A number of politicians, media "personalities", et cetera challenged Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

In the video, Robertson accepts the challenge, allowing several young soccer players to douse him with ice water.

Robertson extended the challenge to Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, B.C. Assembly of First Nations regional chief Jody Wilson-Raybould, Vision Vancouver park board commissioner Niki Sharma, and all of Vancouver city council.

I recently posted a blog about what happened when the U.S. show What Would You Do? staged scenarios in which Asian people were discriminated against.

Shortly thereafter, the latest video in a string of racist verbal attacks against Asians on transit in Australia went viral online.

In Perth, an aboriginal Australian woman made a racist verbal attack against a female Asian passenger was caught on camera this past weekend.

The Asian passenger remained silent as the other woman called her several derogatory terms, including a "whore" and "slut", and approached her. None of the other passengers stepped in.

If you regularly line up for the 99 B-Line at Commercial-Broadway Station, you'll soon see painted lines telling you where to stand.

On September 2, TransLink will launch a "pilot queuing system" at the busy westbound bus stop.

I'm often surprised by what pops up in my Twitter feed on a daily basis.

Today, it was a video of CTV Vancouver news anchor Mike Killeen talking about fatherhood.

It came via a website called TopDaddies.com.

Killeen's sons are 20 and 17 years old.

He admits in the video that on occasion, he's been an "intense" parent and in retrospect, he'd "probably tone it down a notch".

"I'm a sweater of the small stuff still, but not perhaps as much as I used to be," Killeen says.

On Sunday (August 24), Go Topless Day participants in downtown Vancouver took off their tops in support of women's equality.

The event doubled as a celebration of the Raëlians, who believe that extraterrestrials created life on Earth.

It also brought out lots of (mostly male) photographers eager to get shots of bare breasts.

According to the official Twitter feed of Burning Man, the start of the week-long desert festival has been delayed due to unseasonably wet weather.

The event, which sees 50,000 people trek into the middle of Nevada's Black Rock Desert to practice "radical self-reliance" and "radical self-expression" while assembling massive art projects, burning a giant man-shaped effigy, and—let's be honest—do a bunch of drugs and have sex with near-strangers, has been held annually since 1989.

I stumbled across this video on YouTube, which shows part of downtown Vancouver over the course of August 22, 2014.

What stood out for me was the pace of construction at 980 Howe Street.

That's where Manulife Real Estate is developing a 16-storey, 250,000-square-foot office building.

It's near the corner of Nelson Street across the street from B.C. Supreme Court.

On the right side of the screen is One Wall Centre, a 48-storey hotel and condominium tower at 1088 Burrard Street.

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.”

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