B.C.’s premier has issued a statement in support of Israel as it continues its offensive against Hamas and the Gaza Strip.

In a July 27 statement posted on the website of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), Christy Clark states that “Israel has a right to defend itself”.

Here is the statement presented in its entirety:

The current conflict in Israel and Gaza is of great concern to anyone who believes in democracy and human rights.

The organizers of the Hacked: Festival had planned to celebrate "disruptive innovation" at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre from August 11 to 14.

But they've "encountered a serious financial speed bump", so the inaugural fest has been postponed until sometime in 2015.

In a statement on the fest's website, the organizers say:

July 26 was no ordinary day at the races at Hastings Racecourse.

The sixth annual Deighton Cup brought music, cocktails, cigars, luxury cars, and lots of stylish people to the horse races.

Take a gander with Andrew Chin's photos.

The Celebration of Light kicked off on July 26 with Team USA.

According to Vancouver police, upwards of 250,000 people headed to local beaches to watch the fireworks.

Team France is up next on July 30, followed by Japan on August 2.

Like Halloween, when the early October fogs start to roll in, and Christmas when the drug store starts playing "Jingle Bells" on November 1, it’s starting to feel like it’s almost here.

Yes, we’re talking about the Squamish Valley Music Festival, taking place August 8 to 10 at the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields. In anticipation of the big event—headlined by Eminem, Bruno Mars, and Arcade Fire—we’re spending the next few weeks rounding up local artists who’ll be playing the open-air party, and getting them to answer some important questions.

It was a real treat earlier in the week, to see a Steller’s jay for the first time and be able to post photographs of the bright blue-plumed bird.

I love to blog about all the urban critters I see in Vancouver, whether they scamper, run, push a shopping cart, ride a bike, or fly.

My friend Murray, who lives in Fairview up near 16th Avenue, wasn’t so impressed with that Steller’s jay post. He says he sees those jays a lot. He says one of them is in the habit of flying into his apartment through the open patio door on his balcony. He says that once it came into his apartment and buried a peanut in one of his planters! He says.

Couldn't make it out last Saturday night? You missed the Red Bull Thre3Style World DJ Championships national finals at the Commodore. Jon Hollachuk was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. The Red Bull Thre3Style World DJ Championships national finals at the Commodore Ballroom on July 26, 2014. Thanks Jon.

The first night of the 2014 Honda Celebration of Light was a relatively smooth one for the Vancouver Police Department.

Not surprisingly, there were hundreds of police interactions involving liquor, but a lot less than there were the previous year.

According to VPD statistics, on the July 26 fireworks night there were 239 liquor pour outs, 48 liquor seizures, and one arrest for intoxication in public.

That’s way down from the same evening last year.

My favourite action movie of all time has got to be Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, or—as it was known in Canada when it first hit theatres in 1982—The Road Warrior. I remember walking out of the Granville strip moviehouse I saw it in—I think it was the Vogue—and feeling like everything I saw and heard around me seemed a little more vivid than it did two hours earlier. 

It's the same sort of mental buzz I would get four years later from one of my all-time fave horror flicks, The Hitcher.

There's something about brilliantly shot, suspense-stoked chase films that just does that to me, I guess.

The City of Vancouver has invited applications from professional artists for seven low-cost or no-cost studio spaces.

The Vancouver Artist Studio Awards Program will make the studio or live-work space available from 2015 to 2018.

The peer-reviewed process is open to Vancouver-based artists who demonstrate talent and financial need.

Applicants can have expertise in a wide range of art forms, including visual arts, dance, literary arts, theatre, and media arts.

According to a city news release, one live-work studio and one work-only studio are being offered for free.