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Fairview's inoffensive defensive architecture

If Vancouver buildings don’t appear to be bristling with the sort of “hostile architecture” we’ve read of in London, England, it’s because they’re not and, to be honest, neither are the majority of the buildings in London. 956 more words

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A look at Vancouver's hard driving rain

It’s a grey, rain-soaked day in Vancouver and the evening rush hour is underway. Pedestrians along West Broadway Avenue need to be mindful lest they get hit, either by water kicked up by the speeding vehicles or just by the vehicles themselves, which can sometimes unexpectedly splash up onto the sidewalks. 161 more words

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Early Canadian politicians were birds of a feather

Caught this wee bird perched on top of a brick today, which I took for the dark-eyed junco variety of sparrow. The pose it seemed to strike brought to mind all the pompous-looking Canadian politicians that populated the early history of our brave Confederation. 43 more words

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Can't touch this! Poppy needs her space

Poppy is a beautiful bicolour cat of the “mask and mantle” variety that I met last week as she sunned herself in the parking lot behind the building she lives in on 13th Avenue. 798 more words

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Return from TED (Part 1)

I recently spent almost a week at TED Active and it was pretty amazing. Not just the talks but also the people who attended. If you’re not familiar with the TED format, visit… 560 more words


Another lousy wet day to be a homeless smoker

Despite being homeless and despite having still been a smoker just a little over three years ago, I cannot remember feeling the aggravation reported by many of my homeless colleagues who still smoke and tell me how difficult it is to find dry cigarette butts on rainy days like today (or yesterday or the day before for that matter). 883 more words

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Ravens are like crows only much more so!

Monday afternoon (March 16) I saw a raven in the alley on the west side of Cambie Street at about 17th Avenue. It was in the company of six crows and at first glance I took it to be just another crow — albeit an exceptionally large one. 297 more words

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