Goodbye Gord

We recorded this show a few hours after learning that Gord Downie, singer and front man of The Tragically Hip, died of brain cancer at age 53. All of us on the show are life-long fans so we scrapped whatever was planned and dedicated this week’s episode to the memory of this great Canadian.

Victoria’s Ghost Stories

Victoria This Week theme episode on our city’s ghost stories.

Ian Gibbs, co-host of the “Ghost Story Guys” podcast and author of the book “Victoria’s Most Haunted,” joins Ryan to share stories that, yes, are spooky but that also provide a colourful look at the city’s history.

What is modular homeless housing? We ask because it’s coming. Plus, spiders are in your house

The new B.C. Government is rolling out a plan to build modular homeless housing in any community that wants it. The Ca[ital Region is poised to jump on board. So, we think it’s time to figure out what the term modular homeless housing even means and why we’re doing it.

Plus, we investigate why our houses are filling with spiders at this time of year, we discuss how this year’s weather reduced the apple crop to the point that  Sea Cider is pleading for apples, and we profile Canadian rock band “the Sadies” after their recent show in Victoria.

What’s wrong with Mile Zero anyways? Plus, we review “A Long Time Running”

There’s a pitch to change Mile Zero, where Douglas Street (technically the Trans Canada at this point), ends at Dallas Road next to Beacon Hill Park. What are the changes proposed? Why are they being proposed? Let’s dive in through the big orange zero and discuss!

Plus, we review “A Long Time Running,” a documentary about Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip’s final tour in 2016, which heavily features the Victoria show.

Speaker drama in B.C. Politics. Plus, pot shop theories and killer whales

Is this finally the end of the B.C. election saga? The speaker of the legislature is chosen in dramatic fashion (and Ryan gets too excited about it).

Plus, we have a prediction for how legalized marijuana will be sold in B.C., there’s a whale quiz, and trees that decide to discard branches.

What’s up with fish farms? Plus, awkward encounters at B.C. Parks

After a fish farm in the San Juan Islands releases thousands of Atlantic salmon into local waters, we go over the big picture of salmon farming.

Plus, a lively discussion over bridge tolls and awkward human experiences unique to camping in B.C. Parks.

The movie episode

A Johnny Depp movie called “Richard Says Goodbye” has been filming at Hatley Castle, and the latest “Pup Star” movie is shooting downtown. That gets us into our Victoria This Week list of best movies that feature our city.

Also the McKenzie interchange project is delayed, the Commonwealth Games bid seems dead, an Island musical festival gets a new name and new acts, and much more on this week’s show.

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What’s the deal with the Commonwealth Games? Plus, birds

We cover Victoria’s attempt to bring the Commonwealth Games to Victoria in 2022, the design for (what could become) downtown’s new tallest building, and… James Ball visits the raptor centre in Duncan and things get weird: