Homeless in Vancouver: Fairview lions in winter
This is the display atop a Fairview apartment building on Oak Street between West 13th and West 14th avenues.
I don’t know about the beaver-like thing and satellite dish on the south corner, but the centerpiece has been there a long time.
A British Union Jack flag flanked by two Chinese-style ceramic lions—who knows why: a far-flung outpost of Hong Kong that didn’t revert back to China in 1997?
More proof of the inscrutability of building owners and managers
A building manager in the area explained that the “100% Canadian” owner never forgave Canada for replacing the Red Ensign as the national flag; I think that’s what he said—his words were slightly slurred.
I think he had his tongue planted firmly in his cheek, at least I hope so.
A McDonald’s coffee mate suggested the apartment building’s name might offer a clue so I withheld the post until I was able to swing by the building and double-check its name: “Mary’s Apartments.”
Oh yes, that explains everything!