Sunday, January 31, 2010

$167 Fine Tomorrow for Cellphone/Texting BC Drivers

She's very dangerous on the road.

UPDATE: My video of drivers breaking the new law is here.

The grace period expires on BC's new cellphone/texting law tomorrow and BC drivers face a $167 fine if caught using a hand-held device in traffic, plus 3 DMV penalty points if texting behind the wheel. From today's Province:
"The message we want cellphone tickets to convey is simple: No phone call or message is worth a life, so use your technology responsibly," said Graham...
This is great news for pedestrians and cyclists. Since 2006 we've known that drivers on cell phones are as bad as drunks; now it's a little safer to share the road in BC. And here I reply to a few comments posted by Province readers about the new law:
"So I can't talk on my phone while I drive? is this different from having your morning coffee, Egg Mcmuffin or Tim’s sandwich?"
Managing a conversation with a phone in one hand and car in the other requires vastly more brainpower than eating a sandwich and sipping coffee. A driver can eat and drink as conditions permit, unlike a cellphone conversation.
"Someone didn't think about all the people who work out of their vehicles. You know, they need their phone for business?"
Um, yes, please google "hands-free phone" and expand your consciousness.
Perfect revenue
"I just drove across town today, and I swear two out of three drivers had their ears glued to a cell?!? ...if the fines could go toward paying for the Olympics we should have it paid off by end of Feb :)"
Well said! Tomorrow I'll be filming downtown Vancouver drivers, trying to catch scofflaws in the act.

Stay tuned!

Friday, January 29, 2010

How to Report the News

Friday night comedy relief! Guaranteed to put a smile on your face:

Charlie Brooker has a great formula there. I plan to try it sometime in the future.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Brunswick Legislator T.J. Burke Sings "Pants on the Ground"

Funniest Canadian government moment of 2010, so far:

Is this embarrassing for Canada? Absolutely not. It's an example of free speech going viral around the world.

Hopefully people in certain other countries will watch this video and ask themselves "Why can't my government tolerate humorous dissent like Canada does?"

Rap on, Mr. Burke!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Actor Jeff Garlin Joins 2010 Joint Intelligence Group

Actor Jeff Garlin and Officer Greg Smith: the same man?

Of course I'm kidding. But their resemblance is as remarkable as their juxtaposition: Jeff Garlin stars in a show titled Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is exactly what some residents of Kelowna would like to tell the 2010 Joint Intelligence Group.

But seriously, why is "Greg Smith" wearing a camouflage jacket? Where's the war, soldier?
Staff Sgt. Mike Cote, a media spokesman for the Joint Intelligence Group, says “it disappoints me” to hear people say they find the approach taken by police intimidating...
Well geez Staff Sgt, how should a Canadian citizen feel when confronted by a cammo-wearing cop laying in wait in a parking lot after dark?

It's very, very anti-Canadian to have lawmen in our midst dressed in army cammo and sneaking around like soldiers, confronting members of the public.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Chinese Media Licked by Swedish Lesbian Myth


Friday night comedy relief! From The Local in Sweden:
A mythical Swedish town where men are barred from entering and women turn to homosexuality has piqued the interest of several Chinese media outlets...
I think the Great Firewall of China might be affecting Chinese journalists' ability to fact-check their stories about the outside world...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pigs at the Trough: Canadian Olympic Committee

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) seeks to prevent local entrepreneur Wil Tarnasky from freely using his four-year old trademark on BC-made heating products because there's a small flame in the name (Toasterz, pictured left).

