The oh-so-changeable Vancouver weather never ceases to amaze me. Not having grown up so close to the mountains and the ocean, the volatility of the weather here is a constant source of puzzlement! Today was dreary in the morning and early afternoon and then sunny in the early evening. This kind of thing happens regularly!
And the very cold and stark reality is that no matter how I voted on the budget, I can't protect kids in Vancouver from cuts that will really, really hurt. Even if I were the deciding vote the province simply fires us, installs a political appointee and makes cuts anyway. Given that they cut $3 million directly out of inner city funding for the most vulnerable kids in the city, given that they cut all funding for special needs high incidence behaviour kids, given that they cut funding for gifted education, I have to believe that whoever they appoint would be making those very terrible, terrible cuts.
Later in the weblog entry she is hopeful that funding can be restored to levels that will deliver the services she and the Vancouver Green Party (of which she is a member) aspire for Vancouver schoolchildren.
I grew up in the country. So it always amazes me to see the widgets (such as pavement cutters and street cleaning equipment) that are part of keeping a modern big city humming. Thanks to Derek for letting me know that this is a pavement cutter not a street cleaning machine as I had erroneously written previously.
A bit of red to liven up a yet another dreary cool Vancouver spring day. I am not into cars or trucks, but I admire the engineering that goes into them and the Chevrolet SSR is a cool looking (if a bit macho for my tastes) example of good engineering.
My wife and I have a jokey catchphrase about him: "Svend tables the cheese bill." Several years ago, Health Canada was floating the idea of banning unpasteurized cheeses (you know, the good kind) as a potential bacterial hazard. Svend made a point of opposing the idea, and small crusades like that are one reason he appeals to the people who live here.
He has also, I admit, had the luxury of never being in government, and thus never having had to implement his principles in policy. And we Burnaby residents have been able to claim Switzerland-like uninvolvement in federal scandals: "Eh, whatever, we voted for Svend." (Okay, it's a pretty activist little Switzerland, but all analogies break down somewhere.) But, in the end, the periphery is where he has made the best of himself.Penmachine (Derek K. Miller): "I have failed"
Derek then complains that another BC politician got off easy after a more serious criminal event:
The following is the transcript of the statement made by Svend Robinson on April 15th regarding pocketing a ring at an auction at Vancouver Airport on Good Friday and his subsequent quitting from the federal election race and taking of medical leave as Member of Parliament for Burnaby-North.