Archive for May, 2011

Harper Ends Party Subsidies

20/05/2011 Leave a comment

Ottawa to cancel party subsidies with next budget – Need to know –

This means the Liberals are finished for sure. The entire left is being defunded – this has been Harper’s plan for years. Implications of this move include:

  • additional barriers to entry for new political parties (e.g., the Green Party)
  • a weaker left
  • large donations will have more impact (which go mostly to the Conservatives). In other words, money’s voice will get only louder.

Not good for Canada.




Back in Van!

15/05/2011 Leave a comment

Flew back to Van the 1st of May and I’m glad to be home. I don’t think anybody who’s not from Vancouver could understand this, but I actually missed the rain! It’s just not the same in MTL.

Forgive me for the rambling of this post and the spaced-ness of it – I had my wisdom teeth out on Friday so I’m currently hopped up on painkillers. I think it’s remarkable that I’m actually able to string together coherent thoughts in this state. Speaking of that, I lost a game of Scrabble to my mother by 4 points last night! 326-322, with yours truly playing the part of Buzz Aldrin. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to put together a map of the third wave coffee industry in Vancouver for awhile and finally got around to it. If you think I’ve left anyone out, leave a comment or tweet me and I’ll add them. Special thanks to my friends over at CleanHotDry for some of the more obscure locations (Solder & Sons, Uva Wine Bar, etc.). You can find it here.,-123.099747&spn=0.111402,0.308647&output=embed
View Third Wave Vancouver in a larger map

Lots more to say but a little too drugged to say it, so I’ll leave that for next time.