Legends of Myself 103

August 6, 2016

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Burnaby, 1961. Astronauts, Magic Pencils and Snowball Fights. Although they dominate, not all the memories I have of Schou School are of the schoolyard.  I remember our teacher bringing his old Edison phonograph into the classroom, and I got my first look at an Edison cylinder, a technology obsolete before my father was born.  Even […]

Bad Samaritans & Other Prejudices

November 17, 2015

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I’m not fond of the Good Samaritan.  I’m not saying I’m against the sort of people who are called that.  This isn’t about them at all.  I’m not fond of what has been made of the story. How do we understand it?  There’re these people, Samaritans, who just aren’t worth much.  But a guy gets […]

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Legends of Myself 102

August 3, 2015

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102.  Burnaby, 1961:  Courtyard and Schoolyard The Sunset Auto Court was laid out like half a squared-off target, with the offices at the bull’s-eye, a driveway around that, and the apartments making up the outer layer.  Behind and parallel to the street was the alley, technically not accessible anywhere from the Auto Court—unless the need […]

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Legends of Myself 101

July 6, 2015

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101.  1961, Burnaby:  Becoming a Family As I said, the time at the Sunset Auto Court was a time when we were learning to become a family.  If you had happened to ask me six months earlier, I would have probably said that a father and a boy was the perfect family unit, a perfection that […]

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Game Is Rigged for Kinder Morgan, says Economist, Resigns Hearings

May 25, 2015

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The Trans-Mountain Pipeline hearing is in the hands of a “captured regulator”, charges economist Robyn Allan Well, I have been away for a while, but apparently things over at the National Energy Board are proceeding as before, following a predictable Harper-ite agenda.  And of course another intervenor walks away in disgust, unwilling to lend credence to a […]

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Trans Mountain Pipeline Hearing Fraudulent, Charges Former Hydro CEO

November 4, 2014

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Former BC Hydro executive withdraws from Trans Mountain Pipeline hearing in disgust. The following is an open letter from Marc Elieson, former CEO of BC Hydro, formally withdrawing from the National Energy Board hearings on the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Dear Ms. Young: The Intervenor, Marc Eliesen, wishes to withdraw from the […]

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Legends of Myself 100

November 3, 2014

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100.  Burnaby, 1961:  Rabbit Ears and Gorilla Suits The Sunset Auto Court was technically a motel, with two-vehicle garages separating the apartments.  But the place was filled with families, and I don’t remember too many of them having cars.  The garages between the apartments were mostly empty. Our place was a one bedroom apartment with […]

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