Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Fortress North America


Last night I got to watch the orange-purple, autumnal high-sky sundown from Vancouver's waterfront docks.

Not the Ferry docks, which are located far from downtown Vancouver, and which Colin Powell, back in the days when he was still carrying water for the Rovians, once told us were sure to be a terrorist target.


I'm talking about the real thing. The deepwater harbour docks right next to where my Dad used to go to work when he left for Alaska on the tugboats.

But this time I wasn't going to watch my Dad go to sea.

Instead, I was going to a fancy-schmancy restaurant.

And it was a truly beautiful sight from the deep end of the harbour looking west, back towards the city skyline with the northshore mountains shooting straight up into the stratosphere across the water.

But whatever you do, don't try head down there just for the heck of it, either to check out the view or to find yourself a sailor or two.

Because this is Mr. Bush's Fortress North America. And as such this very Canadian waterfront is now closed to all but those on official business, or those who can afford to hob nob with the fancy-schmancy pants set (a visit to the Cannery is a rare event and much more than just a simple twist of fate, indeed, for my wife and I).

But I digress, because what I really wanted to say was.....

Hey, Rovians! Give us back our sovereignty!

The ironic thing about all of this is that the Economist magazine has just named Vancouver as the most liveable city in the world for the fourth straight year, and not just because of the beautiful landscape, the mild climate and the multiculturalism. What really puts us up top is the fact that, on an overall global scale, Vancouver is a large metropolitan area that has been deemed by people who actually know something to NOT be a likely terrorist target.
Thanks to Scott from Montreal for the liveable city tip.


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