The council chambers at Vancouver City Hall were packed with guests today (January 30) for an event launching Black History Month.

This year, the city’s celebration of February as Black History Month includes recognition of B.C. Supreme Court judge Selwyn Romilly as he retires from the bench.

B.C. Provincial Court judge David St. Pierre said even early in his career, Romilly was known as an “incredibly intelligent, competent, caring, and very skillful lawyer”.

Romilly, who was the first person of African descent to be appointed to both B.C.'s Supreme Court and Provincial Court, is also seen by many as a mentor, St. Pierre indicated.

Today is the 67th anniversary of the murder of one of the leading anticolonialist voices of the 20th century.

Mahatma Gandhi was shot three times by a Hindu fanatic, Nathuram Godse, while surrounded by his family after a prayer meeting in New Delhi.

After an eight-month trial, eight men were convicted in the conspiracy, with Godse and Narayan Apte sentenced to death. Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a militant Hindu philosopher and activist, was acquitted of the crime.

To reflect on the assassination of Gandhi and the rise of religious fanaticism in India, Radical Desi magazine will host a dialogue from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday (January 31) at Whalleywood Friendship Centre (13565 King George Boulevard) in Surrey.

Our province is home to a growing number of companies and brands, but which ones are held in highest regard among public opinion? Late last year, BC Business partnered with Ipsos Reid to find out B.C.’s most-loved brands. This week, the results were published. Some of them they might surprise you.

Here are the top-20 most-loved brands in B.C.

The term manspreading has been getting a lot of exposure lately. It refers to a seated posture adopted by (mostly) male public-transit riders wherein widely spread legs prevent one or more fellow passengers from sitting in adjoining seats.

New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority embarked recently  on a well-publicized awareness campaign to try to combat this type of selfish behaviour on its subways.

You've probably thought of putting one over on ICBC, and then going on a trip to Tuvalu.

In hopes of dissuading you from becoming a fraudster and then getting hit by big fines and a criminal record, B.C.'s beloved public auto insurer has released its list of the "top fraud files of 2014".

But maybe these scammers just don't know how to do it right.

You be the judge:

The coverage conspiracy

Burnaby Mountain has been ground zero for the fight against Kinder Morgan's plan to triple oil shipments from Alberta to the Lower Mainland.

So it seems only natural that the energy giant would want help dealing with irate residents of Burnaby.

To address this, Kinder Morgan recently posted an online advertisement for a public-relations coordinator who will be based there.

The lucky candidate will join the stakeholder engagement and communications team to be "the interface with the general public and the project team as it relates to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project".

As Vancouver continues its pathological rampage of self-destruction by tearing down buildings in ways that will thrill MONSTER TRUCKS!! addicts, fans of the Transformers movies, people who get a kick out of pouring scalding liquids on swarming ants or salt on slugs, or this Confessions reader, an iconic mural has been one of the latest casualties.

The mural in question is one that was painted by American artist Robert Wyland, commonly known as Wyland, who has painted 100 whale murals around the world.

Known as whaling walls, he painted his last one in 2008 in Beijing.

Employees of Kinder Morgan were probably hoping for some good food, lots of booze, and a little office gossip.

They also got a side order of protesters opposed to their company's controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Beyond Boarding, the snowboarders-for-good organization founded by Tamo Campos (David Suzuki's grandson), has posted the following video showing climate-change activists interrupting a Kinder Morgan staff dinner at Fishworks in North Vancouver.

Uber has tried to turn the tables on the City of Toronto by claiming that 26 of its licensed taxi drivers didn't meet the San Francisco-base company's standards.

The Toronto Star reported that Uber Toronto's general manager, Ian Black, made this claim in an affidavit filed in his firm's legal battle with the city.

The story carried the standard disclaimer: "None of the allegations have been proven in court."

Uber, which created a ride-booking app, has claimed that it relied on a company to conduct background checks on the Toronto taxi drivers.

The world's high and mighty have gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for their annual talkfest.

In recent years, these meetings have invariably attracted a protest from Femen, the sextremist feminist group that goes topless to highlight its opposition to tyranny, patriarchy, and religious oppression.

This year, Femen did something different. Rather than trying to storm a conference room, one of its demonstrators stood outside and begged for spare change in the freezing cold.

Topless.

Naturally, she was hauled away by security officials.

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