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.

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.

Regardless of school being out this September, the arrival of fall means you’re likely keeping super-busy. Take a break with these five local events.

1. New Forms Festival

When: September 18-19.

Where: Science World.

Highlights: Performances, screenings, exhibitions, talks, and installations by contemporary artists and musicians.


The Color Run brands itself the "Happiest 5k on the Planet".

On September 13, the annual paint run touched down in Vancouver.

Photographer Andrew Chin shot these images with a GoPro.

To help quench that indirect thirst you might have whenever things get a little bit too racially diverse for your liking, there's a new beverage out on shelves that hits the passive-aggressive spot.

It's perfect for people who think that simply having friends from different ethnic backgrounds helps to counteract any racially discrimantory statements they make.

It's also great for people who talk about Europeans as the first people in Canada.

Due to the success of the drink, the company will soon be releasing new flavours: one for people who wonder why there isn't a straight Pride parade and another for those who think feminism is an out-of-style fashion accessory.

Being the parent of a child who isn't yet school-age, I must admit that I'm breathing a sigh of relief that I don't have to suddenly figure out what to do with my child during what would normally be school hours.

But for those who are in that position, I'm wondering how you're dealing with your kids being out of school? What alternative arrangements have you made? Has it been difficult? How are you and your kids dealing with it?

As well, are you like a friend of mine whose child attends a preschool located inside an elementary school and who can't attend because the school is closed?

On Monday (September 8), the Easter Seals Drop Zone landed in Vancouver.

It's an annual fundraising event which sees participants each raise $1,000 or more in support of Canadians with disabilities, and get rewarded with the opportunity to rappel down an office tower.

In the above video, Kevin Getz, a host on The Beat 94.5, documents his experience of descending the exterior of 999 West Hastings Street.

Shoddy route-finding and winter snow frustrated my first two attempts to reach Brew Lake, southwest of Whistler, years ago. Luckily, the third time was the charm.

A week ago, I hiked the Brew Lake trail from its newer trailhead on the Brew Creek Forest Service Road. On a cloudy day with some rain, we followed the well-marked path—overgrown in parts—through the forest, up boulder fields, and past many a blueberry bush to the subalpine lake.

If photos of fake blood make your stomach a little quesy—well, too late.

The annual Vancouver Zombie Walk invaded the downtown core on the weekend.

Photographer Andrew Chin survived the apocalypse and brought back these gory photos.

"Aboriginal women are 3.5 times more likely than non-aboriginal women to be victims of violence."

This statistic is shown on screen near the start of Decolonizing Praxis: Supporting Survivors After Sexual Assault.

It's a new short film from Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre that's meant to be a resource for WAVAW's fellow service providers.