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Today’s Sun Stories

with 4 comments

There are a number of things reported today that fit the brief of this blog. But most do not require much commentary. I have already updated the recent post on truckers as another crackdown, this time in Vancouver, reveals more neglect and danger to us all.

Carol James has an opinion piece on the carbon tax.

there’s a right way and a wrong way to price carbon. The right way is to listen to the people affected, address their concerns and take action. The wrong way is to work in secrecy, ride roughshod over concerns, and lash out when people dare to complain.

But that’s what they do on everything else. The one exception appeared to be health. (And by the way have you tried to watch tv news at 6pm here lately? The CBC is of course given over to hockey, and Campbell is all over Global and their fund raising drive for Children’s hospital. I am quite sure there are some advanced western countries that manage to build an adequate hospital system without resorting to fund raising telethons.)

Kevin Falcon thinks he cannot tell BC Ferries to roll back the huge pay increase for their Board members. Vaughan Palmer disagrees

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Ecodensity is going to get affordable housing added. Well they had better get a move on as the landlords in Vancouver seem to be intent on pulling the same trick that worked so well in Richmond. (A long running story in our local press last year was of an apartment building on Gilbert Road, opposite the hospital, where tenants were evicted and harassed for the same purpose, and there were several successful appeals to the provincial regulator. So far as I can tell these local freebies don’t have on line archives)

2600 block W4th Ave
A one bedroom apartment in this condo building on West 4th listed yesterday for over $450k. A good example of higher density mixed use development but not exactly affordable. But the coffee is really good in Cornerstone: regular cappuccino $3

And Translink police are going to be added to the Taser enquiry. Of course: they are armed now, and they use their arms, so it is absolutely proper that they be made accountable for their use. The copper they use as a PR flack did not handle this one well. Or at all.

UPDATE 2:06PM There is a much better account in the Globe and Mail

and (4:20pm) more criticism on CBC

Written by Stephen Rees

April 16, 2008 at 11:13 am

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  1. I agree —-and I emailed global news monday night and told them I was prepared to donate UNTIL they put campbell (the gargler ) on the broadcast——then I went into a rant reminding global about—-700 million subsidy to big oil n gas and the banks, 880million road to whistler(part of a 3.6 billion 25 year contract) 200million for art—200million for retractable roof on bc place,merely so the flame can stay lit inside!–not to mention the 1.7 billion for olympic security———–but you missed a good stephen rees——when the gargler was elected in 2001—-he closed down over 500 corrections beds for offenders! and he left the public to deal with the crime wave (vancouver bc -murder capitol of canada-car theft capitol-violent crime capitol–) AND UNBELIEVABLY HE ( THE GARGLER ) CAMPBELL —-is now going to erect tents outside of several corrections units to house inmates, these few remaining facilities are over crowded —–but I suspect that these (incarceration tents ) are going to become very popular, because I believe that thousands of street dwellers are going to get a three week vacation paid for by the province(taxpayers) hopefully they will have a big screen showing the 2010 olympic games ! signed…………………………………………….”don`t tase me bro ” ( over 3.00 to 5.00 )

    grant g

    April 16, 2008 at 12:05 pm

  2. Being tasered for evading fares is a bit much, but it has to be expected as the SkyTrain police is made up of largely ex-RCMP types, which unhappily, think heavy use of the taser is OK.

    TransLink must come to grips with transit security and I think the ‘armed transit cops’ was a sledge hammer solution to a nuisance problem. Would not roving conductors on the metro and buses, been a more practical solution?

    Malcolm J.

    April 16, 2008 at 1:32 pm

  3. They were not tasered for evading fares but for resisting arrest

    Stephen Rees

    April 16, 2008 at 3:47 pm

  4. I love that independent coffee shop, Cornerstone Coffee Bar, pictured in the last photo. Great coffee, great service, great food. Plus, it has free wireless internet.


    April 17, 2008 at 6:18 pm

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