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Is it bad to walk on an escalator?

September 21, 2019

In which Hedley resists the efficiency imperative of Uytae Lee’s CBC critique of escalator-walking.

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The Teachers’ Strike: An Immodest Proposal

September 11, 2014

An alternative, if unconventional, tactic for dealing with BC Premier Christy Clark’s apparent anti-teacher vendetta (and other problems).

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Snow Trauma in Vancouver

December 19, 2012

It’s snowing in Vancouver today, and if you’ve even been here you know what that means: innumerable diatribes about how Vancouverites don’t know how to drive in snow. It’s an absurdly tiresome bit of small talk that is simultaneously both accurate and bullshit.

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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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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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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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On Liberty, and Memory

October 9, 2009

The olympics may be a very desirable event to many, but if we can’t hold an olympics, or any other event, without depriving citizens of their rights to free speech and free assembly, we have no business holding it at all.

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Dziekanski inquiry: The stapler defense

February 25, 2009

Crown prosecutor: Mounties will not face criminal charges, citing the stapler in saying the use of force was justified.

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Is there a future for CanWest?

February 25, 2009

Going not-for-profit may be a way to save us from a shortage of fishwrap.

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