The fact Firecracker and Wanderer have eschewed real estate in favour of an early idleness, and are actually of Asian (!) heritage, has turned a lot of newsroom cranks. After saving madly, living on air and investing their 500 grand (with me), these guys ended up claiming to be the nation's youngest retired millionaires. My callers? Not so much. The liquid assets among 35-year-olds who have been working for seven or eight years is breathtaking. There aren't any. Instead, all the cash has gone into lifestyle, a soul-sucking condo or repaying student debt. The kids basically have no idea what an RRSP is, or an ETF, and equate a TFSA with a high-interest savings account at the bank.
The whole country came together. Not since Terry Fox have we seen such a strong example of how a Canadian could summon so much national camaraderie among the people.... All we had to do was sing along to songs we knew by heart, allow ourselves to feel the moment, let our tears express how we felt, let our fellow Canadians know we were all in this together, and then, as a nation, say goodbye to Gord Downie. The best part is we will never really say goodbye to The Tragically Hip. As long as we have kids, camping trips, road trips, backyard barbecues, headphones and private moments, we will never have to say goodbye.
The "Socially Responsible Van" tour is, to be blunt, completely and totally irresponsible. The tour capitalizes on and monetizes the misfortune of others. It lumps all residents of the Downtown Eastside into the same dismissive, downtrodden boat of addiction, poverty and illness.
I often remember hearing family and friends suggesting that someday you will find the one and you will just know. I usually dismissed their suggestions and thought that the chance of love was unlikely. This past year I have found and am now engaged to my beloved so the journey of engagement is something I am facing at now.
Because of you, a bear was killed. You kept making a mess. You kept leaving your garbage on the ground and in the shelter. You kept cooking in your campsite. You kept storing food in your tent and in your backpack. And the bear still couldn't resist. It was hungry and alone. And it kept coming back.
While the reopening of Kitsliano is a clear signal that the Liberals are interested in marine safety on the west coast, they have so far missed one vital piece: re-opening the Comox Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre.
When it comes to climate consultation, the federal government is great at asking questions, but are they actually listening to the answers? The truth is, I don't know.
Taxes for foreigners who buy real estate in Metro Vancouver will do almost nothing to lower high housing prices. It will, however, generate even more money for a government that has already profited enormously from foreign nationals.
I knew it was something parents said to their kids, a thing friends said to each other, and I wanted someone to say it to me. But here's a thing that children of Filipino immigrants understand: this type of emotion sharing isn't the norm in most households.
While nearly everyone has rented housing at some point in their lives, if you haven't had to search for a new place lately, you will certainly be alarmed at the limited options available, regardless of what your budget may be. Unlike much of the rest of the housing market, there are no foreign investors to accuse of over inflating the cost and demand for rental. In Vancouver there simply isn't enough rental inventory for the people who want to live here.
Shots fired! While our media has been pointing out how Chinese buyers are driving up real estate prices, the Chinese media has been dissecting our economy and government, and warning Chinese buyers of the dangers of owning Canadian real estate.
These days there are so many five-star accommodations, offering such a stunning array of luxury amenities, that it seems like they pop up on every block. But which one stands out? I asked a few celebrities about their favourite places to stay when visiting the Best Coast.
So, how much better is Canada's climate target than before the Liberals swept to power? Astonishingly, not one bit. Despite all the activity that has taken place, Canada is ignoring its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal. Given the scale of the threat, how do we get our new prime minister to do the right thing? We have to demand it of him.
Today the cost of a home in Metro Vancouver is more than triple what it was between 1976-1980. B.C. has seen a greater drop in earnings than any other province between the same period, with full-time earnings down $9,000 for 25 to 34 year-olds compared to 1976-1980. What is happening here?
It is time that Metro Vancouver bands together to form a regional strategy that collectively concentrates tech into a defined area that can serve as the catalyst for greater overall success for the industry. Toronto's tech community understands its value in being close to the financial centre of the country, and clustering will similarly allow Vancouver to better develop our brand and competitive advantage for the future.
In a $46.3-billion budget, $49.8 million is chump change, but the B.C. government's 84,346 credit card charges in 2015-16 do offer some insights into how the B.C. government spends on the run. While the number of charges is down from 102,418 in 2014-15, the dollar value is up from $45.1 million.