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".

A number of politicians, media "personalities", et cetera challenged Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

In the video, Robertson accepts the challenge, allowing several young soccer players to douse him with ice water.

Robertson extended the challenge to Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, B.C. Assembly of First Nations regional chief Jody Wilson-Raybould, Vision Vancouver park board commissioner Niki Sharma, and all of Vancouver city council.

Earlier this week, I wrote a post about how Surrey councillor Barinder Rasode had drenched herself in icy water to raise money for the ALS Society of B.C.

At the time, Rasode challenged three politicians, including Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson, to either get wet or fork over some money to the charity.

Robertson's office is often quick to issue public statements in the mayor's name, but it's been silent on this matter.

Now, a second suburban politician, Delta mayor Lois Jackson, has issued a similar challenge to Robertson.

You can check it out below.

He has run twice for Vancouver mayor, and he’s doing it again.

Mike Hansen, a self-described blue-collar politician, offers a message of hope.

“I’ve been poor, homeless, alcoholic, drug addicted and in despair,” Hansen writes on his website. “When you manage to overcome life’s obstacles, your life can and will change.”

The 59-year-old boasts of a solid working-class background: “I’ve been in construction most of my life with episodes of long haul trucking, brokering pension funds, promoting stocks and consulting.”

A new poll puts Vision Vancouver, the Non-Partisan Association, and the Green Party of Vancouver in a tight three-way race for the 10 seats on city council.

The Insights West survey asked 443 adult residents how likely it is they will vote for at least one candidate from six political parties.

Support for at least one Vision council candidate was reported by 34 percent of the Vancouver residents, while the NPA received the backing of 30 percent and the Greens 29 percent.

Conducted August 11 to 14, the poll has a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Surrey councillor Barinder Rasode has responded to a challenge from broadcaster Kuljeet Kaila to drench herself in icy water to raise funds for the ALS Society of B.C.

Rasode did it with the support of some Surrey firefighters.

Watch the video below and see what happens at the end.

Rasode, who's expected to enter Surrey's mayoral race, then issued a challenge to three local mayors to do the same.

Port Coquitlam's Greg Moore, Coquitlam's Richard Stewart, and Vancouver's Gregor Robertson were the three she identified.

On Saturday (August 16), the B.C. New Democrats put the B.C. Liberals to shame with their turnout at the Korean Cultural Heritage Festival at Swangard Stadium.

Counting their municipal colleagues with the Burnaby Citizens Association, there may have been 20 elected NDP politicians in attendance.

The opening remarks were delivered by Burnaby-Lougheed NDP MLA Jane Shin, who's of Korean descent, and Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan.

I remember a veteran p.r. executive once telling me that he wasn't surprised when the NDP won the 1996 provincial election.

In his opinion, it was because the youthful NDP leader, Glen Clark, looked better on TV than his opponent, Gordon Campbell.

In fact, he said that in the TV age, whoever looks better on the small screen almost always wins.

It's a cynical, dastardly view of politics, but who's to say that he wasn't right?

There have been exceptions, such as the whupping that Jean Chrétien delivered on Stockwell Day in 2000.

But in the race for the big prize in the United States, the more attractive candidate often triumphs, giving credence to this theory.

Taken from the TV show Nixon's the One, which gets its U.S. debut in the Fall, here's Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls (aka Harry Shearer aka Charles Montgomery Burns aka Kent Brockman) reenacting the bizarre few minutes that preceded Tricy Dicky's televised resignation on August 9, 1974.

The actual footage has been exuding a weird fascination on YouTube for years now, and Shearer does a remarkable job of ever-so-slightly magnifying the departing president's behaviour—the flatlining "jokes" he makes to the TV crew and White House staffers; the sudden bursts of imperiousness; the subsequent bouts of laboured bonhomie.

HarperCollins has tweeted the image of the jacket cover of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's upcoming book.

It's called Common Ground: My Past, Our Present and Canada's Future and it's due in stores in October.

Politicians often write books in advance of election campaigns.

One recent example was Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices.

Lesser known is former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.

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