BC Election 2017 wrap-up : Just Vote please. Just damn well vote.

With the election upon us tomorrow, I think it's safe to say that when it comes to BC politics, I am still a hopeful cynic. Hopeful because I know change is possible,even if the BC Libs retain power tomorrow.  Cynical because despite that, I also know that a lot  lof what goes on in BC …

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“When I am silent, I have thunder hidden inside…” ~ Rumi

"I have never been a calm blue ocean... I have always been the storm." Saw this phrase on a t-shirt the other day and I loved it instantly. From the time I was little, it has always been my nature to feel passionately and care deeply. Insatiably curious, I like to stir the pot, challenge …

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Site C: The $9 billion dollar + boondoggle complete with grassroots oversight.

One would hope that with a budget of over $9 billion dollars and a long list of critics and opponents, the bigwigs over at BC Hydro would be on top of every little thing happening at Site C, in order to avoid any unnecessary scrutiny. However, yet again a public complaint is helping to hold …

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Site C panning out to make Fast Ferries look like pocket change.

Since moving to Van Isle life has changed dramatically. There is always something needing to be done on the property several townhouses and families would have lived on back in Surrey. Between that and everything that has to be done the blog has taken a back seat while I am keeping track of whats going …

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Sometimes you just have to sit down and write.

It's a funny thing, writers block. It comes with no warning and disappears just as fast sometimes. Other times it lingers despite trying every single trick in the book to break through whatever mental impasse I've erected in my mind. The past couple of weeks have been frustrating as hell. I've all this material at …

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“True leaders don’t give consoling answers, they take constructive actions.” ~Amit Kalantri

From UK media today: "One of British Columbia’s most influential First Nations chiefs has turned down an invitation to participate in a reconciliation ceremony with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Canada, describing the symbolic ceremony as a “public charade” that papers over the Canadian government’s failure to keep its promises …

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We’ve hit a point, BC, where each of us needs to decide what kind of province we are going to be.

It was a magical moment, one of many this summer of discovery. Every night I've been here, I've made note of what time the sun sets and no matter what... step out onto the deck to enjoy the slow slip of the sun below the horizon. Now in deep August, I notice every single day …

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**Updated:Millionaires, money and political influence in BC: What you should be reading this week.

I've got a really busy week and a half ahead and while I'll still be watching activity on the blog,posts during this time will be sparse unless something earth-shattering comes up. However because I know many of you don't use twitter or other forms of social media, there are a few items you should be …

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Affordability crisis? What affordability crisis? How the BC government fanned the flames of #Vanre

I'll admit that when this came across my desk, I mused that one could resurrect that old series Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous, and shoot the entire thing in Vancouver... It's terribly  hard being wealthy. That's why luxury real estate consultancy Knight Frank created a little report for their global clients called the Global …

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Things that make you go… “Hmmm”, #Vanre edition

The never ending and growing debate on what to do with the real estate market and housing affordability in Vancouver and beyond, takes another turn today. After doing nothing for over a year, Premier Clark recently did somewhat of a turn around and is recalling the legislature to allow Vancouver to tax absentee owners. But …

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