by Sean Orr | Caveat: some of these links might be a little dated because I’m typing with a wound. For some reason I punched a ceiling while performing with my band Needs and I broke my hand. I guess I’m no longer Working For the Weekend (and no I didn’t do it so I would miss washing dishes for the entirety of Dine Out).
I didn’t want to talk about Neil Young bashing the Canadian oil industry mainly because everyone is, but also because he’s old and irrelevant. My answer of “I agree, but I don’t care what he says” is the least popular vote in an Edmonton Journal poll that finds 72% of respondents saying “I agree with him, it makes me like him more”. Nevertheless, it’s fun to see the industry apologists rallying en masse against such a cult figure: Neil Young’s tune is insulting. Deborah Yedlin of the Calgary Herald claims people like Neil Young should be held to the same scrutiny as oil companies, then cites a bunch of statistics from…oil companies.
facepalms statistics, or in this case, a lack of them, Police report controversial DTES jaywalking enforcement at all-time low. Yeah, based on ticketing stats from 2008, and only 2008.
I get so emotional, baby: Rex Murphy: The callousness of protest on display in Vancouver (with a happy ending). Only Rex Murphy could make me want to completely reverse my opinion and instantly grab a papier-mâché pickle and stand outside of Pidgin. It’s not this black and white, Rex. Even the owner of Pidgin knows this. Hero? Come on, he’s just a business man. Demonizing the protesters only gives them credibility. Sure, some of these protesters have poor decorum, but they are the manifestation of decades of frustration and mistrust between those with power and those who are marginalized by that power. “I truly believe that the act of protest has, in many contexts, become something of a moral disease”. Why would you bring morality into it when simple pragmatism would suffice? The protesters say the same thing, they have the moral high ground. In the long run, cooler heads always prevail.
Listen, Paul Dewar! Ariel Sharon was a war criminal. Meanwhile, Stephen Harper “received a very warm welcome in Jerusalem today”. Canadian Cynic retorts, “Not surprised … years of ass-kissing pandering will have that effect”. Satirical news site The Beaverton takes it even further: Israeli Prime Minister Stephen Harper returns after long visit in Canada.
Yellow journalism? Is the Komagata Maru pisser related to a cop, judge, or politician?. He’s not getting charged? You’re taking the piss, right?
Mmm, sandwiches. I like mine with truffles and foie: Life and debt in B.C.: Sandwich generation finds that extravagant habits don’t add up. This is pretty much the exact sentiment as the Baby Boomer Dad meme. Alternatively, New Fraser Institute report touts benefits of no longer being alive. Bwah hah, “Atlas Croaked”. Brilliant.
What It Would Be Like If We Treated Poor People Like Celebs. Clever, but I’m not sure our coverage of poverty is all that different. How many times have you heard the DTES melodramatically referred to as a “war zone” or “ravaged by drugs” in the mainstream press?
Even the pope doesn’t believe in trickle down economics: Kevin O’Leary says 3.5 billion people living in poverty is fantastic news. In other news, Hunger Games is now reality: “May the odds be ever in your favour”.
Let them eat…moose? 1,200 folks in the DTES served organic moose hotdogs, duck chilli, and venison stew by Canuck David Booth. Now that is a power forward.
by Rebecca Slaven | The ride to Steveston is an animal lover’s paradise. Dog owners bring their pups to play on the trail, turtles and birds repose along the water, and if you’re lucky, the Oreo cows, more formally known as Belted Galloways, will be out and about grazing at their leisure, with all set against a lush backdrop of marsh-filled plains.
There are two routes from central Vancouver: the Cypress Bikeway and Cambie Street. My preference is the Cypress Bikeway, which takes you through the picturesque tree-lined streets of Shaughnessy up until the Arthur Laing Bridge. Cambie leads you to the Canada Line Crossing.
