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Le Marche St. George in danger of being closed down: is it the owner’s fault?


Yesterday I wrote a piece on one of my favourite local cafes, Le Marche St. George. Recently, due to a neighbour complaint, the City of Vancouver paid a visit to the artisan shop and cafe. Although, the store owners have a permit to avail of the outdoor space for seating, what it appears they don’t have in order is a permit to operate their business as a cafe/restaurant. Unfortunately, because the City has now opened a file on the case, the cafe is in danger of being closed down.

At first, when I read about this I was outraged and thought what a grouch of a neighbour for complaining in the first place. What I have since learned is that this neighbour is legally blind. She has been finding it hard for some time to navigate the pathway outside of the cafe due to the chairs and strollers and toys that are often strewn around. In my opinion, the neighbour could have taken a different approach from calling the City. I am certain if she did, indeed, try to deal with the cafe owners personally she may have been able to resolve her issues (the owners are kind people – I’ve met them). However, the predicament they are in now are not exactly due to “the complaints of a single neighbour.” Nope. They are in danger of having their business shut down because they do not have the proper licenses in place to operate as they are. Read more…

This school year I plan to help my children fail.

Next week, my two kiddos head back to school.

tumblr_nfxv2aemDe1qk8j8do8_250I’m completely grateful for the summer we’ve had but, man oh man, are we ready to get back to routine and bedtimes and less…er…togetherness.

This school year I have decided that I want to help set my kids up to be more independent. Not that I don’t want them to need or want my help, but I do want them to be able to do some things on their own. Our mornings are often a nightmare. I wake up with the intention of putting my best foot forward…the intention of not yelling and shouting and losing my f*%cking mind. Things, more often than not, go to shit and I’m left feeling deflated after I drop the kids to school…beating myself up over how I could have done things better. Read more…

Giving away my extra ticket to Jon Bon Jovi this Saturday at Rogers Arena


I was so excited when I purchased my two tickets to this Saturday’s Jon Bon Jovi concert, originally scheduled to be held at Stanley Park. Alas, due to a whack load of shenanigans, it was cancelled earlier this week by the original promoter Paper Rain Performances.

Then…to my amazement, Jon Bon Jovi and his people stepped up and worked out a deal with Rogers Arena to host the concert there and to honour all of the original ticket sales (around 7000). No more tickets will be sold to the concert. I have two tickets to the show, and my friend who was supposed to come with me has made other plans. Low and behold, I am left with an extra ticket. Read more…

Renovating in Vancouver: let’s get this party started

Aaaaaaaaaaand…we’re off!

After a few more weeks of back and forth with our architect and contractor after learning our original plans were going to set us back waaaaay too much in terms of structural upgrades, our upstairs renovation is finally underway. Read more…

Whispers from the Westside: getting the hell out


A while back I wrote a post about how some Westside preschools were having to close down due to lack of enrolment.  Whether this is because of a need for more full-time childcare or because there simply aren’t enough children in the neighbourhood to fill them up remains to be seen.  I did, however, receive a very interesting e-mail from a reader (wishing to remain anonymous).  Read below: Read more…

STOP IT!! I’m sick of seeing gross stuff at the public pool

I’ve been taking my kids swimming since they were babies.  Over the years, I have become more and more appalled by what people seem to think is okay behavior at public swimming pools.  So much so, that I actually think people need a list they can review when it comes public pool etiquette. Read more…

Renovating in Vancouver: tempered expectations

So…we have the architect and have hired a contractor.  Over the last few weeks a lot has happened – alas, no actual work to our house has begun.

When we were originally looking at our upstairs, we wanted modify the layout so that we would have three bedrooms (we currently have two), a family bathroom and a three-piece ensuite in our master bedroom.  Our architect drew up the plans, which called for the family bathroom being bumped into what will be our son’s room.  Also, in order to gain the full ceiling height across the east side of our house, we planned to extend an existing pocket dormer (which houses the bathroom) the full length of the house.

Everything was looking amazing and we were getting super excited.  Then we consulted with an engineer. Read more…

East Vancouver Real Estate: is it time to take the money and run??

It feels like there are more and more homes for sale in East Vancouver these days…and that these homes are fetching prices that, even six months ago, would have seemed absurd. Read more…

Whispers from the Westside: empty preschools


I’m toying with an idea for a new series on here…one that exposes the effect of real estate speculation on Vancouver’s neighbourhoods.  Namely the Westside, where property prices have increased so dramatically, that most people are completely priced out of the area.  As someone who grew up in Dunbar, which during my childhood was a quite idyllic (lots of kids playing in the parks, people shopping and eating in local establishments, neighbours getting together for block parties), I am consistently taken aback by how much things have changed. Read more…

Income required to own a home in Canadian cities

We all know the cost of living and affording a home is increasing in Vancouver…but what about in other parts of Canada? This handy infographic shows what income is required to afford a home in various Canadian cities. Read more…

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