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On Selling Dog Balls And Shelling Out $1,450 Per Month For Tiny Boxes


by Sean Orr | Great, now she has to return all her cool native-y clothes to Urban Outfitters! Haida leader asks B.C. premier to stay away for Royal visit. Even if it’s true that she had other shit to do, like Omming the Port Mann bridge or celebrating orange shirt day, most of us know she would never miss a photo op. I hate to give her PR team any ideas, but why didn’t they just say “we are respecting the Haida nation’s wishes and opting not to accompany the Royals on their visit to Haida Gwaii”?

Because of “low-information voters” (yes, they aren’t just an American thing): Dissecting the spin behind the Royal visit to B.C. and the Trudeau government’s conditional approval of an LNG plant.

But LNG helped the B.C. Liberals win the last election so why not build this Potemkin Village again in time for the next campaign? Clark would be doomed if she conceded that it’s not going to get off the ground, at least not before Election Day next May.

And yet there are still some so-called NDP advisors demanding compromise, centrism, Third Way ideology, growth, business-friendly policies, and so on and so forth: There Can Be No Peace.

There can be no compromise with these people, because they will betray us at the first opportunity. They care for nothing but themselves, and they have only one nature. They are hungry ghosts. They will dangle a carrot, they will show us a shiny bauble, and then when our guard is down, they will kill us in our sleep.

Sick Wolf Parade reference, bro. Update: Apparently, “hungry ghosts” is what the Coast Salish called the early English explorers.

The Federal NDP seems to understand the nature of this compromise: Millennials Angry over Jobs, and NDP Should Be Their Voice, Says Ashton.

Especially since, er…wealth of people in their 30s has ‘halved in a decade’. It’s what Hillary Clinton accidentally identified about Bernie Sanders supporters:

“If you’re feeling like you’re consigned to, you know, being a barista, or you know, some other job that doesn’t pay a lot, and doesn’t have some other ladder of opportunity attached to it, then the idea that maybe, just maybe, you could be part of a political revolution is pretty appealing.”

Yeah, no shit. It’s because capitalism thrives on precarious labour; it’s a permanent state of crisis: The Permanent Crisis of Housing.

The idea of crisis implies that inadequate or unaffordable housing is abnormal, a temporary departure from a well- functioning standard. But for working-class and poor communities, housing crisis is the norm. Insufficient housing has been the mark of dominated groups throughout history.

I suppose then you could say the same about gentrification. For me, when the Pidgin pickets were in full force, I didn’t understand how some type of capital was ok and some were bad. I mean, why wouldn’t they target the Old Spaghetti Factory, which is a true vanguard of gentrification? Gentrification is a global problem. It’s time we found a better solution.

“A land value tax shifts this dynamic. Rather than taxing property, it taxes the value of the land itself – determined by its location, not what is built on it. The rise in value that results from neighbourhood improvements is therefore captured and returned to the community, to be reinvested in the area.”

Sounds naively simplistic, but ok. Something has to be done. Why? Because $1450 / 1br – 450ft2 – Sequel Building 138 East Hastings.

Or maybe we’re already on our way to full communism.

I’ll just put this here: Chinese flags and red scarves spark debate at Vancouver city hall.

At least this guy is taking the crisis into his own hands: French guy calmly destroys everything in Apple Store with steel ball.

In Vancouver, whenever we smash capitalism we escape on paddleboards.

Bad news news: Vancouver newspaper ’24 Hours’ lays off all reporters, closes office. I guess the obvious joke here would be “Wait, they had reporters?”

It’s 2016 of the day: ‘I’m not a bigot’ Meet the U of T prof who refuses to use genderless pronouns. I hope he reaps what he sows. Oops…I mean, I hope they reaps what they sows.

Related: Changing ‘O Canada’ sparks fierce reaction from Canadians.

Trollable event of the day: Police Officer of the Year Awards. My fave: “As a nominee in the ‘Most Improved Officer’ category I’d like to thank you guys for keeping me around and believing in me. Most work places would have fired me a LONG time ago…”

Craigslist of the day: Mega collection of tennis balls. “My dog Nanook is selling her entire tennis ball collection to raise funds for her sister Ice who has recently undergone expensive knee surgery. She will take $30 for the lot.”

RIP: Vancouver architect Bing Thom dead at age 75.

On Ken Sim’s So-Called “Swagger” and ABC’S Class War

Sean Orr is back from his hiatus with a rundown of the local headlines that have been running on a ticker tape through his mind over the past six months...

On Post-Election Recuperation, Platform Paradoxes and Refund Communities

In his latest read of the local news headlines, Sean Orr finds irony in "safety, affordability, and sustainability", and shouts out a bunch of amazing local organizations working on the frontlines.

On Running for City Council, Playing Whack-a-Mole with Homelessness, and the Public Washroom Deficit

In his latest read of the local news headlines, Sean Orr finds a park ranger with a grudge, a gross misuse of air quotes and Tripadvisor slander.

On Living in a City Preoccupied with Street Cleaning, Chandeliers, and Campaigns Against the Homeless

In his latest read of the local news headlines, Sean Orr hones in on the recent Langley shootings, and the ongoing criminalizing and dehumanizing of the homeless population.