This is the time of year when people think about collecting and donating warm clothes for the homeless people—things like coats and boots and socks. Thank you everyone.

Honestly though, this time of year Metro Vancouver’s homeless people don’t need warm coats and boots. They need 100 percent waterproof coats and boots.

In our winter wet equals cold, dry equals warm

If you think about it, heavy cloth coats or down-filled nylon jackets are a terrible liability in steady rain. Far better to have just a thin rain poncho—underneath that, homeless people can layer up for warmth just like everyone else.

I love this painting I found over the weekend. It looks an elephant holding a heart spelling the word pile inside a duck’s head.

It’s almost as good as clouds.

One of B.C.'s most beloved First Nations leaders is willing to go to jail to oppose Kinder Morgan's pipeline expansion.

The corporation plans to bring an additional 590,000 barrels a day of tarsands oil to the Lower Mainland for export via tankers through Burrard Inlet.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip told B.C. Federation of Labour convention delegates that he will go to Burnaby Mountain and be arrested on Thursday (November 27).

"As I am being arrested, I will think of our grandchildren," Phillip said.

Beseiged former radio-show host Jian Ghomeshi is withdrawing the $55-million lawsuit against the CBC, according to reports.

Ghomeshi was fired from the national arts, culture, and entertainment program Q in late October, and had initially claimed it had to do with his sex life involving consensual BDSM.

As the latest victim of of a fatal shooting by Vancouver police is identified, people are rightly questioning why our police even drew a gun on the man.

Yes, he was holding a two-by-four, but no accounts suggest he ever threatened anyone. And an eyewitness account says he was no threat when police shot him.

Unfortunately, Saturday’s shooting appears to be part of a 21st century trend in Canadian law enforcement to “shoot first and ask questions later”.

We need to find out why police in Vancouver and across most of Canada are killing more people than ever before.

At about 4 p.m. yesterday afternoon I was on West Broadway Avenue stopped in the westbound lane at the intersection with Cambie Street.

I had my camera ready so that when the light changed to green I could snap a few photos looking north towards the rush hour traffic on the Cambie Bridge.


I didn’t get the shot I wanted but I did document for posterity the “corner cutting” habit many people induldge in on the northeast side of the intersection.

When the crosswalk light changes to green, these people will begin crossing from the mouth of the alley in the middle of the block, taking a diagonal tack towards the marked crosswalk.

One of my earliest arena-concert memories was of seeing Bad Company on the Run with the Pack Tour at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum back in the spring of '76, I think it was. The opening act was a prog-leaning rock band from Kansas called Kansas, who I remember most because they had a violin player.

This was just a few months before the release of Leftoverture, which included the huge hit "Carry on Wayward Son", which I've never gotten tired of hearing. It was the most-played track on classic rock radio in 1997, so I'm not alone in my fondness for the killer guitar riff delivered by composer Kerry Livgren.

Today’s announcement of the death of Pat Quinn—former Vancouver Canucks player, coach, president, and general manager—caused me to reflect a bit longer than I normally would at such news.

I have always respected Quinn, an imposing former NHL defenceman with the Maple Leafs, the Canucks, and the Atlanta Flames who was probably best known from his playing days for knocking out Bruins megastar Bobby Orr with a postseason blindside hit while a Leafs rookie. Wayne Gretzky has said repeatedly, through the years, that Quinn was the best bench boss in hockey.

Two of David Suzuki’s grandchildren are among more than 50 people who RCMP have arrested at protests against Kinder Morgan that remain ongoing on Burnaby Mountain.

Suzuki’s grandson, Tamo Campos, was apprehended on November 20 and on Sunday (November 23), it was reported that his granddaughter, Tomiko, was also taken into police custody.

There's a new Spanish restaurant in town, and not only is the food and wine Spanish, but so are the proprietor and much of the staff.

Located just east of Maple Tree Square at 52 Alexander Street, the restaurant's name, Salida 7, translates to Exit 7. The name references the exit on the Mediterranean highway--which runs from southern Spain north past Barcelona to France--that leads to the province of Girona and the Costa Brava.