Some unsolicited map advice: add a legend, ocean and the surrounding countries. A legend would be the most important one!
Ah yes, thanks. I’m actually a professional cartographer, so I get to break the rules when I make personal maps. ;)
But, in case others are having trouble interpreting, darker = higher/greater/more. Didn’t break that rule.
It’s still amazing to me how few cities have rail transit from their…
Well, the research I’ve read says that the most effective way to figure out where to put a subway/sky train/whatev is to experiment with express buses. If you can get people to ride those, they’ll make the switch to mass transit more easily than going directly from their cars. For example, I live close to the Canada line. I used to take the bus into town, easily switched to the Canada line. But I never took the bus to the airport, so I still make my boyfriend drive me. Thus I support putting in a skytrain along the b-line, but that evergreen thing? Probs not going to work. Also, people have luggage. I do love a direct line when I’m traveling though. Europe is so much better at that. Even TO doesn’t have it figured out, which is kinda horrible.
First Nations leaders in British Columbia are seeking multibillion-dollar loan guarantees from the federal government to enable them to take ownership stakes in various liquefied natural gas projects being planned in the province, and have also travelled to China and Japan looking for backers.
The bid to raise financing comes as the Assembly of First Nations launches an effort to forge an aboriginal national energy strategy, which would be based on treaty rights, sustainable development and the need for impoverished communities to benefit from the massive resource development that Canada expects over the next decade.
“What is absolutely clear is that unless First Nations are included as full partners in development, the prospects for projects proceeding are negligible,” said Dave Porter, chief executive of British Columbia First Nations Energy and Mining Council.
Whoa. I didn’t know First Nations governments were interested in equity stakes (i.e. becoming shareholders) in projects in exchange for approval, but this does seem like a pretty reasonable form of payment? Usually the developers promise “job creation” and then pretend to realize there aren’t enough civil engineers or certified welders in remote First Nations communities and fly someone else in to do the job. An equity stake would provide actual pecuniary compensation and give First Nations communities a governance role. Super interested to see if this proposal actually goes anywhere.
Oh, no, that sentence I bolded sorta has it backwards. Many industrial projects offer to buy off the FNs (straight up cash, shares, whatevs). I think many FNs have to approve things in principle first, before they’re willing to become shareholders in what could, theoretically, end their way of life (ginormous oil spill = no salmon fishing, for instance). And, lots of FNs are already shareholders in industrial projects - just usually things like IPPs, not usually moving dirty oil across the prov.
"Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation. I’ve always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today’s vote makes me even prouder." - President Barack Obama - 11/12/13
On Sunday, the 6th of October 2013, Kieran Hebden, better known as Four Tet, took over the Rinse FM airwaves for a very special one-off extended 8 hour show featuring guest mixes from Caribou, Floating Points, Anthony Naples & Pearson Sound, which ran all night from 9pm until 5am. Tracklist (Last Edit: 09/10/13 - 22:08 GMT): http://hastebin.com/raw/tifoqawiba
I’ve been listening to this set repeatedly for the last few weeks.
I played it for a few friends last week, who couldn’t get past the first couple songs. It reminded me when I went to a friend’s friend’s house once in high school. She had just gotten back from India, and tried to play some music for us… and was soundly turned down by the Smiths-loving crowd.
And the second song reminds me so much of India! Dancing during holi, the concert on my birthday, the train ride back to Dehli… but I get how awful it probably sounds to some.
After the final celebration in September at Cafe Du Mer, the Gulf Island niteclubs shut down for the season and we slowly head back to the city to assume reflective moods. Unfortunately many of us find that the searing heights of NW summer bliss are matched by equally intense swings down into the dark as the clouds roll in for their 8 month residency. Maybe you aren’t feeling it just quite yet and maybe you won’t at all but might we recommend putting this one in your medicine cabinet just in case. Specially formulated by our in-house mood expert Dr. Door!
Acknowledging the reality of the commuter gauntlet: A collection of experiences of sexual or gender-based harassment on TransLink transit vehicles/property in Greater Vancouver.
I’m doing a stories project for a class on Urban Studies (with a focus on gender theory/feminism). Basically, where I live, in the Metro Vancouver area (BC), we have a pretty world-class (if thoroughly problematic) transit system called TransLink. I, along with many of my peers, have been subjected to pretty frightening sexual harassment and physical intimidation while on my commute. And what I’ve experienced is NOTHING compared to what I’ve heard from other women and people with other minority sexual/gender identities. Transit vehicles are enclosed spaces and, as such, we don’t really have any avenues of escape when someone decides that they want a ‘romantic’ little chit-chat.
There are many gears of the social machinery at play here: Masculine socialization, entitlement to attention, and not recognizing others (especially people who are not male, white, straight, etc) as subjects. We want to collect the stories to show TransLink and the City of Vancouver that this is a legitimate problem that demands proactive solutions.
I would very much appreciate a signal boost amongst local folk.
" …if we believe that just because we are social workers we are, therefore, non racist and anti oppressive…we leave ourselves prey to colonialistic forces that perpetuate a culture of silence because we are, in effect, doing nothing. "
Thoughts to come later.
I feel this. I often fall into the lazy trap and perpetuate the system - the very system I’m fighting to change. Exhausting.
““… so we put some dark in, only so our light will show. You have to have dark in order to show light. Just like in life, if you don’t have a little sadness in your life, you don’t know when the happy times are coming. There …” –Bob Ross, 1991”—