Lovers of pit bulls have been known to blame people whenever one of these animals maims another dog or child.

It's a message articulated by the American Pit Bull Foundation.

Bad dogs are the result of bad owners.

Today at Trout Lake in Vancouver, I witnessed an out-of-control pit bull that appeared ready to tear up a tiny dog.

Only the intervention of a brave woman nearby prevented the little mutt from being chomped down within about 30 yards from me.

The pit bull's owner apologized profusely as she slapped a leash on her dog.

Friday is more than than three-quarters over so I think it’s safe to say that today has been nice from beginning to end.

For the last six hours or so it’s been nice in a sunny way. Before that is was nice and overcast and even earlier it was the nicest misting rain you could ask for.

Closer you get, the better it looks

Certainly heavy rains are on their way but today’s was light as a feather.

That’s how it felt and that’s how it looked. A fine mist that left a delicate film of carbonation on everything—leaves and flowers and streets and cars.

This is a gentle autumn that feels like spring running backward, or rather, walking backward at a leisurely pace. There’s not the slightest sense that we’re rushing headlong toward winter.

The latest Access Transit email newsletter from TransLink contains some interesting stats.

It says there are 8,291 active bus stops in Metro Vancouver. Of those, 69.1 percent are wheelchair-accessible. That means 30.9 percent of bus stops are not accessible.

Bowen Island has the highest percentage of accessible bus stops, at 100 percent. But that's because there's only one conventional bus stop there; the rest are "flagstops".

West Vancouver is listed at 88.9 percent, but that only includes the nine Coast Mountain Bus Company-maintained stops around Park Royal and the Lions Gate Bridge.

So North Vancouver City is tops sans asterisk, at 88 percent.

Researchers have released what’s being called the first national report on the sex industry in Canada—and some of its findings may surprise you.

The working paper, whose lead author is Cecilia Benoit of the University of Victoria, will be discussed at an international symposium in Ottawa on September 22 and 23. It’s based on five studies undertaken in St. John’s, Montréal, Kitchener, Fort McMurray, Calgary, and Victoria.

Vancouver Opera opens its 2014-15 season with Georges Bizet’s beloved opera Carmen. Performances take place September 27 to 28, and October 2 to 5 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie Street).

The four-act French opera (performed with English subtitles projected above the stage) tells the story of a downtrodden soldier named Don José who falls for seductive gypsy Carmen. Enraptured by Carmen’s beauty and sensuality, Don José abandons his childhood sweetheart and military post to pursue his love. However, Carmen soon abandons Don José for a handsome toreador named Escamillo. In a fit of jealous rage, Don José kills Carmen.

The Dance Centre opens its 2014-15 Global Dance Connections series with Ballet Preljocaj in Empty moves (parts I, II & III. Performances will run September 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street)

Empty moves (parts I, II & III) was created by French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj. The piece is set to the 1977 recording of John Cage’s Empty Words.

With one of Canada’s largest wine festivals—the Vancouver International Wine Festival—still five months away, the Arts Club Theatre’s Chef Meets B.C. Grape is a popular fall event for local oenophiles. The local theatre company hosted the California Wine Fair in April, but its fall wine-tasting fundraiser—now in its 10th year— is meant to showcase B.C.

Are you skeptical of the self-serving, techno-utopian rhetoric of corporate execs? You might enjoy Canadian-born writer Astra Taylor's book The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age (Random House Canada).

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed English synth-pop uno La Roux at the Commodore. Stef Watchman was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. La Roux at the Commodore Ballroom on September 18, 2014. Thanks Stef.

Students are expected to be back in class for a full day of school by Tuesday if teachers ratify a tentative labour agreement, according to the chair of the Vancouver School Board.

Patti Bacchus told reporters after a news conference today (September 18) that if members of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation accept the agreement, schools will open for a partial day on Monday, similar to what the typical first day of school would have been on September 2, followed by full hours on Tuesday.

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