In both routes, signage could be much better both just before and after the crossing to Richmond. I always take a wrong road or miss a turn somewhere in this area so make sure to have this City of Richmond map bookmarked. It has nice close-ups on the areas of confusion (#1 and #2). Pro tip: when in doubt, lag behind other cyclists and follow their route until you get your bearings.
The main objective is to get onto River Road, where a pedestrian/cyclist path begins and eventually joins with the West Dyke Trail, which leads you directly to Steveston. Don’t expect to gain much speed on the pedestrian-filled gravel paths. You can choose to bike on the lower pavement on River Road but you’ll miss out on some of the scenery.
Stops & Eats | If it’s a nice day out, get some grub from Pajo’s Fish & Chips at Garry Point Park and watch the kites fly by the ocean. As hungry as I always am after the ride, a small order is almost too big for me so I imagine the large portion is more than enough for two people. On a day when Pajo’s was closed, I was reluctant to go to (or enjoy) a place called the Hog Shack, but my impertinence was shown up by an undeniably amazing brisket sandwich.
After eating, take in some history by touring the Gulf of Georgia Cannery ($7.80 admission) and/or the Britannia Shipyards (free). Staff and volunteers at both locations have a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experiences that they delight in sharing with visitors. Enjoy the ride home!
Rebecca Slaven is a librarian, writer, and cyclist. Her subject specialities include law, beauty, and croquet. Her format specialty is the how-to guide. She mostly rides her bike to work but has cycled as far as San Francisco. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
by Sean Orr | Coal derails climate; climate derails coal: CN Rail says beavers, rain to blame for Burnaby derailment. Even Canada’s national symbol is against coal shipments! “It’s not something that happens a lot, but it was certainly the cause of yesterday’s derailment”. Heavy rain doesn’t happen a lot on the west coast. Heavy rain doesn’t happen a lot on the west coast. Say it with me. Heavy rain doesn’t happen a lot on the west coast.
Don’t worry! Mitigation makes probability of oil spill very low, according to risk analysis done for Kinder Morgan. “The estimates are based on historical accident and spill figures, and include future ship traffic projections”. To paraphrase, ‘since there was only one spill in 1989 and none for the 125 years before that, the next one isn’t due for about a hundred years’. Genius.
But without oil and gas we’d be short on schools, hospitals, and other social programs = not true: Canada, the failed petrostate? “The oil and gas share of total taxes paid fell from 9.4% in 2006 to 4.2% in 2011″. A myth perpetuated by blowhards like Kevin O’Leary: Watch economic genius Kevin O’Leary utterly embarrass himself on CNBC. “All he needed to do was trot out some Soviet Gulag references and shout loudly, and a victory for capitalism would be assured”. But just what does economic growth really mean? Think of this simple analogy next time a politician talks about “economic growth”.
We didn’t have to wait long: Opinion: NDP must support economic growth and equality. “In much of the postwar western world this vision was broadly accepted across the political spectrum, fuelling the greatest period of upward mobility, opportunity and economic security in history. In recent decades, and for a number of reasons, the NDP and other social democratic parties have retreated from this economic leadership”. Someone get the neo-liberals in the NDP a time machine! Perhaps what they need is – oh, I don’t know – a jobs plan. “Every school and hospital in the province owes something to resource extraction”. Yeah, about 4%, as I mentioned above. Doesn’t anyone notice this? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Maybe the NDP should hire the guy from Rolling Stone.
High tide swallows Sunset Beach. And not one mention of rising sea-levels.
Big Sex in the Georgia Straight: Brothels for everyone! A new year, a new business opportunity? “Will sex workers be treated as any other business owners, or as a specialized, regulated profession? Will they qualify for a Costco card?” Ignoring that really awesome piece of cynicism for a moment, I doubt that the Supreme Court striking down laws is going to mean the instant commercialization of sex workers. I imagine it will be more like a policy of containment, much in line with the social experiment that begat the DTES. More harm reduction, less McBrothel.
