The Supreme Court’s InSite

September 30, 2011

In a hard slap to the face of the Harper Tories, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled this morning that Vancouver’s InSite safe injection site must be allowed to operate outside Canada’s drug laws.  They found that under the Charter of Rights & Freedoms, the Provincial Government’s duty to take care of the health of its citizens over-rode the Federal Government’s right to enforce their drug laws. Therefore the Minister was ordered by the court to continue an indefinite exemption for InSite. The decision was unanimous.

Thank God for common sense!

There are libraries full of studies proving that InSite has been of value to the addicts, to the health community, and to the city in general. But it didn’t meet the Tory’s hardline ideology so it had to be opposed.  How many of my tax dollars went to fighting this, I wonder?

Hopefully this ruling will encourage Victoria, Toronto and other cities who have shown interest in their own safe injection facilities.

Pretty good start to the day!


Bands Of Gold

September 28, 2011

The Hudson’s Bay Company, downtown Vancouver

Gazebo In Fall

September 26, 2011

Gazebo In Fall” at the Sun Yat Sen Gardens, Vancouver

Honesty Or Just Bad Service?

September 26, 2011

I booked a support call to Shaw TV today. They always give you the option of hanging on or having a call-back. I chose the call-back.  The message from the call-back system was that they would call me back after at least four hours.  I know that’s really bad service, but does their honesty about the delay make it better?  I don’t think so.

While I am at it, let me also complain about a form of negative-billing-via-inconvenience that they practice.  You can go on line to Shaw and ADD any TV/cable service you want. But you cannot DELETE a service on line; for that you have to use the perilous telephone support system.  I’m sure that does deter some people, to the advantage of the company.

Generally I am quite satisfied with Shaw, but these particular things are really annoying!

Reason #205 NOT to use Facebook

September 25, 2011

As if we needed more reasons to avoid Facebook like the plague, Nik Cubrilovic points out that FB continues to follow you around the web — even after you’ve logged off!

“logging out of Facebook only de-authorizes your browser from the web application, a number of cookies (including your account number) are still sent along to all requests to Even if you are logged out, Facebook still knows and can track every page you visit

The only solution is to delete every Facebook cookie in your browser, or to use a separate browser for Facebook interactions.”

Previous Reasons To Avoid Facebook.



September 24, 2011

Congratulations on Straight Success

September 24, 2011

Congratulations to the Commercial Drive businesses that came top of their class in the latest Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver issue:

  • Attic Treasures, 964 (#2 as Vintage/Retro Furniture)
  • Barefoot Contessa, 1928 (#1 Women’s Clothing Independent)
  • Bikes On The Drive, 1350 (#3 Neighbourhood Bike Store)
  • Broadway Station Dental Clinic (#2 Dentist)
  • Canadian Legion, 2205 (#3 best cheap beer)
  • Continental Coffee, 1806 (#2 Independent coffee shop)
  • Daily Catch, 1418 (#3 seafood store)
  • Flowerbox, 1704 Charles (#3 best Florist)
  • Fratelli’s, 1795 (#1 bakery for pastries)
  • La Grotta, 1791 (#3 cheese store)
  • Mintage, 1714 (#3 Vintage Consignment Clothing)
  • Spartacus Gym, 1522 (#1 Independent Gym)
  • Storm Brewing, 310 (#2 Local Microbrewery)

And, of course, Womyn’s Ware at 896 was declared “best place to get a sexy new bag of tricks.”

There are, as usual, some incredible omissions from the list, and it is still too west-side-centric, but it is a fun read every year.