Free Wi-Fi is coming to Surrey.

At over 40 locations—all recreation centres and some parks, civic buildings, and public spaces—residents and visitors will eventually be able to access the Internet at no charge.

Surrey council has approved a multi-year licensing agreement with Shaw Communications, which will see that company build and run the wireless network. Shaw will get access to city facilities and "shared marketing opportunities".

You may have seen some barely legible graffiti around Vancouver touting the "Stop Party" and a mayoral candidate calling himself Meynard Aubichon.

Aubichon has a SoundCloud account, on which he makes some interesting, scurrilous, and offensive claims about local politicians.

He also makes these, er, unconventional proposals:

  • Waive development fees for residents with marijuana or prostitution convictions.
  • Hire "pot cops" to fight ISIS.
  • Lower property taxes by two percent for pro-pot stores.
  • Raise property taxes by two percent for stores that are not pro-pot.

That's not all. Check out the campaign's weird soundtrack below.

Could this be Uber's big chance for a comeback in Vancouver?

In 2012, Uber got kicked to the curb by B.C.'s Passenger Transportation Board. Now, news reports indicate executives with the San Francisco-based company behind the popular taxi and ridesharing app are meeting with city councillors.

This morning (September 29), a B.C. coroner and jury began considering testimonies and evidence related to the in-custody death of Lucia Vega Jiménez.

Jiménez, 42, was a Mexican immigrant who passed away in December 2013 in hospital days after she reportedly hung herself at Vancouver International Airport. She was awaiting deportation in the custody of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

The Alaskan news reporter who quit her job while on-air says that her action could help legalize marijuana in her state.

Recently, Charlo Greene's on-air declaration, "Fuck it, I quit" went viral over the Internet.

She told that her stunning resignation was a blow for freedom.

“If I had just given my two weeks, the viewers would have never known,” she said. 

Here's a full transcript of Greene's remarks in her on-air resignation.

If we want to stop violence against women, it makes sense to educate youth about this widespread problem.

That's what Battered Women’s Support Services does with its YOUth Ending Violence program, which puts on workshops at schools and community centres.

Earlier this month, BWSS launched a crowdfunding campaign called One Future Without Violence. The nonprofit is seeking to raise $10,000 by October 20 on Indiegogo.

On Indiegogo, BWSS states:

Yesterday (September 25), the City of Vancouver announced it is moving to dismantle a homeless camp that’s occupied Oppenheimer Park since mid-July.

Roughly 100 tents remain there as a demonstration of the need for more affordable housing in Vancouver. That’s down from a peak of nearly 200 tents that the Straight counted in mid-August.

Since the city revealed that it has given campers until Monday to vacate the area, people have asked where the campers are going to go.

At COPE's nomination meeting on September 7, there was a tie for the eighth spot on the municipal party's council slate.

COPE has announced that its members will vote to break the tie between nomination candidates Wilson Munoz and John Yano.

The run-off vote will take place on October 2 at St. James Community Square.

"Members who were eligble to vote on September 7th, 2014 may cast votes. New members must have become members by August 7th to vote at this meeting," a COPE email to party supporters states.

The candidates will give speeches, and the results of the vote are expected at 8 p.m.

Yesterday (September 23), NDP Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair sought to learn how long Canadian soldiers will be in Iraq.

So he stood in Parliament and asked a man who might know—Paul Calandra, a Conservative MP and parliamentary secretary to the prime minister.

“Will the Conservative government confirm that the 30-day Canadian commitment in Iraq will indeed end on October 4?” Mulcair asked.

“Israel!” Calandra replied.

Over and over again.

Later that day, Conservative MP James Bezan eventually answered Mulcair’s question when it was asked by reporters. He said that a 30-day deployment is scheduled to expire on September 5.

You might want to double-check that your bicycle is securely locked when you park it in the city.

Vancouver police say bike thefts are going up.

"Bicycle thefts have also risen, up 19% in 2012, 11% in 2013 and up almost 13% in 2014, compared to the same time last year," the VPD states in a news release today (September 23).

Police are launching a public awareness campaign to encourage people to keep an eye on their personal property.

The VPD release says "thieves are preying on those not keeping a close eye on their belongings. The most commonly stolen items include wallets, purses, cell phones and bicycles."