R.I.P. Yevgeny Yevtushenko

April 2, 2017

It is with sadness I learn of the death at age 83 of the brilliant Russian poet and novelist Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

He was one of the heroes of my youth, though I admit I haven’t thought about him for several decades now. His poem Babi Yar and his early Autobiografia¬†were inspirational to me as a young poet and confused Marxist.

I will take some time this summer to re-read some of his work.

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Welfare Remembrance Day

April 2, 2017

Today is the 10th anniversary of the last time welfare rates in British Columbia were raised.

  • Ten years in which the housing market (including low-end rents) and hydro and medical costs have exploded.
  • Ten years in which our brave MLAs have increased their own salaries hand over fist.
  • Ten years in which our Beloved Leader has paid herself hundreds of thousands of dollars even more than her already-huge official salary.
  • Ten years in which ferry and bus fares have doubled and tripled.
  • Ten years in which cronies of the BC Liberals have made billions and billions of dollars of profits.
  • Ten years in which our education system has been stripped to help the rich pamper their kids in private schools.

Ten years in which as a deliberate policy the poorest amongst us got nothing.

Let us all remember that on May 9th.