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City worries about possible tent city

Vancouver city council worries about the health and safety of people who may co-opt a tent city proposed for the Olympic Village, said Coun. Kerry Jang. VanAct organizer Tristan Markle said the tents’ purpose is to bring homelessness awareness and the need for affordable housing to the forefront of...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 11:00 AM

Local DJ hopes to Ripa it up, Live!

One of Vancouver’s most upbeat broadcasters may be on his way to the Big Apple to co-host alongside Kelly Ripa on the daytime TV show Live!Jonny Staub, an out-and-proud radio personality at The Beat 94.5 has made the “short” list of 100 North American broadcasters vying for the coveted spot. Staub...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 10:52 AM

Battling more than rain

For many, the Lower Mainland’s wet weather comes with the burden of carrying around an often-cumbersome umbrella. But what if you could turn your weather-based tool into your own personal defence device? Academie Duello offers an umbrella self-defence workshop that will teach you how to use your...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 10:39 AM

Break the ice by learning new greetings

Have you ever wondered how to greet somebody in Cantonese, Punjabi or Tagalog? Here’s your chance. Former mayor Sam Sullivan is inviting Vancouverites to Greeting Fluency — a cultural luncheon event that focuses on learning seven important phrases in the languages of some of their neighbours.“There...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 11:01 AM

HST recall begins in Victoria

MLA Ida Chong may be the first Liberal recalled by Bill Vander Zalm’s anti-HST campaign. After months of contention, the HST recall campaign began yesterday in Victoria’s Island’s Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding. Organizers have 60 days to gather 15,368 signatures — 40 per cent of registered voters — to...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 11:15 AM

Hundreds sit, stay for Dog Whisperer

Big and small, they waited in line for hours bundled up in blankets, booties, sweaters, blue bandannas and fur coats, baring themselves to the cold, wet and wind. And that was just the dogs. Hundreds of excited dog-lovers — and their four-legged companions —formed a lineup around Terra Nova Square...

Friday, November 12, 2010, 10:41 AM

5 minutes with: Cesar Millan

For the second time in as many weeks, dog whisperer Cesar Millan was visiting the West Coast during his Live 2010 Canada Tour. Metro caught up with Millan in Richmond, B.C., and picked his brain for advice for people and their favourite canines.What’s the best sort of rainy-day doggy exercise tips...

Friday, November 12, 2010, 10:21 AM

Regiment up in arms over mace

A century-old mace belonging to Vancouver’s Seaforth Highlanders has gone AWOL. The mace was stolen from New Westminster on Oct. 29 when the car it was inside was jacked from a Queens Park Arena parking lot. “It’s irreplaceable and has significant sentimental value for the regiment and Vancouver,”...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 11:21 AM

Ottawa pours millions into Pacific Central Station renovations

The federal government is investing $5.1 million in renovations to Vancouver’s iconic Pacific Central Station. The money, which comes from Canada’s Economic Action Plan, will be spent on repairing the station’s masonry, roof, and windows next year. The project will preserve features that mark the...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 12:34 AM

AIDS caravan visits city

A caravan of young AIDS orphans and grandmothers arrived in Vancouver on Friday at the end of a two-month tour of Canada. The Stephen Lewis Foundation AfriGrand Caravan is in the Lower Mainland to generate awareness about the HIV-AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. The goal of the campaign is to...

Friday, November 5, 2010, 11:23 AM

Cellphone users hung up over fees

Mobile phone users in the Vancouver area are increasingly unhappy with their cellular service.The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of the Lower Mainland has received 350 complaints against telecommuncation companies this year — more than any other industry.Astor Stephens, 26, from Vancouver, said she...

Friday, November 5, 2010, 10:46 AM

“I love Vancouver … and being able to meet with readers is really great.“

Vancouver-born Sara Gruen is in town to speak tonight at a special International Writer’s Festival event at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Metro spoke to the Water For Elephants author about her new book and coming home. What’s Ape House about? It’s about a family of language-competent bonobo apes...

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 10:55 AM

Princess of Pot pushed Prop 19

Despite the defeat yesterday in a California referendum to legalize marijuana, the cannabis culture movement will not give up, said Jodie Emery, a high-profile Vancouver marijuana activist.Emery — whose husband Marc, Vancouver’s so-called “Prince of Pot,” is serving time in a U.S. prison — was in...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 11:25 AM

'It read $50 million and I rubbed my eyes'

Kurt and Claude Blanchette-Elbert are living a real-life dream come true after claiming the $50-million Lotto Max jackpot on Tuesday. The win, the largest in B.C.’s history, came as a shock to the couple, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary next month. “I stuck my ticket into the (self-...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 10:35 AM

B.C. unveils new mental health plan

A new 10-year plan announced by the province yesterday aims to address mental health and substance abuse issues before they begin. “We know that mental health problems frequently originate in childhood,” said Mary Polak, minister of Children and Families. “Early intervention at a young age can help...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 11:02 AM

Otherkin remove masks for Halloween

It’s that time of year again — everyone rushing to find the perfect mask for a Halloween disguise. But what if All Hallows’ Eve was the only day of the year when you could remove your “mask” and be welcomed by society?Otherkin are people whose personal philosophies lead them to believe their...

Friday, October 29, 2010, 11:16 AM

Metro Minute with John B. Herrington

Ever wonder how it feels to walk in space, or what it’s like to stare down at the Earth? Hear all about it from North America’s first Native American astronaut, retired NASA Cmdr. John B. Herrington. Logging more than 300 hours in space, Herrington was the shuttle mission specialist on Endeavor and...

Thursday, October 28, 2010, 5:57 AM

Telus targets the LGBTQ set

A new cellphone store near Davie Village aimed at Vancouver’s queer community is garnering divided reactions after opening its doors last week. Its name is Caya — come as you are — and it’s been designed by, and for, members of the LGBTQ community. “I think it’s awesome,” said Amanda Langstroth. “...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 11:17 AM

Metro Minute at the public library

If you’re wondering what to do today, try heading to your local library and losing yourself in a good book.Today is the eighth National School Library Day, as well as Drop Everything And Read Day, so to support literacy and libraries, break away from your daily routine and read for at least 20...

Monday, October 25, 2010, 6:40 AM

Skating a fine line to keep professionalism

Rick Rypien may have failed to balance his emotional intensity with his athletic performance, said a longtime sports psychologist.“There are ways of regulating emotional intensity,” said Saul Miller, who’s worked with various NHL, NFL and NBA teams. “I work a lot with conscious breathing and...

Friday, October 22, 2010, 11:06 AM