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As I locked up my bike yesterday morning to the bike racks outside an office building on the western edge of East Vancouver, I noticed a sign taped to the inside of a window beside the racks:

“Do not park your bike here unless you have an all metal “U-lock”. Otherwise it will not be here after work!!”

I’ve never figured out if more exclamation marks increase the importance of a statement additionally or exponentially and I’m not even aware there are other U-locks besides the all-metal kind.

Also I’m not sure who put up the sign.

Probably it was the building management giving us fair warning about the activity of bike thieves, but couldn’t it have been the thieves themselves—giving us a sporting chance?

A special 3-D presentation of Cathedrals of Culture takes place at the Vancouver International Film Festival on September 30 at 5:45 p.m. at International Village (88 West Pender Street). A 2-D encore screening will be presented October 4 at 11 a.m. at the Centre for Performing Arts (777 Homer Street).

You might want to double-check that your bicycle is securely locked when you park it in the city.

Vancouver police say bike thefts are going up.

"Bicycle thefts have also risen, up 19% in 2012, 11% in 2013 and up almost 13% in 2014, compared to the same time last year," the VPD states in a news release today (September 23).

Police are launching a public awareness campaign to encourage people to keep an eye on their personal property.

The VPD release says "thieves are preying on those not keeping a close eye on their belongings. The most commonly stolen items include wallets, purses, cell phones and bicycles."

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Baltimore-based dream-pop duo Beach House at Venue. Melissa Orozco was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Beach House at Venue on September 22, 2014. Thanks Melissa.

It must be tough cooking up original headlines on police news releases to describe how another criminal has been apprehended.

Today, the Vancouver Police Department's media-relations department came up with a winner.

The headline "Fake Cops Behind Real Bars" told the tale of how three men were busted for impersonating police officers and ripping off tourists.

There have been 13 of these crimes since September 17.

"An Asian man, playing along with the two men and posing as a ‘victim’, encouraged the tourists to hand over their wallets and passports to the fake officers," the VPD stated in the release. "After a few minutes, the ‘officers’ returned the items to the victims, and the victims would later realize their money was missing."

On Sunday, I left home after 7 a.m. and got onto a Millennium Line train. Then I sat there for 20 minutes wondering why the SkyTrain wasn't moving even though more and more people were boarding. I was supposed to be somewhere at 7:30 a.m.

Obviously, I don't usually take the SkyTrain that early on Sunday mornings. Because if I did, I would know that the first train doesn't leave VCC-Clark Station until 7:34 a.m. on Sundays and holidays. At Waterfront Station, the first train departs at 7:54 a.m.

Live Nation has announced that Irish singer-songwriter Hozier will play a show at the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday, February 15, 2015, in support of his self-titled debut studio album.

Hozier was born on St. Patrick's Day in County Wicklow and joined his first band when he was 15. 

After teaching himself to play guitar and piano, Hozier went to Trinity College where he joined the Trinity Orchestra, fronting their missions into the world of classic rock before dropping out to concentrate his talents on the creative process full time.

Hozier, featuring the hit single "Take Me To Church," is set for an October 7 release. 

Remember when flash mob organizers didn't send out press releases to announce the date, time, and place of their "surprise" events? Those days are long gone.

On Tuesday (September 23) at 1:45 p.m., there'll be one of these orchestrated spectacles at UBC's Point Grey campus. This flash mob aims to raise awarenes and spur action on the Ebola crisis in Africa.

UBC students from the school of population and public health are claiming responsibility for this flash mob. Here's the organizers' blurb:

COPE’s mayoral candidate for the November 15 Vancouver municipal election, Meena Wong, has floated the idea of taxing absentee home owners.

Wong, a 53-year-old community health worker and long-time activist who moved to Canada at age 19 from Hong Kong, spoke to the South China Morning Post two weeks ago:

“If you can afford to come and buy a million-dollar home and leave it empty for eight or 10 months, then you can afford to pay more, a surcharge, or a surtax.”

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