TEA & TWO SLICES: On Luongo And Smoking Weed With Tourists Out By The Steam Clock

by Sean Orr | An elected Senate would ruin B.C., so Harper should have no problem ram-rodding it through then. That’s why I vote Loyalist every time. Down with the Whigs! Long live King George!

Another strange DTES smear piece from The Courier: Vancouver housing provider operates brothels in the Downtown Eastside. What gives? This on the heels of the study that proved sex workers were safer with indoor work spaces. No mention of that in the article, of course. Go figure.

Related: Kitsilano tops the list of 10 cheating neighbourhoods in Vancouver. I love that the byline is by “Staff Writer”. Nobody in the newsroom wanted to put their name to this piece of garbage.

Why Translink is Bankrupt: Metro Vancouver’s Transit Police rack up huge overtime bills. Handing out tickets that no one ever pays?Brilliant. And then something like this happens.

Everything’s Gone Green: V-Pole. A Wi-Fi, Electric Vehicle Charging Lamp Post of the Future. It will also read selective Douglas Coupland quotes like “TV and the Internet are good because they keep stupid people from spending too much time out in public”.

Who cares if it helps the city? The real question is if it’s good for business: City expands summer VIVA Vancouver plan to restrict vehicle traffic in urban areas. Stick a couple of V-Poles in there and you got yourselves a rockin’ street party!

Unfortunately relevant: Should stratas consider non-smoking bylaws? Not unless you want me smoking, like, 25 joints a day in front of the steam clock. I mean, I’m not exactly pro-Tourism Vancouver, but I’m sure they’d rather I kept the huge plumes of marijuana smoke inside my super fancy Gastown loft (that my parents bought for me).

Cool, and only about 10 years late: Vancouver activists dumpster dine to save the planet. Holy shit this is priceless: “A group of young women who call themselves ‘freegans’ search dumpsters for edible food in the Metro area. They are not homeless or poor, but choose to scavenge their meals this way”. Great, now the Vancouver Sun is hiring writers fresh from the sixth grade.

Why are all the best writers sports-writers? “The Tampa Bay Lightning would control the (media) outlets allowed to have access to Roberto Luongo. Right now, the two publications that seem to have the inside track are: Italian Goaltender Weekly and The Luongo Family Christmas Newsletter. Also, Skymall has submitted a questionnaire asking where Roberto likes to eat when he’s in downtown Nashville.”

Bonus: Fucking Snakeheads! Fish sighting in Burnaby lagoon raises alarm (with video). With viddeeoo!

  • non-public sector employee

    I appreciate your usually spotcritiques of our local media and government’s ineptitude. However, I would like to point out that the $1.2 million in overtime paid to the Translink Police comes nowhere near addressing the $59.1 million deficit incurred in 2011.

    See page 7.
    http://www.translink.ca/en/About-Us/Corporate-Overview/~/media/827469CD243446CE945D509697749BE8.ashx

    A touch of research can go a long ways.

  • Keith

    There is a small technical glitch in which the link to the Courier article is incorrect.

    Obviously, this error negates all of your viewpoints…

  • Adam

    That “freegan” article is actually just the Vancouver sun butchering a Reuters article: http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/05/15/dumpster-diving-with-freegans/

    It’s also amusing that the stupid editors at the Sun initially posted the article with “freegan” autocorrected to “freeman” consistently in the photo captions. Looks like they’ve corrected a few of these errors but “freeman” is still listed under a bunch of the photos. It’s hard to read an article on the Sun website which doesn’t feature an obvious error that any half decent proof reader would have caught…

  • goldfish

    Oh, the Vancouver Courier. I always look forward to another bit of brilliant prose by Mark Hasiuk. Once again, I was not disappointed… oh wait. I mean I was once again thoroughly disappointed.

  • philip andersen

    so, wait. is this an article about how crappy other articles are written? what are you so upset about?

  • Peter

    I don’t get it. How come everytime someone points out some B.S. like this going on in the DTES it’s a “smear campaign” to Scout Magazine? I didn’t realize I was reading the Carnegie Community blog.

  • http://seanorr.tumblr.com/ Sean Orr

    Well, as I proved within seconds after linking to the smear piece, a report that comlpetely refutes the content of the smear piece. Hey man, those guys are the ones that want to run an inquiry into Scout for being pro-fancy restaurant or something. I’m to “pro-development” for the anti-poverty crowd, and I’m too “anti-poverty” for the pro-development crowd.

  • Geoffro

    Fuck spotprawns, it’s snakefish season! Snakefish ceviché, snakefish gumbo, snakefish corndogs…