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Photo of the Day: BFFs by Philip Tong.
Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.

Photo of the Day: BFFs by Philip Tong.

Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.

Do whales and dolphins suffer in captivity?
That is the core question. All of the rationalizations for captivity (needed profit, educational value, scientific research value) are dependent on the answer to that question.
And the scientific answer to that question is an unequivocal yes. Captive whales and dolphins do suffer greatly from the very condition of their confinement. Suffering is embedded in captivity.
And they suffer whether or not they were captured from the wild or bred for a lifetime of captivity. It is a self-serving misconception, propagated by institutions like SeaWorld and the Vancouver Aquarium, that whales and dolphins born into captivity do not suffer because they have never experienced their natural habitat. They don’t know any better. As if millions of years of evolution and genetic programming can be drastically altered in one generation. Do humans born into slavery not suffer from being denied the qualities of life that freedom bestows?
Read more: Suffering is the core issue with whale and dolphin captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium

Do whales and dolphins suffer in captivity?

That is the core question. All of the rationalizations for captivity (needed profit, educational value, scientific research value) are dependent on the answer to that question.

And the scientific answer to that question is an unequivocal yes. Captive whales and dolphins do suffer greatly from the very condition of their confinement. Suffering is embedded in captivity.

And they suffer whether or not they were captured from the wild or bred for a lifetime of captivity. It is a self-serving misconception, propagated by institutions like SeaWorld and the Vancouver Aquarium, that whales and dolphins born into captivity do not suffer because they have never experienced their natural habitat. They don’t know any better. As if millions of years of evolution and genetic programming can be drastically altered in one generation. Do humans born into slavery not suffer from being denied the qualities of life that freedom bestows?

Read more: Suffering is the core issue with whale and dolphin captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium


Couldn’t make it out last night? You missed Caribbean-born American rapper Trinidad James at Venue. 
Aaron J. was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Trinidad James at Venue on April 16, 2014. 
Thanks Aaron!

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Chromeo at the Commodore
Caravan Palace at the Commodore
Dream Theater at the Queen Elizabeth



Most weekdays and occasionally on the weekend, the Straight highlights a shot from one of the previous night’s music events. It’s our Concert Pic of the Morning. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group or post your stuff on Twitter or Instagram and tag the act’s name.

Couldn’t make it out last night? You missed Caribbean-born American rapper Trinidad James at Venue

Aaron J. was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Trinidad James at Venue on April 16, 2014.

Thanks Aaron!

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Thanks to Krystian Guevara (contempogaleria.tumblr.com/) for this week’s cover illustration.
Read more: Earth Day 2014: Captive whales, methane, and bike helmets

Thanks to Krystian Guevara (contempogaleria.tumblr.com/) for this week’s cover illustration.

Read more: Earth Day 2014: Captive whales, methane, and bike helmets


Couldn’t make it out last night? You missed Montreal electrofunk duo Chromeo at the commodoreballroom. 
RecordSlave was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Chromeo at the Commodore Ballroom on April 15, 2014. 
Thanks RecordSlave!

Recent entries

Caravan Palace at the Commodore
Dream Theater at the Queen Elizabeth
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks at the Rickshaw



Most weekdays and occasionally on the weekend, the Straight highlights a shot from one of the previous night’s music events. It’s our Concert Pic of the Morning. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group or post your stuff on Twitter or Instagram and tag the act’s name.

Couldn’t make it out last night? You missed Montreal electrofunk duo Chromeo at the commodoreballroom

RecordSlave was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Chromeo at the Commodore Ballroom on April 15, 2014.

Thanks RecordSlave!

Recent entries

There’s been a lot of rumour and speculation flying around the music world in the last few days regarding the status of legendary Aussie earbusters AC/DC.
Some media outlets were actually reporting the band’s demise, claiming that rhythm-guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young had suffered a stroke recently and would never be able to perform again.
Then this morning the band made this announcement on its website and Facebook page:
After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.
In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time.
Then came the good news:
The band will continue to make music.
Fuckin-AAA!
Read more: The world would be a much lamer place without AC/DC in it

There’s been a lot of rumour and speculation flying around the music world in the last few days regarding the status of legendary Aussie earbusters AC/DC.

Some media outlets were actually reporting the band’s demise, claiming that rhythm-guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young had suffered a stroke recently and would never be able to perform again.

Then this morning the band made this announcement on its website and Facebook page:

After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support.

In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm and his family’s privacy be respected during this time.

Then came the good news:

The band will continue to make music.

Fuckin-AAA!

Read more: The world would be a much lamer place without AC/DC in it

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stephenhui:

B.C. ski resorts and sweet natural gas plants exempted from environmental assessments

Let’s play good idea/bad idea.

stephenhui:

B.C. ski resorts and sweet natural gas plants exempted from environmental assessments

Let’s play good idea/bad idea.

This is Zen, a cuddly dog with his cuddly toy dog.
Read more: Homeless in Vancouver: The Zen of waiting

This is Zen, a cuddly dog with his cuddly toy dog.

Read more: Homeless in Vancouver: The Zen of waiting

Have you voted for Vancouver’s city bird yet? Our newsroom is engaged in heated debate over the best candidate.

Learn more about the candidates.

From top:

Pacific wren (by Tom Talbott)

Varied thrush (by Stephen Hui)

Anna’s hummingbird (by Stephen Hui)

Black-capped chickadee (by Stephen Hui)

Pileated woodpecker (by Mele Avery)

Northern flicker (by Stephen Hui)

If you’re not a Game of Thrones fanatic, chances are you’re sleeping with one. It is, after all, a throat-slitting, zombie-dodging, throne-seeking, dragon-loving, wolf-ghosting, cave-cavorting good time. There’s no shortage of visual stimulation—not the least of which is the character Jon Snow. (Damn you, you bastard son of god knows who! Why must you be such a heartbreaker?)

Accordingly, this fantastical HBO series boasts a following of Trekkie proportions. So when the network’s global licensing department was shopping around for merchandising partners, imagine what an honour it was for Pyrrha jewellery founders Wade Papin and Danielle Wilmore to get the coveted collaboration call.

Read more: HBO taps Vancouver’s Pyrrha for official Game of Thrones jewellery collection