Monday, May 21, 2018

Canadian Vlogger Lilly Singh in HBO's Fahrenheit 451

Deadline dot com is reporting that "Lilly Singh has joined the cast of Fahrenheit 451, HBO Films’ adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s iconic dystopian novel that stars Michael B Jordan, Michael Shannon and Sofia Boutella." Lilly Singh is a popular Canadian Vlogger that plays a vlogger in the film. Tubefilter dot com is reporting that you can catch a glimpse of Lilly around the 1:18 mark in the trailer. Lilly did a funny collaboration with the Rock. Everybody likes the Rock.

The Rock recently filmed Skyscraper in Surrey. He's talented, personable and buff as f*ck. Michael B is the superhero that played Apollo's son in the movie Creed and is fighting the son of Drago in Creed 2. MBJ played a pretty awesome villain in Black Panther. Creed 2 will be epic.

Man charged with attempted murder after targeted double shooting in East Vancouver

CBC is reporting that "Police have made an arrest for a targeted double shooting that occurred in the early morning of May 18th at an East Vancouver home on Industrial Avenue near Scotia Street. Carleton Stevens, 37, was arrested Sunday night just before 8 p.m. near the area of 154A Avenue and Fraser Highway in Surrey. He has been charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of possession of ammunition or firearm contrary to a prohibition order. He remains in custody. One of the victims was a 31-year-old woman in the third trimester of her pregnancy, who lost her baby as a result of her injuries. She is now in serious but stable condition."

"The second victim, a 23-year-old Langley man, is also recovering from his injury. Jeff Grayston, the owner of East Van Graphics, where the shooting occurred, said the woman had been staying in a room in the shop for about a week. He said her new boyfriend, a long time employee, brought her there out of concern for her safety, fearing her ex-boyfriend."

Fatal shooting in Toronto

The Canadian Press is reporting that "Police say a 28-year-old man is dead after a reported shooting in downtown Toronto on Sunday night. Investigators say they believe Jaiden Jackson left a downtown core restaurant with a woman at about 9 p.m. They say a black Honda Civic drove towards the pair and two suspects with firearms shot at Jackson. Police say the two suspects and the car's driver then got out of the car and chased the victim down an underground parking ramp where they continued to shoot at him. The suspects then reportedly drove away. Jackson was taken to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead."

The Green Justice Party has launched in Surrey

Houston we have liftoff. The Gangsters Out Blog has officially launched the Green Justice Party in Surrey. This is not a charity, it is a sole proprietorship. We're in the business of politics. I'm not running for any positions. That would compromise my position. I am an activist not a politician. I don't have the patience to be a politician. I'd get in a fist fight with those clowns right in the middle of chambers and end up in jail. I post policies and I endorse candidates. That is what I do. This new website and political party is in preparation for the next civic election in Surrey fall 2018.

It's time to chase the money changers out of the temple so it is. So far I endorse two candidates for Surrey council: Doug Elford and Roslyn Cassells. Doug is with a new political party in Surrey called the Surrey Community Alliance. They are running five candidates out of eight for council and don't have a candidate for mayor.

Roslyn is an independent who was the first Green Party member elected in Canada when she defeated an NPA member on the Vancouver Parks Board back in 1999.

We are anxious to see who else steps up to the plate to defeat Surrey Worst. As I have said, the LRT Scam in Surrey is my primary election issue. Linda Hepner LIED about the costs of LRT. Extending Skytrain a few stops to Newton would be a simple task. Making people get off Skytrain to ride an LRT a few stops to Newton would be stupid. Running an LRT down 104th to Guildford would be insane. There is no need for it.

So if you oppose the Surrey LRT scam and want to run for City Council, let me know and I will endorse you. That's how we get business done yo. BTO style.

