Facebook leases two floors at Waterfront Centre

Facebook, which closed a temporary recruiting office in downtown Vancouver a year ago, is roaring back into the city. The social media giant has leased more than 36,000 square feet at 200 Burrard Street in Cadillac Fairview’s Waterfront Centre. Facebook’s space will accommodate the growing needs of its business, a spokesperson for the company told Western Investor. A cloak of confident [...]

24 November 2017

Vancouver falls to No. 3 as Canadian tech hub: CBRE

Vancouver’s position as the country’s No. 2 destination for tech companies looking to establish operations in Canada fell victim to the backspace button in 2016.The West Coast city dropped to third place after Ottawa made gains in CBRE’s Scoring Canadian Tech Talent report, released November 23. Toronto ranked first. CBRE examined the country’s 10 biggest cities and ranked the [...]

24 November 2017

Pharrell mentee Buddy is finally in the limelight

There’s no bigger myth in the music industry than that of overnight success. Ask any musician making headway in the mainstream, and they’ll highlight the years of hard graft in their bedrooms, shitty backroom tours, and bombing on-stage. The incubation period varies, of course, but for some it lasts much longer than expected.For hip-hop artist Simmie Sims, better known by his stage n [...]

23 November 2017

Byram buzz begins for 2019 NHL Draft, with Vancouver rookie D-man slotted for early selection

“His skating and willingess to carry the puck is what makes him elite. His skating is just so effortless. He’s such an efficient player.”The double-take reactions prompted by moves by Vancouver Giants rookie defenceman Bowen Byram have been plenty this season, and likely began in one of the first team meetings of the campaign.The players were asked at the time to write down th [...]

23 November 2017

Trudeau mulling China trip in December, free trade talks possible

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is looking at a possible trade trip to China early next month but Canada isn't ready to launch formal free trade talks with China just yet. Canada and China began exploring the idea of a free trade agreement more than a year ago, after Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held back-to-back visits in China and Ottawa.Three rounds of exploratory ta [...]

20 November 2017

Downtown businesses renewing calls for extended SkyTrain service

Calls are growing stronger from business owners in downtown Vancouver for Translink to keep its trains running later on weekends after officials said extended service would be expensive but possible. Charles Gauthier, the president and CEO of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, says operating trains later on Friday and Saturday nights would bolster the city's ec [...]

20 November 2017

Vancouver condo rush sparks local and foreign flipping frenzy

[VANCOUVER] - The condominium market has turned red-hot in Vancouver, with agents saying local and offshore buyers are snapping up units that are not yet completed, even as a foreign buyer tax has sent detached home sales plunging. Condo prices have escalated so quickly that some owners are flipping their units before construction is finished, a move that allows foreign buyers to capi [...]

17 November 2017

Practice provides medical care minus insurance claims

For many patients, navigating the world of medical care can be challenging and confusing. Patient Direct Care aims to make it as simple as possible by going back to the basics – providing direct primary care services without sending claims to insurance providers. In the United States, direct primary care (DPC) is a type of primary care billing and payment arrangement that allows compani [...]

17 November 2017

Toronto, Vancouver housing markets move in drastically different directions

Canada's two most expensive housing markets have moved in different directions over the past year, leaving average national sales with an appearance of relative stability that masks sharp regional differences. Greater Toronto Area home sales fell 27 per cent in October compared with a year earlier, while Greater Vancouver saw home sales climb 35 per cent in October on an annual basis, [...]

16 November 2017

B.C. real estate watchdog bans controversial practice of 'dual agency,' despite industry objections

Over objections from the industry, B.C.’s real estate regulator will prohibit the controversial practice of dual agency — where a single realtor represents both the seller and buyer in a transaction — saying the ban will improve transparency and protect consumers.The dual agency ban announced Wednesday is part of the first major rules to be introduced by B.C.’s Office of the [...]

16 November 2017

Vancouver makes some short-term rentals legal

Vancouver city council has voted to make it legal for homeowners and renters to provide short-term rental accommodation on websites such as Airbnb and VRBO, starting April 1, 2018.The catch is that they will need to pay an annual $49 licence fee as well as a one-time $54 activation fee. The person operating the short-term rental must also list the property as being their principal reside [...]

15 November 2017

Toronto, Vancouver house prices set for rise: CIBC report

The housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver could resume their previous upward trajectories amid conditions of tight supply and burgeoning demand, according to a new report from CIBC World Markets. The Canadian housing market, in general, is in an important transition period — especially Vancouver and Toronto, economist Benjamin Tal said in the report, which was rele [...]

15 November 2017

Four Cool Blind Features That You Didn't Know Existed

The wide world of blinds is much bigger than people think. You have many more options than just the white mini blinds and aluminum blinds you can find at your local hardware store. There are, in fact, tons of window treatment options! You can choose from: Wood and faux wood blinds Bamboo shades Roman shades Plantation shutters And more Not only are you able to choose between doz [...]

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20 November 2017

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20 November 2017

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23 November 2017

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23 November 2017

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24 November 2017