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[28 May 2015 | Comments Off on 2015 Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite | 1,014 views]
2015 Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite

I finally delivered my ballot yesterday, choosing to deliver it directly to a Plebiscite Service Office rather than entrusting it to the useless Canada Post Corporation at this late date. To get there I drove a car; I suppose I should have caught a bus, but there are only so many hours in a day.
At this late date I won’t be the first to pontificate on this subject but, if the “no” vote wins, the powers that be need to be aware of the fact that a no vote is …

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[24 Feb 2014 | Comments Off on No fun BC | 850 views]
No fun BC

So just about everyone in Canada east of the Rockies got to imbibe at some inhumane hour of the morning during the Olympic gold medal ice hockey game between Canada and Sweden on Sunday. West of the Rockies though, the no-fun police were demonstrating their true colours: Public establishments in British Columbia were not allowed to serve alcohol, even though in other provinces rules had been relaxed for this special occasion.
A few years ago I’d have been critical of this “no-fun” policy. But in 1994 and 2011, Vancouverites proved that …

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[3 Feb 2011 | Comments Off on Only in Vancouver … | 874 views]

… will you be approached outside a Starbucks by a guy plugged into an iPod begging — “pretty please” — for a dollar to buy a coffee.

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[1 Dec 2010 | One Comment | 1,894 views]
Invincible and invisible cyclists

The front page story in The Vancouver Sun on 29 November was Cycling’s most dangerous intersections: 10 places cars are most likely to hit bicycles in Vancouver. Illustrating that story was one of the pictures you see here. (For some strange reason, the Sun has two identical versions of the story [here and here] on its website, but with different pictures.)
Now, I realise that the photographs were no doubt posed, but they beautifully — and ironically — illustrate exactly why so many cyclists (and pedestrians) are getting mowed down on …