I've read and heard quite a bit about the Spirit Bears that were placed in various locales around Vancouver, most recently in this week's WestEnder, and the vast majority of what I've read and heard, including this week's WestEnder, has been of a negative towards the bears, with some also including the earlier Orcas in their negativity.
For me, the Bears have been a very positive addition to the cityscape. Some of the attack has been based on the fact that Spirit Bears are hardly something that Vancouver is known for. No, but Spirit Bears live in the rain forests of British Columbia, Canada. And Vancouver is a city in British Columbia, Canada, right?
And what exactly is it that Vancouver is known for that we can base public art on? A mountain on the corner of Granville and Georgia would look pretty silly. Hmmm, maybe twenty-foot replicas of glass buildings clustered along one stretch of the Stanley Park seawall would be lauded by Vancouverites.
The bears are gone, auctioned off for charity, and apparently there is already another theme chosen for the next invasion. After Orcas and Bears, any guesses what the next one will be? I'll start the guessing: Salmon.
Addendum: I bought the new Hip CD yesterday. Couldn't help it. I was in the neighborhood of a Best Buy and had a poker-won Best Buy giftcard weighing down my wallet. The $10 on the giftcard didn't cover much of the cost of any flatscreens for sale, but the Hip CD was pretty much paid for. Thanks Jeff! As Gord sings, "you kissed my fingers and made me love you", you know who I'm thinking of..