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Fram Dinshaw

Canada's Underground Railroad for dogs

Two dogs, one a Jack Russell and the other a Corgi-Chihuahua crossbreed, sat in cramped dark cages, awaiting certain death by lethal injection that would stop their hearts and breathing, their date...

Vancouver escorts lead leisurely, messed up lives

Coco Carlson, a high-class escort manager, usually enjoys a relaxed working day. After 10 am she goes online to update her business ads and chat in forums. As the sun sets over the sea outside her...

California referendum could deal devastating blow to BC's lucrative marijuana export industry

British Columbia’s cannabis activists and law enforcement officials are bracing themselves for a political earthquake that’s set to hit California this fall when voters head to the polls to legalize...

Vancouverites Enjoy Flavours of Southern Italy

Visitors get their 2010 Winter Games experience warmed up by the sensual wonders of southern Italy.

Vancouverites Can Enjoy Flavours of Southern Italy During the Olympics

A stylish showroom of mannequins and artwork under bright lights in a swanky tower block is the first introduction visitors to the City will get to the traditions and tastes of southern Italy....

Chasing the Olympic Flame Across Vancouver

It was an exhausting - for this reporter at least - run to the east along 12th Avenue, crossing Commercial Drive and Main Street before arriving at City Hall where Mayor Gregor Robertson addressed th

Frat House - RCMP Conflict: An End In Sight?

After years of conflict that included allegations of police walking onto Frat house property to confiscate a stereo while threatening and swearing at students in response to noise complaints, an endin

San Francisco in Two Days - Part II

Day Two is time to work off the seafood and Dim Sum. Starting off at Union Square, walk east down Post Street for three blocks, allowing you to take in many of the skyscrapers - some dating back...

H1N1 Doesn't Scare Me

Believing in the power of basic hygiene  and their immune systems to protect them from the H1N1 virus, those interviewed said they were  reluctant to join long vaccine lines.  The...

Vancouver Residents React to Planned Transit Price Hikes

Malcolm Smith on Commercial Drive is resigned to the fact that his property tax, gas costs, and transit fares are going up next year, as he is prepared to sacrifice personal comfort if that means Vanc