With diverse cultures and ideologies, humans are expected to simply just understand each other and get along, but there is a ramp of acceptance where it gets quite vertical and we often fall down, this is "the Social Ramp". Entrepreneur, brand strategist and musician James Faulkner interviews interesting people to draw out entertaining tasty nuggets that are engaging and intriguing. An expert in persuasion and culture, James talks to guests about all topics and leaves very little unturned. James is the CEO of a successful tech company and the writer producer and singer in the band H-O-T-E-L available on all music platforms.
Deputy Chief Constable Howard Chow VPD - The Challenges of Policing in Vancouver
On this podcast I chatted with Deputy Chief Constable Howard Chow from the Vancouver Police Department. We chatted about the changes in Vancouver since he started his career here and where this is all going. In 2014 he worked in District 2 which includes the Downtown Eastside, where he has seen so much dysfunction it is very difficult to see any end in sight.
I asked him about all things "Police" in regards to how the public interacts and some personal questions as well. He was so gracious with his time and gave me the opportunity to ask anything I wanted. He really is one of Vancouver‘s treasures. I hope you enjoy this just as much as I did making it.
His bio link is here - https://vpd.ca/about-the-vpd/executive-team/
Colleen Hardwick - Her Quest to Bring Back Sanity to City Hall as Mayor
On this podcast I spoke with Mayoral Candidate Colleen Hardwick. Her Party TEAM is looking to grab a majority at city hall in this upcoming election on October 15th 2022. She is clearly experienced in every aspect and detail of any topic you discuss with her. She really cares about the city and what is going on here and really wants to make an impact. She has spent the last number of years as a Councillor in City Hall and has had to endure the tenure with the current mayor and watch the city slowly rip apart at the seams.
We discussed the following topics:
The DTES problem
The structure of City Hall
She can be found on Twitter @CllrHardwick
Jonathon Narvey - The PR Man in Vancouver
On this episode of Jonathon and I talked about PR and how it works. He shared his story of how he got to Vancouver and what he does now at Mid Meld PR. Then we got into what we both think about our shared experience of living in Vancouver. We agreed on many things like the dysfunction of City Hall, the people living on the street with mental health, the acceptance of drug use everywhere and how our society has a general absence of a social framework we can all adhere to. Jonathon is a very bright guy with a very dry sense of humour, I really enjoyed talking to him and hope to do it again as we progress through these podcast episodes.
Twitter - https://twitter.com/jnarvey
John Clerides - Is City Hall's Incompetence Inhumane?
On this episode had a discussion with John Clerides about the state of downtown Vancouver in regards to the open drug scene / homelessness situation that has become a lawless free-for-all for criminal activity, dysfunction, and a direct threat to public safety.
We talked about different models in the world who have a dress the same issue and what we can learn from them and how we got to this point. As you listen through this episode you’ll soon discover that the current approach to this problem is simply inhumane and must be recalibrated.
John is very active on Twitter so if you have any questions for him you can comment on a post or ask for a direct message (DM).
Twitter - https://twitter.com/jclerides
John Coupar - His Vision as the Next Mayor of Vancouver
Today on the podcast I chatted with John Coupar about his platform he is running on to become Mayor of Vancouver in the next civic election in October 2022. We talked about the safety of our streets, homelessness and drug addiction situation, housing affordability and woke culture. We also we learned a little bit about him growing up in Vancouver, his past and what he plans to do in the future.
He is running under the party known as NPA which has had a long-standing of Mayors and Council Members in the past.
John can be found on Twitter
And his website
Ken Sim - His Path to Mayor of Vancouver
Today on the Podcast I chatted with Ken Sim the Mayoral candidate representing the ABC PARTY (A Better City) for the 2022 race.
We got to know Kens background being born and raised in the city, why he wants to become mayor, and what he plans to do once he does get into the Mayors seat.
He also talked about what is meaningful to him and what issues he thinks will be important to the base in Vancouver during this election cycle.
Ken can be found on Twitter
And his website
And the ABC Party website