The Bass Coast music festival happening in Merritt August 1 to 4 has announced it will not allow ticket holders to wear Native headdresses on-site.

A July 23 message posted on the event’s Facebook page emphasizes that this policy will be enforced.

For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.

We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.

Perhaps the Canada Line was feeling left out.

After the Expo and Millennium lines experienced two major shutdowns in one week, the Canada Line had its own outage this morning (July 24).

Metro Vancouver's third SkyTrain line lost power south of Marine Drive Station, shutting down its Richmond and airport branches.

This morning just after 8 a.m., I counted 41 tents in Oppenheimer Park.

They were located mostly on the western section close to Cordova Street.

But there were also people sleeping in tents on the eastern edge of the park.

Just three days ago when I dropped by the park around 9 a.m., there were only 10 structures. (The photo below was taken on July 21.)

It's reminiscent of the Occupy protest in the 2011 election.

It began with a few tents but then grew to cover much of the north lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

This morning on the Media Mornings program on Co-op Radio, host David Ball discussed how the 2011 tent city influenced the civic election.

Environment Canada's website carries a map showing a lot of red in southeastern B.C.

It's designed to show where there is a public weather alert of severe thunderstorms.

Meteorologists are keeping an eye on a storm crossing the U.S. border into Canada south of Trail.

"This thunderstorm is capable of producing strong wind gusts, dime to nickel size hail and heavy rain," the website states. "Large hail can damage property and cause injury."

There are warnings of possible washouts near rivers, creeks, and culverts.

Today, a Korean documentary crew visited the Georgia Straight to ask about our coverage of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Bohae Cha, a fourth-year SFU psychology student, served as the interviewer and translator. 

The cameraman, Jong-Sang Lee, hails from Hamilton and has taken footage in Canada for Korean TV producers.

They approached the Straight because we've tried to shine a light on the impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on people's health.

We've done this in part because it has been so utterly ignored by many Canadian media outlets.

The crew was particularly interested in articles by Alex Roslin about radiation levels in fish caught near Japan.

TransLink says "human error" was the cause of Monday's (July 21) shutdown of the Millennium and Expo lines, which lasted for hours and led stranded passengers to walk along the tracks to the nearest stations.

In a news release today (July 22), the regional transportation authority states: "An experienced electrician was installing a new circuit breaker for the Evergreen Line at a power distribution panel when he accidently tripped the main breaker feeding the critical systems at SkyTrain’s operations centre, causing a system-wide shut down of train controls."

According to Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter, women are "bombarded with warnings to modify their behaviour" in order to avoid rape. For instance, women are advised to watch bartenders mix their drinks, limit their alcohol consumption, and never leave their beverages unattended.

If a $100,000 crowdfunding campaign is successful, women may soon be asked to "adjust" their behaviour in another way. The Toronto-based developers of the pd.id ("Your Personal Drink ID") have already raised over $8,000 on Indiegogo.

Just in time for rush hour.

TransLink has sent out a 4:05 p.m. update saying the Millennium Line is now operating between VCC-Clark and Sapperton stations.

"The Expo line is expected to open within the next hour," the update states.

Earlier today (July 21), a "technical issue" shut down the Expo and Millennium lines.

Passengers stuck on SkyTrain cars walked along guideways to the nearest station.

Vancouver police have tweeted that taxis from outside of the city are welcome to pick up passengers without fear of being ticketed.

The VPD tweet at 3:43 p.m. today states that this will only be permitted until SkyTrain service returns.

Serious problems with the SkyTrain system have caused havoc for transit passengers.

Many have bolted out of open doors between stations rather than wait for help.

TransLink's warning to remain in cars seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

TransLink's Expo and Millennium SkyTrain lines are down due to a "technical issue".

Commuters have been left stranded on the tracks, forced to walk to the closest station available.

The Canada Line is functioning normally and operating extra trains. As the city approaches rush hour, TransLink is recommending that riders utilize the bus system as much as possible.

Here's a collection of photographs posted to social media by users forced to walk from the powerless trains or struggling with long wait times.

[View the story "July 21 SkyTrain delays" on Storify]

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