This weekend, I got harassed by a man. On a residential street. In broad daylight.

Not 10 minutes into a leisurely Saturday afternoon walk in the Victoria-Fraserview neighbourhood, I was stopped by a man who looked at my completely bare wrist and asked if I knew was time it was.

“Yeah, for sure,” I replied. 

As I fumbled through my bag for my phone to check the time, he started staring me up and down.

Then he said the words I loathe the most from strangers: “You’re beautiful.”

“Uh, thanks?” I said warily, not making eye contact while I stepped back from him to look at the time.

“It’s five to two,” I informed him, and hurried to shove my phone back in my bag.

I consider myself a fair-weather cyclist. For several months of the year, it’s my main mode of transportation around the city. I enjoy the exercise, and it gets me from point A to B cheaply and fairly efficiently. In all my years of riding a bike, however, I had never taken part in a spin class. The few times that I had hopped on a stationary bike at the gym, I found it, well, boring. Plus, fear that I would not being able to keep up with hardcore spin-lovers made signing up for a class intimidating.

Last week, I had the chance to try out a new spin studio that recently opened in Gastown. Eastwood Cycle Sanctuary (154 West Hastings Street) is located across from the Woodward’s building.

It's an issue that has been rankling some gay men for many years.

Canadian Blood Services prohibits any men who've had sex with other men at any point in the last five years from donating blood.

This is the requirement even if the gay men are monogamous and practise safe sex.

Now, the Young Liberals of Canada want this policy overturned.

"With so many lives at stake, Canada's health policy should be based on evidence—not a discriminatory outlook on sexual orientation," the group's president, Justin Kaiser, said in a news release issued today. "Expecting a particular group of Canadians to be abstinent for five years before allowing them to help save lives is a dangerous, backward, and stigmatizing policy.

Environmental designer Kathleen Corey and bike-lane builder Brian Gould have produced a seven-and-a-half-minute video called "Seacycles: Burrard Bridge to Point Grey Road".

It reveals what it's like to cycle across Kitsilano without coming in contact with much traffic.

(Don't expect to see any mention of the impact of this new cycling route on the value of homes along Point Grey Road.)

Brilliant! A Show of Love for Mental Health, an annual fundraiser benefiting St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, takes place on Saturday, September 27, at the Commodore Ballroom at 7 p.m. 

Local designers, stylists, and make-up artists will come together to present a runway show based on this year's theme: inclusion.

On Sunday, I left home after 7 a.m. and got onto a Millennium Line train. Then I sat there for 20 minutes wondering why the SkyTrain wasn't moving even though more and more people were boarding. I was supposed to be somewhere at 7:30 a.m.

Obviously, I don't usually take the SkyTrain that early on Sunday mornings. Because if I did, I would know that the first train doesn't leave VCC-Clark Station until 7:34 a.m. on Sundays and holidays. At Waterfront Station, the first train departs at 7:54 a.m.

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.