On Skytraining Vancouver’s Poor to Point Grey and the Gullibility of Medieval Conservatives

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.

Pay. Your. Fair. Share: B.C.’s property speculation tax ‘devastating’ for Village of Belcarra. If a slightly higher tax on 45 cabins is “devastating” then I think you have a bigger problem. If it’s one commenter’s idea of class war, boy are they in for a surprise!

Related: Higher taxes on the rich polling well? Fox Business host blames ‘the idea of fairness’ that’s being taught in schools. How dare those commies teach our kids…the Golden Rule? Here’s a meme that will help them understand…

And here’s another one just in case they didn’t get it the first time…

Related: Billionaires Called Out for Tax Evasion by Historian Rutger Bregman at Davos Economic Forum.

Stephanie Smith: B.C. needs a public inquiry to get to the bottom of money laundering. A staggering number of comments on Facebook suggest that the money would be wasted because the NDP would be investigating itself have either a very short memory and/or a very poor view of what a public inquiry is. I did, however, find the single best comment: “Shame of ppl for doing this type of stuff”. Thanks MzJeannie, I’m going to print that on a shirt.

Shame of Rich: Coleman Claims Parliamentary Privilege to Avoid Giving Evidence in Nanaimo Trial. There are so many scandals in the previous government I don’t even think I heard about this one.

What could possibly go wrong? This start-up buys your home, rents it back to you and lets you profit if the value grows. Isn’t this just a mortgage?

Slate asks: What’s It Like Living in a City Without Uber or Lyft?

Just ask Vancouver. “Unlike every other major North American metro area, the Vancouver region doesn’t allow ride-hailing”. Not true, Slate. We do allow ride-hailing, they just don’t want to play by our existing regulations. Here’s Bowinn Ma to clarify, and let me also refer you to this list detailing why Uber and Lyft are both terrible.

Transit related meme of the day:


Heads up: Vancouver Art Gallery Workers Go on Strike. You know what to do.

Bonus: New podcast made by drug users aims to change how you think about addiction.

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On Getting Sick of Being Cooped Up and Washing Dishes in a Minefield

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