These were the thoughts in my head when I sat down to write this piece. It was going to be a combination of a eulogy for Vancouver's cetacean bylaw and an emotionally charged condemnation of city politics.
Then I received a copy of another article detailing the breeding ban's imminent demise from the Georgia Straight. The headline didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. Vision backs off on captive breeding ban from Vancouver Aquarium, it read.
I liked my own working title better: Park Board snatches defeat from jaws of victory.
After a quick, self-satisfied glance at their title, I was back to figuring out how to turn vitriol into phrases and clauses.
As I struggled to find more synonyms for the words "cowardly" and "betrayal," I decided to take a closer look at the Straight article to see if they'd managed to find one I had missed.
Instead, I learned about the nothing-short-of-heroic actions taken only hours before by two of Vision's outgoing Park Board commissioners, Sarah Blyth and Constance Barnes. Suddenly, I needed a different set of words, like "hope," "courage," "integrity."