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Farm Folk/City Folk 10th Anniversary at Heritage Hall

By Boris Mann on April 16, 2004 - 10:43pm

I attended the Farm Folk/City Folk 10th Anniversary event tonight.

It was fantastic! Having just moved back to Vancouver, it was great to experience such local enthusiasm and involvement in food and food policy issues.

And the food

Vancouver's ever changing weather - Granville Bridge Looking North 6:51 p.m.

By Roland Tanglao on April 16, 2004 - 10:22pm

Vancouver's ever changing weather - Granville Bridge Looking North 6:51 p.m.

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!

Vancouver School Board Cuts $11 Million from Budget

By Richard Eriksson on April 16, 2004 - 5:24pm

Andrea Reimer, a Vancouver School Board trustee, posts in her weblog about her decision to vote for this year's school board budget, and says she did so with a heavy heart:

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.

Sun Run 2004 Road Closures on Sunday April 18, 2004

By Roland Tanglao on April 16, 2004 - 3:14pm

Check out the Sun Run 2004 Road Closures

Because I don't have any faith in canada.com (their URLs are subject to bit rot), I have copied the road closures info to our site. Click on the three dots or "read more" to get all the details.

Pavement Cutter at Pender and Granville

By Roland Tanglao on April 16, 2004 - 2:48pm

Pavement Cutter at Pender and Granville

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.

An exhibition by Jayce Salloum at the Western Front

By Boris Mann on April 16, 2004 - 1:49pm

Apr 16 2004 - 8:00pm

everything and nothing and other works from the ongoing video installation, untitled, 1999-2004

Reception upstairs in the Lux.

Exhibition continues until Fri. May 21, 2004
Regular gallery hrs: Tues-Sat 12-5

(via Flickr: Vancouver and William Bragg)

Chevrolet SSR in Gastown

By Roland Tanglao on April 16, 2004 - 12:33pm

Chevrolet  SSR in Gastown

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.

Translink Cops

By Richard Eriksson on April 16, 2004 - 12:03pm

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.

"Our Little Switzerland"

By Richard Eriksson on April 16, 2004 - 11:57am

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"

Svend Robinson's Statement to Reporters Re: the Theft of a Ring and Quitting Politics

By Richard Eriksson on April 16, 2004 - 11:47am

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.

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