The International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers posted this video on YouTube on December 17.

That's the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

It features people in this industry from Serbia, Macedonia, Spain, Turkey, and Romania discussing how their rights are being trampled on by authorities in their countries.

Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are nine events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, December 20.


Hardly Art and Burger Records recording artists Shannon & the Clams (pictured above) perform with guests La Luz, the Flintettes, and Sh-Shakes at the Electric Owl.


East Van Studios hosts Nochebuena 4, a holiday marketplace featuring Vancouver artists, crafters, and designers.

Perhaps you, like me, have dreams of one day hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in the western U.S.?

Either way, you might have read the best-selling book Wild by Cheryl Strayed and watched the movie adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon.

Here's a video that features the real Strayed on camera.

In it, the author talks about her experiences with the Pacific Crest Trail and encourages people to support the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

The PCTA is a Sacramento-based nonprofit that works to "protect, preserve and promote" the trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington.

It's been such a wonderful year for women! As 2014 draws to a close, let's relive some of the amazing progress made in regards to women this year.

If you happen to go by the foot of Cypress Street in Kitsilano, you'll notice a Vancouver landmark is getting some help to stay standing.

The Centennial Pole—carved by Kwakwaka'wakw chief Mungo Martin, his son David, and nephew Henry Hunt in 1958—is a familiar sight to many locals, near the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Hadden Park. Ironically, the totem pole was commissioned by the provincial government to commemorate the passage of 100 years since the creation of the Colony of British Columbia on land stolen from First Nations.

UBC has released its latest statistics on animal research at the university.

In 2013, 216,450 animals were used in "research and teaching protocols", down from 227,362 in 2012.

These animals included rodents (126,290 or 58.35 percent), fish (61,792 or 28.55 percent), reptiles and amphibians (23,691 or 10.95 percent), birds (1,358 or 0.63 percent), small mammals (1,181 or 0.55 percent), large mammals (1,778 or 0.82 percent), and marine mammals (360 or 0.17 percent). (That's 3,319 mammals, or 1.53 percent, in total.)

Those of us living in southwestern British Columbia are blessed with incredible natural surroundings. For hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts, the Coast Mountains are a wonderland of glaciers, lakes, meadows, and waterfalls.

Many of these places wouldn’t be the same without the conservation efforts of dedicated environmentalists. And not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to hit the trails and enjoy the alpine vistas.

Rather than buying yet another piece of gear, how about donating to a nonprofit doing good work in the great outdoors? Here’s eight B.C.-based organizations (listed in alphabetical order) worth supporting this holiday season and beyond.


Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 11 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, December 19.


Swedish rapper Yung Lean & Sad Boys (pictured above) performs with guests Gravity Boys at the Vogue Theatre.

The Modelos perform at a benefit for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society at the Fairview Pub.

Keithmas V celebrates the birthday and music of Rolling Stones member Keith Richards at the Electric Owl.


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.

You know those emails from your bank asking you to click on a link going to a suspicious-looking domain?

Apparently, even people who work for the B.C. government can be fooled by these kinds of things too.

Check out the statement just issued by Bette-Jo Hughes, chief information officer at the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services:

This morning a computer virus caused by a malicious file attachment has infected the government's email servers. As soon as we became aware of the issue, we took immediate steps to mitigate the exposure to the government network and protect against the loss of information.