Canadian home prices rise as Toronto sees first gain in 6 months

The Canadian real estate market got off to a good start this year with house prices rising in January, as Toronto saw its first gain in six months, according to a bank measurement. The Teranet-National Bank composite house price index, rose 0.3 per cent last month from December and gained 8.7 per cent in January from a year ago.  That's up from a 0.2 per c [...]

15 February 2018

Vancouver firm banking on big-time Bitcoin bonanza

A journey through Drumheller, Alberta, a community known for its dinosaur museum, has the potential to unearth fossils from the Prairie province’s badlands. But why stop at dinos if cheap land and electricity have the potential to unearth cryptocurrencies? A Vancouver-based firm is raising substantial capital to turn the small town 90 minutes northeast of Calgary into one of North [...]

15 February 2018

Ottawa restores Fisheries Act measures “gutted” by Harper

The federal government will restore more than $280 million in funding cut by the Stephen Harper government to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, ban the capture of whales and dolphins, restore protective measures for fish and fish habitat and adopt more of a co-management approach with indigenous people. Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc was in Vancouver Tuesday, February 6, to ann [...]

07 February 2018

Foreign buyers' influence on Toronto and Vancouver housing markets is rising: report

Mortgage data from Canada’s five largest banks suggests a rising influence on housing markets by foreign buyers – many of them young people funded by their parents.In Toronto and Vancouver, non-permanent residents represented nearly 10 per cent of buyers under the age of 25 who were issued mortgages in 2016, suggesting some “may be receiving parental support,” according to a repo [...]

07 February 2018

Real estate developers pay to keep Metro Vancouver transit projects on track

Developers have anted up to start and complete Metro Vancouver transit plans, which are seen as “crucial” to the local economy – and real estate sales. At the Marine Gateway Canada Line station in Vancouver, developer PCI Group paid $2.5 million for access and safety improvements to the existing Canada Line rapid-transit station before PCI began construction of a mixed-use compl [...]

06 February 2018

Vancouver council approves 4.24 per cent property tax hike

The ruling Vision Vancouver council approved a last-minute property tax increase of .34 per cent Tuesday -- which equates to an overall 4.24 per cent hike -- that left the four Non Partisan Association councillors admittedly blindsided. City staff’s proposed recommendation was for a 3.9 per cent property tax hike until Vision Coun. Raymond Louie successfully recommended halfway thro [...]

13 December 2017

B.C.’s Laughing Stock Vineyards sells to Arterra

Another sale for an Okanagan winery highlights how large wine companies are snapping up boutique family-run ventures. Arterra Wines Canada Inc., which was formerly known as Constellation Brands Canada, announced November 28 that it is buying 14-year-old Laughing Stock Vineyards from owners David and Cynthia Enns, who will stay on for at least two years and run the winery.“It was a priva [...]

29 November 2017

Vancouver considers banning foreign buyers amid 'perfect storm' in housing market

VANCOUVER — The city of Vancouver is considering restricting ownership of housing to local residents, among other strategies, as it looks to cool a hot real estate market that it says is fuelled by foreign and local speculation.A foreign buyer ban is just one of numerous supply and demand measures outlined in Vancouver’s new 10-year housing strategy, which was announced late last wee [...]

29 November 2017

Vancouver, FortisBC to cooperate on energy efficiency

Despite the City of Vancouver’s war on natural gas, the city and FortisBC, B.C.’s natural gas utility, have reached an agreement to work together on projects that will reduce Vancouver’s carbon footprint. The city and FortisBC announced November 24 that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on a number projects, including incentives to switch city vehicles from [...]

25 November 2017

Fresh Nest Cleaning aims to make homes, businesses sparkle

For the folks at Fresh Nest Cleaning, cleaning a home, industrial building or commercial space is more than just a job. It’s part of establishing an overall relationship with each client while fostering positive rapport and loyalty. When Brianna Holzer, founder and CEO of the company, initially opened the business as Steven’s Cleaning Service as a sole proprietorship nearly seven ye [...]

25 November 2017

A disproportionate referendum on proportional representation

British Columbians will be asked to vote on switching to proportional representation a year from now, but the referendum itself is disproportionate, with the Lower Mainland and political activists potentially deciding the outcome of the vote for all British Columbians. That’s one of the potential outcomes of the referendum thresholds set by the provincial government, according to one pol [...]

24 November 2017

Memo to homeless: help coming in three years

Canada’s $40 billion National Housing Strategy was rolled out in rainy Vancouver November 22, but the joint government announcement proved as long on self-congratulations as it was short on details.Bottom line for B.C.’s homeless: a plan to reduce your numbers by 50% could begin in 2020. Renters could receive a monthly subsidy of about $200, providing all levels of government share the [...]

23 November 2017

StructureCraft expands B.C.'s base for engineered timber production with new plant

StructureCraft built its business designing and constructing beautiful timber buildings, but is now taking a bigger leap into manufacturing its own engineered wood material, which it unveiled Tuesday at a major conference on wood design in Vancouver.StructureCraft has always made its own custom-designed components, such as the unique wood-wave panels in the Richmond Olympic speedskating [...]

15 November 2017

Pinpointing B.C. port infrastructure priorities

Coming soon to a B.C. port near you: more container cargo in bigger ships. That’s the upbeat script the province’s ports and container terminals are following for their infrastructure expansion plans.But have they got their investment priorities right? The biggest roll of the dice on that front is also the biggest source of controversy for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA): t [...]

15 November 2017

Top Reasons Why Your Business Needs A Business App

If you haven’t yet seriously considered developing a mobile app for your business, you really need to. Mobile apps are not just for the large corporations such as Amazon or Wal-Mart. Many more small and mid-sized businesses are also using smart phone apps effectively, because they understand that having a truly efficient mobile strategy is much more than just having a website or a blog. [...]

31 October 2017

Top 5 Tips to Setting Up a Dream Production Studio

Which items do you need in order to create a dream production studio for your music creation? Here is a list of must-haves if you want to look forward to entering your own personal studio each day. 1 - Get the Best Music Production Software Do your due diligence and test out the top performing music production software tools out there. You just can't replace this step, and it will make all t [...]

20 October 2017

Vancouver city council hopefuls talk housing, affordability and small business

Housing and affordability, transportation and the small business sector were the predominant themes in Thursday’s all-candidates’ meeting for council hopefuls ahead of the Oct. 14 byelection. Nine candidates are vying for a council seat left vacant earlier this year when former Vision councillor Geoff Meggs took a job in Victoria as Premier John Horgan’s chief of staff.The format of the even [...]

06 October 2017

Parq Vancouver Casino opens to crowds

Within 30 minutes of the 11 p.m. opening of the Parq Vancouver casino on Friday, September 29, the Vancouver Fire Department ordered its main Beatty Street entrance closed because of over capacity.“It is nuts,” complained Kevan O’Brien, one of several latecomers denied entry to the two-level, 72,000-square foot casino next to BC Place Stadium. O’Brien noted that crowds streaming out a Cold [...]

04 October 2017