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Off to jericho beach. will not be able to make the demo. am still here on the mainland until monday pm, in case you/cue would like to down a few ales, something we were unable to do, eg, in burnaby there is a great blues place called the marine pub.
How did the civil liberties demo go?
It was good. For Vancouver, considering that it was about Toronto, not bad at all. About 200 enthusiastic people. Some people who were identified as the Black Block showed up all in Pink, but not much happened there. Certainly no broken windows. They started a chant: "No Justice! No Peace! Fuck the Police". I heard they had some personal confrontations with some other protestors but this was so much verbal argument, so nothing to serious.
Other than that it was a nice sunny day and the police were perfectly civil and did their job of directing traffic around the march and observing casually from a distance. I think (maybe) they followed the Pink Block contingent as it left the rally, but I didn't see anyone start anything up.
Oeerall good. It was very good to hear from three witnessess to the event, including a young lady who was shot twice by rubber bullets. Don Davies from the NDP said something pretty funny about Dalton McGuinty. Of course one wants there to be a huge crowd but the main thing was that it happened and people are organizing.
We need to keep the upward pressure on the establishment.
Im sorry i missed it. I got broiled at Jericho Beach Park instead.
That is the problem with organizing in Vancouver, there is always Jericho Beach.
How about tomorrow night? I have no idea where this "Marin Club" is, but I think maybe even I have heard of it. Burnaby, should be able to make that in some form or another.
Marine Pub. Live blues I think. I will call you tomorrow ... at a reasonable hour.
That sounds cool. But maybe its a bit far out for me for a late night, since we have the logistics of a baby and all. I might be able to swing a baby sitter for 4 hours or so, but the whole night is a bit of a problem. There is a cool place nearer to me that would probably be better, come to think of it.
No music but a good crowd. Lets talk tomorrow.
I'll call between 6 and 7. tonight.
Sufficed to say, the pleasure of meeting the Cueball family today was mine.
Thank you. It was very nice to meet you as well. We have been having a good time meeting all these different Babblers.
So far, meeting the Cuebs has been the highlight of my summer.
Careful with that nickname form. Nobody wants to read the last two letters the wrong way.
Any plans for the long weekend?
We had the distinct privilege of being babycue'd this weekend, and I found that I adore both the adult Cue's, above and beyond their blessings of allowing me to be babycue'd.
And yes nbeltov I agree with your assessment. ;)
And aside from the granddaugter's visit, it too was the highlight of my summer, just as al'q indicated it was for him. :D
ETA: have a safe and happy jurney home you two....
Thanks all! It's been swell meeting all these Babblers. Indeed, this trip has really filled in a lot of blanks, and taught me what a diverse and interesting community we all have here.
I'd like to post more and fill everyone in on the great learning experience this has been finding out some of the background on the politics and activism behind the personalities. Amazing, especially the local stories, about politics all over western Canada. However, we are back on the road tomorrow, and booting back to Toronto to take care of business, but perhaps I can add more detail when I have more time.
Thanks again, all!
Yes, of course, you 3, silly me, given the babycue is most important afterall...and clearly reads well... :D ;)
You are more than welcome anytime at all.