Vancouver has done it again.

Our city has made the cut for the top most liveable cities in the world, which was dominated by Canadian and Australian cities.

The Economist's list of the top most liveable cities in the world has given the top spot to Melbourne, Australia, which has held that position for the past three years. After Vienna, Austria, three Canadian cities rounded out the top five: Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary tied with Adelaide.

Vancouver, which topped the list for a decade until 2011, remained the top North American city.

Vancouver fared well due to a record low number of murders in 2013 (following a decade-long decrease).

The top 10 cities are:

1. Melbourne, Australia

2. Vienna, Austria

Saturday Night Live alum Rob Schneider is bringing the laughs to Vancouver—to help a friend in need.

Canadian screenwriter Boon Collins had an emergency liver transplant at Vancouver General Hospital on July 7, due to an undiagnosed case of hepatitis C. Collins and his wife Carol have had to unexpectedly relocate to Vancouver for Boon's recovery.

When Schneider (best known for comedies like Deuce Bigalow, Grown Ups, and The Hot Chick) found out, he offered to help out with a fundraiser show.

Schneider and Collins met in Hollywood and Collins cowrote Schneider's 2010 film The Chosen One.

Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.

The strike by British Columbia teachers, which began on June 17, is now in its ninth week and the new school year is only two weeks away.

If classes do not resume on time in September, and if people have more money than um, grey matter, then it’s quite possible that the Fairview Tertiary School of Hard Knocks may open for business with a curriculum specially tailored for the would-be street person.

School’s out for summer. School’s out forever!

The school is by homeless people, for homeless people.

It’s founded on the simple premise that a dysfunctional education system can only mean more homeless people down the road.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, B.C.'s award-winning Quails' Gate Winery is holding a weekend-long event at its estate vineyards in the beautiful Okanagan Valley.

As part of the festivities, acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Royal Wood will perform an anniversary harvest concert on an open grass area overlooking the Okanagan Lake on Saturday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are priced at $60, but concert-goers can upgrade their tickets to include a canapé and wine reception ($100) or a pre-concert dinner at the winery's Old Vines Restaurant ($170). 

Dear gentlemen of a certain disposition:

No, lesbian does not mean she is doing it to tease and titillate you.

No, it does not mean she just needs to meet the right guy.

No, it is not the same thing as being bisexual.

In fact, there is such a gaping chasm in comprehension about what lesbians are (and aren't) that web developers have had to figure out ways how to screen out male online users who use catfishing techniques and set up fake female profiles on dating sites to hit on lesbian women.

Maybe cute marmots aren't your cup of tea.

How about adorable sea otters?

This one was filmed rubbing up against a man at Cadboro Bay, near Victoria.

(Don't try this at home, folks. Your results may vary, and may including being bitten or catching a disease.)

A week ago, I participated in a hike and scramble up Mount McGuire, southeast of Chilliwack. On a hot, sunny day, we drove to the top of a 4x4 logging road to start the hike.

Our trip involved ascending a rockslide to the northeast ridge, following a path along the ridge, and wading down through steep wildflower meadows to the east side of McGuire. After traversing over rocky ground to the southeast ridge, we met the formerly standard trail to McGuire.

Live Nation has announced that Canadian guitar-rock group Sloan will play a show at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday, October 18, in support of its upcoming studio album, Commonwealth

Consisting of Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy, Patrick Pentland, and Andrew Scott, Sloan has released 10 albums and more than 30 singles throughout its two-decade-plus career.

With Commonwealth, the group has taken an exceedingly democratic approach—the double album will see each member stake out a single side as his own.

As everyone in Vancouver has heard by now, CP Rail is razing the community gardens in its right of way on the West Side, starting in Marpole.

But many are still standing, such as the Pine Street Community Garden, east of Burrard Street.

One group of gardeners is calling for the city to, well, do something to stop the impending destruction of the remaining gardens in the Arbutus corridor.

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