AROUND THE BLOCK

July 10, 2009 – How to make a difference at City Hall

Posted in Uncategorized by nicktaylorvaisey on July 14, 2009

Featured guests:

As you can tell, we stepped away from the ‘how to make a difference’ discussion at both ends of the show. In the beginning, we spoke with Frank Appleyard about the University of Ottawa’s efforts to send its students on community-service missions around the world. Sabrina Bowman and Shawn Menard both shed some light on what regular citizens can do to get the attention of the power brokers in municipal halls of power.

And then Carl Meyer and Ted Horton came on the show. Carl and I yammered on about federal politics for a few minutes, as we are wont to do. And then Ted joined and we talked about the usefulness of Twitter and other social media at the community level. How can it help people on a day-to-day basis? Listen in.

Oh man, and I almost forgot the most important part. The show lasted for two hours this week. We played a bunch of Sedatives, a local band that just played Bluesfest. And then we threw in some K’naan for good measure.

As usual, thanks to everyone who contributed to the show.

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.