Here’s where you can skate outdoors in Vancouver and elsewhere

If you are looking for a seasonal public skating experience but feel it has to be outdoors to be truly authentic, you have few options in the lower mainland. Vancouver has plenty of choices if you are happy with indoor skating (actually eight of them), but only one, on Robson Square, has outdoor gliding, and … Read more

The group is issuing warning after raccoons killed in home-catching incidents in Vancouver and Victoria

(Warning: some images below may contain graphic content.) A conservatrion group advocating on behalf of fur animals has issued a prayer after two raccoons caught in Vancouver and Victoria were killed. In a November 30 release, Fur-Bearers, a North Vancouver-based charity, said the raccoons suffered “terrible injuries” after being caught in “very dangerous traps” in … Read more

The next thing that will be undermined is everything we have kept dear and sacred about the status quo: Robert Sandford

The most popular article on is not about real estate or sex or the Canucks or any of the other usual suspects who are usually at the top of the list. No, it’s about the climate crisis – namely something called hydrological stationarity, of all things. The reason why this article has resonated is … Read more

Early Music Vancouver announces the winter and spring seasons

Early music Vancouver has announced its 2022 winter and spring season. The schedule includes eight live concerts at various venues, including Christ Church Cathedral, Kay Meek Arts Center, Pacific Spirit Church, Roundhouse and Chan Center for the Performing Arts. The winter season opens on January 7th with The (All) First Viennese School, with Quicksilver ensemble … Read more

40 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, December 3rd to 5th

Please note: Due to COVID-19, BC vaccine cards and / or masks may be required for access to certain personal events. FRIDAY: last performance at Langara College Study 58 of the playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ fresh take on the moral play of the 15th century, All. FRIDAY: online viewing of the documentary Who the hell is … Read more

Housing prices in Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley are rising once again higher

Housing prices in Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley saw monthly and annual increases in October 2021. It’s the same story for November. Property boards have reported price increases for detached houses, townhouses and condominiums. This is happening against the background of a continued strong demand among property buyers. The price of a typical single-family home … Read more

Fernando Garci-Crespo: Trudeau’s Cabinet Election Creates Opening to Announce Tougher Emission Targets

By Fernando Garci-Crespo It could not feel more eerily appropriate than writing this piece two weeks after climate-worsening floods tore a highway apart and sealed Vancouver from the rest of BC Less than six months ago, we faced a completely different but related extreme weather event, a heat wave that killed hundreds of British Colombians. … Read more

Freedom of information and the political capital of the BC NDP

People do not often think of political parties as having a “capital account”. But the reality is that once all new governments are elected, they enjoy great support from their supporters. People who vote for the winning party want it to succeed in tackling the challenges that the previous regime has not faced. But over … Read more

John Cleese plays Queen Elizabeth Theater on May 17th

One of the funniest people in the world comes to Vancouver. Unique Lives & Experiences has just announced this John Cleese plays Queen Elizabeth Theater on May 17, 2022. Cleese is best known for his work with the legendary British comedy troupe Monty python, and for his starring role in the TV series Fawlty Towers. … Read more

What’s in your fridge: Johnny Payne

What’s In Your Fridge is where Straight asks interesting Vancouverites about their life-changing concerts, favorite albums and, most importantly, everything that sits next to the Heinz ketchup in their custom-made Big Chill Retropolitan 20.6 cubic-foot refrigerators. On the grill Johnny Payne Who are you I write and sing songs and produce records. One such album, … Read more