Politics

A cyclist rides over the Victoria bridge.

My picks for city of Victoria’s Mayor and Council

From housing and affordability, transportation, childcare, and budget priorities, here is how I’m voting on October 20th in the Victoria election for mayor and council…

Politics

Bill Morneau says Trans Mountain expansion, fuck yes!

Tsleil-Waututh Nation versus Bill Morneau, the duty to consult, and the public interest

Say it with me. The duty to consult Indigenous people does not conflict with the public interest…

Design

An interrobang on a plain tomato background.

Martin Speckter, type design, and the interrobang

99% Invisible did an episode on the interrobang recently. I was interested to learn that early Greek and Roman writing didn’t have spaces! Rack that up to stuff I took for granted. Apparently an ad man in the sixties developed the interrobang…

Roundup

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Bharat’s pocket scraps – Making room edition

Vancouver makes room for more people, charities get political, and more…

Policy

House boats rest on calm harbour waters at Fisherman's Wharf in Victoria, BC.

Let all residents vote in Canada

This year, I will be asking Victoria’s municipal election candidates where they stand on letting permanent residents vote in our elections. Join me!

Culture

A famous actor (femme) sits on top of a bed wearing an amazing flowing gown, showing some leg.

The closet, sewing communities, and yay for good comments

I’m loving this article written on the Sewcialists blog. It’s a blog with the goal of making the sewing community more inclusive and representing a wider range of voices. The article is published under a pseudonym…

Culture

Trinity Western University students walk on campus

Trinity Western University continues to defend anti-gay community covenant

The Supreme Court of Canada, happily, was not moved by Trinity Western University’s claims that they weren’t hurting gay folks. And the Supreme Court was not moved by the claims by TWU that they…

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Bharat’s Pocket Scraps: Jeans, not Genes!

Where we wade into the “new” controversy on genetics and race, and talk about e-cigarettes, food and more

Culture

Meghan looking adorable in an old school sedan in the 80s in Ontario.

Hitchhikings

In which Meghan and Sherwin reflect on the old days, hitchhiking, and being young and lucky (and privileged) …

Culture

Black and white silhouette of a hand

Imprints

Reflections on safety and ways of being…

Policy

Dallas Rd, Marine Drive, Victoria, BC

Buying ourselves out of homes

Renting and buying homes, for BC residents, is becoming less and less affordable. We’re experiencing the result of decades of deregulation and rabid speculation…

Art

A variety of images and panels by Lumberjanes

Friendship to the Max! A Review of Lumberjanes!

I recently discovered Lumberjanes, a comic published by Boom! Box, an offshoot of Boom! Studios. I strongly recommend …

Roundup

Illustration, mostly greenish, of Bharat looking into the lens of a camera and holding up his thumb, almost like he's sizing us up.

Bharat’s pocket scraps you own a pipeline! edition

Ottawa fails to find new buyer for Trans Mountain pipeline by deadline The federal government is set to become the official owner of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after failing to quickly flip the project to another private-sector buyer. Pipeline owner Kinder Morgan had been working with the government to identify another buyer before July […]

Roundup

black and white image of a greyhound bus

Bharat’s Pocketscraps NUMTOTS edition

Scraps are back after a while, read on

Media

Angel in Islamic painting

Canadian journalism fails at nuance when it comes to jihad

On my view the news media in Canada have, by and large and in the long run, misrepresented the concept of jihad. They have positioned jihad as a form of villainy. In so doing they have portrayed Islam as a peril…

Media

The Angel Gabriel as depicted by Bernardino de Betto.

Some notes on why jihad is good

If you read Canadian journalists on the topic, you might not understand that jihad has some very nice meanings. Most Canadian journalists seem to commonly misrepresent the concept. It’s not just them, mind you. There’s lots of misrepresentation of jihad to go around…

Media

There are more ads than articles in the June 2nd BC Edition of the A Section of the Globe and Mail.

Ads versus articles in the Saturday BC Edition of the Globe and Mail, A Section

Here’s the A Section of the Globe and Mail. It’s the BC edition for June 2nd, 2018. There are 19 reports and 5 opinion pieces. I counted the weather section on page 22 as a report, and also the Donkey Kong “Moment” on page 2, but nothing on the cover. The cover is arguably editorial […]

Design

An owl stairs into the snow.

Some thoughts on microblogging with self-hosted WordPress

So I’ve been experimenting with microblogging on Mastadon, micro.blog and Tumblr. I decided it’s time we have our own self-hosted WordPress microblog…

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Bharat’s Pocket Scraps: Jagmeetophobia TV facebook and more

Canadian media is still hung up in the 1980s on Sikhs, is facebook really to blame for polarization, and more!