Category Heroes

Bud Osborn’s book collection: a prophet’s companions

I approached the bookcase with dismay. Someone had picked the lock on the glass door and it was evident that several books had been stolen. I was angry. The books were from the Bud Osborn social activism collection in the Carnegie Centre*, and I had gone to some effort to find a place for them […]

Binners, Scavengers, Friends and Thieves

One thing I love about some of my Carnegie library regulars is how even though they may not have a lot in terms of Vancouver’s high-rolling standards, their gestures of kindness go so much deeper. A regular patron, whose Doctor believes he should be in a wheelchair since he can barely walk, explained how a […]

Spirit of Dorothy Day

I’m reading a book called Dorothy Day: the World will be Saved by Beauty (an intimate portrait of my grandmother (2017) by Kate Hennessy. It gives a pretty gritty perspective of the highs and lows of the Catholic Worker movement in New York during the 1930s and onward, and the struggles that happened in particular between […]

#anonymous sent me

Earlier this month, it was revealed that one of the victims of the June 4th London terrorist attack was a young woman from Castlegar, BC. Her name was Chrissy Archibald, and she died in the arms of her fiance after being mercilessly run down on the London Bridge. The response was obviously heartbreak and rage, […]

Mr. McBinner

The month of June has kicked off with some weird vibes and energy down at the Carnegie Centre and library. I’m not surprised. The Balmoral Hotel, a Single-room Occupancy in the Downtown Eastside has been in the news since the City finally took action, investigating the building and condemning it considering how the slumlords, the […]

Motocrossed

Last weekend I went out to the Pemberton Speedway, where there are motocross and dirt-track race courses to cheer on my friend Emily Beach as she returned to the flat-track racing scene. I had intended to blast up there on my 1985 XR600, and was hoping that after a carb clean and valve adjustment it would be […]

“Mardi Gras” mayhem

Once a month welfare day in the Downtown Eastside unleashes the wild-side of many recipients. It is a day also referred to as Mardi Gras, as it has a festive feel, but the aftermath can be pretty sad. Some folks blow all their funds in one go when the money is technically intended to hold […]