A term coined in the 1970s by one-time humourist Allan Fotheringham to describe the lifestyle of about 10,000 wealthy Vancouverites who spent most of their time in Hawaii pretending they were from Los Angeles and yammering about what a splendid place B.C is to visit and/or to exploit. Dwellers in Lotusland have seen their numbers swelled by Hong Kong’s financial refugees in recent years, and it is now compulsory to spend at least a week each year skiing and taking drugs at Whistler. But attitudes and behaviors in LotusLand are otherwise unaltered by a quarter century of self-delusion and environmental and economic abuse. In the real world, Southwestern B.C. has rainy summers, suicide-inducing winters, and a dangerous obliviousness to the declining Third World economy of the rest of British Columbia

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