Vancouver’s absurd housing market shuts out millennials

Is the affordability crisis – and the lack of government intervention – a metaphor for something much worse?

Vancouver’s absurd housing market shuts out millennialsI want to describe Vancouver’s awful housing market as a metaphor for something else. I’ll reveal the ‘something else’ later in the column. For now, let’s just stick with Vancouver, the city I grew up in. When I was a little boy, our Dunbar neighbourhood had a broad cross-section of residents. Our family’s cleaning lady…

Municipalities need to rethink tax model

Property tax rates are much higher for businesses than home owners, which can cause serious problems, particularly when the economy falters

Municipalities need to rethink tax modelBy Josef Filipowicz and Steven Globerman The Fraser Institute When homeowners receive their annual property tax bill from city hall, they’re likely unaware that the shop down the street pays a higher property tax rate – probably much higher. For example, according to a new Fraser Institute study, in the Calgary area, the average commercial…

Upstart entrepreneur shows Albertans how to face our dragons

John Evans shows that hardworking and risk-taking Albertans can innovate their way out of our economic doldrums

Upstart entrepreneur shows Albertans how to face our dragonsIf bad news is junk food for the despairing soul, then Albertans are overstuffed. But a steady diet of bitter doom and gloom can give us a terminal case of economic indigestion. Once in a while, we need a serving of something sweeter. Lost in the noise are dozens of happier stories about ingenious young…

Calgary resale housing market prices still falling

But MLS sales have increased, supply is falling and the time it takes for a home to sell is decreasing

Calgary resale housing market prices still fallingThe Calgary Real Estate Board says the city’s resale housing market is moving towards more balanced conditions but it still remains oversupplied and prices continue to remain below last year’s levels. Data released by CREB shows MLS sales in October of 1,447, up 9.62 per cent compared to a  year ago. New listings fell by…

Search engine smooths your mall experience

Rashmi Aimiuwu talks about how research is increasingly important for shoppers and what Southcentre Mall has done to help

Search engine smooths your mall experienceRashmi Aimiuwu is marketing director at Southcentre Mall. What the new e-commerce tool you’ve introduced for shoppers? Aimiuwu: Search. Find. ShopNOW is an online platform developed by Oxford Properties. It has been recently introduced at some of Canada’s most successful shopping centres – including Calgary’s Southcentre Mall. Search. Find. ShopNOW brings convenience to customers by…

Tracing the roots of a Calgary tracer technology success

Todd Dyer of Isotopes Canada talks about being a solution-provider through innovation for the energy industry

Tracing the roots of a Calgary tracer technology successTodd Dyer is president and CEO of Isotopes Canada. What is Isotopes Canada and what does it do? Dyer: We’re a Canadian-owned, privately-held tracer technology company based in Calgary. All our staff, office and lab are in the city and all our laboratory work is done right here in Calgary. The services we provide include…

WestJet adds non-stop flights between Calgary, Rome

The airline also announced it’s adding more than 300 Dreamliner departures to key transatlantic routes out of Calgary, including London, Paris and Dublin

WestJet adds non-stop flights between Calgary, RomeWestJet will offer seasonal non-stop service between Calgary and Rome on the airline’s state-of-the-art Dreamliner starting May 2, 2020, the company said on Wednesday. The service is subject to government approvals. “Whether they have Italian roots or are dreaming of a bucket list destination, Western Canadians have never had convenient, non-stop access to the Eternal…

Putting outdoor space to the best use

Jason Mancuso of The Awning Factory focuses on providing customers with the best ways to make their outdoor living enjoyable

Putting outdoor space to the best useJason Mancuso is owner of The Awning Factory. Tell me about The Awning Factory and what you do? Mancuso: The Awning Factory provides various shade solutions for homes, businesses and restaurants. We basically help create outdoor spaces that can be more effectively used. Often we’re called out to decks or backyards where a lot of…

University District launches latest condo project

U of C-area development has secured new retailers and officially broken ground on its three-acre Central Park

University District launches latest condo projectThe massive mixed-use University District development in Calgary has launched a new residential condominium project, secured new retailers and officially broken ground on its three-acre Central Park. West Campus Development Trust, which is spearheading the overall development, and Avi Urban announced recently that the new condo project, Argyle, will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom condos.…

Giving people the tools they need to overcome challenges

Shelly Qualtieri talks about her business as a counsellor, coach and facilitator

Giving people the tools they need to overcome challengesShelly Qualtieri is a counsellor, coach and facilitator with Shelly Qualtieri – Counselling & Coaching  Tell me what you do and what your business is about? Qualtieri: I’m the entrepreneur and heart and soul behind Shelly Qualtieri – Counselling & Coaching. I’m a counsellor and a registered social worker (RSW). The core of my business…
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