Credit Check: nor will we send against him except by the lawful judgement of his peers or by the law of the land

+10 Vancouver City Hall clarifies that it will not send armed police into private homes to remove signs unless they have a court order. Gee, thanks for recognising fucking Magna Carta.

-20 Democracy Now host Amy Goodman, invited to give a speech at the library, detained at border and questioned about her Olympics views.

+20 Here’s Amy’s speech

+20 Liquor serving times may be expanded to 3am, seven days per week, during the Olympics.)ling_through_narrative.html Which is good – this is the same way liquor laws were liberalised during Expo 86.

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Credit Check: Blinded by the light

-1 Gigantic, expensive, energy sucking light show will delight nightly during the Olympics. In other news, two cheap attractions, the Stanley Park petting zoo and Queen Elizabeth Park Conservatory, which have been enjoyed by tourists for decades and could continue for years are being shut due to lack of money

+1 Old NDP members to current members. You kids: you don’t respect your elders, you dress like bums, and your music – it’s just noise.

+10 Canadian journalist held in Afghanistan released.

+20 Megaphone has a great feature on some women who are DTES long term residents.

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Credit Check: I do not fear death, says MP

-1 Headline: Regina man survives 3-day ordeal on B.C. island It’s true, Victoria is dull.

+1 Medical science has come around to prescribing hardcore drugs as happy pills.

+10 Police cannot influence drug supply, say hippie, pinko profs at UBC.

+20 Megaphone has a good interview with “Malalai Joya, “:http://www.megaphonemagazine.com/content/“_bravest_woman_afghanistan”_megaphone_speaks_malalai_joya.html the bravest woman in Afghanistan.

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Muppet Bohemian Rhapsody

Brand new. And the Henson Co. nicely avoids telling the kids that it is okay to tell your mama that you killed a man by giving the line to Animal.

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Credit Check: Vancouver Sun says 'Support the BC Conservatives." (One day)

-1 Here’s the first volley from the Sun showing their intention to drop the Liberals and support BC Conservatives.

+10 Architect Bing Thom want the viaducts torn down too. God knows what kind of abortions he wants to replace them with, however.

+20 Rafe Mair’s long journey from nimrod to crusty old fart that Credit Check generally agrees with.

+20 The Canadian Mental Health Commission has launched a long-term project to see if mentally ill people like living in homes. As Amil notes since the answer is indubitably yes, they could just use the money from the study to house more mentally ill people.

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Credit Check: Buy a piece of Co-op Books today

-10 Hey, nobody wants to use the fucking Golden Ears Bridge. Thank god the same braniacs are for twinning the Port Mann Bridge.

+10 The farm team at CityCaucus doesn’t seem to realise that 60 years of NPA governance was designed to keep us a small town.

+1 Canadian Architect has a nice article on the new convention centre. Yet, it is written by Frances Bula. Does no one else write about Vancouver?

+10 People’s Co-Op books on Commercial Drive wants you to buy a share of the business. Go for it.

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Credit Check: Our liquor laws are weird

0 The Nisga’a first nation grants private property rights to its citizens, allowing the sale of property to non-Nisg’a. This can’t end well.

-10 BC Rail still exists as a Crown Corporation, running the small line to Roberts Bank. The president gets nearly $500,000 per year to run it.

-1 At least this guy is becoming an Olympic millionaire.

+10 The Courier details the weirdness of BC’s liquor laws.

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Note from below: We stuck a Twilight reference in the headline yesterday as a faux-linkbait lark. The jokes on Credit Check – clicks were down 50%. We are proud of you.

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Credit Check: If the headline says Twillight would you click it more than a comment about City Hall?

+10 City Council votes to create new high density neighbourhood in the stadium district. Lord knows, Credit Check can hardly wait for the future condo owners to complain about the noise coming from the two stadiums that they willingly and voluntarily moved next to.

-1 Metro Vancouver’s only pet cemetery to close. No one should worry. It’s a pet cemetery – they will come back. Also, what’s with a story by a Province reporter locating the cemetery ‘in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey.’ Isn’t the Province a Surrey daily?

-1 Credit Check doesn’t give a shit about Twilight but what is the deal on these two stories? The first, datelined Vancouver, is about Robert Pattinson walking off Ryan Seacrest’s radio set in Los Angles where the reporter obviously isn’t located. The second is datelined Los Angeles and is about how the Vancouver film industry has thrived in a down market because of Twilight. Shouldn’t a reporter who is actually here be on this?

-1 And now back to our regularly scheduled ragging on Councillor Suzanne Anton. This episode: Anton doesn’t like the community garden at City Hall even though it is used by kids and old people.

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Credit Check: More tasering videos surface

In yesterday’s Credit Check, we called out Councillor Suzanne Anton’s perceived lack of support for laneway housing. Councillor Anton has told Only that we are full of crap and that she has been a leading advocate of the programme and her issue is that it is not proceeding as fast as she would like. Only is pleased to set the record straight.

-10 This is probably why the police always seem to have broken video cameras in their holding cells: Bloody beating and tasering arrest video shown in coroner’s court.)

-10 It’s two-for Tuesday. Advocates call for release for tasering video of Metis man in Prince George.

-10 High ranking Canadian Forces officers are still collecting their paychecks even though they are drawing retirement benefits.

+10 Megaphone is launching their Joyful Voices fundraiser. Help keep Megaphone loud.

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Credit Check: Convert the viaducts to High Line-style parks

-20 The poor NPA. Whatever the issue, you can be assured that they are now on the wrong side of history. Today’s example: Suzanne Anton rails against laneway suites. Please see comments

+20 The Straight rarely has a drop of humour or irony in its voice so it gets extra points today. The TransLink staff reports will return to the Web site after the CEO who was ultimately responsible for this situation, Tom Prendergast, has quit and taken on a new job as the head of New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority. What a coincidence.

+10 EVERYONE is a comedian today. Police Taking Math Lessons From VANOC

+10 City Council is to talk about tearing down the viaducts. Jim Green wants them retained – but converted to a park like New York’s High Line.

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