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Round One Game Five: Calgary Flames 2 Vancouver Canucks 1

By Richard Eriksson on April 15, 2004 - 10:43pm

Much better performance from the Canucks than the last time, and I'm even going to say they way outpreformed the Flames. That is, if it wasn't for Kiprusoff. The Canucks are getting the chances but there is not a lot of garbage—and hence not a lot of garbage goals except for the goal tonight that deflected off both Sedins—and Kiprusoff is in the right spot every time. If the Canucks are going to win game 6, it'll be off garbage goals. Otherwise they're letting the best goalie in the league defeat them.

I can't say I'm disappointed with the pace of the game either. The fans at GM Place got their money's worth in terms of excitement. Many people are pointing to the low-scoring affairs in hockey over the last few years, but the fans still come out, especially to the teams that win. I hate to say it but the Canucks fans are bandwagon jumpers. But guess what? So are the fans for every other team. Winning hockey teams sell tickets, period. (The exception to the rule that winning sports clubs sell tickets would have to be the Indiana Pacers of the NBA.) Analysts looking at lower goal totals are looking at the wrong stat: the goal-tenders have markedly improved in the last 20 years, but has the number of shots decreased? The question is less than rhetorical, because observationally, more shots seem to get blocked before they hit the net, so I leave it up to someone else to do the leg work.

Shoes on a Wire in Vancouver: Their Muted Statement

By Richard Eriksson on April 15, 2004 - 6:30pm

Todd at has some photos of shoes thrown up to hang on electricity wires in three neighbourhoods in Vancouver: the corner of Commercial and Charles streets, corner of Nelson and Thurlow streets, and the corner of Nelson and Bute streets. Muses Todd:

Part of what I like so much about shoes on the wire is their muted statement: we can’t reliably glean any concrete message about the thrower’s intentions from the shoes, and have to invent narratives for them if we want an explanation. These shoes include some kind of inscription, but it’s unintelligible to me… Shoes on the wire update: attractors and inscriptions

Svend Robinson Quits Politics, Takes Medical Leave After Stealing Ring

By Richard Eriksson on April 15, 2004 - 12:07pm

The following is the text of my comment on Boris' entry earlier today:

I just watched the news conference on CTV, and he announced that he is stepping down because he pocketed a ring evidently worth $50,000 while at an auction on Good Friday. He is taking medical leave from his job as Member of Parliament and is seeking therapy for emotional stress. He blames his fall in Galiano in 1997 and his reluctance to take time off for himself (the president of the Burnaby-Douglas NDP constituency association said he and Svend's friends and colleagues had urged Svend to take some time off from his duties as MP) and describes his actions on Good Friday as "irrational". Svend is taking responsibility for his actions, is seeking legal advice and the police are investigating.

One of the reporters on CTV was skeptical that charges would be laid, and Keith Baldrey—the only political analyst in BC I respect—opined that this is totally out of character for Robinson.

Yellow Snake on Granville and Pender

By Roland Tanglao on April 15, 2004 - 11:36am

Yellow Snake on Granville and Pender

Found today on the east side of Granville, just south of Pender. These kind of things always remind me of the pneumatic hoses and tubes in Brazil, one my favourite movies.

Svend Robinson not running in next election

By Boris Mann on April 15, 2004 - 9:30am

I just heard this while listening to CBC, and a quick search found this Globe and Mail story:

A member of the NDP since the age of 14, Mr. Robinson was first elected to the House of Commons in May 1979 to represent the riding of Burnaby-Douglas.
Globe and Mail: Svend Robinson leaving politics: report

Mr. Robinson is apparently making a public announcement here in Vancouver, likely later today.

75% of BCers Want to Keep Stake in Petro-Canada

By Boris Mann on April 15, 2004 - 9:21am

In a poll done by Ipsos-Reid for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada and the Council of Canadians, 75% of British Columbians said the Canadian government should keep its share of Petro-Canada in order to maintain Canadian influence and to ensure our energy security for the future.

The poll was done following the Martin government's announcement in the budget that it will sell its part of Petro-Canada. Full poll results are available at

Canada NewsWire: Don't Sell Petro-Canada say British Columbians

I don't quite understand selling a stake in companies that are profitable. Isn't that like selling a cow that produces lots of milk?

Ballard Breaks into the Solar Inverter Market

By Boris Mann on April 15, 2004 - 9:11am

Entering an already tight and competitive market, Ballard Power Systems, one of the most recognizable names in the fuel cell industry, has spread their expertise into the solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter market with the recent unveiling of a 75 kW power converter designed specifically for large solar PV applications. Ballard Breaks into the Solar Inverter Market

Looks like Ballard is expanding beyond just fuel cells.

The Canadian Ecademy Roadshow

By Boris Mann on April 14, 2004 - 10:55pm

Apr 28 2004 - 7:00pm

Ecademy Logo

Ecademy is an online networking site seeking to expand it's Canadian membership.

There will be a maximum of one hour of speakers/presentations to leave plenty of time for networking.

See the Ecademy website for more information.

Nicole Steen's Easy as Pie

By Roland Tanglao on April 14, 2004 - 9:59pm

Nicole Steen's Easy as Pie

Awesome retro style art from Nicole Steen of The Pop Tarts as seen at The Templeton diner today. Well worth the $75 asking price. Contact Nicole at thepoptarts AT or check out the Tart Gallery website to buy it!

Cherry Blossoms on Granville

By Roland Tanglao on April 14, 2004 - 9:39pm

Cherry Blossoms on Granville

One of many Cherry Blossoms patches on Granville on a grey Wednesday April 14. We never had thick swathes of blossoms like this back in Ontario when I was growing up. Maybe that's why I never had a problem with allergies until I moved to Vancouver. This year it's particularly bad in BC and I am not alone. Check out the CBC's Allergy season in full bloom for tales of how bad it is this year.

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