Archive for Vancouver

Greyhound’s departure from B.C. is bad news

From Global News:

Greyhound Canada says it is ending its passenger bus and freight services in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and cancelling all but one route in B.C. – a U.S.-run service between Vancouver and Seattle.

Without reliable and inexpensive transportation in British Columbia’s rural areas, it’s inevitable that many people’s lives will be less safe, their health will suffer, their economic opportunities will shrink, and their families will fragment. Providing its residents access to transportation services is a vital duty of our government.

Women will be most at risk, particularly indigenous women. Writes Emily Riddle:

We have long known that lack of access to transportation in rural and remote areas in this country is a factor in the murder and disappearance of thousands of Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people in Canada. …

I have travelled the Highway of Tears in my work with First Nations communities in British Columbia, past the billboards that read “Girls, Don’t hitchhike on the Highway of Tears: Killer on the Loose!” Of course, those who hitchhike on the Highway of Tears or anywhere else are not to blame for the violence enacted on them, but accessible transportation is an important means of harm reduction. …

Of course, Greyhound’s decision to end operations in Western Canada is a business decision. … A business isn’t responsible for the safety of Indigenous people or for the safety of those who must now hitchhike to their jobs; neither is it responsible for assuring access to medical appointments for people in Northern communities. …

The discontinuation of Greyhound services has made it abundantly clear that we should not rely on private companies to deliver vital, sometimes life-saving services. … As an Albertan living in British Columbia, I’m left wondering: Why can’t Canada nationalize intercity bus service when they have agreed to nationalize a failing pipeline project?

h/t JS

katsvox

KatByLincolnClarkes

I have been adding material to katsvox.com, the website devoted to the art, writing, and life of my magical friend kat kosiancic, who passed away last August. Vancouver photographer Lincoln Clarkes, who worked with kat in the late 1990s, captured the amazing image above. There’s a gallery of Lincoln’s portraits of kat on the site now.

There’s a collection of pictures from kat’s young adulthood, including three self-portraits. Also added are new chapters from her memoir Calling All Angels and a fairy tale called The Princess of Darkness.

Vancouver trains and buses – la!

I very much like this Twitter-feed founded with a good friend a few years back – the wacky and wonderful in Vancouver on the move.

Dog on Sunset Beach

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4/20 in Vancouver

Last night I had a dream in which a blogger friend of mine gave me a joint to smoke. I almost never think about – and I never smoke – marijuana, so this dream puzzled me.  Then I checked my newsfeed!

Right now a few blocks away from me tens of thousands of my lovely neighbours are enjoying my province’s vaunted crop. And *less* than a few blocks away from me, the party is going on, too. My apartment smells the way my older brother’s college dorm did back in the day. Nice memory. Nice to live where I do now.

No more liquor store

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Straight Up

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