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Frogman

I got a good day gig. I got a good day gig. Every day when I leave work I come here, or wherever town I might be in, and I join up with the boys. My day gig is, well, it’s pretty gruesome actually. It’s pretty horrible. I’m a frogman. I’m a skin diver. I’m […]

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A Brewery District follow-up

I want to do a little bit of a follow-up to my previous post about building heights in the Brewery District. I posted that because I kept getting annoyed at Sapperton residents saying things like “Wesgroup mislead us” and “it was eight storeys all along.” I did a little more digging, and found the McBride-Sapperton […]

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“It’s a bait-and-switch!”

Letter to Council, May 10, 2007: …the proposed bylaw change will enable the developer to go as high as 30 storeys in sub-district 4, 18 storeys in sub-district 3… Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 7145, 2007, Section 581.3, adopted July 14, 2008: The maximum height and site coverage of all buildings and structures in each sub-district […]

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Regarding Translink’s ‘Fare Not Paid’ Button

On January 6, 2015, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation put out a press release stating TransLink bus drivers pressed a special button in their coaches to record a “fare not paid” more than 2.76 million times in 2013… 2.76 million times! That’s a lot of button presses and a huge amount of fare evasion! Like Jordan […]

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canspice.org’s 2014 Year In Review

2014 was a pretty slow one on the good old blog, with only 22 posts written. Heck, the first one in 2014 didn’t come until September 17th! Nonetheless, I did actually get some people actually visiting the site, with 7663 pageviews in total over 2014. That’s actually up over 2013 by 2.69%, astonishingly. The most […]

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The Conflict Over Coquitlam

In the 2014 December 13 Vancouver Sun, columnist Pete McMartin wrote this correction: My apologies to Mayor Greg Moore for incorrectly identifying him in Friday’s column as mayor of Coquitlam. He is not. He is mayor of Port Coquitlam, which I am assured are two completely different communities. Mayor Moore informed me by email, however, […]

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The Amalgamation Hipsters of New Westminster

In the 2014 December 13 Vancouver Sun, columnist Pete McMartin wrote this correction: My apologies to Mayor Greg Moore for incorrectly identifying him in Friday’s column as mayor of Coquitlam. He is not. He is mayor of Port Coquitlam, which I am assured are two completely different communities. Mayor Moore informed me by email, however, […]

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On the Great New Westminster Envelope Scandal of 2014

Back story: New Westminster had an election. During the election campaign, three candidates (mayoral candidate James Crosty, and council candidates Gavin Palmer and Scott McIntosh) sent this to New Westminster residents:   When it was delivered, some people on Twitter called it “deceptive” and “misleading”. See, the crown used on this envelope is actually the […]

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When is a stop sign not a stop sign?

Trick question: it always is. But unfortunately, some people in New Westminster seem to believe that it magically ceases to be a stop sign under some circumstances. The intersection of Sixth Avenue and First Street has a pedestrian-controlled flashing green light on Sixth, and stop signs on First. If you need pictures, here you go: […]

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How to get elected in New Westminster in 2014: A Flowchart