On Friday, May 28th, I attended the premiere reading by Joel Bakan of his book The Corporation: the Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power for One Book, One Vancouver. This account is from my point-form notes.
By Boris Mann on June 4, 2004 - 12:13am
I don't know if Green would be any different, but Red is tired, Blue is treacherous and I'm just not sure about Orange.
breebop: it's not easy being green
breebop's posting is about Jim Harris' (the Green Party leader) exclusion from the national party debate (also from Darren Barefoot). Harris is, however, "appearing" as a guest blogger on BlogsCanada.
Blogging is definitely about conversations, and Jim Harris has just inserted himself into one . At the same time, Paul Martin's blog got removed. As Jim Elve (publisher of BlogsCanada) points out:
You don't need to be a candidate for Prime Minister to post comments.
By NickBagley on June 3, 2004 - 11:19pm
My sister-in-law, who is an intelligent and educated woman, has said she is not going to vote in the election because she can't be bothered.
In Blair Wilson's blog, I came across this statistic: "Women make up half of the Canadian population, but only 63 of the 301 members of the House of Commons are women".
Are these two things connected? Are women in general just not interested in politics? If there were more female candidates would more women vote?
Some women are trying to make a difference though - www.youngwomenvote.ca
Maybe if there are any women reading the Politics section of Urban Vancouver, one of them would care to comment...
By ejohnlove on June 3, 2004 - 9:09pm
(John clears his throat and self-consciously steps up onto his wobbly soapbox...)
In an article published not too long ago (I think in the Georgia Straight), Bill Teilman (sp?) wrote about Lorne Mayencourt's proposed bill for tougher penalties - fines - against agressive panhandlers. I believe Bill (go Bill) said essentially said that taking this position made Mayencort essentially a hypocrite, since Mr. Mayencourt had been bankrupt twice and had had a loan or two forgiven in his day. My impression is that it was for more than mere pocket change.
Mayencourt's position is, IMHO, too extreme and counter-productive, punishing the poor without offering any contribution towards a long-term solution.
For all his own idealistic promotion, at least Svend Robinson spent a night in a homeless shelter to bring awareness to the homeless problem in Vancouver. And that was years ago, when I think it was not as bad as it is today...
Care to get your sleeping bag out Lorne?
Storyeum is open (congratulations to the Storyeum folks!) and FREE today (for adult's that's a $22 value for free!). Tours are 72 minutes long and start on the hour. Get your tickets in advance. I wil be there at 5p.m. A full report later today.
Urban Vancouver now features a June 2004 is Bike Month Special Report. So far all we have listed are the Bike Month 2004 Events, but if you would like to post your stories, photos or events related to Bike Month, feel free to create an account and we will include what you post in the special report. The events (along with other events in Vancouver) are listed in chronological order at the Urban Vancouver events listings.
By Roland Tanglao on June 1, 2004 - 11:47pm
Here's what looks to be the official line on the Storyeum opening from a comment left by an anonymous poster. Click read more to get all the details:
By Shane Birley on June 1, 2004 - 6:36pm
It is official - Storyeum is not open. They have missed their June 1st deadline - but, not to worry. A quick call into their offices and I talked with one of their staff who informed me they are not wanting to compromise the quality of the show and are not confident viewers would have a positive experience. That just shows they are just not finished yet and need a little more time. I am willing to give them as much time as they require. This event will be something to see and I support them in wanting to start it off right.
They are currently working on an hour to hour basis and are hoping to have their first show on Thursday, June 3rd, at noon. I will keep checking in and fill you all in as things develop.
Here are more stories about Storyeum that were filed just in time for the opening, today June 1, 2004. WARNING: some of the links may rot eventually but they should be OK for a couple of days.
Got a story or a comment on Storyeum? Post a comment here or
By Boris Mann on May 31, 2004 - 10:05am
Cross-posted to ye olde Election Blog at Blogs Canada.
As you know, every election, our country becomes covered in clapboard and plastic signs advertising the candidates. As the campaign proceeds, four or five signs can sprout on a single street corner, competing for the 'eye-share' of passing commuters.
Oddly, signage seems to be a cornerstone of campaign marketing.Darren Barefoot: Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign
Darren goes on to question the value of signs, when we are bombarded with (so much better funded) corporate advertising all the time.
Well, you know what we at StreamLine think: we're giving away free blogs to federal election candidates. Have your local candidate contact us.