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LMGTFY
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LMGTFY
5 years 10 months ago

Hmm.. nice feature, it will be interesting to see what people come up with. I find some of the comments on this site to be the real attraction and it's a shame when some of the better analysis gets swept away in a flood of comments. There are some comments from Jesse and Patriotz (amongst others) that could be turned into articles on their own.

Thanks to you guys and everyone else who contributes expertise and facts to the discussion here, I've learned a lot!

LMGTFY
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LMGTFY
5 years 10 months ago

Regarding yesterdays discussion on 'city politeness', I don't find Vancouver to be too much different than other cities from a pedestrian or driver point of view, but I guess it depends on the neighborhood.

I do find the people here in general to be less open and friendly than most other major cities I've lived in. It seems like the nightlife here is for the bridge and tunnel crowd and people tend to either get sloshed drunk or keep to themselves.

Alum
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Alum
5 years 10 months ago

420 on the condo tracker.

Spark a bowl.

scullboy
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5 years 10 months ago
Alum: Todays' my birthday. I'm already there. 🙂 As for Vancouver drivers (from the last thread), if you read my posts again, I didn't slam Vancouver as having bad drivers. I observed that as a cyclist and pedestrian I've never felt safer then I do here in Halifax. That's not a slam, it's an observation. I'd like to offer another one: I've never seen a "rice rocket" tear down streets in Halifax they way they do in Vancouver. I've also never experienced the anti-cyclist sentiment here in Halifax. One only has to go through the archives here to note the… Read more »
YLTNBoomerang
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YLTNBoomerang
5 years 10 months ago

I tried the form, it said I didn't have permission.

metalhead
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metalhead
5 years 10 months ago

RE: Vancouver drivers.

A 21 and 22 yr. old were caught ripping around Seymour mtn. at 200 km/hr. in a Ferrari and BMW.

They must have good jobs to buy those cars at such a young age?

LOL.

1K in fines, loss of license and a 1 week impound of their wheels courtesy of the new laws.

The Ant
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5 years 10 months ago

@YLTNBoomerang: Are you logged in? I can see the form only once I'm logged in.

Anoymous
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Anoymous
5 years 10 months ago

@metalhead:

"They must have good jobs to buy those cars at such a young age?"

Yeah, because never in the history of the world has there been a successful 21 or 22 year old. Geez.

Laibach
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Laibach
5 years 10 months ago

@metalhead:

Those fuckers must be second generation immigrants in cars bought by dad's "dirty" money. Too bad there aren't criminal charges like in US resulting with deportation. We should start getting rid of such garbage that damages entire society so badly in attempt to promote their culture and values. Think about that.

DaMann
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DaMann
5 years 10 months ago

@Anoymous:

LOL Yah the odds are a lot beter that it's a very successful 21 year old with a $300k Ferrari than the fact that it's some spoiled punk driving Daddy's car or was given said car.

I used to live right accross from the UBC frat house and my window faced their underground parking entrance. The amount of $100k+ cars that came out of there everyday was comical. But yah who knows, they probably earned it at their job in between classes.

copacbna
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copacbna
5 years 10 months ago
@copacabna: “I live downtown, so I literally walk everywhere, so I see it alot.” Well I live downtown too, so like you I literally walk everywhere. And I don’t see it at all. So perhaps it’s you or your attitude." Yes, I suppose it is my horrible attitude that causes other pedestrians to be run down in intersections, for people to scream at other people on bike paths, to watch old people to get pushed aside by young men, for people to walk 5 abreast without moving. Yes, my horrible attitude causes this to happen to other people as well.… Read more »
copacbna
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copacbna
5 years 10 months ago
@Anonymous I found this in a Toronto blog posting about sidewalk ettiquette. I have only heard of this happening in Vancouver or Toronto. It is bizarre, and wait for it, passive-agressive. Shocking! "COMMENT BY CBOBBY JANUARY 6, 2009 | 4:11 PM Actually the real problem with a certain type of people walking on the sidewalk is they will move INTO your way on purpose just to make you walk out of the way. (ie you are walking on the right and they are walking on the left coming towards your direction but with space on their side). I always move… Read more »
giggling
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giggling
5 years 10 months ago

@Laibach:

Is it Laibach for Ljublijana or the band?

Either way, love both!