Interesting to note that the Justice Party in the United States has very similar ideals. Their motto is "economic, environmental, and social justice for all". The party was designed with the intention of shifting government back to a focus on the Constitution by removing corporate influence in politics. That is exactly what the Green Justice Party in Surrey believes.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Redemptive Power of Love

I wasn't going to comment on the royal wedding because I shun hype. Yet I have two comments to make. Hats off to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Martin Luther King talked about the day when a man and a woman would be judged by the content of their character not by the colour of their skin. For the royal family, that day has come.

At the ceremony the minister spoke about the redemptive power of love. Indeed he who knoweth not love knoweth not God for God is love. Although a man may speak with the tongues of men angels, if he has not love he is nothing. I have a lot of concerns with many things in the Old Testament which is indeed problematic because the God of the Old Testament is the same God as the God of the New Testament since God is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Nevertheless, the redemptive power of love is indeed indisputable. They say perfect love casteth out all fear. They also say hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. Love is redemptive. It motivates us to aspire to something higher. A young couple in love is indeed inspiring. It fills their world with a hope and light and shines bright for everyone to see.

Martin Luther King also used to say anyone can be great because anyone can serve. Hats off to the women who have made the royal family great: Princess Dianna, Kate Middleton, Megan Markle and Megan's mother Doria Ragland. Stand By Me performed at the wedding.

Canadian Tire money evolves and innovates

Speaking of supporting small business, Canadian Tire is one local retailer that has survived where other larger outlets have failed. Canadian Tire money has been a longstanding rewards redemption program that I had never participated in. Getting a couple of cents of Canadian Tire money with each purchase was kind of useless. What am I supposed to do with this? Save it for my next visit? Not likely. Their new program however is appealing.

They have created a new rewards card called Triangle that collects points at Sport Chek, Mark's and Atmosphere locations and on fuel purchases at any Canadian Tire gas bar. I shop at Sport Chek, Mark's and Atmosphere. Then I thought, what do I want with Canadian Tire money? They do put out a very impressive catalog of outdoor stuff that has survived the failed Sears catalog tradition. Then the light went on. At the Canadian Tire in Langley they sell firearms. I can collect Canadian Tire money and use it to get discounts on new firearms and ammunition.

Even if you're not a gun buff there is plenty of good stuff at Canadian Tire. Hats off to them for evolving and innovating into the next generation. That is good business.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Two men charged in St. John's with conspiracy to murder Hells Angels associate

This one is from Newfoundland. The Telgram is reporting that Two men have recently been charged in St. John's with conspiracy to murder Hells Angels associate Bradley Summers. Brad was arrested June 2013 for uttering threats and wore Hells Angel gear to court. He lived in a house with his coaccused that was firebombed the month before his arrest. Bad luck.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Rachel Notley ushers in Corporate Communism

Rachel Notley is a raging lunatic. Alberta needs to hold an election and bring someone else to the table because that lunatic has lost her mind. At least a Conservative would have some business sense. She doesn't have a clue how things work in the real world.

When you negotiate a trade agreement it has to be by consent. Instead of building a relationship of trust, resolving concerns and offering incentives, she is stuck in the ancient dinosaur trade unionism era. BC raised a simple concern and instead of resolving that concern she was like screw you we are boycotting your wine. John Horgan was like is this woman on crack?

When BC asks what will happen if there is an oil spill, she says that's your problem, we're not paying for clean up. That's not very nice and it's not very wise business negotiations. A Conservative would have resolved those concerns and would have agreed to split the cost of clean up. She did not. A Conservative would have throw some incentive BC's way like assuring them a fair price at the pump and offering a token profit sharing program that would give them a reason to take the risk that Chicago and Detroit turned down.

Pipelines for Alberta Tar Sands sludge already exists all the way to Chicago and Detroit. Those cities kicked the sludge out of their cities because of the mountains of petroleum coke left behind. When BC expressed a concern about the volume of Tar Sands sludge coming into BC Rachel Notley said screw you and jacked up the price of gas at the pumps three times. This has shown us why we cannot in good consequence sign a contract that would be legally binding without resolving the colossal concerns that are outstanding. Chicago and Detroit are allowed to express concerns but BC isn't? That's just not right.