Students suspended for sending ‘mean tweets’ to school board. Jeez. Whatever happened to putting acid in your math teacher’s coffee? Or, you know, good old witchcraft?
How is this not an advertisement? Silver Star managers abandon boardroom for 30 cm fresh powder. Gnar, bra.
Defining bad taste: local artist helps explain why Vancouver’s Main Street Poodle is so horrid. “But high culture is what enables us to climb out of the cave of moment-to-moment existence; it’s what gives us insight into what it means to be human”. So then, by extension, mocking people’s assumptions on what that actually entails is not anti-human, or even base, but rather an even greater insight into what it means to be human. And I’m not just saying that because the author wouldn’t hang that picture of me above his bed.
by Sean Orr | Social media standards: Calgary councillor stands by ‘global warming alarmist’ tweet. This person is also holding an inquest into why his drink got colder when he added ice to it. When you add cold air to hot air, it doesn’t just turn into warm air. It goes apeshit. See, um, hurricanes, tornadoes, and every thunderstorm ever. But no, it must be a hoax. Because it’s cold. Today. Where I live. Jon Stewart knows what I’m talking about (pro-tip, if HuffPo won’t let you watch the above video, get Hola).
Police won’t recommend charges against protesters who joined PM on stage. Great, but let’s talk about Mr Harper’s comment for a tick: “It wouldn’t be BC without it.” Now if that isn’t the most smug example of Western alienation ever, I don’t know what is. To reduce a global struggle for climate justice to ‘Oh BC, there they go again, caring about stuff again’ while Tories torch and dump centuries of priceless, irreplaceable environmental archives should be roundly panned by the media, but instead they frame it as some wacky security breach and get right back to advertising used cars.
Abbotsford Heat’s financial losing streak cost taxpayers $1.66 million last season. Let me get this straight. Abbotsford will house a hockey team but not the homeless? I see.
Vermin infest Vancouver courthouse. Queue obligatory snitch jokes here.
Man injured as shots ring out during crowded Cactus Club lunch rush. Well, this shooting has totally ruined the Cactus Club for me. No wait, it was the Cactus Club. Sorry.
Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design: “More people than ever got exactly what they thought they wanted… [but] too many rich societies have used their wealth in ways that exacerbate urban problems rather than solve them.”
Rest in Print. Color Magazine, 2003 – 2013 | Another year, one more nail in Vancouver’s culture coffin. Farewell.
Aw, bonus: Tea & Two Canucks Cookies.
by Sean Orr | Oh, dear. According to this stupendous (no other word for it) blog post, the editor of the Gastown Gazette blog was incarcerated on New Year’s Eve for allegedly resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer during a domestic dispute investigation. He compares his situation to some of the worst crimes against humanity in modern history: “This, was probably the lowest moment of my life. It was my Abu Ghraib moment” [...] “I received one cup of water after asking an officer if they were running a modern-day concentration camp.” And then, in a mind-blowing display of paranoid narcissism – and without a hint of irony – he wonders who called in the hit on him. “Who might have originated this stupid and cowardly act? Was it the Carnegie-CCAP gang?” Yeah, bro. That’s right. Vancouver’s rag-tag team of anti-poverty activists are just totally in cahoots with the police. Both the blogger and his wife have denied that there was a domestic incident. Welcome to the new/old Gastown.
Meanwhile, 30 homeless deaths in 4 months in Victoria.
Out East, Nova Scotia RCMP to get drones. And just as I was about to ask why Nova Scotia was so lucky. “RCMP in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and Newfoundland and Labrador all use the devices.” To borrow a line from Derrick O’Keefe, “I guess I missed the big public debate about this”.