From today's Vancouver Sun:
"The products provide heat without fire... So something visual representing heat would be a good way to go,” [logo designer] Colbert said. “And a flame does a pretty good job of that..."
But the COC oinks to differ:
“As you can imagine, our client is quite concerned about the use and registration of a Torch or Flame design, per se, in view of the well known, if not famous, nature of the Olympic Flame and the Olympic Torch,” lawyers for the COC wrote.
Actually no, I can't imagine how anyone might confuse Mr. Tarnasky's Toasterz trademark with any Olympic Torch or Olympic Flame design, spucatum tauri, in view of the well known, if not famous, nature of common sense.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Le trompettiste et l'âne Caption Contest

Friday night comedy relief! This made me LOL and feel good, hope you enjoy also:


Can you caption this video? In terms of current issues, news of the day, celebrities, politicians, pop culture etc. - who's the trumpeter, who's the donkey, and what's transpiring? e.g.:

"Prime Minister Stephen Harper plays the prorogue parliament song while Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean sings along."

Click on comments below to enter once and enter often!

bonus points: Is that woman at the end really wearing a burlap sack?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Winston Blackmore, Unrepentant BC Polygamist

British Columbia's most notorious polygamist and coveter of child brides Winston Blackmore is suing the BC government for unlawful prosecution. Apparently Blackmore interprets public concern for minors trapped within his Taliban cult as:
“high-handed, arbitrary, reckless, abusive, improper and inconsistent with the honor of the Crown and the administration of justice...
Blackmore is now raping irony by stealing the feelings of his forced child brides to narrate his own defense.

In the end, he'll be too heavy for the thin ice he wants to skate on.

Winston Blackmore, 2008                       A voice from Bountiful BC, 2009

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pigs at the Trough: VPL manager of marketing and communications Jean Kavanagh

Vancouver Library Boss Oinks to Local Librarians: Protect 2010 Olympic Sponsors

Greedy VANOC pigs

From today's Tyee:
"It's fine if a Telus employee agrees to be a speaker at a library-organized event. But staff can't forget Bell is the official sponsor. They should make sure the guest removes his or her Telus jacket," the memo advises.

"...try to get devices made by official sponsor Panasonic... [otherwise] I would get some tape and put it over the Sony"...
That's totally absurd. What will she think of next?
"Make half-hour sweeps of every washroom stall to ensure no anti-Olympic messages have been written on rolls of toilet paper. Celebratory messages are fine."
Are you there BC Library Association? Are you there Concerned Librarians of British Columbia? Are you there BC Teacher Librarians? It's me, Margaret.

A Beaver by Any Other Name...


For shame! Because of vernacular evolution (or is it dumb drift?) and the dirty minds of giggling, jaded internet users, a venerable Canadian history institution must change it's name. From today's Province:
"Unfortunately, sometimes words take on an identity that wasn't intended in 1920, when it was all about the fur trade..."
(note: ESL? Learn more here)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Woman Arrested for Chewing Gum

This is something so totally crazy, I must share it. From Arab Times Online:

Kuwait : A woman was arrested on the first day of Ramadan for breaking her fast by chewing gum. According to sources, security officers from the Hawalli governorate spotted the woman chewing gum at 5:30 am while they were on patrol duty. When they questioned her about the act, she said she had the personal freedom to do as she pleased. She was referred to the authorities and a case was registered.

That's pure evil, plain and simple.

Mufti Ebrahim Desai from the FATWA DEPT agrees.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Vancouver 2010 Legal Observer Training

More than 60 people attended the 2010 Olympic Legal Observer training today at the Strathcona Community Centre in Vancouver, representing a wide cross-section of the Canadian public keen on holding police and security forces accountable during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Legal Observer Program is a joint operation of the BCCLA (British Columbia Civil Liberties Association) and PIVOT Legal Society to organize hundreds of uniformed videographers and note-takers to observe and report in real-time about police and security behavior at or near 2010 Olympic venues and checkpoints, with regard to civil liberties violations.

Stay tuned for more, I might look good in orange!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Kevin Bent: "We're not broken"

Amid Canwest financial fears, Province publisher Kevin Bent remains optimistic:

"You have my word. It's business as usual."

That reminds of a famous line in Terminator 2...

Legal Observer Program 2010 Olympics

psst... word on the street is that many local bloggers have signed up for the BCCLA/PIVOT Legal Observer Program during the 2010 Winter Olympics here in Vancouver, BC Canada. Stay tuned eh?