With housing prices on the rise in both Canada and the United States, the next few years will be very interesting for those who are in or thinking about entering the real estate market. Traditionally the real estate market in Canada and the United States has moved in similar directions, but in recent years, the situation has changed.
Critics of the international movement have called it discriminatory and racist, citing it as an attempt to prioritize black lives over all others ("It's not just black lives -- all lives matter!"). And perhaps most significantly, many have accused the organization of inciting hatred and violence against police. Though these assumptions are completely false, the discovery of a co-founder's tweet talking about killing white people does nothing to quell these criticisms. Rather, it simply adds fuel to an already raging fire.
In the wake of Rob Ford's death on March 22nd, 2016 many are looking back on his life. Along with his troubled and eccentric moments, he was a man of the community and his legacy, in whichever light you see it, will be remembered for years to come.
The truth is my life was already planned out. I wanted my partner and I to build a future together in my country of birth -- Antigua and Barbuda. We already had a nice apartment, a four-legged son, we both drove and had great jobs. All that was missing was "acceptance"!
It was the spring of 2005, I was an overweight smoker and on the fast track to an early grave. I was 23-years-old, weighed 260 pounds and smoked a pack a day. My eating habits were poor with little to no exercise. Changes had to be made.
Not to oversimplify Economics 101, but solid population and wage growth are among the key contributors to both healthy retail and real estate sectors. And with BC and Ontario economies and housing markets leading in this regard, it's no surprise that residents in these areas are brimming in the consumer confidence department.
When most communities in B.C. have more in-camera meetings than the City of Toronto, there's a problem. In Ontario, councils are entitled to go in-camera to consider six specific matters. There are four reasons that councils must go in camera and over a dozen reasons why they "may" close a meeting. The nuance between "may" and "must" seems to have been lost on a few.
You may be wondering why this all matters. It is important because wild bees and other pollinators are facing similar declines to honey bees. Threats range from pesticides and herbicides to loss of habitat to disease outbreaks and a dramatically changing climate.
Human resources and corporate culture have been drastically changing in recent years and Vancouver technology companies are leading the way in this transformation. In the past decade the very purpose and focus of human resources departments has been shifting.
To Mr. Ford's loved ones, I offer my deepest condolences. To everyone else, I suggest that we see his story as a cautionary tale about not wasting the wonderful opportunities provided to us in our lives, but rather, facing our own demons head-on so that they never prevent us from fulfilling our great potential.
In the midst of the busiest month of the year in real estate, the Canadian housing market shows no signs of cooling down anytime soon, pushing buyers to think twice about their next move. Many assume that their best bet is to steer clear of the hot market, but that isn't necessarily a smart move.
Made popular by English rock groups in the 1980s, the musical genre creatively dubbed "shoegaze" has evolved and returned.
He was a seemingly well-intentioned politician with a problem in the limelight of municipal politics and you'll be hard pressed to find a Torontonian without an opinion. But if you look past the madness of his political term and stay focused on his politics, you'll find a mayor who's left a legacy to be proud of.
The City of Toronto's recent punitive measure of cutting the annual Afrofest festival down to one day from its original two has made me question how we evaluate this "within reason." What is the threshold of noise, traffic congestion, number of complaints and general inconvenience one should tolerate before the city has to put its foot down?
Traditionally a fashion show is supposed to be for buyers to place orders and for editors to narrow down the countless number of runway looks into X key trends for the season. Neither of those things occur at Toronto Fashion Week anymore. In order to maximize the potential of this event, changes need to be made.
A bidding war is when the seller will list their house at an artificially reduced price, show buyers the house over a period of about a week, and then have an offer date where all interested buyers present their offers. The expectation is that they will sell for well over the asking price, and have multiple buyers bidding against each other.