The Vancouver Sun actually prints something interesting: Mixed neighbourhoods not always a good idea. “Research finds that higher-income newcomers often use their political know-how and influence to fight against services for the poor, or to target the activities of marginalized people in public space”. Yes, but is this happening in the DTES? Are these higher-income “newcomers” even allowed to promote services for the poor, lest they be called hypocrites or yuppie do-gooders? It’s hard to forget the furor against Save on Meats’ sandwich token program. Or is the reality on the street much more “muddy”? To what extent should happiness be mediated?
To wit, Killing Joy in the Best Place on Earth: “New websites, media ventures, and community groups began to emerge that championed the city in terms that were, to say the least, effusive. One such website, which began as a more or less standard arts and culture blog, even incorporated itself as a non-profit organization with an explicit mandate to report only good news about the city. In incredibly short order, happiness-talk had become the Ur language through which the city made sense of itself. It saturated discussions of work, civic participation, and community building alike. It was as if bottomless enthusiasm had been tacitly drafted into the conditions of municipal citizenship.” Vancouver was awesome before Vancouver Is Awesome told us that Vancouver was awesome, but it was also sometimes not so awesome, and that’s ok, too.
Speaking of community engagement: Citizen polling website contract awarded without tender. Top comment: “Talk Vancouver is a vacuous exercise in data mining for re-election purposes, even without the disgraceful failure of tendering for public contracts”.
Raging hyperbole trains coming to a website near you: Exploding oil trains: Coming to a Vancouver neighbourhood near you? Ah, if only Yaletown still had all those train tracks…
False Creek’s Urban Experiment Seeks a Second Act. I’ve always just sort of ignored that entire part of Vancouver. “Proposals to “densify” several areas of the city boiled over this year into neighbourhood rebellions and even tense picket lines. Yet overlooked in the sparring are 6,000 Vancouverites quietly living a “densified” life in a community created decades ago.” Cool!
Reminds me a bit of San Fran: The rise of the white, middle-class anti-gentrifiers.
Monsieur, you’re totally doing it wrong: The President of France, François Hollande, needs a remedial course in shaking world leaders’ hands.
Enjoy the sunny day in Vancouver and be glad that we aren’t in Chicago, New York, Boston, or anywhere else in the wintry wrath path of the storm the Weather Channel is now calling Hercules. Side bonus: the ice and snow and low visibility makes Niagara Falls look much cooler. Side side bonus: ditto the cover of The New Yorker. Side side side bonus: these snow-shovelling nipples.
We’ve always liked Kentucky, but it’s about to get even better: “On February 4, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” will debate Ken Ham, Creation Museum founder and Answers In Genesis president/CEO, at The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.” Advantage: Nye.
World War II is still killing people in Germany.
This is not a glitch in the system. It is the system. Readers are gullible, the media is feckless, garbage is circulated around, and everyone goes to bed happy and fed… We the media have betrayed your trust, and the general public has taken our self-sanctioned lowering of standards as tacit permission to lower their own.
Or, never heard of media concentration? Guess why? Media concentration. To wit: Conan Shows Us That Main Stream Media Is Scripted. It’s OK, you can admit it.
Because it’s just that black and white: Is the Downtown Eastside getting better/worse? Maybe the question should be, “Are all the underlying factors that created the DTES still at play?” Because yes they are.
Although…Supreme Court strikes down Canada’s anti-prostitution laws. The NIMBYs are going to lose their shit when a brothel opens off Kits Beach.
Top Canadian CEOs earn average worker’s annual salary by lunchtime today. Or, in my case, 5 minutes after midnight.
Isaac Asimov Predicts in 1964 What the World Will Look Like Today — in 2014. “Mankind will suffer badly from the disease of boredom, a disease spreading more widely each year and growing in intensity. This will have serious mental, emotional and sociological consequences, and I dare say that psychiatry will be far and away the most important medical specialty in 2014.”
Something Offal: 2013: The Scam Reviewed. “Given the distended fecal sacks of our holy bovines, retching is not uncommon”. I feel your pain, bro.
