On the Rules Not Applying to Drake and Developers Seeing Vancouver as a Blank Canvas

Tea & Two Slices is a long-running news round-up by NEEDS frontman and veteran restaurant dishwasher Sean Orr, who lives and works in Gastown. He is very aware of his privilege, so there’s really no need to remind him of it.

Dirty laundry: Drake Accuses Casino Of Racial Profiling, Fans React With Condemnation. Let’s be clear: Champagne Papi has 5 million Instagram followers and none of them give a damn that our new Source of Funds regulation is necessary and good for a society that permits gambling on this scale. This was a case of that regulation working. Seriously, you think Parq didn’t know who Drake was? Come on now. Just face it: Drake is an entitled brat and calling this profiling is a real disservice to minorities who experience it everyday.

If you really want something to rage about may I please direct your attention towards this: Bonuses paid to B.C. Lottery Corp. investigators raise concerns. Yup, bonuses for failing to find any wrongdoing. Jesus…

Or maybe just wake up and remember that Drake is not your friend: The World Would Be a Better Place Without the Rich.

The rich see Vancouver as a blank canvas, just like they saw Hogan’s Alley as a blank canvas. It wasn’t a community, a place where people lived. It was a place to rewrite on the cheap…a place to develop.

Again, just look at San Francisco if you want to see the future of Vancouver: The Future of Capitalism Is San Francisco on Steroids. But it’s not too late. We need to become a collective again; not Thatcher’s ‘collection of individuals’ or a collection of consumers, but rather a collection of citizens. And we need to fight every single renoviction.

World’s tiniest violin: BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson got emotional talking to the Surrey Board of Trade because his children have to move away due to the steep price of housing. Wow. The nerve. I guess he forgot when Christy Clark told CTV that if people were concerned about housing affordability they should just move to Fort St. John or Prince Rupert. He must have also forgot when Rich Coleman said “people just have to get up and whine everyday” when asked about affordable housing.

But then I guess we shouldn’t expect much from a guy who can’t even launch a hashtag, let alone a housing platform:

Boomers of the day:

Capitalism will never stop finding new ways to kill us and take our money: As Overdose Deaths Soar To Record Highs, FDA Approves New Painkiller That’s 1,000X More Powerful Than Morphine.

Vancouverite Dr. Gabor Maté makes the connection between addiction and hate: How a traumatized America finds relief in hate.

The connecting line between addiction and hate, according to Maté, is trauma. “What happened in Pittsburgh is a manifestation of trauma,” Maté told the Inquirer. “There is no mass killer who wasn’t a traumatized person.”

Meanwhile: Canada Post strike could help black market, medical pot producer warns. PSA: “If you are a Medical Cannabis patient and have been impacted by legalization – your LP is sold out of the strain you need, your local dispensary shut down, you experience barriers to the ACMPR system (no fixed address, no credit card, no computer, insufficient social assistance rates), late or no delivery due to the Canada Post strike, please direct your enquiries to John Conroy.

Farewell: End of an era as Allen Garr writes his final column for Vancouver Courier.

Bonus: Activist begins Tinder date with land acknowledgement.

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  1. Land acknowledgements. Insincere & ironic. Needs update:

    “I recognize that we are within the unceded territory (name two or more bands fighting over it), but I’ve been saying this for years, and can’t and won’t do anything about it. Ok, having gotten that out of the way, let’s make this show happen!”

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