Vancouver real estate ‘bubble’ an ‘accident waiting to happen’

Vancouver real estate ‘bubble’ an ‘accident waiting to happen’

Steep housing price increases in six of Canada’s hottest real estate markets since 2002 have all the hallmarks of an “accident waiting to happen” if mortgage rates rise too sharply, warns a new report.

Housing prices due to fall

Housing prices due to fall

Canada’s major metropolitan housing markets are looking awfully bubbly and are due to burst, says a report released Tuesday.

The report, entitled Canada’s Housing Bubble: An Accident Waiting to Happen, by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, looks at prices in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and Ottawa.

China

Wired youth forget how to write in China and Japan

Like every Chinese child, Li Hanwei spent her schooldays memorising thousands of the intricate characters that make up the Chinese writing system.

Yet aged just 21 and now a university student in Hong Kong, Li already finds that when she picks up a pen to write, the characters for words as simple as “embarrassed” have slipped from her mind.

Crazy Sustainable Commute

Crazy Sustainable Commute

The Crazy Sustainable Commute is all about raising awareness on taking sustainable transportation to and from work via one day of craziness!

For one day, August 27th, the goal is to inject enthusiasm and obtain exposure to sustainable transportation. Rethink the way you get to work! Commute to work in non-traditional, yet sustainable ways like canoeing, stilt walking, rollerblading, skateboarding, horse-backing…etc.

2nd Annual Park Royal Block Party

2nd Annual Park Royal Block Party

2nd Annual Park Royal Block Party hosted by the Village at Park Royal in partnership with the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Festivities kick off at 4:00 PM with Roaming Performers, Live Entertainment, a Mini-Trade Show, a Kids’ Corner and a Wine/Beer Tent.

Facebook

Should parents “friend” their kids on Facebook?

To friend or not to friend is the big question facing many parents dealing with teenagers on Facebook.

Three quarters of parents questioned in a Nielsen survey said they are friends with their children on the popular social networking website which boasts 500 million active users. But a third admitted they are worried they are not seeing everything their children are doing on the web.

Ashley Dempsey

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Ashley Dempsey, Owner of Modern Life Management.

Home-school

Improved resources, strong network encourage families to choose home-schooling

Aubyn Baker never planned to home-school her daughter, but when tests showed the fifth-grader was gifted and learning-disabled, many of her problems made sense.

Since Grade 3, Taegyn Baker-Riley had struggled with school. She often suffered from headaches, exhaustion and discouragement.

After trying to fix the problem by switching Taegyn from French immersion to English, and then to a different school, Baker was at her wit’s end. It was an offhand comment from Taegyn’s father, Terry Riley, that pushed them to try home-schooling.