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The Bank of Canada announcement caught the global markets totally off guard yesterday.  The surprise, so far, is that none of the major banks or our mortgage lenders have lowered their trending setting rate from the 3% level. Meaning that variable rate mortgages have not dropped yet. We do expect this will play itself out over the next week or so.

The 2nd article from CBC news speaks directly to this issue. This is a major change from historical patterns and certainly will be generating a huge amount of front page news as this unfolds.  Bond rates continue to tumble due to the global uncertainty, with oil being one of the main reasons. They are now at the lowest we have seen in recent history!

5 year fixed rates are poised to drop 5-15...

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The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Jan. 21 2015, 10:01 AM EST

Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 21 2015, 10:36 AM EST

The oil shock will be “negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada,” the bank warned in a statement.

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz is expected to explain his dramatic decision at an 11.15 a.m. news conference in Ottawa Wednesday.

The rate move, which few analysts anticipated, is an attempt by Mr. Poloz to shield highly indebted Canadian households from an oil-induced hit to their jobs and incomes – signs of which are already evident in Alberta.

The rate cut is a signal to private-sector banks to lower their own rates on mortgages and other loans.

It’s also likely to accelerate...

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Craft beer shows no signs of slowing down in Vancouver. 2014 proved there is an insatiable appetite for craft beer locally, and 2015 is already showing signs of being another strong year for brewery openings and sales.


2014 was a massive year for craft breweries, and if this list is any indication, 2015 is right on track to follow suit:

Maple Meadows- Out in Maple Ridge, they have their license and are in the process of building

Twin Sails Brewing- This Port Moody brewery is hoping for a 2015 opening

Dogwood Brewing- Vancouver’s first organic brewery is set to open early this year!

Off the Rail- Another brewery to add to the list in East...

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Back for a fourth consecutive year, Street Food City will once again bring together a collection of Vancouver food carts for one week in one location.

Part of the Dine Out Vancouver festival, Street Food City will run January 19 to the 25 on the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and entry to the “pod” is free.

Over 20 vendors are participating in Street Food City, which puts many of Vancouver’s best food trucks and carts all in one place at the same time. There will be tents, tables, seating and music for diners, and eaters hungry for deals with find special Dine Out Vancouver...

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VANCOUVER ARCHITECT ANTHONY Boni is excited about his new project.

Although he has done a variety of projects in the past, from homes to museums to commercial buildings, this one is a first, not only for the principal of Boni Maddison Architects but also for Canada.

Boni is working with the Downtown Eastside–based Atira Women’s Resource Society to build the country’s highest residential building using shipping containers. “It’s a prototype. I mean, this hasn’t been done before at this scale,” Boni...

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Thanks a Million Colin, sure nice to be able to move forward with our new life. Take care of yourself you did a great job ,wish your Dad well . You will always find success in your life because of your great  work ethics. Sincerely Sue & Greg Davis. 

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Monday, January 12, 2015, by Rachel B. Doyle


Half 19th-century-country-manor and half ruined-castle-dating-to-the-1300s,Blenkinsopp Castle in Northumbria comes with turrets, stone walls, unremarkable but hardly imposing interiors, rumors of a lonely ghost and possibly a hidden treasure chest. The four-bedroom castle, which is attached to medieval ruins and a fortified watchtower, was recently listed for £325K ($492K) after it failed to sell as part of a £1.75M package comprising 70 homes in the village, a pub with a ballroom, and 22 acres of land. As the English press quicklypointed out, this is a whole castle for less than the price of a semi-detached house in London.

The property...

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Whether you’ve resolved to do more cooking at home this year, or you’re looking to expand your culinary repertoire, Vancouver has an abundance of options for helping your cause. For couples or kids, novices or weekend bakers, vegans or global gourmands, check out our picks for where to take cooking classes in Vancouver.

The Dirty Apron Cooking School

Photo via The Dirty Apron/Facebook

The Dirty Apron has risen to become perhaps the most prominent cooking school for food enthusiasts in Vancouver–and they’ve got their own cookbook, too. The school is owned by former Chambar Sous-Chef David Robertson and his wife Sara. Robertson teaches many of the classes (and teaches classes for other schools, too)...

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Dragons' Den and Shark Tank panellist Robert Herjavec is coming to Vancouver to speak at the NIBC student competition January 15

When he was a young entrepreneur, Robert Herjavec frequently recalls people thinking he was much older than he actually was.

“Now that I’m old, everyone thinks I’m way younger than I am. So that’s good, I like that,” said the founder and CEO of IT security firm Herjavec Group.

“It’s never the years, it’s the mileage.”

Herjavec, who average Canadians know best as a panellist on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and ABC’s Shark Tank, will get the chance to impart his own words of wisdom to young people in Vancouver this month.

The entrepreneur is ...

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