North Vancouver RCMP say someone caused $100,000 in damage at various car dealership lots in North Vancouver over the August long weekend.

According to police, an "unknown individual" scratched 47 vehicles with a "key like object" sometime between August 2 and 4.

"Police have extensively viewed the footage of various security cameras and have identified a person of interest," said Cpl. Richard De Jong, spokesperson for North Vancouver RCMP, in a news release today (August 22). "We need this person identified and spoken to."

RCMP have posted a photo of a "person of interest" on their website.

The Vancouver school board has posted a letter to parents, updating them on the B.C. teachers' strike, on its website.

In the letter, superintendent of schools Steve Cardwell says the VSB will likely hold off on making a decision on the start of school until next Friday (August 29).

The August 20 letter states:

He has run twice for Vancouver mayor, and he’s doing it again.

Mike Hansen, a self-described blue-collar politician, offers a message of hope.

“I’ve been poor, homeless, alcoholic, drug addicted and in despair,” Hansen writes on his website. “When you manage to overcome life’s obstacles, your life can and will change.”

The 59-year-old boasts of a solid working-class background: “I’ve been in construction most of my life with episodes of long haul trucking, brokering pension funds, promoting stocks and consulting.”

A who's who of B.C. elites will poke fun at former CKNW Radio talk-show host Bill Good.

The Vancouver Board of Trade's president and CEO, Iain Black, will emcee the roast on September 25.

The speakers' list includes Premier Christy Clark, billionaire Jimmy Pattison, former Vanoc CEO John Furlong, ex–attorney general and former B.C. Court of Appeal justice Wally Oppal, former finance minister and ex-SFU chancellor Carole Taylor, and B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair.

A new poll puts Vision Vancouver, the Non-Partisan Association, and the Green Party of Vancouver in a tight three-way race for the 10 seats on city council.

The Insights West survey asked 443 adult residents how likely it is they will vote for at least one candidate from six political parties.

Support for at least one Vision council candidate was reported by 34 percent of the Vancouver residents, while the NPA received the backing of 30 percent and the Greens 29 percent.

Conducted August 11 to 14, the poll has a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

If you're planning to take a flight, you'll be pleased to know that Vancouver is home to the most efficient airport in Canada.

A team of international aviation academics at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business evaluated and ranked 200 airports and 26 airport groups in the ATRS Global Airport Benchmarking Report.

They measured the airports according to operational and management efficiency and cost competitiveness. The more efficient the airport is, the cheaper the fees are for both passengers and airlines.

A nonprofit organization that's freaking out over the presence of Chinese-language signs and advertisements in Metro Vancouver has made known its "latest activism project".

Putting Canada First, which has earned the ire of NDP deputy leader Libby Davies, has issued its own guidelines for public signage and ads in North Vancouver and West Vancouver.

In an email to reporters, politicians, and others, Putting Canada First spokesperson Brad Saltzberg writes:

Vancouver has done it again.

Our city has made the cut for the top most liveable cities in the world, which was dominated by Canadian and Australian cities.

The Economist's list of the top most liveable cities in the world has given the top spot to Melbourne, Australia, which has held that position for the past three years. After Vienna, Austria, three Canadian cities rounded out the top five: Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary tied with Adelaide.

Vancouver, which topped the list for a decade until 2011, remained the top North American city.

Vancouver fared well due to a record low number of murders in 2013 (following a decade-long decrease).

The top 10 cities are:

1. Melbourne, Australia

2. Vienna, Austria

As everyone in Vancouver has heard by now, CP Rail is razing the community gardens in its right of way on the West Side, starting in Marpole.

But many are still standing, such as the Pine Street Community Garden, east of Burrard Street.

One group of gardeners is calling for the city to, well, do something to stop the impending destruction of the remaining gardens in the Arbutus corridor.

If you stopped by the Safeway Farm Country agricultural showcase at the Fair at the PNE on Sunday (August 17), you likely saw llamas, alpacas, rabbits, horses, cows, chickens, ducks, sheep, pigs, and goats.

Apparently, you might have also witnessed a protest by animal right activists bearing signs with messages such as "Animals want to live" and "Animals feel love".

In a news release, the activists addressed kids taking part in 4-H programs: