Not long ago, Langara's journalism department head, Frances Bula, tweeted that no one except nerds pays attention to civic elections in the summer.

In this case, I plead guilty to being a nerd.

Today, I'm amused over NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe's latest effort to exploit the resignation of a Vision Vancouver park-board candidate.

We've found the perfect protest anthem for community gardeners in the Arbutus corridor seeking to keep their kale out of the clutches of Canadian Pacific Railway.

The lyrics to "In Da Garden", by someone named Gabriel, start out like so:

Go go go go go
Go CP, It's your railway,
We going to garden like its our railway
We going to eat brocolli like its our railway
and you know we don't give a **** it's not your railway!

For 43 years, the Jewish Museum and Archives of B.C. has preserved and shared the history of the Jewish community in the province.

Now the museum hopes to post more of this history online. It's launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, with the goal of raising $18,000 by September 19 to build a new website.

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.

If there's one cartoon I like almost as much as The Simpsons it's Family Guy.

Now, straight outta San Diego—at the Comic-Con that also gave us first word on the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road flick—comes a trailer that shows how the two shows will combine to create one helluva animated gut-buster.

My favourite part is when Bart, with Stewie listening in, pranks Moe by getting him to ask his customers: "Eh, guys, do I got a Lee Keebum? Come on, look at the stools—is there a Lee Keebum?"

Near the end of my morning trek to get breakfast, I stopped to watch some seagulls and crows attending to their morning buffet at an overflowing restaurant Dumpster in the 1400 block of the lane on the south side of West Broadway.

The birds weren’t trying to make a mess and I had to say they were surprisingly well-mannered in the way they patiently sat on the overhead wires waiting their turn. There was more than enough to go around.

On the trail of a messy Dumpster diver

Birds were hardly to blame for the mess in the five previous blocks of alley I had traveled through from Oak Street. Each block was fairly strewn with garbage from Dumpsters and various plastic recyclables pulled from Container blue bins.

On the weekend, I spotted two young men playing a piano behind the False Creek Community Centre.

I was confused about how it ended up there until today, when I learned about the Pianos on the Street program.

The president of Pacey's Pianos, Sean Pacey, has been placing these instruments all over the Lower Mainland over the past three weeks.

Pianos have appeared at Surrey Central Station, the River Market in New Westminster, Lonsdale Quay, and, of course, the former Olympic Village.

Today, he took a piano up the Grouse Mountain gondola to enable people to tickle the keyboards on the summit.

Pianos on the Street is offering a $400 prize to people who upload a winning video.

B.C.’s premier has issued a statement in support of Israel as it continues its offensive against Hamas and the Gaza Strip.

In a July 27 statement posted on the website of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), Christy Clark states that “Israel has a right to defend itself”.

Here is the statement presented in its entirety:

The current conflict in Israel and Gaza is of great concern to anyone who believes in democracy and human rights.

The organizers of the Hacked: Festival had planned to celebrate "disruptive innovation" at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre from August 11 to 14.

But they've "encountered a serious financial speed bump", so the inaugural fest has been postponed until sometime in 2015.

In a statement on the fest's website, the organizers say:

July 26 was no ordinary day at the races at Hastings Racecourse.

The sixth annual Deighton Cup brought music, cocktails, cigars, luxury cars, and lots of stylish people to the horse races.

Take a gander with Andrew Chin's photos.

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