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Donate a bag of food to Covenant House and get your old mattress picked-up for free by

Do you have an old mattress you need to get rid of today? Fabio Scaldaferri offers an eco-friendly solution that also gives back to Vancouver’s at-risk youth.

2011 Gingerbread Lane at Hyatt Regency

For the 21st consecutive year the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Vancouver has transformed into magical lane of gingerbread creations. Over forty gingerbread designs are on display now until December...

How many sleeps to Christmas? There's an app for that

A Charlie Brown Christmas: coming to an iPad near you.

An iPad Christmas Gift Guide

Gift ideas from 99 cents to $49.99 for the iPadder in your life.

The Holiday Homo

How to host the perfect party in six simple steps.

Christmas gifts: for him

Whatever your budget, VO has the ultimate gift ideas for your man. 20 bang-on ideas for holiday gifts.

Remembrance Day, poppy thief and helicopter crash top Canadian headlines

Unruly behaviour at Toronto Remembrance Day ceremony, a helicopter crash in Hawaii, poppy thief discovered to be the son of a veterans group president, Quebec provincial cop arrested, Bay of Fundy...

Lady Gaga to decorate Barneys New York

One hundred and thirty days until Christmas, and one shop can already hear the jingle bells ring. The luxurious New York department store Barneys and Lady Gaga are teaming up for a 2011 Christmas...

The most beautiful Vancouver photos in the world

Revisit moments captured by our Flickr contributers in the last Flickr photo mashup of the year. Sometimes sharp, sometimes shocking. Our Vancouver.

Has Christmas become too gay?

Christmas is gayer than Barbra Streisand on Ellen.