Being a journalist and all, I subscribe to the email lists of the Conservative Party of Canada and other political parties. This means I get super-annoying fundraising emails in my inbox all week long.

Today (September 12), there was something a little different from the Conservatives. The message was from Fred DeLorey, the party's director of political operations.

The email began:


Have you looked at the list of longest serving Prime Ministers lately?

Today, Prime Minister Harper passed Louis St. Laurent, and we want to give you an opportunity to congratulate his hard work over this time.

The email went on:

Veteran activist Sid Chow Tan believes Vancouver residents should all do their part to resist the wrongheaded "war on drugs".

Tan, who is running for city council with COPE in the November election, posted an interesting proposal in the comment section of Travis Lupick's September 10 article, "FOI request reveals Vancouver city hall perplexed by medicinal marijuana".

Here's what Tan wrote:

Yesterday (September 11), one of Canada’s lead advocates for marijuana reform floated a novel idea for ending B.C.’s teachers strike.

"I sent the Premier some cannabis buds for two reasons," Dana Larsen said quoted in a news release. "First, I thought if she could get together with Peter Fassbender, Jim Iker and their negotiating teams to share a joint, it would help break down some barriers and give the BCTF negotiations a fresh start.

On Wednesday (September 10), NDP MLA David Eby held an “emergency meeting” on the B.C. teachers' strike.

This evening (September 11), it's NDP MLA George Heyman's turn. The Vancouver-Fairview representative has scheduled an "open meeting" on education funding and resources.

The event will go down at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (3981 Main Street), starting at 6:30 p.m. Parents, educators, and students are invited.

Could ending the months-long B.C. teachers' strike be as simple as Christy Clark, Peter Fassbender, and Jim Iker hot boxing it in the premier's minivan?

Marijuana activist Dana Larsen said today (September 11) that he has sent the premier some weed in the mail.

"I sent the Premier some cannabis buds for two reasons," Larsen said in a news release. "First, I thought if she could get together with Peter Fassbender, Jim Iker and their negotiating teams to share a joint, it would help break down some barriers and give the BCTF negotiations a fresh start.

A group of parents is organizing a protest in support of binding arbitration to end the B.C. teachers' strike.

One of the parents, Nadia Roberts, told the Georgia Straight by email that the "entirely parent-driven, grassroots effort" is being coordinated by a small group using Facebook.

The rally will take place on Sunday (September 14) at 10 a.m. in the Vancouver Art Gallery's north plaza. Participants are asked to bring signs, noisemakers, and, of course, their kids.

The protest's Facebook event page states:

If Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion gets built, land must be removed from Finn Creek, North Thompson River, and Bridal Veil provincial parks, and Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area for the pipeline corridor.

A public comment period on the proposed park boundary changes closes October 12. But B.C. Parks doesn't want to hear directly from you.

On its website, B.C. Parks opts to "encourage" people to submit their comments to Kinder Morgan. "Trans Mountain will provide a summary of these comments to BC Parks," the site states.

A small plaza at Clark Drive and Grandview Highway used to be home to a Christopher Columbus statue. But that was years ago.

News reports indicate that, this morning (September 9), East Van commuters noticed that another figure, known by such names as Satan, the Devil, and the Beast, had taken up residence there.

That's not all. This Satan statue bore an erect penis. OMG.

With all the fuss, city crews hastened to remove the statue. It was gone after 3 p.m., according to Global and CTV.

Royal watchers like Peter Mansbridge must be beside themselves with excitement.

The B.C. government has announced the itinerary for the five-day "working" visit of "Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex" to this province.

Prince Edward, the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, and his wife Sophie will be in Vancouver on Sunday (September 14).

Rick Hansen will give the couple a tour of the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre (818 West 10th Avenue) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Then they'll be off to North Vancouver for a Trans Canada Trail event at Capilano River Regional Park, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Five years after the City of Vancouver launched its open-data catalogue, the City of Surrey has followed suit.

Today (September 9), Surrey announced that its catalogue contains over 300 data sets, which it says is more than any other municipality in Canada.

Data being made available falls into such categories as community services, the environment, health and safety, imagery, local government, and transportation. This data can be used for apps, maps, research, and other purposes.