Yesterday, the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre Power of Women Group gathered at 302 Columbia Street. They were protesting the closure of the Health Contact Centre, and took to the streets during afternoon rush hour.

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For developers of video games for consoles, the challenges caused by on-line social and casual games such as FarmVille go beyond cluttered Facebook news feeds.

Social-networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Hi5 are changing the way the game is played for established studios and first-time developers alike, a fact that became a hot topic at the second annual Game Developers Conference Canada. The event was held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on May 6 and 7.

The video Bloody Oil brings into focus growing alarm about the environmental impact of BP’s tar sands development in northern Alberta.

Produced by United Kingdom-based You and I Films, the 11-minute video features comments from George Poitras, a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation in Fort Chipewyan, and company shareholders.

Is Super Street Fighter IV on your gamer radar? If not, you aren’t trendy, according to sales charts.

VGChartz reports that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the standalone update to 2008’s Street Fighter IV respectively held down the #1 and #2 spots in the U.S. top 10 for the week ending May 1, and #3 and #5 in Japan during the same period. Canadian figures were not available, as nobody seems too concerned about what we do up here.

But in other words, a ton of copies of this game, which was released on April 27, are flying off shelves.

Every Monday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Week. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.

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Industry Minister Tony Clement has launched a national digital economy strategy consultation. There is a consultation paper, online forum, and roundtables planned. The deadline for comments is July 9, 2010. Copyright merits a specific section on the consultation website, with a reference to the 2009 consultation. The consultation document includes a several paragraphs on copyright, with a heavy emphasis on compensation for creators. It is the 2009 copyright consultation, however, that may leave some skeptical.

Concert review

The Eagles leave Vancouver fans with an uneasy feeling

The Eagles' show hits its peak with "Funk 49", from Joe Walsh's old band the James Gang. Methinks they should have saved it for the encore.

Georgia Straight music writer Steve Newton is posting items of interest from tonight's (May 9) Eagles' concert at GM Place in Vancouver. Check out the full review tomorrow at www.straight.com/music.

Concert review

The Eagles leave Vancouver fans with an uneasy feeling

Uh-oh. After a 20-minute intermission so the audience could "rest", we return to see four stools lined up on the stage. Who's gonna be resting now? Well, Glenn Frey did mention that this was the band's Assisted Living Tour.

Georgia Straight music writer Steve Newton is posting items of interest from tonight's (May 9) Eagles' concert at GM Place in Vancouver. Check out the full review tomorrow at www.straight.com/music.

Concert review

The Eagles leave Vancouver fans with an uneasy feeling

Don Henley gets behind the drums for the song people either love or hate, "Hotel California". The first part of the famous guitar solo is played by a sideman with a double-necked guitar, because obviously one neck isn't enough for those legendary licks.

Georgia Straight music writer Steve Newton is posting items of interest from tonight's (May 9) Eagles' concert at GM Place in Vancouver. Check out the full review tomorrow at www.straight.com/music.

Concert review

The Eagles leave Vancouver fans with an uneasy feeling

"Good evening everyone", announced Glenn Frey to the crowd at GM Place just minutes after the Vancouver Canucks beat Chicago. "There will be a game six. Makes for a much more festive evening, doesn't it?" Hopefully he's right, because four songs in and it's been a pretty uneventful gig. Joe Walsh still looks rockin' though.

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