Morning After Election Thoughts About Poverty and Disability in a city with NPA Green 💰🧐 and Greens

Last night as I watched the make up of council unfold I said to someone “I’m scared” and then immediately regretted my choice of word. This isn’t Trump – the new yardstick for measuring how bad election results can be. The truth is there is no one word to describe how I feel but anxious might be closest.

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Vancouver’s Curb Cuts – Nothing to Brag About.

“You know, that might be the answer – to act boastfully about something we ought to be ashamed of. That’s a trick that never seems to fail.” – Joseph Heller, Catch-22   “The calculated simulated of enthusiasm…is also common within contemporary culture. In a variety of configurations, the applause sign has become a social principle.” Stuart McEwan,…

Curiosity: Vancouver’s Straw Ban – Another Barrier and Another Excuse For Non-Disabled People to Shame, Marginalize, Interrogate and Demonstrate They Don’t Care About Discrimination Against Disabled People

  On May 16, 2018, the City of Vancouver, BC voted unanimously to proceed with a ban on single-use plastic straws. They did so despite the fact they are necessary for some disabled people and that alternatives (metal, paper, bamboo…) are not suitable for different reasons for different disabled people.   The City had originally…

BC Government Transfer of ‘Assets’

This opinion piece about the BC Government’s transfer of publicly owned and operated housing to private non-profits was published last week. This is the part that was left out: Defending Public Housing is Not Attacking Private Non-Profit Housing – They are Different On moving in day, I surrendered use of the reserved elevator three times…

Vancouver – A Word About Accessibility & Why Not All Complaints Are Equal

Dear Mayor and Council and Appropriate City Staff, Re: Accessibility and Paving of Arbutus Corridor/Greenway I am writing to request you finish paving the Arbutus Greenway area immediately. This is my second letter about this matter. I sent the first in an email  on August 11, 2016 to Mayor and Council via the City Clerk’s office but…

Nope – Don’t Need or Want Special Spaces – I Want Inclusive Spaces.

  Last week I wrote a letter. I posted it here. I thought the letter was fairly straight forward. I am typically direct. I try hard to keep the sarcasm to a minimum. (If you doubt how hard I work at that, you should read the drafts I delete.) I try to examine the logic…