So it turns out that doge – aka the Meme of the Year and The Person of the Year - didn’t give one of the best quotes out of Vancouver this year: I get a life no trouble. All the people no fight, all the friendship, how good, how excellent. Sounds like doge but isn’t doge? Much truth. Very real. So honest.
‘Homeless’ man pays next month’s rent for strangers. I am going to try and help every homeless man I see from now on, but I’m also going to get really mad when they don’t whip out their chequebooks.
Author 1, phisher 0: Vancouver novelist Steven Galloway claims ultimate troll on Facebook scammer. This could also be a tweet from Modern Seinfeld.
Bonus: Vancouver Releases of 2013.
by Rebecca Slaven | The classic seaside charm of Deep Cove is attractive no matter the season. That fact is partly due to the destination being home to the most comforting thing on the north shore: Honey’s Doughnuts. It’s also the fisherman’s sweater of Vancouver’s long-distance bike rides. My there-and-bike-again route is as complex or as simple as you choose…
If you’re in East Vancouver, take the Second Narrows Bridge. Signage from the Cassiar Bikeway is decent but lacking on the Portside Bikeway. Once over the bridge, it’s a simple turn east onto the Dollarton Highway, continuing until the end. Signage is non-existent for cyclists on the north side heading back over Second Narrows. At Phibbs Exchange, take the crosswalk to the south side to get onto the bridge. Bookmark this North Shore Wiki page on your phone just in case.
For west side residents and the directionally challenged (like myself), take the Lion’s Gate Bridge and then head east on Marine Drive. The signage is super clear. Continue along Marine Drive, which goes through many name changes, until its end. Alternatively, take the slightly more complicated but more scenic route detailed in this map. At Mackay and 1st, the windy bridge goes through the partially completed Spirit Trail, which will eventually connect Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. On the way back, there’s a brutal climb on Cotton Road but it has lots of dirt shoulder to pull off on for breaks.
No matter which route you take, the ride is fairly flat until you near Deep Cove. If you can make it over the Lion’s Gate Bridge, that’s a good indication that you can make the entire trek.
Stops & Eats
The ride to Deep Cove is worth it, if only for Honey’s Doughnuts, a well-known establishment that can hold its own against any Vancouver donuterie. Basic is best, and their honey glazed goes nicely with a coffee and a break on the benches by the shore. Pro tip: never turn your back on your bag, or you may have to fight the crows to rescue the maple bacon donut that you bought for later.
Staff at A’hoy Goods kindly humour cyclists who browse their well-made wares until just warm enough to begin the ride home. If you aren’t in the market for wool blankets or wallets, purchase a bar of Swedish Dreams Sea Salt Soap for a post-ride soak in the tub.
Rebecca Slaven is a librarian, writer, and cyclist. Her subject specialities include law, beauty, and croquet. Her format specialty is the how-to guide. She mostly rides her bike to work but has cycled as far as San Francisco. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
It seems that just before before Christmas, Cadillac Fairview, the owner of Pacific Centre Mall, saw fit to let go 150 cleaning workers who lost their jobs just before Christmas. They were earning around $12 an hour with paid medical benefits. Meanwhile, the new contractors pay as little as $10.50 an hour, with few benefits (a living wage in Vancouver is $19.92 an hour, according to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives). So on December 21st, Unifor and Santa Claus brought the out-o-work cleaners to the mall’s food court for a flash mob performance of Christmas carols to bring attention to what they’ve had to go through at Christmas.
“We’re providing a bit of entertainment for the shoppers the last weekend before Christmas — but in a way that lets them know that for these workers, Christmas this year will be very difficult,” said Gavin McGarrigle, British Columbia Area Director for Unifor. “Cadillac Fairview says it has nothing to do with setting wage rates, even though up to 90 per cent of the value of any cleaning contract is labour,” McGarrigle said. “It’s the company’s decision to change contractors that is driving down wages and cost these cleaners their jobs.”
