Tnx for chiding Dennis S aboutstanding on the sidelines. Somewhere, Ackles is crying softly.
Now, pls take on the league’s new “signature” uniforms. The only signature that works would be I.M. Godawful.
I was listening to your commentary regarding bicyclists (Sept 10/14) and I was appalled by your name calling towards cyclist in Vancouver. I am a cyclist and I am not a “fool” as you put i! Grant you that cyclist shouldn’t be on sidewalks but if there is a pedestrian Jay-walker there will probably be a collision with a cyclist on a street. As for cyclists on the street….was the young 35 yr old cyclist woman killed on Gilbert/#2 rd this late summer a “fool?” Drivers of vehicles (I believe) have an empowered attitude while behind the wheel thus, putting cyclist and alike in danger. This poor woman was where she was suppose to be in a cross walk off the bike lane but yet was killed because of a reckless empowered driver. Vancouver is a cyclist city…this is the 21 century and people need to wake up to this fact of Vancouver.
It”s sad that the mentality of vehicle drivers continue to road rage against cyclist. This type of commentary is only exasperating this behaviour. Oh! I also drive a car and I’m very carful of my fellow cyclist on the street, and driving beside the bike lanes (which are not enough of to keep US cyclist safe…..
P.S. Also Bruce you mentioned the congested Stanley Park Bike and Foot path and the person knocked over by a cyclist. It’s dangerously congested and is not the fault of the cyclist when a pedestrian and cyclist collide! It’s congested….obviously something has to be done with the planning of this Bike/foot path…
Come on Bruce! Saying that U2 gave it away? They struck a deal with Apple so they didn’t give it away free. It may be be a great business move, on their next tour the fans will know this album + the decades of other music. Love your style, just don’t agree on this one, I think it’s a good business move….we will see. PS, my 18 year old daughter told me to check my phone, she discovered it before I did. (It is kind of creepy that stuff can get on your phone and you had no control!)
Hi Bruce: Your comments about U2 amused me. You bewailed the fact that Justin Beiber has taken over. So how do you imagine we who love Sinatra, Crosby, Tommy Dorsey, Glen Miller etc feel about our loss? Sometimes we get lucky and hear them on the public tv channels, and good bless his heart, my idol for decades ,Tony Bennet who is still performing. They all have oodles of recordings and videos, but we only find them as a rule in the internet. There are still many fans left but we are ignored.
I’d like to invite Bruce down to my office at Mission Possible at 659 East Hastings Street to discuss what WE (He and I and anyone else who will join us) to tackle the problems facing the residents of Vancouver and especially the area that he referred to in his commentary today.
I’m guessing he won’t take on me on my offer to try and do something about the problem and that he would probably prefer to sit in his studio, or office and insult the people who are trying to provide solutions. Using derogatory terms like “Poverty Pimps” doesn’t help the situation, it only makes things worse.
If not, and he actually wants to be part of the solution, ha can give me a call 604-253-4469 ext. 115. My name is Rod.
I know one season ticket holder that Bon Lenarduzzi better call and aplogize, and that is the young women in the add he just pulled. By caving to twits, Lenarduzzi has thrown that women under the bus.
There is nothing remotely wrong with what she did, how she looks or what she was wearing. But by Lenarduzzi caving to the small minded and few in number, he has publicly humiliated her.
He appears weak. He should have told those complaining to take a hike. We don’t want you and don’t need you at our games. Our games are about fun. Our games are about fans – even the attractive fans. You don’t like it, stay at home, re-read your Gloria Steinem collection and shut the f***-up.
A Letter sent to the Mayor
Hey a####le that’s for destroying our neighborhood
I have written before, calm and respectful with no response. Your last stunt has sent me over the top! On the weekend you made 60 beds available at the former Kettle of fish. Horrible move. We experienced the temporary shelter on Granville, under the over pass five years ago. What a mess, your decision to house these people here, turned a respectable neighborhood into and extension of the downtown east side. Needles, garbage, loitering, police calls all night long, people standing in the alley screaming, people urinating in public, aggressive dumpster diving, jay walking, over the top property theft (lost two bikes from a locker during this time and a front wheel and seat), open drug use, open drinking, discarded clothing strewn everywhere every morning.
Now with the 60 units at Kettle of fish your putting another 150 within a 30 second walk away. You want to house the homeless from Oppenheimer park? Have you been by there? I have these people sit under a banner stating “no drugs” “no alcohol” drinking flats of beer and smoking crack..I have been there and have seen this. Seriously these people were told to vacate back in August, they didn’t. This shows you these people don’t listen to law or rules and now you want to make them my next door neighbors.. NIMBY ..perhaps but ask yourself this would you and your neighbors want this in a house next to you? No.
8 years ago we bought here at 888 pacific and at 438 Seymour. Sold Seymour because of the influence of the neighborhood and the problems that went with it. We did our homework found this to be a working respectable neighborhood and in a moment you will change our home for the worse.
Mayor your not taking into consideration that there are thousands of respectable law abiding working tax payers, who made their homes here because it was away from the problems of the downtown east side. Where is there sense in Mayor wanting to make an area of the city with few problems, into an undesirable place to live.
I’m sure as with all things that don’t pertain to your life and circle of interest, you will do absolutely nothing to prevent this from happening.
The other day Bruce Allen ranted on about Vancouver taxis and Uber not being let into the community without specific requirements being met. I thought to myself that his points sounded valid.
Definitely an interesting listen, but today I was reading about VC investing and startups in Silicon Valley and this interesting info was talked to re Uber. Possibly Bruce might want to revisit his opinions on this company. The idea of an Uber-like service might be good, but I don’t think this is the type of company we want operating services in our local communities…
“Uber. Where to begin with Uber? It’s a company that prides itself on playing rough and aiming to break laws. It has a self-described “war room” inside its new hard-edged headquarters. It’s played fast and loose with background checks on drivers and with the truth. A Pando investigation earlier this year showed that a driver accused of assault whom the company blindly defended had a criminal record that should have been caught in Uber’s background checks. More recently, it’s hired a campaign manager to shape the company’s narrative. This is an area CEO Travis Kalanick already knows plenty about, if we understand ‘shaping the company’s narrative’ to mean slinging mud and misleading the public in an image war between Uber and taxi companies.
Not only has Uber vilified riders accusing their drivers of rape, assault or general bad behavior, they’ve also betrayed all their drivers; Kalanick has said he can’t wait to replace them all with self-driving cars. Time and again, he’s shown he is loyal to little more than his growing bank account and to the all-mighty free market. The Verge recently exposed a campaign called SLOG, publishing internal documents that detail a plan for agents to pose as passengers to recruit drivers from competitor Lyft and vie to tie up their cars so they couldn’t pick up passengers.
Oh. And in a recent interview Kalanick bragged about how many ladies he could get with the success of the company referring to it as “boob-er.”
Uber has raised a jaw-dropping $1.5 billion, with its most recent $1.2 billion round coming at a rumored $17 billion valuation. No one doubts egomaniacal stories like the one where Kalanick publicly offered a job to a well-heeled investor at the elite Goldman Sachs conference who asked an astute question of the CEO. Still, he’s widely considered one of the best entrepreneurs of our age.”
Why don’t you do a RANT on that wack job that keyed all those cars. He got 3 months in the slammer and cost ICBC ( mean you and I ) over $200,000.00.
Couldn’t agree with you more with “ADOPT”ion vs “INVENT”, Translink clearly made the wrong decision in using an unproven technology. To boot, HK’s Octopus cards are collectible, co-branded (advertising $) and is very convenient to use (ie. 7-11, vending machines etc… in HK). Who sold them on going with this technology? Was a proper request for proposal process done? due diligence? did anyone even check for existing systems that would be turnkey?
I find nepotism everywhere, look at Enerpro, who runs that? Who do they know at City Hall in Vancouver?
