This is news I first saw reported on a weblog: Tom Benjamin says he's suprised to see Brian Burke get fired by owner John McCaw, and Eric at Off Wing Opinion is suprised too. Tom says it looks like a business decision, not a hockey decision:
Stanley McCammon fired Pat Quinn, hired Mike Keenan and was at loggerheads with Brian Burke from his very first day. I'm not very comfortable with his review or its outcome. I'm never comfortable when a non-hockey person makes a stupid decision about a hockey team.Brian Burke Canned
Eric says another hockey team stands to benefit:
Burke did a great job reconstructing the Canucks and turning them into one of the top flight teams in the West. Now it looks like he'll have that opportunity again someplace else.Burke Out In Vancouver
Kenn Brown and company's Vancouver based Mondolithic creates awesome images of the future that have been featured in Wired and many other places. Check out the Mondolithic images of the week.
I saw the movie in January with Tina, and now voters have wisely chosen The Corporation as the book to read for One Book, One Vancouver. I will do my best to cover the discussion of the book and its events here on Urban Vancouver, and that includes purchasing the book, reading it and making some notes for discussion.
The current labour climate has been described as fluid, with unions threatening to walk of the job on Monday in support of the HEU workers. Raymond has some information on a May Day rally which will take place in one hour from this writing:
The May Day celebrations in Vancouver will feature a rally and a 90-minute concert with Shari Ulrich, Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes (UHF). The rally and concert, Voices for Justice, will start at 1:00 p.m. in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street. During the concert and rally, the B.C. Fed will collect donations in support of the struggle by B.C’s women’s centres to restore government funding. Organizers have asked participants to assemble in front of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (corner of Georgia and Hamilton Streets) at 11:00 a.m. to join a march to the concert.Support The Struggle for Democracy: May Day Rally in Vancouver
Sylvain posts on whether Markus should be on again as captain of the Vancouver Canucks or staying in Vancouver at all the year after and reflects on recent comments by the center:
To me that just says: "I wasn't trying cause I knew we couldn't win." Plus what does it say to the rest of the team? Maybe Keenan was on to something when he picked on Naslund way back when.Naslund Comments
I don't know what Naslund is like in the dressing room—and anybody who does is either on the Canucks equipment staff or, well, you get the idea—but he's always seemed to relaxed in dealing with the refs. There's also the visible frustration when Naslund was in a slump, although we now know that it was injury-related, which brings up the matter of who knew. The news articles I consulted don't say whether his teammates knew Naslund couldn't perform 100%, although they must have known when he was taking slapshots instead of wrist shots in games.
By Roland Tanglao on April 28, 2004 - 2:04pm
Boris and I will be attending tonight's Vancouver Ecademy event at the Century Plaza Hotel (1015 Burrard Street) bar at 6p.m. All are welcome. Come and say hi!
Through Flickr I found out about a MetaFilter meetup that happened last Friday. I'm a lapsed member/reader at MetaFilter, and besides, I'm usually more interested in MetaTalk (where people discuss the administration and other aspects of the MetaFilter site) anyway. In MeTa there is a discussion of the meetup and links to photos courtesy Vancouver MeFi users filmgoerjuan who blogs at The Calm Dreariness and timeistight, who blogs at Time Is Tight.
I'll be watching MetaTalk for the next one.
BitterWoo points out that The City Chase is coming to Vancouver May 15th. I saw a mini-documentary of this a couple weeks ago, and it looks interesting: evidently it is "part urban obstacle course, part scavenger hunt". I've heard of urban scavenger hunts that my friends have gone on for fun (the stories I hear of them are unsuitable for a family weblog), but The City Chase looks like the commercialized and organized version of amateur ad hoc events.
Tom Benjamin links to a Victoria Columnist letter arguing that it could be worse for Canucks fans: we could have another series to be nervous about, and says that to an extent. Tom agrees:
I don't have to watch. If I don't find the game to be compelling, I don't have to keep watching. I'm willing to entertain alternatives to watching the hockey game. So the Leaf fan is definitely right. In one sense, losing is liberating. On the other hand, I do wish for some more agonizing next year.Canucks Corner NHL Weblog: On Liberation