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Vancouver Ranked Among Most Liveable Cities in the World Again

Vancouver, British Columbia is one of the most liveable cities in the world, according to the 2018 global ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).  Vancouver ranked sixth and was one of three Canadian cities to make the top ten in a ranking of 140 cities around the world.

According to t…

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Outdoor Theatre Thrives in Armstrong Spallumcheen

If you are travelling across southern British Columbia (BC) this August, you’ll want to stop in Armstrong and the Township of Spallumcheen to catch the unique and highly entertaining Caravan Farm Theatre.  The professional outdoor theatre company and registered charity performs its productions on …

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Lillooet Offers Affordable Alternative to B.C.'s Okanagan Region

Anyone who knows beautiful British Columbia knows about the Okanagan – an oasis of sun and fun in the southern part of Canada’s westernmost province.  The region is halfway between the Pacific coast and the Alberta border, extending northward from the Canada/United States border for about 200 k…

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Loving Victoria British Columbia: One Artist’s Take on BC’s Capital City

When I reflect on British Columbia’s capital city of Victoria, I think of a relaxed west coast vibe, great food and beautiful nature.  But there is more to this Vancouver Island city. Check out this great article by Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Jacque…

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Happy Canada Day

Today we celebrate the 151st birthday of Canada. In these tumultuous and unpredictable times, it is reassuring to live in a country that still values freedom, equality and tolerance.  And while we don't always get right, we recognize the need to improve and safeguard rights and freedoms of every mem…

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Get Ready for Canada Day!

July 1st is just around the corner.  People and communities are gearing up to celebrate Canada’s 151st birthday and give thanks for living in such a safe, tolerant, free and democratic nation. Find out what’s going on across the country by clicking here.

 Find out more interesting facts abo…

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Vancouver Makes Global Quality of Life Top 20

Once again, Canada’s cities dominate the North American ranking of top cities for quality of life.  According to Mercer’s Quality of Life City Ranking, Vancouver, British Columbia (#5), the Ontario provincial capital of Toronto (#16) and the national capital of Ottawa (19) all made the top 20 i…

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Affordable Real Estate in British Columbia? Think Lillooet.

Check out this article from Canada’s national broadcast company, CBC, regarding the real estate prices in southern British Columbia.  The article illustrates that affordable homes and land can still be found in this desirable area of Canada’s west coast province.

Communities like Lillooet of…

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Amazon Builds Technology Workforce in Vancouver

Online retail giant Amazon continues its love affair with Canada’s west coast, announcing a planned expansion of its Vancouver, British Columbia technology hub.  The expansion will bring an estimated 3,000 new e-commerce technology, cloud computing and machine learning jobs to the province. 

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Whistler Strengthens Relationship with Lil'wat Nation and Squamish Nation

The Resort Municipality of Whistler, Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation have entered into an agreement to build stronger government-to-government relationships, and move forward on key areas of mutual interest including intergovernmental coordination, land use planning and management, economic devel…

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British Columbia Introduces Cannabis Legislation

The Province of British Columbia has introduced legislation to provide for legal, controlled access to non-medical cannabis in British Columbia.  The proposed Cannabis Distribution Act (CDA) will establish the Province’s exclusive jurisdiction over wholesale distribution of cannabis, and provide aut…

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Canada Remains Among the Happiest Countries in the World

Despite the turmoil our neighbors to the south are facing, Canadians remain among the happiest people in the world.  Equally important, new Canadians are also happy with their decision to move to the country.

According to the World Happiness Report 2018, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switze…

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BC Claims Fastest Growing Metropolitan Areas in 2018: Conference Board of Canada

Vancouver and Abbotsford-Mission are forecast to be the fastest growing census metropolitan areas (CMAs) in Canada this year, and Victoria is also expected to rank in the top 10, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s Metropolitan Outlook: Winter 2018.

“The pace of growth in Vancouver an…

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2018 Investment and Development Looks Strong in British Columbia

Check out Peter Mitham’s article, “Big spending, big impact for B.C. development sector” in today’s Business in Vancouver.  The article summarizes much of the public and private sector non-residential development intentions for British Columbia planned for 2018.

Using Statistics Canada d…

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New Conference Board Report Tackles Impact of NAFTA Termination

Many people are guessing whether the United States, or more accurately, Donald Trump will terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and what impact it will have on the Canadian economy.  The Conference Board of Canada is the latest to weigh in on the discussion, with its recent repor…

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Canadian Icon Viola Desmond Featured on New $10 Bill

The Bank of Canada unveiled the new $10 bank note featuring Viola Desmond during a ceremony at the Halifax Central Library on International Women’s Day. Once issued into circulation in late 2018, it will mark the first time that a Canadian woman is portrayed on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada…

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Canada Ranks Second Best Country in the World

Canada continues to satisfy with another high ranking in the Best Countries assessment for 2017.  As it prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday, Canada ranked second to Switzerland and repeated its top two finish from 2016.  Canada also ranked first in the “quality of life” category.

Best …

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Quesnel Gets Creative to Attract Big City Dwellers

Check out this excellent campaign by Quesnel, British Columbia to promote a more balanced and affordable lifestyle to people struggling with the high cost and high stress environments of big city living.

Quesnel is a dynamic small city that is taking a progressive approach to investment attractio…

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British Columbia Small Cities and Towns Score Big on Trivago Rankings

British Columbia’s rural towns dominated the Trivago Best Value index list for Canada this year, claiming five of the top 10 spots. The index ranks small cities and towns that combine great value for money with hospitality and vacation fun.

The index revealed that Hope and Smithers secured the …

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Canada Ranks 2nd in the World for Starting a Business

According to the World Bank's Doing Business ranking, Canada is the second best place in the world for starting a business. The 16th installment of the annual report analyzes the ease of starting and operating a business in nearly 200 economies.  Canada also placed second in the paying taxes categor…

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