Reply #2: Why is it Legal?

November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear G:

Thank you for contacting the City of Vancouver.

Your email was sent to us by the VPD since this is not a police matter but rather a city issue.

Every billboard sign on City of Vancouver goes through an application process first to get approval and receive a permit for the installation of the sign. There are certain conditions that need to be met before the sign can be installed. You can see the requirements in the second page of the application form. Below is a copy:

The same cannot be said of graffiti. When business and home owners wake up to find graffiti on their property, they are never asked for permission and end up having to cover the costs of removing the graffiti which sometimes has highly offensive messages or images. The same happens on city property. Graffiti is illegal and considered vandalism because it is done on other people’s property without permission.

If you have any feedback about the lighting on the sign, there should be a phone number on the sign itself for you to provide your feedback. I have also forwarded your email to our Development Services department who deals with permits for these type of signs so they are aware of the lighting from this sign.

If you wish to forward further information to them, you can email them at:

If you require further assistance, please contact us at:

3-1-1 (within Vancouver)
604.873.7000 (outside Vancouver)

We are open to take your call from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, 7 days/week, 365 days/year (including holidays). We also offer interpretation services in over 170 languages.

We invite you to visit the City of Vancouver’s website for further information on City services at


City of Vancouver
3-1-1 Contact Centre


Reply: For Jim Chu, VPD Police Commissioner

November 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

Hello G,


Thank you for taking the time to write your email to the Vancouver Police Department.  I have forwarded it to the City of Vancouver, and the Police Department does not have any involvement about the types or placement of advertising signs allowed in the City.  I have asked them to kindly respond to your query.


Best regards,


Constable Anne Longley

business liaison and social media officer

community & Public Affairs

Vancouver Police Department |Beyond the Call

For Jim Chu, VPD Commissioner – Why is it legal?

November 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear Mr Chu,
I was driving the other day through our lovely city around dusk and found myself headed east on the Georgia viaduct. Despite the nice skies I became distracted by a butt-ugly, full-colour, lit-up advertisement for aspartame soda. Why is it legal for this horribly ugly advertisement to be constructed there obstructing peoples’ view of the sky? It is not legal for a person to spraypaint a wall, so why is it legal for a corporation to construct this massive advertisement?
Please do let me know as soon as possible, and if it turns out that the giant advertisement is not actually legally placed please do have it removed as soon as possible. Thanks very much.

Your friend,

[sent via email – – Nov 23 2011]

Congratulations, you’re famous

November 20, 2011 § 4 Comments

Dear Mr Pike,
I saw a picture of you on the internet just now.  You look pretty dapper in your police helmet and your mustache.  I see you were calmly pepperspraying peacefully assembled people at UC Davis where you work.
I just wanted to congratulate you for getting famous.  I get the feeling you’re the type who watches TV and movies like most Americans.  Well, do you remember seeing all that great footage from the “Civil Rights Movement” in which a bunch of stupid black people thought they should have the rights to eat at the same restaurants, drink at the same water fountains and even attend the same schools as white people.  Well, heroes like you were around back then too, and it made for great stock footage to put in movies about the era and documentaries about that stupid movement.  You know the footage I’m talking about?  There’s that great one where the brave police are spraying stupid black people with a fire hose because they dared to march in their city to demand the vote.  You know the ones where the police sick their trained German Shepherds on the blacks?  I think that one’s my favorite.  Which is your favorite scene from the civil rights movement?
Well anyway, I’ve taken up enough of your time now.  I just wanted to congratulate you on becoming famous.  Now future generations will look back at pictures of you with pride in their hearts because you were brave enough to stand up for the global banking cabal.  Great job!
Your Friend,

[sent via email Nov 20 2011]

Lt Pike at UC Davis

The Unfortunate Corporate Naming of your Literary Prize

November 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

[sent via email Nov 16th 2011]

