The council chambers at Vancouver City Hall were packed with guests today (January 30) for an event launching Black History Month.

This year, the city’s celebration of February as Black History Month includes recognition of B.C. Supreme Court judge Selwyn Romilly as he retires from the bench.

B.C. Provincial Court judge David St. Pierre said even early in his career, Romilly was known as an “incredibly intelligent, competent, caring, and very skillful lawyer”.

Romilly, who was the first person of African descent to be appointed to both B.C.'s Supreme Court and Provincial Court, is also seen by many as a mentor, St. Pierre indicated.

Today is the 67th anniversary of the murder of one of the leading anticolonialist voices of the 20th century.

Mahatma Gandhi was shot three times by a Hindu fanatic, Nathuram Godse, while surrounded by his family after a prayer meeting in New Delhi.

After an eight-month trial, eight men were convicted in the conspiracy, with Godse and Narayan Apte sentenced to death. Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a militant Hindu philosopher and activist, was acquitted of the crime.

To reflect on the assassination of Gandhi and the rise of religious fanaticism in India, Radical Desi magazine will host a dialogue from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday (January 31) at Whalleywood Friendship Centre (13565 King George Boulevard) in Surrey.

If somebody asked you what Mark Wahlberg's first film was, I bet you wouldn't know it's The Substitute. I doubt many folks have seen The Substitute. Heck, I haven't even seen it--and I spent hours on Vancouver sets doing interviews for a Fangoria story when it was shot here back in 1993.

It was a TV movie, mind you, which makes the chances of seeing it even slimmer. And even if you did happen to catch the broadcast--or view it later on VHS--you might not have recognized Wahlberg because he was still known as Marky Mark.

If you missed the wildly popular feature film The Vancouver Asahi, you've got two more shots at catching it at Vancity Theatre.

The historical drama, which tells the story of how Japanese Canadians overcame racial divides in pre–Second World War Vancouver with a successful baseball team, is being brought back to the big screen (due to high demand) on Sunday (February 1, 8 p.m.) and on Monday (February 2, 4 p.m.).

Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 14 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, January 31.


American rock band Bad Suns (pictured above) takes the stage at the Electric Owl in support of debut release Language & Perspective

Los Angeles indie-rock quintet the Airborne Toxic Event performs at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in a charity concert benefiting the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and A Better Life Foundation.

Let’s face it: 3 p.m. is the cruellest time of the workday. The morning latte has worn off, and the post-lunch crash has you staggering around like an extra from a George A. Romero flick. That’s why, each weekday at 3:01 p.m., we present you with a video hand-picked to kick-start your heart.

Today’s offering: Assuming that you aren't bald, the video for "Digital Witness" is almost guaranteed to make you feel better about your impossible-to-manage hair in the morning. And, also, for all those times you've left for work without bothering to fix the rat's nest on your head by running it under the tap. 

The hosts of today's (January 30) edition of Outnumbered on Fox News decided to talk about sexual assault. It was, predictably, disgusting.

The panelists—Stacey Dash, Andrea Tantaros, Melissa Francis, Harris Faulkner, and Kevin Sorbo—discussed two high-profile campus stories today: Dartmouth College's decision to ban alcohol on campus and the fact that national sorority chapters have ordered sorority sisters at the University of Virginia to stay home this weekend because it's fraternity bid night.

Predictably, the panel loved the decision at UVA.

A B.C. mother is pleading online for help with her daily battle against anorexia.

Jennifer Doucette, 21, has been seeking help since March and has only just found a private facility that will take her immediately—only it's located in Manitoba.

She posted a video onto YouTube pleading for financial help, saying the clinic costs $2,200 dollars a week.

"Last year, I was told I've lost most fluid between my bones, which caused tremendous amounts of pain," she said in the video. "As well, I'm also at risk for a heart attack and organ failure. I've lost control of my body, my hips and legs give out randomly, my face hurts every single day."

Doucette weighs around 88 pounds (40 kilograms) and is afraid she will die if she doesn't get help soon.

Super Bowl XLIX takes place Sunday (February 1). While some football fans will be heading out to Super Bowl parties at Vancouver restaurants and bars, many people will likely watch the big game at home.

When it comes to Super Bowl-friendly food, the focus is typically on hearty finger food that goes well with beer—think: chicken wings, burgers, sliders, nachos, and dishes you’d find at a tailgate party.

With this in mind, I’ve combed through about two years’ worth of Georgia Straight cooking columns to bring you Vancouver chef-approved recipes ideal for Super Bowl Sunday.

Australian author Colleen McCullough died on Thursday (January 29).

Best known for writing The Thorn Birds, a novel that sold 30 million copies and was turned into a miniseries, one Australian newspaper focused on her appearance and how desirable McCullough was to men instead of lauding her achievements in the author's obituary.

Here's the second line of her obituary from The Australian: "Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth."