It's that time of the week again to review some of the more interesting blog posts and tweets.
Bright Lights at BC Place
VancityBuzz posted a fine piece titled Bright Lights: The Anger Over BC Place’s Video Screens about how the new lighted billboards are still causing grief for some of the Dome's nearby residents. If you recall, these electronic billboards were installed as part of the upgrade to the facility. VancityBuzz writes:
Larger than city bylaws allow for, and at times obscenely bright, the three screens surrounding BC Place have become a contentious issue for residents. Walking past the stadium, it is clear why residents take issue with the signs. The billboards facing north towards the Georgia Viaduct and south towards the Cambie Street bridge are nothing incredibly out of the norm, but are definitely quite bright in the evening. The Georgia Street billboard in particular has received a fair amount of complaints, as it faces a few apartment buildings. However, there is an even bigger issue represented by the large screen in Terry Fox Plaza, facing out along Robson Street towards Yaletown. In sheer size, it is unbelievable and completely overshadows the Terry Fox memorial located there. At night, the screen lights up the entire neigbourhood. If facing anywhere else, this might have been acceptable, but it is facing a well-populated section of the downtown core. I find it incredibly unsurprising that people have taken issue with it.
Popular Food Cart Shuts Down
Frances Bula was also busy covering a number of civic stories this week both on her blog and in the Globe and Mail. One of her stories will be of interest to foodies. That's because Coma Food Truck operator Jay Cho announced he is shutting down his food cart. Bula writes:
The announcement by Coma Food Truck operator Jay Cho that he is winding up operations tomorrow provoked an outpouring of eating and grief this week by his many fans.
Cho is giving up because he didn’t get selected for a permanent spot for the second year in a row. Although he seems to be successful with his mobile permit and would have been automatically renewed for that this year, he says it’s too hard. And, I get the sense, he’s also feeling really rejected.
I wasn’t part of the taste-testing prior to the selection of 12 lucky operators for permanent spots out of the 59 applicants, so I don’t know how his food ranked against them. But I can say that his Korean barbecue tacos were WAY better than what I had at LA food trucks — less salty, with moister meat, and with the spiciness cut by a nice heaping of some kind of Korean cole slaw on top.
Political Staffer Blows a Gasket
Although he has limited presence on social media, I can't help but highlight Vancouver Courier civic columnist Allen Garr's latest rant. In his latest column he takes direct aim at Mayor Gregor Robertson's chief of staff Mike Magee, who is seen by many as the city's "real" mayor:
Even Vision Vancouver insiders are shaking their heads over Mike Magee's public attack on the Vancouver Fair Tax Coalition earlier this week. Magee is Mayor Gregor Robertson's chief of staff and usually hangs out in the political shadows. In the past, when he has had opinions, they have been private or at least "off the record"….
Understand that Magee is the kind of guy who doesn't sneeze without thinking about the strategic implications of his actions. You have also noticed that the boys in the mayor's back room like to keep Robertson completely bubblewrapped and as far from anything negative as possible. No more "f**king hacks" slip ups please.
But usually when it comes to the heavy lifting, which is to say taking a critical stand on an issue, it's Coun. Geoff Meggs who is asked to step up. Or, given that this was a budget issue, it might be chair of the finance committee Coun. Raymond Louie.
In what can only be viewed as an act of extreme political indiscretion, the hired help had a hissy fit. Or as Magee told me, the reporter "caught me at a particularly steamed and vulnerable moment."
Surrey Party for the Planet
Miss604 was busy promoting a number of events taking place in Metro Vancouver in the coming weeks. You might have an interest in Surrey's Party for the Planet taking place April 27 & 28th. You can read her full post by clicking here.
Public Education Under Attack
Other than a rant about how Premier Christy Clark is attacking public education, The Mainlander blog was very quiet this week.
The Future of Public Libraries
Over at The Tyee, they wrote a good piece on the future of public libraries and the impact of e-books into the equation. Robyn Smith states:
There are certain things, good and bad, that e-books can't offer. Old bookmarks, penciled annotations and chocolate smudges between the pages… the tactile human touches that make die-hard proponents of print swear they'll never make the switch.
But those traditionalists are becoming the minority of library borrowers, as the relative convenience of ebooks — downloadable from the comfort of one's home — appeals to more and more library users. According to recently-released stats from the Vancouver Public Library, the lending and borrowing of electronic content, and in particular ebooks, is exploding.
There were a lot of excellent tweets this week that caught my attention, but here are my top three:
@JordonBateman, a full-time tax fighter and regular contributor to City Caucus tweeted:
@CrockerJanet sent out this tweet:
Known for stirring things up, journalist @BobMackin fired this off this salvo into the twittersphere:
Hell freezing over: B.C. NDP champions a corporation (Telus) after Liberal snub. Pat Robertson sez legalize pot. http://ow.ly/9yUxh Next?
Time permitting, I'll be back next week with another roundup.
- post by Daniel