How about a rant about the stupid labels West Van wants to put on the gas pumps.
Go to the Our Horizons web site. The labels are shown there. Real Nut Bars!!
Wow, “Lenny Kravitz should be in a casino somewhere” Are you serious? Im with you on a majority of your reality check comments Bruce, but you got it wrong this time. LK has more “Cool” in his pinky fingernail than Katy Perry and all her sharks and beach balls put together. She is too ‘bubblegum pop-ish’ for something as gritty as the Superbowl. Perhaps the almighty Bruce Allen should be in a Barka lounger somewhere, lulled to sleep by the one and only Ms. Katy Perry?
Bruce you ARE the voice of us out here!!
I heard your commentary this morning on movie attendance. I thought you made a valid point about people watching the Oscars, but not having seen the films as being kind of an odd thing to do. However, I thought you missed out on one important point. More people used to go to the movies when they were affordable. Prices at the box office for everything from your ticket to snacks are so high that the it has put movie going on the ‘budget’ sheet for most average families. Lowering ticket prices alone would help the movie theatres see some return of people.
Re: Hotel for the homeless, Feb 20th
Bruce, regarding the comments you made on February 20th regarding the homeless on Vancouvers streets, I would like to say that I cannot agree more. The fact that Jon McComb went off like a fireworks factory on your comments not being “sensitive” to the homeless situation made me laugh out loud as he currently runs a radio spot (comment) on the sensitivity in the media being over rated in which he states if the current sensitivity requirements continue soon we’ll be running blank newspapers.
I thought maybe you should call him on that.
Concerning the Province story about Mike Harcourt’s Pt, Grey Road property;
This isn’t the first time Mike Harcourt has been connected to unethical dealings, he was premier up to Feb. 1996, a prominent NDP’er Bob Williams had bought up land between the island highway and the yet to be announced Duke Pt. ferry terminal, Harcourt was dumped by his own party over Bingogate, then another questionable character by the name of Glen Clark announced the location of the new ferry terminal>
Bob Williams made out like a bandit, I wonder how many other NDPer’s names would show up in Land Title Records concerning land sold to the province for the Duke Pt. Highway?
Just wondering what your thoughts are on this matter?
The older and more cranky I get, the more I agree with Bruce.
Regarding that video on the bus with the UBC students recording the Beach Boys song, I Get Around, wouldn’t they have to get permission from the Beach Boys management to do this?
As they are using it for the YES side and would be raising money by increasing our taxes. If someone is making money off of their song, isn’t that a copy write infringement?
Just thought that this could be very interesting!!
Another side to the Translink plebiscite that I haven’t heard anyone address yet – Mayor Moonbeam creates congestion and then asks for Vancouverites (and all of the Lower Mainland) to pay to solve the mess he made! It boggles my mind that he can be so arrogant to even suggest this.
I’ve been on the roads as a sales professional for 23 years in Vancouver. I have no idea what the population increase has been over that time but I had barely noticed an increase in travel times for the first 18 years. What has been noticeable is the extra time it takes to get anywhere in the last 5 years. Coincidence? I suggest not.
As I understand, the next project up to “relieve” congestion is to take down the viaducts. So let me get this straight, you want me to vote to increase my taxes (I think I already pay $.17 per litre on gas) so you can continue to increase congestion?
How about getting rid of under utilized bike lanes on Burrard (Hornby is one block over) and Dunsmuir to reduce congestion? Or does that makes too much common sense?
Your ” Heads in the Sand” topic and comments was right on the money. Thank you.
Hi Bruce, I live out here in Mission and lately I’ve noticed a lot of shopping carts scattered around our town. Sometimes they are on the side of the road , sometimes thrown into the bushes and sometimes dumped into a ravine. It’s often the poor or the homeless who are “stealing” these expensive buggies to make their one way trip to where ever they are going. When you think about it there must be an awful lot of these carts being dumped all across this fine country. Naturally this raises the cost of doing business and the extra cost always gets passed on to us consumers. It wouldn’t upset me so much if those “borrowing” the carts would return them in good condition promptly but they seem to act as if they are entitled to a cart. I think it’s time to get the word out there to shame those who arrogantly push a cart down the street as if there is nothing wrong. Ray h
Hi Bruce ~ U@ tonight.