And btw, you don't have to go to UBC – any "good" Van highschool will suffice. F'n vermin.

giggling
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giggling
5 years 10 months ago

@giggling:

I mean, check out Eric Hamber Secondary for $100K plus cars… or any other highschool west of Cambie…

logic
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logic
5 years 10 months ago

metalhead:

The problem is this – if you can afford (or you daddy can afford) a 100k car, do you really think that a 1k fine is deterrent?

We should do what they do in Switzerland and Sweden, where fines are based on the ealth of the offender. That way, if you are a millionaire, you pay a fine that hurts you, instead of being what you spend on lunch in a given week.

DaMann
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DaMann
5 years 10 months ago

@logic:

Exactly. $1k fine is ridiculous if you own a Ferrari, appropriate when you drive an old Honda. There was a speeding ticket handed out in Sweden last year that approached $1 million.

realpaul
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realpaul
5 years 10 months ago

Phony 'recovery' in housing prices just more shenanigans from the pimps who publish 'inflation adjusted' stats . Arseholes.

http://urbansurvival.com/week.htm

giggling
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giggling
5 years 10 months ago

@DaMann:

Sweden is actually a pretty cool place to live. Much better than the best place on earth. I have close relatives there and they feel sorry for me often.

Pete
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Pete
5 years 10 months ago

I don't feel like I have any specific knowledge to contibute for articles here, but I've also learned a lot from other posters. Here's a list of articles I'd like to see:

-problem areas in modern construction by strataman

-a fundamentals primer by patriotz

– guide to rental yield by Jesse

-housing and financial planning by Asharpaccountant

-sales stats and market trends by paulb

-current and historical comparisons by inventory

Those are a few articles I'd like to see, how about everyone else?

realpaul
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realpaul
5 years 10 months ago
"Strong' fundamentals drive the CDN down along with USD? Whats up with that….how does this happen? When every other currency is showing strength against the plunging USD the Loon ( this is the Liberal Party laughing at you because naming the currency 'the loon' was a move to undermine peoples respect of money….I know…….wacko socialism at its most insidious) continues to dive. The Thai Baht is rising for Christs sake! Look at the Aussie.. http://www.financialpost.com/news/Aussie+soars+pa… The Fed continues its policy of de facto shorting the dollar by buying its own paper issue to keep the Canadian standard of living below… Read more »
kansai_92
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kansai_92
5 years 10 months ago

@logic:

Agreed, this is saying rich people can speed but poor people cannot.

Better punishment is automatic impoundment of vehicle for at least a month.

AND mandatory community service (think picking up garbage on the side of the highway).

That way zero discrimination between rich and poor.

You speed, you lose.

Patiently Waiting
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Patiently Waiting
5 years 10 months ago

All OV social housing bids rejected

"the province isn't willing to put in that much of a subsidy, so it's meant to be self-financing, and that is very, very difficult to do"

"252 units will likely remain empty for the foreseeable future"

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2

giggling
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giggling
5 years 10 months ago

@kansai_92:

Zero discrimination between rich and poor WILL NEVER happen here. I think everyone remembers Campbell's mugshots from Hawaii…last time I checked he is still our premier.

pricedoutfornow
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pricedoutfornow
5 years 10 months ago

@Patiently Waiting:

I don't usually have anything to comment on political stories, but I find this absolutely ridiculous. Here we have a shortage of housing for low income people. And here we have units that have been specifically designated for such people (bragged about during the Olympics, even!)…and no one can get it together to make it happen. Only in BC!

Patiently Waiting
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Patiently Waiting
5 years 10 months ago

The original Globe and Mail story mentioned by the CBC:

“This is astounding. The ink on these proposals is barely dry but already they’re being declared a no-go,” said Councillor Geoff Meggs. “And we’re not even asking BC Housing to put anything in. We’ve provided land and beautiful buildings for free. I don’t know how often a city comes forward with a building and offered to house people on the provincial government’s waiting list.”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/brit

Newcomer
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Newcomer
5 years 10 months ago
You guys should try living (and I don't mean visiting) in a large city such as NY, Paris or Tokyo before you call Vancouver unfriendly. Yes, it is true that people are more polite and friendly in small places like Halifax, but my wife and I moved here four years ago after living in the cities mentioned above and we are still shocked on a regular basis by how needlessly freindly, polite and kind people in Vacouver are. Yesterday, for example, the postman apologized for not remembering my first name. Then we were in Oakridge Mall lugging a large iMac… Read more »
fixie guy
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fixie guy
5 years 10 months ago

Newcomer Says: To be honest, the only examples of unfriendliness I have seen in Vancouver happen in real estate blogs.

Riiiight…. So transparent.

jesse
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5 years 10 months ago

"1K in fines, loss of license and a 1 week impound of their wheels courtesy of the new laws."

Not only that but if they get enough points their insurance goes way up courtesy the ICBC dangerous driver premium. Another tax on the rich 😉

SuperSmartBull
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SuperSmartBull
5 years 10 months ago

"Often we fault in others what we see in ourselves."

Anoymous
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Anoymous
5 years 10 months ago
@Newcomer: "You guys should try living (and I don’t mean visiting) in a large city such as NY, Paris or Tokyo before you call Vancouver unfriendly." Absolutely. For example, try walking into a store – small or large – in London and see if any of the staff actually give a crap that you're there. Or trying to exit public transport while 20 people are trying to elbow their way on. Or remaining stationary at a green light for a quarter of second without 3 people behind blasting their horns. Vancouver people, on the whole, are extraordinarily friendly. Of course… Read more »
jesse
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5 years 10 months ago
@pricedoutfornow: "Here we have a shortage of housing for low income people. And here we have units that have been specifically designated for such people" The City is basically looking for significant operating subsidies from BC Housing to cover their debt payments. Their terms obviously weren't favourable because none of the major housing operators stepped forward. Now councilors are "shocked" that they're left out in the cold and they're resorting to partisan stabs at the Liberals to cover their financial problems. The City can't have it both ways: either they provide subsidized housing and eat a massive loss, rent it… Read more »
giggling
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giggling
5 years 10 months ago

@Newcomer:

Newcomer,

Does your hip looking barista know your usual convoluted order by heart? Does your pretty Lululemon sales representative smile at you when you enter the store to buy some tight pants? Are fit people walking at a fast pace while supporting themselves with modified ski poles greet you upon approach?

Me too man, Vancouver is so awesome, isn't it? Not like New York, Tokyo or Paris, where I lived also, incidentally. Yeah, it's just awesome here.

Say, do you have an I-Pad too, or just an I-Mac?

giggling
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giggling
5 years 10 months ago

@giggling:

Oh my gosh, sorry, I spelled iPad and iMac wrong… I'm at the office and using a PC, figures….

WTF?
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WTF?
5 years 10 months ago

Remember how the OV was touted as the most desireable real estate on the continent? The MSM ate that up.

Now look at the OV. No one wants to live there.

oneangryslav2
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oneangryslav2
5 years 10 months ago
I find the stories about "sidewalk rage" curious in that I've lived here for much of my life, live downtown, walk and ride my bicycle everywhere, and have never (not once) had this happen to me. I'm not suggesting that it doesn't happen; hell, it could even be a common phenomenon. So why have I not experienced this? Maybe it's because I'm a bigger guy and people steer clear of me? Moving on to the points being made about the general character of Vancouverites, I think that people are forgetting one thing: Just about half of us (including yours truly)… Read more »
realpaul
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realpaul
5 years 10 months ago
ICBC already has a policy of favoring the rich. If you get in an accident and its your fault you have the option of paying for the damages out of your own pocket…your premiums don't go up a nickel if you do. However…if you can't afford the cash outlay you are faced with a massive premium increase that equals three times the amount of the original damages spaced out over three years…plus intrest of course. If you're poor….you get fucked….its an ICBC policy. So…who's to say that the poor are anymore discriminated than usual when it comes to anything else…How… Read more »
jesse
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5 years 10 months ago

@realpaul: "ICBC already has a policy of favoring the rich. If you get in an accident"

So you're stating that if some rich dude totals his $100K BMW that he has the option of buying a new one in cash or his insurance goes up from $2500 to $40000? Right…

And if he puts some child in a wheelchair for life, he's out millions. Tax on the rich indeed.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 10 months ago

@realpaul:

realpaul,

I am very sorry you didn't get that government job. I guess I got it instead. And I can attest that you are full of shit, because I'm as white as it gets and had no trouble getting it. Oh the perks and pension and job security… I fell like I'm getting fat already. Oink, oink….ooops sorry, it slips out sometimes.

Loser.

