Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on July 7, 2009

Something has come up. There is controversy brewing. The players in this virtual theatre: Ryan Hill of Apartment613 and Jonathan Rausseo of the University of Ottawa. It’s dramatic. More after the jump. (more…)


July 3, 2009 — Opinion leaders have their say

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on July 7, 2009

Featured interviews:

This week, Around the Block went populist. A few days prior to the show, I sent an email around to a group of people that I think comprises what other smart people have called ‘opinion leaders’.

The list included local bloggers, business owners, residents, writers and editors, community association types, local media folks, and a few other people who I know to be insightful.

What did I ask these people? Well, I appealed to their sense of community and asked them what – at the hyperlocal level – was of concern to them. Were there enough buses routed through their neighbourhoods? Were kids – read: students – being too loud?

The interviews above comprise the fruit of that endeavour. We spoke about a number of issues during a packed hour and, in the process, welcomed Jonathan Rausseo as the show’s first three-time guest.

As we said on-air, one more and he gets a free donut.

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.

May 1, 2009 – Sustainable transit and the University of Ottawa

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on May 3, 2009

We gave Around the Block a test-run of sorts on May 1. It was an opportunity to get used to the mic and everything else that comes along with hosting a radio show.

During the second half of the hour, University of Ottawa sustainability coordinator Jonathan Rausseo joined me in studio. We talked about his job, his priorities, and exactly what he thinks about the prospect of a light-rail tunnel running along the west side of campus.

Also, we played a whole ton of Joel Plaskett’s Three. Well, three songs, anyway. How fitting.