Greenpeace is taking on a children's toy that has been used in Science World and Vancouver Art Gallery exhibits.

At issue is Lego's affiliation with Shell. Greenpeace is calling for the Lego Group to end its participation in Shell's global advertising deal.

A special set of Lego features the Shell logo on its toys.

Greenpeace argues that Shell is building brand loyalty among children, who are the next generation of consumers. The Vancouver-founded environmental organization is concerned that Shell is using Lego to counter its controversial Arctic drilling plans.

What’s in Your Fridge is where the Straight asks interesting Vancouverites about their life-changing concerts, favourite albums, and, most importantly, what’s sitting beside the Heinz Ketchup in their custom-made Big Chill Retropolitan 20.6 cubic-foot refrigerators.


On the grill

Trevor Risk

Who are you

We actually don't have enough space here to tell you everything Trevor Risk does, but here's a short list of some of his many jobs: frontman of dream-pop band Sunshine; freelance writer; club-night promoter and DJ (Come Friday, Ice Cream Social); and project manager, brand ambassador, and all-around arbiter of cool at Light Organ Records. In other words, Risk basically runs this town. 

Here's some interesting news for horror fans. Apparently Sam Raimi—director of the original Evil Dead films and other genre gems like Darkman and Drag Me to Hell—is developing a TV series based on his Evil Dead franchise.

According to the website, Raimi let slip earlier today at the San Diego Comic-Con that he is currently writing the series along with his brother Ivan and original Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell.

The 2014 Celebration of Light kicks off with Team USA on Saturday (July 26).

Photographer Andrew Chin got a behind the scenes look at the team's preparations.

Conservative MP Jim Hillyer's biography on his website doesn't say anything about abortion.

But the first-term politician from Lethbridge clearly has a problem with women retaining the right to choose if they want to give birth.

Vancouver Centre Liberal MP Hedy Fry tweeted this photo from a survey that Hillyer is conducting.

There are two questions.

1. Do you agree with Jim Hillyer that our government should not use your tax dollars to pay for abortions in other countries?

2. Do you agree with Jim Hillyer that abortion is NOT a human right?

"Yet another male Conservative MP telling women what they can/can't do with their bodies... all on taxpayers' dollars," Fry noted in her tweet.

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.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed the not exactly adult contemporary band Pure Bathing Culture at the Media Club. Kristina Kolosova was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Pure Bathing Culture at the Media Club on July 24, 2014. Thanks Kristina.

The Canada Border Services Agency probably, almost certainly, absolutely definitely, must have guidelines for the proper disposal of guard uniforms.

I’m guessing that a public dumpster behind an apartment building in the Fairview neighbourhood isn’t a proper place to throw away government agency uniforms, but that’s where I found a whole big box full of navy blue CBSA uniform shirts.

Who’s guarding against the possibility of impersonation?

Nice shirts—button-down collars, heavy-weight fabric—each with two large gusseted pockets. I think all of them had been worn, but they were all in great condition, so far as I could tell—and clean.

The dangers of personal identity theft have been drilled into people’s heads—some more so than others, it seems.

The person who threw away the Gateway laptop I saw in a Fairview Dumpster yesterday obviously took the warnings to heart because they made sure no one would ever use their old klunker laptop ever again.

Actually, I think they were not only trying to make sure no one could use their old workhorse for nefarious ends but for any ends.

No way this person’s garbage was becoming any scavenger’s new free laptop.

Fair enough. The laptop was theirs, they could do what they wanted to it right to the bitter end.

But gosh, I sure wanted a Gateway laptop. They leave Lenovo ThinkPads in the dust, right?

Like Halloween, when the early October fogs start to roll in, and Kanye West when he isn’t cancelling his shows the day they are supposed to happen, it’s starting to feel like it’s almost here.

Yes, we’re talking about the Squamish Valley Music Festival, taking place August 8 to 10 at the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields. In anticipation of the big event—headlined by Eminem, Bruno Mars, and Arcade Fire—we’re spending the next few weeks rounding up local artists who’ll be playing the open-air party, and getting them to answer some important questions.