In the past, I was generally proud of how Vancouver was maintained. However, in recent years, I have noticed a general decline. Boulevards and parks appear overgrown, and more cigarette butts, chewing gum and garbage are strewn about. There's also an increase in the number of unkempt properties, presumably slated for redevelopment or unoccupied, which become scars on otherwise beautiful, well-maintained streetscapes.
Mortgage brokers would be doing their clients a disservice if they simply offered low rates without clearly going through the details. Misguided borrowers sometimes choose a less advantageous product based on rate alone. This often leaves them restricted or stuck with a lender that doesn't truly value great customer service.
There's a growing interest in preserving heritage in Vancouver, but it's not just the city's residential homes that contain fascinating and noteworthy histories. Vancouver's industrial buildings have some interesting stories behind them.
A carbon tax increases the cost of gasoline, diesel, and natural gas -- things that both households and businesses rely on, whether to operate their cars, heat their homes, or run their operations. For perspective, B.C.'s current tax of $30 per tonne of CO2 adds roughly seven cents per litre to the cost of gasoline.
Pamela and Gerry Healy had one day to spend in Vancouver on their world tour and the couple from Sydney, Australia didn't head straight for Stanley Park or one of the city's beaches or even to the historic Gastown neighbourhood. Their first stop was a food truck tour.
A parade of remarkable (but rarely thrilling) acts take the stage, one after the other, with a rhythm closer to "The Ed Sullivan Show" than traditional Cirque. This revue approach is disappointing not only because the show has no flow, but because it does not build to a climax.
The celebrity chef's newest enterprise opened on June 2 and for the time being it needs its owner's attention. "It's like a baby," he says of the 130-seat restaurant with an exterior so eye-catching you'll think it belongs in Times Square, not a suburban strip mall.
It's about time you started planning what you're going to do for number one guy in your life! Going for brunch is all well and good, but to be honest, it's kind of boring. This Father's Day, do something special and fun with Dad -- something you'll both remember for years to come.
It's that time of year again, when local governments across B.C. grit their teeth and post their annual statements of financial information for all and sundry. Depending upon your perspective, they're either a veritable treasure trove of news stories or a minefield of PR disasters waiting to happen.
Being in such a beautiful country, filled with diversity makes me want to fight even harder for the health of our planet and all of who live on it. We should honour and protect what Mother Earth has given us, not abuse it and leave a big problem for the next generation.
With the federal government decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline looming, this year's World Oceans Day takes on even greater meaning for B.C. Anyone who has lived on our coast knows how important our oceans and our beaches are to our lifestyle, our economy and our identity as British Columbians.
One of the best decisions I made was when I stopped commuting six months ago. I now work much closer to home at a flexible worksplace. I get to drop my kids off at school. My morning stress has decreased significantly and I start my days off much happier than I ever did when I had to commute. I believe it's time for businesses to consider if it's truly necessary for people to commute in rush-hour traffic every day to get to work.
Federal regulatory authorities in Canada and the U.S. cannot police this industry since marijuana edibles remain illegal. This lack of oversight presents a serious public safety concern. The question that we as consumers should be asking is: are these new products safe to eat?
Metro Vancouver's plan to control the flow of recycling in the Lower Mainland and construct a $520 million garbage incinerator is taking hits from all angles and really begs the question: "Who actually thinks this is still a good idea?"
Vancouver mother Fiona Chen knew her daughter was different, almost as soon as she could express herself. "From age three she refused to wear dresses...there were so many beautiful dresses that I had to give away," said Chen with a laugh. But it was the start of a difficult journey.
Most of the billions spent on B.C. infrastructure projects in 2012 flew under the provincial radar. Out of sight, out of mind. Cost overruns rarely made a media ripple outside of the affected community. Yet, through various cost sharing formulas, we're all on the hook for them one way or another, whether it's the Vancouver Convention Centre expansion or new roads in Campbell River.