Time has gone by so quickly this year. You know it’s that time of the year when some stores open for 24 hours until Christmas Eve. What will Santa bring us this year? Perhaps a toy truck, a Barbie doll, maybe a condo or two? It’s also the time to share with those who are less fortunate; to forgive and forget to start anew; to spend real time with family and friends. Quite often we gripe about the little things in life; however, we should embrace what we do have and count our blessings. Look at those in the war ravaged countries, the areas of famine and drought, places where citizens have no rights or freedoms. We are very lucky to be living in Canada as your birthplace or having the opportunity to move here. Things happen and we deal with it. Look beyond the blame game and see how best to move forward.
The latest Canadian Census of 2011 has just been released. In the Province of British Columbia we saw an increase of almost 300,000 people over the last 5 years. This amounts to about 60,000 new residents each year and our province now boasts 4.4 million residents. It is worthy to note that the Greater Vancouver area captured two-thirds of the growth, or 200,000 residents. Such continued growth is expected at least for the next 25 years.
What does that mean to the province? There will be a need for more services, infrastructure, and housing. People need a place to live, whether they buy or rent. We have seen and heard of many stories about “housing bubbles” around the world. I would suggest that supply and demand will dictate the market. While British Columbia is not immune from the global economy, the population growth should keep us in good health. While there are cycles in every market, investing in your home is a sound advice. How many prominent people do you know where their long term wealth was not built on real estate?
Just imagine that school re-opens for most students next week. I heard many parents have been waiting for this time to return to a routine, while some kids have been eager to see their classmates, and others anxious because they are starting a new school.
This also means that the days will be getting darker sooner and we must be more careful driving to and from work. We should be slowing down and not driving faster while we chauffer our children to their many activities.
Packing healthy lunches, eating proper dinners and ensuring that everyone is well rested creates a happy, healthy family. Getting the homework assignments completed in a timely and amicable manner is another story but I digress. You see, I have 2 daughters as well. So enjoy the last week of summer and the final days of the PNE. The next break is Christmas, just a few months away!
Did you know that Vancouver’s MLS soccer team is comprised of players from 17 different countries around the world? (Vancouver Sun, Yvonne Zacharias). Ghana, Brazil, South Korea, India, France, China, Scotland, Switzerland, Malta, New Zealand are just a few. This is what Vancouver is all about, cultural diversity. While English is spoken by more than 80% of British Columbians, Chinese, Punjabi, Korean, Tagalog (Filipino) and Farsi (Persian) are the other common languages spoken. More than 30% of British Columbians immigrated to BC from another country. Those who are relocating to Vancouver from another country find comfort that they quickly can feel at home here. Combine this with the mild winters/moderate summers all year round, and the political/economic stability, it’s a comfortable place to call home.
And if you truly love authentic international food, you can experience it all here without having to travel very far. Yum!
-- Arthur Ng
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