Homemade pandemic mask patterns for the Covid-19 outbreak, & useful links

March 31st, 2020 by LB

There has been too much confusion around whether we should be wearing masks while in public during the pandemic. I’m in the “Yes” camp, and I’ve noticed that all the doctors I’ve talked to are in the Yes camp too, no matter what politicians and public officials have been saying. Interestingly (and unsurprisingly) governments are changing course on this.

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Canadian mining and violence

March 29th, 2019 by LB

This Globe and Main article is, regrettably, behind a paywall. I’m for supporting journalism, but the Globe and Mail has explicitly targeted a wealthy readership and a subscription is fabulously expensive. I have a subscription for my work. This story is too important, for Canadians and people in Central and South America alike, to be available only to wealthy subscribers.

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Gray Metal – jewelry cast from beach plastic

January 6th, 2019 by LB

Well before the most recent wave of coverage of the crisis of plastic accumulating in our oceans, jeweler and artist Jesse Gray of Gray Metal started picking up beach plastic on Vancouver Island and casting some of it into jewelry. This is just a small selection of her line (not all of which is cast from these plastics).

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First Past the Post: corruption and political disengagement

November 12th, 2018 by LB

British Columbia is in the middle of a referendum on electoral reform. We are deciding whether we should switch to a Proportional Representation (PR or Pro Rep) system from our current First Post the Post (FPTP) system. I decided to write this post because the official Yes to PR group, Vote PR BC, has failed to communicate a really key point: that political corruption, and the public’s resulting feelings of political hopelessness and lack of faith in the political process, are are more related to our broken First Past the Post electoral system than we realize.

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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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