June 19, 2009 – A Momentous Occasion

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on June 23, 2009

Featured interviews:

  • Jonathan Rausseo: sustainability coordinator at the University of Ottawa – [Download] [iTunes]

This was a big day for Around the Block. It was something of a review show, so we followed up on some issues from past shows — cycling, the Lennikov saga, and pedestrian bridges.

But it was also momentous, because the show’s first-ever repeat guest, well, repeated as a guest. Jonathan Rausseo spoke with me about how the university is trying to make cycling safer for those in the university community who love riding bicycles.


June 5, 2009 – a cycling summit and a talk about crime prevention

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on June 5, 2009

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Today we spoke with Ottawa Centre NDP MP Paul Dewar about a cycling summit (video here) that he held at St. Giles church in the Glebe on May 30. It’s an interesting example of a federal politician talking about local — or even hyperlocal, as we like to say — issues that affect people as soon as they leave their doorsteps.

During the second half of the show, we spoke with U of O prof and world-renowned victims’ rights advocate Irvin Waller about his latest work on crime prevention. It’s a report entitled Making Cities Safer: Action Briefs for Municipal Stakeholders. It’s not quite hyperlocal in its focus, but the interview still covers some pretty important issues.

Thanks as usual to everyone who contributed to the show this week.

May 15, 2009 – Creating a more walkable Ottawa

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on May 15, 2009

Featured interviews:

  • Bob Brocklebank and Nick Masciantonio: presidents of Glebe Community Association and Ottawa East Community Association, respectively – [Download] [iTunes]
  • Clive Doucet: city councillor for Capital Ward – [Download] [iTunes]

We also played a whole lot of City of a Hundred Spires (their blog is here), a band self-described as “delayed, reverb-soaked guitar-driven instrumental rock”. They are playing Cafe Dekcuf on May 22, so if you like what you hear on their MySpace page, check ’em out live.

Thanks to all the guests for helping to make the show a success.