November 29, 2011

The TV was on this afternoon. I guess it was one of our time-shift channels because all the ads were for Toronto and Mississauga.  The ad I happened to catch was for a Toronto TV station’s morning show.  The tag line was “Like the morning paper without all that annoying reading.”

What sort of moronic message is that to give to kids, or to anyone for that matter? That reading is a chore? An annoyance?

Jesus God Almighty, it just makes me mad!


The Greenest City On Earth, Eh?

November 26, 2011

We must ask Gregor how this fits in with his lauded environmental targets for Vancouver!


False Creek Lagoon No. 1

November 24, 2011

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Historic Building Permits Available

November 24, 2011

Last night I went to the launching of the Vancouver City Archives/Heritage Vancouver project for putting Vancouver’s earliest building permits (1901-1921) on line as a resource for historians, genealogists, and anyone interested in their own house. The records include the cities of Vancouver, South Vancouver and Point Grey.

If you go to, you can seach by address, legal title, owner, architect and builder.

This has been  an epic project, hand transcribing more than inconsistently-written 20,000 records into a searchable database — all the work handled by volunteers over the last decade.  Well done to them!

The Drive Occupied

November 23, 2011

The Occupy Vancouver movement pitched up at Grandview Park last night.  After some unpleasantness with a few local residents, they agreed to disperse and gather at the Park today at noon.  I went down to bear witness today.

Three or four dozen people, perhaps, including media, milling around; maybe twenty or twenty-five people actually involved in the meeting. My take was that about half the folks were young, in their teens and early 20s, and the other half were 50 plus years old. Those of us in the second group were probably reliving or at least re-remembering our own protestations in the 1960s.

Over the last few weeks of watching the Occupy movement develop in New York, London, Oakland and elsewhere, I have been particularly fascinated by the new tactics — human mic, hand signs of approval or rejection, semi-formal rules of order — that we didn’t figure out in the 60s (as my wife says, back then we just showed up and threw things).  All these new forms were on view at the Park today — and they really worked.

I saw quite a few Parks Board folks at the meeting (happy to join in the discussion), but no police.  The weather worked out, too, with no rain or high winds. It seemed to me to be a pleasant community experience.

In the end, the movement decided to abandon the tent city strategy that has seen them being pushed from place to place. Instead, they will return to regularly scheduled daily meetings at the Art Gallery, starting tonight.  It was the right decision.


November 16, 2011

Lake” (1999), oils on canvas, 30″ x 24″

Who Came Prepared For A Riot In New York?

November 15, 2011