TEA & TWO SLICES: On Stabbing Suspects, Sugar Daddies, And Canada’s Social Score

February 5, 2013.

by Sean Orr | This is real: Ski bunnies chase sugar daddies at Whistler. Someone at The Province actually got paid to write that.

We Need to Redesign Our Economy, wherein it would actually matter that Canada’s ‘social’ score is being dragged down by poverty, inequality. Maybe then we wouldn’t need quotation marks around the word ‘social’.

Funky and affordable: Vancouver’s underground city. This is actually good once you get past the awful Edinburgh Vaults allegory:

If you’re in the income bracket forced to find rental accommodation in order to stay within three bridges of the Seawall, you’ll be navigating insidious euphemisms like “garden suite,” “surprisingly sunny ground-level” and “lower Vancouver Special.”

‘We are living in hell’: B.C. mom desperate for help for suicidal daughter. Well there’s your problem right there you should probably move (and maybe stop reading about Nancy Lanza). If you think I’m being insensitive in the least, please direct your ire instead towards our child mental health system.

Related (unfortunately): 345 chronic offenders prowling around Vancouver. “One of the key recommendations from the reports was that an “urgent response centre” be built for mentally ill people. It was never built”. No, but I heard there’s a new Laser Knee and Hip Retreat/Hyperbaric Yoga Chamber in Kerrisdale, so…

A corollary: Vancouver stabbing spree suspect had mental health issues. Yeah, you don’t just randomly stab 7 people because you had a bad day at work. Speaking of which, anyone else glad that Dine Out Vancouver is over?

Just don’t invite me to speak because I will ruin it: Vancouver selected to host TED Talks starting in 2014. Leading to the Tweet of the Day c/o Richard Eriksson:

Wherein Vancouverites realize the only democratic control they have left is via Park Board meetings: Hundreds show up for emergency Vancouver park board meeting on changes for community centres. Well, sometimes you gotta stir up the nest to get to the honey.

B.C., Alberta must satisfy each other’s pipeline concerns. Oh my Lord…so this whole thing is about simultaneous sexual satisfaction between two consenting partners? I’ll be the 6 if you be the 9.

Social housing challenge is unrealistic. Yeah, and building the widest bridge in the world at the height of peak bitumen is realistic. Building a pipeline that nobody wants is totally realistic. Making hydro electricity for export which ends up costing us a billion dollars in realistic. Housing everyone for the same amount of money? Don’t be preposterous!

And now you know: the status of arts hub W2 remains uncertain.

Bonus: List of Active Cultural Art/Venue Spaces In Vancouver.

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