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Front page news points out the obvious: Homelessness costs us money

By samanthaorwell on March 22, 2008 - 3:29pm


The front page of The Vancouver Sun posted a story entitled, “The cost of homelessness”. (Note that the online equivalent reads, “The high cost of homelessness”- which was published earlier on Friday, March 21, 2008- the word "high" a bit much for the front page?).
The Vancouver Sun, Saturday, March 22, 2008.

"Every homeless person costs system $55,000, an amount that could buy supported
housing for each of them…annual total of $644.3 million in health,
corrections and social services spending for all the homeless in B.C."

I want to want to like public services

By samanthaorwell on March 19, 2008 - 2:51pm

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Today the bus driver almost made me cry.

I love the 3-door entrance on the B-Line but today, as I was running towards the back door my arm was the only thing that was going to fit so I quickly gave up my chances of getting in the front and ran to the front entrance as the bus doors were about to close. I stood there and waved and the driver opened the door.

As I got on I flashed my bus pass and the driver said to me in a snooty voice, “what was wrong with the other bus?” (I guess I should mention now that two B-line busses came at the same time and half the crowd opted to run up to the 1st one to spread out, as did I- I just didn’t run as fast in my heels). Anyhow, I tried to reply and say that the backdoor just closed on me and etc, not that there was anything wrong with that 2nd bus but naturally, when 2 buses come at the same time people try to spread out so they don’t’ have to be packed on one bus. I started to explain myself and then he CUT ME OFF and said, “pshh, yeah..whatever..”
I seriously felt angry, upset and embarrassed all at once. And the rest of the morning I was in a rotten mood. And I even woke up in a good mood.

A few things to draw out of my anecdote:

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I want the last four hours of my life back: EcoDensity Meeting Part III

By samanthaorwell on March 4, 2008 - 7:28pm

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Monday nights EcoDensity public hearing event started at 6 and ended just past 10. It didn’t help that the last speaker from SmartGrowth BC was a horrid speaker that stumbled and stuttered his way into saying absolutely nothing. This post will be equally as boring so I don’t blame you if you want to close the window now. But just in case you were wondering what went on in Part III I’ll give you the 10 highlights of the evening (highlights being a very generous word for what transpired).

1)Patrick Condon- (always fun to see in person somebody you quote a lot. ) Had discussion with Toderian about the hateration with developers. I don’t know if Cadman is right, or if he’s just milking the tension for all its worth but it seems like people are more in hate with developers than ever before. See
Discussion a) Allocating 20% to affordable/social housing does not guarantee the construction. Buying land and construction are two separate entities and processes.
Discussion b) Tradeoff between affordable/social housing and public amenities?

You're in my personal space: EcoDensity Meeting Part II

By samanthaorwell on February 28, 2008 - 4:33pm

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February 27th, 2008 EcoDensity Talk #2

This morning I took the bus out to UBC. I used to do this commute daily during my undergrad and had no problem with it since it really was my only option. Now that I have to have a car for work purposes I’ve gotten used to my own personal space. I like personal space. Anyhow, back to the bus. Taking transit it always the same during peak hours. The two qualities that remain constant are 1) Busses are always at least 10 minutes late, and 2) The late bus is picking up slack for the other late bus so its packed- the dozens of people waiting at the bus stop won’t fit.

…I’m so glad transit responds to increased ridership with the exact same amount of busses that still arrive late.

But let me tell you two more trends that I am beginning to see.
The first, and completely irrelevant point, is that bus drivers are getting hotter. Yep, I said it, the days of ugly old fat bus drivers are over. I’ve seen QUITE a few cute guys and a couple nice lookin’ gals sitting in the drivers seat. And I must say it does make it quite a bit easier to smile as you get on the bus and leave that “thank you” as you get off.

Does this mean I can't walk around naked anymore?: EcoDensity Part 1

By samanthaorwell on February 27, 2008 - 12:47am

This morning I did what I always do. My alarm rings at an ungodly hour. I attempt to ignore it until my brain overcomes my body and the rationality of not alienating my options for making money sets in... I crawl out of bed and into the shower. Thereafter I sit in front of my mirror and put my face on for the day. I do this all naked. and with the blinds fully opened. That's right..I'm one of those. I'm always in my birthday suit until I actually have to leve and be decent for the day.
Now this was never a problem until today. Today, as I was putting in my eyes (contacts), I caught sight of the massive condo that has just recently reached the height where my daily nakedness could become a problem. The crane swings above and I'm sure it the structure will keep building up in the next few months.

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