Who exactly do I address this letter to?  The Giller Prize?  Scotiabank?
I was listening to CBC Radio last week and heard Jian Ghomeshi mention the Scotiabank Giller Prize.  I cringed and, as he mentioned Scotiabank several times in the blurb, quickly changed the station.  I only listen to non-commercial radio for a reason.  And you know what else should be non-commercial?  That’s right: your literary prize.
You tarnish the reputation and water down the importance of your prize by associating it with a major bank.  I don’t feel like this should be news to you.  In case you haven’t heard: banks create debt and inflation by creating money out of thin air.  They multiply your money by 100 and use it to “invest”, ie. exploiting people and resources around the world and fueling rampant consumerism.  I could go on about this but I wont, because I also have to mention how offensive affixing corporate sponsorship to a literary award is, and how awful corporate naming is period.
The arts are where society reflects upon itself.  The arts are where we become truly human.  When you affix the name of a corporation to your arts related award you diminish the importance of that award.  Artists around the world have been some of the first people to call for justice.  Artists frame injustice in their work and influence people towards change and justice.  You have affixed a label to your award that is synonymous with injustice.  Obviously any works being submitted to your prize that highlight the injustices created by the major banks and related corporations will go to the bottom of the stack when you’re coming up with your shortlist, or at least that’s what one assumes.  This is now the good corporate-approved book list.
Furthermore, corporate naming is the most insidious form of advertising because it colonizes your speech.  Even me, a person who loathes mobile phone companies for obvious reasons, even I can’t tell someone where the Canucks play without uttering the name of a mobile phone company.  It’s not okay.  These are not things that should be named after whichever monstrous international entity is willing to pay the most.
Please do let me know how it all works out,
Yours Truly,

A Note to Google

November 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

[Submitted by web-form Nov 12 2011]

Hi there.  I really don’t appreciate how on some gmail accounts I get a screen saying something about suspicious activity on my account and Google wants my phone number.  I don’t have a mobile phone and I don’t think Google should exclude me from it’s services because of that.  The ‘suspicious activity’ thing is clearly a ruse to get my phone number too, so stop lying Google.

Letter # 3 – Gregor Robertson: I am a voter and I support Occupy Vancouver

November 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

[Written via email on Nov 7 2011 to]

Dear Mr. Robertson,
Firstly I’d like to let you know that I worked on behalf of your campaign when you got elected four years ago.  Myself and several of my friends worked hard for you hanging doorhangers, knocking on doors and such, and we did so not just for the pay, but because we believed in you.  We believed that you are a genuine person, and that you could enact real change here in Vancouver that would resonate around the world.
Now the news has come down that the Occupy Vancouver protesters are being evicted from the Art Gallery.  The very unfortunate death of a young woman is being used as a pretense to remove the protest.  As mayor of Vancouver surely you know that this city has a hard drug addiction problem.  The whole world knows that.  People overdose and die here all the time.  A woman was thrown out of a DTES hotel and killed a while back and nothing was done about that.  Don’t you know that if people are going to be homeless in Vancouver that they are way safer at the Occupy camp than anywhere else?
You have made a dire mistake at a critical time.  Are you not aware that evicting the protesters makes it look as though you are on the side of the international banking cartel, otherwise known as the 1%?  Well then Gregor; who’s side are you on?  Are you on the side of the weasels who have turned our financial system into a pyramid scheme, or are you on the side of the people of this city who slave for this system for mere survival?  Don’t you know these bankers only see you as a pawn, and that if you sincerely supported the people that we’d look after you?  You are surely losing lots of votes by supporting the cry of your despicable opponent Susan Anton.  This election now looks no better than the charade they have every 4 years in the USA, where 15% of the hypnotized population vote for one or the other face of the same monster.  With both mayoral candidates now showing contempt for the true interests of the people of Vancouver who are we going to vote for now?  With you now selling out your constituents by evicting the protest and losing scores of votes that only makes the awful NPA even stronger because their misguided voters won’t waiver on this issue.  I feel that you have just doomed your campaign and doomed Vancouver.  Now I sincerely do not know who to vote for.  Please turn this around and show who you really support.  We all know this is about politics and not about fire safety.  Look outside; does it look like a fire’s about to start?
Truly betrayed and disappointed,


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