A look at the events and stories that will be talked about in B.C. this week.
1. Street views
This week, Vancouver City Council is holding two public meetings on the future of 800 Robson Street and the Vancouver Art Gallery north plaza.
The first meeting on Oct. 15 will look at the history of Block 51 and collect ideas for future use. The second meeting on Oct. 17 will include an illustrated brainstorming exercise on future uses for the site.
2. Hopley in court
Child abductor Randall Hopley is scheduled to appear in court via video link on Oct. 15. A dangerous offender hearing date could be set or held over if more time is needed for the psychiatric assessment.
3. Fall in full force
Fall has officially arrived on B.C.'s South Coast as rain pounds Metro Vancouver, Greater Victoria and the Fraser Valley. The wet weather is expected to continue for most of the week, with about 30 millimetres forecast to hit the region Monday night alone.
4. Pipeline hearings
The Joint Review Panel looking into the Northern Gateway Pipeline holds hearings in Prince George Oct. 15 to 19. Topics include the environmental effects of the project, design of the marine terminal, safety and accident response.
5. Writers Festival
The Vancouver Writers Festival kicks off Oct. 16 and runs until Oct. 21. This year's notable guests include Gordon Pinsent, Jian Ghomeshi and Martin Amis.
6. Rally for Amanda Todd
Organizers are holding an event in honour of Amanda Todd, the B.C. teen who committed suicide last week after enduring years of bullying, at Blue Mountain Park in Coquitlam at 2 p.m. PT Oct. 17.
7. XL Foods
It appears the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alta., which was closed amid an international beef recall for E. coli contamination, will reopen Tuesday. The plant will focus on the processing side, and no new cattle will be slaughtered.
On Sunday, management asked 800 of the 2,000 workers laid off Saturday to return to work.
8. Gun crime
A newly released report that looked at all firearm-related crime in Canada in 2008 suggests crimes involving guns cost Canadians $3.1-billion every year.
The internal Justice Department study calculated costs across a broad range, including the value of policing and prosecuting offenders, lost income and even burial fees for victims.
9. Breaking the sound barrier
Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner made a death-defying free fall Sunday that made him the first skydiver to break the sound barrier, according to organizers. In a journey that lasted over nine minutes, he fell at a speed of 1,342.8 km/h, which broke the sound barrier — 1,200 km/h.
10. Postal workers' rally
On Oct. 16, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is holding a public rally in front of the Surrey Main Post Office from 2 to 4 p.m. PT to acknowledge the 31st anniversary of Canada Post becoming a Crown corporation.