“We start to accept that ridiculous language in which citizens are referred to by politicians and administrators as clients.
We’re not clients of government.
We own the government, it’s our government.
There isn’t a single thing of government which we don’t own, how could we be clients ?
And we aren’t buying shoes, we’re talking about the rights of citizens within their own society.
We’re not stakeholders, we’re citizens.”
– John Ralston Saul, speaking at the PLAN 20th Anniversary evening at Christ’s Church Cathedral in Vancouver, November 20, 2009.
John Ralston Saul is an award winning novelist and essayist, and one of Canada’s most outspoken champions of freedom of expression.
His most recent book is called The Collapse of Globalism and the Reinvention of the World. It’s just the latest in a series of best selling works that have been translated into 22 languages and sold in over 30 countries. Earlier this year he become the first Canadian to elected president of International PEN, the association of writers devoted to defending freedom of expression.
John is also the patron of PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network), and he was the featured guest speaker at PLAN’s recent 20th Anniversary celebration in Vancouver.
I was asked to record the evening, and you now can hear the John’s keynote on the Tyze.com website, or listen to it here.
I’ve just finished the first screencast from the LoCo BC event on October 6th.
It’s here, on VanGoGreen.
Author David Tracey has a new, 6-part series of articles about urban agriculture, currently running in the The Tyee.
The series is called Good to Grow: Raising Food in BC’s Cities.
I recently sat down with David to find out more about the series…
podcast ISBN: 978-1-926758-02-2
podcast and photo © Bigsnit Media Consulting Inc.
Spring Gillard and David Tracey have released the latest in their series of podcasts, Can Urban Agriculture Save the World?
A bit of serendipity was involved with this one.
While on their way to interview Cam MacDonald in Mt. Pleasant, they passed a small corner store. Taking a peak inside they discovered a very unusual city corner store – packed with local products and oozing country charm.
It’s called the Home Grow-in Grocer, and it’s a place where trust trumps the credit card…
Podcast ISBN: 978-1-926758-01-5
photos and podcast © Robert Ouimet & Bigsnit Media 2009
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The Home Grow-In Grocer is at 196 West 18th in Vancouver.
The owner Colleen refers to in the interview is Deb Reynolds.
cross posted to VanGoGreen
Cam MacDonald is a new breed of farmer.
He has no land, and his farm is scattered around the city of Vancouver.
Cam is practising urban agriculture, using yards donated by people he and his partners have met, people who are interested in converting lawns into food producing gardens. No tractor or gas-spewing farm machinery here; Cam zips between his plots on an electric scooter.
He’s the subject of the latest podcast in a series I’m producing with writers Spring Gillard and David Tracey called Can Urban Agriculture Save the World ?
Podcast ISBN: 978-1-926758-00-8
photos and podcast © Robert Ouimet & Bigsnit Media 2009
Cam MacDonald is also a professional artist – his latest work and exhibits have a food and food-supply related theme. You can see examples of his work on his website, CamMacDonald.ca
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Dr. Mendefro, who I did a podcast with recently for the Plan Institute, has just been appointed a White House Fellow. Details here.
The PLAN Institute and BC Women’s Hospital recently asked me to record a podcast with Dr. Mehret Mandefro.
She’s an HIV/AIDS educator and activist who’s also the subject of an incredibly moving documentary called All of Us. Dr. Mandefro is the founding director of Truth Aids
You can find out more about her on her website.
In the podcast I think you’ll get a real sense of her inspiration and drive to make a difference – she’s got an incredibly dynamic personality and at the same time, is very down to earth and realistic about the challenges of health education.
It’s on the Plan Institute website here – you have to register on their site first in order to get it.
Or you can also listen to it here:
Thanks to Emily Apt of Pureland Pictures for permission to use clips from the film, All of Us .
Some shocking data (courtesy TruthAids website):
- For African American women ages 15 to 24, AIDS has been the leading cause of death for almost 10 years.
- HIV is the leading cause of death for African American men ages 35-44 (NCHS,2002)
- African American men are disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic: AIDS diagnosis rate among African American was almost 11 times the rate among whites
** UPDATE **
Dr. Mandefro has just been appointed a White House Fellow. Details here
In my heart I’m still a capitalist…the most powerful thing you can do is marry profit motives with community motives.
– open-source software creator and entrepreneur Matt Mullenweg
I’ve just posted the interview I did with Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress, when he was in Vancouver for Northern Voice.
The podcast is on the At Large Media website.
The interview followed his keynote speech, which is also online here.
Special thanks to kk+ for helping arrange this.
Just finished uploading the 4 podcasts of the 4 panel discussions at the first ever Bridging Media conference here in Vancouver.
It was nice to catch up with some old friends and be the 2nd oldest guy in the room (Schechter has me beat by a couple of years).
The podcasts are here on the At Large Media site – here’s the link to the 1st of the 4 and the others are linked out from there.
Our latest podcast for Raincoast Books is with Chris Mizzoni. He’s an illustrator at Studio B Productions here in Vancouver and he wrote a lovely hockey story called Clancy with the Puck.
Chris is a graduate of Sheridan College.
The Raincoast podcast RSS feed is feeds.atlargemedia.com/raincoast or if you’ve got iTunes installed, here’s the direct link to the Raincoast feed there.
Oh, and try saying Clancy With the Puck Podcast really fast 3 times…
This podcast was originally created for Capers Community Markets and hosted on their website. After their purchase by Whole Foods, the local Capers site was taken offline, the podcasts with them.
We’re happy to make the podcast available to you here:
We’ve just posted the latest Capers Community Markets podcast.
This one features Cassis Bistro owner and creator of Étuvé foods, Chef Ben Cote.
All I can say is – – – YUM.