Archive for the ‘Vancouver’ Category

The “Non-Partisan” Association, Vancouver’s zombie political party

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

This post is for Vancouverites who are either new to the city or who are urban or civic politics nerds but may not be acquainted with the early historical roots of the local civic political party known—somewhat hilariously—as the Non Partisan Association (NPA). In power for many years, the NPA was recently all-but eliminated by a new developer-funded party, Vision Vancouver. However, lately the NPA seems to be attempting a …read more

Oh Vancouver just stop

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Yes, the official ScanBC Twitter account which monitors the electronic communications of BC’s emergency services has reported that Vancouver Police are on scene with a male robbed of his gold chain and his purse and Seymour St  & W Hastings St. Suspect fled in white BMW This almost reads as a form of time travel in which the new Vancouver reality is overlaid upon the old. Or as William Gibson …read more

A friend put this captioned magazine page through my mailbox

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

This made me laugh quite hard. Also, courtesy of the enjoyable fuckyournoguchitable tumblr: antlers, actual real taxidermy, fake taxidermy, steer skull and cardboard antlers. Meanwhile, as Vancouver’s historic Chinatown gets very quickly gentrified–evacuations of historic businesses, sales and demolitions of buildings, and the erection of new glass luxury condos—we see it filling up with upscale little restaurants and cafes full of… antlers. This white man’s pioneer or settler style, circa …read more

Ed Snowden’s surprise from-remote appearance at TED 2014 in Vancouver today

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Edward Snowden made a surprise appearance at the TED 2014 main conference in Vancouver today. TED is calling it “Here’s how we take back the Internet.” From a remote location in Russia he could remotely control a wheeled bot that allowed “him” to turn around and look at the audience. Good remarks. And then Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, comes out of the audience to talk to …read more

Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan or DTES LAP

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

The Downtown Eastside Local Area Plan or DTES LAP is a comprehensive plan for a significant area of downtown/East Vancouver. It goes before City Council this week, where Council seems likely to pass it despite significant opposition. You can get a copy of the LAP—which released only two weeks before going to Council, despite consisting of 450+ pages—from Publication Studio in Chinatown, who have kindly printed it for public accessibility …read more

Video: the real story of 439 Powell Street, the Ming Sun building

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

This video, Behind the Walls of 439, corrects a great deal of the misinformation generated by the City of Vancouver. Good job by local television students. Pretty heartbreaking. “This is the story of the displacement of people with less power.”