Now the lunatic has passed a law cutting off all oil to BC. This has shown us why we cannot sign this deal without protection against this in the future. She doesn't realize that when greedy trade unionists go on strike, they don't get paid. Cutting off the taps will hurt the Alberta economy. All the oil tankers leaving the port of Vancouver with Alberta oil comes to a grinding halt. Don't play that game with people's lives you deranged freak.

Since this insane threat has been made BC needs to look into having oil tankers from Russia come to Vancouver's port. That is supply and demand in the real world.

The problem is that we don't have a free market in the Canadian oil industry. In a free market we can negotiate with Rachel Crackhead and if she says screw you with regards to splitting the costs of clean up in the event of an oil spill, we can go to another oil company and say what will you offer us instead? That is a free market. We don't have that in Canada. What we have is a tax funded monopoly that screws the consumers and taxpayers instead of serving them.

Even Dianne Watt's lapdog is laughing at the thought of the Trudeau government paying for the pipeline with tax dollars then letting Kinder Morgan have all the profits from the pipeline. That's the BC Rail scandal times a thousand. That's the Wall Street bailout where the government privatizes profits but socializes losses. If the government nationalized Canada's oil and bought the pipeline, that would be good business. If the government buys the pipeline and hands over all the profits to a foreign country, that is insane. It is bad business.

We need to throw some water on that witch to make her disappear. Alberta needs to bring someone else to the table. Someone who understands how business works in the real world.

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Conflict - Solved

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fatal Shooting at Langley Gas station - ID'd

The Peacearch News is reporting that "A man died in hospital after a gang-style shooting at the gas station at 232nd Street and 72nd Avenue Tuesday evening. The man was shot in a Range Rover that was parked at a pump around 9 p.m. A short time later, a pickup truck was found engulfed in flames at 196th Street and 83rd Avenue." A witness described it as an execution style shooting in a Range Rover that was parked at the gas pump.

Update: The Peacearch News is reporting that Amanjot Singh Hans from Surrey was shot and killed at the Chevron gas station on 232 Street on May 15.

232nd is an area of interest linked to Len Peltier and the 856. There has been shootings in the area as well as gang related gun seizures. The Hells Angels puppet party that killed Bob Green was nearby at 23700 block of 72nd Avenue. Jason Wallace was busted with Len Peltier for drugs tied to the 856 in 2015. Bob Green wanted Jason to take the fall for Lenny like everyone else and Jason said no. The puppet shooting the puppet master was unprecedented.

The fact that the police and the crown keep covering for Lenny shows that the police and the crown are compromised. Dirty deals done dirt cheap. Lenny is the root of the problem.

Crackhead throws feces at staff in Langley Tim Horton's

The Abbotsford News is reporting that "A woman who flung her own feces at Tim Hortons workers in Langley was detained by police Monday evening. The incident took place at about 6:15 p.m. at the Douglas Crescent Tim Hortons in downtown Langley City. On a video of security footage posted to YouTube, a woman can be seen angrily gesturing at staff. The staff appear to be asking her to leave. The woman then defecated on the floor and flung the feces at staff members behind the counter."

CBC is reporting that the woman is known to the police in that area. "That area" is a scuzzy part of Langley filled with drug addicts. This is why harm promotion is not working. It creates a tsunami of addicts that have absolutely no regard for anyone else other than themselves.

Surrey council does not listen

The Peacearch News is reporting that "Surrey council does not listen to citizens or community groups. That was the resounding message at a May 3 “Surrey Community Leaders” forum, say its organizers. It was identified as the number one community issue in Surrey by 93 per cent of representatives who attended the forum, from 16 Surrey neighbourhood associations and eight environmental groups." No kidding. From Hawthorne park to the LRT to Campbell heights, Surrey council does not listen. That's why we need to elect a new slate. Linda Hepner's day is done.

On that note, the Peacearch News is also reporting that "One of the civic parties that intends to challenge the reigning Surrey First party has announced its slate of candidates for the upcoming civic election, which doesn’t include a mayoral candidate. Surrey Community Alliance (SCA) has revealed its five city council candidates, and lone school board candidate."

