At Vancouver Webloggers, Joseph posted his tips for evading the Translink fare cops and has some stories about the incompetence of the customer service. I was recently handed a fine for not having a Skytrain ticket, which I swore I bought and put in my jacket pocket. They gave me a warning instead, because they thought I seemed like a trustworthy guy, but made me get another ticket. According to Joseph though, the fare-checkers don't even look at the date and time printed on the ticket.
Derek Miller remembers Svend Robinson as the only Canadian federal politician he ever voted for and shares an inside joke on his weblog:
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:
I complained here in January 2003 that B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell should have stepped down when he was caught driving very drunk in Hawaii. He did not, and while he apologized and was obviously sad and contrite, I'm still puzzled that most voters forgave him so easily.Penmachine (Derek K. Miller): "I have failed"
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.
Earlier, I quoted Andrew Coyne calling Svend Robinson a "kelptomania[c]", but he has climbed down from his comments on his weblog:
On second thought, maybe we should cut the guy some slack. He did go to the cops himself, which suggests the theft probably was indicative of a disordered state of mind. An ill-judged post on my part.
Weblogs are great in that they allow us to quickly publicize our thoughts on pressing issues, and sometimes that speed gets us into trouble. Weblogs are also great because we can easily update our comments to reflect a more nuanced argument after people call us on our thoughts and/or after some reflection.
Eric at Off Wing Opinion gives us the run-down of a playoff brawl during the Canucks-Flames game tonight at GM Place. What he doesn't mention is that Ferrence hit Jovanoski in the back of the head, and when Jovo saw who did it, looked at Ferrence as if to say "not even worth it".
In a postscript, Eric says this about Alex Auld, the surprise starter in net for the Canucks:
Alex Auld got the start in net for Vancouver after Johan Hedberg yielded four goals to Calgary in Game Four. He's stopped eight shots in the first period.
Auld looked good except on the first Flames goal, where he went too far past the post after a shot that went wide. (He has a tendency to do this.) He had no chance on the second goal. This might signal to Hedberg that he will either be traded or released at the end of the season. This is not the first time he's lost the confidence of the coach: Crawford once publicly called Hedberg "terrible", though as Tom points out, he quickly apologized to both Hedberg and the team as the latter rose to the former's defense. All that is speculation, of course, and other than one goal where Hedberg was caught cheating in game 4, he couldn't be faulted for the other 3. An
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.
Todd at holycola.net 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…holycola.net: Shoes on the wire update: attractors and inscriptions
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.
By Roland Tanglao on April 15, 2004 - 11:36am
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.
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.