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TransLink’s New Electronic Fare Card’s Guaranteed Crappy Name

It’s too bad that TransLink has chosen four sad, bland, uninspiring, pseudo-clever names for us all to vote on for the name of their new electronic fare card. In the pre-Expo early 1980s we had a similar naming contest for the Skytrain. Hundreds of amazing suggestions were sent in to government. Grace McCarthy said she […]

Just How Galling is TransLink’s Taxation Without Representation?

I wince in pain every time I board a Skytrain car and see this sign reminding us to keep our transit system clean. The TransLink board is a 21st century example of 18th century taxation without representation as the draconian BC Liberal government altered TransLink’s existence to ensure an appointed board is not accountable to […]

Perspectives on Point Douglas: The Dean Koshelanyk Interview (Winnipeg Votes 2010)

The weeks and months leading up to Winnipeg’s 2010 civic election have been nothing short of a three-ring media circus. High drama, contentious issues, diametrically opposed mayorial candidates locked in a dead heat, scandals: Winnipeg lacks not for schmaltzy political showmanship. The downside of constant pre-election melodrama is that media attention is focused on reactionary […]

TransLink’s Latest Offensive, Manipulative Citizen Survey

Dear Regional Resident, Be a part of TransLink’s on-line advisory panel and get directly involved in the future of transportation in your region. via TransLink Listens. I enjoy doing surveys. I know polling often has more impact on policy choices than voting every 4 years or writing a form email to the premier. TransLink, however, […]

51% of Vancouverites are Visible Minorities: So What?

51% of Vancouver citizens are visible minorities. When are we going to start factoring that into how our city operates from the top down? Yesterday, at the Coalition of Progressive Electors‘ AGM, members elected 12 people to their board. 2/3 of them happen to not be white men; half are women. This is a good […]

COPE 2010 AGM Live-Blogging 2:30 Start

This afternoon at the Japanese Hall in East Vancouver is the Coalition of Progressive Electors‘ 2010 AGM. Below is the live blogging interface. COPE 2010 AGM

Capitalists: The Flat-Earthers of the 21st Century

I’m not just talking about the old white guy with the mustache and top hat in Monopoly. I’m talking about all the folks who think the market will save us and that the economy must grow and that to be critical of all that is to be unpatriotic or a threat to social order. And […]

Vancouver’s Livability Delusion/Denial

Vancouver’s website has a link to the civic themes we’re promoting at our pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The spin [see below] is almost totally unbearable. I take issue with the the city’s PR claims of sustainability, livability, an urban sanctuary and our awareness of our impact on nature. I don’t care what kind […]

Is a Car Free Vancouver Possible?

CarFreeYVR posted a nice video [below] discussing the motivations and inspirations for car-free days in Vancouver. With car-free days festivals coming again on June 20 on Main Street, Commercial Drive, Kits and the West End [happy Father's Day!], I’m excited to see hundreds take over the pavement. But how does Vancouver ever become the first […]

Olympic Threat Mathematics

Almost a year ago I wrote about how VANOC was exploring risks to Olympic corporate sponsors. People don’t like them because they have co-opted the Olympics and are pimping the athletes and glee-seekers for their own exposure, which is now most evident in Olympic logos all over the TV, skyscraper advertising condoms downtown and inane […]