If you happen to go by the foot of Cypress Street in Kitsilano, you'll notice a Vancouver landmark is getting some help to stay standing.

The Centennial Pole—carved by Kwakwaka'wakw chief Mungo Martin, his son David, and nephew Henry Hunt in 1958—is a familiar sight to many locals, near the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Hadden Park. Ironically, the totem pole was commissioned by the provincial government to commemorate the passage of 100 years since the creation of the Colony of British Columbia on land stolen from First Nations.

UBC has released its latest statistics on animal research at the university.

In 2013, 216,450 animals were used in "research and teaching protocols", down from 227,362 in 2012.

These animals included rodents (126,290 or 58.35 percent), fish (61,792 or 28.55 percent), reptiles and amphibians (23,691 or 10.95 percent), birds (1,358 or 0.63 percent), small mammals (1,181 or 0.55 percent), large mammals (1,778 or 0.82 percent), and marine mammals (360 or 0.17 percent). (That's 3,319 mammals, or 1.53 percent, in total.)

You know those emails from your bank asking you to click on a link going to a suspicious-looking domain?

Apparently, even people who work for the B.C. government can be fooled by these kinds of things too.

Check out the statement just issued by Bette-Jo Hughes, chief information officer at the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services:

This morning a computer virus caused by a malicious file attachment has infected the government's email servers. As soon as we became aware of the issue, we took immediate steps to mitigate the exposure to the government network and protect against the loss of information.

The B.C. government has approved the transit referendum question put forward by the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation, with some tweaks.

While the mayors had proposed a 0.5-percentage-point hike to the provincial sales tax, Transportation Minister Todd Stone said it will be a new Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax that will be voted on by the region.

Stone also confirmed that the vote will be a mail-in ballot plebiscite. Ballot mailing will begin on March 16, 2015, and voting will end on May 29, 2015.

Here's Stone's letter to the mayors' council:

Re: Mayors' Council Recommendations

A fire has closed Main Street at East 48th Avenue.

Here are a couple photos of the scene.

The embattled Coalition of Progressive Electors has lost its executive director.

Sarah Beuhler resigned today (Decemer 17), taking responsibility for the party's failure to include $12,500 in donations in a November 4 disclosure of campaign contributions.

That money came from Canreal Management Corporation ($3,000) and the commercial real-estate company’s president, Raymond Bergen ($9,500), and its acceptance by the party was roundly criticized as contradicting COPE's policy of not taking donations from developers.

First, CKNW apologized on air for the "offensive to women" segment that "crossed the line".

Then Global TV tweeted that journalists Chris Gailus and Squire Barnes were "blindsided" by the Jeff O'Neil Show on Tuesday (December 16), and they "disapprove of the content and tone of the discussion".

Finally, CFOX and the hosts of the Jeff O'Neil Show issued an apology for suggesting Gailus ask Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau whether he'd "F[uck], kill, or marry" Health Minister Rona Ambrose; Laureen Harper, the prime minister's wife; and former governor general Michaëlle Jean.

Premier Christy Clark has announced that the B.C. Liberal government has granted approval for the building of the Site C dam on the Peace River.

The potential cost of the dam has climbed from $7.9 billion to $8.775 billion, including a $8.335 billion capital cost estimate and $440 million reserve fund. As well, the construction start date has been pushed back to summer 2015.

Lower Mainland residents can attend a vigil planned for tomorrow (December 17) in memory of 132 children and nine adults killed at a school in Pakistan earlier today.

The gathering is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at Holland Park at the corner of King George Boulevard and Old Yale Road in Surrey, across the street from the King George SkyTrain station.

An email sent by the event’s organizers emphasizes that anyone can attend. It suggests that people bring candles.

Listeners of CFOX and CKNW were treated to those Vancouver-based, Corus-owned radio stations' first-ever simulcast today (December 16), illustrating the dangers of media concentration in Canada.

On the Jeff O'Neil Show, Global TV "personalities" Chris Gailus and Squire Barnes were asked a series of offbeat questions while apparently drinking beers.

Gailus was preparing to interview Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. A radio host suggested that the TV anchor ask Trudeau whether he'd "F[uck], kill, or marry" Health Minister Rona Ambrose; Laureen Harper, the prime minister's wife; and former governor general Michaëlle Jean.

Fast-forward to 7:25 in the following clip to hear the disgusting banter:

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