Much consideration was given to the visual design of this website. The chief objective was to make it as simple and free of needless distractions as possible while keeping it predominantly informative, analytical and honest. The challenge, from a graphic design perspective, was how to achieve these objectives and at the same time keep the site visually engaging and unique. Nothing on the internet exactly conveyed the anxiety and distress that BC leaseholders were currently feeling under the tyranny of the May 1st 1974 Lease. Staged, colourful photos of confident post-millennial college graduates gathered around their laptops complacently discussing their own optimistic concerns in spacious, brightly-lit offices did not really convey who BC leaseholders were, nor what they were actually contending with. The underlying conviction that BC leaseholders were caught up in a harrowing confrontation with their adversaries was ultimately a motivating factor in determining the central aesthetic motif of the website. There was from the beginning a strong predilection to use photographs in the style of Depression Era photographers like Walker Evans & Dorothea Lange, whose imagery had made such a strong social impact in the 1930’s. Because this style of photography was nowhere prevalent on the web—nor would seem sincere if revived in modern dress—it became evident that the only way to achieve the aesthetic of the past would be to draw heavily on the archival photography of the past. In other words to utilize images largely already in the public domain. This would not distract from the serious intent of the site yet make it interesting enough to hold a visitor’s attention. More to the point, it would be a constant reminder that the present struggles of BC leaseholders are fully in accord with the historic social struggles against oppression and exploitation of the past. Consequently, this website has assumed the somewhat unique and curious visual design you see before you. If such a website could have been conceived and realized in the aesthetics of the early decades of the 20th Century, it might well have looked something this.

 

Irrespective of its appearance, however, the real value of this site must consist predominantly in the extensive body of information and critical analysis that it will convey not only to other leaseholders (who have been forcibly kept in the dark by their landlords,) but also to the legislature and judiciary who have likewise been too long unaware of either the cause or the enormity of the injustice that thousands of BC leaseholders are being forced to endure under the sanction of the courts.

The logo of this website was designed to emphasize the underlying purpose of the BCLA. Its prime objective has always been to secure the fair and reasonable treatment of those who have been forced to endure the tyranny and victimization of their landlords. Because of the inherent Professional Deformation ingrained in court protocol it has been impossible to put the dire predicament of these leaseholders into its true perspective. To anyone with even a cursory awareness of the gross injustice being imposed on leaseholders under the May 1st 1974 Lease, it is obvious that their plight has degenerated beyond all measure of credibility and tolerance. Without understanding the broader context of the abuse and suffering characterizing their situation it is impossible to rectify it. Until the judiciary can recognize the inequity that rationalizes and perpetuates the repression and exploitation of so many innocent human beings, there can be no hope of their ever being released from it. Above all the first responsibility of the BCLA is to obtain Justice for those to whom it has consistently been denied.

DEDICATION

 

This site is dedicated to John Chalupa. Born in Poland within weeks of the Stock Market Crash of 1929, John’s parents immigrated to Canada while he was less than a year old. Thus John was a child of the Hungry Thirties and an adolescent during the Second World War combatting Fascism. A brief member of the BC Communist Party during the early 1950’s, he is a long standing advocate of humanitarian Socialism and a staunch supporter of the New Democratic Party. John has remained resolutely opposed to the unconscionable tyranny and insufferable abuses engendered and encouraged by the May 1st 1974 Lease. His personal adage, “There can be no meaning without context,” applies equally to the professional deformation afflicting the courts in this dispute and to the constant denial of transparency that, in John’s own words, “these callous bastards and their legal sharks  have imposed on us by means of an absurd and unreasonable Scrap of Paper.”

The layout and design of this website is entirely the work of Ronald P Falcioni, whose company, Polymorphous Graphics and Design was established in 1976. In addition to accepting sporadic design work in other projects over the years he has also been an exhibiting painter and was a member of the Malmoth Group of surrealist artists and poets in Vancouver BC. He wrote satire and illustrated underground comix for the Georgia Straight during the early 70’s. Later he was the owner and proprietor of Gallery Alpha in West Vancouver. For almost two decades during the 1980’s and 90’s he was an art instructor at Capilano Collage (now University,) and the Vancouver Film School where he taught basic drawing to animation students for six years. During the early 90’s he wrote numerous Art Reviews for the North Shore News. As an artist he is a confirmed amateur having no need or desire to part with any of his own creative output. When not actively creating art he is an obsessive compulsive collector of early 20th Century memorabilia such as old toys, radios, gramophones, 78rpm records, stereographs, Art Deco artefacts, Etc. Mr. Falcioni’s technical assistant and advisor in this venture is Mr. Sourav Dutta who lives in India and—in addition to being a fine website designer and a friend—is an aspiring photographer and devotee of the films of Satyajit Ray.

AGENBITE OF INWIT

 

In late October of the year 1340 a devotional allegory was translated from the French by an English Benedictine Monk named Michael of Northgate. A confessional treatise on Christian Morality, it was entitled, “Ayenbyte of Inwyt,” (Remorse of Conscience) and was directed at the common reader of the era. An even rarer work than its source it lay dormant in obscurity until it was taken up as a leitmotif in James Joyce’s Ulysses. A modest tribute to Michael of Northgate’s long overlooked creative endeavour is manifested here in the form of quotations drawn from realm of world literature and moral philosophy in general but specifically appropriate to the situation at hand. The intent of these quotations is to appeal to the moral integrity not only of the landlords—who have so far remained indifferent to the suffering caused by the implementation of the May 1st 1974 Lease—but also to that of the courts and legislature who are obliged to scrutinize in good conscience all oppressive legal instruments that compromise the public good.