Night Music: Subterranean Homesick Blues

November 8, 2020

Expensive Overkill

November 8, 2020

A few weeks ago the manager of the apartment building next door to mine complained that some of the tenants in my building were using his garbage containers. I found that a bit odd as we have perfectly good ones of our own, and I didn’t think much more about it.

However, over the last week, several contractors and trucks have been in the lane working away next door. Now it can be revealed …

… it is an industrial-strength fence with a sliding gate.

I have no idea how much it cost but it cannot have been cheap. It seems like a massive over-reaction to a minor problem.

Battleground Grandview is Now Available

November 8, 2020

If you are interested in Vancouver politics and urban development — and the future of Commercial Drive and Grandview — this book takes you into the nitty-gritty of how City of Vancouver Planning Department and the Vision-majority City Council ran rough-shod over a community, pushing through major changes in the look and feel of a successful and well-loved neighbourhood against the wishes of a significant number of residents.

It describes how public “consultation” was corrupted into nothing more than a public relations exercise, ticking all the progressive boxes while actually delivering the pre-determined outcome preferred by the Planners and Vision Vancouver’s financial backers. CityHallWatch calls it “an X-Ray into the City’s planning” process.

The 288-page book includes detailed coverage of the 2014 civic election, and shows how the Grandview debacle fits in to the trajectory of similar anti-community planning exercises in Mount Pleasant, Norquay, Marpole, Downtown Eastside, the West End, and Oakridge.

Battleground: Grandview retails at $25.00 and is available at:

  • People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive
  • SuperValu, 1st & Commercial

You can also get a copy direct from me at — $25 including postage — via Interac Email Transfer, adding a mailing address to the message.

R.I.P. Alex Trebek

November 8, 2020

One of the presents the Everloving bought me for my birthday last month was an Alex Trebek T-shirt. We are both Jeopardy addicts. It is therefore with a heavy heart that I just read he died overnight.

It was apparently in his contract that he only be called the host of the show as he said it was the contestants who were the stars. That is a fine measure of the man.

He will be missed.

Grandview 8th November 1920

November 8, 2020
Vancouver Sun, 19201108, p.2

All previous Grandview 1920 clippings.