TEA & TWO SLICES: On Brain Injuries And Politics, Plus Learning From Foreign Cities

by Sean Orr | Too many hits to the head: Hit on Daniel Sedin becomes a political issue in B.C. byelections. And by political issue they mean that some politicians mentioned it while campaigning.

This is why we can’t have nice things: Vancouver police chief to Canuck fans: ‘Don’t come downtown’. Like, just in general? OK. Well, Surrey, this is your moment. This is your time to step up and show them you can be the next great city in the Lower Mainland. Be bold. Have a massive street party, 19+, and feed them beer all day long. It works. I’ve seen it.

The dream of the nineties is alive: Ten things Vancouver can learn from Portland. Or Dallas. I was just there at a place called Bottleshop. It was a beer store with 500 bottles of beer in combination with…get this…a pub. So you could sit there and try a couple of bottles, then take, like, 10 to go. I’m still not entirely sure that it wasn’t all a dream.

Oh, and they both have better transit than us: Clark rejects mayors’ TransLink funding proposals. There you have it, folks: the single most important issue that will be completely ignored during the next election by the press.

Speaking of beer, Seattle is also better than us: Pricing Our Roads: What can Metro Vancouver learn from Seattle?. Oh sorry, this was not about beer. #beer

McMartin gets PWNED: Affordable housing in Vancouver? Why bother? It’s this attitude that says, “If you don’t like it here then leave”, as though improving our city by making it more inclusive is a bad thing.

Like flies to honey: Apres Marine Gateway, le deluge. We built this city on speculation. From the original deal to get the railway to Expo and the 2010 Winter Games.

Don’t laugh: Support group targets Vancouver mistresses. “These are real stories about real women,” said Symonds in a soft British accent. “Who knew there’s so much infidelity in Vancouver.” Er…anyone who has ever flipped through an entire copy of the Straight?

Percentage of British Columbians who own a Smart Phone: 62. I am the 38%!

The Red Gate needs a new space.

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