TEA & TWO SLICES: On “Hushing” Up The DTES And The Invasion Of The Cruise Ships
by Sean Orr | From a local magazine start-up called Hush: “Every Vancouverite knows the deal with East Hastings and Main: it’s fucked. Plain and simple. Typical reasons to be in this neighborhood [sic] probably include: crack, sex and a possible death wish.” Wait…what? A lot of people live on the DTES, and the reasons are neither “typcial” nor “plain and simple”. They have more to do with systemic neglect of our native population; a history of land speculation that left Strathcona isolated; the transition from tram-serviced neighbourhoods to an inner-city created by sprawl; the banks abandoning the intersection; the migration of City Hall to the geographic centre of the city; the war on drugs which actually started in Chinatown (when William Lyon Mackenzie King institued the country’s first drug law targeting the Asian population’s longtime use of opium); the decimation of the fishing and logging industries; police violence from the Gastown Riots to shooting mentally ill people in the head; the incredibly high cost of living; the cancellation of the Canada Assistance Plan; the emergence of slumlords; the ragtag system of SRO housing; and finally, the perpetuation of lazy stereotypes about the downtrodden by a broken media. So maybe – for the good of Vancouver – you should take the name of your publication very literally and just Hush the fuck up.
Our country sucks, Part 899: Image of Asian-looking woman removed from new $100 bills after complaints. Yeah, I mean…why didn’t they just chose a neutral colour like, oh I don’t know, white?
Kelowna sucks, Part 1321: Kelowna city hall considers flying ‘pro-life’ flag. Hey, guess what? Yours is a shitty little hick-town of strip malls and zealots. Good luck with it.
In spite of the throngs of tourists, shitty small-time gangs shooting each other, our history of racism, our bored teenagers, our high cost of housing and traffic, we’re still the most livable place on earth? I suppose now that The Province has decided all of a sudden to be critical of the Livability Index, I’m going to go ahead and embrace it. Go us!
NDP hypocrites over Black’s refinery proposal. Money quote: “It’s like trying to nail jello to the wall”.
Good thing those government waste-hating tories are in power: Ottawa seeks agency to collect millions in unpaid fines. “Federal government owed a total of $129 million from more than 22,000 people”. Interestingly enough, $129 million is exactly how much money it will cost to operate the agency.
When will the seawall obstruction in Coal Harbour be removed? Maybe when Vancouver is completed.