2013: The Scam Reviewed

by Zbigniew

This blog serves as a personal alter for eviscerating and laying bare the entrails of that overabundant local ruminant, the bovis sanctus siccus –the temperate sacred cow. It’s a messy job on a good day. But given the distended fecal sacks of our holy bovines, retching is not uncommon.

Has Scamcouver been successful in this regard? Probably not: at the end of the day there’s not much to be said about a slab covered in offal.

However, the audience for the gory spectacle is growing. In 2013, followers are up four-fold and readership has grown by a factor of five. There’s something of a world-wide audience, too. While the vast majority of readers are Canadian residents, Scamcouverites could be found in about 70 nations, from Albania to Viet Nam, from Iraq to Italy. The top ten non-Canadian sources are:

  • the United States of America
  • the United Kingdom
  • the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • the Netherlands
  • the Republic of France
  • Australia
  • the Republic of Korea
  • the Federative Republic of Brazil

Thanks for your interest and support -especially Lindsay.

Scamworld 2013

“Chimera” (an imaginary monster comprised of grotesquely disparate parts; a fanciful mental illusion or fabrication) was the most popular search term driving traffic to the blog. Some others:

  • arthur erickson graham house
  • arthur erickson house and garden
  • blandcouver almost afraid
  • bob rennie is an asshole
  • cash money
  • coronet theatre vancouver
  • deborra hope hopeless
  • dental building blown up vancouer
  • fake philanthropist
  • fine grained scam
  • fuck you gregor robertson
  • fuck you vancouver
  • generic cityscapes
  • gold cruiser resources ltd, gold scammer in georgia
  • gregor robertson is an arrogant asshole
  • lotus land branding strategy
  • northwest odour hastings
  • people in vancouver are fucked
  • photo violation technologies scam
  • pretty green$
  • rick cluff loves john furlong
  • technoschlub
  • vancouver crap housing
  • vancouver fire property disclosure statement residential
  • vancouver getting worse
  • vancouver real estate is fucked
  • vancouver scam infrastructure
  • vancouver stock exchange scams
  • vancouverization of los angeles
  • vancouvers worst
  • welcome to vancouver sign “buy now”
  • wind kingsgate mall
  • worst places to live in vancouver

The most popular posting in 2013 was The Worst of Vancouver Survey: “Winners”, the reader-determined shit-list of local persons, places and things. The next ten most popular postings were:

But a few of the entertaining comments received:

From Boom, in response to The Cringe: It’s You … Vancouver: “It’s you that makes me shit my pants on the skytrain. It’s you”

From Sister Jake, in response to The Worst of Vancouver Survey: “But i love vancouver! where else can you ski in the morning, play golf in the afternoon, and shoot up after a raw food dinner?”

From Ksk, in response to Welcome to Vancouver: “Truckers were considerably thinner in the 1970s.”

Scammer of the Year

To be eligible for “Scammer of the Year,” candidates must have been character assassinated in this blog’s “Scammer” category at some point over the course of the preceding 52 weeks. Candidates are judged for their ability to present themselves as stalwart citizens while simultaneously deforming the local psychogeography for their personal enrichment; extra points are awarded for overall douchebaggery. The winner will be notified of their victory by poison pen letter, which will be accompanied by the cash prize comprised of whatever Canadian Tire money I happened to have pinned to my refrigerator. A likeness of the winner will be installed in a future “Strip Mall of Shame” -development permit still awaiting City Hall approval.

The candidates for the second annual Scammer of the Year award are:

  1. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson
  2. Vancouver City Manager Penny Ballem
  3. Associate Professor, Real Estate Foundation Professorship in Real Estate Finance & Director, UBC Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate, Tsur Sommerville

For his tireless effort to shill for the real estate industry that pays his way, and the shear ridiculousness of his title, I declare Tsur Sommerville the 2013 Scammer of the Year. [Yawn]


Friends, the alarums have sounded. The New Year will immediately bring 439 Powell and the Hollywood challenges, and many others great and small. And then there’s a civic election ahead. I hope for the sake of our community that seizing the reigns is not a task beyond our grasp. I resolve to double my efforts, to dig deeper, to cut through that swollen fecal sack, if necessary. It’s a messy job and I hope see you there.

Best wishes,