I don't know everyone in that slate are but I do know Doug Elford and I certainly can support him for Surrey City Council. He is a front line crime activist from Newton. As I previously said, I also support Roslyn Cassells for a seat on Surrey Council. We'll see who else steps up to the plate. I'm just glad Steve Pettigrew isn't part of the Surrey Community Alliance slate. That protects their credibility. I'm going to have to read up on the others.

For me, the Translink Tax Fraud and the LRT scam in Surrey are primary election issues. I want to know how the candidates stand on that. Linda Hepner lied about the costs of LRT. Extending Skytrain to Newton would be an easy task. People who drive cars prefer Skytrain because Skytrain does not impede traffic. Reverting 104th Avenue to a single lane of traffic from Guildford to Surrey Place would be an infrastructure nightmare. We need to start using common sense.

Four-year-old Surrey City Hall lobby getting upgraded

The Peacearch News is reporting that Linda Hepner's brand new ivory tower is getting an upgrade already. This is tax fruad. Surrey First has been Surrey's Worst for fiscal responsibility.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Gaza protest turns violent

Some pretty conflicting and sensational headlines in the news concerning Gaza and Israel. The most recent violence seems to revolve around the fact that the Americans moved their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the 70th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel. This insanity is so toxic I hesitate to comment yet the absurdity of it all compelss me.

First the obvious. If the Americans want to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Haifa or Tuktoyaktuk, who cares? No really, who cares where they put their embassy? It just doesn't matter. Logically they will also put the US embassy for the Palestinian authority in Jerusalem as well. Everyone is freaking out over the declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Who cares? No really. Who cares? Palestinians in Israel now have passports. They are residents of the Palestinian National Authority. This is progress.

The Old City of Jerusalem is divided into four quarters, Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Armenian. There is no reason the City of Jerusalem can't be the capital of Israel and the Palestinian National Authority as well. It actually makes sense since both parties consider the city holy.

I also want to be clear that Palestinians are not the original inhabitants of Gaza. The Philistines are. They were conquered by Egypt under Ramses. The current residents of Gaza are the most politically extreme and have the least hereditary claim to the land. Israel doens't want Gaza. They just want Gaza to leave them alone which has proven to be very problematic.

Yesterday Gaza hosted a violent protest and stormed the border with Israel. Israel fired on the mob that was storming their land. In Belfast they used to refer to Russia as Big Brother. As I have said before, Big Brother isn't always right but Big Brother isn't always wrong either. Likewise with Israel. Israel is not always right but they are not always wrong either. The Jews have a historical and hereditary claim on part of Palestine. They just don't have an exclusive right to it which makes peace in the city of peace very problematic indeed.

As Ramadan begins it is important for us to all respect religious and cultural diversity. God is not a respecter of persons. How we treat each other is more important that what he profess to believe. Actions always speak louder than words. Hypocrisy always smells bad.

Last week my neighbor's sister in law was sitting outside holding what looked like a rosary. I pointed to the beads and said what is that? She held it up for me to see and again I said what is that? She proceeded to take each bead one at a time and say something in Arabic and then said Allah and pointed up and said for my benefit "God". It was just like a rosy.

I was shocked and kept saying, this is Arabic? This is Muslim? She kept nodding and said yes. She said she got it at Mecca in Saudi Arabia. I was fascinated. I had no idea two very different cultures could possibly be so similar. As I've previously mentioned my neighbors are Muslims from Syria. They are wonderful. Their children are adorable. Diversity makes us strong.

Ramadan Mubarak.

Friday, May 11, 2018

ERT arrest Kenneth Lavallee again

The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows News reported that Kenneth Lavallee was arrested with assistance from the Abbotsford Police Emergency Response Team on March 21st 2018. Well, they just arrested him again in Maple Ridge. One blog reader claims ERT set off a few percussion grenades and had a loudspeaker asking "KENNETH LAVALLEE" to "COME OUT OF THE HOUSE IT IS SURROUNDED". They included a few pictures of the event.

