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Sweet sea

Morning walk restored my mood.

Lincoln Clarkes

Anvil Press just published Heroines Revisited, by Lincoln Clarkes. Looking at this series of photographs will always be an overwhelming experience for me.

The photograph below was part of the original photographic exhibition in 1998 at Vancouver’s Helen Pitt Gallery.

Here’s an interview I did with Lincoln for my old ezine Ellavon, in which many of the Heroines photographs first appeared.

Sunset Beach Barge

A highly rated Vancouver vacation destination!

Tomorrow might be its last day:

While it could be possible to push it off using airbags and heavy equipment, the plan it to wait for a so-called king tide to refloat it and try again with the tugs.

It’s believed a tide that is just five to 10 centimetres higher than 4.5 metres would allow the barge to easily slip back into the water. And federal officials are forecasting an exceptionally high tide of five metres on Dec. 6.

A company representative from Richmond-based Sentry Marine Towing Ltd., which is involved, said that seems to be the best chance to pull the barge off. He declined to give his name, saying several government agencies are working on the operation. (Vancouver Sun)

The “king tide” arrives tomorrow morning at around 8. I will be there with bells on!

Update! – 10 Dec ’21

Neighbour

Beach Ave., Vancouver.

A plan without a plan

Last week’s assault on a Manhattan restaurant hostess by a group of Texans, who were angry they were asked for proof of vaccination, was of course galling and disgusting. Alas, the city’s plan for dealing with this type of conflict has been baffling. From Mother Jones: “New York City provided restaurants with conflict resolution training in recent weeks, and we’ll continue doing everything we can to help them adjust to this program safely and smoothly.”

As my friend @bfwriter notes: “Conflict resolution training only works with reasonable people and resolvable conflicts. This is. . . something else.”

There are two overall kinds of conflict resolution: Two-sided, where the two antagonists can come to a resolution together on their own, and three-sided, where they can’t come to a resolution on their own and require a third party. Examples of three-sided conflict resolution include mediation and arbitration as well as litigation and police intervention. The only possible resolution choice here – when patrons are volatile and emphatic – is police intervention, it seems to me, but even that choice is not really feasible most of the time.

In British Columbia,

Premier John Horgan has said police could be called if patrons refuse to show businesses their vaccine cards, but [restaurant owners] and police representatives say that may not be realistic. …

Tom Stamatakis, the president of the Canadian Police Association, said placing the burden of enforcement on police will stretch resources and potentially affect responses to other calls. “We have a huge government infrastructure around, for example, the operation of licensed premises,” he said. “My view would be we should be looking to those agencies and resources in the first instance when it comes to enforcement.

“Police will obviously be available to assist in those circumstances or cases where it might escalate. The default should not be the police.” (from CBC)

I don’t know what the answer is.