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CROSSING BOUNDARIES

CROSSING BOUNDARIES

At Gallery Gachet (88 E Cordova)
Opening Fri. Sept 12, 2014   6-9pm

Join the procession with Carnival Band
at 5pm from the Carnegie!

Exhibition:  Sept 13 – Oct 26, 2014
From September 13 through October 26, Oppenheimer Park and Gallery Gachet are pleased to present Crossing Boundaries at Gallery Gachet, an exhibition showcasing artworks from Oppenheimer Park community.  Included are paintings, drawings, print, sculptures, carvings, mixed media & video works. Most artists will be present at the opening reception,

Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 6pm.
This year the exhibition takes “crossing boundaries” as its focus with a variety of interpretations.
Over 35 artists will be featured in the show & many of the works showcase  various interpretations of boundaries. In addition, the exhibition will unveil petite Bonhomme (little fellow), dozens of small paper mache dolls decorated & painted through communi-ty art workshops at Oppenheimer Park & Carnegie Community Centre.
We look forward to meeting you there!

Additional
Programming:
ScavARTger Hunt II
Saturday, October 4th
ScavARTger Hunt is back!
Scour Vancouver to complete questions about artworks! Win prizes for right answers!
More information will be available closer to the date. Check bulletin boards at Carnegie or our Facebook page.



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“Jewish Progressives and the History of “Political Zionism”
“Jewish Progressives and the History of “Political Zionism”
  There can be no solidarity with the Netanyahu government which has undermined moderate Palestinians, rejected offers of peace, and expanded settlements to make a two-state solution impossible.
Political Zionism emerged as a liberation movement in response to anti-Semitism and nationalism. The foundation of Israel included anti-colonial aspects. Yet the settlement of Palestine by European Jews was itself an act of colonization carried out with -and in opposition to- world powers. The project as it unfolded was based in ideas of Jewish supremacy & in a particular interpretation of our traditions and history. It turned on the violent exclusion of the region’s indigenous population.
  After 1967, Israel established an occupation in the West Bank and Gaza. After 2005, it initiated a siege of Gaza, designed to undermine Palestinian statehood. I therefore cannot remain silent when people portray this month’s conflict in isolation from the context of forty-seven years of occupation, collective reprisal, settlement expansion, and siege. We can attribute each individual failure to achieve peace to one side the other, or both. But we cannot ignore that despite any rationalizations, Israel has occupied Palestine for nearly fifty years.
  Ask what else Israel could’ve done from its position of strength to pursue peace. Consider what it means to accept so many deaths and the destruction of a city as collateral damage. No matter how we judge Hamas, the assault on Gaza has demonstrated Israeli disregard for Arab life. This will not bring peace. The choices that may bring peace will present serious risks, but none more dangerous, physically and ethically, than preserving the status quo.
  This does not mean that Palestinians lack the right to equality in their native land. It does not mean abandoning our ties to that land. However, we must pay attention to how legacies of power make certain forms of exclusion and subordination seem normal. We must remain vigilant against our own chauvinism and listen to others. Do not believe that Israel lacks partners for peace and do not stand with those who demonstrate to Palestinians that they lack such partners.
  Jewish progressives can and do enjoy many ties to Israel, but Jewish progressives cannot value Jewish lives and freedoms over the lives and freedoms of Palestinians. Our self-realization cannot come at the expense of millions without citizenship, rights, and the same prospects for their children as our own. Progressives must stand against occupation, siege, and settlement expansion. There can be no progressive support for wars of choice. There can be no solidarity with the Netanyahu government or its representatives like the Israeli Consul, which has undermined moderate Palestinians, rejected offers of peace, & expanded settlements to make a two-state solution, if that is desirable, impossible. There can be no progressive partnerships with organizations like AIPAC. Jewish unity cannot come at the expense of Jewish integrity.’
‘We made a mistake. There is a sickness inside our community’ —
                                                   Jacob Ari Labendz

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Dirty, Damaged, Different

  Dirty, Damaged, Different

My father and mother became parents
burdened with pain, loss, bitterness.
To their graves they took their secrets.
During life they'd each likely felt
dirty, damaged, different.

