It's amazing what my weekend looks like when I decide to do nothing. I haven't done this in ages! And damn it feels good. I feel almost human again. Yesterday I got high and cleaned the house, and this morning I went to yoga for the first time since I broke my rib. I also cooked something new, easy and super delicious for supper yesterday.
Stir-fried spinach with mushrooms (says it serves 4 but Sam and I ate it all!)
-11 oz (310 g) spinach (I put in more...)
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- 7 oz (200 g) enoki mushrooms (they come in 200g packages at donald's)
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 medium onion, finely sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon sweet soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- white sesame seeds, toasted for garnish
(I also tossed in some left over smoked tofu)
1. Rince the spinach under running water. Trim the base of the enoki clusters, and separate the mushrooms.
2. Heat the oil and saute the onion and garlic for 1 minute over medium heat, until the onions are soft.
3. Add the enoki and red pepper and stir briefly. Add the spinach and mix. Add the sweet soy sauce, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Stir for 2 minutes over high heat and transfer to a serving dish. Serve garnished with the sesame seeds.
From The Asian Vegan Kitchen
I wish I had my very own vegan chef...
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[[edit: okay...just had a closer look at the website...turns out this is a vegan "diet"...way to perpetuate the stereotype of why people go vegan.]]
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The view at work this afternoon.
Who rules Britannia Community Centre?
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VANOC, the Olympic organizing committee, is pressuring Britannia community centre to become a 2010 Olympic practice venue, regardless of how that will impact the diverse community using centre facilities - from children in daycare to seniors at the libraries.
There has been no public debate or local input about this important decision. Join us in a public discussion about how to make our voices
*Sunday December 9th
Britannia Community Centre (Learning Resources Centre - under the library)*
A public service announcement brought to you by the Torch - Igniting Resistance to 2010.
For more information contact:
Maryann Abbs: 604-877-1223
Tammie Tupechka: 778-828-2744
Murray Bush: 604-253-1510
Please take action and forward this email widely and quickly.
On April 1, 2007, the Trade, Investment, and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) came into effect in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. The province of B.C. has yet to debate the need for such an agreement, even in the most obvious of places, including the legislature. The BC Liberals have introduced Bill 17, which amends the current legislation that allows courts to order the BC government to pay out monetary settlements, through the private court system set up under TILMA. When Bill 17 comes forward in the legislature the discussion will only allow for a debate on that Bill and discussion on the Agreement itself will be ruled out of order.
A Private Members Bill named M212, which would allow for debate on the Agreement, has been put on the floor. This Bill introduces the full text of the Agreement into the legislature and would allow for significant debate on TILMA to take place in the legislature.
If you are concerned about TILMA and the impact the Agreement will have on democratic process, we encourage you hit http://www.canadians.org/action/2007/09-Nov-07.html and send a letter to Premier Gordon Campbell and Minister of Economic Development Colin Hansen, letting them know that you want to see M212 brought forward to ensure debate on TILMA in the legislature.
You can ALSO fill out a petition online at:
If you want copies of this petition in order to collect signatures in your community you can download a pdf here: http://tinyurl.com/yokr3e
TILMA was signing in secret by the Premiers in 2006 without consultation with the bodies covered by the Agreement, without legislative debate and without public consultation with people in British Columbia. This is a sharp contrast to the pre-election promise of the BC Liberals to be the most open, transparent and accountable government in Canada.
The Agreement has been called an attack on local choice because it frames public policy decision-making as a restriction to investment. The corporate investment model set up in TILMA allows those who see their investment as being trampled by public policies to sue governments for their loss of profit and make upwards of $5 million in tax-payer money in a NAFTA-style "court" system.
The lack of transparency and consultation for an Agreement that could have wide ranging and long-term effects over democratic decision- making in the Province needs a public debate For more information visit: http://www.canadians.org/DI/issues/TILMA/index.html
BC-Yukon Regional Organizer, Council of Canadians
#700-207 West Hastings St. Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7
(Toll free)1.888.566.3888 or (Phone) 604.688.8846
(Fax) 604.688.5756 www.canadians.org
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From a list I'm on...
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Cupe members are calling for major strike support on Saturday Night (Sept 29) because the Vancouver Symphony Opera has decided that go ahead with a show behind our picket lines!
