A large crowd marched up Burrard Street (see video) in Vancouver as part of a worldwide day of protest against Monsanto.
Demonstrations took place in approximately 40 countries against the U.S. biotech giant, which sells genetically engineered seeds and food products.
The company's marketing practices in India came under serious criticism in the 2012 film Bitter Seeds, which recently screened at the Vancity Theatre.
Filmmaker Micha X. Peled reported that every 30 minutes, a farmer kills himself in India, where Monsanto is acquiring a larger market share.
According to Peled's film, Monsanto's seeds require more water for a successful cotton crop.
The group behind the ShitHarperDid videos from the last federal election will be taking a new ad to national television this evening.
Through a crowdfunded campaign, the political comedians raised enough money to run their latest video 100 times, including spots during NHL playoff games. The ad will air for the first time during the Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins game on CBC tonight, sometime during first period around 5:00 p.m.
Among the stats highlighted in the ad are figures about the average household debt, and the number of Canadians relying on food banks.
After previous efforts to hold a Pride parade in Abbotsford were deterred by opposition, the first-ever Fraser Valley Pride will take place in the heart of B.C.'s Bible Belt this Saturday (May 25).
The event will begin at 3 p.m. with a walk from the Matsqui Recreation Centre (3106 Clearbrook Road) to the Civic Plaza, where speeches will be made and a free barbecue will be held.
The event will continue on into the evening with a screening of Vancouver filmmaker Gwen Haworth's documentary She's a Boy I Knew, about her gender transition, and a panel discussion about the Fraser Valley Youth Society.
The family-friendly event will include face painting, music, and door prizes.
Planning on heading to Seattle this Memorial Day long weekend?
Perhaps you’re one of the thousands of Lower Mainland residents moving to-and-from Washington State for the Sasquatch! Music Festival (May 24 to 27).
If so, the photograph above was taken on the road you’re travelling.
Last night (May 23), a bridge collapsed over the Skagit River near Mount Vernon, severing the I-5, the main artery linking Vancouver and Seattle. (Traffic is being diverted. Directions around the road closure appear below.)
Skagit River bridge collapses Traffic is being diverted off the I-5 highway connecting Vancouver and Seattle after a bridge collapsed over the Skagit River near Mount Vernon.
New cycling corridor proposed The City of Vancouver held the first of three open houses about enhancing cycling and pedestrian safety between the Burrard Bridge and Jericho Beach. One option calls for a grade-separated bike lane and one-way traffic on Point Grey Road.
Here's a topic you won't see addressed in North American mainstream media outlets: are cities increasingly being built for the rich?
But it's the subject of intense discussion at various demonstrations around Vancouver.
Fortunately, there's the Internet to broaden our understanding of this issue.
A mainstream media outlet in Germany, Spiegel Online, features an interview with Marxist social theorist David Harvey, who believes urbanization is being driven by the need to make use of surplus capital to benefit the wealthy.
His book Rebel Cities looks at this phenomenon.
Dix blames himself NDP Leader Adrian Dix held his first news conference yesterday since his party lost the May 14 election. Dix said his campaign was responsible for the surprising defeat by not making a good enough case that the B.C. Liberals should have been replaced.
Adrian Dix to speak B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix is scheduled to speak in Vancouver at noon today (May 22), one week and one day after the NDP’s surprising and disastrous loss to the B.C. Liberals. CBC News is reporting that Dix is expected to announce there will be a “full review” of the defeat, and that he will likely stay on as leader of the party.
Women Transforming Cities presents Engaging Women, Transforming Cities: Designing Ideal Cities for Women and Girls as part of its national conference on May 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event features international, national, and local speakers at SFU’s Segal Graduate School of Business (500 Granville Street).
Keynote speakers at the event include Caroline Andrew, president of Women in Cities International; Prabha Khosla, an urban planner; Karen Leibovici, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; and Sylvia Bashevkin, professor of political science at the University of Toronto.
UBC law prof linked to payment CTV News has reported that Benjamin Perrin, an associate professor of law at UBC, helped draft an agreement for a $90,000 payment from Nigel Wright to Sen. Mike Duffy. Perrin was a special adviser in the Prime Minister's Office and Wright was chief of staff to Stephen Harper. Both no longer work in the PMO. (Editor's note: Perrin later denied being consulted on the payment from Wright to Duffy.)