This afternoon, I was among possibly thousands of motorists stranded for about a half hour going both ways on the Sea to Sky Highway.

It was because of a car accident just north of Britannia Beach.

Fortunately, the ambulance that left the scene didn't have its siren on, which I took as a good sign.

As the traffic moved past, I was surprised to see a forest-green classic car with fairly serious damage on the rear of the driver's side.

I'm not sure what the model was, but it resembled those old roadsters from the 1920s.

I wish I could have taken a picture, but it wasn't possible with road-safety personnel directing traffic to keep moving.

Some in the media are still getting used to the Chinese president's first name.

Xi Jinping is a little more challenging for English speakers than the name of his predecessor, Hu Jintao.

But perhaps the worst version came when an Indian newscaster with the state-owned broadcaster Doordarshan referred to China's political kingpin as Eleven Jinping.

It resulted from mistaking Xi for the Roman numeral for 11. (In China, surnames appear first.)

The anchor, Nidhi Mehra, was sacked, according to the newslaundry.com site.

What's worse is the blunder came while Xi was visiting India.

An important fundraiser for people with HIV/AIDS takes place on Sunday (September 21).

The 2014 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life begins at 10 a.m. at Sunset Beach.

 It offers a chance for Lower Mainland residents to get a bit crazy and put on their wackiest footwear.

A fashion show at the event will be judged by drag queen Connie Smudge and broadcasters Fiona Forbes and Kate Gajdosik.

The walk helps fund Positive Living B.C.'s complementary health fund. It provides people with HIV with up to $35 per month to cover the cost of supplements and other products and treatments to enhance their lives.

It took the entire global system of interconnected computers known as the Internet to put this post about an average sunset in Vancouver on your screen, but that’s nothing.

It took the interactions of our entire solar system to produce the sunset in the first place.

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.

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