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"Each day we should wake up foaming at the mouth at the injustice of things" #YYJ #Poli #HumanRights #BDS #HashtagsAreAGirlsBestFriend
4 Jun
1/To me, it's nb to differentiate between various subgroups of cyclists. Commuters are different than recreational are different from semi or wannabe pro athletes. (of course some are cross over of any/all segments...) #YYJ #YYJBikes #yyjpoli
2/ @CityOfVictoria is inviting one and all to come for the recreational experience they have created on #VancouverSt - as a destination; not a commuting route.
3/ many orgs are encouraging cyclists to make use of the expanding AAA bike lanes - for recreation and family fun -posting #NeighbourhoodRides experiences, awarding prizes for logging kms..
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22 May
1/ Begin thread: Hi #YYJ Looking for ideas: Let's talk! How can we bridge growing antagonism that divides #cyclists vs #drivers?
backdated @Douglasmagazine Opinion: Cooling the Cycling Conflict In Victoria douglasmagazine.com/cooling-the-cy…
2/ I refuse to believe it's irreconcilable. Many drivers are also cyclists-many cyclists are also drivers. So why is the discourse almost always about "us vs them"? #YYJ #YYJTraffic
3/#FullDisclosure: I'm coming from the viewpoint of someone who can no longer cycle: one who is both envious of and rejoices in, those who can .
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19 May
@JamesRobertsCBC @RethinkRichard2 @lrbincanada @CityOfVictoria Hi @JamesRobertsCBC .How lovely for you. Don't understand ur point bout it better4 drivers if cyclists stay in designated path. If U ride it 5times/wk you've surely noticed there is no cycle path on VS. It's 100% cycles. Drivers (residents)on VS R detoured onto side streets. 1/
@JamesRobertsCBC @RethinkRichard2 @lrbincanada @CityOfVictoria 2/ You're right. If the goal is to make every street in the city - a bicycle only route - there is no need for a survey.
So why dilly dally ... Let's just ban all cars on every street.
Vancouver St is a shining example of how to do so.
@JamesRobertsCBC @RethinkRichard2 @lrbincanada @CityOfVictoria 3/ "oh that's silly Maggie" is the usual reply I get to this comment... but I'm serious. If we're not intending to ban all cars on every street - who gets to decide which streets are expendable to vehicle traffic? And what criteria to make those decisions?
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13 May
@ThePhoenixAligt @Covid_Stinks Hi Phoenix Congrats and best wishes on your training. Thank you also for your thoughtful and respectful convo in many comments on this subject. We agree on many issues you have presented. 1/
@ThePhoenixAligt @Covid_Stinks 2/ You bring a perspective which I hadn't heard before, of a cycling athlete. The infrastructure/road design to accommodate such, seems to present unique challenges which go beyond making roads safe for commuter and recreational cyclists.
@ThePhoenixAligt @Covid_Stinks 3/ I honestly have no idea how to make #YYJ roads safe and accommodating for pro/semi pro/athlete cyclists. How /where has such training taken place up to now? What do you see as the optimum venue for that?
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27 Apr
1/ W/respect @SarahPottsH I don't think #TC editorial unfairly distorted ur TW. Nor do I think ur 'singular comment' about t/assault on teen in #BHP being awful should "be the end of the story". (Hence they published ur rebuttal) timescolonist.com/opinion/op-ed/…
2/ @timescolonist editorial was responding to the rest of your TW - in which you inferred that if council had supported previous motions of yours, this would not have happened. Can you pls direct me to those? I'll gladly call out any councillors who denied good motions
3/ (It's really difficult to find what any councillor has said or proposed about anything... (which is why I re- request that @CityOfVictoria makes public written transcripts of all meetings)
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10 Apr
@JeremyLoveday @deardubow Hi @JeremyLoveday Appreciate you clearing that up, and apologize 4 assuming that ur RT meant U ID as "woke". (@deardubow conflated progressive councillors = woke") It's a word I have trouble with (same as I do with 'left' vs 'right' in poli discourse. 1/
@JeremyLoveday @deardubow I also suggest to @CharlesBodi that #wordsmatter; and his initial poll inferring that 'woke' ppl are cockroaches was not at all helpful. The word does carry connotations that go beyond common usage (an undesirable pest) 2/
@JeremyLoveday @deardubow @CharlesBodi "on the African continent, it must be assumed that those who flippantly drop this term into political rhetoric are unaware of its historical applications" 3/
enca.com/opinion/why-co…
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9 Apr
1/ #DBH -with a Big Sigh: "we've seen over these last few wks a noticeable increase in transmission. I don't need to tell ppl that" (35 min mark vid)
She's right - she doesn't need to tell us - she needs to do something about it! #BCCovid #BCPoli
2/ and goes on (as usual) to blame us.. rather than take responsibility. "Much of it is being driven by our social interactions and amplified by workplaces... fuelling the spread and VOC are making it that much more easy"
#DBH #BCPoli #BCCovid
3/#DBH #BlameGame continues. "Parties, events, people not taking it seriously.. virus is spread by people we are closest to whether we have symptoms or not" (38 min)
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12 Feb
Thread:
Dear @CityOfVictoria
#YYJ already has plethora of parks/green spaces to accommodate pedestrians/cyclists. Why deny access to #CloverPoint, to those who rely on cars by removing any of the 90 stalls currently available?
