Mayor talks DTES jaywalking Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has said that “dramatic engineering” may be required to address a jaywalking problem in the Downtown Eastside. CKNW reports Robertson said that could mean “more expensive barriers and more dramatic engineering changes”. His comments come after advocacy groups revealed statistics indicating that more than 75 present of jaywalking tickets issued in Vancouver during the last four years were handed out in Downtown Eastside.
EDIT: The House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act with a vote of 228-196 today (June 18).
The U.S. House of Representatives is gearing up for a vote on HR 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
The act, which would essentially ban all abortions after 20 weeks of a pregnancy, is an astounding attempt to further shame, harass, and force women into carrying unwanted fetuses to term.
What is the justification this time around? Apparently fetuses feel pain. (We'll get back to that in a minute.)
Police drill at UBC The RCMP is conducting a major emergency response exercise at UBC this morning (June 18) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The university is warning people that they should expect to hear loud noises including sirens and gunfire. Volunteers acting as victims and bystanders are also being employed as part of the drill.
Radical activists with the Ukrainian women's group Femen conducted a late-night protest against the man known as Europe's last dictator.
The authoritarian president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, was at a well-guarded home he keeps in Kiev when a group of women approached the gate.
The protesters removed their tops to expose statements such as "Dictator get out", "Fuck Dictator", and "Viva Belarus" across their chests and backs.
Security officials hauled them away.
Cash for cigarette butts In the West End, residents brought bags of cigarette stubs to a car-free-day celebration in return for cash—$20 for every pound. For more on the program, go here.
Langley by-election Tonight, Langley City council will discuss how to proceed with a by-election to replace Mayor Peter Fassbender, who was recently appointed as the B.C. Liberal government's education minister.
Car-free day in Vancouver Car-free festivals take place today in Vancouver on Main Street between Broadway and 30th Avenue, along Commercial Drive from Venables to North Grandview Highway, and in the West End on Denman Street between Davie and Robson streets. It begins at noon, as do block parties in Kitsilano.
Stanley Park Causeway motion Vision Vancouver park commissioner Constance Barnes plans to introduce a motion calling on all levels of government to work together the enhance safety on the cycling and pedestrian sidewalk in the Stanley Park Causeway. It comes after a 61-year-old female cyclist fell into traffic and was killed by a bus last month.
While everyone's been caught up in Rob Ford's crack, here are the Toronto mayor's other cracks when it comes to queer things.
Like the previous years since being elected mayor of Toronto in 2011, Ford won't be feeling any Pride this year.
Unlike the three previous mayors who marched in the parade, he has avoided the parade to spend time at his family's cottage in Muskoka on Canada Day weekend when the parade is held. He said on June 1 on a radio show that he'd do the same again this year.
It’s only been a few days since lululemon athletica’s CEO Christine Day announced that she was stepping down from her role, but the Vancouver-based yoga apparel company has posted an online job listing for the position faster than most of us can get into “downward dog”.
So what does it take to be the CEO of a billion-dollar company? The description online reads: “You report to no one, you are the CEO (duh). You are passionate about doing chief executive officer type stuff like making decisions, having a vision and being the head boss person.”
Sounds easy enough, right?
Trump coming to Vancouver Donald Trump will hold a news conference with members of the Holborn Group next week in Vancouver amid speculation that they'll announce a tower at the former Ritz-Carlton site on West Georgia Street. According to Forbes magazine, Trump's net worth was $3.2 billion as of March 2013.
FIFA opposes turban ban The world's governing body for soccer, FIIFA, has issued a statement saying male head covers are allowed at all levels of Canadian soccer as long as they aren't attached to any clothing, are the same colour as the jersey, and look professional.
The U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 are expected to come sometime this month.
DOMA, as you might not know, deprives legally married same-sex couples of the rights to immigration laws that allow American citizens to petition for a green card for their foreign spouses. In fact, DOMA denies gay Americans of over 1,100 federal rights.