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Archive for August, 2007

“We don’t want to be another Vancouver”: Some thoughts on the Victoria mindset…

Monday, August 27th, 2007

My scribble today is more in line with thinking out loud than with any kind of sustained effort toward an essay, but Joan Wickersham’s article, Bricks & Politics — What gets built at Harvard, what doesn’t, and why, in the latest (Sept./Oct. 2007) issue of Harvard Magazine really provoked my thinking — including thinking out […]

Another Victoria newspaper scandal, being ignored by …newspapers

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

(Updated Aug.28/07, see below…) Some readers might remember the Vivian Smith scandal from early July last summer: I blogged about it here, on July 20/06 after reading about it on Sean Holman’s Public Eye Online. (Note: re. my July 20/06 entry: pardon the opening two paragraphs — I was coming out of a period of […]

Why I think the newspaper is a (waste paper)basket case

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

I updated my Facebook status yesterday with a note about being very angry at our local newspaper, The Times-Colonist, for essentially stealing a story and then not reporting it properly anyway, and for exemplifying the ugliest, but I mean the ugliest, aspects of an “old boys network” mentality. That prompted some of my Facebook friends […]

Cities need the power to think big and innovate

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Christopher Hume, who writes about architecture and city culture for the Toronto Star, takes another shot at our Canadian complacency and our institutionalized bias against cities: Toronto: A metaphor for a country in decline. This isn’t his first — there was Time for Toronto to get angry on July 19; and How do you spell […]

My “fast” appearance on Vibrant Victoria

Monday, August 13th, 2007

I’m pleased to be able to point readers to a short article of mine available on Vibrant Victoria‘s front page. It’s called The Race That Should be On: Victoria as “Fast City?” and you can read it by clicking through on the link.

Silly Dick!

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

It’s a weekend, and …well, there’s always “just a little lovin’ early in the [Sunday] morning” to look forward to, but before we get to Sunday morning, we have …Saturday night. So here’s A Dick in A Box (via YouTube)… Warning: dangerously funny.

Extended surreality…

Friday, August 10th, 2007

I had a very strange experience today, lasting over the course of about an hour or two. I don’t normally ride the buses here — either I walk, or I walk, or sometimes I walk. When that doesn’t work, I will drive. Today I had to ride the bus to pick up the car from […]

Red Fish Blue Fish

Monday, August 6th, 2007

It’s a holiday today in British Columbia, and I managed to take full advantage of the fact (well, aside from doing the usual Monday laundry-loads , food-preps, dog-walks, and other normal family life stuff…). But around mid-day all five of us (that’s counting the dog) walked over to Red Fish Blue Fish to have lunch. […]


Saturday, August 4th, 2007

For months now, I’ve had an account with, and for months I’ve wondered whether they’d ever include Canadian sites & blogs in the network. A couple of days ago,’s Crysanthe Tenentes sent around an email to let members know that it’s easier than ever to get your blog posts about your neighbourhood, your […]

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