The Georgia Straight

A binner’s business—if you can call it that—is with the recycling blue bins and Dumpsters outside of apartment buildings.

What goes on inside the buildings is normally none of our business but word does leak out. Binners naturally get to chatting with building managers and tenants. Pleasantries are exchanged. Grievances are aired.

Tenants mostly complain about their rent and the upkeep of their suites. Building managers complain about tenants, tradespeople, and garbage.

Garbage problems can be a particular sore point because they can mean a visible mess, which reflects poorly on the building.

Read more: Homeless in Vancouver: And now an important word from your blue bin

Follow the link for even more pics: Fair at the PNE 2014: Week one in photos!


Couldn’t make it out last night? You missed California death-metal band Rings of Saturn at the Rickshaw. 
Trevor was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Rings of Saturn on the Summer Slaughter Canada Tour at the Rickshaw Theatre on August 25, 2014. 
Thanks Trevor!

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Gob at the Imperial
LeAnn Rimes at the PNE Amphitheatre
Blackalicious at the Biltmore



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 California death-metal band Rings of Saturn at the Rickshaw. 

Trevor was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Rings of Saturn on the Summer Slaughter Canada Tour at the Rickshaw Theatre on August 25, 2014.

Thanks Trevor!

Recent entries

Photo of the Day: A sticky situation by Paulo Canlas.
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: A sticky situation by Paulo Canlas.

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.

In federal prisons across Canada, inmates are at a greater risk of violence than they were 10 years ago.
As the Straight reported in July, statistics obtained through a freedom of information request show numbers are up for assault, sexual assault, and attempted suicide. The use of solitary confinement has also increased.
According Gord Robertson, Pacific regional president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers, it’s a combination of factors that’s causing prisons to become increasingly dangerous places.
“The Corrections [Correctional Service Canada (CSC)] budget has been slashed in the last few years by the Conservatives,” he said in a telephone interview. “Across the country, we need more funding from the government, just to cover things like mental health, to address double bunking, and to alleviate some of those stressors.”
Read more: Stephen Harper’s tough-on-crime agenda linked to increasingly dangerous prisons

In federal prisons across Canada, inmates are at a greater risk of violence than they were 10 years ago.

As the Straight reported in July, statistics obtained through a freedom of information request show numbers are up for assault, sexual assault, and attempted suicide. The use of solitary confinement has also increased.

According Gord Robertson, Pacific regional president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers, it’s a combination of factors that’s causing prisons to become increasingly dangerous places.

“The Corrections [Correctional Service Canada (CSC)] budget has been slashed in the last few years by the Conservatives,” he said in a telephone interview. “Across the country, we need more funding from the government, just to cover things like mental health, to address double bunking, and to alleviate some of those stressors.”

Read more: Stephen Harper’s tough-on-crime agenda linked to increasingly dangerous prisons


Couldn’t make it out last Friday night? You missed Vancouver’s own rock quartet Gob at the Imperial. 
Ellie Huey was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Gob at the Imperial on August 22, 2014. 
Thanks Ellie!

Recent entries

LeAnn Rimes at the PNE Amphitheatre
Blackalicious at the Biltmore
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts at the PNE Amphitheatre



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 Friday night? You missed Vancouver’s own rock quartet Gob at the Imperial. 

Ellie Huey was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Gob at the Imperial on August 22, 2014.

Thanks Ellie!

Recent entries

Hey, even more photos from that dinner we didn’t get invited to.


Couldn’t make it out last night? You missed American pop-country singer LeAnn Rimes at the PNE Amphitheatre. 
Gina Craig was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. LeAnn Rimes at the PNE Amphitheatre on August 21, 2014. 
Thanks Gina!

Recent entries

Blackalicious at the Biltmore
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts at the PNE Amphitheatre
Misery Signals at the Biltmore



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 American pop-country singer LeAnn Rimes at the PNE Amphitheatre. 

Gina Craig was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. LeAnn Rimes at the PNE Amphitheatre on August 21, 2014.

Thanks Gina!

Recent entries

This month, twin artists Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, aka OSGEMEOS, are bringing their celebrated street style graffiti to Vancouver.

As part of the Vancouver Biennale project, the pair are painting their biggest-ever public mural on a strip of concrete silos on Granville Island.

Check out some photos of this amazing work-in-progress!

Vancouver’s all-white, exclusive picnic spectacular has come and gone.

Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2014 took place in—surprise, surprise—David Lam Park in Yaletown.

Intrepid photographer Andrew Chin was there to capture these stunning shots of the extravaganza, which temporarily closed part of the seawall.

See more photos: Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2014 turns David Lam Park into sea of white