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Pete McMartin: Running a social welfare agency: ‘It’s a question of character’

March 29, 2014

In the mid-1990s, the Mennonite Central Committee, a highly regarded social agency out of Abbotsford, was involved in a pilot project in the Fraser Valley to help people on welfare find work. It was funded by both the provincial and federal governments. The NDP government of the day wanted to expand a similar program across [...]

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Pete McMartin: The new generation gap, too close for comfort?

March 25, 2014

There she was finally, the daughter, bringing home a new world view and bedbugs in her luggage. She walked slowly out of airport Customs, looking wan after flying a day and a half out of Delhi. She wore a pashmina shawl coiled around her neck and a knee-length Indian tunic. She had been gone six [...]

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Pete McMartin: And this week’s citizen revolt is … Oakridge!

March 11, 2014

Monday’s session of Vancouver city council began with council voting to reshuffle the agenda and have Item No. 3 heard first — whereupon an angry citizen leaped out of his seat in the public gallery and, before making his exit, stopped, turned and, directing his rage toward Mayor Gregor Robertson, shouted: “You know, some of [...]

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Pete McMartin: Coffee and cannabis, a clash of manners on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive

February 23, 2014

On any given day, a group of men gather outside the JJ Bean coffee shop at Commercial Drive and Sixth Avenue, and there on the sidewalk of Sixth they talk and drink coffee and smoke pot and cigarettes. Sometimes they put out blankets and sell things, and they have been known to form a drum [...]

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Pete McMartin: Courting the mayor — Glen Chernen and the HootSuite suit

February 18, 2014

Let me be the first to point out that Glen Chernen — the Cedar Party sliver recently getting under Gregor Robertson’s skin — has great hair, if the photo in his website bio is any indication. Full. Dark. Gelled into swept-back perfection, as if he had just finished speeding in the car of which, in [...]

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