If you’d like to send messages of suppert to the cleaners, email fairnessforcleaners [at] unifor.org.
by Sean Orr | Affordable Housing: Some Parts Just Aren’t City Hall’s Job. Although a far cry from Sam Sullivan’s condescending use of pennies to illustrate Vancouver’s portion of taxes (and thus absolving the City of responsibility), Kevin Harding‘s point that “Depriving (landlords) of income is unfair. Depriving someone of affordable housing isn’t, apparently” is pretty on point.
Related: Why the rent is so damn high.
Development battles dominated 2013 headlines in Vancouver. Weird, that was also the case in 1893, 1924, 1950-1967, 1986, 1993-1998 and 2006-2010. What an amazing coincidence! Also, what’s a “development battle”? It’s just NIMBYism, through and through.
Best to throw in some “cultural amenities” to sweeten the pot: Vancouver council approves over-height Burrard Gateway tower. How many gateways do we really need?
This is surprising but also totally not surprising: Joint Review Panel recommends approving the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project. Well, son of a bitumen! I guess now we get to see what the environment movement is really made of.
I expect a whole lot more violence fun! How far must we go to protect the environment? Hmm, I’m not sure, but I do know that someone needs to develop an app like this Drake’s for the guy on the left in this photo.
Give the plebes what they want: Pubs eager for the walls to come down as liquor law changes proposed. Clark’s newest new slogan: Families (In Pubs) First.
Best new twitter: Kingsgate Mall.
Not getting it: Walmart sells Occupy Wall Street print.
I didn’t know where to fit this, so I’ll just put it here: Born in the Burbs – Stephen Harper explained.
And finally, here is Rob Ford dancing to One Love during a council meeting. Merry Christmas!
by Sean Orr | New front runner for #douchebagoftheyear: Federal minister says child poverty not Ottawa’s problem. “Is that always the government’s job, to be there to serve people their breakfast?” Actually. yes. “Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so”. Prompting the tweet of the day c/o Charles Demers:
“So? Is it my job to keep Peter O’Toole alive?” – How I imagine James Moore responds to the day’s news
— Charles Demers (@charliedemers) December 15, 2013
But suddenly a new contender emerges! Lucic rips hometown Vancouver after bar fight. “I have no reason left to try and defend my city, and the people of my city”. I would have probably come to the same conclusion if my entire sample population consisted solely of asshole jocks who go to The Roxy. C’mon, Lucic…even Gandhi would get into an ‘altercation’ on the Granville Strip.
What a load of manure: Abbotsford: Homeless Camp Under Siege. Sigh, if only the teachings of Jesus Christ had reached the tiny enclave of Abbotsford…
Put down: Original Response to The Province’s Interview on “Pickup Artists”. Sorry Tony, I know you wanted Scout to review your book. This is as close as it will get.
Why are the economy and the environment mutually exclsuive? ‘Eco-scaremongers’ will kill the economy. Using outdated tropes such as “Third World”, Mr. Tupper laments the loss of jobs in the coal sector (despite their use of temporary foreign workers) saying it would devastate the economy. But of course – and just in case anyone forgot – Gary was one of the folks who led the charge to defeat TransLink’s proposed vehicle levy a few years ago. Since Translink is now bankrupt, I’m not sure we should take his advice…
Green Party interim leader Adam Olsen’s goals include building bridges between aboriginals and non-aboriginals. “It’s economic madness,” Weaver said. “We are pinning all our hopes on one desperate dream. There’s no backup plan. It’s LNG or nothing. “Forget about counting your chickens before they’re hatched. That’s counting them before the rooster has even entered the hen house.”
Finding Hard Value in Real Estate – An analysis of Vancouver and Detroit. “No other item in your investment portfolio is as full of speculation, cultural zeitgeist, and outright sentimentalism as real estate”.