Why can't they drive that thing down the Surrey strip and arrest the drug dealers selling fentanyl?

In 2012 Kenneth Lavallee, 41, pleaded guilty to the May 2009 abduction of Robert Chartwell, who sold and delivered drugs for him. At the time he had a 20 year criminal history.

Overdose fatalities continue to rise in BC

CBC is reporting that "Suspected overdose deaths spiked again in March, reaching the province's second highest monthly total to date, according to the B.C. Coroners Service. A total of 161 people are believed to have died from drug overdoses in March, a 58 per cent increase over the month before." Global is reporting that "The deaths represent a 24 per cent increase over March 2017, when 130 people died from illicit drug overdoses."

Obviously the lethal injection sites are not working. They have increased fatalities not decreased them. The reason is two fold. First is the obvious. Harm Promotion increases addiction like a forest fire. Addicts in Surrey want rehab but they can't get it because most of the detox centres in Surrey are flop houses for addicts to use drugs. Police won't even arrest the drug dealers that sell drugs at detox centres. The other reason was explained by former VPD officer John McKay.

When the city sets up a lethal injection site where addicts can shoot up and smoke crack without getting arrested, the police create a buffer zone around it where they refuse to enforce the law and arrest the drug dealers. That creates a black hole of lawlessness around the facility that attracts addicts from all over the country and creates more addicts faster than we can inject them with Naloxone so they can keep filling the drug dealers pockets. We are culpable in those fatalities through our harm promotion and our endorsement of lawlessness and organized crime. That is not social justice. It is mass murder.

Needle exchanges coming to 2 Canadian prisons - God help us

CBC is reporting that "Inmates at two federal prisons who use injection drugs will have access to clean syringes beginning in June, with the Correctional Service of Canada planning to roll out the service at other institutions next year." WTF?! This country is so f*cked up. Inmates are not supposed to have access to drugs in prison. We are supposed to uphold the law not break it.

Leave Syria Alone

This one is fishy as f*ck. The Independent is reporting that "The Israeli military has claimed Iranian forces in Syria have fired about 20 rockets at its positions in the Golan Heights. Some of the projectiles were intercepted and damage on the Israeli side was minimal, it said, adding that there were no casualties." The source is the Israeli military. The same group responsible for the false flag attack on the USS Liberty.

CNN is reporting that "Netanyahu says Iran crossed a red line after Israel pounds Iranian targets in Syria. The source is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who sidestepped corruption charges by threatening war with Iran. Lest we forget that Cyrus the great was the one that set the Jews free after the Babylonian captivity. Cyrus was from Iran.

Lest we forget that it was the British and the Americans that overthrew democracy in Iran under Operation Ajax and implemented Islamic extremism there.

This latest rocket attack fails the test of believably just like the recent false flag chemical weapon attack. Assad is winning. He has no reason to inflame the west and justify their involvement. Israel and America want to over throw Assad because he is close with Russia. If you don't want to accept refuges into your country then stop creating them. The people like Assad. We need to respect their democratic will and stop this ridiculous meddling. Jerusalem O Jerusalem...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Guns seized at Pacific Border crossing

Global is reporting that "The Canada Border Services Agency is announcing a significant weapon seizure that occurred at the Pacific Highway port of entry. On March 23, Scott MacCallum Osborne, a Canadian citizen who was living in the U.S. at the time, was referred to a secondary examination while seeking entry to Canada. A dog was also called in to assist. Further investigations found a total of 19 hand guns and 32 over-capacity magazines, hidden behind various panels within the vehicle."

CTV is reporting that Scott Osborne is a self-proclaimed professional gambler who fled to Las Vegas last year because his life was in danger. “In September 2017, Vancouver Police Organized Crime unit informed (Osborne) that a hit had been put out on him,” wrote his ex-wife Vanessa Osborne, in an affidavit. “(The Ministry) said we should move with the children.” His kids were in the car with the guns as he was taking them to visit their mother.

