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Social column: Mayor and Chinese pop star dating; election injuries endure; holiday time for councillors

January 6th, 2015 · 82 Comments

Some people feel I haven’t done enough to document the personal lives of our politicians. So here is my new year effort.

Green Party Councillor Adriane Carr is vacationing on the Sunshine Coast until Jan. 19, thanks to a very convenient city council schedule that has the first meeting not on the schedule until Jan. 20. Vision Councillor Heather Deal is still recovering from a crippling knee injury incurred during election door-knocking (sidewalk, a twist, a popping sound).

And, contrary to the nasty little rumour passed around all last fall in emails, conversations and even brown envelopes dropped at doors in the west side, the mayor is not dating a well-known person in the development industry. Instead, according to extremely reliable sources (this is not gossip), he is currently seeing Wanting Qu, a 31-year-old Chinese popular-music star who has a lot of buzz in Vancouver. For more info on Qu, see here and here.

I will leave it to others to do the heavy lifting and ask what the implications are for Vision’s Chinese voter identification in the 2018 civic election or Canadian-Sino trade relations.

 

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  • Lysenko’s Nemesis

    Get with the program Chris.

  • Chris Keam

    Hey, since we are going to engage with one another… How come you abandoned the discussion over on the BIV comments section? I note that you made a claim about thousands of Translink employees making more than six figures, and when questioned about it, came back with a link to an article showing your claim was out by a huge number. In fact less than five hundred employees were making that amount.

    So yeah, it seems weird that you would put out this misinformation at first, and try to salvage your claim with data that directly refutes your original assertion. To be honest, it makes you come across as the type of person who either doesn’t do their homework, or tries to mislead the community he claims to be interested in. I understand that you can pretty much make stuff up when you don’t have to answer to it in the real world, but now you’ll have to change screen names (again probably) to have any credibility with intelligent readers.

    Maybe you should let folks bid on the naming rights to your next anonymous identity and donate the proceeds to a charity. Then some good could come of your seeming compulsion to dissemble and avoid accountability for your remarks.

    I’d thrown in a few bucks if you promise to post as Mr Flaming Pants from now on. It would be fun and accurate right? Has that hint of grade school playground taunting that you seem to dig. If you can stomach a bit of self-deprecating humour that is. Maybe that’s a character trait you’re still working on?

    cheers,
    CK

  • Chris Keam

    Well, thanks, there’s a minute of my life I won’t get back. 🙂 Probably pointless to hope you understand the distinction between someone making fun of their own culture as a collective, and choosing an individual from another culture to be the synecdoche for their culture or race. How one is funny and the other is kind of disrespectful. So P.C. I know. What an awful world it would be if we all try to be a little nicer. Let me share with you a remark that does speak to my sense of humour.

    “2,000 years ago one man got nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be if everyone was nice to each other for a change.”
    – Douglas Adams

  • Lysenko’s Nemesis

    Would you jail Russell Peters, or just have him silenced by law? I guess you ain’t no Charlie.

  • Lysenko’s Nemesis

    The BIV comments are limited in number, after a few days, on mobile devices. The thread is dead.

    I didn’t claim, I wrote that I’d heard. I did deeper research and found the CBC story confirming our worst suspicions.

    How much are you prepared to pay?

  • jenables

    Haha, CLEARLY!

  • Chris Keam

    Sorry, I don’t understand the question. I don’t have a problem with people saying whatever they choose. I also think people are free to say when they find something offside in their opinion. That’s all that’s happened with Kirk’s jape. You seem to be blowing it up into more than it is.

    But since we’re chatting, let me share this anecdote with you. Do you remember one of the Point Grey bike lane threads where a poster using a weird screen name (started with a q, had some numbers and letters in it) complained about his doubled commute time to UBC. Well anyway, turns out the screen name being used was some kind of wheat strain or something like that, and there was a prof out there who was doing work on it.

    Now it’s pretty common knowledge that people tend to choose cutesy little code names for themselves that make a lot of sense when you know who the real individual is. For instance, I use ‘BikerCK’ over at the Straight out of habit and because I know that anyone who’s interested can google it and figure out who the real person is. Plus, I think if you start with a name on a particular site, it makes sense to continue with it, so readers can tell it’s the same person posting.

