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Ounce of (Debt) Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure

I was glad to hear the federal finance minister Jim Flaherty state that he does not believe Canada is going through any kind of housing bubble. Rather, his changes to mortgage rules are meant to embody the adage, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Small changes now, to avoid a crash in the housing market later. The minister said he wants to be sure that Canadian homeowners don't ...
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International Superstars in Easter Seals Fundraising

Six Canadian offices in four provinces have snagged top spots in Easter Seals fundraising efforts by the entire international family of CENTURY 21 franchises. With the $2.1 million raised by the real estate organization worldwide in 2009, the goal of raising $100 million in funds for Easter Seals - its sole philanthropic partner for 30 years - has been surpassed, and in no small part by the Canadian ...
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Austria's Olympic HQ is Canada's First "Passive House"

It might be easy to overlook an innovative house in Whistler right now, what with all the skiing medals being handed out. But that would be a mistake: "Austria House" - the headquarters of that country's Olympic committee - is Canada's first "passive house." The $1.3-million, 3,000-square-foot house, which can house a family of five and took three months to construct with materials shipped from ...

CENTURY 21 Leads in Social Media

CENTURY 21 Canada unveiled the latest tool in its web marketing strategy to more than 600 real estate sales professionals and brokers attending the CENTURY 21 "Path to Profit" event in Montreal this past Tuesday. The CENTURY 21 Canada Social Media Guide was developed by Heather Angus-Lee, former journalist, now president of PROsocialmedia and blogger for Talk21 - the national blog of CENTURY 21 ...
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Top Producer Fourth Year in a Row

Century 21 Conexus Realty Ltd. has just achieved the #1 ranking for Sales Production and Units in Canada for the 2009 Annual Award Year - making it the Top Ranked Firm in Canada for the fourth consecutive year. "It is with great dedication, knowledge and commitment to quality service that CENTURY 21 Conexus Realty Ltd. has so duly earned this recognition. Rod Spence and the CENTURY 21 Conexus Realty ...
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Driving Olympians

I have volunteered as a driver for the 2010 Olympics. I am driving the athletes from the Olympic Village (right) to the various sports venues in and around Vancouver. I am driving figure skaters and speed skaters to Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond BC. I have been driving since February 3, 2010. I was shuttling athletes around the Olympic Village as they entered the Athletes Village through the ...
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Calgary or Halifax: Who's Number One?

Calgary, Ottawa, Vancouver, St. John's, Waterloo, ON and the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill - hard to imagine what they could have in common given their differences. Turns out, these six cities top the list of all Canadian cities for drawing new residents - according to a January 2010 study by the Conference Board of Canada. Funded by 15 municipal and regional organizations, the study looked at ...
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Thousands of Olympic Fans Right at our Doorstep!

WOW!! all I can say.... Last night, thousands of people gathered right outside our office doors! The crowd was incredible - all smiling and having fun. I was there with my wife Heather La Prairie and our good friend Peter Derry. It started about 6 p.m. when the crowds came in and lasted until about 10:30 p.m. We couldn't believe how cool the event was, and how left clean everything was left ...
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Olympic Torch in North Vancouver

If you look really carefully at the first photo below, you can see the white Olympic torch being carried through Edgemont Village (one of the most sought-after real estate areas in North Vancouver BC). Despite the rain, hundreds of people (including myself, my wife Heather and our two sons) came out to watch the torch make its way towards its final destination - BC Place in downtown Vancouver. The ...
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In Love with an Aussie "Smart Toilet"

I recently attended a meeting at the Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre in Vancouver, B.C. This centre showcases environmentally friendly building materials that builders and home owners can opt to invest in. (Open to the public 10am – 6pm every day, the Centre says on its website that "during the 2010 Olympic Games, Light House is especially looking forward to welcoming international businesses ...
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