Without intention they'd passed on
their poisonous legacies
by what is clearly defined abuse.
I was not exempt from feeling
dirty, damaged, different.

Throughout the years
I've expressed sincere sorrow
upon those whom I'd inflicted pain
as a result of my feeling
dirty, damaged, different.

As I focus on compassion
and forgiveness from others,
I feel the guilt and shame lift.
I feel less and less
dirty, damaged, different.

Nowadays, I am more at peace.
I envision some day feeling
more clean, whole, in sync.
Over time I feel less
dirty, damaged, different.

                     © J.Angharad Giles

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I am a local. I have a hidden disability
I am a local. I have a hidden disability. Iv been cleaning the outdoors for over 25 years. I found a stolen purse with over $4000. It got back to the property owner. She’s the owner of the Whistler chocolate factory; she has her million-&-a-half dollar home,     my mom said she loves doing what she’s doing
  then the lady said she worked with disabled people – all they like to do is take and never give. Then she made $2.00 available which otherwise would not have happened?! That’s a huge slap in the face; she’s like a filthy greedy polotishion
  because of people like her I'll never report stolen property again, from now on it will go in the trash bin
Iv found 4 wallets since: the one had 6 pieces of Id. the other had 5-6 keys; they all went into the trash bin
If I ever find a pile of money again I wont tell enyone, Ill just keep it.
                                     Louanne Bradshaw

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From the Library

From the Library

In the morning we often have a rush of visitors for the newspapers, sudoku, crosswords, and also horoscopes!  To cater to the interest we’re planning on posting your daily horoscope just to the right of the entrance near the DVDs – look for the celestial poster board and get aligned with the galaxy!  On the topic of stars, signs, and wonder, here are a few interesting new titles...
Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund (YA FIC)
  The classic novel, The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baronness Emmuska Orczy is retold with a science fiction lens.  The remake is set on the islands of NewPacifica centuries after wars almost destroyed the earth.  Two teenagers, Persis Blake and Justen Helo must fight for the future. Romance! Class warfare! Secret identities!  And genetic engineering...
The Midas Touch: World mythology in bite-sized chunks by Mark Daniels (201.3 D18m)
  This book contains myths from around the world (Australia, Sumeria, Egypt, Greece, etc.) written in an accessible, concise manner.  The reader will obtain a broad overview of epic stories throughout history and across cultures.
Momstrology by Ophira and Tali Edut (133.5 E24m)
  Moms need all the help they can get when raising kids, and this book looks to the stars!  Ophira and Tali (AKA “The Astro Twins”) offer a unique approach to parenting based on their charts, predictions, and interpretations of astrological signs for both parent & child.
                       Your Carnegie Librarian, Natalie

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the Theatre Upgrade Projectwill begin!

At long last, the Theatre Upgrade Project
will begin!

The theatre renovation/upgrade project will begin the week of September 2nd .     The initial work will require the theatre to be closed & programming cancelled for that week only (Sept 2 – 7).  Fingers X’d – the project will be completed by September 30th and ready for fall/winter programming & festivals. 
  The renovation project includes the installation of:
Audio/Visual System that provides simple operation for basic events
* A/V infrastructure
* Booth Rack & Storage improvements
* Equipment
* Drapery replacement & extension
  Thanks for your kind support and understanding
while we are under construction, so to speak.

                           Sharon Belli, Assistant Director

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Sunday at the Ovaltine Redux

Sunday at the Ovaltine Redux

I gaze into the Vancouver summer rain.
Scotch mist in Halifax, windless here
    in La La Land
Business on the Corner like the Post Office.
All weather work.
Pain and money go hand in hand.
Makin’ the world go round.
Later, the Empress opens her door.
Sick Bay, Sick Parade.
Kills the pain Daddy used to say.
The day brightens.
I play rock ‘n’ roll,
Country and Western,
Leonard Cohen and Dylan,
Bonnie Raitt, Koko Taylor.
Music and booze hath charms to
    calm the savage breast.

