I live in a wonderful city where I see young parents exhibit real concern if their small bundles of joy (usually children, sometimes dogs) so much as touch the sidewalk, let alone try to pick something up off the street.

Well, I was pleased to see the other day that at least one proud set of parents didn’t let fear of dirt, germs, illicit drug residue, infectious diseases, or human and/or animal waste stop them from immortalizing a moment in the life of their little tyke.

On Yukon Street, just across from Vancouver City Hall, a date is permanently scratched in the sidewalk: "APRIL 09" underneath the imprint of two tiny toddler-sized feet.

So sweet!

Damn, I didn't make the list. Neither did the music editor named Mike, the movies editor named Adrian, or the senior editor named Martin.

But our second-floor production worker named Ken is probably smiling today.

That's because his name topped the list of Canada's sexiest male monikers.

It was released by the dating site WhatsYourPrice.com and identified the 10 men's names that received the "most accepted offers" for dates.

They are, in order:

1. Ken

2. Christopher

3. Colin

4. David

5. Tony

6. Troy

7. Mark

8. Reginald

9. Nicholas

10. Stephen

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.

"Aboriginal women are 3.5 times more likely than non-aboriginal women to be victims of violence."

This statistic is shown on screen near the start of Decolonizing Praxis: Supporting Survivors After Sexual Assault.

It's a new short film from Women Against Violence Against Women Rape Crisis Centre that's meant to be a resource for WAVAW's fellow service providers.

When is rape not rape?

According to musician/terrible human being CeeLo Green, it's whenever you have sex with a woman while she's unconscious.

After pleading no contest to felony charges on August 29—for drugging a woman with ecstasy against her knowledge while on a date, no less—Green took to Twitter to discuss the true nature of rape, spouting out words of wisdom like, "Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!"

According to Green, "If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! so WITH Implies consent".

The annual Fair at the PNE is in the books.

Did free admission on the final weekend get you over to Hastings Park?

Photographer Kevin Statham captured these moments during week two of the fair.

Singer Justin Bieber, unlike many Canadian marijuana smokers, is free to continue crossing the border into the United States.

That's despite new charges being laid against him.

The sometimes obnoxious pop star has been booked for assault and dangerous driving after a collision between an ATV and a minivan in the Township of Perth, Ontario.

Following the acccident on August 29, there was reportedly a confrontation between drivers of both vehicles. Bieber hails from the nearby town of Stratford.

Earlier this summer, he pleaded no contest to a charge of vandalism after egging his neighbour's house in Los Angeles. It's an understandable crime for a 12-year-old boy, but for a 20-year-old adult? Come on, Justin.

Earlier this week, up near Heather Street and 16th Avenue, I saw that an apartment building’s management had stuck an information sheet above their set of four recycling blue bins.

I read it—first with interest and then, after a moment’s confusion, with growing dismay.

It was principally a list of banned items. It was long and included many things that weren’t allowed in the recycling blue bin, but it also included all the things that were allowed, such as cardboard, newsprint, paper and “blue box recyclables”.

It was a list of items that were all banned from going into garbage Dumpsters. It had nothing to do with the recycling blue bins.

Twenty-five years ago today–on September 1, 1989–Johnny Winter played the Commodore. The chance to witness the underrated Texas guitar legend in the confines of one of VanCity’s finest concert venues (for the second time) was not one I was about to pass up.

Besides, at the time I was really grooving on his latest album, The Winter of ’88, especially tunes like “Rain”.

Here we have one of the South Granville Business Improvement Association’s concierges—they try to make sure your stay on the shopping strip is a pleasant one.

He’s modelling one of the SGBIA’s courtesy umbrellas.

In the event of an unexpected shower, shoppers may borrow one of these blue brollies from any South Granville retailer (subject to availability) and return it to any other retailer on the strip—handy!

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