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Gmail Invite Available in Return for Donation to VCN

By Richard Eriksson on June 8, 2004 - 10:10pm

For those in the Vancouver area (or elsewhere) looking for a Gmail account invite, I am giving one away to the first three (3) people to email me at richard AT urbanvancouver DOT com pledging $5 (yeah, five bucks) to donate to the Vancouver Community Network. Comments are disabled for this post. If you want an invite, please email me.

Moving Force of a New Era

By Ian Bruk on June 8, 2004 - 9:59am

Found a great quote at one of my favourite bloggers:

Sebastian Pacquet

From the Weblog Research Roundtable:

"I suspect that over the next few years we will see a lot of calls suggesting that blogging has died, and I suspect that in a sense they will be right. The act of keeping a "Weblog" as a separate entity will become something of an anachronism. The broader world of collaborative Web publishing will continue to grow and converge with other technologies, including IM and e-mail. Imagine asking someone today if they are an "e-mailer." That question made sense, among a certain group, 15 years ago, when you weren't sure if someone had e-mail or not. I have a feeling that the production of public media -- whether in the form of Weblogs, wikis, collaboratively filtered lifelogs, or some form that I am too shortsighted to predict -- will be the moving force of a new era."

Storyeum - My impressions from my free tour on Thursday

By Roland Tanglao on June 6, 2004 - 11:41pm

Stream of consciouness review (I bet Shane's forthcoming review will be better!):

Storyeum is fun, polished performances, unpolished venue (needs some minor finishing touches), goes from before the last ice ago to early 1900s, what about the rest of the 20th century?, l loved the Barkerville Chinese guy (I didn't realize that the Chinese were such a large part of history, but of course they were), what about the South Asians, and Japanese influence on BC? (I bet this will be incorporated into a future), I loved the "love story musical" at the end and I bet the bistro (which is not finished) will be a great addition to the Gastown dining scene.

Storyeum Dress Rehearsal ticket for Thu03Jun2004 5p.m.

Ethnic Neighbourhoods

By Richard Eriksson on June 4, 2004 - 11:28pm

d at g.girl posts the notes she jotted down about Ethnic Neighbourhoods in Vancouver:

- Robson Street used to be German! Looking at it now, I'd never have guessed.
- There's a First Nations reserve under the Lion's Gate Bridge. I always thought it was a retirement community for some reason.
- Steveston used to be a Japanese neighbourhood.
- Shaughnessy has windy twisty streets because it used to be British, and those crazy Brits associate straight streets with lower class people, and twisty ones with higher class people. This explains much of Victoria's street plan, too.g.girl: Ethnic Neighbourhood

There is some discussion in the comments, and I read once (I believe it was in the Vancouver Sun a few years ago) that Victoria Drive was effectively becomming Vancouver's second Chinatown.

Notes on the Premiere Reading by Joel Bakan at One Book, One Vancouver

By Richard Eriksson on June 4, 2004 - 3:43pm

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.

breebop: it's not easy being green

By Boris Mann on June 4, 2004 - 12:13am

Jim Harris

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.

20,000 Women

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 -

Maybe if there are any women reading the Politics section of Urban Vancouver, one of them would care to comment...

Homelessness and a provincial politician...

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 and FREE today until 7p.m.

By Roland Tanglao on June 3, 2004 - 2:46pm

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.

Bike Month

By Richard Eriksson on June 2, 2004 - 6:13pm

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.

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