Late last night (September 15) the folks at CityHallWatch were kind enough to provide me with a dataset detailing the salaries of everyone (I think) employed by the City of Vancouver through 2013.

From Aanestad to Zupan, there are more than 7,500 names on this list.

The information was obtained through a freedom of information request that reportedly took nine months and the intervention of the province’s privacy commissioner to complete.

The first-annual Vancouver Design Week takes place at various Vancouver venues now until September 28.

The two-week event includes talks, tours, awards, workshops, exhibits, parties, and pop-ups that celebrate and explore the unique design ecosystem of the city.

Highlights of VDW include a special design-focused edition of Pecha Kucha Night at the Vogue Theatre on September 18, a block party at Hawkers Market on September 20, amazing tablescapes and cocktails at Dinner by Design on September 21 and 22, the IDSWest launch party at the Vancouver Convention Centre on September 25, and more.

On September 14, I attended the Scotiabank Passions gala in support of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation as a media guest. For its 11th year, the popular fundraising event featuring over 20 Vancouver restaurants as well as live and silent auctions moved to a new venue: the Imperial Vancouver (319 Main Street).

With news circulating about the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association reaching a tentative agreement to end the B.C. teachers’ strike, many students and parents are no doubt wondering when the school year will finally begin.

School districts don't appear to have the answer—yet. And of course, teachers still must vote to approve the tentative deal.

Media outlets are abuzz with the news that a tentative agreement has been reached to end the B.C. teachers’ strike.

The B.C. School Trustees Association says it had two representatives at the bargaining table.

“This is wonderful news for the students, teachers, administrators, support staff, trustees and parents in BC,” BCSTA president Teresa Rezansoff said in a news release. “The immediate goal is to get students back in classes as quickly as possible. We must then focus on the critical work of strengthening our public education system and rebuilding trust.”

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed the New York-based Interpol at the Commodore. Diana Villarreal was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Interpol at the Commodore Ballroom on September 15, 2014. Thanks Diana.

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.

We’re all for bike lanes and public transit, but there are some fantastic B.C. destinations that aren’t so easy to get to without a car.

Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak Centre, for example, which in 2013 won the Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver readers' pick for kayak/canoe store. Or Tofino, which last year was named best romantic getaway. Or Mission Hill Family Estates, which was named 2013's best white winery in B.C.

The September 18 edition of the Straight could help you get to those far-flung locations. (It will also include the 2014 readers' choice results for those three Best of Vancouver categories plus 270 more.)

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.

Nearly a year ago, Straight staffer and resident horror aficionado Steve Newton reported that “the world’s most reviled film director” Uwe Boll was trying to make a name for himself as a food critic.

Now, it appears that Vancouver-based Boll is taking his interest in food one step further and preparing to open a restaurant in Gastown.

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