In a sitdown interview with The National, Canadian comedian Martin Short had some serious thoughts about Toronto mayor Rob Ford and his recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Pulling no punches, Short said, "I don't think Rob Ford is remotely good for the country."
He noted that London, England's mayor, Boris Johnson, has previously appeared on Late Show With David Letterman, "and he really made a great representation of the city, he represented the city with a great elegance."
Asked whether he thought Ford was embarrassing to Toronto, Short said, "I think if he really loved Toronto he would have resigned....To hang in there because you love Toronto is a little more narcissistic than he claims."
Yesterday I had my first chance to play with one of Nokia’s Lumia mobile phones running the Windows Phone 8 OS—essentially Windows 8 for touchscreen phones as it uses the same kernel and tile-based user interface as Windows 8.
I was sitting in the McDonald’s at Broadway and Granville when a complete stranger approached me, handed over his brand new Lumia smartphone and asked me how to to get on the Internet.
I might’ve answered, “practice, practice, practice,” but people don’t get that anymore and no one likes a smartass.
Would’ve been a good answer though.
Just before she started getting recognized for her appearances in a string of videos for Aerosmith power-ballads, Alicia Silverstone made her feature film debut in the low-budget 1993 thriller The Crush. The film was shot in Vancouver, so naturally I did the set visit for Fangoria magazine.
I interviewed Silverstone, who had recently turned 16, on Halloween, 1992. This was nearly three whole years before a certain high-falutin' magazine put her on the cover.
Some of Salt Spring Island’s top artisans will be showcasing their work at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street) from March 14 to 16 for Salt Spring in the City. The event runs from 4 to 9 p.m. on March 14, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 15, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 16.
Over 30 unique lifestyle brands, spanning from modern to rustic, will be travelling to Vancouver. From jewelers to potters, clothing designers, painters, winemakers, candlemakers, cheesemakers, preservemakers, woodworkers, sculptors, writers, musicians, and poet, there’s something for everyone.
Vancouver's outdoor spaces are about to get a little more dramatic.
Famous Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei was confirmed this week as one of the names installing major outdoor installations for the third Vancouver Biennale exhibition, which is scheduled to run for the next 18 months. It's the same festival that brought you those beloved Amazing Laughter guys, now permanently installed at English Bay, in its last incarnation.
Ai, whose work has drawn the ire of the Chinese government and included covering a museum with hundreds of children's backpacks and filling entire rooms with porcelain seeds, will see his work go into an as-yet-unspecified Vancouver park. If it's like any of his past work, expect it to be monumental and provocative.
Only a few hours away from B.C.'s largest city lies one of the largest migrations on the West Coast. Each year, thousands of salmon battle the river in order to reach their spawning grounds.
Local photographer Martin Gregus Jr. spent his winter with the eagles and the salmon, fully equipped with underwater and remote cameras, capturing the wildlife in a different way. In search of the perfect shot, trekking deep into the heart of a delta, hiking though waist-deep grass, traversing a landscape of channels, it proved easier to just follow the trails created by the bears and the wolves that frequent the area.
It’s been raining for days—and nights—and like the old elocution rhyme says:
“The rain in the lane goes mainly down the drain.”
Bye-bye water. Enjoy your tour of our storm drainage system as you make your way to the ocean or wherever it takes you.
If this were the Prairies, we might begrudge the loss; all this precipitation that never nourishes our plant life or makes it down to the water table for safekeeping.
But this isn’t the Prairies, where plants sink deep roots in search of the water sequestered underground. This is Vancouver, where plants barely touch the ground. Trees and shrubs and grass are only rooted as deeply as nature demands. Why bother? There’s such an abundance of water falling from the sky.