Why so loud ???
Could not hear Bono sing due to the loud music !!!
Why do they do this ???
Everything else was great, entertaining, interesting : ))
Why so loud with the music ???
Might as just as well sat in my car and turned a U2 CD all the way up : ((
Everyone around us said the same thing !!!
Why so loud with he music ??????
Can’t wait for Bennett and GaGa. Bet I will be able to hear their voices over the music !!!
Love Ya Baby,
Rant idea I think we should offer free shooting lessons to gang members.
There will be less chance of our innocent Surrey residents getting hit and we will eliminate the problem quicker as an awfull amount of police time is taken up and no one dies
I enjoy listening to you. No B.S. you tell it as is. I don’t always agree ( most of the time I do)
Keep up the good work.
Thanks W. in Nakusp
New home for Love Locks removed from Burrard Bridge
I suggest the locks be reunited with other recent confiscations by the City of Vancouver –
they could be hung on the Horny Satan statue in Chilling Dude Park.
Re Foreign Mainland Chinese Buyers. Great comments Bruce ! The “unsaid” truth is that the only rules in China are that there are none. China is corrupt and is NOT a democracy. There is a bit of a “power purge” in the communist party, ergo many people who made it big have to get their $$ out – fast. Vancouver is a prime target. The big unsaid is how NO ONE in Canada asks the hard questions about all this Communist money: How did you get this $$, who did you exploit? What did you pollute? What food did you taint? Who did you payoff? do you really want to live in Canada to become Canadian? Or are we just a potential colony? Just asking – keep up the excellent work Bruce !
The promoter “slithers away to bankruptcy…” sounds like something that happened at 86 Street Music hall with a certain owner.
I wish you’d do a comment on how the justice system is really the justice industry. If the judges gave realistic sentences the crooks would be off the street for longer periods of time. It’s been proven 95% of crime is committed by less than 5% of the people. Convicts serving longer sentences mean less work for judges and lawyers. Judges getting layoff notices? That would be a great day
Thanks Bruce for telling it LIKE IT IS everyday.
There is too much sugar coating everything in the media and especially from our mostly invisible politicians. For instance: Too scared to bring up your mention of dirty money due to racism.
Political correctness is killing our country.
I was just wondering if you would do a blog/segment on who you are voting for and why?
I value your opinion and i’m curious to see why and who you are voting for or leaning towards.
I do like your “Reality Check” segments and would really like to see a full show. I may not always agree with what you say but for the most part I think you are bang on and respect you for stating your point of view regardless of what people may think. Someday I wish to have your guts.
Here is one for you regarding the Canadian flag. Last week ( and it still continues today) I see the Canadian Flag at the Petro-Can Station on Fraser Hwy by Bradner Rd. (Abbotsford) flying the Canadian flag upside down and at about 3/4 mast. I find this disturbing so I dropped into the station ( where by the way I do buy gas a few times a week, or should I say now “used to buy gas”) and asked the attendant if they were aware the flag was being flown incorrectly, I received a blank look from either being obstinate or the lack of understanding the English language. I left quietly and looked up the phone number of the station and hoped to talk to the owner however the phone just rang. I emailed Petro Canada complaints dept. about the incident however haven’t seen any action by them. Perhaps this is a political statement by the station owners ? I find it a very poor one as it doesn’t address anything particular. To these people I say the following, if you haven’t got the most basic respect for the country you live in , then get the hell out. If you have a political statement then make it when you”vote”. Canada may not always seem perfect, but what place ever is ? People aren’t trying to come here because it is worse than where they live now.
