Daphne Bramham and Miro Cernetig have written excellent pieces in this morning's paper.
Bramham spells out the new and growing tactic amongst the politicos and mandarins of launching expensive lawsuits against their critics.
Nanaimo, Kent, Harrison, and Langford are four of the municipalities mentioned.
In each case, a citizen asks legitimate questions of the powers-that-be. In case, the powers sue.
They are emboldened to do so by a 2004 provincial law that allows for something called a SLAPP - a Strategic Lawsuit against Public Participation.
Isn't public participation a virtue in a healthy democracy?
Oh, I forgot, in BC and Canerda, "healthy democracy" is becoming as oxymoronic as Catholic University, happy marriage, military intelligence and liquor control board.
Cernetig rightly points out that the millions of dollars and years of abject failure in the DTES call for a new approach, perhaps one overseer or czar for all things DTES.
Exceellent piece and good idea.
Michael Clague is mentioned. Bad idea. Clague was the director of the Carnegie Centre for years, which means he made a healthy living in the midst of the madness.
No, we need someone completely outside the sphere.
Michael Geller whom is running for city council would do a great job.
Or someone from another side of the continent, who owes no favours.
Whoever it is, sooner is better than later.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Posted by David Berner at 11:43 AM
Gas Prices Send Surge of Riders to Mass Transit
By CLIFFORD KRAUSS
Cities with long-established public transit systems and areas with a strong driving culture are both reporting increases in ridership of buses and trains.
So reads a NY Times headline today.
Of course, that couldn't happen in Meekrow Vancouver because we have Transclunk, one of the last efficient systems in the known universe.
Posted by David Berner at 11:38 AM