As Gord Downie closed the show with kisses to the cheeks of his bandmates and nods of gratitude to the 20,000 fans in Vancouver, the courage the lead singer displayed overwhelmed me. It saddened me, too. Downie, my cultural hero, is battling the same awful disease -- glioblastoma multiforme -- that took the life of my wife, Julia Pelish-Brijbassi, 137 days ago.
There's no tax quite as popular as a tax on someone else. But will the people still be on board once the bills come in for collecting the Vancouver vacancy tax, or when the foreign investment tax has to morph to catch the money coming into the country? Or if housing prices are unaffected? Or if housing prices plunge and Canadian homeowners owe more than their home is worth?
This summer I checked out a few cooking classes, from French pastry in Montreal to regional specialties in Vancouver. Cooking classes are a fun way to find out more about a place, learn new techniques and meet new people -- all in a short period of time.
There's no question condominiums are an increasingly popular housing choice for Canadians for a variety of reasons -- lower costs and prime inner city locations chief among them. But this also means condo buyers' demands are changing like never before.
Vancouver is known as one of the top cities in the world for foodies. The city is home to everything from Michelin-starred, farm-to-table eateries to food trucks that are never seen without a line. Whether you're into high-class eats or down-home cooking, the following are six places you simply have to eat at when you're there.
Response to change requires a positive acceptance of the reality, a calm head, and clear strategic thinking. I don't want to leave Canada. And I don't want to stop being a Consul General. But I shall. There is no time for wistful dreaming about how nice it would be if everything could stay the same or just keep going.
Some of Canada's biggest success stories show us that if you want to make it big, you've got to move south. Slack, the popular chat application for business teams, was originally founded in Victoria but is now headquartered in San Francisco, where access to capital has helped the company achieve explosive growth. So why-oh-why would anyone want to live and work in Vancouver?
Housing activity in Toronto and Vancouver continues to skew the Canadian home sales picture, as these two markets experience characteristics that are very different from the rest of the country.
Canada is a wonderful, unique country. I came here as a musician and a stereotypical tea drinking, Marmite enjoying Brit to live, work and study for a masters degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. I was immediately struck with the country's immeasurable beauty, vastness and diversity, but I was even more struck with how culturally different it was to my country.
If you've made a windfall profit, take it and run. If you're leveraged up to the pits and speculating on big gains, bail. If you're within a few years of retirement with most of your net worth in four walls, suck it out. If you cannot afford to see your equity peeled back by a third or more, and stay that way for years, then retreat. If you listened to Mom and bought a condo with diddly down, get out.
Through concerted collaboration executed in a spirit of co-opetition, over the last three years 11 Canadian cities have executed seven joint Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) missions with the Federal government to 12 countries.
It's been a long time coming, but the Evergreen Line is finally almost here. The tunnel is drilled, and the stations are coming to life with welcoming, open plazas. In early 2017, living in Burquitlam, Port Moody and Coquitlam will no longer necessitate a long commute or a costly Westcoast Express ticket.
Don't let back-to-school shopping destroy your end-of-summer travels. Forego your annual August trip to the nearest mall and embark on a back-to-school shopping adventure instead. Canada is home to some of the world's greatest shopping cities.
Forty-two per cent of adults 20 to 29 were living with parents in 2011, up from 27 per cent in 1981. Half of Ontarians in their 20s live at home, according to Statistics Canada's 2011 National Household Survey.
When Canadians return from celebrating the Canada Day long weekend, they can expect early July to be hot with discussion of potential changes in mortgage regulations and housing policy. Again. Only this time, the changes could have some real teeth to them.
The biggest benefit of speaking languages I've seen in my career is that it increased the opportunities that came my way. You do have to have other things working for you too, of course. You have to have other skills, like knowledge of a specific sector or market, the ability to do business and the ability to be a reliable, energetic person in any number of fields.