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I guess breakdowns of automated public systems are another form of Collapse!

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Canada Line construction Cambie St at 48th Van...
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Reflecting on the previous post it’s clear that in China they build too quickly and with  not enough attention to the physical effects of bad weather. So some buildings collapse and there are deadly mine accidents.

Fortunately in Vancouver the effects of “collapse” seem to mean that the Canada Line, which was built at great cost to connect Richmond and Vancouver centre cities, is villified and not applauded as this comment says it all “This isn’t the first time (it’s broken down). Canada Line is now refer to as Broken Line.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/11/04 at 14:13

Kendal Kendrick and Western Reflections

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Just a few weeks ago I was enjoying this view while eating a Salmon Burger at the Gallery Resto on the beach at Jericho. It’s a nice surprise today to get an email invitation to Ms. Kendrick’s newest showing in Vancouver:

Showing will be at:

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/09/30 at 18:50

A white swan on the Stanley Park Lagoon

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A neat picture. I lived in the upper right of the SP Lagoon image from 4/89 till 5/94 on Robson St in the Chatsworth Condo:

And since we are in Vancouver let’s look at an unusual shot:

What else can I say but Beautiful Vancouver! And I have been here since 8/24 until 9/7 when I leave to visit Montreal and my older brother in QC. I will return to Vancouver 9/10 and then leave for Dalian China on 9/15 to arrive there 9/16.

Que les bons temps roullent!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/08/23 at 16:54

My low opinion of Rogers apparently confirmed by Canadian court

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Telus Workers Rally: Local support
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Rogers told to ditch ‘most reliable network’ claim

A Telus store in Toronto's Eaton's Centre


A Telus store in Toronto’s Eaton’s Centre JENNIFER ROBERTS/THE GLOBE AND M


Wireless rival Telus ‘pleased’ after winning injunction on Rogers advertising claims in B.C. court


For me this news feels like “the pot calling the kettle black”. I’ve been told by Bell sales people that Bell and Telus share a new network in Canada, while Rogers uses much older technology, like GSM et al. But I’ve always had a low opinion of Telus after dumping their DSL service 4 years ago in Vancouver. So I don’t feel so impressed that Telus sued to get an injunction to stop Rogers’ claims about its network “being the best”.

Since the Berkman Institute recently published a report about worldwide national telecom systems in which Canada ranked 37th re cost, bandwidth offerings et al, I feel that Telus, Bell et al need to make major revisions to pricing and bandwidth offerings. That goes in spades for my current phone and ISP, Shaw.

Guys, get your own act together before attacking your nearest competitor!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/11/25 at 06:21

If you wait long enough on the BC Coast, it will rain!

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Be warned Vanoc and skiers!

Premature announcements that skiing is on are subject to imminent rain!

Flood warning for B.C. South Coast

Last Updated: Saturday, November 14, 2009 | 5:01 PM PT Comments17Recommend35


Flood warning for B.C. South Coast

Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/11/15 at 04:44

I live in Vancouver and often rue its “Vancouver reality distortion field”

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I thought we were in a period of economic crisis with over the top budget deficits, job losses galore and tough times ahead. That’s the reality described to us daily by the PM, the BC Premier and all the media spokespeople.

But I live in Vancouver, which has a “reality distortion field” like no other locale I have known and lived in. It begins with “Beautiful BC” and constant repetition of how glorious it is to live in Vancouver the best city in the world.

And our hockey Canucks are the greatest team since . . .

Now there is another area reality distortion seems to be rampant. Unions and union strike action is not much talked about, except in Vancouver where the ambulance drivers have been in the middle of a STRIKE since I don’t remember when and now it’s the Handy Dart drivers and support staff. It is so tough to drive in VAncouver with all the construction sites, road repair and on and on and on.

Here’s part of the HandyDart story via

HandyDart workers could strike Monday

Last Updated: Saturday, October 24, 2009 | 5:24 PM PT Comments24Recommend16

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Hundreds gathered outside TransLink headquarters in Burnaby on Saturday to rally for HandyDart workers preparing to strike. Hundreds gathered outside TransLink headquarters in Burnaby on Saturday to rally for HandyDart workers preparing to strike. (CBC)Those who rely on HandyDart buses to get around Metro Vancouver may need to find an alternative as early Monday morning as drivers and other staff prepare to strike.

The HandyDart service provides door-to-door public transit around B.C. for people with mobility impairments, but the dispute applies only to the union workers in the Metro Vancouver area.

It ain’t so glorious to live in BC these days, especially now that the cold rainy season is underway. And with the city lockdown due for the Winter Olympics it will soon get much worse and we will be offered all kinds of “reality distortion” BC and Vancouver style. Ahhhh me!

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The latest view of Vancouver, BC

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Vancouver has been photographed from many perspectives. But it seems to me that I have never seen this perspective of downtown Vancouver looking northwest over False Creek:

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Here’s another perspective of my home city drenched in fog looking south probably from Cypress Mountain:

vancouver in fog

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/06/15 at 06:43