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Racy Science World ads spark controversy in B.C.
It’s pretty absurd that these ads for Science World’s Science of Sexuality exhibit have been banned from bus stops on the pretext that they’re “too racy”. So it’s commonplace enough to have advertising for clothing, liquor, perfumes and more that sexualize and objectify women (and men, to a lesser extent), but slap some trivia on cheeky posters about sexuality and suddenly there’s a controversy? Okay then. I don’t know if this is some bizarre strand of anti-intellectualism or something completely different, but it definitely strikes me as out of place.

Racy Science World ads spark controversy in B.C.

It’s pretty absurd that these ads for Science World’s Science of Sexuality exhibit have been banned from bus stops on the pretext that they’re “too racy”. So it’s commonplace enough to have advertising for clothing, liquor, perfumes and more that sexualize and objectify women (and men, to a lesser extent), but slap some trivia on cheeky posters about sexuality and suddenly there’s a controversy? Okay then. I don’t know if this is some bizarre strand of anti-intellectualism or something completely different, but it definitely strikes me as out of place.

Vancouver is becoming one of the first cities in history to tackle a perceived crisis of urban loneliness, even as cynics raise an eyebrow over such an earnest extension of the government’s role. While Vancouverites may never make eye contact, never say “hello” and take several days to notice when their neighbours have died, it may also be prudent to acknowledge that the city may not be as tuned out as the numbers suggest.

Vancouver City Hall sees block parties as cure for urban isolation

This notion that Vancouverites are somehow less interactive than people in other cities has always irked me. 

Basically, the complaint is that when newcomers try to connect with strangers on the street or on the bus, they are met with cold shoulders.

I have lived in a few major cities, and I have neverfound any of them to be any more or less “cold” than Vancouver. I completely reject the notion that people in other cities are supposedly saying hi to random strangers and making friends on the bus or the street and forming networks in that sense. I’ve also lived in small cities < 50,000 people and it’s equally difficult to make friends or meet people. 

To start, almost no other city has ever compiled numbers on loneliness.

I would wager that if other cities started to do so - also, how do you even quantify loneliness? - we’d find very similar patterns across cities of all sizes. 

in my own riding

George Heyman (NDP) is leading, but only by 100 or so votes, to current Health Minister Margaret McDiarmid (BC Liberal). 

Buses all about town are encouraging people to vote. I dig it.

Buses all about town are encouraging people to vote. I dig it.

Though they are commonly dismissed as disengaged and self-centred, hundreds of young British Columbians have put their online self-portrait, or “selfie,” shoots on hold and dropped their Xbox controllers to help campaign for the four main political parties.

No political apathy among these youth

This is a terrible lede. None of these things are mutually exclusive, I say as a selfie-taking, Tumblr-addicted political junkie (yeah I Instagrammed my “I Voted” sticker, what?). Article about politically engaged youth? Yes, let’s throw in some tired, unrelated tropes to start the piece and condescend towards them before discussing their contributions to the democratic process!