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Autumn is a good time for property maintenance

It’s easy to get excited by spring cleaning. The promise of new life, colourful spring flowers, and the coming summer are a goal to work towards. But it’s equally important to be aware of the chores that need doing in the run-up to winter. They might not make your property look more beautiful, but they’re important in preparing it […]

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Kidsbooks in Kitsilano contains worlds to explore for growing minds

Westside options for feeding your child’s mind

Parenting is hard work, and even though I don’t have kids, I’ve benefitted from the efforts my parents made to raise me well. Sometimes I look back and groan at the help I got, but I also remember it, knowing they had my best interests at heart. Whether it was flash cards for developing my math and language skills or […]

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School days are around the corner

Labour Day is a time for workers to enjoy one more summer barbecue. Most students know it as the weekend summer fun ends and work begins. With high temperatures behind them and cooler days ahead, the pressures of school work, social activities and extra-curricular programming resume. Fortunately, the Westside offers a number of highly respected public and […]

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Real Estate Board Market Update

Vancouver housing demand pushes government policy limits

A year ago, I wrote that the province’s move to raise the property transfer tax on foreign nationals’ purchases of residential real estate was good policy implemented badly. “Of all the ham-fisted ways to implement a tax, the province found one that seemed calculated to cause the most angst and uncertainty,” I wrote at the time. No price impact […]

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Kitsilano farmers market

Bringing summer home for dinner

One of my favourite weekend stops if I can’t get to the fruit stands of Keremeos and Cawston, is the Kitsilano farmers market each Sunday. It runs from 10am to 2pm in the parking lot between the Kitsilano Community Centre and Connaught Park. It’s steps from the Arbutus greenway and the exceptionally hip Platform 7 coffee bar, putting it in the heart of […]

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3 Things to Look for When Moving into a New Neighbourhood

In the hopes of finding the perfect home that suits their needs, some people forget to consider what kind of neighbourhood their dream home is located in. Take the following into account when choosing your new home: Image source: Flickr Convenience How convenient your neighbourhood is can affect your happiness — and your wallet. Is […]

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Canada Confederation proclamation

Canada 150 is a time to remember what we can be

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Canada’s formation as a self-governing country rather than a collection of provinces each with its own governor. The grand date of July 1, 1867 is something we remember every year with fireworks, face-painting and red-and-white cake. Most people cheer Victoria Day as the first long weekend of summer, but July 1 is when summer […]

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Father's Day family lake

Westside fathers make the most of their day

The middle of June not only brings the start of summer, but it’s also a time when fathers get put in the spotlight (or on the spot). Many of us have great relationships with our fathers, the kind of moments that inspire us to be good fathers ourselves. Many of us don’t have good memories of our fathers, […]

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