Wednesday, March 18, 2009
7:30...doors open at 7
Alice Mackay Room, downstairs at the Vancouver Public Library, main branch, Robson & Homer
THE LANGARA DIALOGUES - a public debate
RESOLVED: LEGALIZE DRUGS; END GANG VIOLENCE
Be there or be square.
See Jon Ferry's column in today's Province.
Posted by David Berner at 9:42 AM
Are you familiar with them?
I was not, until this morning when I read a column in the Globe by Neil Reynolds.
Wood pellets look remarkably like dog food or goose droppings, but they are in fact pressed from sawdust and mill shavings and they are amazingly efficient at creating clean heat and energy.
Here in Canada, we produce huge amonuts - 1.4 million tons a year, but use almost none of it to heat our homes or create energy.
Read this piece and then ask along with me when are we going to wake up to the possibilities?
Posted by David Berner at 9:35 AM
"The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga is the best darned novel I've read in many years.
The author, born in India, educated at Columbia and Oxford, won the Man Booker Prize last year for this debut work. He lives in Mumbai.
The book is hilariously funny and stunning.
It smashes the simple-minded exoticism usually given to India by non-Indians. Gone are the saffron and rose blossoms. What takes their place is what makes this book so readable and arresting.
Posted by David Berner at 9:29 AM