This is Zen, a cuddly dog with his cuddly toy dog, calmly waiting for his owner this morning outside the McDonalds at Broadway and Granville. Zen was tail-waggingly happy to greet each and every person coming out of the restaurant.

Friendly! Or was it because we all smelled like Egg McMuffins?

Spring means fresh landscaping opportunities.

Where the new generation of multi-unit pedestal towers are concerned, the law apparently specifies a footprint that’s just shy of putting the building’s front entrance right on the sidewalk. This doesn’t give landscapers a lot of canvas to work with and often they’re reduced to just pegging a handful of flowers into a few thin ribbons of dirt.

That’s about the sum of what a landscaper was able to do around the entrance of a pedestal tower on the southeast corner of Spruce Street and West Broadway Avenue. Just a weak show of small yellow flowers, but for one—the one pictured above. The flower that’s obviously in charge!

CircusWest presents Kaleidoscope: Circus in Technicolour featuring youth in the Performance and Centre Stage programs of CirKids. The original production takes the PNE Garden Auditorium stage (2901 East Hastings Street) from May 1 to 4, with shows at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily.

Kaleidoscope: Circus in Technicolour tells the story of a young boy who searches for and is inspired by coloured worlds of circus and ultimately finds his true colours.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed the Paris-based electro-swing band Caravan Palace at the Commodore. Carolina Horna was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Caravan Palace at the Commodore Ballroom on April 14, 2014. Thanks Carolina.

A controversial American anti-gay activist, who was detained at the Regina airport upon entering Canada on April 10 but released, has been arrested for trespassing.

Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center), was at the University of Regina on April 14, where he was with Bill Whatcott, a Saskatchewan Christian anti-gay and anti-abortion activist.

The two men were distributing pamphlets against homosexuality and abortion, along with displaying placards featuring pictures of aborted fetuses.

Today another panhandler showed me what it’s all about—what the majority of his proceeds went towards buying.

He calls it “down”, but by any other name it’s still supposed to be two flaps of heroin.

Two flaps of “number one”, my friend insisted. Twenty dollars each, he said, but not for him—he got it two for $30!

Such a bargain.

He tells me that as soon as his employment insurance cheques start rolling in—in two weeks, he hopes—he’s enrolling in a methadone drug treatment program.

We all wish him luck with that I’m sure.

The contents may be nothing to sneeze at (I was tempted) but it was the origamilike packaging they waste on this shit that really caught my eye. Who would have the time and patience to fold each one of these? 

Canada Revenue Agency has revealed that the social insurance numbers of around 900 Canadians were stolen from its online systems due to the Heartbleed bug.

The tax agency reported the data breach to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner on Friday (April 11), but waited until today (April 14)—three days—to inform the public.

In a statement posted on the agency's website, CRA commissioner Andrew Treusch said:

This video was posted to YouTube on Sunday (April 13) and already has more than 90,000 views.

It shows "fricken'" longboarders being forced to take spills after a police SUV pulls into the middle of the road and stops. The cop then tells the longboarders, who criticize his actions, that he's "sick and tired" of dealing with them.

Today (April 14), the West Vancouver Police Department issued a statement on the matter:

More than two weeks ago, the B.C. Liberal government announced plans to split the Agricultural Land Reserve into two zones.

The proposal to create Zone 1 (Island, South Coast, and Okanagan) and Zone 2 (Interior, Kootenay, and North) has generated much opposition among farmers, scientists, and local governments.

According to the B.C. Food Systems Network, the government's Bill 24 would "weaken protection for 90 per cent of lands currently in the ALR"—those in Zone 2.

U.S. Airways has some probing to do after someone handling the airline's Twitter account posted a photo that shocked many of its followers.

The company quickly deleted the photo (depicting a toy airplane in woman's vagina), which was tweeted in response to a disgruntled customer, but not before it was screenshotted and the airline began trending for reasons that certainly aren't appreciated by its PR team.