Author Archives: Ian

An excellent journalist on the future of the newspaper

Three excellent blog posts by Paul Willcocks on the fate of the newspaper:  what went wrong and what can go right.  Read all three posts and start thinking. A couple of things that that occurred to me:  Isn’t the ownership … Continue reading

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Just another lifer speaking out

Ray McCarthy – the husband of the welfare minister Grace McCarthy – was on our phone, working a real estate deal.  And he was screwing up the ribbon cutting for our new sheltered workshop serving mental health clients in the … Continue reading

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Vodka isn’t enough

  I’m confused.  In a little less than 6 months, Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Leading up to those games, Russia has criminalized homosexuality and legalized state and informal terrorism against LGBT citizens. And all we can … Continue reading

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Lame ducks

Vaughn Palmer wrote an all-time keeper of a column last Monday.  Better than anything I’ve ever read, it demonstrates why BC would be far better off if the entire Press Gallery ceased to exist this very second. Okay, maybe that’s … Continue reading

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Old records

Yesterday, sitting in the park watching the Mole Hill bocci players, my son asked me “what’s gonna be on your list? We were talking about seeing the new doc “20 Feet From Stardom” that tells the story of the background … Continue reading

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Newspapers dying? Fist bumps all ’round

Yesterday Sun Media announced it was closing 11 “papers” and laying off 360 staff across the country.  Unfortunately this doesn’t include 24Hrs here in Vancouver.  The announcement comes on the heels of a 60% reduction, year over year, in owner … Continue reading

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Pain

A few nights ago I got up to have a bowel movement, a thing of great emotion these days; joy when it all goes well; deep, deep despair when all that my colon brings to the table is a series … Continue reading

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Just like starting over

It’s been a while since the last post. I’ll get to the reasons for that shortly, but I first want to say thanks, an enormous thanks, for the response to that last piece.  It had over 12,000 views, which I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Adrian Dix, BC Liberals, BC NDP, BC Politics, Christy Clark | 30 Comments

Change for the Better, One Big Step Now

This weekend the BC NDP Provincial Council meets to begin the review of the disastrous 2013 campaign. From what I see it is set to fail, much like Dix’s campaign itself. This was a campaign that Adrian Dix and the … Continue reading

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You’re kidding me?

I’m reading this correctly, aren’t I?  This is a joke?  A big f****** ironic poke in the members’ eye joke, kind of a Louis CK way of apologizing for the pitiful way “the Team” ran the election, right? Here’s the … Continue reading

Posted in Adrian Dix, BC NDP, BC Politics | 46 Comments