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.

With several dozen marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver, there's no shortage of pot in our town.

But a Washington state entrepreneur might lure some Lower Mainland residents across the border by setting up shop within sight of the Peace Arch.

According to Blaine and Birch Bay's community newspaper, the Northern Light, today is the grand opening of Evergreen Cannabis at 922 Peace Portal Drive.

Owner Jacob Lamont is operating the first legal marijuana outlet in Blaine after having a soft opening last week.

The City of Surrey is in the running for the title of "2015 Intelligent Community of the Year".

A New York-based think tank called the Intelligent Community Forum has named the "Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2015", and Surrey made the list.

Also in the top seven: Arlington County, Virginia; Columbus, Ohio; Ipswich, Queensland, Australia; Mitchell, South Dakota; New Taipei City, Taiwan; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

California's measles outbreak is spreading.

In a January 22 news release, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said that at least 59 people have now contracted measles in the state; 42 of those cases are linked to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim.

According to the CDPH, the initial Magic Kingdom measles exposure took place in December 2014, with additional exposures occuring this month. Related cases have also been reported in Washington, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, and Mexico.

Today (January 22) Co-op Radio’s W2 Media Mornings spent the majority of its hour-long broadcast talking about solitary confinement in Canadian prisons.

Remember when Premier Christy Clark declared parking free in all of B.C.'s provincial parks? In a 2011 news release, Clark said the move would make "British Columbia’s parks are even more welcoming for families".

Fast-forward to today (January 22), and the premier's name is nowhere to be found in the Ministry of Environment's latest news release. The headline: "Fee changes to support increased investment in BC Parks".

Vancouver is used to being ranked near the top when it comes to those “most livable city” lists that come out every year—and yes, we’re all pretty damn smug about it. A recent report, however, places Vancouver at the bottom, behind San Francisco, Melbourne, London, and even Buffalo, New York.

The 11th annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey ranked real estate markets in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Out of 86 metropolitan markets, Vancouver was regarded the second least affordable city in the world after Hong Kong.

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