Canada Post’s secret tunnel faces end of the line. Forget the thousands of posties that are losing their jobs. This is the real tragedy.
by Sean Orr | Vancouver proposes to send gay councillor to Sochi Olympics over discrimination. Stephen Quinn asks the mayor if this decision was meant to be provocative (as if Gregor passed the discriminatory law in Russia…)
The worst people in the world: Residents outraged by temporary housing proposal. Residents like local tech worker Sarita Beaudoin, who said this to the CBC: ”There are a lot of unknown facts. We don’t know if they are going to be criminals, we don’t know if they are going to be sex offenders”. Unknown facts? Ugh, and when you bought your shitty townhouse for too much money there was full disclosure of all nearby potential criminals and sex offenders, right?
Related: what’s up with people in the tech industry being such ignorant pieces of shit?
And yet for all their NIMBY self-servitude, they ignore a very tangible threat to their well being: themselves. Yup, personal debt ratio hits record high of 163.7%. It’s like 2008 never even happened, and I don’t mean that in some Baudrillardian sense. The future is derivative.
Related: How much lost on a 2009 condo purchase?
More collective amnesia: Gas pains: Canadian drivers paying more at the pumps this year. Dear everyone, gas prices are never going to go down. The end.
B.C. transit officer lied about beating, tasering mentally ill man, says watchdog. Candidate for douchebag of the year? Actually, let’s actually make this list. Licia Corbello, Chip Wilson, The Nanaimo Daily News, Jon Ferry, the Sauder School of Business, the Save Kits Beach People. Who’s yours?
Yo dawg, I heard you like car jackings…Surrey carjacker carjacked in Whalley Wednesday night. Life is a roofie circle.
Vancouver police bust ‘underground’ retail store at Victoria Drive apartment. Now where am I going to get all my Christmas presents from?
A non-denominational Holiday Miracle. Skatepark opens in long shuttered Smiling Buddha Cabaret location.
by Sean Orr | Horrible Anus: Harper’s horrible year comes full circle. “Call it the curse of Chief Theresa Spence…”. Oh, right! Because she’s just some sort of mystical Indian medicine woman and not an accomplished political leader. Understood.
Saint Nicked: Canada Making North Pole Claim Despite Not Fully Mapping Area. Tough-on-crime Harper heard there was a guy living there who breaks into people’s houses and climbs down their chimneys. The man must fill his prisons!
No Noel: Santa suit must go, Coast Mountain tells bus driver. Of course, what they don’t tell you is that drunk people kept sitting on the guy’s lap and asking for ponies while he was driving. And that’s just dangerous.
Progressive regressive: Vancouver’s political landscape shifting ahead of election season. “Bitter, confrontational and often disrespectful to people throughout the city? Sounds like my kind of politics”! – Jay Watts.
Cruller than you thought: Tim Hortons boss accused of cheating Filipino workers for OT. They should totally demand Double-Double time.
Clark casts doubt on Asian countries’ plans to set LNG prices. “I don’t know that there will be a buyers’ club – I don’t know all the competitors in Asia will be able to get together to set those prices”. Or, if we were a Mathematically Literate World, that headline would read “Free market fundamentalist has no idea how free market works”. She also seems to think that global environmental standards have no relevance to BC: “I suspect they are referencing environmental conditions that don’t exist in British Columbia […] We’ve been doing this for 50 years, we have a pretty good idea of the GHG emissions from different reservoirs of natural gas in the province.” If that’s not methane, then what is that horrible smell?
Absolutely related: What Climate Change Does to Our Minds.
Tweet of the Day c/o Derek O’Keefe:
Everyone calm down about postal service cuts & thousands of jobs lost; this will save enough $ to buy, like, two fighter jets. #cdnpoli
— Derrick O’Keefe (@derrickokeefe) December 11, 2013
Craigslist of the Year: Brown Leather Couch – $100 (coquitlam).
Honour Bound: Help homeless with storage facility.
Top image: Happy Holidays: Canadian style.