Bruce , on Monday morning on your reality check, you talked about London’s Oyster card for transit and complained that translink could have looked at it, and got their card right.
Well many years ago translink members and politicians went to London to study their system, some how I don’t think they ever actually looked into it. Too much to see and do.
Probably just road the Red, get on and get off tourist bus.
I was hoping for a comment or two on the Republican Primary Debate ~ certainly lots of fertile ground there ..
On your reality check today,what a breath of fresh air it all made sense ,this migrant problem
will not be resolved by them all coming to Canada or Western Europe its a ticking time bomb
of trouble waiting to happen,keep up the good informative infomation,regards Roger Peppiatt.
Hi, Bruce – As usual, your editorial on Tuesday, Sept. 22, about the migrants and the Swedish problem was excellent. By providing a country for the migrants does not solve the problem, it just creates a huge problem for the host countries. Wish more heads of state would realize that. One of the reasons I do listen to NW is to hear your reality check each day. Thanks, merv
All the money the City of Vancouver is spending on road areas for cyclists, it’s about time cyclist start registering their bicycles and be required to have a license plate on their bikes. A fee of about 25 dollars a year would be a good start. When I was a kid growing up in Nelson BC in the fifties, we were damn proud to have a license on our bikes. I think it was fifty cents for the year and our bikes would have the serial no. recorded at city hall. Further, cyclists when riding their two wheels on our roads are required to obey the laws under the motor vehicle act. Yea, how many of them do.
With all the new space being made on our roads and highways for bicycle lanes etc., it’s about time the City of Vancouver and rest of the lower mainland start registering bicycles and charging the cyclist a fee starting around 25 dollars per year. The cyclists pay no fees for using the special lanes laid out for them, and they have much disregard for the traffic laws to which they are suppose to obey according the motor vehicle act. They are no different than a motor vehicle when using the roadways. I don’t think most cyclist realize they do come under the MVA or are just don’t care. I had to have a license on my bike during the fifties while living in Nelson BC and proud to have it on my bike. Fee then was 50 cents per year.
how does one go back into the archives am interested in hearing sept 15 show?
Good comment on the Vancouver via ducts. As per usual the “numbers” presented by city hall are suspect- just as they are for the bike lane usage.
I can attest that prior to installation of the bike lane and other changes that restrict traffic flow using the via ducts, I could leave my home in East Vancouver and drive to work via Main St at 7 am weekdays and there would be hardly anyone else on the road. Once they put in the traffic interference measures things changed significantly. You now have to leave at least an hour earlier to avoid traffic.
Once they remove the structures people going to and from the waterfront core of downtown will have to take the long way in and out. It’s going to add far more than 2 minutes. During one Georgia closure- it took me 30 minutes just to get from Thurlow to Main St on Pender. Ian Adams is totally right on this one.
According to a recent Georff Meggs comment there will be no problem having a hockey and football game on the same night. If you recall during the movie shoot in the middle of summer they advised us to stay away. So how about lobbying for real life test. Close the via ducts for 2 weeks and see what happens. And ah…..don’t do it over the Christmas holidays.
Couldn’t agree more with your reality check. Like most of the rest of their fan base, I grew up in the quarterback club which was where they let the kids sit and play in the end zone while their parents enjoyed the game. Surely there is enough room to put the kids in the upper deck somewhere and make them life long fans. I don’t buy seasons tickets anymore because the schedule is all about TSN and their eastern markets. People are working at 1 or 4 pm on a Saturday. This year they had a home game scheduled at 1pm on the opening Sunday of the NFL. Early start times didn’t work for the Canucks so why would it work for the Leo’s. When I watch games on TV all I see are empty seats, even in Saskatchewan. And finally who wants to go into a building that encourages people to stock up on beer because they cut off sales with 5 minutes left in the third quarter. Give your heads a shake. Where’s Bobby when we need him.
hey johnny the nutbars live in NORTH VAN not west van .north van has allowed labels on the gas pumps WEST VAN has allowed 4000.00 dollar garbage cans to be built