We had such high hopes.
Art Phillips would have been 84 this month. He was here, astride Vancouver as a former mayor and member of Parliament and a founder of the investment firm Phillips, Hager & North. And now he's not. I didn't know him by any of those official titles, of course. I only knew him as a stepfather. And today, I remember.
The purpose behind this journey of over 1000 miles is much bigger than me. It's a quest to highlight solutions to some of our biggest global challenges, and begin the process of implementing them in areas that need it. Which challenges am I speaking about?
The truth of the matter is that good, bad, and indifferent design can be polarizing for consumers. You like some apps you use, love a restaurant's ambiance, appreciate a great pair of custom shoes, or just know when you are having a great end-user, consumer or human experience.
Ryan Spong brought Tacofino to Vancouver because "it's so good, I wanted to be able to eat that food here." Now, Spong and MacIsaac are planning to bring the Tacofino brand beyond British Columbia.
In Vancouver, less than one in five eligible voters re-elected Gregor Robertson in 2011. In Victoria, less than one in six re-elected Dean Fortin. In Nanaimo, Kamloops, and Prince George, less than one in seven elected their mayors.
You may assume that communication between physicians and patients is relatively easy -- which in many ways it is. But no amount of preparation of this connection could have prepared me for the work involved. In primary care, we have a term called "the heart sink patient." This is the patient that dumbfounds you. Nothing you do seems to help them. When you look at your schedule and you see their name on your list, your heart sinks.
There's lots of talk these about how "terrible" it is that "the Chinese are driving up housing prices" in Canada, especially in B.C.'s Lower Mainland. As usual, when people jump on a bandwagon or take hold of a hot button issue, some perspective is a good idea.
Just what is Vancouver Aquarium's relationship to SeaWorld's beluga program? Funny you should ask. It turns out that Vancouver Aquarium owns nine belugas, but only two actually live here. Seven others either live or were born at SeaWorld, a self-described theme park and entertainment corporation.
We have to call bullshit on those who think something like talking about masturbation or being in a sexy photo is shameful or even relevant to holding the vast majority of public offices.
A couple weeks after I won my nomination, some bloggers started posting a monologue from my Fringe play. The monologue is a frank and funny take on the sex life of a single person and the ways single people can feel isolated in our culture. It also talks about masturbation. The monologue is certainly not the most frank or explicit piece of sex-positive work I have published or performed, but some bloggers had a heyday, and I was told this was just the beginning.
Trish Kelly, a prominent member of Vancouver activism and a self-described sex-positive" and "queer" resigned her nomination as a candidate for park board in the city's upcoming municipal election, because of the surfacing of a humorous and risqué Fringe Festival video she made about masturbation from way back in 2006. As a male, I struggle with the guilt that something like that would not be nearly as damaging to my public figure.