Melanie Mark and the Billionaire Boys’ Club

January 23, 2016

Long time readers of this space — and those who follow Vancouver municipal politics closely — will know that Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver are creatures of Joel Solomon and his Billionaire Boy’s Club. However, it is a surprise, even to me, to see that Vancouver-Mount Pleasant NDP candidate Melanie Mark needs to be added to the list of Solomon’s playmates.

Joel and Dana Solomon are hosting a get-to-know Melanie party at their place in Gastown on Monday evening. It is, of course, an exclusive invitation-only event. Have you been invited?  No, neither have I.

Ms Mark doesn’t live in the riding (she’s from Burnaby) and now we find she’s being pushed by the super-rich 1%ers who are helping to wreck Vancouver’s neighbourhoods, especially here on the east-side.  That’s two strikes.

Voting for Pete Fry will be the third strike and she’ll be outta here!

A Shout Out To Sunrise Pizza

January 23, 2016

Sunrise PizzaLast night a group of twelve of us held a farewell party for one of our friends and colleagues who, due to the affordability crisis in Vancouver, has been obliged to move three hours into the Interior to find a house to buy. We had the dinner at the Sunrise Pizza & Steak House at 949 Commercial Drive because it is one of his favourite places.

Sunrise has been part of our neighbourhood for more than thirty years, but I have to admit that I haven’t been there more than half a dozen times. I can say without hesitation that we will be more regular diners in the future.

The food was excellent, with huge family-style portions, and at reasonable prices. More, the service was simply superb.  We were not a rowdy group, I guess, but the orders were complex and made more so with separate billings between couples and singles, some with shared wine, some without. The server was prompt and friendly, and got every order and every billing correct. She was always available when needed without imposing herself. She certainly helped the evening proceed in a merry way.

Bravo to the server, the cooks, and the owner!


Image: Echo Density

January 23, 2016