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Toronto mayor Rob Ford has launched his reelection campaign by promising to cut the cost of government, keep down taxes, and eliminate red tape.

"I promise you, Rob Ford will have your back for the next four years," he stated.

He also alluded to the blizzard of negative publicity related to him lying about smoking crack.

"More seriously, there has been some rocky moments over the past year," Ford acknowledged. "I have experienced how none of us can go through life without making mistakes. And when they occur, we learn a lot about ourselves: humility, the kindness of people, and the spirit of second chances."

Ford Nation fanatics—and those train-wreck watchers who can't get their fill of the Toronto mayor—can see his entire speech below.

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.

I recently stumbled across this video of lighter moments with Canucks head coach John Tortorella.

Made two months ago, it was clearly designed to soften fans' concerns about Tortorella's anger-management issues.

In the big-money world of professional sports, it's not surprising that an NHL franchise would engage in this type of public-relations exercise.

But what took me aback is that it has now become a paid ad on YouTube.

Perhaps it's an  indication that the Canucks plan on keeping Torts around for another season, notwithstanding this year's dismal results.

Canadian film has achieved a record at the Cannes Film Festival.

For the first time, three Canadian films will vie for the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The films—by some of Canada's best-known auteurs: David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, and Xavier Dolan—will compete against 15 other selections.

Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, which stars Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and Mia Wasikowska, is a ghost story that also serves as a critique of L.A.'s celebrity obsession.

As rap groups go, the Wu-Tang Clan family has included personalities that might charitably be described as “erratic”. 

Right now, as the band prepares the release of its latest record, A Better Tomorrow, you’ve got Raekwon declaring that he’s on strike because fellow Wu-Tang founder RZA is entirely out of touch with what’s going on in the trenches today. Talking to Rolling Stone in an interview posted today, Raekwon described RZA—who has carved out a career scoring Hollywood films—as follows: It’s like being a coach and you won rings back in the day, but now your team is in ninth place. It’s time for a new fucking game plan.”

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.

Three Vancouver artists have been longlisted for the 2014 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent contemporary art award. Vancouver artists Allison Hrabluik, Dan Starling, and Evan Lee, and Victoria artists Farheen HaQ and Peter Morin were chosen to represent the West Coast and Yukon region.

“I was interested in highlighting some of the extraordinary talent that exists both in the Metro Vancouver area and across the province more generally,” says Jordan Strom, the curator for exhibitions and collections at the Surrey Art Gallery, in a phone interview with the Georgia Straight

Strom was the West Coast and Yukon representative on the 2014 curatorial panel, and was in charge of choosing the five artists for the longlist from this region.

If you want to see the results of Capilano University’s Studio Art program, now is the time. This year’s Capilano University Studio Art Grad Show will be the last.

Budget cuts at Capilano University last year led to the decision to suspend admission for the Studio Art and Textile Arts diplomas, effectively ending the programs.

Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series presents The Chop Theatre’s Through the Gaze of a Navel at Granville Island’s Anderson Street Space (1405 Anderson Street) from April 23 to 27.

Through the Gaze of a Navel is a performance in the form of a yoga class that audience members can either participate in or observe. The performance is led by Emelia Symington Fedy, a woman who has consumed every new-age pop-psych medicine she could get her hands on. During Through the Gaze of a Navel, Fedy asks “the big questions” while guiding participants through a yoga class suitable for people of all levels. The performance runs 45 minutes.

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