Archive for the ‘Vancouver’ Category

NeverHome – refugees in Canada, & Aylan Kurdi, the child who never made it here

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

“Between 2010 and 2014, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees found that Canada dropped from fifth to fifteenth in the list of refugee-receiving industrialized countries.” This fact about Canada’s failure to take in its share of refugees, and about the way it imprisons refugees in Canada for years on end, with children being born and growing up in jail, comes from the excellent website It is shocking to realize …read more


Sunday, August 30th, 2015

The two cones at left are young and old cones from the same pine tree (I forget the variety); same with the ones on the right, but from a blue atlas cedar. Plus an oak leaf from the trees that sway dangerously over the house After months of drought in Vancouver, an almost cartoon storm arrived. First high winds knocked down scores of drought-shocked trees all over the city, along …read more

Gastown poster – 1960s or 1970s style

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Because of my research on a 1976 event, people keep bringing me things from that general era. Thanks to my friend Resi for finding this in her mother’s house and bringing it to me yesterday. Not only is this Vancouver neighbourhood nearby to me (and now gentrified many times over), the map shows the Gastown Wax Museum where I worked many a summer in Vancouver, though its sign seems to …read more

Compulsive restaurant decor commentary

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

The receipt says October 21, 2013. I was at a local restaurant (which shall remain nameless) with two architect girlfriends. As I looked over the restaurant’s faux-Victorian, Yukon gold rush brothel decor (readers of this blog know is something that has been irking me for a while) I asked for their opinions. When they started to get pointed and hilarious I turned the recording app on my phone on. After …read more

More colonial craft

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Once you start seeing something, it’s suddenly everywhere  (and it doesn’t help that people keep sending me examples). After noticing that we seem culturally obsessed with our colonial settlement of this city/province/country/continent right now, and that this pioneer DIY craft style has spread as far afield as Brisbane and Berlin, based on what people have written me, I feel compelled to keep collecting it. But I promise this will all …read more

Craigslist: “For Sale: Vancouver City Hall. Cash only, please. No Questions asked.”

Monday, April 6th, 2015

__________________________________________________________________ Ha ha. Sadly, this Craigslist ad was quickly taken down, but not before lots of us took  screenshots and copied the text (a friend uploaded it to her Facebook). The ad only lasted only 23 hours. Someone must have flagged it. Considering that it only went up on Easter Sunday and was taken down Easter Monday, some City Hall employee or Vision Vancouver party functionary must be pretty vigilant. …read more