A controversial American anti-gay activist, who was detained at the Regina airport upon entering Canada on April 10 but released, has been arrested for trespassing.

Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center), was at the University of Regina on April 14, where he was with Bill Whatcott, a Saskatchewan Christian anti-gay and anti-abortion activist.

The two men were distributing pamphlets against homosexuality and abortion, along with displaying placards featuring pictures of aborted fetuses.

Today another panhandler showed me what it’s all about—what the majority of his proceeds went towards buying.

He calls it “down”, but by any other name it’s still supposed to be two flaps of heroin.

Two flaps of “number one”, my friend insisted. Twenty dollars each, he said, but not for him—he got it two for $30!

Such a bargain.

He tells me that as soon as his employment insurance cheques start rolling in—in two weeks, he hopes—he’s enrolling in a methadone drug treatment program.

We all wish him luck with that I’m sure.

The contents may be nothing to sneeze at (I was tempted) but it was the origamilike packaging they waste on this shit that really caught my eye. Who would have the time and patience to fold each one of these? 

Canada Revenue Agency has revealed that the social insurance numbers of around 900 Canadians were stolen from its online systems due to the Heartbleed bug.

The tax agency reported the data breach to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner on Friday (April 11), but waited until today (April 14)—three days—to inform the public.

In a statement posted on the agency's website, CRA commissioner Andrew Treusch said:

This video was posted to YouTube on Sunday (April 13) and already has more than 90,000 views.

It shows "fricken'" longboarders being forced to take spills after a police SUV pulls into the middle of the road and stops. The cop then tells the longboarders, who criticize his actions, that he's "sick and tired" of dealing with them.

Today (April 14), the West Vancouver Police Department issued a statement on the matter:

More than two weeks ago, the B.C. Liberal government announced plans to split the Agricultural Land Reserve into two zones.

The proposal to create Zone 1 (Island, South Coast, and Okanagan) and Zone 2 (Interior, Kootenay, and North) has generated much opposition among farmers, scientists, and local governments.

According to the B.C. Food Systems Network, the government's Bill 24 would "weaken protection for 90 per cent of lands currently in the ALR"—those in Zone 2.

U.S. Airways has some probing to do after someone handling the airline's Twitter account posted a photo that shocked many of its followers.

The company quickly deleted the photo (depicting a toy airplane in woman's vagina), which was tweeted in response to a disgruntled customer, but not before it was screenshotted and the airline began trending for reasons that certainly aren't appreciated by its PR team.

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.

The 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastic Championships came to the Richmond Olympic Oval from April 9 to 12.

Hosted by Gymnastics Canada and Gymnastics B.C., the event featured top gymnasts from Pacific Rim countries in artistic, rhythmic, and trampoline competitions.

Couldn't make it out last Saturday night? You missed the prog-metal quintet Dream Theater at the Queen Elizabeth. Psybrosis was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Dream Theater at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on April 12, 2014. Thanks Psybrosis.

A popular Vancouver-based clothing store will host its largest warehouse sale to date over the Easter long weekend. The fifth annual PLEN+Y (various locations) sale takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre (999 Canada Place) Friday to Monday (April 18 to 21).

The sale offers men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from previous seasons at discounts of 60 to 90 percent off. Last year, close to 10,000 people attended the event