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Inactive Blog

As you can tell, this blog is not currently active. I am not sure what to do with it at this time. I am considering my options.

The Editor

Toxic Tour of Vancouver Exposes “Greenest City’s” Dirtiest Secret

April 22, 2013, Vancouver – A “Toxic Tour of Vancouver” will wind through the city’s streets, stopping at mining corporation headquarters in Vancouver as it makes its way to the opening reception of B.C. Mining Week. Featuring dance performances, street theatre, art, testimonies from communities impacted by mining and video footage, the Toxic Tour will expose the human rights and environmental impacts of B.C. mining corporations.

“We don’t see B.C. Mining as something to ‘celebrate’”, said Toxic Tour spokesperson Steve Stewart. “Despite the industry’s attempt to build a ‘greener’ image for itself, reports of toxic spills, water scarcity and contamination, land grabs and the violent repression of local residents continue to emerge from communities living at the sites of mines owned by B.C.-based corporations.”

The Toxic Tour is expected to draw hundreds of people, and the march will end with a “Peoples’ Gala” and free community supper on the streets outside B.C. Mining Week’s Opening Reception. The march and gala will feature speakers from communities directly impacted by B.C. mines, both in B.C. and across the globe.

EVENT SCHEDULE – MONDAY, APRIL 29 2013:

5:00 pm: Press Point with Mining Justice Alliance Spokespeople and representatives of mining-affected and diaspora communities, Goldcorp SFU Center for the Arts (in the Woodwards ‘public’ Atrium), 111 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, B.C.

5:30 pm: March departure, Goldcorp SFU Center for the Arts, 111 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, B.C.

6:30 pm: Arrival at “Peoples’ Gala”, Five Sails Restaurant, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C.

Mulling Over the Future of The Left Coast

I am continuing to mull over what the future of this blog is to be. To be honest, I have been so busy on other important projects that I simply have not had a spare minute or ounce of intellectual energy to do anything here. What to do, what to do…any thoughts?

 

The Wayback Machine Project

When I first started blogging about politics I used Stacey Robinsmith dot com as my web address. That blog started sometime in October 2004. I switched my politic discussion to this web address, The Left Coast somewhere along the way and allow Stacey Robinsmith dot com to lie dormant for some time.

A long time ago, in a moment of madness one day I went into the archive of Stacey Robinsmith dot com and deleted several hundred postings that I had created. Well today I found out that they sort of still exist on the internet. There is a group called The Wayback Machine that archives stuff on the internet. Sadly they only capture the front page of my old blog content but is fun to see even that much.

If you want to see the crude (crude as in rough hewn) beginnings of this fine weblog you can do so here.

 

Kienan Hebert Missing

If you do not yet know this story , Kienan Hebert, a three-year-old boy was taken from his bedroom. Police say he may be with 46-year-old Randall Hopley, who could be driving a brown 1987 Toyota Camry, BC license plate 098 RAL.

Kienan Hebert Missing

Kienan Hebert Missing

Kienan Hebert was last seen in his home in Sparwood, a small community about 600 kilometres east of Vancouver, when his family put him to bed Tuesday evening. By morning, he was gone, prompting an air and ground search of the surrounding area.

There are a few things you can do to help Kienan get home to his family. First, there should be no place to hide. I urge all those with printer, print out the poster and distribute. Also those with cottages that are currently not being used, please have someone check it, just in case. An empty cottage would be an ideal place to hide with a little boy that does not belong to you. Share, share share across Canada and the USA.

It’s about a little boy.

Become a Facebook Fan of The Left Coast

Be forewarned, this blog entry is a more of a rant than anything else.

I started my first blog, Stacey Robinsmith dot com, in October of 2004. It was all about provincial politics. It was a fun time. Also a time for learning.

Back then The Tyee was a relatively new online newspaper-like publication as well. During the 2005 provincial election campaign they created a feature called The Hook. The purpose of The Hook was to bring together bloggers who were writing about election related stuff. They had their top ten bloggers and I was one of them. At the time I was, or my blog was, getting 1000 to 3000 hits a day. It was a cool time.

