The 2014 waitlist for Dîner en Blanc invitations is more than 30,000 names long. That means there’s a whole lot of people in Vancouver who are more than a little disappointed they’re missing out on Thursday night’s picnic at a still super-secret location.

And if your Facebook news feed looks anything like mine, you are hearing about it. Loudly.

Since arriving in Vancouver three years ago and exploding in popularity faster than craft beer, Dîner has become the must-hate event of the summer.

If you have, or someone you know has, ever wanted to curl but have been unable to due to budgetary concerns or problems, you now have the chance to get financial assistance that will enable you to get your broom on.

The LGBT–based Pacific Rim Curling League and Queer Active, which seeks to empower queer youth through sports and fitness, have joined forces to offer a bursary for first-time curlers (aged 16 to 25 years old).

Recipients will only have to pay $68 for six months of curling. If interested, email Queer Active treasurer Aaron Thompson.

The following information is required:

• full name

With Vancouver's large and ever-growing Asian Canadian population, racism against Asian people isn't always seen in overt ways, and often manifests through passive-aggressive means to skirt around political correctness.

Then again, in my own life, I've been called a "chink" more than a "Jap", and a ranting woman walking by me in Yaletown once called me a "fucking child of geisha". I covered by mouth giggling and gave her the peace sign. Which I turned into the finger.

Anyhow, two episodes from the ABC News series What Would You Do?, which takes a look at how bystanders would react to witnessing examples of discrimination, focus on racism against Asian Americans.

In a back alley a few blocks east of Cambie Street and few blocks north of 16th Avenue, I noticed what I took to be a fat little bumblebee in the middle of the lane, going around and around in a tight circle.

One way or another it was probably dying—from a parasite or a virus or just advancing decrepitude.

Fall is the time when bumblebee colonies naturally die off—all but the fertilized queens who will hibernate through the winter, emerge in the spring and give birth to a new bumblebee colony.

It’s a small event—the death of a single bumblebee—but it served to remind me of the larger ongoing unnatural die-off of honey bees and bumblebees around the world.

If you're planning to take a flight, you'll be pleased to know that Vancouver is home to the most efficient airport in Canada.

A team of international aviation academics at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business evaluated and ranked 200 airports and 26 airport groups in the ATRS Global Airport Benchmarking Report.

They measured the airports according to operational and management efficiency and cost competitiveness. The more efficient the airport is, the cheaper the fees are for both passengers and airlines.

Yes, the multi-titled celebrity—former Star Trek star, activist, LGBT icon, internet sensation, self-effacing goofball—otherwise known as George Takei is beaming up to our Canadian metropolis to share his words of wisdom, inspiration, and humour.

Takei publicly came out as gay in 2005 in response to then California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's rejection of a same-sex marriage bill. Since that time, he has gone on to enjoy a new and unexpected career as an online celebrity, combining activism and humour for LGBT causes and also raising awareness about the Japanese American internment experience.

Takei himself was an internee during the Second World War, and he went from living with his family on skid row to becoming a Hollywood star.

Certainly I did get out of bed.

I packed up my “campsite” and I navigated my way through the light morning traffic and back alleys to get to my morning coffee and Big Breakfast—“sub round eggs”!

But what really—really—woke me up was the sight of the big truck’s front end suspending in mid-air with its front wheels several inches off the ground.

Mentally at least, I rubbed my eyes.

Like some thing out of a movie or two

Wow. Wasn’t it just like that big floating truck the kids show to Natalie Portman’s character Jane in Thor: The Dark World.

Had I perhaps stumbled onto some early morning paranormal phenomenon?

Yes and no. Yes it was just like a movie special effect. And no, it wasn’t paranormal.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed classic American hip-hop duo Blackalicious at the Biltmore. Leah Crockford was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Blackalicious at the Biltmore Cabaret on August 19, 2014. Thanks Leah.

A nonprofit organization that's freaking out over the presence of Chinese-language signs and advertisements in Metro Vancouver has made known its "latest activism project".

Putting Canada First, which has earned the ire of NDP deputy leader Libby Davies, has issued its own guidelines for public signage and ads in North Vancouver and West Vancouver.

In an email to reporters, politicians, and others, Putting Canada First spokesperson Brad Saltzberg writes:

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.

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