Friday Free-for-all!

Yessir, another weekend in paradise! It’s the end of the week and you know what that means, it’s time for our regular news round up and open topic discussion thread! Here are a few stories to kick off the chat:

Nice chunk of taxpayer money headed to BC!
$100 million loss on Olympic Village?
Green quits Little Mountain over “difference of opinion”
15 Years of economic growth not trickling down
Occupy Vancouver pretty laid back
The pros and cons of being an absentee landlord
Toronto house price growth could soon top Vancouver
$500k: Buy a mansion get a US visa

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

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Makaya
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Makaya
@Jim: "Take France, where anti-scientism is entrenched in the culture." You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. The contrary is true. Science is, on the contrary deeply entrenched in the culture. In France, you're more successful if you become an engineer than if you are a lawyer or a doctor, considered to be less prestigious there. Most of the french CEOs in France come from the best Enginnering schools, named Polytechnique, Ecole des Mines de Paris, Ecole Centrale de Paris, etc… France has always been, and still is, the best place to study mathematics. Just have a look at all the french people and people trained in french that have received the Fields Medal… The list of famous french scientists would be too long to copy here. The french school system gives priority to Math and Physics. If… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous

"Hmmmm… since “everyone grows up and makes up their own minds”, I suppose it’s just a coincidence that 90% of Arab kids grew up and decided to be Muslim, 90% of Italian kids grew up and decided to be Catholic, and 90% of Indian kids grew up and decided to be Hindu?"

dude, all i'm saying is, kids go to (sunday) school but a lot of them have other things on their minds. that's why it's a good bet that even if 90% of all italian kids are catholic, the churches aren't 90% full.

and hey, you grew up enough to make up your own mind, didn't you? what makes you think other people can't? okay, some people can't. but generally, people do, though it may take a while.

Guy Smiley
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Guy Smiley

Anti-scientism is prevalent in the US where it is attacked by religious dogma that sees science as an affront to His pre-eminence. It France it is simply not as cool as pursuing humanities, perhaps even viewed as tasteless or vulgar in some nerdy way.

Both have an intellectual subculture and great schools though; both produce and retain a lot of great scientific minds.

In Canada on the other hand it is simply much easier and more profitable to become a realtor.

jesse
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@patriotz: "allow Canadians to buy houses south of Zero and commute to work in Vancouver?"

Some execs at local companies actually did this, around 15 years ago. For tax purposes mostly.

The US is really selling its citizenship with this legislation, but it's veiled in a way to focus on the money and economic recovery, not on the "I" word that derails debate. It's hard to know how severe the IRS is going to, or can, be with foreign income from many nations.

Makaya
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Makaya

@Jim: " as opposed to French kids who grow up wanting to sip coffee while taking a break from their job with the French government."

Have you ever been to France to say such things? Do you even know one french people? Poor you, ignorant and happy about it…

Makaya
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Makaya

@Jay Bytha Way: " It France it is simply not as cool as pursuing humanities, perhaps even viewed as tasteless or vulgar in some nerdy way."

What is this based on? Do you have any facts or references to support your stupid claim? You are full of it… You know nothing about the french people or school/university system there to say such things…

Makaya
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Makaya

To stay on the topic "french science".
Here are a couple of recent videos of how french people view quantum levitation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LsuklDFf8M&featur
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6ivMxvbK1g&featur

Heck, those damn french have even re-invented the Hoverboard! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F-VVmMD4_k&featur

Anonymous
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Anonymous

@Makaya: Let it go Frenchie…sure is easy to get the French fired up 😉

Anonymous
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Anonymous

@Makaya: ah yes, the French. As Homer Simpson so eloquently put it… ' A bunch of cheese-eating surrender monkeys' LOL

mikoyan
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mikoyan

@Jim: ” as opposed to French kids who grow up wanting to sip coffee while taking a break from their job with the French government.”

well it is better to have a cup of coffee and interact with other human beings then sit by yourself in front of TV and watch stupid "Battle of the Blades"

Makaya
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Makaya

@Anonymous: I can see that we don't have the same cultural references… Do you eat freedom fries as well?

jesse
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@Anonymous: "As Homer Simpson so eloquently put it"

Did he? I think it was groundskeeper/groundstender Willie…

You know a few things France has? High taxes on the "top 1%" — just increased even more at the request of said 1% — and much more affordable house prices. That, and cheap wine and cheese, a decent transportation system, and way more vacation time. Yeah, those French… penible.

