Reply from Councillor Andrea Reimer

March 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Interesting proposal. Outside of Cuba, and even then they are increasingly allowing business to put signs on their premises, I haven’t heard of any jurisdiction on earth that disallows signage.

There is a great book on the issue of the affect of advertising on children’s cognitive development called Born to Buy by Juliet Schor. Highly recommended and although I was already predisposed to fight corporate intrusions into public space, it provides a great deal of data to back up that advocacy.

Councillor Andrea Reimer
Chair – Planning, Transportation and Environment

Open Letter: Let’s make Vancouver the Most Beautiful City on Earth

March 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Dear Vancouver City Councillors,
Every day when I leave my home I am bombarded with advertisements. I believe that people should only be subject to advertising in a medium that they choose to consume. For example, if I buy a magazine I am choosing to consume that media and therefore I consent to being advertised to.  When I leave the house to ride my bike, walk or drive in our great city I don’t consent to being advertised to.  When people choose to consume cable TV they consent to being advertised to.

Here in BC we are often told that this is the greatest place on earth–Beautiful BC, but how can this be beautiful BC if there are outdoor advertisements constantly distracting people and sullying our landscapes?  How are we, the people of BC, supposed to feel grounded when we’re constantly attacked by consumer messages?  How are we supposed to educate our children about healthy eating habits when they are drenched in advertising for McDonalds and aspartame soda?  How are we supposed to encourage people to live an environmentally sound existence when they are constantly encouraged to over consume?

Please, I ask you to do something novel and amazing: ban outdoor advertising in Vancouver.  Let’s make Vancouver the most beautiful city on earth.

Sincerely,

G

 

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Squamish Nation: Take Down the Billboards

March 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

Hello.
I have been informed by North Vancouver District Council that the offensive billboards near the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge belong to the Squamish Nation.  Each and every time I drive my those horribly ugly, lit-up monstrosities I get filled with anger and annoyance and I try to direct my eyes elsewhere.  This is obviously not a great place to become distracted, since the highway bends right there and there are several on and off ramps in a row.  If you combine all these factors with the fact that people are going at highway speed, I believe it is guaranteed that the billboards will be responsible for fatal crashes.

As a matter of fact, one of my old friends was nearly killed right there before there were billboards.  He got on the highway on his motorcycle, hit some gravel, flew off his bike and was run over at full speed by a van.  It just goes to show that this is a dangerous stretch of highway, even without distracting billboards.

Please tell me how much the Squamish Nation receives per year for the billboards.  Secondly, I’d like you to tell me how much money the Squamish Nation believes a human life is worth.  Is $10 000 per year enough to risk peoples’ lives?  You must have come to some conclusion about this when you were debating whether to profiteer of uglifying our city.

I find it quite odd for me to be writing this letter to a First Nation, since my political stance and spiritual beliefs are more in line with Indigenous people than any other group.  I must admit I was very, very surprised to find out that the billboards are on Squamish Nation land and that district council wants them removed.  Have you taken a look at what corporations the billboards advertise for?  One of them is General Electric, and it shows a jet engine.  Did you know that General Electric is one of the biggest weapons contractors on earth?  General Electric manufactures nuclear weapons.  Not only does General Electric create weapons that fuel war all over the earth, they own half of NBC, a company that creates the news that creates the justification for war.  General Electric earns huge profits, spent 84 million dollars on lobbying in 2011 but pays no tax.  This is the corporation being advertised on Squamish Nation land, in full illuminated colour, a corporation that creates war with deception, the 4th worst polluter in the USA and tax evader.  And if you think GE gives a damn about your interests as a First Nation you are dead wrong.

We’ve got to stop polluting our public spaces with commercial messages.  I urge you, Squamish Nation, to look in your hearts and decide what you really support.  Take down the billboards.

G

Reply to Fred Fox: Protect Your Brother’s Legacy

March 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

Dear Fred Fox,
Apparently you didn’t read my previous letter very carefully.  Don’t you think I’ve already contacted PAVCO about these horrific billboards at Terry Fox Plaza?  Do you really think forwarding them my message is going to make any difference?  I was asking you to take responsibility for your brother’s legacy by getting these billboards removed.  Please, get on the phone with PAVCO, get on the phone with Premier Christy Clark, call the media and go down to Terry Fox Plaza to show the people of BC what an outrage it is to have freestanding, illuminated billboards advertising products that cause cancer overshadowing the grounds of a plaza dedicated to the memory of Canada’s greatest crusader against cancer.
Your brother’s legacy is on the line.  Please take some real action to remedy this situation.
Thank you for your time,
G

Reply from Fred Fox on the ads at Terry Fox Plaza

March 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hi G,

Thank you for making contact with The Terry Fox Foundation regarding your concerns surrounding TF Plaza.

We have forwarded the contents of your email to the folks at BC Place stadium.

All the best,

Fred Fox

Manager of Supporter Relations

The Terry Fox Foundation

 

Response from Councillor Lisa Muri

March 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Mr. G, these billboards were fought extensively by myself, DNV Council and the community, the problem is that these signs belong to the Squamish Nation and are out of the jurisdiction of all of us as they sit on Nation land.  First Nations operate under a different set of rules than the rest of us.  They actually  had plans for  4 more and because of community pressure they did not go ahead with all of them.   Please feel free to contact me with any other concerns………best regards

Councillor Lisa Muri

Terry Fox Foundation: Do something about the ads for cancer at Terry Fox Plaza

March 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Dear People of the Terry Fox Foundation,
In recent times I have become infuriated by the fact that there are giant freestanding advertisements on the grounds of BC Place Stadium.  I see them when I drive or cycle down the Georgia viaduct, and there are other on the other side of the stadium grounds.  They block out the view of the sky, a true outrage.  Then I found out that people actually live right in front of those massive advertisements and have to look at them out their front window all day every day.  Then I found out that the location of these advertisements is actually called Terry Fox Plaza.
Wasn’t Terry Fox a crusader against cancer?  Those billboards advertise for aspartame soda and mobile phones, two things known to cause cancer.  How does it make you feel that these advertisements grace a piece of land named for Terry?  Forgive me if I sound demanding here, but can you guys please get on the phone or something and put an end to this?  At least voice your displeasure in the media or something.  We can’t just go on littering every public space with a barrage of unhealthy messages, especially if we want to move toward a healthy, cancer free society.
Thank you,
G

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