                                        Wilhelmina Miles

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Visit to the Museum

Visit to the Museum

The weight of the ancestors’ pomposity
rests heavily on the shoulders
of the daughters and sons
down the generations
mistakes have been made
that impact us still
concerning the necessary criteria
required to create
civilization
we have never been civil
to each other
no or maybe just barely
the thinnest veneer
holds us back from savagery
and so we vandalize
what has preceded us
recycling the past with
our own interpretations
even time has sabotaged
the monuments built to outlast
their gradual erosion
people forget
who was important and why
and who is left to care or appreciate
the appropriate correspondence
between these glorious ruins
and the lessons we refuse to learn
                                                             delanye

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The Camino World Peace Project

The Camino World Peace Project

  You surely have noticed that there is something terribly wrong with the way things are going, all over the world. It is alarmingly obvious that the dominant systems held in place by a power structure that is crumbling, are incapable of providing for the people who rely on them. History reminds us of the pattern of civilizations.
  At this stage of the cycle, we still have a few options.
  We can cling to the scant security offered us by the multinational and government corporations; we can continue to engage in the fierce competition for resources, prestige and power; we can opt out & cobble a living from hand outs & leftovers; we can zombify ourselves; we can buy into the apocalypse being prepared for us by our friendly sponsors OR we can turn to each other with compassion, & begin to arrange a system that will honor the  wisdom, dignity and individuality of our diverse world populations & our common interests. We have a window of opportunity, a little time left to begin to reverse the unsustainable, idiotic policies of extinction that threaten us all.
 What we really need now is a way of bridging the gap between the precarious mess that we are in, and the visionary dream of a new way of ordering things that is based not on hierarchy, fear & coercion, that does not condemn us to war, but designed to nurture & allow each other to live in peace.
  It’s a big undertaking that we have been told is impossible, but it could be simple if we can take the time & care to determine our most urgent priorities. Without a shot being fired, we could transform the way we live, to create a world hospitable to all life, free of the terror & unbearable stresses that we have accepted as the way things are. Think about the way things could be.
  Now is the time to begin to carefully dismantle the obsolete systems that have been hampering creative alternatives. We can start by stopping all harmful practices & doing away with the most obvious forms of oppression. We can learn from the mistakes of the past as we consult with those who are already devising sustainable practices in their communities. Organic gardeners & permaculturists, architects & engineers, community activists and members of co ops, squatters who fabricate homes in decaying structures from discarded materials rescued from scrap heaps, artisans & carpenters & healers, children & elders: everybody will be needed if we are to disengage ourselves from the traps that are choking us.
  If we can see our way to dispense with artificial boundaries & the vagaries of monopoly capitalism, a lot of problems could begin to solve themselves. The accepted notion of private property needs adjustment. We know that real estate is not real. Our task now is to devise a way to live in harmony, not as owners but as caretakers of the land. Obviously, the mass production of weapons & the reliance on toxic chemicals must discontinue. Together, we need to decide, what we need & what we want to keep. Let the banks be redesigned to house the homeless, let those who have been displaced & dispersed lead the way in devising communities of mutual interest. Let the music of the world guide us as it already has linked us in imagination.
  The Camino de Santiago in Spain is an ancient route of pilgrimage that connects people from all over the world. Its origins are controversial, but long before Christianity, people have walked this way & even farther to the wild coast. They thought it was the end of the world there.
 We know now that the world is round & the end of the world is not geographical. The Camino de Santiago was built on prayers. But even the strength of prayers will not be enough to avert the consequences of our current trajectory. Here in the DTES, in spite of dedicated opposition, rampant gentrification is invading & scattering the volatile mix of our community.  We know that all over the world there are others equally distressed by the same threat & worse. Isolated, no matter how splendid our efforts, our chances to thrive are slim. Only by shifting our focus & finding ways to co-ordinate our efforts & work in concert, will we be able to begin to dismantle the toxic systems held in place with our apathetic consent.
  The Camino World Peace Project began as a series of conversations amongst pilgrims, which is the name given to all those who walk the camino. We are not a group per se, but an idea whose time has come. The project is an evolving strategy to restore harmony to the world, a call out to see what we can do with our collective wisdom & creative intelligence.  You are invited to take these ideas & expand.
  Obviously, we need to shift from a war economy based on an adversarial, scarcity mentality to an economy of peace & abundance. To this end, The Camino World Peace Project is dedicated to the Declaration of World Peace, ASAP. What are we waiting for?
1) We start with ourselves, to cultivate peace and pass it around. Devise a role for yourself as ambassador, musician, teacher, economist, carpenter or clown for peace. We are limited only by our imaginations.
2) We identify our communities. Start working on your community play. Include everyone. What is your vision for community? How do you want to use your freedom?
3) We organize Camino Concerts for Peace: or we can have a  Camino car wash, a bake sale, a treasure hunt. We share the profits around & use some as seed money for a bigger event. The events are an endorsement & everyone who buys a ticket is endorsing the idea of world peace. We cover the world with our music.
4) We continue to discuss our alternatives globally.
   How long before we can make our declaration depends on the intensity of our indignation with the way things are going & our desire for a world that is at peace.

