They Sue the Government for Your Rights and Freedoms – With Lawyer Marty Moore (GT016)



“Rights and Freedoms”… in Canada and throughout COVID?… We actually Do Have them! And Justice Centre Lawyer Marty Moore brings it all to light here.

This was a fun and really important conversation – and the urgency of becoming informed and aware becomes more evident as we cover such topics and issues as:

– The Canadian Constitution and State of Emergency
– Business Shutdowns and an Overreaching Government
– People being Condemned to be Left Alone and Stripped of all Personal Choice
– The Complete Dismantling of our Right to Protest, Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Expression
– Lockdowns, Vaccines and growing Peer Pressure, and Medical Freedoms
– Fighting for Freedom as a Canadian
– And how the Government CAN actually be sued if they don’t stay in their lane

It seems strange to talk about having to fight for freedoms in Canada in 2021, but it seems to be a real issue, and we need to snap out of our complacent and prideful ‘yes ma’am’ mentality and stand up to those who should be working for us instead of overlording, silencing, reprimanding and punishing us.

If you haven’t heard of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms you should really take some time to visit their website at www.JCCF.ca and dig into all of their amazing resources: their ‘Two Minutes with the Justice Centre’ articles; their videos, podcasts, ebooks; and all the cases they’re involved with across Canada.

So check them out, it’s all very enlightening and encouraging! Like Marty said “Educating yourself is really key to being persuasive in conversations.” We can’t be passive any longer!

 

Well… Thanks for listening & Until next time… Stay Curious – CJ 🙂

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The 2021 GT ReBoot – GT015



A little reboot rundown on what to expect in upcoming episodes – an expansion on the original podcast. 

Hope you enjoyed this episode and thanks for listening.

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Esquimalt Council’s Tim Morrison on the 2019 Canadian Federal Election – GT014



It was great to sit down with Esquimalt City Council member Tim Morrison the other day.

We chatted about his extensive and interesting resume; what led him to be on city council; how he views his role as a city council member; and the upcoming 2019 federal election and how it affects local communities.

Hope you enjoy this episode and thanks for listening.

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First Trip to the Legislature with my Pal Dylan MacCannell – GT013



In this episode my buddy Dylan and I talk about our first experience of going to see Parliament in Session at the BC Legislature.

Photos on the Blog (sorry they don’t show on the apps, so if you want to see him go to http://www.governthis.ca): Dylan on the left: Cleaned up… and on the right, what he first showed up wearing, I made him go home and change, haha. We talk about this on the podcast.

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BC’s Referendum on Electoral Reform with Prof. Daniel Westlake – GT012



So here we are in the middle of a very important Referendum in BC where many people either don’t know about it or are confused. If you do know what’s generally going on I’ll bet you’re missing a few key bits of information that Daniel brings to light here. 

We got into the details of the referendum and the proposed voting systems… how they work, how they “could work” and what he is curious about in terms of how the government would structure and implement a few things – as some of the information is a little unclear and being left out of both the pro and anti campaigns. As well as the impact the systems might have on how MLA’s could act.

It gets detailed, but if I can follow and finally get a handle on it I’m sure you can to – and hey, that’s what the rewind button’s for right.

To help sort things out… at the end of the episode Daniel shares his thoughts on where the best places to get information are – from academics more than from the campaigns as they are so currently polarized and as Daniel puts it, “… look for people who talk about trade offs, who acknowledge that there are problems with any kind of electoral system.”

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BC’s Electoral Reform with Prof. Daniel Westlake – GT011



This is the follow up episode with Professor Daniel Westlake where we talk more in depth about what is going on in BC and our own Electoral Reform.

Daniel Westlake is a Professor from the University of Victoria who teaches Electoral Reform.  Check out the prequel where we get into the details of Electoral Reform and the types of systems there are and how they work.

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Electoral Reform with Prof. Daniel Westlake – GT010



British Columbia is in the midst of Electoral Reform with a referendum coming this fall. I was able to track down Daniel Westlake, a Political Science professor who teaches the subject and he agreed to sit down and give me the low down.

In this episode we focus on what Electoral Reform is all about and the different types of systems that could come up and how they’re structured.

It was a great chat and it really helped me to understand what happens in elections and what could happen within different systems. It’s all very complex and each system has their positives and negatives – so it’s no easy choice.

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How Canada Got Started with Nathan Walsh – GT009



OK… Montreal turned 375 this year… and Canada turned 150… what’s going on… why is Montreal so much older, and what was happening before Canada became Canada?

These are the few questions that started me down a road that I think will last for many sporadic episodes in the future. I’m so curious now as to how Canada began… what was going on for all those years after Montreal was a city and before Canada was a country. When did the provinces start, what was the order they joined Canada in, what were the years… among so many other questions that come up once I start learning that there really are no simple answers or explanations.

To kick it all off I sit down with my buddy Nathan Walsh – a young and eloquent Canadian History buff – who tries to get me on track with some (we have lots more to cover) of the basics of what was going on leading up to Confederation and the culmination of the ‘Dominion of Canada’.

The main focus I suppose is “Colonial Canada” but some of the things we touch on include:

– The early French and English Presence (and even the Dutch)
– Upper and Lower Canada, what they are and where they were
– How “Profit” had an impact on Colonizing
– The Hudson’s Bay Company
– The Battle of the Plains of Abraham
– The English and French and their alignments with the Indigenous people of the area
– The Rebellion of 1837
– Lord Durham and his “Report”
– The Railway
– And how Nathan really likes and gets excited about the “Battles” (you’ll have to listen through to get the feeling;) )

All in all, It’s a lot more complicated and way more interesting than I ever knew or imagined. I will definitely be grabbing a couple more beers and sitting down with Nathan to drill him with more ignorant questions.

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Bob Warwick: on Managing a Provincial MLA Campaign to Working with the Greens between Elections – GT008



Bob Warwick and I take a few moments to sit down and talk about what it was like for him to manage BC Green Candidate Dr. Chris Maxwell’s campaign during the 2017 Provincial Election in BC. Then we get into what goes on with political parties between elections and what it’s like being a part of that on the Green side of things provincially and federally. We also talk about his almost Math degree – which is a nicely comical story… among lots of other little tidbits. We had a great time and lots of laughs. Hope you enjoy.

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Elections: From Campaign Start to Elected Government with Andrew Reeve – GT007



Andrew Reeve returns to talk about elections and what happens on either side of one. Starting from when the campaigning begins as the Writ is Dropped and the current Government is dissolved, to what happens on election day and how to follow it. Then we get into our current 2017 BC Election and the different scenarios that could occur, regardless of how things actually do turn out. I found it all super interesting and insightful, and I hope you do as well.

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