Just got off the phone with Langley's own Mike Fraser, who engineered and mixed the new AC/DC album, Rock or Bust, which is currently streaming on iTunes and hits stores this Tuesday (December 2).

It was the first interview Fraser has given about the highly anticipated album, the only one ever recorded without original rhythm-guitarist Malcolm Young, brother of lead guitarist Angus Young.

Writer and activist Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is making an impact after donating his Governor General's prize money to the battle against bitumen.

Nadeau-Dubois won a GG in the French-language nonfiction category forTenir tête, which is his memoir from Quebec's student protests of 2012.

In a move that generated a fair amount of attention, he gave his $25,000 prize money to a campaign opposing TransCanada Corporation's plan to build the Energy East pipeline.

Then he challenged viewers of the popular Quebec TV show Tout le monde en  parle to double his gift.

Since then, more than $200,000 has been raised.

Theatre Replacement presents Cinderella: An East Van Panto at the York Theatre (639 Commercial Drive) from December 3 to 28.

Amiel Gladstone, Veda Hille, and Charles Demers return for this retelling of the classic fairy tale. This family-friendly show features upside-down holiday cheer.

Tickets to Cinderella: An East Van Panto start at $19 and can be purchased online or by calling the Cultch’s box office at 604-251-1363.

Things near and far premiers at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street) on December 3 and continues until December 6.

Two choreographers, Tedd Robsinson from Ottawa and Josh Martin from Vancouver, create two new works for Anne Cooper, Ziyian Kwan, and Ron Stewart. This bold and unusual meeting spans three generations of creative experimentation.

Things near and far features original music by electroacoustic Quebec composer Charles Quevillon and Vancouver’s Stefan Smulovitz, with lighting design by James Proudfoot.

Tickets to things near and far are $22 to $32 and can be purchased online in advance.

This is not what you expect when you take a short flight from Penticton to Vancouver.

But according to a man identifying himself as Skips_LegDay on Reddit, his peace of mind was interrupted by a shocking incident.

"So about halfway through my flight I heard a loud POP, looked out my window at a bolt that flew off the prop and broke through the outer pane," he declared on the website.

In the comments section, he added that people around him sounded nervous. The pilot came by and assured him that everything would be fine.

The vacated and eventually to-be-gutted Santa Fe apartment building at 2975 Oak Street is no beehive of activity. But it may not quite be the abandoned wasp nest I’ve taken it for.

On Monday (November 24), two original signed paintings on canvas turned up by the building’s recycling blue bins (the commercial garbage Dumpster has been removed).

This video demonstrates how NASA's ultra-high-resolution computer model reveals carbon dioxide moving around the Earth.

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.

A week after some U.S. Metro commuter papers cut editorial staff, there are a series of "staff and organizational changes" taking place within its Canadian division.

J-Source.ca has obtained a Star Media Group memo to staff announcing the shuttering of all digital-only outlets in seven Canadian cities: Victoria, Saskatoon, Regina, Kitchener, Hamilton, London, and Windsor. This will result in three people losing their jobs.

Being on vacation this week, I headed up the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area on Wednesday (November 26) to witness the unfolding of Metro Vancouver's very own mini Clayoquot Sound.

It was a fitting day to visit the protest against Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, as Valerie Langer, Bonny Glambeck, Karen Mahon, Jean McLaren, and Chris Hatch, all veterans of the legendary 1993 Clayoquot Sound demonstrations, were there to be arrested for the cause.

Here are some of the photos I shot that day on the mountain, whose trails I have walked many times.