What happens if Stephen Harper's Conservative government approves Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline project?
For one thing, First Nations are promising to tie the project up in the courts. And environmental activists are warning of a new "war in the woods", complete with direct action.
Last night it was a bit colder for homeless people in Vancouver than in Abbotsford, but I’m only referring to the temperature.
Abbotsford is being plenty cold to its homeless people—and at Christmas time to boot. For shame!
Tomorrow morning (December 20), a B.C. Supreme Court judge is expected to rule whether or not to grant an injunction ordering a group of 20 or so homeless people to clear out of Jubilee Park and an adjacent parking lot in downtown Abbotsford.
The City argued in a New Westminster court on Tuesday for a sweeping injunction not only to clear out the camp but to also keep homeless people out of parks and other city-owned spaces across Abbotsford.
Another victory has been won by LGBT rights activists.
On December 19, New Mexico became the 17th American state to legalize same-sex marriage.
The state Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny gay and lesbian couples a marriage license.
New Mexico joins a growing list that includes Washington, D.C. and 16 states that recognize gay unions: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
Here's a roundup of LGBT news headlines from across Canada and around the world.
Dutch Senate approves transgender rights bill Transgender people won a victory in the Netherlands on December 17. The Dutch Senate approved a bill that will allow transgender people to change their gender on official documents without undergoing sterilization or sex-reassignment surgery. The law will take effect on July 1.
Snow is coming. Yay?
Environment Canada has a snowfall warning in effect for Metro Vancouver.
A bulletin posted this morning (December 19) states:
10 cm of snow inland and over higher terrain. Lesser amounts near the coast. 20 cm of snow near Stewart.
A cold air mass has settled over the South Coast this morning in the wake of a weak Arctic front out of the British Columbia Interior. A low pressure system approaching from the Pacific will spread moisture across the region beginning late this evening and into Friday.
Olympic figure skating gold medalist Brian Boitano issued a public statement on December 19 to announce that he is gay.
His announcement arrives just after the White House appointed Boitano on December 17 to the U.S. delegation that will attend the Sochi Winter Olympics opening ceremony in 2014.
"First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance. As an athlete, I hope we can remain focused on the Olympic spirit which celebrates achievement in sport by peoples of all nations," he stated.
Couldn’t make it out last night? You missed Canadian alt-rock legends Moist at the Commodore. Jenni Kato was there and caught a moment on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Moist at the Commodore Ballroom on December 18, 2013. Thanks Jenni.
The Internet has recently been buzzing over an evocative Christmas card by the British street artist Banksy.
But according to a post last year by Marina Galperina on the Animal New York website, Banksy's image was created as far back as 2006.
She noted that the orginal artwork could have been inspired by his trip to Palestine before that.
"It's a painting from 2005," she wrote. "In international time, that's practically B.C."
Sometimes, readers insert links to amusing videos in comments underneath serious political articles.
Because people don't always look at the comments, these videos don't get the attention they deserve.
Such is the case with a video mentioned below a recent article concerning Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.
If you want to read Baird's idiotic comments about Edward Snowden and Amnesty International, go here.
But if you just want to see Baird acting like an idiot in Parliament, hit the play button above.