4SlicesofCheese
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4SlicesofCheese
5 years 10 months ago
BMO's Cooper wins award for forecasting http://www.cbc.ca/fp/story/2010/09/29/3596145.htm… The same Sherry Cooper that predicted: BMO Nesbitt Burns chief economist Sherry Cooper said the loonie's slide is inexorable and she urged Canada to adopt a common currency with the United States. "What makes us think we can buck this tide? Let's dollarize and get it over with while we still have something to bargain with," she wrote in an e-mail sent to clients Thursday. "The loonie is a symbol of our independence. But Germany, France and 10 other European countries have managed to form a monetary union without losing their national identities… Read more »
I See Debt People
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I See Debt People
5 years 10 months ago

Now look at the OV. No one wants to live there.

Actually, plenty of people want to live there. The reason they're not buying is the price, period. Lower the price to what people are willing to pay and the place will be sold in a matter of weeks.

Same deal with the social housing fiasco – the city is asking the housing societies to pay too much of their own money. They may be non-profit entities but they still understand basic economics.

Unlike the boneheads over at City Hall.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 10 months ago

@oneangryslav2: Me too. I've walked every day for over 10 years, although not often in downtown, and have yet to notice this widespread sidewalk rage phenomenon.

I am however frequently irked by the bad manners of umbrella people. They often charge along, head down and umbrella pulled low, oblivious to other pedestrians. I usually put up an arm and knock the umbrella aside. And then there are the idiots who lift their umbrellas but don't tilt them away so you just get an extra concentration of water on you.

Drachen
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5 years 10 months ago

@4SlicesofCheese:

Don't you know how it works? An economics forecaster looks at a graph, maybe the last year, maybe the last few years. They draw a line from the left of the graph to the right with a ruler and keep the line going as far into the future as they want to predict.

BMO won the award because of their superior penmanship. Most of the other banks had ink blobs on their lines and CIBC ran out of ink so they had to switch to pencil mid-line.

Drachen
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5 years 10 months ago

@Anonymous:

"I am however frequently irked by the bad manners of umbrella people. They often charge along, head down and umbrella pulled low, oblivious to other pedestrians. I usually put up an arm and knock the umbrella aside."

The worst are the umbrella people who insist on taking up the whole space under awnings.

I've knocked aside a few umbrellas myself. Some of those idiots should be charged with assault the way they go for the eyes.

Anoymous
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Anoymous
5 years 10 months ago

@giggling:

If you want to do the stereotypes, then we should say that New York is full of fat middle-aged men wearing sweaty dirty shirts, not too dissimilar to Bruce Willis' in "Die Hard", leaning out of 10th floor windows at 11pm whilst shaking their fists and shouting "Shuddup down there!!!"

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 10 months ago
@Anoymous: If you want to do the stereotypes, then we should say that New York is full of fat middle-aged men wearing sweaty dirty shirts, not too dissimilar to Bruce Willis’ in “Die Hard”, leaning out of 10th floor windows at 11pm whilst shaking their fists and shouting “Shuddup down there!!!” Yes, yes, that is exactly what I saw while living in New York. And in Paris everyone wears a beret and carries a baguette, they eat cheese and drink wine and yet never get fat Huh? What's up with that? Now, the situation is not as rosy in Tokyo… Read more »
patriotz
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5 years 10 months ago

@4SlicesofCheese:

You couldn't make this up. From your link:

Last year, the Lawrence R. Klein Award went to an economist (Hatzius) who foresaw the devastation that the financial crisis of 2008 would bring. This year, it’ll be going to a team (Cooper et al) who pinpointed not only the collapse, but the subsequent recovery as well.

OK, so what is last year's winner saying now?

Goldman's Jan Hatzius: The Recovery Was Artificial, And There's A "Sizable Risk" Of A Double Dip

So are they going to take back Hatzius' prize?

superduperbulltime
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superduperbulltime
5 years 10 months ago

Why sad face on all the time poor little basement bear? You walk around like depresseed retard all day and bitch on blog about sad life. Time for therapy bear. Best therapy is Stuart Smalley style just look in mirror and say "yes I am a forenter and I'm ok with that". You feel better already bear.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 10 months ago

@superduperbulltime:

get back on your meds. You are not ok without them.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
5 years 10 months ago

@superduperbulltime:

superduperbulltime,

I've heard that if you bend over far enough you can suck on your own dick. Wouldn't that be a treat?

Devore
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Devore
5 years 10 months ago

@scullboy: I don't think they have the critical mass asshats in Halifax, or streets and bridges being turned into bike paths, to foster the anti-cyclist sentiment.

There was a study that showed drivers were much more considerate of cyclists when they shared the road, as opposed to when they had a separate bike lane; they squeezed them and cut them off more often.

This may be counter-intuitive, but makes sense when you think about it.

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