but is largely describing how Saskatoon City Council operates in Saskatoon. It’s really depressing.
As noticed by Chris Enns, OurYXE‘s podcast appeared in iTunes’ New & Noteworthy category last week. You can listen to our podcast online, subscribe via RSS, or listen in with iTunes. There are also two new episodes that went online this weekend. Episode 8 with Pat Lorje and Episode 9 which features Sean and I talking about an independent election commission and Saskatoon’s inability to understand how things like snow removal is an essential service that needs to be provided.
Chris Enns hosts the Show Me Your Mic, a podcast about podcasting and their gear that he produces as part of SSKTN. He talks for an hour to ninety minutes with other podcasting nerds. They talk about why they do what they do and how they can do it better. Since we have been putting together OurYXE, it’s been a pretty big help from those that podcast better than we do. If you are a podcaster or just a nerd, check out his podcast and subscribe via iTunes.
Councillor Mairin Loewen is on the latest OurYXE Podcast. She talks about Ward 7 alleyways, bridges (we love to talk about bridges), taxes, snow removal, and her NCAA bracket. It was a good hour long discussion where she shared some really good insight on the future of the city. Our ambush style of questioning did take a bit of a toll when she threatened me with failing bridges but if Bob Woodward can be threatened by Obama’s staff, I can take it from Loewen. Of course I can no longer go to the east side of the city until we get the water taxi issue sorted out.
In case you missed it, Dr. Larry Beasley joined The OurYXE podcast on Thursday and talked about urban planning, architecture, homelessness, and fixing suburbia. It’s a good interview and I learned a lot about how we can make Saskatoon a better place to live and work.
The OurYXE podcast sat down and interviewed Councillor Zach Jeffries (you may know him from such roles as Campaigning for Ward 10). We had a good discussion about suburban sprawl, the North Commuter Bridge, and his lucky campaign shirt. It’s worth a listen.
Of course if you can’t get enough of Saskatoon politics and policy, you can subscribe to the OurYXE podcast via RSS, iTunes, or just stop by every Monday and see who else we have tormented (next week it is Councillor Charlie Clark).
For those of you who are tired of reading what I have written; I have put together a new medium to grow tired of; a podcast. Sean Shaw, DeeAnn Mercier and myself (along with some soon to be announced contributors) are going to talking city politics, urban planning, and other issues that affect us as a city at ouryxe.ca. We have some great guests lined up and at times it can get rather testy but a great city needs a place to debate things and talk about new ideas. This just happens to be one of them. The RSS feed is live and we hope to hear back from iTunes in a couple of days and I can post that link. The first episode can be found online here. Expect to hear our episode with Councillor Zach Jeffries to go live as soon as our iTunes page goes live.