Left in Love is a dating column for progressive daters who give a damn! Each month, Meghan Murphy matches couples looking for radical love and documents the date in this space. Our couple this month is Roz and Sam.
Roz is a 28-year-old student, support worker, visual artist and children's author. Creative/optimist.
Sam is 33-year-old professional musician, amateur cook and armchair scientist. Leggy/pensive.
On Thursday, October 16, 2014, police and city officials moved into Oppenheimer Park to enforce the city's injunction against tent city.
Most of the protestors and the homeless people peacefully vacated the park. However, five people decided to stand their ground and remain in the park.
This video shows their arrest.
In June of this year, Vancouver's city council unanimously passed a motion acknowledging that the city sits on the unceded land of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. The acknowledgement came at the culmination of a "Year of Reconciliation." Based on the same city council's response to the Indigenous-led community that has sprung up at Oppenheimer Park, it appears this was purely a token gesture.
Left in Love is a dating column for progressive daters who give a damn! Each month, Meghan Murphy matches couples looking for radical love and documents the date in this space. Our couple this month is Selina and Cass.
Selina is 29-year-old who works in the arts. She loves documentaries that aren't really documentaries, karaoke and friendship. Short/idealist.
Cass is a weirdo who lives on Commercial Drive and works managing festivals, concerts and political campaigns. He enjoys a good cappuccino and is in a casual relationship with local gin. Jaded/pragmatic.
Late last year, activist and economics professor Kshama Sawant was elected to Seattle's city council, the first socialist candidate to do so since Anna Louise Strong in 1916.
Sawant's election was not the result of wishful thinking and a weak belief that, eventually, North America would come to its senses and swing left. It was the result of grit, sweat and hard-fought organizing around courageous, anti-capitalist stands on corporate power, rent control, income tax and, famously, a $15 minimum wage.
Today is the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru's arrival in Vancouver, which sparked a challenge to anti-migrant racism in Canada -- a struggle that continues today.
During the earlier part of the 20th century, most immigrants to Canada were from Europe, predominantly from Great Britain. Canada had very racist laws that selected against Asians when it came to immigration. On January 8, 1908, the Canadian government passed a law called the "Continuous Journey Regulation," which was the government's attempt to restrict people from Asia from entering into Canada.