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  1. That's a pretty simplistic view. Should we punish rapists by raping them? If you rape someone you no longer have the right to not be raped.
  2. That's why we have an organized justice system and not just individual vigilantism doling out punishment.
  3. I think I'll vote for Trudeau. Sure I'm a bit disappointed about Bill C-51 but if I take an honest look at both sides - what are the odds that I or anybody I know will be the victim of a terrorist act, or on the other hand, a victim of civil rights abuses because of this bill - the answer to both is minuscule. Whereas there are dozens of other major policy positions which are guaranteed to affect my life, and I find that the Liberals most align with my views (Greens 2nd, NDP 3rd, Conservatives 4th). So I'll vote Liberal, and if they really mess up the campaign then probably Green.
  4. You are absolutely correct, we'll pay one way or another. So the question is, do you like this proposed plan for how you're going to pay and what you're going to pay for - bearing in mind, again, that either way you're paying. If you do, vote yes; if you don't, vote no.
  5. About a year ago I switched to only buying meat that is locally sourced and ethically raised. It took quite a bit of research to figure out the right butchers to buy from and what to look for. The meat I buy now is more about 3x more expensive than before; I compensate by buying less than half the meat I used to. (Same goes for eggs, cheese, milk etc). I don't mind the idea of killing animals for meat; I think that's part of the "circle of life". We've just become very good at it. The things I don't like about eating meat are: if the animals suffer their entire lives, and the environmental implications of a planet of potentially 7 billion meat eaters. By buying ethical meat, and way less of it, I feel I'm doing my part. Should I give up meat all together? Probably, yeah. But I really enjoy food and cooking, it's part of the fiber of my being, and I don't want to give that up. I do what I can with that in mind.
  6. "Start at the top and work your way down" - OK well they already fired the CEO, isn't that high enough at the top? Yeah, they still have to pay him for a bit because of his contract, that sucks, but you can't deny that they made a move at the top. Every time I hear about Translink's wastefulness I never hear numbers to back it up, which is funny because the numbers are out there and pretty easy to find. Here's a news story with some summaries: Or you can find a much more detailed independent efficiency review online if you don't mind hundred-page documents. But either way the story is the same - Translink comes out as one of the most efficiently run transit organizations in North America. Those are independent, non-biased findings. It's too bad we have to pay 2 CEOs and it's too bad about Compass (you can blame the province for that one) but in the big picture all the grand talk about Translink's wastefulness just doesn't hold up. Hopefully Translink keeps getting better but in the meantime we need these service improvements NOW. I'll conclude by repeating inane's final line, sometimes perfect is the enemy of good.
  7. That wasn't the first point, it was the first sentence in the first point. Other facts in there: ridership is up 56% in 15 years while car trips are down; Translink is 3rd in North America in per capita ridership, 1/5 commuters use transit to get to work, Vancouver pays the lowest cost for transportation in the country. Those are pretty impressive numbers IMO.
  8. Ah well if you "believe" it then surely it's true. By the way why do you doubt their numbers? Take the skytrain or virtually any bus during rush hour and it's packed. The system is largely over capacity across the board. I know people like to criticize Translink for everything but it's pretty clear that their ridership is high and growing.
  10. What? That's really circular reasoning. You're assuming those improvements will shuttle people to Vancouver based on your existing expectations of people's travel plans. The new Pattullo bridge could just as easily serve commuters into Vancouver as it could those going between Langley and New Westminster every day. Or between Surrey and Burnaby. "That's not terribly realistic (affordable) though. But that would actually get people out of cars who need to get from say Langley to Richmond or Surrey to Coquitlam etc (ie: how the vast majority of commuters, commute)" Yeah, but only if you lump those all into an "other" category. You might be right that a majority of commuters outside of Vancouver don't travel into Vancouver every day, but by rank, it's clearly the #1 destination. That's why the skytrain and highways are packed westbound every morning and eastbound every afternoon. You have to build the major transportation arteries on the most popular routes, no one is going to invest billions building a rapid subway connecting Ladner to Maple Ridge so that 500 people a day can use it. But as the whole system improves it become easier to travel anywhere. LRT south of the Fraser will make it easier for Langely residents to get to Surrey etc etc. And increased bus hours help everyone no matter where you live.
  11. Couple notes - first, of all the major projects proposed, only one (Broadway subway) is in Vancouver. It happens to be the most expensive but that's just the nature of a project like that. Outside Vancouver gets a new bridge, all the new LRT, all the new B-Lines, and most of the extra bus hours. Second, between the number of people who live OR work in Vancouver I think the representation is pretty fair. I lived in Surrey for a year while attending UBC - I had no problem getting to the Skytrain in Surrey but where my commute really sucked was once I hit Broadway. Even as a Surrey resident if you had to ask me where to put my money it would have been in Vancouver. I think the plan is very fair. It's also noteworthy that the mayors of Surrey, Langley, Delta, New West, Coquitlam, etc all strongly support the plan.
  12. I heard similar arguments when George Bush won the presidency in 2000. "It's ok, let things get really bad, THEN people will wake up." Four years and 2 wars later... George Bush won with an even bigger margin in 2004. You don't "win" by losing. People aren't going to "wake up." It's never been a strategy that works. If we vote no then our transit will continue to deteriorate and people will be increasingly unhappy with it but the only consequence will be that next time we're asked to pay for better transit (and we'll have to pay one way or another), people will just hate Translink even more. There will be no rallies on the street. There will just be more internet rage and even less progress.
  13. "The losing side"? You don't get it. This isn't a hockey game where we cheer for different teams and whoever's team wins gets to be happy. When this is all said and done, we all still have to live in Vancouver. There are no sides, we have a collective decision to make and we're all going to live with the same consequences of that decision.