Just in time for the holiday season, everyone’s favourite NHL club has put together a website and video wishing fans a Merry Christmas.
Decked out in ugly Christmas sweaters, members of the Vancouver Canucks posed for photos, shared season’s greetings in various languages, and answered holiday-related questions on camera—all while the sweet sounds of Michael Bublé crooning “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” played in the background.
The video features Kevin Bieksa, Ryan Kesler, Roberto Luongo, Alex Burrows, and Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin (wearing matching Christmas sweaters!).
The fighter known to millions as GSP is taking an indefinite leave of absence from mixed martial arts.
In a media call today (December 13), Canadian sports star Georges St-Pierre announced he is giving up his Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title after defending it a divisional record nine times.
After taking a controversial split decision over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November, "Rush" stunned MMA fans by saying he was "going crazy" and needed to take a break.
The City of Vancouver has been in a war of news releases with the Ming Sun Benevolent Society over the past week.
It concerns the flooding of the society's building at 439 Powell Street—as well as over who is responsible for damage to the exterior cladding.
On occasion, Coun. Kerry Jang has spoken on behalf of the city.
The chief spokesperson for Ming Sun has been architect David Wong.
But back in 2011, Jang and Wong were on very good terms.
A 23-year-old 5'7" student from Shanghai, Cindy Zhong, became Miss Chinese Vancouver 2013 last night at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Zhong will be Vancouver's representative at the Miss Chinese International Pageant, which will take place in Hong Kong in 2014.
The first runner-up was Vancouver-born dancing and yoga enthusiast Jennifer Diane Lee.
Second runner-up Jamie Gao is from Heilongjiang, China.
(Learn about all the finalists here.)
The event was put on by Fairchild TV.
That didn't last long. On Thursday (December 12), Twitter updated its blocking policy. Later that day, the social-media service reinstated the old policy.
In a blog post, Twitter vice-president Michael Sippey said the reversal was made in response to a user backlash:
Earlier today, we made a change to the way the “block” function of Twitter works. We have decided to revert the change after receiving feedback from many users – we never want to introduce features at the cost of users feeling less safe. Any blocks you had previously instituted are still in effect.
Until now, when you blocked people on Twitter, they couldn't follow you and wouldn't see your tweets in their streams. Of course, harassers could always go to your public profile and read your updates there, but it would take a little extra effort on their part.
For today's Photo of the Day post, we couldn't pick just one.
While winter doesn't officially start for another week, these snowy photos from the contributors to the Georgia Straight's Flickr pool have us ready for the season in a big way.
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.
LGBT rights took a step backward in countries such as India and Australia this week while gains were made in Japan and Germany. Here's a roundup of LGBT news from across Canada and around the world.
There will be one less relative at Kim Jong-un’s dinner table this Christmas.
North Korean media announced today (December 12) that the country has executed Jang Song Thaek, a former state official and Kim Jong-un’s uncle, calling Jang “worse than a dog”.
According to the CBC, this announcement comes days after Jang had been removed from his post—as North Korea’s second-most powerful person—due to allegations of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing, and “generally leading a ‘dissolute and depraved life.’”