The Orca Podcasts

Maclean Kay

The Orca is a new independent multimedia publication for B.C. politics, business, and history. Our focus is on public policy, issues, and ideas that affect the B.C. economy, investment, jobs and long-term prosperity and opportunities for everyday British Columbians.

All Episodes

Eye popping job numbers from Stats Can, another big bank announces a higher investor dividend, and Richmond based Helijet unveils plans for an electric chopper.  Bob Price has your December 3 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels.  

Dec 3

2 min 9 sec

Welcome to UnSpun - The Orca's current events podcast and YouTube show. Every week, Jody Vance and George Affleck unspin the latest news in local, provincial, federal politics, and much more. This week, Jody and George give kudos to the performance of the Mayor of Abbotsford, Henry Braun. His leadership is the kind other mayors, ahem no comment which, could learn from. Speaking of Vancouver — oops - the bloated budget there needs a fresh set of eyes and ears. Speaking of budgets — what will the new Surrey police force actually cost — no really how much? Does anyone know? Finally — it's time to talk transit — seriously how can we help some people understand how crucial mass transit is for the future of our region; oh - and to wrap things up — let’s not forget Covid variants. Agh! All this … and … Elvis is in the building.

Dec 2

33 min 32 sec

Its sounds like your home will be jumping in value again next year, an economic body flow for Powell River, and more investor bonuses in Canada's banking sector.  Bob Price has your December 2 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels.  

Dec 2

2 min 15 sec

Sarah Elder-Chamanara sits down with Kathleen Reid, founder and chief communications officer of Vancouver’s Switchboard PR. Kathleeen and Sarah dive into the world of Covid communications, pitching stories and what media and government do and don’t want to talk about. They round out their conversation by talking about their mutual experience of being business owners and the lack of support for female entrepreneurs who are also mothers.

Dec 1

28 min 38 sec

A new day brings a new worry for the clogged Port of Vancouver, The all important Victoria tourism sector is buzzing with excitement, and more bank profits and dividend increases.  Bob Price has your December 1 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels. 

Dec 1

2 min 13 sec

Maclean and Jordan discuss the NDP's FOI fee, flood response and Trudeau's underwhelming visit, and a new BC Liberal leadership candidate.

Nov 30

38 min 33 sec

B.C. exports remain off track, why B.C. gas restrictions have just been extended, and a rare dip for home construction limits Canada's economic growth.  Bob Price has your November 30 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels. 

Nov 30

2 min 3 sec

'Tis the season for Canada Post, another indicator that B.C.'s commercial real estate market is heating up, and a potential legal battle for Vancouver based Lululemon.  Bob Price has your November 29 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels. 

Nov 29

2 min 14 sec

Welcome to UnSpun - The Orca's current events podcast and YouTube show. Every week, Jody Vance and George Affleck unspin the latest news in local, provincial, federal politics, and much more. This week, Jody and George focus on the floods and why governments need to re-focus their energy and rhetoric on the impacts of climate change; meanwhile, while in a state of emergency, the province is slipping in some major legislative changes that have huge impacts on residents and businesses in BC — good and bad; and finally, sigh, the City of Vancouver’s 2022 budget is in and George takes you through the highs and the further highs of the billion-plus dollar financial plan.

Nov 26

31 min 29 sec

News of another COVID variant rattles the markets, more upward pressure on meat prices, and a Vancouver Island community proposes a property tax increase of over 20%.  Bob Price has your November 26 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels. 

Nov 26

2 min 6 sec

Another ruling, another appeal in the never ending Canada-U.S. lumber trade dispute, a new shop local initiative in Victoria, and pre-Christmas shopping surveys predict big spending.  Bob Price gift wraps your November 25 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels.  

Nov 25

2 min 12 sec

On Nov. 22, Maclean and Jordan hosted a post-debate show live on Twitter Spaces, and broke down all the action in the second BC Liberal Party leadership debate. Throughout the show, they were joined by interim BC Liberal leader Shirley Bond and 5 of the 6 candidates (Ellis Ross, Michael Lee, Val Litwin, Renee Merrifield, and Gavin Dew).

Nov 24

1 hr 7 min

Another glimmer of hope for B.C. train traffic, Telus weighs in on Rogers' proposed takeover of Shaw, and big changes for a well known Vancouver tech company.  Bob Price has your November 24 Orca Business Beat, brought to yu by Mundi Hotels.  

Nov 24

2 min 12 sec

Maclean and Jordan reconvene to recap the BC Liberal leadership debate -- who won, and what we can glean about the race from the sudden shift in focus on to Ellis Ross.

Nov 23

25 min 52 sec

A further squeeze for Metro Van gas pumps, a storm related B.C. economic downgrade, and a well known B.C. forest company adds to the fold. Bob Price has your November 23 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels. 

Nov 23

2 min 16 sec

Corporate support in the aftermath of B.C.'s flood disaster, CP Rail looks to get on track this week, and higher dairy prices sound likely.  Bob Price has your November 22 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels.  

