Free Wi-Fi is coming to Surrey.

At over 40 locations—all recreation centres and some parks, civic buildings, and public spaces—residents and visitors will eventually be able to access the Internet at no charge.

Surrey council has approved a multi-year licensing agreement with Shaw Communications, which will see that company build and run the wireless network. Shaw will get access to city facilities and "shared marketing opportunities".

You may have seen some barely legible graffiti around Vancouver touting the "Stop Party" and a mayoral candidate calling himself Meynard Aubichon.

Aubichon has a SoundCloud account, on which he makes some interesting, scurrilous, and offensive claims about local politicians.

He also makes these, er, unconventional proposals:

  • Waive development fees for residents with marijuana or prostitution convictions.
  • Hire "pot cops" to fight ISIS.
  • Lower property taxes by two percent for pro-pot stores.
  • Raise property taxes by two percent for stores that are not pro-pot.

That's not all. Check out the campaign's weird soundtrack below.

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.

Alan Lee, who founded and ran the popular Lee’s Donuts in the Granville Island Public Market, has died at age 70.

The amiable owner of one of the market’s original vendor spots passed away on September 19, three days from the 35th anniversary of his opening day. Lee had been dealing with a kidney ailment for several years.

Lee and his wife, Betty-Ann, attended Granville Island’s July 1979 kickoff and decided to start their business there, securing a lease within weeks.

Ever since, their cosy spot just inside one of the market’s south doors has been a mecca for lovers of fresh-made doughnuts, locals and vistors alike, many of whom know the fryer schedule and show up to get their favourites while they are still warm.

This weekend, I got harassed by a man. On a residential street. In broad daylight.

Not 10 minutes into a leisurely Saturday afternoon walk in the Victoria-Fraserview neighbourhood, I was stopped by a man who looked at my completely bare wrist and asked if I knew was time it was.

“Yeah, for sure,” I replied. 

As I fumbled through my bag for my phone to check the time, he started staring me up and down.

Then he said the words I loathe the most from strangers: “You’re beautiful.”

“Uh, thanks?” I said warily, not making eye contact while I stepped back from him to look at the time.

“It’s five to two,” I informed him, and hurried to shove my phone back in my bag.

I consider myself a fair-weather cyclist. For several months of the year, it’s my main mode of transportation around the city. I enjoy the exercise, and it gets me from point A to B cheaply and fairly efficiently. In all my years of riding a bike, however, I had never taken part in a spin class. The few times that I had hopped on a stationary bike at the gym, I found it, well, boring. Plus, fear that I would not being able to keep up with hardcore spin-lovers made signing up for a class intimidating.

Last week, I had the chance to try out a new spin studio that recently opened in Gastown. Eastwood Cycle Sanctuary (154 West Hastings Street) is located across from the Woodward’s building.

In the last Vancouver municipal election, some were surprised when George Affleck was one of two NPA candidates elected to city council.

After all, Affleck had no elected experience, unlike one of his party's losing candidates, Bill Yuen.

But Affleck had far more Twitter followers than any of the other NPA candidates, plus he bought full-page ads promoting himself in advance of the election.

It was enough to push him ahead of the pack.

This election, I'm curious to see if there's any correlation between Twitter followers and the mayoral races in various municipalities.

In Vancouver, Gregor Robertson's @mayorgregor account has 45,400 followers, giving him a huge advantage.

The Vancouver International Film Festival presents two screenings of Boychoir, a new feature film starring Dustin Hoffman, at the Centre for Performing Arts (777 Homer Street) on October 5 at 6:30 p.m. and October 7 at 4 p.m.

The film directed by Francois Girard, of The Red Violin fame, sees newcomer Garrett Wareing go toe-to-toe with veteran actor Hoffman. Boychoir tells the story of a determined, angel-voiced loner who elicits jealousy from his fellow students while earning the respect of a strict choirmaster at the prestigious American Boychoir School.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed sludge and aggression-fueled New Orleans band Crowbar at the Rickshaw. Craig Gilbert was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Crowbar at the Rickshaw Theatre on September 28, 2014. Thanks Craig.

Could this be Uber's big chance for a comeback in Vancouver?

In 2012, Uber got kicked to the curb by B.C.'s Passenger Transportation Board. Now, news reports indicate executives with the San Francisco-based company behind the popular taxi and ridesharing app are meeting with city councillors.