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Save Le Marché St. George! Neighbour complaints may force local gem to close its doors

le marcheWow…it’s lovely to see the Grinch is alive and well in Vancouver. Le Marché St. George is one of my favourite spots in our beautiful neighbourhood. With everything from local eggs and honey, to probably the best pain au chocolat this side of the Sienne, I cannot imagine why anyone would gripe about having such a wonderful, warm spot on their block. Alas, someone has filed a complaint with the City of Vancouver.

According the Le Marché’s Facebook page: Read more…

Vancouver: is it fun for anyone?

nofunOkay…so this is depressing.

Our province has the highest child poverty rates in Canada.  The report by the child and youth advocacy group First Call said B.C.’s child poverty rate is 18.6 per cent compared to the national rate of 13.3 per cent.  This means that almost 20% of the kids in our province are having a childhood that is way less than fun.

A report from YouthfulCities “ranks the world’s top cities from a youth perspective.”  Vancouver didn’t even make the Top 25.  Communities were ranked based on 16 categories, including civic participation, diversity, digital access, environmental sustainability, access to education, youth employment, food and nightlife, music and film, public space and sports.

More and more we are hearing that Vancouver a tough city to raise a family.  Housing affordability tops the list of complaints from those who have chosen to move elsewhere.

Which begs the question…is Vancouver fun for anyone??  Is our city really just becoming a playground for the wealthy?

What gives?

Absurd Vancouver Property (September 19, 2013)

$800K on Nanaimo Street:

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Gripes from the Grind: What the heck is going on with the Lower Mainland’s Gateway Program?

gateway program

Sometime in early 2009, I was driving along Highway 1 in Vancouver, dodging construction equipment and trying to figure out what the current lane markings were, and I assumed that we would have a shiny new freeway in time for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Clearly, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Read more…

Absurd Vancouver Property (August 29, 2013)

$1.7 million on East Pender.  No words.


Vancouver…are you f*#king kidding me?!

Absurd Vancouver Property (June 6th, 2013)

People keep complaining that I’m not comparing apples to apples.

Look, I honestly think that there are pros and cons to living anywhere – nowhere is perfect.  But, for whatever reason, lots of people believe that Vancouver is incomparable to other places in Canada…I disagree.  People live in lots of other cities in our country and for many different reasons.  Yes…Vancouver is beautiful.  Yes…we have a mild climate.  Yes…our quality of life here is amazing! However…we also have tons of rain, out of control cost of living and…absurd property prices.

Anyway…I digress.  I’m on the last leg of my cross-Canada tour.  Today we’ll have a look at what your Canuck bucks will fetch you in Alberta.

First up is this $2 million home in Calgary.

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My Vancouver Girls “Staycation” and Giveaway!

Vancouver Girls Night

These days, bachelorette parties seem to be a pretty big deal.  Many people jet set away to the sun their last getaway as a single girl.  However, due to many different circumstances (time, finances, familial responsibilities) this is not always feasible.  Really, though, it is possible to have an amazing stagette weekend right here in Vancouver.  I recently planned one that was, if I do say so myself, pretty spectacular. Read more…

Is Vancouver overrated?

Should Vancouver get over itself?

Should Vancouver get over itself?

In his recent Huffington Post piece, 10 Terribly Overrated Destinations (And Where To Travel Instead), David Landsel singles out places that everyone is told to travel to but, in his opinion, are not worth the airfare.  Vancouver was amongst his victims.  Read more…

Crate & Barrel Vancouver Media and VIP Opening (March 20, 2013)

Last night, I attended the media and VIP opening of Vancouver’s first Crate & Barrel, located at Oakridge Centre.  As guests, we were wined and dined as we perused the gorgeous home furnishings throughout the store.

Customers of the new Vancouver location will discover the brand’s fresh and colourful 2013 Spring and Summer Collection, which features entertaining and decorating essentials for every room in the home.  The assortment will highlight stylish choices in furniture, accessories, textiles, tabletop, kitchen, bed and bath, storage, and outdoor living. A favourite gift destination for celebrations of all kinds, Crate and Barrel will also offer its popular gift registry service, as well as its Designer Rewards Program for eligible industry professionals. Read more…

Absurd Vancouver Property (March 14, 2013)

I feel like $4 million is a good amount of money to spend on a luxury home…That kind of money affords one a certain kind of lifestyle, I would assume (I have to assume because I don’t actually know!).

In Georgetown, Washington, $4 million buys you this mansion, which formerly housed the Field School (a distinguished prep school):

Photo by Beasly Real Estate

Photo by Beasly Real Estate

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