  Our efforts now will determine our future. We cannot rely on our governments to fix things as they are clearly part of the problem, endorsing policies of extinction. It is up to us to come up with a better way to deal with our common needs & our differences.
  Perhaps the earth & the oceans can recover once we stop polluting. Perhaps we can transform our world to a
place where we can all make the most of our potential & our love.                                  [Delanye]
Contact: caminoworldpeaceproject@gmail.com; facebook; http://caminopeaceproject.wordpress.com

Look
into the face
of your desire. Discover
what it means to love. Love
yourself wisely. Spread that
love around you. Do no
more harm. Declare peace
pass it around.


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SMILE! We could all be happy with this cop-camera...

SMILE! We could all be happy with this cop-camera...

In the pro-cop drama End of Watch, two studly LA police officers wear tiny sturdy cameras-with audio-attached to their uniform shirt pockets.
  They do it because they're proud and righteous and they want the world to know how great they are. Why don't all cops do likewise? Is it because in real life there are few who have that kind of confidence when it comes to the quality of their work? The mere idea of this kind of scrutiny is anathema to many police officers. Not the good cops I imagine-they want these body-mounted cameras; it's the bad cops who reject the idea. But so what if they bristle-make them do it! The vast majority of the NYPD doesn’t want the technology-but screw those thugs. If they don't want to wear the cameras, they can quit and become professional hitmen. Oh wait, they can't do that job-if caught killing someone, they might have to actually go to jail. Unlike James Peters, aka Officer Serial Killer, who shot seven people in ten years in Arizona, killing six, the last one went right between the eyes of a man holding a baby, his victims' grandchild. Subsequently, Peters opted for an early retirement-in his thirties-he'll get 5000 bucks a month for doing nothing, which considering what he was doing is money well spent I think. I can just see Peters now, sitting at home, cleaning his service revolver,<weeping copiously over his forced early retirement. How unfair! Hang in there, Peters! Just leave your door open at night and some poor schnook will step in to your abode and you can kill him with impunity thanks to the Castle Doctrine! I'm sure even now former-Officer Peters is letting his mail pile up and has parked his car down the road in order to lure someone inside his house while he waits patiently on the sofa in the dark, a six pack by his side. Good times!
So where was I? Oh yeah-the VPD desperately needs this technology.
Presently, they carry pepper spray to blind us; tasers to electrocute us; night sticks to bash our heads in; and, of course, guns to blow us away. Why not a little camera? Don't they always cry foul when a passerby pulls out a cell phone camera and catches them in the act of doing something shitty, claiming that what ends up being shown to the public misrepresents the incident in its entirety? I say it's imperative that every second of every policeman's shift be recorded. It'll benefit all. Such a thing will keep everybody honest; abusive citizens and abusive cops alike will tend to behave, don't you think (if it's all being recorded)?
  And is this much to ask? The cops absolutely love cameras, don't they?
  Cameras in the street, cameras in stores ... in some places cameras are on top of the dashboards of police cruisers. Cops always say, hey, you have nothing to worry about if you're not up to something criminal. Well, right back at'cha. Put the cameras on and wear them all the time. If you take them off or they go missing, you don't get paid, assholes! If anything goes awry, then we'll take at look at what happened from the police officer's-precise point of view. Cops are always saying, you have to walk in our shoes to understand what we go through. You can't judge us. You're not allowed to judge us. Well, fine. Put the technology on your goddamn shirt and we will walk in your fucking shoes, okay? Otherwise they'll just keep mowing us down. Not only us, but our little dogs, too, to paraphrase Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz. (Listen to this: in Cincinnati, two cops, tased and then shot four times -one bullet for each pound that the pooch weighed, I guess- a Chihuahua on its own porch, leaving a note saying that the animal made them fear for their safety. The officers were not disciplined.)
So insist on these body mounted cameras. Lives are at stake. I think Paul Boyd would be alive..or at least his killer, Officer Lee Chipperfield, would be in jail if the world had seen Boyd's death from Chipperfield' s POV. Anyway, here are the emails of several councilors. One of them I know personally, Andrea Reimer of the putatively leftwing Vision Party. When Andrea was a young woman in Ottawa, she often expressed to me a profound dubiety regarding the police. So maybe Councillor Reimer will be sympathetic to this idea and lead the charge. Go Andrea! (andrea.reimer@vancouver.ca’; tim. stevenson @vancouver.ca; david.eby.mla@leg.bc.ca) Just write, "When will Vancouver cops have body mounted cameras? I want to know when I can safely leave my home."
  Finally, I'll leave you with this excerpt from an article about northern Canada from Geist Magazine concerning the crookedness of the RCMP and the impunity they apparently so enjoy up there.
" ... They [the RCMP] will have taken the tape out of the security camera, contradictory testimony from the partner will avail nothing, and you will always have been the one trying to do something violent to the uninjured police officer when you yourself are dead .... "
                                 [Submitted unsigned but a guess is] DAN PAGE                                     
 