Sounds like he was on the Vegas money laundering run like Geoff Meisner and the Boys found someone to do the run cheaper again. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

Third motorcycle crash in Surrey in four days

The Surrey Now-Leader is reporting that "There’s been yet another motorcycle crash in Surrey this week. In this latest of three recent crashes the rider was reportedly taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries. It happened on the westbound off ramp of Highway 1 to Highway 17 (176th Street) at about 8:20 a.m. Tuesday."

A lot of summer soldiers out there that don't know how to ride. Mind how ya go.

3 people arrested after a shooting in Surrey

Global is reporting that "Surrey RCMP has arrested three people connected to a shooting that took place this weekend in the Guildford area. On May 5 2018, at around 1:17 a.m., Surrey RCMP officers on duty heard the sound of gun fire coming from the east side of the Surrey RCMP’s Guildford district office. Officers then patrolled the area and found a seriously injured man who was transported to the hospital. Three individuals associated to a suspect vehicle seen leaving the area have been arrested and taken into custody. Two people have been charged in relation to the shooting and the other was released without charges. On May 7 2018, officers executed search warrants in the 9500 block of 120 street as part of the on-going investigation."

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Translink Tax Fraud Continues

Global is reporting that "The B.C. government has introduced legislation that would allow TransLink to charge a one-time fee to new developments across Metro Vancouver to help pay for the mayors’ glutton council’s 10-year transportation plan."

Translink already receives a billion dollars a year from a regional gas tax above and beyond federal and provincial gas taxes. No private company would be allowed to continue let alone expand operating under a billion dollar a year deficit yet the Mayor Guttons keep on spending.

In addition to the billion dollar a year regional gas tax, Translink receives a tax levy from everyone's BC Hydro bill. Unlike ICBC, Translink is not breaking even it is grossly over budget and no one seems to be addressing that fact. Translink also receives a tax levy on everyone's property tax. Residential and commercial as well as a parking tax. This is tax fraud at it's worst.

It's time to stop the SNC Lavalin fraud in British Columbia once and for all.

Any company needs to be breaking even before it expands and burns more taxes on the dirtiest construction company on the planet that underbids and overcharges government contracts more than Lockheed Martin. We do not need or want LRT to Guildford. Stop the tax fraud.

Taxing new construction doesn't increase incentive to build. New construction creates jobs which in turn pays income tax. Companies that build rental units in Surrey should be exempt from this tax. That would give contractors an incentive to build rental units. Just sayin.

Boeing is good, Bombardier is bad, Lockheed Martin is worse but Translink is horrific.

Man shot and killed during attempted arrest at Vancouver Island ferry terminal

The Peacearch News is reporting that "A man is dead after being shot during an attempted arrest at Nanaimo’s Departure Bay ferry terminal this morning." The police said "the Island District Emergency Response Team and Nanaimo RCMP were at the location in relation to a violent car-jacking incident elsewhere in B.C." The vehicle was stopped by police and a takedown was initiated. Police saw what they thought as a gun and lit him up. It has not yet been confirmed if the suspect did in fact have a gun or if there was an exchanged of gunfire before the police fired.

Update: CBC is reporting that "Mounties in the Okanagan have located a car that may be linked to a man killed in a police shooting at the Departure Bay ferry terminal. Investigators revealed Wednesday that a suspect shot dead at the Nanaimo terminal earlier this week may have been connected to a shooting in Vernon and a carjacking in Penticton on May 7."

Comox Valley RCMP officer charged with assault

The Peacearch News is reporting that "A Comox Valley RCMP officer is facing a single count of assault stemming from an incident during a traffic stop in Comox in November 2017." Apparently during a routine traffic stop the citizen started to record the conversation which angered the officer and caused him to pull the citizen out of the car onto the ground and arrested him for obstruction. It is no secret that police don't like to be filmed or recorded but it is not unlawful to do so. We need more accountability not less.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Daytime Shooting in Vernon Parking lot

The Vernon Morning Star is reporting that "The Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP General Investigative Section (GIS) has taken the lead of an investigation into a shooting near a local shopping complex Monday that has left a man fighting for his life. Just before noon, police responded to a report of a shooting located in the 2700 block of 43rd Avenue and found a lone man in a vehicle with gunshot wounds. He was transported by BC Ambulance Service to the nearest medical facility with life-threatening injuries."

