It's not often that a publisher is taken to task in one of his own newspapers.
But yesterday, Kamloops This Week posted a sharp riposte against its owner, David Black, in the letters section.
Kamloops resident Lennox Rawn wrote it in response to a letter from Ernie Beadle celebrating the B.C. Liberals' election victory on May 14.
Here's a section of Rawn's letter:
Yes, history was made on May 14, when three of the four major party leaders lost their respective ridings, while the runner-up claimed his riding, but lost the bid for the premier’s office.
Ever wonder what a Metro Vancouver transit police officer eats for lunch? Or what kind of criminals they bust on the SkyTrain? Or how much they get paid?
Well, the chance to grill the Transit Police Service online about who they are and what they do has arrived.
Chief Neil Dubord and Const. Graham Walker—who handles social media duties for the service—are taking part in an AMA event on the popular website Reddit.
When Metallica played Vancouver last August, the Bay Area metal masters made a big deal about how they were going to be filming the show for an upcoming 3D concert film.
Well, today the band released a trailer for the flick, Metallica Through the Never, which will be released exclusively on IMAX on Sept. 27, before hitting regular theatres on October 4.
It's pretty kick-ass.
David Gonzalez, a remodeler in Elbow Lake, Minnesota, got quite a surprise when he found a copy of Action Comics #1 inside some old newspapers used for insulation.
Action Comics #1, of course, is famous for being the first appearance of Superman, the part-time reporter and super-powered man from Krypton. Printed in 1938, copies of this issue routinely fetch high prices at auctions.
Unfortunately, due to a tear on the cover sustained during extraction, this copy's quality was rated at 1.5 on a scale of 10. Even taking that damage into consideration, online-auction bids on the rare comic book have reached US$127,000.
Here's a topic you won't see addressed in North American mainstream media outlets: are cities increasingly being built for the rich?
But it's the subject of intense discussion at various demonstrations around Vancouver.
Fortunately, there's the Internet to broaden our understanding of this issue.
A mainstream media outlet in Germany, Spiegel Online, features an interview with Marxist social theorist David Harvey, who believes urbanization is being driven by the need to make use of surplus capital to benefit the wealthy.
His book Rebel Cities looks at this phenomenon.
A day after a right-wing French historian killed himself inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, a feminist protester has sent a message of resistance.
The historian, Dominique Venner, committed suicide in front of tourists in the historic church to protest the legalization of gay marriage in France.
Femen, which is a militant European women's-rights group, gathered the media at the church for its response.
A woman pelled off her top with the statement: "May Fascists Rest In Hell" across her chest and stomach.
Across her backside were the words: "In Gay We Trust."
She proceeded to pull out a toy gun and then brought it to her mouth.
Femen's website calls upon European Nazis to follow Venner's example and do the same to themselves.
Dix blames himself NDP Leader Adrian Dix held his first news conference yesterday since his party lost the May 14 election. Dix said his campaign was responsible for the surprising defeat by not making a good enough case that the B.C. Liberals should have been replaced.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he's very sorry, frustrated, and extremely angry about his former chief of staff covering Sen. Mike Duffy's housing expenses.
Harper made the comment on a trip to Peru today.
Clearly, Harper is creating some distance between him and Duffy, who charged taxpayers more than $90,000 to maintain a home in Ottawa.
But Duffy isn't Harper's only former pal who's in a spot of trouble.
Last night, Jon Stewart and Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at Toronto mayor Rob Ford on their talk shows.
Harper is a famous friend of Ford, who's facing unproven allegations that he smoked crack with an Etobicoke drug dealer.
So will Harper show up at Ford's summer barbecue this year?
... is that there's no news about the Arrested Development movie.
According to one of the hundreds if not thousands of entertainment news websites that Twitter is always sending me to, AD executive producer Ron Howard confided to TIME Magazine that, while he and series creator Mitch Hurwitz are still eager to take their cult comedy series to the big screen—once the much ballyhoo'd Hail Mary new season is broadcast all at once on Netflix on Sunday (May 26)—their studio (Fox) "was reluctant to make that kind of commitment."
So there you go. It's not happening. Just like it always wasn't. Yet. Or possibly ever.
I'm sure the Internet will keep us posted.