You won't see the word DEVIL or BIGPIG on any B.C. licence plate.
That's because earlier this year, ICBC rejected these requests from motorists wanting these letters on vanity plates.
Why? Because ICBC considered DEVIL and BIGPIG to be "offensive".
Nor will you come across vanity plates with the words BITCHIN, DAM, BAD ASS, or GWI LOW, which is Cantonese slang for "white man".
They were vetoed for the same reason in 2012.
Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation obtained the complete list of vetoed plates after filing an access-to-information request to ICBC.
Others deemed offensive included: FU, F U, FUBAR, and KKK.
When the PMO sends out a photo of four current and former prime ministers laughing it up, it's time for another Caption the Political Photo.
This image shows Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell, Jean Chrétien, and Stephen Harper hanging out during their flight to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's public memorial.
Here's how our photo caption contest works. If you were Harper and/or the ex-PMs, what would you be saying in this picture? Tell us in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.
We'll repost the photo tomorrow (December 10) using our favourite submission.
News reports regularly state that there is massive opposition to Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline in First Nations communities across B.C. But those reports rarely feature the voices of First Nations people who aren't chiefs.
In her short film "No Tankers Territory", Ora Cogan shares the views of Heiltsuk women in Bella Bella on the pipeline. The National Energy Board is expected to issue its decision on the pipeline by the end of this month. The final decision rests with the federal cabinet.
Candles were lit and roses laid as a crowd of approximately 60 people bundled against the cold wind the morning of December 6 to mark the 24th National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Thornton Park, Vancouver. Ellen Woodsworth was joined by Audrey Rivers, Lucia Lorenzi, Jen Sung, Julia Ostertag, Kat Norris, and Joni Miller to reflect on the elements of violence still present in Canadian society and possible solutions.
About three months before Allan Wong announced his defection to Vision Vancouver on December 8, the Straight asked the then only elected Coalition of Progressive Electors politician about his plans for the 2014 municipal election.
In an email on September 17, Wong indicated that he saw his relationship with Vision trustees to be “very solid leading into the 2014 election”.
Toward the end of October, Wong left the COPE executive.
Here’s the relevant portion of Wong’s response to the Straight’s September inquiry:
Expect traffic slowdowns this weekend near the corner of Burrard Street and Cornwall Avenue.
The City of Vancouver has announced that Cornwall will be closed between Cypress Street and the Burrard Bridge from 7 a.m. Saturday (December 7) to 6 a.m. Sunday (December 8).
The Burrard Bridge will only have one lane going in each direction over the same time period, and Burrard Street will also be reduced to a single lane going through the intersection with Cornwall.
Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to traverse the intersection.
Today (December 6), UBC published online its numbers for 2012. Last year, 227,362 animals were involved in 961 "research and teaching protocols". That's up from the 225,043 animals involved in research in 2011 and the 211,604 animals in 2010.
The Centre for Inquiry Canada wanted to place its ads on billboards in Vancouver. But, according to the self-described "educational charity", ad agency Pattison Outdoor said no.
From a PR standpoint, it's probably the best outcome for Toronto-based CFI. Now its atheist ad campaign is getting lots of free coverage from media outlets.
CFI says it plans to lodge a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and is considering other legal options. Pattison Outdoor is part of the Jim Pattison Group.
Anyone interested in learning more about Nelson Mandela might enjoy the video above.
It was taken as he was signing lithographs at his South African home in 2002, and includes many off-the-cuff comments about famous people.
At 12:30 of the video, he calls Queen Elizabeth "remarkable".
"In public, she's very stiff, but when I stayed in Buckingham Palace, she was a totally different person," Mandela said. "She serves tea herself. And she becomes really mothering."
He also revealed that his first meeting with former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher lasted for three hours.
Mandela then went to meet then-Labour leader Neil Kinnock.
There were several politicians at Langara yesterday to turn the sod on the college's futuristic-looking Science and Technology Building.
The 12,000-square-metre structure will aim for a LEED Gold certification and is expected to open in 2016.
It will eventually be home for students studying biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, nursing, and kinesiology, as well as computing-science labs.
Teeple Architects along with Proscenium Architects designed the structure, which is estimated to cost nearly $50 million.
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