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Labour Day: worker’s rights still an issue

Labour Day: worker’s rights still an issue

 This spring, I had the honour of being elected to lead BC’s most diverse union. Over 67,000 women & men of the BC Government & Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) work throughout the province in a wide variety of roles, making a real difference in their communities.
  From childcare to child protection, preventative health care to palliative care, social work to corrections, and so much more - what our members share is a dedication to working together for the benefit of all British Columbians.
  As the union that represents these remarkable workers, we owe it to them to not only protect the vital public services they provide, but to continuously work for positive social change. BCGEU members want to belong to a movement that can make progressive new policies that BC needs a reality, such as $10 a day childcare.
  That’s why this Labour Day - my first as BCGEU president – as we celebrate the hard-fought gains the union movement has made for BC and Canada, I’d like to also look forward and talk about what we still have left to do.
  Our province & country are faced with growing income inequality - including a gender wage gap of 26 per cent that is frankly embarrassing. Our young people have the distinction of being the first generation that will be worse off economically than the one that came before.
  But the labour movement is in a unique position to change all of that. Hundreds of British Columbians lift themselves out of poverty each year by joining the BCGEU or other unions to achieve collective bargaining rights at their workplace. The wage increases they gain by working together go right back into their local economies, invigorating communities across the province. The increased tax revenues provide funding for the public services that we all rely on.
Just think of the exciting things we could do if we all worked together to ensure that everyone, in all regions of the provinces - regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic status - had access to a job where they were paid a living wage and treated with respect.
This is what the labour movement has to offer British Columbians: strong, united & dynamic communities full of people who care for one another.
  When we all band together to demand that vital services be publicly available to everyone - not just those who can afford them - we’ll have a whole new set of victories to celebrate each year at the end of August.
                       – Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President

   Stephanie Smith was elected president of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) by delegates at the union’s tri-annual convention in May 2014. Stemming from the Community Social Services sector, Stephanie had a long history of leadership and activism within the BCGEU before serving three years as the union’s Treasurer (2011-14). She is the first woman elected president of the BCGEU.

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Red & White America Turning Blue

Red & White America Turning Blue
Imagine god putting a gun to your head & whispering “If you were a serial killer what would be your trophy –hair, a watch, rings…?” they seem to have so much sharing just doesn’t seem to be a tool in your bag of necessities,  like a Dr Lector/Mr Hyde your god & Satan were best buddies but selfishness destroyed a friendship then misplaced loyalty made people choose sides ever since Peace became a forgotten entity cuz someone lost the recipe, like a Red & White America think they have their very own god so it’s alright to bring an Ebola doctor from Africa to Atlanta Georgia (talk about retroactive malpractice!) everyone just nods as 1 State becomes 2 then N America – how will your comicbook heroes curtail the outpouring of mass misery.. The States are a scary tragic land with guns for all & one of the few things most of the world can agree: Throw in the terrorist factor & the Fear Alarm System &the gust of rage with the Big Bang existence some say will set you free with horrificness happening everyday global happiness is just an illusion, like a pop-out Agatha Christie mystery… did you know that the first documented war was in 27,000 B.C.?!? That’s at least 30,000 years of mankind being unable to agree on anything whatever happened to ‘natural causes’; if there is a Heaven do they have Pay TV what’s the most popular channel Planet Earth in HD with lots of recording rewinding & of course pauses, like a message in a broken bottle it sinks lower than cement why cannot mankind just be content to live their lives without destroying so many others,
The Remote Area Safety Committee and Library (RASCaL) does what it can but in the end it is we who must stand either in shame & hate or hand in hand with all our fellow sisters and brothers, why can’t America and Russia and the Middle East and this whole planet get themselves right maybe one day maybe one day m.a.y b.e o.n.e.d.a.y   maybe…..
                                 By ROBERT McGILLIVRAY

Q: “Diplomacy means the art of nearly deceiving all your friends but not quite deceiving all your enemies
                                                                  -Kofi Busia

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The Day I Got Stoned - Literally

The Day I Got Stoned - Literally

  It was a sunny spring day in the West End. A gentle breeze was stirring the leaves on the tall oak trees near the tennis court. Sitting on a bench I had bread crumbs for the pigeons & crows, but especially for the crows. One in particular used to hop along the fence when I was walking thru the small park. My b.f. said, “he wants to have a relationship with you” –it happened more often than not.
  This day I was alone with my bread crumbs, the breeze and the birds. Along came two teenage girls who should have actually been in school. They spoke to me casually and produced a videocam. They sat on an opposite bench and chatted quietly. the younger girl, a white girl, picked up a pebble & threw it near my feet. I ignored it. Soon they were both pitching stones (some larger) at me. I got up admonishing them. I had to pass them to get to the path back to my apartment. They started to film me escaping. Stones turned to large beach rocks that had been used in the landscaping. I hobbled faster as I had sustained a foot injury, a painful one, the day before.
  I reached the door and fumbled for the key. Once inside I could breathe. I rushed to the elevator still fearful and finally got to my apartment on the 10th floor. I securely locked the door and relaxed a little.
  Some weeks later the two girls were on the Robson bus. They were sitting at the front in the disabled area. I plopped down down, feeling secure as this was a public bus & other elderly persons were near.
  I said, “Hi, how are you today?” Bu they ignored me and got off at the next stop. My neighbours in the West End…
  I spoke to Paul Taylor at the Carnegie Newsletter about the incident. Apparently this was not an isolated incident; he was familiar with such happenings or had heard of them.. and we all had seen The Fisher King. But that was just a movie, wasn’t it?
                                                Wilhelmina Miles

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The Digital Revolution: Threat or Promise?

 The Digital Revolution: Threat or Promise?

      Eric was a visionary and may still be one for all I know. Just about 30 years ago he discovered the personal computer, then in its infancy. On a warm sunny Sunday in 1984 we sat in a restaurant inside the IKEA warehouse in Richmond. Here Eric foretold the future and by & large, many of his predictions were spot-on.
     "Warehouses like IKEA Eric said, "will be totally changed. People will soon be shopping for everything on their computer." And, Eric continued, department stores may soon vanish. Soon everybody will be shopping 'on-line' as they say now.
    "Newspapers," Eric foretold, "will be changed because news will be broadcast over the computer." As Eric wheeled out one change after another I wondered out loud about what would happen to many workers. Would they keep their jobs or would they end up jobless and poor?
     Eric had no doubt that job loss would be massive, a fact he seemed to enjoy. "A huge new underclass would be created," he said in effect, "and this group would turn to revolutionary politics."
Eric had taken part in many sizable 'new left' demonstration in the late 1960's and early 1970's in Vancouver. In fact when a commission of inquiry was held in 1971 into the reasons for the police-caused 'Gastown Riot', Eric was one of the star witnesses.
    But back in 1984 I was a New Democrat who believed in gradual progressive change. Eric's predictions threatened my view of the future. I looked south of the border where U.S. President Ronald Reagan's neo-conservatism was wrecking one American social program after another. "Soon Reagan's politics will come to Canada," I predicted. Massive job loss I worried would only make things worse.
  So who was right; Eric or me? In fact, we both were.
       Eric's future forecasts have arrived. Shopping, news gathering and dozens of other activities are now done by computer. 15 years after Eric made his predictions (in about 1999), I heard one person after another  say, "I can't live without my personal computer." Another fifteen years later which is now 2014, most people use their i-phones to do countless tasks and amuse themselves as well. The digital revolution is just a fact of life.
     Yet my fears and Eric's celebration of job loss have come true too. Newspapers struggle to survive. Old department stores like Zeller's, Eaton's and even Sears struggle to survive or have disappeared. Recently I read of how car selling will soon be done on-line. Car salesmen and especially used car salesmen were the shock troops of the now defunct ultra-conservative Social Credit Party. Should I worry if dozens of very conservative car salesmen and women lose their jobs? In fact I should.
    Now the digital revolution has happened while many ultra right governments have come to power. Social programs have been cut to the bone across Europe and North America. This disturbing trend made even worse when combined with the Great Recession of 2007 & 2008 has caused havoc in the lives of tens of millions of people.
     "I'm living on $650 a month," a single father with one child told a reporter in Spain. In Spain, Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Italy massive job loss has forced millions of people to leave their country and move north to Germany and other countries. In Canada, the Great Recession has made tens of thousands of people living in Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic Canada to pick up their things and settle in Alberta & Saskatchewan.
     What makes things even worse is that the new barons of the digital revolution don't seem to care about this upheaval at all. Bill Gates and his wife Belinda have given billions of dollars to projects in Africa and around the world. Yet in their U.S. homeland, millions of people can't find work and aren't even covered by Obama's Medicare.
     Jeff Bezos of Amazon, the late Steve Jobs of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook & other high tech billionaires don't even seem worried about poor people and working people who now just struggle to survive. An advertising plan financed by some of these people ended up attacking President Obama's Medicare plan. And the high tech millionaires that I've read about in Canada are what’s called libertarians; people hostile to government programs that help the poor.
     "These people are like the robber barons of old" one observer of the high-tech elite remarked. "They remind of me of the multi-millionaires of late 19th or early 20th century U.S.A. like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and Henry Ford."
      Eric has now left North America. The digital revolution he forecast has now come true. His forecast of job loss did and has occurred. His political forecasts were way off base - at least for now.
                                                           By Dave Jaffe

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The first Nietzcheean

The first Nietzcheean

Don’t lean on me ‘cause you can’t afford the ticket.”
                                                      -David Bowie
 The first Nietzcheean did not
lose his mind – he gave it away.
 The first Nietzcheean lived and
died in total obscurity; out of pique!
 The first Nietzcheean fell in
love with you, Matriarchy.

                           Stephen Belkin

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Would you risk your life to save a dying monster?

Would you risk your life to save a dying monster?
Emptiness explodes into shrapnel when you inhale it.
God is waiting for me on the other side,
            where no one will find me.
My love is waiting, almost within reach, within a whisper.
I must be with my own ghosts, your ghosts.
Unforgiven, because there is nothing to forgive.
Thirsting. I will turn into a shriek that pierces your bones.

                                                         Ellis

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION
NOTICE OF APPLICATION
The Downtown Eastside Street Market Society has applied to the City of Vancouver requesting approval to use the eastern portion of 58 West Hastings Street for a street market (DE418263).  Please see the attached development application notification postcard for details.
 A special Community Forum on Street Vending and an Open House about this application will be held on Thursday Sept. 4th. Open House drop-in starting at 5:00 pm and Forum from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Woodwards building (W2 room – 2nd fl., 111 W. Hastings St.)
For more information, visit vancouver.ca/devapps or call Claudia Hicks, Project Coordinator:  604.871.6083
 Wesley Joe  |  DTES Neighbourhoods GroupPlanning + Development Services | Downtown Division-East
CITY OF VANCOUVER | 604.873.7736                    vancouver.ca/dtesplan

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Love Life

Love Life

  "My name is Ryan and I am a grateful recovering addict". These were words he used to introduce himself at an award s dinner where he was one of the people honoured
  It is a story known all too well. A young man loses his way into the darkness and drugs. Addiction is a powerful thing and conquering it is one of the most difficult things to do. Ryan Gillis spent part of his life living on the downtown eastside in Vancouver. He had lost friends and relatives as a result of overdoses. At times he thought his life would end that way.
  Ryan started using drugs at the age of 13 becoming an IV drug user by the age of 21. He moved around the country spending years in and out of recovery houses and jail. At one point he weighed 118 Ibs and very close to the end of his life. He had struggled with sobriety for 10 years until October 5, 2012 he couldn't do it anymore. He asked for help.
  In October 2012, Ryan began a 12 step program and treatment for liver disease. At this time, a friend suggested he take up yoga. Ryan credited this practise in helping him get and stay healthy and sober. In this process, he grew stronger, not just physically, but mentally and spiritually. He found himself and in yoga found something that kept him grounded and focused. He began to live the life he was meant to live and more. His recovery wasn't just about himself. He wanted to help others. His family describes him as a fireball, determined to spread the message that "The lie is dead- We can recover". He shared his story, visiting youth in schools and talking about his near death while in the depths of drug addiction. He told them to talk openly about their problems, reach out for help and not to turn to drugs. He wanted to make a difference. He recently went to Africa to be of service to others. He planned to return.
  Ryan became an advocate against drug abuse and an example of the powerful benefits of yoga. He dedicated his life to making a difference to the community, not only warning kids about the dangers of drugs but to the addicted community proving that as long as you are alive, it is never too late to find your way to sobriety and back to your life. He made a video about his experience in the fall of 2013, saying that he would "use drugs to feel accepted and numb out". He described the disease of addiction as a disease of feelings. He said "I used to get a feeling or I used to take away a feeling". He attended a 12 step fellowship program and practised yoga every day. He wanted "to give back to life. I truly believe that you can only keep what you have by giving it away. You can only keep love by giving love away and you can keep honesty by being honest, you can only practise spiritual principals while living these spiritual principals." He wanted to tell his story and help people.
  Ryan was honoured in January at the Courage to Give Back Awards when he was presented with the Brave Heart Award. In his acceptance speech, Ryan said that we all have a purpose in this world and his gift was "to carry the message to the addict who still suffers and I truly believe that's what I was put here to do because I have been brought down to that level of humility where I identify with those people." He was going to keep doing what he was doing and sharing the message to others.
  He recently went to Africa to attend a NA convention and there he met a little girl named Ayesha who stole his heart. He sponsored her and had her mother’s blessing to adopt Ayesha and bring her to Canada for a better life.
On Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, Ryan Gillis was killed in a single vehicle accident in Alberta leaving behind devastated family, friends and a community of people who mourn the loss of a man who battled demons many could never understand and came out on top. He was a beacon of light for those in the darkness. He knew he would have to work very hard every day to remain victorious. He left behind a message that will be carried on by those who cared about him. He left behind a legacy that Recovery is Possible.
  His brother Jeff talks of Ryan with fondness and pride. His mission is to carry on the work his brother started. He hopes that others will continue to do the same. Keep talking and keep spreading the message that recovery is possible and never stop talking about things that bother you or when you are hurting. Silence is not the answer. Jeff said that "it was a pleasure and privilege to have him as a brother." Without a doubt, Ryan Gillis has given more back in his 2 years of sobriety than most people do in a lifetime.
  In loving memory of a brave man who didn't stay silent about his struggles and became the man he was always
meant to be. (Ryan Gillis: 1 May 1984 – 19 August 2014)      Love Life  The lie is dead. We can recover.
                                                                                        Pamela Sheaves

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September 1, 2014