Nov 22

2 min 19 sec

Government approval of the Paper Excellence takeover of Domtar comes with a big condition, B.C.'s storm of the century pushes lumber prices higher, and mixed news regarding retail sales.  Bob Price has your November 19 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels.  

Nov 19

2 min 12 sec

Welcome to UnSpun - The Orca's current events podcast and YouTube show. Every week, Jody Vance and George Affleck unspin the latest news in local, provincial, federal politics, and much more. This week, Jody and George focus, of course, on the devastating floods that have shut down and lockout most of BC to the rest of Canada. From the harrowing journey, Jody made through the middle of it, to local heroes and the massive loss and environmental meaning of it all. Tune in and find out how we unspin this.

Nov 18

30 min 28 sec

An exciting possibility for B.C. exporters, a huge contract for a Kelowna based aviation maintenance company, and a new record for Victoria area housing prices.  Bob Price has your November 18 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels. 

Nov 18

2 min 14 sec

Another big jump for Canada's inflation rate, no news is bad news from the country's two main railways, and a new study has found a surprising benefit from having more women in management. Bob Price has your November 17 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels.  

Nov 17

2 min 16 sec

Maclean and Jordan discuss the atmospheric river and flooding it brought; the province's response or lack thereof; the NDP's plans to cut out private childcare operators and clawback funding for children with autism, and more.

Nov 16

45 min 17 sec

A new attempt to block those annoying fraud and telemarketing calls, the big Trans Mountain pipeline project is among the victims of B.C.'s latest extreme weather, and possible relief at the gas pumps.  Bob Price fills you up with the November 16 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels.  

Nov 16

2 min 3 sec

Dr. Eliana Castillo and Sarah discuss commonly-asked questions about COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and pregnancy, fertility, and menstruation, and fact-check some common misconceptions. Dr. Castillo shares some compelling stories and information about the science of vaccines and their safety.

Nov 15

58 min 56 sec

Why coffee prices are likely headed sharply higher, several questions surrounding a new Victoria hotel project, and a major reno on the way for a community icon in North Vancouver.  Bob Price has your November 15 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels. 

Nov 15

2 min 6 sec

B.C. tourism adds its voice to those wanting an end to COVID P.C.R. tests for travellers, a new report on why B.C. housing prices continue to soar, and another well known corporate giant is splitting.  Bob Price has your November 12 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels. 

Nov 12

2 min 6 sec

Welcome to UnSpun - The Orca's current events podcast and YouTube show. Every week, Jody Vance and George Affleck unspin the latest news in local, provincial, federal politics, and much more. This week, Jody and George focus on Remembrance Day and what things we need to remember and acknowledge; then a focus on some provocative statements courtesy of one candidate in the BC Liberal Leadership race; and finally crossing borders without the proper paperwork and why cities can’t get a handle on the mess that graffiti tagging is causing.

Nov 10

30 min 30 sec

Sharply higher commercial real estate sales in Metro Vancouver, an indication that would be home buyers are expecting higher mortgage rates, and a big name pop star signs on with Tim Hortons.  Bob Price has your November 10 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels. 

Nov 10

2 min 15 sec

Maclean and Jordan chat about the BC Liberals' good week in Question Period and why the NDP is picking fights with families of children with autism, forestry, and mink farming. Also: TWO mentions of Gordon Wilson!

Nov 9

32 min 35 sec

A big money takeover in the B.C. mining sector, the latest decision on U.S. tariffs on Canadian lumber has been pushed back, and huge changes for one of the world's best known companies.   Bob Price as your November 9 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels.  

Nov 9

2 min 8 sec

The battle for control of Rogers Communications is officially over, a financial sigh of relief for a big B.C. pipeline project, and why two life insurance companies are among the stocks to watch this week.  Bob Price has your November 8 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels. 

Nov 8

2 min 17 sec

Canada's unemployment rate falls again, why a well known B.C. lumber producer is reporting a sharply lower profit, and Vancouver based Telus is sharing more of it's wealth with shareholders.  Bob Price has your November 5 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels. 

Nov 5

2 min 10 sec

Welcome to UnSpun - The Orca's current events podcast and YouTube show. Every week, Jody Vance and George Affleck unspin the latest news in local, provincial, federal politics, and much more. This week, Jody and George run the gamut from Kevin Bacon to Kevin Falcon; it’s also time to talk about the confusion over decriminalizing drugs versus legalizing; and what kind of impression, if any, did Prime Minister Trudeau make on the world and the future of the environment at the COP26. All that and more on UnSpun.

Nov 5

29 min 21 sec

The latest warning about oil and gas prices will likely shock you, a sharply lower profit for Canada's best known gold producer, and new Telus opposition to the proposed takeover of Shaw.  Bob Price has your November 4 Orca Business Beat, brought to you Mundi Hotels. 

Nov 4

2 min 15 sec

In Episode 14 of Ellected, Sarah talks with Lana Bentley, a registered social worker who just wrapped up an unsuccessful bid to be on Calgary city council. Lana and Sarah delve into the recent revelation of alleged sexual misconduct by a Calgary City Councillor who ran for re-election, and won by only 100 votes. They discuss the need for systemic change in politics and policing are often talked about but result in less frequent change.