#CloverPoint is NOT a #ParkingLot.
What *are* parking lots - if the need is so urgent for more sea-side spaces for pedestrians: are both Wharf St parking lot (city owned-150 stalls ) and West Park Lot 708 w/177 stalls.
Both are: very accessible to many pedestrians/cyclists, more suitable to crowds and festivities; and close to other amenities the city offers. I think that's the sort of ambience you envision.
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3 Feb
Thread re: #YYJ @CityOfVictoria accountability and transparency. There needn't be any confusion about whether councillors are in attendance -whether in person or virtual.
attn: @Adam_Stirling @JeremyLoveday @Isitt_ @deardubow Et Al.
Every biz/org. takes minutes of meetings starting with:
*list of attendees*. Why can't/doesn't @CityOfVictoria do the same?
We the citizens who pay their salaries are not allowed to attend (cause Covid!) to see for ourselves who is/isn't there.
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1 Feb
"should not be happening"...
~DBH
"the vast majority of people in BC know this" ~DBH
Did I hear this right? today's scapegoats are those planning to watch super bowl? ...
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26 Jan
Here's the #EY full report: "Progress review of COVID-19 response in long-term care" (#LTC) in #BC - It was paid for by BC taxpayers, given to govt on Oct 20/20; and released to us, today:
news.gov.bc.ca/files/1.25.202…
I question... why it took 3 months for this report to become public? I'm guessing it wouldn't have done @jjhorgan much good in his snap election, if it were made public just days before?
Elxn aside... I find the report troubling. Please read it and let me know what you think.
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25 Jan
Dear @DrBonnieHenry -you are a renowned expert in public health, preventative medicine + global pandemics. Spare me your cheerleading 'find joy.. be kind'. It's insulting and a waste of your expertise. Pls put enforceable orders in place to contain the spread
And again... blaming the "lunch room"...
Please provide the stats that back up this assertion...
And it would really help us have more confidence in your "suggestions" if you stopped giggling at the serious questions you are asked.
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24 Dec 20
Dear @jjhorgan . When can we expect counselling to be covered by #MSP of #BC? Your appallingly ignorant reply to @j_mcelroy suggests anyone unhappy w/your governance requires it. cc: @SoniaFurstenau @kulpreetsingh 1/
The reason I ask is that -there are large numbers of people (1/4 is a figure I've heard) who do live with varying degrees of mental/emotional health issues; who might benefit from professional #MentalHealth care; who don't get it; because of the stigma and/or the expense. 2/
@JJhorgan your comment was so dismissive and demeaning to so many #BCers Among them:
->the reporter who asked the question
->your fellow MLAs, whose job it is to represent their constituents (us) by questioning you and holding you to account 3/
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3 Dec 20
I find it curious, that she went on to say (re the hockey team) that " A number of the team came back and spread it to family/work/community"
Wouldn't the same be true for students, teachers, staff at schools - who also return home - and spread it ?
I find it curious, that she went on to say (re the hockey team) that " A number of the team came back and spread it to family/work/community"
Wouldn't the same be true for students, teachers, staff at schools - who also return home - and spread it ?
Here's what I found on the #BCCDC website which Dr Henry says would answer our ?'s re how she knows transmission isn't happening from schools: Image
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29 Aug 20
So proud of @Raptors + coach #NickNurse -gr8 initiative to encourage #USA #ExpatVote #election2020 (only5% of 650,000+ eligible did so in 2016) See their Aug 29 vid here->
nba.com/raptors/
Dear 650000+ #USA citizens currently living in #Canada,
I don't know what brought you here (welcome to #WeTheNorth land)
But I can't understand why only 30500 of you voted in #2016USElxn. That's downright pitiful by any #voter turnout standard...
#USPoli #Toronto #Vancouver
..The results of the upcoming (66 days) #2020Election will have profound repercussions to not only #USA, but to #Canada . As a Canadian, I'm not eligible to vote. What's your excuse if you're a #USAexpat?
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26 Jul 20
Hey #YYJ #Victoria #Tree #Arborist peeps - can anyone id this conifer for me? It's in my neighbouring yard - home to generations of birdies: chickadees, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers, wrens.. and it's about to be demolished for new condo; and I'm heartbroken.
The new @CityOfVictoria #TreePreservation Bylaw calls for a fee of $2000/tree to fund the planting of a replacement tree elsewhere. (But has no provisions that I know of for wildlife protection)
#UrbanForest #WhereWillTheBirdiesGo
victoria.ca/EN/main/reside….
The new condo being built by @ARYZE_devcon will be home to 6 'boutique' units; which will do nothing to improve the affordable housing shortage in #YYJ
aryze.ca/project/956-he…
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4 Jul 20
- @JustinTrudeau -when will you comply with Canadian and international law? No wonder you didn't get seat on @UN #SecurityCouncil
Calling all #Canadians - pls sign/share this petition
#CdnPoli #HumanRights #StopAnnexation of #Palestine #FreePalestine #BanSettlementProducts
This petition has 3 demands- calling on #Canada to:

1- Ban the importation of settlement products into Canada and incorporate a settlement exclusion clause into the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement;
2- Formally "differentiate" between Israel ‘proper’ and the OPT, as mandated by Item 5 of UNSC Resolution 2334 and Article 25 of the UN Charter;
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