Inside job: How a murky system of preferential access skews new condo sales

June 24th, 2017 by LB


M City condo development, in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga


Above, story on preferential sales to offshore buyers by Westbank, a Vancouver developer who built an outsized condo development in Vancouver’s Chinatown

This important article, “Inside job: How a murky system of preferential access skews new condo sales” is behind a paywall, so I’ve cut and pasted its content here.

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Vote-splitting, privilege, BC Green party, “voting conscience” and first-past-the-post elections

April 27th, 2017 by LB


Dear British Columbians, especially youth voters:

I’m an environmentalist, and I have been feeling the need to state that if you vote BC Green in the BC election on May 9, it is very likely you will help re-elect the far-right BC Liberals (unless you are on Southern Vancouver Island).

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Swedish architect Per Friberg – possible designer of house in Bron/Broen

March 14th, 2017 by LB


Above: Erlandson Villa designed by Per Friberg. Below: detective Martin
Rohde in “Bron/Broen” (The Bridge)

The Bridge (Bron/Broen) is a Danish-Swedish TV co-production set on both sides of the  Øresund Bridge that links Copenhagen, Denmark & Malmö, Sweden.

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The Log’s Log by Carole Itter, 1972-3

March 9th, 2017 by LB

Fittingly this book arrived in the mail on Iternational Women’s Day. I’ve always wanted a copy of it. Only 1000 were printed so I was surprised I could get one.

The book is documentation of an extended artwork by Vancouver artist Carole Itter in which she found a yellow cedar log on the beach in BC, cut it in pieces, put handles on each segment, wrapped them in canvas and took the entire log with her as baggage to Nova Scotia via the Canadian National railway.

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City of Vancouver’s disastrous new logo

February 24th, 2017 by LB

New City of Vancouver logo, in un-kerned Gotham typeface

I still can’t entirely believe it, but this bland, amateur wordmark is the City of Vancouver’s new logo—or to be more accurate, since it barely qualifies as a wordmark let alone a logo: here is our new sad bit of typing.

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Russian family crest and coat of arms

February 19th, 2017 by LB

Just curious if anyone out there can read the symbolism in this crest? These wax seal stamps are from a Russian relative and I think they might be fairly old. The design seems to vary from stamp to stamp, one having lions and another having deer or impala, but despite differences it seems to be the same crest.

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