Big, bruising defenceman Andrew Alberts will be back in the Canucks lineup tonight for only the fourth time this season.
The 32-year-old veteran is lacing up the skates at Rogers Arena against the Phoenix Coyotes because starting blueliner Alex Edler is out with a knee injury.
Alberts, who stands 6'5", began his NHL career in Boston in 2005, playing three years for the Bruins before moving to Philadelphia in 2008.
He joined the Canucks in 2009, racking up 87 penalty minutes in 76 games while scoring a career-high three goals.
The Canucks are one point behind the Coyotes in the Pacific Division, though Phoenix has two games in hand.
Today (December 6), UBC published online its numbers for 2012. Last year, 227,362 animals were involved in 961 "research and teaching protocols". That's up from the 225,043 animals involved in research in 2011 and the 211,604 animals in 2010.
The Centre for Inquiry Canada wanted to place its ads on billboards in Vancouver. But, according to the self-described "educational charity", ad agency Pattison Outdoor said no.
From a PR standpoint, it's probably the best outcome for Toronto-based CFI. Now its atheist ad campaign is getting lots of free coverage from media outlets.
CFI says it plans to lodge a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and is considering other legal options. Pattison Outdoor is part of the Jim Pattison Group.
Tonight between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Vancouver will have its own Rockefeller Center moment at Jack Poole Plaza.
That's because Amacon is holding its annual tree-lighting celebration.
Prizes include two return trips to Victoria on Harbour Air and a one-year membership at Trevor Linden's Club16 fitness studio.
Best of all, it's free.
“Like any properly trained man in good health, he could survive in vacuum for at least a minute—if he had time to prepare for it. But there had been no time; he could only count on the normal fifteen seconds of consciousness before his brain was starved and anoxia overcame him. Even then, he could still recover completely after one or two minutes in vacuum—if he was properly recompressed; it took a long time for the body fluids to start boiling, in their various well-protected systems. “
—From 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke (1968)
Selfie is the word of 2013 but for the life of me I can't figure out why; obsessing over self-image isn't anything particularly new. As a teenager, I'd grab my film camera and spend obscene amounts of time taking pictures of myself with the self-timer button; that impulse only increased with the advent of webcams and digital cameras.
But why are selfies a big deal now? I've been struggling to understand why this has become such a phenomenon now in 2013. In just four months, the use of the word selfie has increased by 17,000 percent.
The Canadian Olympic team has unveiled its official mascot. As if the goofy red antlers weren't amazing enough, here's Komak's bio:
Komak is a young moose exploring Canada’s beautiful landscape en route to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games to support his team.He was born in Ontario’s Algonquin Park; however his family loves travelling and this has allowed Komak to meet many different Canadians accross this great country. He is a proud Canadian Olympic Team member and loves interacting with our athletes. Because he is a moose, he is strong swimmer and excels at open water swimming.
If you're walking down Granville Street, you might notice some new art adorning the City of Vancouver's electrical boxes.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design students have debuted 11 new public art pieces between West Cordova and Drake streets.
The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association paid the $20,000 cost of the WRAP project.
Anyone interested in learning more about Nelson Mandela might enjoy the video above.
It was taken as he was signing lithographs at his South African home in 2002, and includes many off-the-cuff comments about famous people.
At 12:30 of the video, he calls Queen Elizabeth "remarkable".
"In public, she's very stiff, but when I stayed in Buckingham Palace, she was a totally different person," Mandela said. "She serves tea herself. And she becomes really mothering."
He also revealed that his first meeting with former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher lasted for three hours.
Mandela then went to meet then-Labour leader Neil Kinnock.
So last night (December 5), the paparazzi all showed up to click shots of Oscar-winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls), and Emily Hampshire (My Awkard Sexual Adventure), who were being honoured in a special spotlight.
Unfortunately, Leo was delayed after shooting in Vancouver and wasn't able to make it for the red carpet. (She will be making a special appearance today at the WFF screening of Prisoners at 9:30 p.m. instead.)
Liebert and Hampshire did (more on that in a forthcoming report).
While we whittled away our time, here's what waiting for the stars to arrive looks like: lots of cameras. Lots.
Gotta run but more to come soon...