Vancouver civic workers have been out on the line for two and a half months fighting the contracting out of our jobs to low-paid non-unionized labour and the privatizaiton of our community services.
Please show your support but show up at the Orpheum Theatre from 5:00pm to 9:00pm Sat, Sept 29th, for a mass public picket (dressed up like ... well, like you´re going to the opera!) and help send a message to the VSO, the musician´s union, and to their well-heeled audiences that strike-breaking is NOT OK!
The City Managers are responsible for strike in the first place because since the beginning of this labour dispute they have imposed ultimatum after ultimatum, while simply REFUSING TO NEGOTIATE with their workers. And City Council has refused to show any leadership when they could have directed their managers to get the job done long ago!
Furthermore, while we all wait for the mediator to come up with his recommendations, I hope we remember that the union asked for mediation two months ago and the Employer refused. There is simply no justifiable reason that every community in this city has been without it´s community services for nearly 3 long months!
Please spread the word, and see you at the Orpheum.
[Talk about a comeback! I totally respect this guy.]
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By Kevin Potvin; 05/30/2007 - The Vancouver Courier
First the police get in trouble for pretending to be the media. Then the media get in trouble with the premier for not pretending to be the police.
Yet the Anti-Poverty Committee gets in trouble with everybody for being the only one not pretending to be something besides what it is-a bunch of political activists.
When it comes to activism, the APC certainly don't lack for advice from everyone from the editorial board of the Globe and Mail to the second-placing 2005 mayoral candidate named Green. Activism is fine, all the non-activists say, so long as it's confined to bake-sales and bottle drives.
Their cause is just, agrees the premier, who finally acknowledged a severe housing crisis by putting up money to stop a few low rental conversions. But the mayor, his council, the premier, his ministers and the newspapers all rush to add that people in the APC only hurt their cause by actually fighting for it. Money spent on policing made necessary by APC protests, Coun. Kim Capri pointed out, could have gone to the precious housing the activists fight so vehemently for.
Well that's a real stick in the eye, isn't it? Imagine threatening single moms and children with pulling money out of actual units of planned housing in order to pay police to guard a Bulova clock erected on the Art Gallery lawn. This is what Capri implies when she says policing costs incurred by the APC was going to be spent on the cause they fight for.
Surely she jests. And what's even worse is holding out hope to the homeless that money for housing was actually in the pipeline were it not diverted to policing of activists, when in fact that's all a ruse. There never was any money coming in the first place, just more politics.
The mayor is of the same twist of mind. He seemed to endorse the idea of withdrawing critically necessary support for the poor and homeless because activists made too much noise for his VANOC cabal up at the Arbutus Club.
The guys writing in the newspapers are the worst of all. They don't have vested interests, they haven't made backroom deals, they aren't in the pocket of the salivating developers, yet they come on board in full support of the mayor's and the premier's threat to cancel housing for the poor single moms and kids because a few APC activists knocked over the premier's plastic potted plant.
Yet everything I've read by all the universally praised inspirational leaders from Mahatma Gandhi to Martin Luther King to Nelson Mandela says: if a cause is just, it's worth fighting for, and if a thing's worth fighting for, then fight we must.
We complain that our youth do nothing but watch video games and hang around the malls. Yet we criticize a bunch of youth willing to fight for a cause everyone agrees is just. These are young people who are not playing video games and stealing shoes at the mall, but are instead analyzing their society and taking notice of the deteriorating state of our great national traditions, like fairness and a minimum standard of living for all. These are people trying to do something about injustice, even while the rest of us just lock our doors and slip in another chick-flick DVD.
What would the mayor and the premier and all the media commentators have them do? Write letters? Attend staged "public consultation" events? The APC people don't have the wealth to buy up politicians through the party system and they don't have the experience and authority in the business world to arrange lunch with the ministers.
They're young. All they have is their energy and their willingness to suffer consequences of fighting for something important. And before you knock them for that too, take note that it's the same youthful tendency toward self-sacrifice for the greater good that the Canadian military has always exploited for fresh meat for the various grinders our more aged, aware and wealthy political and business leaders put the nation into from time to time-like in Afghanistan today.