    So anyway, back to Mr. Q. One could put two and two together with regard to wheat/UBC/commuting, but that’s pure speculation. Anyway, he got called out for making bizarre claims about commute times, dodged the question, and kinda disappeared. I think the thread got blown up when Frances’ website had some issues, so unfortunately I can’t be more specific. Maybe you can help out given your screen name? Here’s what I mean.

    I didn’t get the Lysenko reference, so of course I googled it. Lo and behold, another reference to wheat research! Now funnily enough, you seem to be a bit of a newcomer to Fabula land. Weird eh? Two posters, both prone to exaggerated claims (see BIV/Translink salary info in your case) and using wheat research as a basis for their screen names. Add in the departure/arrival of the two online personas and a fella could get to theorizing.

    Probably nothing there though. Maybe Captain Q is a friend of yours or something like that? Sounds like you have similar interests.

    cheers,

    CK

  • Chris Keam

    I just posted to the thread. Check it out. Anyway, the facts are clear. You passed along hearsay, despite being able to fact check it only a day later… and failed to issue a mea culpa or apology for the misleading information. Bad form old boy. Measure twice, cut once as they say.

  • Kirk
  • Silly Season

    Dude!

    You’re KILLIN’ Me!

    LOL!

  • jenables

    The Jong show never ends!

  • Bo Xilai

    The only thing “Wanting” about Gregor Robertson is his judgement. Gregor should get over his mid-life crisis before it starts affecting his ability to govern.

  • Bo Xilai

    He’s an exception representative of Vancouver’s douchebaggery…

  • Lysenko’s Nemesis

    So just how many hundreds of one percenters making over a hundred grand, in Translink’s office are you OK with?

  • Bo Xilai

    He’s doing to Wanting Qu what real estate developers and marketers have been doing to Vancouver for the last 30 years…

  • Bo Xilai

    I laughed hard at that one… I forgot about the parallels… Very astute observation.

  • Chris Keam

    What I’m concerned about with regard to this issue is the fact that you are knowingly spreading false information as near as I can tell. Or you haven’t done a modicum of research before offering hearsay as fact. It’s a tough position to be in eh?

    Are you a seeming liar or an apparent idiot is the question you now need to answer, to have a hope of gaining any kind of credibility with the more discerning among us. A quandary entirely of your own making. You make a bizarre, totally false claim. Refute it the next day when challenged, with an easily sourced news article, and don’t appear to understand why your motives are considered suspect, while ignoring the very reasonable expectation that you admit the error –while continuing to bob and weave from any kind of accountability for your remarks.

    Not a mark of integrity or honest dealing in my books. FWIW, you might consider reversing the order of events next time. Do your homework. Present your facts. I’m sure you could still whip up plenty of outrage with the real figures.

  • boohoo

    Wow. 65 comments and nothing said. Next topic please! 🙂

  • Internet made me obsolete

    But be careful. CK is smokin’.

  • jenables

    Lysenkoism is used metaphorically to describe the manipulation or distortion of the scientific process as a way to reach a predetermined conclusion as dictated by an ideological bias, often related to social or political objectives.[2]

    From wikipedia

  • Chris Keam

    I like my theory better.

  • Lysenko’s Nemesis

    Exactly, jenables. When the truth is in the way Lysenkoism slithers in and overwhelms the ideologues.

  • Lysenko’s Nemesis

    What else is new?

  • Lysenko’s Nemesis

    It will be more interesting when we learn whether she likes BMWs or BMXs, or both.

  • Internet made me obsolete

    When Phillips was dating a black female “escort” there was some concern in official circles, though no press coverage.

  • disqus_hgBHQSjxk3

    Hey, Your mayor is super handsome for his age, she looks like a better arm candy for him, please feel your passion for the last time, and be happy!
    But Do you know, by doing this you will lose support from many older women who is 50+

  • disqus_hgBHQSjxk3

    Wendy is a calling from God to make Fox TV softer….

  • Brilliant

    So no answer from Frances as to when the media first became aware of Gregor’s wantings. …?

  • francesbula

    Did you not read my earlier reply to someone else (Tessa)? All details there about what was circulating when.

  • Bruce Read

    Careful Gregor..Once your fame is gone so will she..And your pocketbook to boot Mark my words!

  • Mark Notfler

    You really need to lighten up man. Not all the time, but at least some of the time.

    The lady’s damn reputation is as a “Chinese pop star.”

  • Mark Notfler

    She stereotypes herself. No one was targeted.