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Michael is the blogs co-ordinator at rabble.ca and a freelance writer living in British Columbia. He is a PhD quitter, a bad editor, and a union thug. He writes about culture and capitalism.

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We Couldn't Escape B.C.'s Spreading House Nightmare

(18) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 3:08 PM

About a year ago, I wrote about the bittersweet feeling of having to flee Vancouver for the (slightly) more affordable shores of Victoria.

Last week we found out our landlords were putting up our home -- the one that had given us reprieve from Vancouver's crapulous housing scene --...

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Why We're All Taking The Wrong Message From "Making A Murderer"

(7) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 10:02 AM

True Crime is back. Podcasts like Serial and documentary series like The Jinx and, of course, Making a Murderer hearken back to the golden ages of 48 Hours and Dateline.  Accompanying this new cultural obsession is a sudden surge in interest to overhaul the deeply flawed criminal justice system. Petitions...

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UBC Failed Its Sexual Assault Victims On Every Level

(5) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 10:28 AM

At every possible level, the University of British Columbia has failed its students who reported sexual assaults -- and nothing looks like it will change.

Three current and former graduate students in the Department of History held a press conference in which they condemn the university for a

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Mulcair Needs to Halt the NDP's Rightward Drift

(60) Comments | Posted September 27, 2015 | 8:58 AM

In 2013, then-B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix was about to address a labour convention to kick off his election campaign. Dix enjoyed a 20-point lead in the polls over a floundering Christy Clark. The mood in the room was jubilant: after 10 years of B.C. Liberal austerity, the left was...

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The Globe's New Solution To Vancouver Housing Crisis: Sleep In A Van

(5) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 7:00 PM

If you met a young man who couldn't afford rent in Vancouver so he purchased an old Chevy camper van, parked in a different part of the city every week to avoid parking tickets and tow charges, and had to beg for water so he could occasionally shower, I would...

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I'm Living The Vancouver Dream By Moving Away

(76) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 2:11 PM

When I told a friend of mine, also a writer with two young children, about our decision to leave Vancouver, he called it "living the dream." He spoke of a long- cradled aspiration to decamp to Golden or Revelstoke, leaving in his wake a Vancouver that watches Portlandia not for...

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The Economist Called Vancouver Boring. And It's Probably Right.

(15) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 2:16 PM

It was the most tepid of pot shots -- a throwaway line in an article really about New York City: "Vienna, Vancouver and Geneva always seemed to do well" in livability surveys, chirps pseudonymous travel columnist Gulliver in The Economist. "Pleasant cities, yes, but mind-numbingly boring."

He wasn't even...

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Jian Ghomeshi, John Furlong Exposés On Alleged Abuse Reveal Media Double Standard

(32) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 1:49 AM

In October 2014, independent journalist Jesse Brown with the assistance of the Toronto Star published anonymous allegations that CBC star radio host Jian Ghomeshi had physically and sexually assaulted three women. Within a week, the number of anonymous women accusing Ghomeshi had grown to eight; by December, 15.

Ghomeshi, of...

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Tiny Homes Aren't The Solution To B.C.'s Unaffordability Crisis

(9) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 1:01 PM

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This blog first appeared on rabble.ca.

Tiny houses are now all the rage in British Columbia nowadays. Nelson Tiny Houses calls them a "political movement" and "as much a work of art as they are a place to live." It's...

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