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Rain and fall — back together again


Underwater photography from Thursday morning on West Broadway.

Vancouver can boast no super couples  with the star power to rival Hollywood’s Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, or “Brangelina” as they’re popularly conflated. No “Bennifer” (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez) and no Hilltons” — that would be former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former U.S. President Bill Clinton, if they went in for cheap tabloid portmanteaus, which they don’t.

But Vancouver does have rain and fall which have hooked up in the city every October  for as long as anyone can remember. Read more…

Time lapse of judgement

It’s interesting how things seen in the afternoon look completely different in the evening. Anyway it sounds interesting. Unfortunately the contrast can look quite “so what?”. You might say the idea and and the reality are as different as night and day. Click the image to enlarge it.


Sound interesting. Loo

Stop treating the homeless like criminals

The Metro Vancouver municipality of Surrey says, for the second year running, that it can’t find anywhere to put a winter homeless shelter — besides in Vancouver, that is.

I suspect the municipalities around Vancouver skimp on providing their own homeless support services in the hopes their homeless populations will move to the big city.

Burnaby, which, as far as I know, has never had homeless shelters is definitively trying to dump their problem on Vancouver.

But Surrey insists their difficulty placing an extreme weather shelter is due to NIMBY opposition. According to an item in the Georgia Straight “the community was not supportive”.

For two years now, the ratepayers of the “city of centres” have been telling Surrey City Council “We don’t need no more stinkin’ homeless”!

Well, I’m homeless and even I don’t like homeless shelters — for some of the same reasons that neighbourhoods don’t like them: the mess, the drugs, the petty crime. Oh, and I don’t like the bedbugs either.

But while I can relate to the not-unreasonable “scared rabbit” opposition to homeless shelters, I can’t relate to the thoughtless bigotry behind some of the opposition. Read more…

The end of the Santa Fe apartments drags on


A worker installs an alarm system in what is now only a storehouse of scrap metal.

The Santa Fe apartment building at 2975 Oak Street has now made the transition from being affordable housing to being a relic — an object surviving from an earlier time — with only historical and sentimental value.

When the market, i.e., a developer, decides a building’s productive life is over it is demolished and replaced. In all important respects that is what will happen to this 86-year-old building.

The owner, Aquilini Developments, will be tearing down the 14-unit, three-storey walk-up to build a 40-unit, 11-storey tower. Read more…

Snapfish — my first catch of 2014

mc-snapfish-1zl57qjlkkI’m posting an image of my first Snapfish instant win sticker in the Canadian McDonald’s 2014 Monopoly contest. Feel free to redeem the prize — $5 toward a Snapfish photo book.

Don’t know what Snapfish is? See my explanation. We’re two weeks from the end of the contest on November 3. Still hoping to get an instant win sticker for a Polaroid Cube! Click the image to enlarge it.

More cheap thrills from Jonathan Rogers Park


Jonathan Rogers Park is less than two block away from the Go Green bottle depot so I ride by it a lot. I also stop and enjoy it from time to time.

The park boasts a washroom, soccer goal posts, a small children’s play area, a concrete wading pool which has not deliberately been filled in living memory and a small community garden. Mostly it is a one block rectangle of grass fringed on two sides by trees — and residents seem to like it that way. Read more…


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