Question: What do Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Vancouver Park Board have in common?
Answer: Both have propagated the theory that 9/11 was an inside job.
It sounds bizarre, of course, but a postcard invitation circulated to elected officials, community organizers, City, Park Board and Translink staff and contractors for this Sunday's grand opening of a new trail in south Vancouver did exactly that.
As this shot of the back of the postcard shows, an (almost) hidden message is placed on the leg of a new picnic table situated along the banks of the Fraser River stating that "9-11 Was an Inside Job." When you first look at the card you wonder if this was a bad joke by the printer or graphic designer. The card was designed in-house, and printed by a contracted provider.
However, speaking to Joyce Courtney of the Vancouver Park Board today she explains that the 9/11 phrase was carefully
stenciled "stickered" by someone on the leg of the picnic table, and neither the photographer nor staff who prepared the card spotted it until it was pointed to them by recipients of the postcard.
"It's our mistake and we sincerely regret it," says Courtney. "We've since re-printed the invite and sent it out again with an apology. We've also now removed the stencil from the picnic table itself, and wherever else staff could find it."
Those who are familiar with digital printing understand that it's easy to overlook problems even with printed proofs. Courtney says that the error will make her staff even more vigilant when it comes to circulating photos from Vancouver's parks.
By the way, for those who live in the Marpole area, you might like to check out this new trail at the foot of Hudson Street along the Fraser. The future of the Eburne lands, as they're known, have been a source of contention between the City, Park Board, the Squamish Nation, local residents, and now Translink for some time. The Vancouver Transit Centre is where most of the bus fleet for Translink operates out of, and the community has desired waterfront access here for years. It's great to see that there is a new trail down here.
The weather forecast isn't promising for Sunday's event (hey, it's Vancouver after all), but goodies and entertainment will be provided during this early afternoon celebration. Here's a Google link for the location.
In light of today's war of words between President Obama and the Iranian leader after his UN speech that 9/11 was conspired by the US government, we thought we'd share this bizarre story.
- post by Mike