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PROTESTS The City consulted the Chinese government over speech-limiting bylaw S1LLY The Province has released a list of rejected vanity plates. There will be no MILFs, WARLOKs, or ANRCHSTs on the road in BC. TWO WHEELS GOOD North Van charity wants your bikes for Uganda A ROOF IS NOT ENOUGH Landlord...
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The Things They Carried: Photographer Brian Howell explores shopping cart culture

  Every day they line up, beginning in the earliest morning hours before the doors even open. The line snakes its way down the street, and those in it appear anxious. They are ready to get in and get out as quickly as possible, in order to get back to...
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CITY OF GLASS Happy 125th Birthday, Vancouver And here's 10 trivial bits about the city. UH HUH The Courier's professional troller says that building homes in the DTES is unsafe for teenage girls because of all the pimps HOME RUN A great story on Charlie Metro, the best baseball manager Vancouver...
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Ethical Eats: Feeding change in the Downtown Eastside

Photo by Matthew Zylstra Sawatzky   The day I met Amanda Bonella wasn’t her best day, but it certainly wasn’t her worst, either, considering the obstacles she’s had to overcome.   Bonella is the owner of Yogiberry, a nook of an ice cream parlor turned soup and sandwich shop that...
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LOOK INTO YOUR HEART Vancouver Police appoint new person to whom ask ethical questions may be asked NEVER FORGET Remember that when the City talks heritage, nothing is more historic to Vancouver than Chinatown DO YOUR PAPERWORK Coop Radio in danger of having its licence cancelled for failing to file...
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Ethical Eats: Yogiberry serves up food for all

Located in a cheerful spot of the Downtown Eastside, with bright pink walls and iridescent glass tile countertops, Yogiberry isn't your typical ice cream parlour. Run by former sex worker Amanda Bonella, the shop has an inclusive business strategy to serve affordable and healthy food to everyone from the neighbourhood—whether...
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ELECTION Allowing broadcasters to choose who is and who is not eligible for TV debates is undemocratic TRANSIT Question: how do you want to get to UBC, bus or SkyTrain? Answer: Bus, because nothing else will ever, ever happen. PASS And the new name for the transit pass is Compass,...
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David Suzuki: What will Gordon Campbell's environmental legacy be?

  One of Canada’s longest-serving politicians, Gordon Campbell, recently stepped down as leader of the B.C. Liberal Party and premier of British Columbia. Mr. Campbell’s long tenure as premier was fraught with contradictions when it came to the environment. He brought in an ambitious plan to tackle climate change, including...
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Community Writing Workshop: Bathroom Floor

  Once again I find myself alone, contemplating life while sitting on brick red tiles that make the bathroom floor. Since the only thing that I am wearing is a T-shirt and g-string, the cold tiles feel so great pressed against my flushed and hot skin.   Thinking, I realize...
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DON'T MAKE WAVES A should-be national historic site is for sale in Point Grey MOVIN' ON UP The United We Can building on East Hastings is getting some excellent redevelopments. But, come on, Globe & Mail, referring to the street market as 'Days of Anarchy' is a little offensive. HOMES...
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TIME FOR A KEGGER Federal Liberal Party promises $1 billion in student aid SPLITTING THE RIGHT? Former-MP John Cummins could be just the man B.C. Tories have been waiting for CHRISTY CRUNCH The BC NDP shows some humour with this attack ad against the new Premier BECAUSE THEY'RE OLD The...
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Morning Megnews

DISASTER CAPITALISM Japan may drive demand for B.C. forest products. What other tragedies can we make a profit off?  SECOND CHANCES The Province profiles redemption with former addict turn their lives around through Operation Phoenix legacy KEEP YOUR MEGA-CASINOS CLOSER Gambling has become so pervasive that "insider lottery advisers" suggest...
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Phoenix Rising: New women’s street soccer team has wordly aspirations

  Last September, a local soccer team made up of homeless and previously homeless men played their way to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was the prototypical underdog story: their participation in the 2010 Homeless World Cup was the culmination of many months of work creating a soccer program where...
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Community Writing Workshop: My Way Or The Highway 'Til I Die

  I believed in being gangster. My motto even if that meant jail or death. I felt like I had nothing to lose.   I loved the thug lifestyle of drug dealing and violence. Wherever I went I did things my way. I was cocky and arrogant. I used drugs,...
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Soccer City: Major league soccer launches in Vancouver

Whitecaps FC striker Eric Hassli. Photo by Bob Fird   This month, the Vancouver Whitecaps made their Major League Soccer debut against the Toronto FC at Empire Field. The ascension of the Whitecaps to the MLS (the top professional soccer league in North America) signals a new high period for the...
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Opinion: Dear Premier, how your “families first” agenda can help the growing number of families living in poverty

 Photo by Stephen Hui   Premier Clark, if you are truly committed to helping families, then one of your first priorities should be to address the fact that B.C. has the highest child poverty rate in the country. With one in seven children living under the poverty line (and one-fifth...
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Opinion: What’s stopping us from helping the homeless?

Photo by Graham Ballantyne   Recently the Interfaith Alliance to End Homelessness, of which First United Church is a part, issued a call to the leadership candidates of both the Liberals and NDP to tell British Columbians where they stand on the issue of homelessness.   Despite reasonably good media...
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Morning Meganews

THE FOOTY Those who enjoyed the current edition of Megaphone will be thrilled about the first ever MLS game for the Whitecaps GREENING Big city elite type tells Vancouver developers how to be as environmentally friendly as New York City NEW NARRATIVES It's much easier to claim crime rates are rising...
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HOMES Little Mountain project remains years behind schedule TRIKES New cargo company opens using three-wheeled bikes PSA Randy Quaid sings an original composition tonight: Starwhackers EARTHQUAKES Why is it okay for kids to inhabit death traps ten months of the year? MOVE WITH THE MUSIC A nice feature on the...
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