Brad, you taught me how to rock and now I am shedding a lot of tears tonight. You were as talented as they come; I'm going to miss you.
The most important message I could share from my experience growing up and coming over to Canada is that being a refugee doesn't last a lifetime. It's an experience that lasts but a few short years and opens the door to a life full of opportunities to learn, grow and succeed.
Every day I hear about a real estate bubble on the edge of bursting, with home sale prices exponentially rising well above assessment values. I don't think it's a surprise to anyone that foreign investment from Chinese investors over the past few years, and even decades, has been a major contributor to our real estate boom.
In Ottawa, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) will once again convene a meeting of its 21 big city mayors. FCM is assembling the Big City Mayors' Caucus in advance of the federal budget, building on discussions which have been underway ever since the new government took office in late 2015.
Living in the city as a young family is just a game of trying to see how long you can hold on while the city tries to kick you off.
I didn't know much about the Bald Eagles cycles. It just seemed one week they were there and then they were gone. But year after year, it became a familiar pattern. I'd get a happy twinge in the autumn when I spotted the first Bald Eagle of the season, "They're back!"
Since I've moved to Vancouver in February of last year I've become accustomed to daily news updates on the real estate market. There are other towns like Squamish that are on the winning end of the housing crisis in Vancouver -- these towns are getting young families that will one day help their town prosper.
This year's Dine Out Vancouver festival will feature dishes from multiple culinary greats, and any foodie in the area would seriously regret not putting in the effort to taste Michelin-star-level food while they still can.
This week, we learned that the Toronto Police Service will be ordering C8 carbine semi-automatic assault rifles for front-line police officers. The assault rifles, produced by arms manufacturer Colt Canada for the Canadian Forces, will cost $2,500 each, and will be in patrol cars on the streets of Canada's largest city by May. Toronto becomes only the latest municipality to acquire a weapon described on its website as "battle proven in harsh combat environments."
Many people with visual disabilities use this trick. To navigate a world built for the sighted, we take photos in airports to ascertain the numbers on departure gates, on transit and in many other public infrastructure settings. For the fully sighted, there may be nothing worth photographing. But for us, these strange snaps may contain crucial detail, even information we need to be safe.
I am sorry to say that no one can promise that you will not face discrimination again as you re-establish yourself in this country. But I know that there will be many of us that will stand with you when it happens. You will be among those fighting to ensure our handling of this humanitarian crisis does not seed future shame and add to the list of times that fear and intolerance guided our actions.
His deep and enduring impact on me was not the music, fashion, or performance art of the man known as David Bowie. It was the heart of the man born as David Jones. It was the story of his love for wife, Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid.
"Greater Vancouver is a special place in terms of property ownership. People come here from all over the world, and feel safe and at home. This has created a firestorm with respect to owning property, not only from our neighbours to the south, but also China, South Korea, Iran, India and other parts of the world."
His thesis simply doesn't hold up -- and it ignores the valuable contributions being made by non-white commentators.
As we increasingly become a nation of urban citizens, it is cities that are leading the way on climate change and renewable energy. So when a city says it's going to go 100 per cent renewable, that definitely got our attention. Vancouver's commitment came in March 2015, and they're not wasting time to put it in place.
Many Canadians are opening up their January credit card statements, reeling from the holiday hangover and newly acquired debt they racked up last month. It sure adds up quickly: gifts, some travel, a few nice dinners over the holidays. What would happen if credit card interest rates doubled? How many of us would fall behind in our credit card payments? It sounds horrible but rest assured it is unlikely. But it is far more likely to happen with our mortgage rates. Could you afford your home in 2016 if interest rates rise?