On Dish Pigs, Sugar Baby Arrangements and the Joy of Watching Home Sales Fall

Tea & Two Slices is a long-running local news round-up by NEEDS frontman and veteran dishwasher Sean Orr, who lives and works in Gastown, deeply aware of his privilege.

Keep cooling: B.C. home sales, prices down in February. They didn’t mention anything about how corrupt their industry is but hey, at least they stopped blaming immigrants.

Vancouver businessman David Sidoo charged in U.S. college-entrance scandal. Well, he does tend to stick his nose where it doesn’t belong. This scandal is great because it shows us what we knew all along to be true.

There is nothing to debate. Hate speech is not free speech: Vancouver talk derailed as free speech versus hate speech conflict escalates. “Both speakers told the Star they reject those labels and that they do not support harassment and violence”. What utter bullshit. When he says things “The whole breeding arena of the species needs to be cleaned the fuck up!” how does he intend to do that without violence? And if calling for Indigenous death is not hate speech, what the hell is? It’s incitement, plain and simple. The alt-right is murdering people.

Meanwhile: University of B.C. ranked 7th for sugar baby arrangements in 2018. Imagine being a writer and getting this assignment and then just totally glossing over the entire topic of sex work.

Good news of the day? Riverview Hospital to reopen with new $101-million mental health and addiction treatment facility.

I hate the word but this is a good little documentary: Dish Pigs. Also, dishwashing is “a community of rejects”? Um, thanks.

Douchebag of the day: Video of B.C. fisherman throwing explosive into crowd of sea lions sparks controversy.

RIP: Friends and colleagues report that legendary Vancouver punk drummer Zippy Pinhead has died

Bonus: Snotty Nose Rez Kids out to break the ‘cycle’ of racism.

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