I think the earn-a-bike page should talk about EAB programs like the one set up by Bikes not Bombs and other grassroots groups, where (generally) kids work on bikes to earn the right to their own bike, and then build their own bike. The Tim Horton's program doesn't really belong here, since it just aims to indoctrinate kids into respecting existing institutional power imbalances: the police are your friends, be grateful to multinational corporations who are complicit in the oil war on Afghanistan and who won't show you how to work on your bike, just give you one that advertises multinationals. That's just how I feel though...
macho 15:00, 17 September 2006 (PDT)
I am not to keen on Tim Horton's Companies, but I do believe the nature of Wiki is to provide information, not filtered points of view. If we filter out information, it is just as bad as when they do.
jonathan 10:00, 24 September 2006 (MST)
hey, i added that bit about the tim hortons program as a joke. it was late, i couldn't sleep. as the author i have no qualms about removing it - there's nothing particularly redemptive about the program, as far as i can tell, besides the fact that kids get handouts from some lousy corp. indeed, considering that, in certain canadian communities, tim horton's is responsible for a considerable percentage the litter the kids are being asked to clean up, the program is a pretty cynical one.
- okay looks good to me with it left in but disclaimed. macho 12:09, 26 September 2006 (PDT)