Posts Tagged ‘corruption’

Stadiums do not bring economic benefits to cities – study

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

The following CBC article confirms what we’ve always known: sports stadiums simply do not deliver on their extravagant economic promises. Just as with casinos, the millionaire proponents of stadiums always claim that these big arenas will make a city rich. But just as with casinos: 1. stadiums do not in fact bring any appreciable economic benefits to a region, and yet 2. the general public (led by the media) persists …read more

Public squares & dissent – Julian Assange, Slavoj Žižek, Amy Goodman

Monday, July 4th, 2011

For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the video of the discussion between Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Julian Assange of Wikileaks, and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek. It took place in London over the weekend and was produced by Frontline Club. The discussion is wide-ranging but one remark that really struck me was Assange observation of the importance of a city’s central square in democratic movements, that it’s the place …read more

Geometric mural in the basement of Vancouver City Hall

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Last week I was at City Hall for public hearings. It was over an urban planning fiasco that the B.C. provincial government is trying to force upon the City of Vancouver—a giant slot machine casino in the middle of the downtown core. Due to the overflow of citizens opposing this idiotic plan I had to go all the way down to the basement of City Hall to find a bathroom, …read more