Makaya
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Makaya

@jesse: You forget that french people love to debate about the most important things in life:
Today's topic in the most respected newspaper "Le Monde":
"The Question: What is the normal size of a penis" http://bigbrowser.blog.lemonde.fr/2011/10/21/the-

And the answer is. Obviously, there is none, but the bigger the ratio size of ring finger/size of index, the more likely you have a big one!
http://bigbrowser.blog.lemonde.fr/2011/10/21/the-

Guy Smiley
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Guy Smiley

@Makaya What is this based on? Do you have any facts or references to support your stupid claim?

Observations made while studying the applicability of string theory on steamed milk during my 6-year tenure with the Paris-based think tank Institut Pedantesque, of course.

Jeez makaya, it's called an opinion, which does not usually come with verifiable numbers and cited references. Go have a croissant – it's friday afternoon!

patriotz
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@jesse:

"Some execs at local companies actually did this, around 15 years ago. For tax purposes mostly."

As did many of the Vancouver Grizzlies. They paid Canadian income tax only on their home games (and the odd game in Toronto).

Makaya
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Makaya

@Jay Bytha Way: The go back to your studyies, because you have not yet been a good student.

Croissants are for the breakfast, now is time (almost) for the aperitif. I'll get a Sangria instead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ap%C3%A9ritif_and_di

Best place on meth
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Best place on meth

Looks like I missed a critical debate on evolution/the French today.

Sales will be up, quite a few SFH in Richmond and N. Shore sold.

Vancouver/Burnaby still dead.

Smiling Assassin
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Smiling Assassin

I received direct mail from a realtor in Richmond named Fred Zhang, summarizing sales and listings and whatnot. I couldnt believe my eyes when he concluded "If the increased selection continues we'll see some downward price pressure." Wow.

Frank
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Frank

Not a good day for bears. Big HAM buying on the North Shore.

Vancouver East & West*

New Listings – 43

Back On Market Listings – 0

Price Changes – 24

Sold Listings – 37

Vancouver All Areas*

New Listings – 152

Back On Market Listings -1

Price Changes – 107

Sold Listings – 125

*Attached & Detached – Date: 10/21/2011 Time: 17:20 Pacific YatterMatters.com: Courtesy REBGV. Data believed to be accurate but is not guaranteed.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

#44 "Not a good day for bears. Big HAM buying on the North Shore"

How do you know it's big HAM buying? No disrespect, but could it be also non-HAM buying?

paulb.
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paulb.

New Listings 158

Price Changes 109

Sold Listings 128

TI:16842

http://www.laurenandpaul.ca

Ulsterman
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Ms. Navarro recently sold a home for $1.67 million, around 8% above the asking price, to a Chinese national who works in the mining industry. She says nearly every listing she's put on the market in San Marino "has had at least one full price cash offer from a buyer from mainland China.

That it! Relationship over. I thought the Best Place on Earth had an exclusive relationship with wealthy Chinese! Two timing scumbags!

RippedtoShit
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RippedtoShit

well, hopefully we crank through 17250 next week, this is looking like a stalemate..

painted turtle
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painted turtle

After HAM xenophobia, now bashing the French. What about tomorrow? Stereotyping Black people? I am done with this blog. Ciao. Have fun.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

@jesse: ……and cheap wine and cheese, a decent transportation system, and way more vacation time. Yeah, those French… penible. ….

And general strikes about every 3 weeks because, you know, they don't have it so good.