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Mark Hasiuk

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Mark Hasiuk is a former columnist at the Vancouver Province, former columnist/reporter at the Vancouver Courier and former editor/reporter for Black Press. He hosts an online broadcast at themarkhasiukshow.com and, despite his likable personality, is generally despised by every mainstream political party and government bureaucracy in British Columbia and beyond.
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Is InSite Really All It's Cracked Up To Be?

There has never been an independent analysis of InSite, yet, if you base your knowledge on Vancouver media reports, the case is closed. InSite is a success and should be copied nationwide for the benefit of humanity. Tangential links to declining overdose rates are swallowed whole. Thomas Kerr's claims of reduced "public disorder" in the neighbourhood go unchallenged, despite other mitigating factors such as police activity and community initiative. Journalists note Onsite, the so-called "treatment program" above the injection site, ignoring Onsite's reputation among neighbourhood residents as a spit-shined flophouse of momentary sobriety.
09/18/2013 07:16 EDT
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Vancouver Pride Parade Numbers Just Don't Add Up

When the Pride Society, one of the most influential activist organizations in Vancouver's prosperous and politically active gay community, comes knocking, Vision Vancouver, the current rulers at city hall, and the NPA, the loyal opposition, bow down. And when a trumped up "report" goes to council claiming attendance figures so outrageous they deserve their own float in the parade, nobody bats an eye. If a parade eclipses the 400,000 attendee threshold, it qualifies for the maximum amount of money available to civic parades. The Sikhs and the Chinese didn't come close. But according to the Dobrovolny report, the Pride Parade attracts "crowds close to half a million people." Cha-ching.
08/02/2013 02:06 EDT
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Sexist? No, Just Trying To Crack Open The Rob Ford Scandal

Tweets are brief. I get that. But Robyn Doolittle's response to my earlier blog post is telling. She failed to address the widespread concerns about her reportage, and opted instead for a straw man strategy starring yours truly. It's a familiar defense aimed at ending debate. Call someone a sexist, a racist, a homophobe. I've heard them all. But I've never used them.
05/22/2013 06:35 EDT
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Rob Ford 'Crack' Scandal Cooked Up By The Worst Kind Of Folks

Living in Vancouver, I'm no Rob Ford fan. I'm not even sure what that is. Media outlets across Canada and around the world reported on what the Star published while their reporter Robyn Doolittle has gone Hollywood. Drug dealers, no video proof, there's nothing right about this whole thing. Folks, prepare yourself for the new normal.
05/21/2013 12:33 EDT
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Surprised The Liberals Won? It's The Chinese, Stupid!

Obviously, the face of B.C., quite literally, is changing. Immigrants account for 45 per cent of the population in Vancouver, 52 per cent in Surrey, 59 per cent in Burnaby and 70 per cent in Richmond. Immigrant populations are rising everywhere, even in the whitest regions of the province. And they aren't buying what the NDP is selling. Big government. Vast social programs. Union allegiance.
05/16/2013 12:44 EDT
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The MLA, The Mayor And A Sweetheart Deal

This Wednesday, one day after B.C.'s provincial election, Vancouver city council, led by Mayor Gregor Robertson and his Vision majority, will approve the development of four city-owned sites, including a riverfront property on Southwest Marine Drive, as part of the mayor's grand plan for "affordable housing" in Vancouver. Distracted by the post-election din, the mainstream media will barely notice. But it may be the biggest deal of Robertson's second term. And perhaps his most controversial.
05/13/2013 07:18 EDT
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Elections BC Should Keep Their Nose Out Of Politics

While the effect of Election BC's ad on next week's election remains debatable, one thing's clear. Its message echoes NDP and/or Green Party rhetoric, and therefore, counters the candidacy of many BC Liberal and/or Conservative candidates, particularly in ridings outside Vancouver. Anyone interested in democracy should be concerned about that.
05/10/2013 12:23 EDT