More than two weeks ago, the B.C. Liberal government announced plans to split the Agricultural Land Reserve into two zones.

The proposal to create Zone 1 (Island, South Coast, and Okanagan) and Zone 2 (Interior, Kootenay, and North) has generated much opposition among farmers, scientists, and local governments.

According to the B.C. Food Systems Network, the government's Bill 24 would "weaken protection for 90 per cent of lands currently in the ALR"—those in Zone 2.

The Vancouver park board oversees more than 230 public parks in the city. But at least one park commissioner has something to say about what's happening to parks at the provincial level.

Vision Vancouver's Niki Sharma, who's seeking a council nomination for the November civic election, has put a motion on the agenda for the park board's Monday (April 14) meeting. It would see the park board state that it is "opposed to the Park Amendment Act and directs staff to write to the Provincial Government to request a reversal of this legislation and to restore the original Park Act to provide better protection to British Columbia’s vital network of park land".

Being an ex-president is tough. You go from running the free world to being a regular joe in the blink of an eye. So what do you do when all the pomp and circumstance is over, when all the cheering stops? 

Andrew Johnson returned to the senate. William Howard Taft became chief justice. Dwight D. Eisenhower raised cattle. Richard Nixon worked to rehabilitate his reputation. Jimmy Carter remained in public service, doing countless good works.

After leaving office, George W. Bush—happy to be out of the limelight, it seems—began painting.

First, it was portraits of family pets (most notably his dog, Barney) and landscapes, but since then the former president has graduated to portraiture.

In the fall of 2011, Occupy Wall Street mobilized citizens to stand up for the 99 percent against the richest one percent. Sparked by a call to action from Vancouver's own Adbusters, the movement against economic inequality and corruption spread from New York City to countries around the world.

Vancouver got in on the action too. Occupy Vancouver grabbed headlines with its controversial tent city at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The local movement drew attention to many issues, particularly homelessness and gentrification. It also took centre stage in that year's civic election.

The last time welfare rates in B.C. went up it was 2007. For employable singles, the monthly rate has remained at $610 for seven years.

On April 1, the Raise the Rates coalition staged a protest called the Tour of Two Cities in order to draw attention to the rich and poor sides of Vancouver.

Starting in the Downtown Eastside, the tour made stops at "rich" locations in the downtown core, including Birks, the Vancouver Club, and the B.C. Liberal Party office.

It's been far too long since we've played Caption the Political Photo, but when this photo popped up in my Twitter feed, I nearly screamed in glee.

The subjects today are, of course, B.C. premier Christy Clark and Dear Leader Prime Minister Stephen Harper, sittin' on couches, yappin' about documents. 

Hopefully you know how our photo caption contest works. If you were Clark and Harper, what would you be saying in this picture? Tell us in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.

We'll repost the photo on Tuesday (April 1—no, we're not joking) using our favourite submission.

Vancouver's beleaguered left-wing party will hold its 2014 policy conference this weekend.

Several of the policy proposals on the table for the Coalition of Progressive Electors are related to public transit issues. COPE members will discuss these ideas and decide which ones should go into the party's platform for the November election.

Toronto mayor Rob Ford isn't welcome at one of Toronto's fanciest annual galas.

The committee in charge of this year's Garrison Ball, "the premier social event for Canada's military community", issued a statement after Ford intimated that he would be interested in attending the event, taking place on March 29. The committee made it clear that only people with valid tickets for the event would be permitted entry. 

Ford does not have a ticket to the ball.

The committee also noted deputy mayor Norm Kelly would be attending as the city hall representative this year.

The already-explosive story of the Portland Hotel Society's spending irregularities just got bigger.

As reported by the Vancouver Sun's Rob Shaw, the nonprofit that operates Insite paid for a $2,695 trip to Disneyland taken by NDP MLA Jenny Kwan's family.

Earlier this month, condo king Bob Rennie invited less than 50 "prominent" people to a private "roundtable" with Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson.

The Province reported that Rennie encouraged attendees to donate $25,000 to Robertson's party, Vision Vancouver.

Needless to say, the suggested donation for admission to this meeting hasn't sat well with everyone.

Critics took to Twitter, posting a number of hilarious memes using the hashtag #25KLunch.

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