"It's just a t-shirt, Ted," says Vision Vancouver ED Ian Baillie to GlobalTV
A t-shirt which was intended to provide Vision Vancouver supporters a chuckle is providing headaches for their elected officials. Yesterday media were responding to Coun. Anton's objections to the "Bike Lands Make Me Hornby" Vision Vancouver t-shirt, saying it's all well and good to have fun but not at the expense of residents, businesses and customers inconvenienced by the "trial" Hornby bike lane.
We note that no one – not even Vision Councillor Geoff Meggs (!) – would touch this t-shirt with a barge pole. Instead they sent out the glib-sounding Vision Vancouver executive director Ian Baillie. "It's just a t-shirt, Ted," says Baillie. To that Hornby merchants respond, "it's just my most profit-making time of year, Ian, but my customers can't get to me."
It would have been nice to see someone – anyone – from the Vision Vancouver council to answer for the shirt, but apparently there's plenty of room under Gregor Robertson's new desk.
Perhaps we can assume that Gregor Robertson, Raymond Louie, Heather Deal, George Chow, Andrea Reimer, Geoff Meggs, Kerry Jang and Tim Stevenson are really Hornby about spending $3.2 million on a trial project, and the permanent loss of nearby parking, but just too shy to show it.
- post by Mike