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So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
And did you get my message / On the People's Radio? I wrote it in Alberta /Across the prairie spine.
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March 23, 2004

Marpole: Under the Granville Bridge

Posted by skooter at 10:03 AM This entry is filed under Vancouver.

March 12, 2004

That New Logo’s One Bad Motha…

Liberal Party of CanadaThere’s a new Liberal logo in town and to quote Isaac Hayes it’s one bad motha…

Unforunately, I don’t mean that in an ironic way. This thing sucks. The best part though is the commentary on the web site:

“There can be no doubt that the logo we updated served the Party well. It spoke to the strong links between the Party and the country. It reflected an institution that remains young and dynamic. Most importantly, it symbolized the collective character of the Party’s membership - a coalition of Canadians rich in heritage, from every walk of life…good logos often become the visual embodiment of our hopes and dreams. In time, our new logo will build on our pride and offer us new meaning.”

Don’t believe me? Check for yourself.

I guess we’ve had this all wrong the whole time: Jean Chretien wasn’t the previous Prime Minister, the logo was.

Posted by skooter at 10:04 AM This entry is filed under Politics.

March 7, 2004

Monoliths in the Fog

View from Grey Rock, Deep Cove

Before a meeting today, I headed for the short hike from Indian River Road to Grey Rock; the rain was coming down heavily, and the trail was soaked in water. When I got to the rock there was only one other person there - this place can be extremely crowded on sunny days and I took this picture before he noticed me.

I spoke to him for a moment, both of us saying we really liked the rain here: it’s the only time in some of these places you can get peace and quiet.

The next thing he said was the he loved the way that these stone monoliths came out of the constantly shifting fog.

That’s almost exactly what Toni Onley said in one of his last interviews.

Posted by skooter at 10:05 AM This entry is filed under Vancouver.

March 6, 2004

Sheila Copps and the Liberal Party

Sheila Copps has, just now, lost her Liberal nomination fight against Tony Valeri. While not surprising, it’s certainly shocking.

Sheila was always a scrapper - brilliant at running the classic ground war campaign. She was also a left-leaning Liberal, and certainly not a good fit with Paul Martin’s right wing views.

This if further fuel for my view that Canadian political boundaries (left . centre . right) are being redrawn; the old labels and the stereotypes that go along with them are dead. When the dust settles, the Canadian balance will be different.

I don’t think (as some do) that this is the death of Social Liberalism in Canada; this is still the party that brought the constitution home with the increasingly important Charter of Rights & Freedoms.

In fact, if I have one key problem with all three Conservative leadership candidates, it’s the suggestion by all three of them that parliament should be the supreme legal body in Canada: do you really want Ted White (or Stephen Harper) sitting at the top of the pile that determines your individual rights and freedoms? If this is a country which is supposed to be founded on the principle of the individual, an independent appointed judiciary is important (although the process by which this judiciary is appointed is certainly questionable.)

Social Liberalism has changed: the population in general is more fiscally conservative and won’t tolerate large government deficits in this day and age. I refuse to believe, however, that this country will - for the rest of eternity - view everything through an economic prism: there is a social fabric in this country; this contract will continue to change and evolve, but it will not disappear.

Got doubts? Watch how many seats Jack Layton’s NDP wins in the next election. This will lead to an inevitable shift to the left in the Liberal party.

In the meantime, despite the fact that I felt she was a bit out of touch with Canada’s shift, I will miss Sheila, and so should you. She served Hamilton well for 20 years.

Posted by skooter at 9:54 PM This entry is filed under Politics.

March 5, 2004

North Vancouver’s Port

8km on my bike tonight, and this is just a bit of what I got.

Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Train and MoonCranes at the Versatile Shipyards

Posted by skooter at 8:08 PM This entry is filed under Camera.