Nov 3

43 min 22 sec

Angry reaction to a B.C. government move to protect old growth forests from logging, the latest report on B.C. mortgage defaults might surprise you, and more worry for air travellers.  Bob Price has your November 3 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels.  

Nov 3

2 min 11 sec

More flights haven't paid off yet for Canada's largest airline, new evidence of robust home building across B.C., and rental properties are a hot seller.  Bob Price has your November 2 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels. 

Nov 2

2 min 5 sec

New evidence that Vancouver has become a tech leader, commercial real estate prices soaring, and high flying support for COVID vaccine mandates.  Bob Price has your November 1 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Mundi Hotels.  

Nov 1

2 min 14 sec

The latest economic report from Vancouver Island might surprise you, a prime piece of real estate in Vancouver has apparently been sold, and a first ever for Lululemon. Bob Price has your October 29 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Simply Computing, Your Local Apple Dealer.  

Oct 29

2 min 9 sec

Welcome to UnSpun - The Orca's current events podcast and YouTube show. Every week, Jody Vance and George Affleck unspin the latest news in local, provincial, federal politics, and much more. This week, Jody and George send their best wishes to Premier Horgan as he undergoes some concerning surgery but also not the irony of his sharing this information because he believes in “transparency”; meanwhile, over at the provincial FOI office, staff and journalists await the new legislation that will soon charge for accessing government documents; also this week, less public engagement rules for cities gets introduced and Clean BC is getting rave reviews from the most unlikely places; and finally, DBH and Canucks for the win.

Oct 28

31 min 23 sec

A well known B.C. miner thinks the best is yet to come, B.C. lumber producers feel the effect of lower prices, and the latest B.C. housing forecast is predicting a big change. Bob Price has your October 28 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Simply Computing, Your Local Apple Dealer.

Oct 28

2 min 2 sec

Maclean and Jordan discuss the BC Liberal organizing committee's decision to turf Aaron Gunn from the leadership race and the effect on the short- and long-term future of the party. And a deep dive into the NDP's FOI folly.

Oct 27

39 min 6 sec

A bullish holiday season sales outlook from a well known B.C. clothing retailer, encouraging news for the Metro Vancouver accommodation sector, and a B.C. forest company adds to it's U.S. holdings.  Bob Price has your October 27 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Simply Computing, Your Local Apple Dealer.  

Oct 27

1 min 56 sec

On this episode of A Second Look, host Justin P. Goodrich is joined by Diego Osorio – a former Canadian diplomat who served in the middle east – to take a second look at the events of 9/11. Together, they unpack the events of that day and discuss the short and long-term implications on international security and Canadian foreign policy.

Oct 26

39 min 16 sec

New evidence that cyber security is a real concern for B.C. business, a popular U.K sandwich and coffee brand is coming to Canada, and a big increase for Canadian wealth.  Bob Price has your October 26 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Simply Computing, Your Local Apple Dealer

Oct 26

2 min 13 sec

B.C. ski resorts are scrambling to find staff, more evidence that staying warm this winter will be more expensive, and how the bank of mom and dad is impacting the housing market.  Bob Price has your October 25 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Simply Computing, Your Local Apple Dealer. 

Oct 25

2 min 12 sec

Welcome to UnSpun - The Orca's current events podcast and YouTube show. Every week, Jody Vance and George Affleck unspin the latest news in local, provincial, federal politics, and much more. This week, Jody and George talk about freedom of information and why the latest move by the BC NDP Provincial Government to charge a fee for information is undemocratic and dangerous; then it’s onto Vancouver where Mayor Kennedy Stewart makes pie in the sky announcements about housing that are more about re-election then successful policymaking; meanwhile, in Surrey, things are heating up in the fight over-policing and gaming the system is the talk on the street; and finally, Jody shares two emotional journeys that are a must-see and hear.

Oct 22

31 min 20 sec

New retail spending data has B.C. near the bottom of the pack despite a new survey suggesting that British Columbians are planning to spend big on Christmas, and a well known broadcaster is reporting a sharply lower profit.  Bob Price has your October 22 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Simply Computing, Your Local Apple Dealer. 

Oct 22

2 min 11 sec

The very latest B.C. economic outlook, sharply higher interest rates predicted, and a major expansion for a B.C. clean energy company.  Bob Price has your October 21 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Simply Computing, Your Local Apple Dealer. 

Oct 21

2 min 12 sec

Yet another substantial hike for Canada's inflation rate, more airline options for B.C. travellers, and a big change on track at CN Rail.  Bob Price has your October 20 Orca Business Beat, brought to you by Simply Computing, Your Local Apple Dealer. 

Oct 20

2 min 4 sec

Maclean and Jordan discuss the NDP's plan to levy a $25 fee on every Freedom of Information request; the "robust legislative agenda" that has now spent days on a stale Throne Speech and miscellaneous statutes; and the state of Victoria's streets.

Oct 19

33 min 51 sec