It is still June 13 for the Parliament of Canada
, where voting has continued overnight on the "omnibus budget bill
), due to 159 separate amendment votes that have been forced by the opposition. None are likely to pass
, but the arduous process is meant to function as a protest
against legislation which many critics have argued
goes far beyond the scope of a traditional budget. [more inside]
lululemon athletica, the "yoga-inspired athletic apparel company
", has rapidly become a brand fixture in the Pacific Northwest since its founding by Chip Wilson
in 1998. Recently, a strange ode to Ayn Rand
appeared on their website, and a "Who Is John Galt?" advertising campaign has adorned company packaging
this November. Meanwhile, one of their employees has been convicted in the bizarre murder
of a co-worker, in which the employees of a neighbouring Apple Store ignored the victim's cries for help.
While Occupy Wall Street has captured the attention of major American politicians, its counterpart in Canada has been mainly a municipal headache. Despite inequality north of the border
rising at a comparable rate
, and similar political sentiments, most Canadians also believe the movement is ineffective
, though their hearts are in the right place
. As the movement slows
as winter weather sets in, cities are taking various measures to discourage the protests
, hoping a combination of inconvenience and weather will disperse the encampments. [more inside]
Realtors in Cars
is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time
. I have no idea how these agencies got their realtors wedged into their cars, or why.
Despite the federal election focus
on BC ridings, Vancouverites are having a hard time looking past the municipal
. Things are quite dramatic in the urban planning scene. The city's regional growth plan was recently paralyzed by disagreement from Coquitlam
. TransLink announced permanent cuts to bus service during Earth Week, describing it as "service optimization,"
highlighting its own chronic funding issues
. The city successfully stopped a "megacasino" project
after community backlash, but the $3 billion freeway Gateway Project
continues despite ongoing protests.
As the city struggles to find its way to the goal of Greenest City 2020
, it's a good time to look at the paths not taken, via this excellent podcast on Vancouver's relationship with roadways
. Part of a series called "Moving Through
" from the Museum of Vancouver
. [more inside]
Canadian PM Stephen Harper expressed his "disgust"
over the Canada Day incident. Royal Canadian Legion spokesperson Bill Butt described it as “abhorrent” and “vile,” and demanded increased security.
Ottawa police described the case as a priority.
If only we had some sort of fence, or corral,
to prevent this sort of disaster. The virtual manhunt
has begun, but we need your help: have you seen this man?