Author Archives: David Brett

WOW New Westminster Public Art is Visionary

This is a letter I sent to New Westminster officials on Sunday, May 4th, 2014. Dear Mayor and Council, With this letter, I would like to voice my support for the New Westminster public art arranged by the Vancouver Biennale … Continue reading

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We Were the World

It was 1985. Big hair, big ties and big budgets. Boomers were trading flower power for buying power, VW busses for BMWs, scruffy jeans for three piece suits. Then Africa happened. This is a story of changing times and shifting … Continue reading

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Banning coal simplistic, unreasonable and unwise

Opinion: Mineral is part of the fabric of our human existence By David Brett, Special to The Vancouver Sun September 4, 2013 http://www.vancouversun.com/business/2035/Banning+coal+simplistic+unreasonable+unwise/8870473/story.html#ixzz2f4RHfEyP Poor coal. It’s the mineral not even a mother could love. It’s the orphaned rock, dirty to … Continue reading

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Kerouac. On the Road. Book Review

  “I Woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn’t know who I was…I wasn’t scared; I was just somebody else, some stranger, … Continue reading

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The None Percent; Occupy Thyself

No one can deny that the Occupy Wall Street movement was a profound expression of dissatisfaction with capitalism world-wide. A year on, the legacy of that upheaval is less clear. A common summation of the massive protests is that the … Continue reading

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Great Jobs!

A friend recently emailed me and asked me what my thoughts were regarding the passing of Steve Jobs, asking particularly if he really was a world-changing visionary or not. The high praise for Jobs has been almost universal, but less … Continue reading

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Book Review: Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist by Dr. Patrick Moore

Green Pioneer Takes On the Environmental Establishment Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore helped change the world, and now he wants to change it again through his highly enjoyable new book. Moore writes convincingly that the environmental movement has lost its … Continue reading

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Avatarred and Feathered: Mining Gets Titanic Smear Job

“I have malaria,” said one of the haggard figures that emerged from the dense tropical jungle. “I need medicine.” It was 1996. We gave him what we had. Our tiny plane had just landed on an impossibly small runway littered … Continue reading

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Vancouver: Olympic Winners or Whiners?

As the games draw closer, I worry that my beloved hometown of Vancouver may blow its Olympic chance to impress the world. The scenery is world class, the venues are impressive, and the organization is impeccable. The problem? The sour … Continue reading

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Web 4.0, Pay Day

The halcyon days of free online information are waning. A great reckoning is coming. In the future, if the information is any good, you and I will have to pay for it. Web 1.0 emerged with the advent of Netscape … Continue reading

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