts.

September 25, 2009 — The little theatre that does

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on October 2, 2009

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During the first half of the show, I spoke with Dave Aardvark. He is the director of programming at CHUO and also the man behind the inaugural Sandy Hill Community Record Show. It happened on Sept. 26, and Dave was pumped.

I spoke with my friend Raven during the second half of the show. She has been around Ottawa community theatre for awhile and knows the venue closest to campus — Ottawa Little Theatre — better than most. She has stories, and I suggest you listen.

September 18, 2009 — Sandy Hill’s new spot of green

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on October 2, 2009

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On today’s show, we spoke with Joshua Zanin about the newly re-opened park behind the Sandy Hill Community Centre. Enjoy the interview and the on-air rapport that Josh and I have developed after several colourful interviews on CHUO over the years.

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September 11, 2009 — An age cap reversed

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on October 1, 2009

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Today on the show, we spoke with Ted Horton about the efforts that Ottawa’s student community made to lobby city councillors to remove the age limit that was slapped on student bus passes on July 1. Only a couple of days after council ended up both reconsidering anf then repealing the measure on Sept. 9 (with unanimous support), Ted came on the show and talked about how it all went down.

We also talked to Fiona Sant, the organizer of the inaugural Sandy Hill community garage sale. Although she refused to be as brash and arrogant as I would have hoped, we talk about how the garage sale will measure up against its formidable opponent in the Glebe.

September 4, 2009 — Walkin’ round the neighbourhood

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on October 1, 2009

Today on the show, I welcomed Travis Boisvenue into the studio. We went on a virtual walk around Sandy Hill and the ByWard Market, stopping only to discuss some of the major changes — some pleasant, some jarring — that have shaped the urban landscape over the last five years.

We started in Sandy Hill, where we stood in the newly re-opened park behind the Sandy Hill Community Centre. Although passersby might not know it, this park is now sitting on top of an enormous reservoir that has been installed as a means of preventing floods that have, over the years, plagued nearby homes.

After that, we walked over to the University of Ottawa and spent more than a few minutes talking about the monumental changes to the campus — the School of Information Technology and Engineering, Biosciences Complex, 90 University and 157 Laurier residences, and Desmarais Hall have all markedly altered the landscape on campus over the last decade or so. Even the Sports Complex across from SITE is only 10 years old.

Travis and I walked north to the ByWard Market, where we commented on the new condominium that replaced the old building that housed what used to be Capital Music Hall and Record Runner. Travis lamented the current lack of Record Runner, but he promoted the rise of End Hits — something of a sequel to the dependable Runner — just around the corner on Dalhousie.

Next, we strolled through the Market until we reached Maman, the spider statue outside of the National Gallery of Canada. I don’t know why I thought this was notable. Well, it’s pretty jarring, I guess. Or beautiful, depending on your opinion of large spider statues that, when you frame them just so, dwarf parliament buildings.

We hopped along Sussex Drive, complaining about the barriers outside of the US Embassy that changed traffic patterns for the worse in a part of town that is already challenging for drivers. After that, we were distracted by the construction site of the revamped Congress Centre, which could quite dramatically change the character of its surroundings.

As we walked down the Rideau Canal, Travis and I couldn’t say enough about the Corktown Bridge. It’s the footbridge that links the University of Ottawa to the Golden Triangle (or, as I call it, Canal West).

A few blocks further and we reached Bank Street. Our comments can be boiled down thus: There is lots of construction happening that is potentially killing business, but some of the oldest infrastructure in this part of the world had to be upgraded sometime. On the other side of these years of disruption that has seen Bank Street ripped up from top (Wellington Street) to bottom (of Centretown, anyway, at Arlington Street), there will be a renewed streetscape of some sort.

Our final destination was Lansdowne Park. What did we say about it? We said that whatever happens to Lansdowne, something has to happen to Lansdowne. In other words, it’s an important public space that needs to be fixed.

That’s all for our virtual tour. The podcast will be available soon, perhaps.