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.
It’s like they haven’t even been reading Tea and Two Slices for the last decade. What gives? As Vancouver Plans for Its Future, Thousands Say Life Is Getting Worse.
They ignored us. We called for higher wages. We called for them to raise the rates. We’ve asked for action on renovictions and vacancy control. We asked for action on student loan debt. We believed our last mayor when he promised to end homelessness. We believed Kennedy Stewart when he said he would triple the empty homes tax. We warned you about all our music venues closing. We warned you about the casinos. We begged you to make transit free. We asked for non-market solutions to the housing crisis. We asked for decriminalization of all drugs.
We told them to make “affordable” mean something again: Councillors question City of Vancouver’s definition of social housing.
We told you to take action on AirBnBs: Vancouver strata sting nets $45K fine for repeat Airbnb rental offender. I can’t believe how hard it is to report an illegal AirBnB. The city must have, like, one unpaid intern doing inspections or something.
Meanwhile, Kennedy Stewart downplays the threat and refuses to cancel events, seemingly contradicting the province’s stance on social distancing. This is incredibly irresponsible as experts have been saying that the countries most successful at containing the virus have acted with extreme caution. It’s called flattening the curve, and it works. That being said, you can’t self quarantine at home if you don’t have a home and Stewart failed to say what his plan is for our massive homeless population. Perhaps we can seize all AirBnBs and empty homes and house Vancouver’s homeless that way…
Of course, for those of us who work in the food service industry, working from home is not an option. Working from Home, from a Writer Who’s Been There.
Set times to get up and look out the window occasionally, as well as taking a break for lunch and snacks. Being the master of your own schedule can actually be a great thing. You are both ship and ship’s captain and you set a course, however you see fit. Just avoid the rocky shores of Time Waste Island and the great sucking gyre of social media.
It took a pandemic for me to get the advice I’ve been needing to hear for a decade!
I guess I shouldn’t be so hard on Kennedy, it’s not like he’s Doug Ford or anything: Doug Ford tells families they should travel and enjoy themselves on March break.
This virus is doing more to highlight the precarity of late-capitalism than a socialist like me ever could. While Canada has made some important changes to EI it doesn’t go far enough. We need to pay people who are forced to self quarantine. We need to pause mortgage payments so renters don’t get evicted if they miss rent. BC Hydro has the right idea: BC Hydro says customers impacted by COVID-19 can ask for help with bill payments. ICBC, you’re next.
Oh, and stop asking people for sick notes, forever. But also right now: BCGEU asks employers to end doctor’s note requirements during COVID-19 outbreak
“Wash your hands like you’ve been chopping jalapenos and you need to change your contacts” – Dr. Bonnie. The Orca: An open letter to Dr. Bonnie Henry.
No plans to block cruise ships from docking in Vancouver. I mean, we should cancel them forever anyway because climate change, but…ok.
B.C. Breweries ban growler fills in wake of COVID-19 outbreak. Tall cans it is.