Friday Free-for-all!

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for another end of the week news roundup and open topic discussion thread! Here are a few recent links to kick things off:

Mayor: Downtown to rival New York, London and Paris
Demographic comparison of 1981 and 2011 markets
NDP support surges
Petition in support of the UBC hospice
TSX vs Real Estate graphs updated
What’s next for Vancouver market, ask a realtor
Downtown Vancouver rental scams on the rise
Highest house price not the most important factor in sale
One in five Canadians eyeing US housing market
Transcripts of G&M report on immigration fraud
Forestry poised for growth?

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!

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blueskies
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blueskies

Prime Minister Jack Layton

……..actually rolls off the tongue quite easily

Boombust
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Boombust

I just pray we ditch that weasel, Harper. Can't stand the guy.

He's a phony as they come.

flyfisher
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flyfisher

"rival New York, London and Paris." HAHAHHAHAHAH!!!!!

Pump and Dump!

jesse
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"It will rival the downtowns of New York, London and Paris"

Sometimes Vancouver outdoes itself. The next royal wedding will be held in Vancouver in 2015. You heard it here first.

jaymow
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jaymow

Whenever you here someboody say that 'X' is like New York, Paris or London, it's 'cringeworthy'. Gregor just sounds pathetic….I like Vancouver, but it's not like any of the places he mentioned. We would do better if we set our sights a little lower and just tried to have a business centre like Cleveland or, even better, Seattle.

jaymow
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jaymow

Whenever you hear somebody say that 'X' is like New York, Paris or London, it's 'cringeworthy'. Gregor just sounds pathetic….I like Vancouver, but it's not like any of the places he mentioned. We would do better if we set our sights a little lower and just tried to have a business centre like Cleveland or, even better, Seattle.

jaymow
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jaymow

Sorry for the double post. Just so I don't get trounced on for the Cleveland comment: Cleveland is ranked 29th and has a GDP/Capita of $42,200 US, Seattle is ranked 5th with $54,400 US while Vancouver ranks a lowly 76th at $32,000 US.

These are 2007 numbers, but it's unlikely that things have changed that drastically. We've got a long way to go before we can start bragging about being any kind of economic powerhouse.

victoria
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victoria

He has probably never been to New York, Paris or London. I have lived in Paris and London and I must say Vancouver is a long way off.

They always like to say that Toronto is like New York. Not even close. It is what it is and be happy with that.

crabman
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In global city rankings, New York, London and Paris consistently rank in the top 4.

Vancouver is down around #92 with other World Class Cities™ like Nairobi, Brisbane, Zagreb, etc.

Gregor needs to get out more…

logic
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logic

yup, gregor seems to have been supporting the local "green" economy a little too much

Best place on meth
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Best place on meth

@Victoria:

Vancouver isn't even up there with Sydney.

Bubble Lad
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Bubble Lad

@Victoria: Amen.

Why can't Vancouver just be…Vancouver? (perish the thought!)

Anonymous
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Anonymous

@Bubble Lad: Funny how Vancouverites view this city as "the best place on earth" yet yearn to be like other cities in the world. Irony???

Anonymous
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Anonymous

@blueskies: …Prime Minister Jack Layton

……..actually rolls off the tongue quite easily

….

Won't be long before its 'Jack the Ripper' which won't roll of tax payer’s backs so easily!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Go Stevie Go! We love you man! Snappy Jack has opened the door for you!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

@flyfisher: …“rival New York, London and Paris.”…

Crime wise, I think we're there already.

Frank Reader
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Frank Reader

@Anonymous:

Sure they see it as "the best place on earth" when most of them came over from 3rd world shitholes and haven't seen anything else before. Tap water (running water) is probably still a miracle to many in this city.

jesse
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@crabman: Maybe someone should email the "Global City" wiki page to the mayor's office. When looking at the 80+ cities rated higher than Vancouver (a lowly γ+ ranking) on the global economic totem pole, it puts things into perspective. Anybody who has visited or done business in any of these higher-ranked cities knows why such cities are ranked higher.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The heart of Rock-n-Roll is, after all, in Cleveland.

Hughy.

FNS
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FNS

Sure they see it as “the best place on earth” when most of them came over from 3rd world shitholes and haven’t seen anything else before. Tap water (running water) is probably still a miracle to many in this city.

Bang on!

Plus when you show up as a boat "refugee" after losing the war in Sri Lanka and are provided a host or social assistance programs, or you are able to freely (and encouraged to do so) launder your ill gotten gains from a Chinese state company through a specific immigration program, then of course this is the best place on earth!

Best place on meth
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Best place on meth

Are we "The Best Money Laundering Place on Earth" yet, or at least in the top 3?

Bubble Lad
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Bubble Lad

@Anonymous: LOL – I think you pretty much nailed it!

Johnny_O
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Johnny_O

One commenter from the G&B article wrote:'It is solidly 100% dependent on how much we continue to sell Canadain citizenship to wealthy offshore induviduals'

And since we know they bring their money tax-free why don't more Canadians demand from their local MP that a law be put in place to help protect the local residents against this dis-advantage.

Meaning, if I've worked and paid my taxes from the day I entered the workforce, I should not be made a taxed-burdened citizen that stands on an unequal footing to HAM!

That is what people on this blog should be pounding at the doors of their MPs.

rp1
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rp1

"It will rival the downtowns of New York and London and Paris” — or Washington DC, where the mayor smokes crack.

paradox
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paradox

as long as it will be raining 300 days a year, with winter like temperatures and pouring rain (it is may in two days for petes sake!)this place will remain a sad and remote dump, extremely attractive to third world refugees (free health care and welfare plus possibility of risk free cash flow grow ops) and rich asian money laundering.

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