While everyone's been furiously pointing fingers at each other over Vancouver's skyrocketing house prices, little attention has been paid to the other side of most real estate transactions: the pay stub.
Hours later, after testing various knots, my first swing was born. I remember the joy I felt when I first swung on my living room swing -- it was therapeutic. Stressful thoughts shed with each swing, and I knew this was the beginning of something more.
I know addiction from many different personal and professional angles -- and I ask that you take this letter seriously. I know what I'm talking about.
With a plan to become the greenest city in the world by 2020, Vancouver is becoming renowned for its safe and extensive bike paths.
I've been in Vancouver for two days where I joined with Greenpeace activists, First Nations peoples, parents, grandparents, professors, students at an amazing 6-hour "Toast The Coast" rally on Jerricho Beach to celebrate the pristine beauty of the Northwest coastline and to stop Big Oil from devastating it: Shell's preparing to drill in Alaska, new pipelines are proposed to bring tar sand oil to the coast, more oil-carrying super tankers running up and down the coast. Remember Exxon Valdez?
You can't get any more historic than a house built at the inception of its neighbourhood.
While the provincial government might want to wish this crisis away, the facts have a way of hanging around.
Marijuana dispensaries in B.C. have yet to define why they exist, who they are for and why anyone should care. They live nostalgically in the anti-establishment, authority-bucking era of sticking it to the man. Changes in legislation and evolving market conditions demand that the medical marijuana industry grow up.
With high prices and many potential buyers struggling to enter the market, some buyers are considering stretching out their payments with a 35-year amortization rather than the typical 25-year amortization that most Canadian homebuyers use.
There is absolutely no benefit to students to have full-to-the-brim classrooms; if there is why do private schools advertise small class sizes for a better learning environment?
One thing you could never say about Andrea Hooge's art is that it takes itself too seriously. Kittens begging for treats, a doll barfing rainbows and detailed renditions of Bill Murray characters are just some of the things she's brought to life. Her body of work is diverse, prolific and reflective of her high level of skill.
My Canadian-born son isn't proficient in Tamil. I have not been successful in teaching him. I feel that my ineffectiveness comes off as un-Tamil to some. We're used to the idea of the cultural mosaic and pride in our heritage by proudly declaring that our kids are proud Tamils.
Nothing is quite as popular as a tax on someone else. Vancouver's mayor knows this, and that's why he is pitching tax hikes on overseas property buyers, despite a notable lack of data...
It seems with every passing day, there is a new story out about Vancouver's red-hot real estate market. As mayor, Vancouver's lack of affordable housing is one of the most complex challenges I've faced at City Hall.
Last week, FIFA took centre stage in the world media for all the wrong reasons. This week, the beautiful game will rely on its most beautiful players to re-focus attention on the sport itself. That means eyes of the soccer world will be on Canada for the entirety of the 2015 Women's World Cup, which starts on June 6 with a pair of matches in Edmonton and culminates on July 5 in Vancouver.
Seems like every generation since the Second World War has had a reason to flock to the suburbs. For our parents, it was a yard for us kids to play in and a respite from the supposedly crime-ridden cities. For my generation? Housing prices, thanks to a skyrocketing real estate market and boomers that never seem to tire of telling us we have no choice but to go east, young wo/man.