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Matt and Jeremy welcome Fred Cameron and Jimi Fritz to the podcast for a wide-ranging discussion on safe supply, drug culture, and pathways out of the opioid crisis. Fred is a manager at SOLID, a non-profit organization that provides peer-based health education and support services to reduce the harms associated with drug use in Victoriause in Vict…
 
The Best Coast Political Podcast celebrates its 20th episode by welcoming Chief of Police, Del Manak, to the podcast for a revealing conversation about how the Vic PD responded to the Black Lives Matters and police reform movements over the past year. Chief Manak discusses the evolving role of police in society and highlights innovate programs, inc…
 
Philippe Lucas, PhD has lived the history of cannabis. He started the first "compassion society" (for medical marijuana) in Victoria in 1999, and underwent some rough years before eventually selling it in 2009. (It was around, under different ownership, until 2019.) He was arrested, harassed, and spent years fighting a legal battle that he and his …
 
Matt and Jeremy are joined by two of B.C.'s leading thinkers on forestry -- Prof. Gary Bull of UBC's school of forestry, who focuses on the economics of the forestry sector, and Torrance Coste, the leader of the Wilderness Committee, an activist organization that advocates for an end to old-growth logging. In this expansive conversation, the guests…
 
Matt and Jeremy welcome to the show Christina Clarke (CEO of the Songhees Development Corporation) and Hon. Murray Rankin (MLA and Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation) for a frank discussion about the past, present, and future of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples. The main theme of the conversation is "economic reconciliation," and spe…
 
How can we revitalize downtown Victoria and add to its built environment and design? In this episode, Matt and Jeremy welcome two of the leading architects and designers in Victoria to the podcast -- Franc D'Ambrosio of DAU and Everest MacDonald of Elevate Design Studio -- to discuss the following questions: 1) If you could change three things abou…
 
The Maritime Museum of B.C. is in a time of transition. In 2015, it was forced to vacate the structurally unsound building that it once occupied in Bastion Square. Since then, it has found a temporary home on Humboldt Street and nearly moved to Langford. Now, with a new board in place and a new vision, the Museum is looking for a permanent home in …
 
Tig Cross is the founder and CEO of Elektrom LEV, an electric bike manufacturer based right here in in B.C. Corey Burger is the infrastructure and policy specialist at the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition, a well-established cycling advocacy organization that's successfully shaped policy in and around Victoria for years. The guests discuss a wide…
 
Langford: Behind the Big Box Curtain. In this unique podcast experience, the Best Coast Political Podcast teams with the Capital Daily to bring listeners a revealing look at one of B.C.'s most beguiling towns: Langford. Recently voted the most liveable city in Canada (by an insurance website), it's often criticized for its endless sprawl, bland sub…
 
Join Matt and Jeremy for their discussion with youth mental health advocates, Emma Epp and Emma Hale. The have received widespread media attention for their campaign to raise awareness about and bring change to Royal Jubilee's Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES). On the social media platforms that they run, numerous former patients have shared the…
 
Matt and Jeremy welcome to the podcast the Honourable Minister of State for Child Care, Katrina Chen, to talk $10/day daycare, early childhood education, and the long-standing challenges that British Columbians have faced in finding affordable, accessible child care. Matt and Jeremy solicited questions ahead of time from listeners and were able to …
 
Matt and Jeremy welcome Victoria city councillor Jeremy Loveday to the podcast to talk climate action and the circular economy. Victoria, as with so many municipalities in BC, is trying to leverage its powers to move away from the take-make-waste model of industrial production and consumption and shift towards a "circular economy," where buildings …
 
Join hosts Matt and Jeremy as they welcome Mike Larsen for a discussion on the terrifying realities of facial recognition software. Mike Larsen is the Director of BC FIPA -- the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association -- and a professor of criminology at Kwantlen University. The hosts and Mike discuss the moral, legal, and philosophical d…
 
Does Victoria need skyscrapers to densify? Matt and Jeremy are joined by Ian Sutherland of the Downtown Residents Association to discuss this very topic. The conversation largely centres on a proposed development in Harris Green by Starlight Developments. Starlight has purchased the Market on Yates property and the car lot to the east of Vancouver …
 
Should the art gallery move to a new centre downtown? Are traditional art galleries still relevant in the era of Indigenous reconciliation? Guests Jon Tupper (Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria) and Charles Campbell (prominent local artist) discuss these thorny topics and consider the impact that the pandemic and Black Lives Matter hav…
 
Episode 6: What is Old Victoria and is it Worth Saving? Heritage, Housing, and the Competing Interests of Development Matt and Jeremy welcome Luke Mari and Pam Madoff to the podcast. Luke is a partner in Aryze Developments, one of the largest and most prominent development companies in the city. Pam is the chair of Victoria's Heritage Advisory Pane…
 
Matt and Jeremy first recap the second incarnation of the 2020 Victoria City Council By-Election, where Stephen Andrew handily beat the competition. Does his victory portend a swing of the political pendulum back towards centre? And is Together Victoria 'over'? The once-feared municipal party showed its susceptibility to loss, despite its large poo…
 
Matt and Jeremy welcome Todd Litman and Travis Paterson to the show for a discussion of the upcoming Victoria city council by-election and a look at the issues most pressing to Victoria voters. Todd is a consultant and researcher who runs Cities for Everyone and the Victoria Transport Policy Institute and Travis is a local journalist with the Oak B…
 
Matt and Jeremy plumb the depths of everyone's favourite cocktail party question: Should the Greens and the NDP merge into a single eco-social party, or at least organize some sort of electoral collaboration? It's a question frequently discussed in progressive circles, and it seems every year the CBC runs an article on the topic. The hosts welcome …
 
Join Jeremy and Matt as they welcome Councillor Sarah Potts and filmmaker Krista Loughton to the podcast to discuss Victoria’s most pressing social issue: homelessness. The pandemic forced shelters to close, pushing hundreds of unhoused citizens into area parks, and setting off a firestorm of controversy. Councillor Potts talks about the challenges…
 
Join the Best Coast Political Podcast for its inaugural episode! Hosts Jeremy Caradonna and Matt Dell interview each other before bringing on journalist Richard Zussman to talk about the snap election in BC and what it means for the ridings in and around Victoria.
 
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