Those who praise Gandhi while condemning the APC-which is just about everybody today-should keep in mind that Gandhi's much-ballyhooed passive resistance was his only option, being unarmed and all. "Resistance" was the key word; the "passive" part was just his only tool at the time.
[I can't go because I'm too busy to take on anything new...but I heard the meeting last week was good.]
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New queer anti capitalist group starting up! We want to radicalize the
queers against the corporate invasion that the 2010 games will bring, and
against the gentrification in our community and other shit that effects
our brothers and sisters.
The idea of this group is to draw attention to the issues that affect the
GLBTT community. True liberation does not end with the demise of
capitalism. Let's bring back the true meaning of pride with activism -
not corporate pride! Capitalism is designed to divide us, but we shall
not fall into the pits of exploitation. Oppression comes in all forms,
even from those that hide behind the rainbow flag.
*Just on another note, the use of (Queer) is a reclaimed word of which is
an umbrella term that brings us all together. It includes gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgender and two spirited people in our communities (GLBTT).
The Olympics have had an history of being homophobia and trans homophobia
organization, lets fuck Up 2010.
second meeting is on Wednesday May 30 at 6:30 at Rhizome café, 317 East
Broadway (at Kingsway), Vancouver.
New queer anti capitalist group starting up! We want to radicalize the queers against the corporate invasion that the 2010 games will bring, and against the gentrification in our community and other shit that effects our brothers and sisters.
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The idea of this group is to draw attention to the issues that affect the GLBTT community. True liberation does not end with the demise of capitalism. Let's bring back the true meaning of pride with activism - not corporate pride! Capitalism is designed to divide us, but we shall
not fall into the pits of exploitation. Oppression comes in all forms, even from those that hide behind the rainbow flag.
*Just on another note, the use of (Queer) is a reclaimed word of which is an umbrella term that brings us all together. It includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and two spirited people in our communities (GLBTT). The Olympics have had an history of being homophobia and trans homophobia
organization, lets fuck Up 2010.
First meeting is on Wednesday May 23 at 6:30 at Rhizome café, 317 East
Broadway (at Kingsway), Vancouver.
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Upping the Anti Launch Party
Join us to celebrate the release of Issue 4!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
317 Broadway East
Sliding scale: $5-10
Includes a copy of the journal
No one will be turned away!
- Cecily Nicholson (Vancouver Status of Women) and Jill Chettiar (Anti Poverty Committee) from the Housing Roundtable on current Housing Issues in Vancouver and the DTES;
- Gary Kinsman (Sociology for Changing the World)
“Transgendering Class; Queer Activist History; and Extending Cracks in the Fabric of Capitalism: Some Insights from the latest Upping the Anti”
*DJing from Su Comandante
Come and celebrate the launch of the highly anticipated fourth issue of
Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action.
Issue 4 includes:
- Editorial: Becoming the Enemy They Deserve- Organizational Questions for a New “New Left”
- Interview with Robin Isaacs: Living my Life
- Interview with John Holloway: Against and Beyond the State
- Interview with Dan Irving: Trans Politics and Anti-Capitalism
- Richard Day: Walking Away from Failure
- Carmelle Wolfson & Lesley Wood: Two Dispatches from the World Social Forum
- Tom Keefer: Six Nations and the Politics of Solidarity
- Prison Abolition Roundtable with Peter Collins, Emily Aspinwall, Filis Iverson, Sonia Marino, Julia Sudbury, Kim Pate, and Patricia Monture
- Vancouver Housing Roundtable with Kat Norris, Jill Chettiar, Anna Hunter, and Cecily Nicholson
- Book Review by Erica Meiners on Angela Davis, Julia Sudbury, and Karlene Faith
- Book Review by Kimiko Inouye on bell hooks and Amelia Mesa-Bains "Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism".
- Book Review by Scott Clarke on Sheila Wilmot's "Taking Responsibility Taking Direction: White Anti-Racism in Canada"
There will be drinks, dancing, speeches and good fun with Su Comandante spinning some good tunes.
For more information about the journal and the launch, please go to http://auto_sol.tao.ca
“Upping the Anti” is a radical journal published by a collective of activists and organizers from across Canada. We are dedicated to developing and publishing radical theory and analysis, debates, roundtables and interviews on questions facing struggles against capitalism, imperialism, and oppression.