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Still from 'Building a Dream' documentary. Photo courtesy Wooden Boat Festival

Doctor captures dream of sailing built from found cedar log

He builds a boat by hand from an old salvaged log. She pursues a passion for painting. Filmmaker Francois Laliberte captures a moment in the life of this inspiring and energetic Denman Island...
Frank and the Wondercat. Image courtesy VIFF

VIFF announces 2015 Canadian Images film lineup

Canadian Images Series features 17 films including six world premieres for the Sept. 24-Oct. 9 fest.
Smoke in Osoyoos. Photo by Jessica Lebowitz

Vacationers retreat as smoke from deadly U.S. wildfires blankets Okanagan

Washington wildfire smoke brings southern B.C. air quality advisories.
Dr. Lynn Quarmby, at Burnaby Mountain pipeline rally. (YouTube)

Green Party rolls out plans to fight 'risky pipelines and tanker schemes'

Banking on a minority government, the leader of the federal Green Party has announced specific plans for working with all other parties to defend coastal communities from "risky pipeline and tanker...
Jennifer Berdahl, Arvind Gupta, UBC

UBC professor takes on gender issues in president's departure

A UBC gender and diversity professor Jennifer Berdahl has shot back after she says the university tried to silence her. On Sunday, amid a media storm of attention following the surprise resignation...
Erin O'Melinn, executive director, Hub Cycling. (Video still from DVBIA)

What will Vancouver look like when it grows up? [VIDEO]

'Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver' is a chance for the public to take in a lunchtime panel and speak up about where it's headed.
Nigel Wright, Conservative angel. Vancouver Observer illustration

Twitter responds to Nigel Wright's religious reference

Was the Bible-referenced testimony of Nigel Wright, Harper's former right-hand man, calculated or just the heartfelt words of a religious man?
Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa

Mulcair hits the city's three hot buttons: affordable homes, childcare and transit

Mulcair vows to create more than 50,000 quality childcare spaces in the Vancouver area, at a maximum rate of $15 per day, with participating provinces.
Social satire was the rage during the first televised federal leaders' debate

First TV debate inspires Twitter storm of political satire

People turned to their computers and mobile devices during Canada's first federal leaders' debate organized by Maclean's magazine.
Compass card reader. Translink photo

Compass card glitches lead to bargain fares for multi-zone bus riders

The fare deal may also be a smart public relations move following the failure of the recent transit referendum that was marked by anti-TransLink public sentiment.