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Shooting in North Delta

The Peacearch News is reporting that "According to a Delta Police Department release, at approximately 9:45 p.m., officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 8800-block of Delvista Drive near Brooke Elementary School. When police arrived they located two victims. Both had been shot and were taken to hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries."

Sunshine on Cypress

Yesterday I took advantage of the sunshine and snowshoed up Skychair on Cypress in the melting snow. It was awesome. Then I rode over to Whitecliff to catch the sunset. Vancouver.

Addressing Metro Vancovuer's Rental Crisis

Global is rightfully referring to Metro Vancouver's housing crisis as a Rental Crisis because that is exactly what it is. They are reporting on a single mother in Surrey with a 7 year old son who was evicted onto the street because she was unable to find a place to rent after her landlord decided to sell the home she was renting. She is now homeless and drugs have nothing to do with it.

300 years ago, when I was young, renting an apartment on a chef's age was easy. Now it's not because they stopped building rental units. Now all they do is build condos and sell them. Individuals subletting condos happens but is painful and hard to find. There is no reason private companies can't build apartments or townhouses and rent them out at a profit. The city does need to set aside zoning for rental units. If people make too much noise they get evicted. Rental units are nice. My daughter moved into a condo in Surrey Central a few years ago and hated it because they were all owned units. It is very hard to evict someone from a unit they own. That's why they felt like they owned the world and made as much noise as they wanted any time of the day or night. That kind of thing just doesn't happen in rental units.

Private companies can build townhouses or apartments and rent them out. So can government agencies. Subsidized housing is just for people on welfare or disability. People who have a job with a decent wage don't qualify. Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation is a government agency that serves everyone. They have affordable rental units for people who work as well as subsidized units for people who can't. Unfortunately under Christy Clark's government the MVHC became profit obsessed and just wanted to tear down good townhouses to build high density condos on top of them so they can make more money. Young families need townhouses not condos. We will see if the MVHC finds their moral compass under the leadership of the NDP.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Surrey light rail price tag hits $1.65 billion

The front page of this weeks Surrey Now Leader reads: Surrey light rail price tag hits $1.65 billion. The article states that "It will cost TransLink a total of $1.65 billion to roll out out the first phase of Surrey light rail by 2024, according to the agency’s executives. TransLink unveiled the updated cost Monday as part of the $7.3 billion price tag for phase two of the Mayors’ Glutton's Council overall 10-year-vision. CEO Kevin Desmond said that costs for the Surrey-Newton-Guildford line have gone up by 33 per cent ($410 million) since 2015."

The only reason we are finding out about these extra costs is because Kevin Desmond is honest while Linda Hepner is not. Linda Hepner said LRT was cheaper than Skytrian. That was a Bold Faced Lie. Skytrain already has all the trains purchased and the land to store the cars over night. All they have to do is extend the existing track a few miles down King George highway.

Running an on ground train through busy intersections is not progress. Edmonton LRT is not a good model. We should learn from their mistakes. People who drive cars prefer Skytrain because Skytrain doesn't impede traffic. Getting off Skytrain to board a LRT the last few stops is stupid.

Linda Hepner is a liar just like her predecessor Dianne Watts who was the driving force behind this SNC-Lavalin tax fraud. When Dianne Watts was in office she lied about everything from supporting the mega casino on rural land in her own riding to running a red light after a drunken gala in Surrey. When the media reprints false statement from the politicians or the police, they abandon credible journalism and become cheap tabloids of corporate propaganda.

