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It’s a little known fact that the City of Vancouver’s official flower is the rose, which also happens to be the unofficial symbol of the resurgent socialist movement. Everybody loves the beautiful blossom, but forgets about the thorns beneath it. In a city built on stolen Indigenous land, whose beauty is sold by the square foot for profit, there has always been money to be made by obscuring the ugly realities under the guise of greenwashing and boosterism.


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