At some point, I don’t remember exactly when, I decided that I wanted my blog to be about the issues and not so much about me. So I changed the name to The Left Coast. At the time I failed to “migrate” my existing content over to the new domain. I suppose I lost something like 400 blog entries. C’est la vie.

Anyway, as you obviously know, I still have The Left Coast and it is still about politics. Metro, provincial, federal and some American stuff.

With the growth of Facebook I decided that I needed to get onboard this juggernaut or get run over by it. So I created a Facebook page called “I’m a fan of The Left Coast.” And I sent invites out to my hundreds of new found friends.

Of the several hundred people I sent the invite to, 41 people responded by making the effort to click the “Like” button. Forty-one people. Wow.

That got me to wondering. So I went into my personal Facebook page and took a look. I saw that I have made the effort to click on 93 pages that my friends have asked me to support. The way I saw it, what effort did it take to click “Like”? What did it hurt to give a little click to show support for someone’s cause?

I mean I have clicked “Like” to support gay marriage and gay students’ right to a harassment free school life. I have clicked “Like” to show support for the fact that your kid is the cutest kid in her grade three class and to end cuts to the education system. I clicked to support restoring the arts funding and I even see that I have clicked to “Like” a group about belly button lint doing a better job than Stephen Harper. I have clicked to show support for getting rid of plastic water bottles and for making free clean water a right for all people. I have clicked to help my friends get elected, and I have clicked to get people defeated. I have clicked and clicked and clicked.

When a friend asks me to support their cause, I give them the click. Sure I sometimes edit my Facebook settings so I never have to see if their kid actually was considered the cutest kid in their grade three class or not, but I show my support.

If you have made it this far into my diatribe, perhaps you could make the effort to give my political blog a little Facebook love. Go ahead and do it even if you change your settings so that you never have to hear from my blog again. It sure would make my day to see a bunch of “Likes” on my Facebook page.

On hiatus for a few more days

My family and I were involved in a very serious motor vehicle collision recently. Due to the collision I have been taking a few days off in order to help myself settle my nerves and body. Relatively speaking we are all okay. The reality is that it will be at least a few more days until I feel well enough to sit and write again.

I will try and post the news on Christy Clark’s cabinet but if I cannot, follow Bill Tieleman’s blog while I am away. Thanks for your patience.

What Stops You From Commenting on Blogs?

Today I am posing a question to our readers and followers; what is it that keeps you from commenting on the stories that I post here? Ironically, I am asking you to comment on why you do not comment more often!

For the record, although you do have to enter an email address to comment, your email address will NEVER be shared with anybody. Further, I promise that I will not send you any junk mail myself. Cricky, I will probably never email you myself.

So add your comments; why do so few people comment on my postings? Or, if you are a commenter, what is it that made it so that you started to comment on postings.

Thanks for your thoughts.

BC Human Rights Tribunal to Hear Complaint Against Shark Club

I read a thought-provoking letter to the editor in the Province newspaper earlier this week. The topic of the letter was the complaint that a group of young women have brought against the Richmond location of the Shark Club Bar & Grill around the type of clothing that the women are required to wear.

The writer of the letter essentially said that the women knew what the work environment (and required clothing) was like before they applied or ever started working there so they should just quit complaining and accept it as part of the job that they had accepted.

Funny, I remember the same argument was made when there was talk about banning smoking in bars and restaurants. People said that workers chose to work int hat environment and really should just shut up about it.

The fact of the matter in the smoking case is that WorkSafe BC is required to protect the health and safety of the workers in BC. Smoking and second-hand smoke cause illness so WorkSafe had to call for a ban on smoking in the workplace.

While requiring your employees to dress like whores is not a WorkSafe issue it is basis of the sexual discrimination complaint that has been started against Northland Properties Corporation (operator of the Shark Club). The BC Human Rights Tribunal will hear the complaint. It will be very interesting to see how this action proceeds.

What do you think? Do the people who choose to work in establishments that require them to dress or present themselves in particular ways forfeit their right to complain? We all know that when you walk into places like the Cactus Club, Shark Club or Sammy J Peppers that you are going to be greeted by a young female. Is it acceptable that they be required to dress in ultra short skirts and wear tops that reveal their breasts to the customers? Care to add your thoughts?