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Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

I have a letter on The Vancouver Sun’s website (online only, it would appear) replying to a ridiculous op-ed piece that blames the high cost of housing on “mass immigration.” My response is restrained in both tone and word count, … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

Left Over: No Non-Polluting Victories on Victoria Day…

  Stephen Hume: Province’s secrecy puts people’s health at risk STEPHEN HUME More from Stephen Hume Published on: May 20, 2016 | Last Updated: May 20, 2016 3:25 PM   Finally, the Mayor of Vancouver, BC, Gregor Robertson is earning … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: No Non-Polluting Victories on Victoria Day…

Left Over: Homing in on the Houseless…’Affordable’ Means Never Having to Say Subsidized…

  Vancouver real estate town hall has people share their stories The town hall on Wednesday evening was organized by B.C. NDP MLA David Eby By Maryse Zeidler, CBC News Posted: Mar 17, 2016 6:15 AM PT Last Updated: Mar 17, … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Homing in on the Houseless…’Affordable’ Means Never Having to Say Subsidized…

Politics, Re-Spun: No, BC Actually Mentored Saskatchewan’s Poor-Bashing

Despite being Metro News, Emily Jackson’s great piece yesterday [below] about how brutally cruel the Saskatchewan government is should make us mindful of a number of issues. Not the least of which is that the neoliberal Saskatchewan Party has been photocopying many of the worst of BC’s regressive and anti-social policies. That makes the BC … Continue reading No, BC Actually Mentored Saskatchewan’s Poor-Bashing

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Left Over: Vancouver Acquires Land from Big Steal Rail…

Vancouver to buy Arbutus Corridor from CP Rail for $55M Future route may one day include light rail CBC News Posted: Mar 07, 2016 10:21 AM PT Last Updated: Mar 07, 2016 3:49 PM PT Many Vancouverites, current and former, … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Vancouver Acquires Land from Big Steal Rail…

Left Over: Poor Little Rich Boys..

  San Francisco tech worker: ‘I don’t want to see homeless riff-raff’ ‘ Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco @juliacarriew Wednesday 17 February 2016 22.27 GMT Last modified on Thursday 18 February 2016 15.13 GMT – Guardian online   I will never understand … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Poor Little Rich Boys..

Politics, Re-Spun: It’s Time for a National Housing Strategy

One of the big bads from the 1980s is starting to emerge again in Alberta. Jingle mail — the act of walking away from an underwater mortgage by mailing your keys back to the bank — is a peculiarity of the Alberta residential market and an act of desperation. However, a combination of high debt … Continue reading It’s Time for a National Housing Strategy

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Politics, Re-Spun: It’s Time for a National Housing Strategy

One of the big bads from the 1980s is starting to emerge again in Alberta. Jingle mail — the act of walking away from an underwater mortgage by mailing your keys back to the bank — is a peculiarity of the Alberta residential market and an act of desperation. However, a combination of high debt … Continue reading It’s Time for a National Housing Strategy

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Left Over: Who Defines “Affordable?”

Vancouver mayor offers $250M of city land for social housing Gregor Robertson is asking the federal government give $500M in return for affordable housing projects CBC News Posted: Feb 02, 2016 8:11 AM PT Last Updated: Feb 02, 2016 9:29 … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Who Defines “Affordable?”

Left Over: No Seniors Need Apply……

WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

Senior struggles to find affordable housing in Vancouver It’s a story too common among seniors, says executive director of the Seniors Services Society

By The Early Edition, CBC News Posted: Oct 15, 2015 2:48 PM PT Last Updated: Oct 16, 2015 6:49 AM PT

I could see this coming before . . . → Read More: Left Over: No Seniors Need Apply……

Left Over: No Seniors Need Apply……

WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

Senior struggles to find affordable housing in Vancouver It’s a story too common among seniors, says executive director of the Seniors Services Society

By The Early Edition, CBC News Posted: Oct 15, 2015 2:48 PM PT Last Updated: Oct 16, 2015 6:49 AM PT

I could see this coming before . . . → Read More: Left Over: No Seniors Need Apply……

Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Non-conformist jugglers, Mrs. Pirandello, and intense performance art

The New Conformity, from Vancouver circus troupe Cause & Effect, is on its most immediate level a direct commentary on contemporary corporate culture.

The performers, clad in identical grey suits, use juggling and physical comedy to tell the story of one man’s rebellion against imposed monotony, which begins with the revelation that he is wearing . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Montreal Fringe: Non-conformist jugglers, Mrs. Pirandello, and intense performance art

Left Over: Unreal Estate Prices – Just the Cost of Doing Business in Vancouver…

Vancouver real estate prices not the fault of foreign buyers, says new report B.C. Real Estate Association says densification and geography are to blame for high home prices

CBC News Posted: Jun 10, 2015 6:03 PM PT Last Updated: Jun 10, 2015 6:38 PM PT

 

Ah, the fox is releasing media . . . → Read More: Left Over: Unreal Estate Prices – Just the Cost of Doing Business in Vancouver…

Politics, Re-Spun: Why People Hate the Translink Police

Replace “driver” with Translink cop.

