Apologies for the extended absence. It was a busy summer, as parents the world over understand. We managed to do some car-free camping on Saltspring Island and the kids attended three different summer camps concurrently, walking and aqua-busing their own way to each. It was a good time for building independence, as summer break should be.
In the midst of that, it was also a busy time for various 5K1C media opportunities. So I thought I’d paste a few of the more notable ones here.
It was fantastic to meet Toronto Chief City Planner Jennifer Keesmaat today. I was able to give her a tour of my condo before walking over to the studio to record over an hour worth of discussion for her popular urbanism podcast, Invisible City. Honoured to be invited as a guest – looking forward to hearing my episode when it comes out.
I was most excited when I was contacted by Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner for the City of Toronto. Jennifer is a bit of a hero of mine, with her progressive views on city planning and the cool projects coming out of Toronto these days (Railway Park being one of them).
On the side, Jennifer has started a widely heard urbanism podcast series called Invisible City. It’s featured some pretty great guests, including Larry Beasley. So when she asked me on as a guest, I jumped at the chance.
You can listen the full Invisible Cities episode below:
Around the same time, CBC TV’s Toronto-based “On The Money” business program invited me to discuss the “why” of urban family life with host Peter Armstrong. I’ve done live TV before, but I don’t believe I’ve ever done a remote (where you just stare into the camera and pretend you can see the host across the other side of the country).
In the five minute long piece, I stress the importance of showing our kids a better way of life, living sustainably and the difference between Standard of Living and Quality of Life (our parents had the former, but my generation and the next are aiming for the latter).
Check out the CBC interview below:
Also in the summer, Steve Saretsky, a local realtor who has built a reputation for his candid, illuminating and often contrarian views of the local market, asked me to sit down with him for a video interview about small living, sustainability, urbanism and my typical fetishes.
Steve’s had some great guests, such as Ian Young, Tom Davidoff and David Eby, so I was grateful to be included in such company. That I’d be invited at all is probably due to my fairly outspoken twitter presence (check that out, if you haven’t already – I’m quite active on that platform).
It wound up being a fun interview, so have a watch: