Published: The Ballad of Kim Campbell

Yay! My video The Ballad of Kim Campbell and accompanying blog piece is now published on the Dancing with the Octopus blog!

Oh Kim Campbell, what could have been…

Click HERE to read it and to find out more about Dancing with the Octopus and their initiative involving women and politics in Canada!

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Vancouver Gay Pride Parade

Last weekend was the Gay Pride parade and I went [my first time!] Although I was expecting more people, it was very crowded and blazing hot. Packing snacks and water was smart. Mmm almonds…

Anyway, I took a bunch of pictures with expired film from 2008 with my Olympus Pen EE2 half frame camera. The photos didn’t turn out as I had expected, mostly due to the harsh sun – my camera doesn’t do well in direct light [hence the flares and overexposed streaks.] The expired film is also to blame, as well as the operator as I did not really have any rhyme or reason to my compositions.

Color was everywhere! The floats were great and so was everyone who marched. I wish I could’ve remembered the people and organizations I took pictures of, but my main focus was on having fun and being in the moment. Sometimes I find that the people taking the pictures forget to enjoy themselves.

The City of Surrey: Crime Lives Here

For the second time in about a month and a half my back license plate was stolen while in Surrey. Does someone have it out for me? This time, instead of unscrewing the bolts, the thief(s) pulled the plate straight off leaving half of each plastic screw in place.

This is not to mention my car being broken into two times in the past two years. Plus a drive by ‘egging’ which left protein all over my driver’s side. At this point, it is absurd the abuse my poor car has taken.

One break-in and presumably both license plate thefts happened at King George and Fraser Highway. Whalley… why do you exist?

Another problem with Surrey: the lack of parking. It cost me $6 to park a minimum of 12 hours at King George Skytrain Station. If one decides to park in the residential areas, a Parks and Rec worker will come by, mark your tires, and eventually tow your vehicle if over the two to three hour limit.

What of transit? It sucks ass. In order to make it to class on time I have to wake up at 6am and be on the bus 55 minutes later because commuting takes TWO HOURS from Surrey to Burnaby SFU ONE WAY. TWO HOURS. One would think that that time is best spent doing homework or reading, but that’s only possible if you are able to concentrate in a bus packed like sardines with people suffering from coffee-breath. YES, YOUR BREATH STINKS AFTER DRINKING COFFEE. DEAL

Oh God, what about the men who sit down and SPREAD THEIR LEGS into other’s space? YOUR JUNK ISN’T THAT BIG. DEAL

SURREY SUCKS. I grew up here and currently live here so it will always have a special place in my heart, but it is riddled with crime and has poor transit – among other problems which I won’t even get into

Election Results

WHO VOTED IN THE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS? Not you? Oh… well it doesn’t surprise me considering Chilliwack had a voter turnout of 14%! Surrey had about 25%. Excuse me as I slowly fall in a circle and die

No one ran against Gaetz so she’s your mayor for another three years. And predictably, Dianne Watts will reign with her Surrey First children until kingdom come. Whatever. At least she’s an advocate for light rail. At this point, I just don’t care enough to write any more sentences or devote any more of my valuable time that could be spent watching Breaking Bad to these two mayors.

Out of about 63,000 eligible Chilliwack citizens around 9300 voted. Unreal. What were you too busy doing that prevented you from going to the polls? Too busy sexing chicks? Raving in a farmer’s manure covered field? Hotboxing in the Walmart parking lot? Honestly.

Even if you felt as if no candidate accurately reflected your views, why not cast a blank ballot? I refused to vote for my mayoral candidates so I left it blank and there were only a few councillors and school board trustee candidates for which I voted. Just don’t tamper/spoil the ballot as it can result in a fine or jail time FYI.

Anyway, the highest number of votes a councillor received in Chilliwack was 5,386 for Chuck Stam. I am beginning to think that most must have confused him for Chuck Strahl…

199 votes separates the last councillor to get a seat and the next highest candidate. Now don’t tell me that your vote would not have mattered. Overall, the margins separating candidates were slim. Two first-time candidates received seats: Jason Lum and Ken Popove. We will see how having a young person will affect council…

As to Surrey politics, I just don’t give a shit anymore. All I care about is that Sidney Crosby is back on the ice.

Until my next post…

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