A number of politicians, media "personalities", et cetera challenged Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

In the video, Robertson accepts the challenge, allowing several young soccer players to douse him with ice water.

Robertson extended the challenge to Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, B.C. Assembly of First Nations regional chief Jody Wilson-Raybould, Vision Vancouver park board commissioner Niki Sharma, and all of Vancouver city council.

I recently posted a blog about what happened when the U.S. show What Would You Do? staged scenarios in which Asian people were discriminated against.

Shortly thereafter, the latest video in a string of racist verbal attacks against Asians on transit in Australia went viral online.

In Perth, an aboriginal Australian woman making a racist verbal attack against a female Asian passenger was caught on camera this past weekend.

The Asian passenger remained silent as the other woman called her several derogatory terms, including a "whore" and "slut", and approached her. None of the other passengers stepped in.

The Bachelor Canada is returning to TV screens for a second season starting September 18. Twenty-five women from across the country will compete to win the heart of 28-year-old Tim Warmels. The Ontario-born tech entrepreneur is also a part-time model and furniture designer. He follows in the footsteps of CFL player Brad Smith, who played the part of Canada’s most eligible bachelor on the first season.

Of the 25 women—aged 23 to 42—competing on the show, six reside in B.C.

If you regularly line up for the 99 B-Line at Commercial-Broadway Station, you'll soon see painted lines telling you where to stand.

On September 2, TransLink will launch a "pilot queuing system" at the busy westbound bus stop.

Skiing is probably the last thing on your mind at the moment.

However, sales have opened for Whistler's annual gay and lesbian ski week, with deadlines already looming.

Something important to note is that the festival has a new name.

The annual celebration had been called WinterPRIDE, but a number of other festivals have also taken on that name as well. In order to prevent confusion, it's been renamed as the Whistler Pride and Ski Week Festival.

The 2015 edition, which runs from January 24 to 31, 2015, will be the 23rd year of the annual event.

I'm often surprised by what pops up in my Twitter feed on a daily basis.

Today, it was a video of CTV Vancouver news anchor Mike Killeen talking about fatherhood.

It came via a website called TopDaddies.com.

Killeen's sons are 20 and 17 years old.

He admits in the video that on occasion, he's been an "intense" parent and in retrospect, he'd "probably tone it down a notch".

"I'm a sweater of the small stuff still, but not perhaps as much as I used to be," Killeen says.

On Friday (August 22), at Mercer Stadium in New Westminster, Matt Frame chained himself to a coconut and embarked on a 24-hour, 109.2km walk.

The stunt—described in the filmmaker’s own media release as “absurd”, “moronic”, and “stupid”—was designed to raise funds for Camp Death III: The Final Summer, a movie currently in the final days of an Indiegogo campaign.

Quoted in the media release, co-producer Shawn Bordoff described Frame’s “Walk 4 Death” as “a little sad.”

Health knowledge is one of many areas that have expanded exponentially since the development of the Internet.

Many challenges have resulted from that growth, including critically assessing content and keeping up with the pace of information that's out there.

The next Gay Men's Health Summit will explore what issues are involved in this technology-based phenomenon, and how that might affect everyone from health professionals to gay men, in a variety of issues such as well-being or the HIV epidemic.

The Community-Based Research Centre will hold its next Gay Men's Health Summit, with theme "The New Literacy of Gay Men's Health", on October 30 and 31 at SFU Harbour Centre.

Submissions for presentations, workshops, or panels are now being accepted.

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

There was nothing as newsworthy as Miley Cyrus's image-shattering dance with Robin Thicke last year.

But for anyone who missed last night's broadcast of the MTV VMAs, you can check out the video above to see what some people might be talking about in your office.

(Warning: the video is in German because every time we post an English-language version, it seems to get pulled down from YouTube.)

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