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Archive for the ‘Community’ Category


Whose Property Is It Anyway?

Vancouver is changing, and certainly not always for the better. Everyday someone new moves into the Lower Mainland, and they bring something unique to contribute, whether they come from Alberta or Albania. You can’t limit the contributions to the obvious things like food or music. You also have to factor in the energy that comes […]

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New Units Added to Inventory – Live At Balance!

Live at Balance! Balance is a new project at the corner of Grosvenor and Whalley Boulevard. That’s basically 108 and King George. Depending on how you want to go it’s either crack central or an up and coming part of Surrey. It means 56 new units added to inventory. Floorspace ranges from 307 sq. feet […]

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City of Vancouver Provides Temporary Housing

The City of Vancouver has purchased 3475 East Hastings with the intent of turning it into a temporary housing facility for homeless people. The building was previously used as a hotel by many operators, most recently Ramada. The property will house people who have already been in CoV shelters for “many months” while awaiting permanent […]

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Crowdsourcing For the DTES

A friend of mine asked me to help her with a project she’s doing for the DTES. She is a Strathcona resident, an entrepreneur and a budding agent of social change. She needs help. I’ve helped a bit and am asking for readers of this blog to also pitch in. It’s easy. It’s worthwhile. It […]

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Landlord Slapped by RTB

The Vancouver Sun reports today that “notorious landlord Gurdyal Singh Sahota” was hit with. $115,000 administrative penalty for failing to maintain a healthy building. It’s the first administrative penalty the RTB has issued, according to the Sun. And Rich Coleman, the minister responsible for the RTB, is unable to confirm that the penalty was levied, […]

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HST Results-What Do They Mean?

The results from the HST vote are in and the Yes side won. The tax brought in with little consultation and in conflict with pre-election promises must now be reversed. Why did this happen? What does it mean? In the first place I think we can agree that the HST is a better tax than […]

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The Wildest Place in America

On the ferry this weekend I ran across an interesting magazine cover. The headline read “The Wildest Place in America”. It was accompanied by a picture of a Kermode bear. I immediately thought “Wow. They must have Kermodes in Alaska too”. How else would a BC bear turn up in a story on the wildest […]

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Smoking Prohibited in Your Home

There is often talk of the government banning smoking outright. That’s a tricky proposition, since the government gets a lot of money from tobacco taxes. Many would argue that the money is exactly why government drags it’s feet. Is there another solution? It turns out that there may be. I’m starting to see more strata […]

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Flickers

I trust everyone had a happy and restful Easter, and that everyone enjoyed the Canucks’ game (outcome aside). I lost track of time and completely neglected to do the stats. I’ll see about figuring out a way to interpolate them, and if not I’ll fix it next week. On another note, reading through strata minutes […]

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Why Does She Bother?

Why does Elizabeth May bother? What’s the point? Whats her goal? Does anyone really think she’s going to get elected? And if she does get elected, what exactly is she going to accomplish? She will be the only MP in a marginalized party that won’t be able to introduce legislation and get it passed. I’m […]

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