• India diaries

    A Thousand Splendid Women

    This blog is dedicated to those amazing enduring women who are being brutalized and tortured, humiliated and taken advantage of, every single day all over the world. Yet, these women find a way to survive, to live and perhaps live long enough to tell their stories. In India, the country where I’m from, we often hear young girls getting raped or treated badly by men. In Afghanistan and other countries, women have suffered though a male dominated hypocritical society where major crimes committed by men get unnoticed whereas women have been known to get tortured for committing even minor offences, often in response to self defence or for survival. United…

  • Vancouver housing issues

    A perspective on extra school tax

    Here’s a very well thought out comment from one of the articles in the media : Seniors and changing times. It seems that we all feel that Seniors are hard done by. It is certainly true that Seniors in the previous generation, especially those who were born in the early part of the 20th century, went through a period where people lost everything and they had to build from nothing. My grandparents, on both sides, lived good lives, had good jobs, yet retired quite poor, with little in home equity and little in the way of any income – such as OAS or CPP. This was very common, especially until…

  • Vancouver housing issues

    How uncontrolled capitalism and right wing politics are harmful for the society.

    Exotic vehicles are not an uncommon sight on city streets, and last year the province’s public insurer jacked up premiums on high-end vehicles since repair costs are becoming a concern. The Insurance Corp. of B.C. recently spent more than $790,000 on damage claims for a Ferrari that crashed into a utility pole. And when a nine-year-old rapper and Instagram personality named Lil Tay went viral recently, she seemed to embody the worst excesses of the Vancouver housing market. In her videos, she crudely belittles viewers for not being as rich as her, poses with Lamborghinis and in high-end condos, all while flashing stacks of cash. Her mom, as it turned…

  • Vancouver housing issues

    Face of hypocrisy in Vancouver

    These and similar signs went up in various locations around Vancouver following NDP’s announcement of the extra school tax on homes which are worth more than 3 million. Now there are several things just wrong with this banner not to say people who oppose the school tax on these grounds are just being hypocritical, selfish and entitled. This banner is so wrong in so many ways that honestly I’m dumbfounded. The extraordinary land values in Vancouver today were not earned by “hard work”. In fact, as a recent report suggest, these extra ordinary land values were generated by low property tax rate relative to the house assessment value (this reducing…

  • Vancouver housing issues

    A tale of greed, class division, entitlement and lack of compassion and humanity in Vancouver

    If you spend a few minutes on twitter looking through posts tagged #VanRe, you’d notice two groups of people. One group clearly likes to protect the interests of the wealthy, fight for them while they themselves are either pro-conservative in political spectrum or/and are pro-realstate development industry. A significant portion of them are wealthy home owners. Build and build and build more homes to attain affordability are their main mantra* (some of them give themselves attractive names like “Abundant housing Vancouver” and YIMBY) even though It’s very well known how speculative activities around realstate is a significant contributor to Vancouver’s housing prices (hence ignoring policy measures needed to curb toxic…