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Does that Malthusian Belt come in taupe?

March 1, 2012

Is Earth full? That’s debatable. The planet has more than 6.8 billion people crawling across its face, which sounds crowded but is difficult – in upper North America – to put into any meaningful perspective. Put another way, if you spread the whole population evenly over all of Earth’s land masses, there would be about…

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Backyard Chronicles: Fowl Thoughts

February 26, 2012

From the plastic Adirondack chair in my backyard, the one in which I have been sitting and contemplating the world for several years, the one that has a cracked seat that (I have discovered through painful experience) one should never recline upon while wearing a skirt sans culottes, I now have a new sight upon…

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In defence of the Smart Meter

January 28, 2012

The recent hubbub being stirred up by those who have set their own hair on fire over the introduction of smart meters is refreshing in one respect: it’s a nice change from reports of suspicious chem-trails and inside jobs on 9/11. British Columbians are probably right to be apprehensive about BC Hydro’s motivations and future…

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Vancouver election 2011: A confused voter reports

November 16, 2011

Only two days remain until Vancouver’s triennial civic elections. If you’re reading this from somewhere outside of Vancouver, no need to go on – I recommend you read the label of a ketchup bottle instead – unless you care to learn more about the political underbelly of this town. After all, if even Vancouverites haven’t…

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Woodward’s: then and now

November 1, 2011

It’s impossible to experience my immediate physical location in precisely the same way in which I experienced it as a barely pubescent youth so many years ago. Nevertheless, as I sit at an upper-level table in the W2 Media Café I sense many ghosts unrelated to the Halloween enthusiasts who occasionally wander through in costume.…

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Dick Cheney, and the ideological divide

September 27, 2011

Last night I went to the Vancouver Club to demonstrate my opposition to the presence of former United States Vice president Dick Cheney. Cheney, who has recently published a memoir titled In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, was invited by the “Bon Mot Book Club” to address the club’s members. I don’t go…

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Ask, Tell. Now what?

December 23, 2010

So, like, since the vote last Saturday, I’ve been trying to figure out how to blog about the repeal by the United States Senate of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the law that was essentially a passive-aggressive ban on non-heterosexuals in the various branches of that country’s armed forces. As a Canadian (a country in which…

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Not Guilty?

June 18, 2010

Carol Ann Berner was driving her car on 64th Street in Delta after having a couple of drinks. She lost control, killing four year old Alexa Middelaer. Berner is pleading “not guilty”.

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Vancouver. Special?

May 7, 2010

Hedley undertakes to see his hometown through the eyes of an unjaded tourist.

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A brief Saturday morning rant

January 30, 2010

There they were,with their wicker baskets and re-usable grocery bags made from recycled pop bottles, carrying their groceries down the street. To their cars.

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