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Since greeting cards have to express popular sentiments in order to make a profit, I’ve long thought they were a good indication of the zeitgeist. 

In that case, what are we to make of a Valentine’s Day card I found last year? The card is by the creator of the Cathy comic strip and reads, “It’s Valentine’s Day and once again women all over the country will be shouting those here special little words… On the next page, Cathy yells: MEN ARE PIGS!”

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The B.C. Supreme Court confirmed the right of Canadians to skinny dip at private parties -- even if they’re held in municipal pools governed by prudish politicians.

 In his decision yesterday, Mr. Justice Paul Williamson quashed Surrey City Council’s decision to stop renting the Newton Wave Pool to the Surrey Skinnydippers Club.

He called council’s reasons for preventing the private late night swims “patently unreasonable.”

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The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s current tour of Giselle, which opens in Vancouver tonight, looks suspiciously like Evelyn Hart’s unofficial farewell tour. But it’s best not to mention the “R” word to her -- that’s retirement. Although she will be 46 in April, Hart says that the idea of beginning any performance knowing that it will be “The Last One,” is more stress than she can bear.

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“Could you love a cock that kills?” is the kind of line that has been getting a laugh since Chaucer made the pun and, as always, it drew whoops when battery opera worked it into their latest performance art piece, Spektator.

 The audience also howled when Jennifer Murray, kneeling, stuck her naked butt in the air in a pose so revealing it prompted a colleague to murmur: “Nice Brazilian!”

And spectators guffawed when, as the dead cock, Murray’s naked body was dragged off-stage.

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Parkview Apartments, the nondescript four-storey walk-up at 2255 Pandora in Vancouver looks fine from the outside, but it’s the sort of building where cockroaches aren’t nervous.

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The University of British Columbia is being sued by an Ontario-based author who claims the school breached a contract by failing to provide her with a safe working environment while she was Green College’s journalist-in-residence in fall 2004.

Green College is unique at UBC: a traditional-style residence with a good dining hall that is designed to bring a mix of interdisciplinary grad students, post-doctoral fellows, visiting professors, and visiting scholars together to exchange ideas.

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The British Columbia Medical Association is criticizing Vancouver's Langara College for training the public in therapies that are "medically useless" and potentially harmful.

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A court has granted Ballet British Columbia's former artistic director the right to add his cancelled contract to the company's list of debts.

In a June 19 decision, Madam Justice Carol Ross of the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled thatthe bankruptcy trustee, E. Sands and Associates, was wrong to disallow John Alleyne's claim for$142,784.92. The claim was based on his employment contract, which required 12 months notice orpayment in lieu of notice. The trustee argued that when Ballet B.C. terminated and rehired Mr. Alleyne,his damages were mitigated.

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Homeowners in the Lower Mainland cities surrounding Vancouver are reminded of the real cost of their beautiful waterfront views as they prepare for the spring runoff on the Fraser River, which has the potential to cause the worst floods since the 1948 disaster that predated the dikes.

Then again, it could be a false alarm for the area, as it was in 1999 when cool weather allowed for a slow melt of the snow-packed Fraser Basin.

The worst-case scenario would be a week-long heat wave followed by heavy rains during the crucial mid-May to late-June period.

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VANCOUVER — Mark Ainley is giving the expression “taking it at face value” a whole new meaning.The Vancouver man teaches workshops on how to divine someone's character, intelligence and values by his or her visage: People with higher eyebrows are reserved. Low eyebrows signal someone outgoing. Upturned noses suggest gullibility; downward pointing noses imply a critical temperament.

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