December 23, 2019

More obscene than the Chandelier

Surely an offense to the homeless who seek shelter in the parks or, especially, the golf courses that serve only a handful of the elite.  And they’re annuals!  Every year, another wasteful, expensive insult.*


*To quote Chris Keam from below: “The problem with irony is that it now has about as much power as swearing on TV. Overdone and out of gas. Sincerity is the new cool attitude to have. I thought we all knew this by now, but what do I know?”


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  1. Flowery parks support tourism – Tourism generates big tax dollars – Tax dollars support social services – Social services alleviate pain and suffering.

    It doesn’t help when we complain about things that help provide the tax dollars needed for the social services that help the homeless. It’s that kind of big-hearted short-sightedness that only makes things worse.

    Instead of complaining about flowers, how about doing things you personally can do to alleviate pain and suffering on the street.

    1. Heh… from the Jason Kenney School of Logic come sthat reply….

      Please be advised that tourists do not attend community centres, city halls, golf coursers or English Bay where the flowers are, and those that do attend Stanley Park or Queen Elizabeth have few opportunities to leave their dollars in the park. Tourists come here for many other reasons – cruises, skiing, fishing, even visiting family, but the parks are merely an interesting diversion for them for part of one day and no more. They are no reason to drop dollars in the local economy. Given that our parks operate on a cost-recovery basis and still manage to run at a loss (as our increasing tax bill this year demonstrates) one might just say a quiet blessing for living in a part of the world where people still spend money on frivolous things and leave it at that.

  2. Tulip and daffodil bulbs planted throughout the District of North Vancouver are gathered and sold ($2/ dozen) as a fund raiser for Silver Harbour seniors’ centre.