NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe doesn't live in the city of Vancouver. He lives on the UBC campus in Electoral Area A, which is represented by an elected director on the Metro Vancouver board.

LaPointe's opponents at Vision Vancouver have known this for some time. Now, two and a half weeks before election day, they've decided to use it to their advantage.

The party of mayoral incumbent Gregor Robertson released today (October 28) this radio spot (a so-called negative ad) pointing out that "the NPA guy" doesn't "live or pay taxes" in the city.

Tropical Storm Ana—what was left of it—was forecast to arrive sometime yesterday and bring with it heavy rain and high winds. Vancouver waited and Vancouver prepared but nothing happened.

The storm that finally straggled into town at about 9 a.m. this morning was definitely travel-weary and winded.

There were the usual excuses for being late—ran into another weather system on the way, got to exchanging air masses—that sort of thing.

Whatever the reasons, in four days and over 4,000 kilometres it went from being a hurricane to a “were-icane”.

On the October 23 edition of his online web show, the Trews, comedian Russell Brand offers a critical look at the October 22 shootings on Parliament Hill.

Brand unpacks the presumptive, evocative language used by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a speech he made after the attack by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau that killed Corporal Nathan Cirillo.

"A lot of what Steve Harper says sounds very reasonable," Brand says in the video. "You think, 'Yeah, there's been an attack on an institution, there's been an attack on military personal, that's wrong that that's happened.' But it's what happens to that information, how that information is used, that is interesting."

All day yesterday, Vancouver waited for an especially big helping of rain and wind. The leftovers from Tropical Storm Ana were expected to hit Vancouver hard.

The prospect seemed to particularly galvanize apartment building managers—across the Fairview neighbourhood and into both East Vancouver and the Cambie Village area they were busy…collecting leaves.

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Everywhere I traveled yesterday, I saw apartment managers fairly scrambling to rake, sweep, and even vacuum the leaves off of their lawns and particularly off their sidewalks, while the leaves were still dry and easily managed.

Building managers know that fallen leaves just make a bad storm that much worse.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Vancouver's own Johnny Jover at Venue celebrating the club's five-year anniversary. Here's a moment of the show caught on Instagram. Your concert pic of the morning. Johnny Jover at Venue on October 27, 2014. Congrats and here's to five 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.

Live Nation has announced that American doom-metal band Sleep will play a show at the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Formed in San Jose in 1990, Sleep earned critical and record label attention early in their career. Critic Eduardo Rivadavia describes them as "perhaps the ultimate stoner rock band", and notes they exerted a strong influence on heavy metal in the '90s.

The group currently consists of Al Cisneros, Matt Pike, and Jason Roeder.

Tickets for the 19+ show are priced at $25 (plus service charges and fees) and go on sale Friday, October 31, at 10 a.m. on the Live Nation website.

CircusFest Vancouver, an exciting new festival that showcases local and international circus talent, takes place at various Vancouver venues from November 6 to 9. Events and performances will take place at the Cultch, PNE Garden Auditorium, Wise Hall, and Sideshow Studios.

The festival combines classic and contemporary circus acts and includes everything from daytime children’s shows to late-night cabarets. Included are 14 main-stage shows, two cabarets, 21 workshops for all levels of performers, and three industry panel discussions.

The Reel to Real Film Festival and Kids Culture Film Series present An Angel for May at the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway) on Sunday (November 2) at 1:45 p.m.

An Angel for May is a U.K. film directed by Harley Cokeliss. The film tells the story of 12-year-old Tom, who travels 50 years to the past after discovering a time machine. Tom becomes friends with May, an orphaned World War II evacuee, and once Tom is back in the present day, he realizes he must make one more trip back in time.

An Angel for May is based on the book by Melvin Burgess. The film is rated G, and deals with divorce and violence.

About as much as Vancouver needs more coffee or sushi shops, the dreaded, locally made Ultra Rich Asian Girls series debuted online on October 26.

A mashup riff of the book Crazy Rich Asians and the Real Housewives franchise, the series promised to provide a peek into the lavish lifestyles of the rich and Asian—for no apparent reason. That, in addition to an anticipated unhealthy serving of misogyny and racism, of course, much to the delight of covert bigots across town.

Criticism immediately sprang up in reaction to teasers about the controversial show, with fears of racial stereotyping fuelling latent interracial tensions and more of the catty trashfest otherwise known as the Real Housewives of Vancouver.

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