March Break is just around the corner, and if you're like many Canadians, you're probably wondering how you're going to afford to pay for it. Luckily, there's an easy way to save money, keep your children happy, and teach them a few life lessons too. Use the break as an opportunity to put your kids in the classroom of life by involving them in the March Break budgeting process. Here's how:
Currently 54 per cent of the world's population live in cities -- over 3.5 billion. Cities account for about 70 per cent of energy related greenhouse gas emissions (more per capita than rural areas). And in 2014, global CO2 emissions, which account for approximately 65 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions, were nearly 36 giga-tonnes.
What started with a handful of people at Victory Square Park on April 20, 1995, has organically grown into one of Vancouver's largest and most well-known civic events. Last year, Vancouver's 420 celebration brought in upwards of 40,000 people to the Art Gallery grounds throughout the day.
It's only in this market, with it's unfettered influx of foreign bags of cash that this can happen. If our market was not in overdrive, we would not see such a flagrant waste of a perfectly good home and that's the thing that people are most upset about.
Vancouver is always a city that encourages its residents and visitors to get outside and explore. However, the city truly comes alive in spring. As flowers bloom and temperatures rise, Vancouver flourishes with outdoor activities, spring events and wildlife that wakes from a long winter's sleep.
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.