Being a journalist and all, I subscribe to the email lists of the Conservative Party of Canada and other political parties. This means I get super-annoying fundraising emails in my inbox all week long.

Today (September 12), there was something a little different from the Conservatives. The message was from Fred DeLorey, the party's director of political operations.

The email began:


Have you looked at the list of longest serving Prime Ministers lately?

Today, Prime Minister Harper passed Louis St. Laurent, and we want to give you an opportunity to congratulate his hard work over this time.

The email went on:

Veteran activist Sid Chow Tan believes Vancouver residents should all do their part to resist the wrongheaded "war on drugs".

Tan, who is running for city council with COPE in the November election, posted an interesting proposal in the comment section of Travis Lupick's September 10 article, "FOI request reveals Vancouver city hall perplexed by medicinal marijuana".

Here's what Tan wrote:

On Wednesday (September 10), NDP MLA David Eby held an “emergency meeting” on the B.C. teachers' strike.

This evening (September 11), it's NDP MLA George Heyman's turn. The Vancouver-Fairview representative has scheduled an "open meeting" on education funding and resources.

The event will go down at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (3981 Main Street), starting at 6:30 p.m. Parents, educators, and students are invited.

Could ending the months-long B.C. teachers' strike be as simple as Christy Clark, Peter Fassbender, and Jim Iker hot boxing it in the premier's minivan?

Marijuana activist Dana Larsen said today (September 11) that he has sent the premier some weed in the mail.

"I sent the Premier some cannabis buds for two reasons," Larsen said in a news release. "First, I thought if she could get together with Peter Fassbender, Jim Iker and their negotiating teams to share a joint, it would help break down some barriers and give the BCTF negotiations a fresh start.

A group of parents is organizing a protest in support of binding arbitration to end the B.C. teachers' strike.

One of the parents, Nadia Roberts, told the Georgia Straight by email that the "entirely parent-driven, grassroots effort" is being coordinated by a small group using Facebook.

The rally will take place on Sunday (September 14) at 10 a.m. in the Vancouver Art Gallery's north plaza. Participants are asked to bring signs, noisemakers, and, of course, their kids.

The protest's Facebook event page states:

Former Vancouver Sun managing editor Kirk LaPointe isn't the only journalist running for mayor.

In Belleville, Ontario, the former managing editor of the daily newspaper in that city is also seeking the top job.

Bill Glisky entered the race after Sun Media sent him packing from the Belleville Intelligencer earlier this year.

I was surprised to see the colours he's relying on to win over voters. They bear a remarkable resemblance to those used in the past by Vision Vancouver.

Coincidence? You be the judge.

Two of B.C.'s favourite children's entertainers have publicly sided with teachers in their fight with the B.C. Liberal government.

Singer Charlotte Diamond wrote a letter to the editor of the Vancouver Sun claiming that teachers have "had to endure a very toxic attack on their rights for a fair settlement".

Meanwhile the artist responsible for "Baby Beluga", Raffi Cavoukian, has been using his Twitter feed to send a stream of messages in support of teachers.

That prompted a few responses from Christy Clark's ex-husband and political fixer, Mark Marissen.  

Today, Premier Christy Clark called on the B.C. Teachers' Federation to suspend its strike so both sides can negotiate an end to the shutdown of B.C. schools.

Clark also claimed that teachers are demanding increases twice the size of those agreed to by other public-sector unions. And she condemned the BCTF demand for a $5,000 signing bonus.

But the premier's claims haven't dissuaded some B.C. residents from opening their wallets to help teachers.

The Families Funding Teachers website makes it easy for parents to "regift their $40/day bribe money" from the government for each child under 13 in the public schools.

Since parents couldn't bring their kids to school today (September 2), some of them showed up at their local MLA's office instead.

"MLA Playdate" protests are being organized around the province, and they're meant to continue happening until the teachers' strike is resolved and schools open.

The community gardens left standing in the Arbutus Corridor have gotten a reprieve.

Today (August 27), the City of Vancouver sent out this brief statement:

Senior officials at the City of Vancouver and CP Rail have agreed to meet to discuss the future of the Arbutus Corridor.

While the two sides meet, CP Rail has agreed to suspend all track maintenance work along the Arbutus Corridor for the next two to three weeks.

A statement on CP Rail's website indicates the company is "hopeful a resolution may be reached".