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.
Remember two days ago when I said the BC Liberals were out of touch the common voter? Yeah…about that: BC Liberal MLA Worries Child Labour Laws Will Make it Impossible for Kids to Buy New Bicycles. Hey asshole, this isn’t the 50s or whenever you were born and kids who work on farms aren’t saving up to buy ten speeds. They are being exploited. What a ridiculous hill to die on.
I’ll keep saying it: Gas prices are high because of gas companies, not taxes. B.C. premier calls for independent investigation into high gas prices. I mean, hopefully this will shut up Wacky Wilkinson and the Whiners, but man…there’s probably a couple of other things that need inquiries first, like money laundering and the opioid crisis. Just sayin’.
Because we clearly aren’t getting help on the federal level: Trudeau resists pressure to decriminalize drugs in face of opioid crisis. How brave of you, Mr. Prime Minister!
This is what trauma looks like: Story of a shattered life: A single childhood incident pushed Dawn Crey into a downward spiral.
This is what prohibition looks like: Vancouver lawyer buys a poppy seed cake at Tim Hortons…tests positive for opioids 17 minutes later. I mean, Tim Hortons isn’t doing so well right now because of cold weather. Maybe they could rebrand as a safe heroin supply chain.
Cops say touching fentanyl is making them sick. Impossible, doctors say. I mean, it’s not out of the realm of possibility, because I almost throw up when I see cops IRL.
Not satire: Some punk has already defaced New West’s brand new skate park. See if you can spot the key passage.
The graffiti says the park is all “transition” – which means its focus is on aerial tricks.
I looked all this up because I’m old and out of touch, but I don’t actually care about this person’s complaint.
The minute you deface something to get your point across, I tune out. The planning for the skate park took place well in advance and the person should have shown up and given their input then.
If they did and it was ignored, then it was likely for a good reason. The “street” stuff that I saw online looks pretty dangerous compared to what New West’s park has. (If you’ve ever seen videos of street-style skaters doing face-plants off of a railing then you’ll likely be happy that stuff hasn’t been included in New West’s park.)
In case you missed it: “I’m old and out of touch.”
Ogopogo of the day: ‘It looks like a snake!’
Perfect visual metaphor of the day: A literal dumpster fire on Parliament Hill as Opposition prepares to grill Liberals.
Video of the day: Crack Cloud’s video for “The Next Fix” is enrapturing and urgent.