I had a hard time reading all the way through this article, the one about Translink cops terrorizing bus passengers on Friday night.

I also had a hard time reading about the two Translink cops found guilty of assault on Friday.

I’m sure it was just a coincidence that . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Why People Hate the Translink Police

PostArctica: When Punk Rock Hit Vancouver

Vancouver, 1978. So I am over at Glen Ward’s place and he puts an album on for me that he had ordered from Europe and we both were killing ourselves laughing through the whole thing, shaking our heads and pumping our fists, and just so damn high on this horrible, awful, ugly “new” stuff called . . . → Read More: PostArctica: When Punk Rock Hit Vancouver

The Canadian Progressive: In Vancouver, Canada’s first annual Charter of Rights and Freedoms march

Canada’s first annual Rights and Freedoms March, a celebration of the anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, launches in Vancouver on April 17.

The post In Vancouver, Canada’s first annual Charter of Rights and Freedoms march appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Art Threat: A Changing Chinatown

Julia Kwan’s NFB-produced Everything Will Be (Canada, 2014) examines the gentrification of Vancouver’s Chinatown as an uneasy balance of preservation, assimilation, and creative re-purposing.

A flurry of condo development encroaches on the neighbourhood’s familiar faces, such as the witty nonagenarian newsvendor and the members of the senior’s singing club. Meanwhile, younger community members inherit their . . . → Read More: Art Threat: A Changing Chinatown

Things Are Good: Vancouver Aims to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Vancouver has a new goal: be powered by only renewable energy. This announcement was made the same week that an oil spill hit the city’s shores. Indeed, the city is so sick of wasting money on carbon-based power sources that their 100% goal even includes cars, trucks, buses, etc.

This is great news for the . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Vancouver Aims to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Politics, Re-Spun: Disaster Tourism at the English Bay Oil Spill

By Emily Griffiths

In the wake of the oil spill a few days ago, I set out this morning with my partner to see the aftermath first hand. I really didn’t want to go, because I don’t enjoy feeling depressed or enraged, but denial isn’t a healthy choice, either.

We arrive at English Bay around . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Disaster Tourism at the English Bay Oil Spill

Left Over: Toxic Spills and the Toxic Con (tsk, tsk…) Response….

 

James Moore fires back at ‘political jabs’ over Vancouver oil spill Industry minister criticizes rush to blame before all facts are known

CBC News Posted: Apr 10, 2015 4:33 PM PT Last Updated: Apr 10, 2015 9:42 PM PT

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2015/04/the-bc-oil-spill-and-con-clown-james.html

 

As horrible as this event was, it did some good here . . . → Read More: Left Over: Toxic Spills and the Toxic Con (tsk, tsk…) Response….

Politics, Re-Spun: Vancouver’s Co-Working Co-op Stimulates Worker Empowerment

Tuesday night in the back room of The Tipper bar/bistro/restaurant on Kingsway at Victoria we are holding our Inception Meeting for a new kind of co-working space in Vancouver, one structured as a co-op.

You can read about the project in The Georgia Straight piece last week, and on the project webpage at Incipe, the . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Vancouver’s Co-Working Co-op Stimulates Worker Empowerment

Politics, Re-Spun: Ever Wonder How the 1% Talks to Each Other? Shhh. Listen!

It’s not a secret language, it’s a style, an effervescence. A whimsicality.

It’s like how people stand when they’re shopping in Tiffany’s. You feel me?

Read on about a new luxury property on Georgia in downtown Vancouver [emphasis is mine]:

The Penthouse

Upstairs, in the 48th-floor penthouse, it is a different story again. It is . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Ever Wonder How the 1% Talks to Each Other? Shhh. Listen!

Rob Maguire: I’m teaching copywriting at UBC

This week I begin teaching a UBC Continuing Studies course on copywriting. While I’ve given plenty of workshops and conference presentations, I’m very much looking forward to working with the same group of students for a full two months.

After all, the enjoyment I get from teaching communications skills is one of the . . . → Read More: Rob Maguire: I’m teaching copywriting at UBC

Left Over: Any Cardboard to Spare?

 

Affordable housing in Vancouver within reach: Michael Geller Michael Geller says innovative design and financing ideas are key to creating more affordable Vancouver homes

By Margaret Gallagher, CBC News Posted: Feb 02, 2015 7:29 AM PT Last Updated: Feb 02, 2015 7:29 AM PT

 

Yes, let’s crowd those poor people into . . . → Read More: Left Over: Any Cardboard to Spare?

Politics, Re-Spun: The So-Called Transit Referendum: Don’t Be Duped!

By Emily Griffiths

The Transit referendum “Yes” campaign has been asserting itself all over Facebook, Twitter, neighbourhood news boxes, and I can’t help but ask myself, Since when is increasing a flat tax a leftist thing to do?

Oh! The word “transit” has been attached to the newest proposed consumer flat tax . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The So-Called Transit Referendum: Don’t Be Duped!