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

September 3rd, 2015 by LB

“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


August 30th, 2015 by LB

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

Young Socialists poster circa late 1960s/early 70s – Larry Nozaki

August 20th, 2015 by LB

A classic old political meeting poster I found while I was cleaning out my grandfather’s house after he died. I miss these posters on their fragile yellow paper. Is this done by mimeograph? Three colours of ink: black, green and red. I’m sure it must have been my uncle Bobby’s, and I’m assuming it’s from the late 60s or early 70s. Anyone want to take a guess? I just it …read more

Gastown poster – 1960s or 1970s style

July 4th, 2015 by LB

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

Oxi to austerity

July 3rd, 2015 by LB

UPDATE July 5: Yes, it’s a no! Nai, it’s Oxi!! <3 See Paul Mason’s assessment. Transcription of Alexis Tsipras’ speech tonight, July 3, 2105 in Syntagma Square in Athens. Tsipras is appealing to the Greek people to vote no—oxi—in the referendum on Sunday and thereby refuse more austerity in return for a bailout and yet more unpayable debt. The past five years of austerity imposed by Europe have reduced the country …read more

Compulsive restaurant decor commentary

June 27th, 2015 by LB

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