That's one way to light a fire under voters. Squamish council candidate Peter Kent, who's a stuntman, is promising to set himself ablaze in the centre of town.

All Squamish voters have to do is beat 2011's Squamish election turnout of 39 percent. In a news release, Kent states:

I challenge other municipal candidates in Squamish and all across BC to match my pledge in some way, shape or form, that is unique to you! However, THE biggest challenge, is for each and every voter to Rock The Vote by voting on November 15, 2014!

The Green Party of Vancouver has so far raked in $46,387 in campaign donations ahead of the November civic election.

Less than a day after the NPA and then Vision Vancouver promised to release at least the names of their donors before election day, the Greens beat all of the other parties to the punch.

Vision Vancouver has responded to NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe's pledge to disclose his party's campaign donors' list by next Friday (November 7).

Mayoral incumbent Gregor Robertson announced that Vision will beat the NPA to it by revealing "a list of its campaign donors" this weekend.

"Releasing the list of donors supporting our campaign is just one more way Vision Vancouver is running a positive and transparent campaign, while the NPA’s Kirk LaPointe has repeatedly refused to even release a fully-costed platform," Robertson said in a news release.

How do City of North Vancouver residents feel about one of their mayoral candidates writing the following bigoted sentences?

Bill, to the extent that you are able, and bearing in mind that I would never tell that misserable little prick what a perm-headed fagot I truly believe him to be, tell him to fuck himself in the most polite terms you can find.

You might remind him that since he embarked on my character assassination at trial last week, I feel little inclination to soften the blow to the gay little pud-knockers feelings and more like telling him the way all I know see him to be.

NPA mayoral candidate Kirk LaPointe doesn't live in the city of Vancouver. He lives on the UBC campus in Electoral Area A, which is represented by an elected director on the Metro Vancouver board.

LaPointe's opponents at Vision Vancouver have known this for some time. Now, two and a half weeks before election day, they've decided to use it to their advantage.

The party of mayoral incumbent Gregor Robertson released today (October 28) this radio spot (a so-called negative ad) pointing out that "the NPA guy" doesn't "live or pay taxes" in the city.

After seemingly every debate and press conference, Vision Vancouver and the NPA rush to put out news releases attacking each other's "secret deals" and "rookie mistakes".

They also post YouTube videos highlighting moments that they think will portray their opponents in the poorest light.

Above is the latest such clip featuring mayoral incumbent Gregor Robertson, which comes courtesy of the NPA from the mayoral debate on Sunday (October 26).

Jason Kenney has long been Stephen Harper's secret political weapon.

When Kenney was the prime minister's parliamentary secretary and later as citizenship and immigration minister, he relentlessly wooed new Canadians into the Conservative tent.

Kenney has probably eaten more Asian dinners outside of Ottawa than the rest of the Harper's cabinet put together.

And he's continuing this tradition as the minister of employment, social development, and multiculturalism.

You can see in the photos above that it was Kenney, and not Harper, who met the Dalai Lama during his trip to Canada.

It will help the Conservatives among some expat Tibetans as well as with apolitical types who admire the Dalai Lama's Buddhist worldview.

Retired tradesperson Peter Mattoo is hoping to be the first person of colour elected to Delta municipal council. (Yes, Delta really hasn't passed that milestone yet.)

Disgustingly, it appears that someone or a group of someones wants council to retain its all-white composition after the November civic election.

Mattoo, an independent candidate who was born in India, says his campaign signs are being targeted by vandalism while other candidates' nearby signs remain untouched. He put out a news release today (October 23) claiming that he also found racist slurs on his signs in a "few instances".

In Toronto, you have to be a resident of the city to run for mayor.

That's according to the candidate-qualification rules listed on the City of Toronto website.

In Alberta, the rules state that you have to live in a city for at least six months before being allowed to run for municipal office. No carpetbaggers are allowed to run for mayor in that province.

This week, Femen protesters drenched themselves in simulated blood to express their outrage over Russian president Vladimir Putin's treatment of Ukraine.

But this isn't the first time that fake blood has replaced ice-cube-filled water to get a political point across.

In September, a Philadelphia youth council called In Defense of Black Bodies posted a blood-bucket video on YouTube to oppose racism in America.

The images are accompanied by the song "Strange Fruit" by Nina Simone.

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