On Doing Something About Predatory Renovictions and Kids Playing Darts With Needles

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.

The biggest ‘told you so’ of all time: Previous housing data understated amount of non-resident buyers in Vancouver and Toronto. Hey, remember when I ridiculed the data 2 years ago? Remember when Douglas Todd did the same?

And since we’re on the subject, remember when Gregor penned an editorial saying Vancouver was expensive because we have food trucks and craft beer patios?

And remember when he called Andy Yan racist for analyzing the last names of home buyers?

Related tweet of the day:

Would you live in a ‘closet’ for cheap? Just a reminder that the average jail cell is 75 square feet.

Port Coquitlam takes action on ‘predatory’ renovictions. Oh, hey look! Another city is doing more to protect renters than Vancouver is.

B.C. sets another depressing record with more than 1,500 overdose deaths recorded in 2018. Remember, Canada’s first drug law was in Vancouver and was directly tied to the colonial practice of vilifying the Chinese. And now here we are, in 2019, still at war with an inanimate object like it’s some well-organized militia of hooded villains with an underground cache of weapons. It’s a total failure on all levels of government that impacts already marginalized communities and criminalizes poverty. Fucking end it already.

Although the following story is usually used as fodder to vilify drug users, it also shows the need for safe consumption sites across the province: Saanich Police find kids playing darts with used syringes. I mean, if we can have sharps boxes on the ferry and nobody blinks an eye we can have one in a park.

Couple needs backcountry rescue after being refused ride on Sea to Sky Gondola. When a few extra dollars are more important than the actual lives of your customers.

Bonus: A Dishwasher’s Brotherhood.

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