With just days to go until the election, I managed to get another podcast in by interviewing one of the two candidates I have yet to talk to on the record.
In this Politicast, I interview Julian Ichim, local activist and organizer who's running in this election as an independent candidate in the riding of Guelph. You may not agree with Ichim's point of view, or his politics, but I don't think you can disagree that he is a passionate and informed advocate on behalf of the poor and the disadvantaged. He's feisty, and ready to argue anybody to the mat on the issues of poverty and social justice. If you saw his performance in the Guelph Mercury debate, then you know that he was a magnetic presence on the stump.
In my interview with Ichim, which was nearly an hour long, we talked a lot about the issues, but we also talked about his experience protesting the G20 last year, and his experiences in the criminal justice system after his arrest the Friday before violence broke out over the weekend. It's an interesting first hand account, but if you'd like to skip it and save it for later, we start talking about it around the 26 minute mark.
In other news, I'm thinking about making the Politicast a semi-permanent thing on the blog. It maybe a once a month kind of proposition, but the more I think about it, the more I'd like to keep doing these little political talk shows. Making them has been a really fun experience this election. If you have ideas about the future of the Politicast, or have any suggestions, feel free to post them in the comments section.
But for now, let's talk to Julian Ichim. Listener discretion is advised, there's some salty language in this 'cast.