Canadian home prices rise in 2017 as B.C. boom offsets weaker Ontario sales

Home prices climbed sharply in Canada in 2017 as booming sales in British Columbia offset weaker home sales in Ontario. The Canadian Real Estate Association released year-end numbers on Monday, reporting the national benchmark home price was $600,300 in December, up 9.1 per cent from a year earlier, according to the MLS Home Price Index. The national price increase came as home prices i [...]

16 January 2018

Light earthquakes strike in northern B.C. and off Vancouver Island

An earthquake hit northern B.C. near Alaska and the Yukon at 4:10 p.m. today (December 18).The quake was located on land at a depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles) and 53 kilometres (33 miles) northwest of Mosquito, Alaska, and 127 kilometres (78 miles) southwest of Whitehorse, Yukon.The U.S. Geological Survey has listed it as a 4.1-magnitude event while Earthquakes Canada has listed it measured it as [...]

19 December 2017

Westcoast Poké introduces "vegan tuna" to Vancouver—and it's the first place in Canada to carry the plant-based food

Westcoast Poké (463 West 8th Avenue) has always prided itself on premium, sustainable ingreidnets. Now, the West Side spot is kicking things up a notch with a new menu item: a poké bowl featuring the world’s first commercially available plant-based tuna substitute.It’s the first place in Canada to carry the product.The vegan tuna is called ahimi, and it’s produced by Ocean Hugger [...]

19 December 2017

30 years ago, this Vancouver doctor pioneered use of Botox for cosmetic purposes

Cathy Swann was around 30 years old and working as a medical receptionist when she first started getting Botox to treat a deep wrinkle between her eyebrows. "It was a little daunting watching the needle coming to your forehead between your eyes," Swann said from her home in Penticton, B.C. The year was 1987 and Swann wasn't just any receptionist. She was working for Dr. Jean [...]

11 December 2017

Uncomfortable at work? Vancouver lawyer offers advice

Lindsay Lyster says her law firm receives calls from both men and women claiming they have been harassed at work and seeking advice on how to deal with it. Lyster, a human rights and employment lawyer based in Vancouver, says that amidst the growing allegations in Hollywood and here in B.C., she doesn't see the problem going away. "I think it's very prevalent ... I think we're just st [...]

16 November 2017

UBC law students help Vancouver’s homeless get government ID

The latest homeless count for Metro Vancouver reveals that many people with no place to live are employed, but still can’t afford shelter. Linda Aylesworth reports.Anyone who’s ever lost a government-issued ID knows it can be a major pain to replace.But a group of UBC law students says for homeless people, getting a new ID can be an almost insurmountable barrier.“Without ID, folks can’t ac [...]

03 October 2017

'Beyond horrific': Shooting on Las Vegas Strip kills at least 50, wounds hundreds

A Nevada sheriff says the death toll has climbed to at least 50 in the attack on a Las Vegas concert Sunday, making it the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says more than 200 people were wounded at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in an outdoor area known as Las Vegas Village, across the strip from the Mandalay Bay and the Luxor hotel [...]

02 October 2017

Woman turns discarded vagina skin into jewelry

A British blogger has used excess skin from a recent vaginal surgery to create some bling for her neck.According to the U.K. Sun, London, England had a procedure to lob off excess skin from her vagina after it caused her painful problems for close to three decades.Tracy Kiss told the U.K. Metro she experienced pain in her private area while working out at the gym.“I visited my doc [...]

02 October 2017

China Games leave Canucks playing from behind heading into season

The best thing about the Vancouver Canucks’ pre-season trip to China is that it is nearly over. Well, that, and the airplane.The star of the trip so far for the Canucks is the Crystal Skye, billed by its cruise-ship owners as the largest, most luxurious charter aircraft in the world. Even for the millionaire player who has everything, the Boeing 777 Crystal Skye is a treat. Typically, its s [...]

23 September 2017

UBC rugby coach joining Seattle pro team — and Vancouver expansion could follow

Curry Hitchborn has said since the very beginning, what he really wants to be is a rugby coach.Hitchborn, who’s also worked in film, has coached high school rugby at Handsworth Secondary in North Vancouver, rep rugby at various levels for the Vancouver Rugby Union, men’s club rugby at Capilano Rugby Club and at UBC and now he’s off to Seattle to join their new Major League Rugby outfit, the [...]

21 September 2017

Mexico had an early warning system for its big quake. Vancouver doesn’t yet

Mexico City is still reeling from a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 230 people.The shaking brought widespread destruction, toppled buildings, tore up gas mains and spread fires across the capital city.But Mexico has one thing on Vancouver, if the West Coast city should ever experience its dreaded “Big One”: an early warning system that could give them some time to find safet [...]

21 September 2017

Chinese Ambassador Blames Media For Friction in Canada-China Negotiations

Konglongw.com has been following up on Canada-China relationship which received a renewed attention following the visit of the Canadian Prime Minister to China and a return visit by the Premier of China in 2016. The visits from both parties led to bilateral talks to improve trade and economy between the two countries. The third round of explanatory talks to begin formal negotiations for a free-tr [...]

14 September 2017

First property management franchise aims at residential

U.S.-based Real Property Management (RPM) has chosen Vancouver as the headquarters for Canada’s first property management franchise business and it plans to develop a tight team of franchisees to build its network.Kap Hiroti, vice-president of operations, has already signed up three franchises in Metro Vancouver and Victoria since opening earlier this year.RPM has set up on West Pender Street in [...]

07 September 2017

Scam targets Chinese

A telecommunication fraud targeting Chinese foreign nationals emerged in the Lower Mainland and a joint task force has been created to address and co-ordinate information about the ongoing scheme. Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau said numerous incidents were reported to police where intended victims reported being contacted by suspects claiming to be Chinese government officials. Victims were informe [...]

02 September 2017

Uber leaves Vancouver cold, Earnest Ice Cream admits 'mistake'

If the point of Uber Ice Cream was to get Vancouverites talking about the ride-hailing company, you can consider Friday’s promotional stunt, which saw Uber delivering free ice cream sandwiches all over the city, a success. But if the point was to get people talking positively about Uber, maybe not. On Thursday, Uber announced that their 25 mapping cars would be deployed throughout the [...]

26 August 2017

Major weekend road closures for Vancouver due to filming, construction

There will be a number of major road closures in Vancouver in the last remaining weekends of summer due to construction and filming.  They include full road closures well into the afternoon and evening for major downtown routes for the weekend of Aug. 26 and Labour Day weekend on the following routes. Saturday, August 26:  4am to 1pm PT: full road closure of West Georgia Str [...]

26 August 2017

Diner en Blanc delights in Vancouver

Thousands of diners, all dressed in white, descended upon Devonian Harbour Park in Vancouver for the annual Diner en Blanc event. The soiree sees attendees descend upon a secret location that is revealed just before the event is slated to begin, where they eat dinner, dance and watch the evening’s various live music and performances. Read more... [...]

26 August 2017

Vancouver woman named bartender of the year in Mexico City

A Vancouver woman has been named the world’s best bartender, adding more evidence that Vancouver is becoming one of the planet’s top cocktail cities. Kaitlyn Stewart, the bar manager at Royal Dinette on Dunsmuir Street, took top honours at the World Class Bartender of the Year competition in Mexico City this week. Stewart is the third Vancouver bartender to represent Canada at the [...]

26 August 2017