Today (December 6), UBC published online its numbers for 2012. Last year, 227,362 animals were involved in 961 "research and teaching protocols". That's up from the 225,043 animals involved in research in 2011 and the 211,604 animals in 2010.
The Centre for Inquiry Canada wanted to place its ads on billboards in Vancouver. But, according to the self-described "educational charity", ad agency Pattison Outdoor said no.
From a PR standpoint, it's probably the best outcome for Toronto-based CFI. Now its atheist ad campaign is getting lots of free coverage from media outlets.
CFI says it plans to lodge a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and is considering other legal options. Pattison Outdoor is part of the Jim Pattison Group.
Anyone interested in learning more about Nelson Mandela might enjoy the video above.
It was taken as he was signing lithographs at his South African home in 2002, and includes many off-the-cuff comments about famous people.
At 12:30 of the video, he calls Queen Elizabeth "remarkable".
"In public, she's very stiff, but when I stayed in Buckingham Palace, she was a totally different person," Mandela said. "She serves tea herself. And she becomes really mothering."
He also revealed that his first meeting with former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher lasted for three hours.
Mandela then went to meet then-Labour leader Neil Kinnock.
There were several politicians at Langara yesterday to turn the sod on the college's futuristic-looking Science and Technology Building.
The 12,000-square-metre structure will aim for a LEED Gold certification and is expected to open in 2016.
It will eventually be home for students studying biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, nursing, and kinesiology, as well as computing-science labs.
Teeple Architects along with Proscenium Architects designed the structure, which is estimated to cost nearly $50 million.
Earlier this week, I blogged about an analysis by Samara of MPs' websites. While the Toronto-based organization found some bright spots, including the sites of local MPs Hedy Fry, Libby Davies, and John Weston, it concluded that MPs tend to "perform poorly at offering ways for Canadians to engage with politics or have input on decisions and policy".
The good news is Samara has put together a list of ways that MPs and other elected politicians can improve their sites. These tips are found in the following infographic:
In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death today, many tributes mention how the South African anti-apartheid visionary served as a source of inspiration or as a role model.
In a July 2011 satellite-phone interview with the Straight from the bridge of the Steve Irwin in the Shetland Islands’ Lerwick harbour, Paul Watson, the founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, invoked Mandela when asked how he remained positive in his decades-long struggle against the whaling industry and in his defence of the world’s oceans.
Language often tells a story—and perhaps no more so than in the world of police media relations.
Words like home invasion, targeted, and person of interest are laden with meaning.
If it's a targeted attack, it's a way of reassuring the public that they don't have to fear that this will happen to them.
A person of interest may not always be a suspect, but it's a nifty way for police to highlight someone who's wanted without facing the wrath of their lawyer afterward.
The term home invasion conveys something far more gruesome and violent than a standard break-and-enter, though the words "home invasion" do not appear in the Criminal Code of Canada.
The anticlerical feminist group Femen has caused a ruckus in San Juan, Argentina, by mocking Rosary-praying men outside a Catholic cathedral.
Topless women involved in the pro-choice protest used markers to paint Hitler-style mustaches on the men's faces.
The feminists also draped panties over the head of one of the Catholic men. (See video below.)
The anti-abortion website lifesitenews.com has claimed that some women chanted: "To the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church, who wants to get between our sheets, we say that we want to be whores, travesties, and lesbians. Legal abortion in every hospital.”
Remember "Hurricane", that great Bob Dylan tune about the imprisonment of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter?
Bob Mercer sure does.
Dylan's 1975 protest song came out five months after a notorious hostage-taking incident at the B.C. Penitentiary that took the life of 32-year-old prison social-worker Mary Steinhauser. Three years later, finding major inspiration in "Hurricane", Mercer wrote a song called "Wilson, Lucas & Bruce" that told the inside story of the 72-hour standoff, including Steinhauser's death "from a prison guard's gun" and the fact that B.C. Pen's extensive use of solitary confinement was what led to the hostage-taking in the first place.
Perhaps this is what TransLink means by "public consultation".
The regional transportation authority is taking a page—or episode, rather—from reality TV as it awards busker licenses for the coming year.
Buskers are set to audition on Wednesday (December 4) at TransLink HQ. While a panel of judges will select the winners of seven available licences, four buskers will be chosen to compete for an eighth licence.
TransLink plans to post videos of the four contestants' performances on The Buzzer Blog. The public will vote from December 5 to 15, and the winner will be named on December 16.