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.

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.

Yesterday (August 19), American television network ABC closed a deal to create a pilot based on Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s best-selling 2013 memoir, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.

Justin Halpern—creator of the sitcoms $#*! My Dad Says and Surviving Jack, both based on books he wrote—will executive produce and write the show. Hadfield will act as consulting producer.

Billed as a family comedy, the show will deal with the challenges an astronaut faces as he returns to earth and his family. No word on casting as of yet, but the main role will obviously require a healthy mustache.

The National Hockey League and a lawyer representing hockey player Todd Bertuzzi have claimed that there's been resolution to a 10-year-old act of retaliation at Rogers Arena.

However, TSN has quoted Steve Moore's brother Mark saying there's no deal between the former Colorado Avalanche hockey player and Bertuzzi.

"I got a text message from Steve last night and he's very concerned," Mark Moore told TSN. "He says there is no deal yet and isn't sure what to do about all the media speculation."

On March 8, 2004, Moore suffered three broken vertebrae after Bertuzzi chased him and jumped on top of him at Rogers Arena.

After seeing this postgame speech by baseball manager David Belisle, it's easy to understand how his team, the Cumberland Americans, made it to the Little League World Series.

His squad, which represented New England, was knocked out of the tournament after losing 8-7 to a Chicago team, Jackie Robinson West.

Vancouver has done it again.

Our city has made the cut for the top most liveable cities in the world, which was dominated by Canadian and Australian cities.

The Economist's list of the top most liveable cities in the world has given the top spot to Melbourne, Australia, which has held that position for the past three years. After Vienna, Austria, three Canadian cities rounded out the top five: Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary tied with Adelaide.

Vancouver, which topped the list for a decade until 2011, remained the top North American city.

Vancouver fared well due to a record low number of murders in 2013 (following a decade-long decrease).

The top 10 cities are:

1. Melbourne, Australia

2. Vienna, Austria

Saturday Night Live alum Rob Schneider is bringing the laughs to Vancouver—to help a friend in need.

Canadian screenwriter Boon Collins had an emergency liver transplant at Vancouver General Hospital on July 7, due to an undiagnosed case of hepatitis C. Collins and his wife Carol have had to unexpectedly relocate to Vancouver for Boon's recovery.

When Schneider (best known for comedies like Deuce Bigalow, Grown Ups, and The Hot Chick) found out, he offered to help out with a fundraiser show.

Schneider and Collins met in Hollywood and Collins cowrote Schneider's 2010 film The Chosen One.

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.

The strike by British Columbia teachers, which began on June 17, is now in its ninth week and the new school year is only two weeks away.

If classes do not resume on time in September, and if people have more money than um, grey matter, then it’s quite possible that the Fairview Tertiary School of Hard Knocks may open for business with a curriculum specially tailored for the would-be street person.

School’s out for summer. School’s out forever!

The school is by homeless people, for homeless people.

It’s founded on the simple premise that a dysfunctional education system can only mean more homeless people down the road.

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