These soaring prices are just for phase one extending LRT to Newton. They don't even include the Nightmare on Elm street running LRT down 104th to Guildford. Running LRT down King George to Newton is stupid but is not nearly as bad as running it along 104th to Guildford reverting 104th to a single lane of traffic in either direction. That is not progress. It is spending an obscene amount of tax dollars on a project we don't want or need that will make traffic congestion far worse instead of improving it. The bus ride from Surrey Place to Guildford is fine. The bus ride from Surrey Place to Newton is not. Extend the Skytrain to Newton and leave 104th alone!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Vancouver Sun / Province Boycott

Today is a national day of mourning. Harold Munro just killed a long legacy of credible news reporting. We've talked about the Clone Show created by the Post News Media apocalypse. Post News Media buys up small papers and throws them away to eliminate competition.

The Vancouver Province used to have it's own identity when Wayne Moriarty was the Chief Editor. When they merged with the Vancouver Sun and made Harold Munro the Chief Editor of both papers the Vancouver Province went down the toilet. It joined the Post Media Clone Show of Corporate Propaganda. That's when the paper lost it's identity and it's moral compass.

Lately the stench of corporate bias has become too much to stomach. The paper feigned it's former legacy of free speech by allowing one or two letters slip through that said I disagree only to be posted beside five articles pushing the corporate propaganda. Take the Metro Vancouver gas fraud for example. They let one letter slip through objecting to the legality of the current price fixing at the gas pumps in Vancouver the same day that had three editorials trying to convince us why we need to get used to rising gas prices. Vancouver has the highest gas prices in North America. The second pipeline was not for domestic consumption. The last three spikes in the price of gas at the pumps is price fixing. That's all there is to it.

Under Harold Munro's leadership the Vancouver Province has continued to push the ICBC fraud trying to convince us that ICBC is in financial trouble when we all now it is not. As a local resident from Delta pointed out "The Insurance Corp. of B.C. is $1.3 billion in the red, but the Liberal government siphoned off $1.3 billion from ICBC. That means ICBC is breaking even. It’s up to the provincial government to reimburse ICBC the funds it took and, in future, keep its hands out of the till." That is true. Yet the paper keeps sidestepping that fact and keeps pushing the Liberal Government's ICBC fraud trying to convince us we need to spend more money.

Affordable housing in Metro Vancouver is a colossal concern for everyone both young and old. When the city suggests creating rental zones Harold Munro runs an article saying we can't do that because it will lower land value. It will not. If it stabilizes land value that is a good thing. We are in the middle of a housing crisis. They stopped building rental units years ago. That has created the housing crisis. Creating rental zones will ease the crisis and still allow companies to make a great profit from good tenants. We need to use common sense and stop the greed.

Then there was the Linda Hepner Fraud. Linda Hepner and Mayor Moon beam did not run for chair and vice chair of Translink because they saw the writing on the wall. They knew they wouldn't be reelected. That's why they both decided not to run again as mayor of Vancouver and Surrey. Their popularity has tanked. Despite that fact the Vancouver Province kept spinning for Linda Hepner contrary to the political will of the people in Surrey.

Well today was the straw that broke the camels back. They ran an obscene front page article pushing the LRT in Surrey. They have just lost my support. I have had enough. I will not longer link to any story from the Vancouver Sun or the Vancouver Province any more because under Harold Munro's leadership they have become a cheap tabloid of corporate propaganda trying to mold public opinion to fit the tax and spend Neo Con and I refuse to buy it. Not only will I not buy their paper I will not even read it for free because it's simply not worth my time.

Extending Skytrain to Newton is a good idea. Running an on ground train through busy intersections is not. Harold Munro can go f*ck himself. We prefer Skytrain.

So I ask myself what went wrong? When Harold Munro took over it was bad but now the paper has gone right down the toilet. What happened? I'll tell you what happened. Wayne Moriarty retired. The paper just lost it's moral compass. Now I'm telling my employer not to bother renewing their subscriptions because it's no longer worth it. There are other news outlets that are.

Postmedia's credibility cover up. All hail Wayne Moriarty. He was a soldier of Rome. Honour him.