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.
Post-truth: 5 Times the Leader of the BC Liberals Misled British Columbians During the Televised Electoral Reform Debate. I don’t even know why this was debated.
After all, Conservatives have gone fully fact-free. And anything else is just trolling the left. It’s like an Olympic boxer versus a WWE wrestler. It’s not the same sport but we keep pretending it is.
Also, is it just me or does Andrew Wilkinson look like Crispin Glover?
Bowinn Ma with the shade:
— Bowinn Ma (@BowinnMa) November 9, 2018
Meanwhile, Three ways Premier John Horgan could be more lit when expressing his wokeness. Alternatively, he could get a Tumblr, die his hair blue, develop a decolonized, intersectional class consciousness and…you know…just be fully enveloped by the ennui and hopelessness that millennials experience on the daily due to low paid and precarious labour, not to mention the opioid crisis, creeping fascism and irreversible climate change!
If only the NDP had a real millennial expert like the Liberals do!
But speaking of precarious labour and the opioid crisis: Construction industry hardest hit by fatal opioid overdoses in B.C., study shows. Yeah, I imagine building investment vehicles masquerading as housing you’ll never be able to afford takes a psychological toll…
“They work you harder, it’s more dangerous, you get injured on the job and sometimes you’re going to have to be prescribed painkillers related to that pain or those injuries. Also, the precariousness of some of that work, there’s a lot of day labour type things and so it can be quite uncertain.”
That’s what happens when you dismantle the social safety net and deregulate the industry. Because regulation works. Taxation works: Oxford academic’s research suggests Vancouver’s foreign-buyers tax has been a boon to affordability. I mean, at least I think that’s what the article is about. It’s behind a paywall.
Related: We Can Have Beautiful Public Housing.
The terrible, terrible irony. Anti-carding activist gets carded by the VPD: Toronto activist Desmond Cole says he was carded while visiting Vancouver. If you disagree with the term ACAB you probably aren’t a visible minority. ACAB.
But hey, the rot goes all the way to the top: Canada’s Trudeau condemns BDS in apology to Jewish WWII refugees. He blames BDS for anti-Semitic hate crimes but can’t to find a reason to stop arming Saudi Arabia (even after hearing Khashoggi tape); he refuses to condemn Trump’s racist dogwhistles; he stalls on Indigenous rights recognition legislation — that’s our Sunny Ways Prime Minister!
This is us: Indigenous women kept from seeing their newborn babies until agreeing to sterilization, says lawyer. “Sterilizations happened as recently as 2017, Saskatchewan lawsuit alleges”. What the actual fuck, Canada?
Surrey of the day: Surrey councillors attend secret anti-SOGI victory party.
Conservative lawyer compares Pride flag to Nazi swastika. “How do we defeat today’s totalitarianism?” Well, we could start by getting rid of you.
Meanwhile, here’s Global with the awful reporting:
Are these Nazi salutes, or a bunch of kids waving to their parents?
The photographer says it's the latter. What do you think?https://t.co/dwznMYmjXa
— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) November 13, 2018
Well, the one kid already came out and said it was a Nazi salute, plus the guy in the front row is flashing a white power symbol. Get your shit together, Global.