In the early hours of October 17, a Russian cargo ship lost power and began drifting toward B.C.'s coast.

The vessel is carrying  500 metric tonnes of bunker fuel and 60 tonnes of diesel. At the time of writing, it remained without power and continued to slowly move in the direction of land.

At 5 p.m., the Haida Nation released an update on the situation. The unedited text of that statement appears below.

Be careful if you encounter one of these bright red, luscious looking mushrooms.

Amanita muscaria, as it's known to mycologists, is considered to be poisonous, though detoxification can supposedly occur if thin slices are boiled in water.

These toadstools are growing all over Vancouver as a result of recent downpours.

According to the Pulpfiction Books Twitter feed, there's a large crop beside the former east wing of Vancouver City Hall.

Poison near the seat of city government? Say it ain't so.

The Vancouver Native Housing Society opened its doors Thursday (October 16) for a tour of Skwachàys Lodge, a facility that the organization says is the first aboriginal arts and culture hotel in Canada.

The newly revamped boutique hotel on West Pender Street has been open for business since August, hosting visitors in 18 rooms that feature original work from aboriginal artists.

Vancouver Native Housing CEO David Eddy said the hotel was at about 75 percent occupancy in August. Seasonal rates for the rooms, which each feature different designs, start at $149 a night.

Earlier this year, Vancouver-based restaurant chain Earls Kitchen + Bar unveiled a test kitchen at one of its downtown locations and a product-development team that included some of the city’s most accomplished chefs.

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.

Ottawa dance troupe Bboyizm presents Music Creates Opportunity at the Cultch (1895 Venables Street) from October 21 to 26. Performances start at 8 p.m. from October 21 to 25 and at 2 p.m. on October 26.

Music Creates Opportunity features a new hybrid of rocking and b-boying, brilliantly transitioning hip-hop and breakdancing from the street to the stage.

Tickets for Music Creates Opportunity start at $19 and can be purchased online in advance.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Queens-based hip-hop legend Nas at the Vogue. Hasham Brar was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Nas at the Vogue Theatre on October 16, 2014. Thanks Hasham.

In Toronto, you have to be a resident of the city to run for mayor.

That's according to the candidate-qualification rules listed on the City of Toronto website.

In Alberta, the rules state that you have to live in a city for at least six months before being allowed to run for municipal office. No carpetbaggers are allowed to run for mayor in that province.

The small island community (traffic island to be precise) at Ontario Street and 18th Avenue—home to most famous open air chessboard in Vancouver—may, or may not, be getting ready to declare it’s independence from the rest of the city of Vancouver.

On a recent ride-by of the little park, I certainly saw unmistakable signs of the area’s growing independent spirit.

The royal family of Ontario and 18th

Stanley Q. Woodvine

There were the two royals I saw out on a walkabout.

This week, Femen protesters drenched themselves in simulated blood to express their outrage over Russian president Vladimir Putin's treatment of Ukraine.

But this isn't the first time that fake blood has replaced ice-cube-filled water to get a political point across.

In September, a Philadelphia youth council called In Defense of Black Bodies posted a blood-bucket video on YouTube to oppose racism in America.

The images are accompanied by the song "Strange Fruit" by Nina Simone.