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Check out this interview I did with Tammy Taylor,  of Vancouver Whale Watch, the pre-emiment location to bring your family and out of town guests for an adventure of a lifetime! This is such a well run and professional caliber establishment. Looking for a great way to start "getting out" a little bit? Did you know we have some of the world's largest apex predators living just a few kilometers away from our city? To think that one can spend a lifetime here and never get out and see these magnificent whales is really a lost opportunity. Take your family out for a special treat. You will never forget it!


Some of the details of how their tours are run and what to expect can be found here:https://parkbench.com/blog/vancouver-whale-watch-travel-hospitality-transportation-steveston-village-richmond-tammy-taylor

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Arnold Shuchat from the Shuchat Group-Sutton Westcoast Realty gets a sneak peek at Jorge Barbosa's lifetime dream project: A 55' catamaran sailboat that he designed  and is building on his own in Richmond, British Columbia. Interesting eh? What's more interesting, is that Jorge does not sail, has never sailed and has previously only built models!  Check out this short video which represents an incredible achievement of a kitchen cabinet maker turned self-made naval architect. And, did I mention that he intends on sailing this around the world? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY6LLScLPfw&t=24s
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Over the weekend, I took some time to conduct an exit interview with my clients Cindy Hirschberg Shon and Andrew Schon about all of the conflicting emotions arising from their decision to move back to Toronto from Richmond and mostly as a way to help them say goodbye to so many people who touched their lives during their last 7 years in Richmond, as Covid is not making the departure any easier.  What arose from that interview was a pretty reliable template which can be used by other to ensure that a long distance move will ultimatley prove successful.


It turned out to be quite an emotional expression of gratitude for their experience and the whole process felt quite worthwhile.  Here is the link to the interview.  The strategic points are captioned in steps throughout the video: https://parkbench.com/broadmoor

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From the Guardian:

Chinese parliament approves controversial Hong Kong security law

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Move paves way for anti-sedition laws that rights advocates say threaten freedoms, as US opposition builds

Attendees of the Second Plenary Session of the National People’s Congress clap their hands during a speech on May 25
 China’s National People’s Congress is preparing to vote on a draft decision that would pave the way for anti-sedition laws to be directly enacted in Hong Kong. Photograph: Andrea Verdelli/Getty Images

China’s legislature has approved controversial national security laws for Hong Kong, dealing what critics have called a “killer blow” to the city’s autonomy and freedoms.

Delegates of China’s National People’s Congress broke out into applause in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People after voting through a draft decision that paves the way for sweeping anti-sedition laws...

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The latest BC Real Estate Association economic impact analysis of the Covid-19 pandemic on BC housing prices, with a look at the sectors and players most affected.  This is a 38 page graphical presentation which distills the facts from the noise and I urge you all to review it. Please feel free to share this on any social media or with friends who may be feeling anxious about the current situation.
 
One thing that I found interesting in the Q & A that I had the privilege of attending with Brendan Ogmundson, BCREA 's Chief Economist, was that he did not feel the market was concerned at all with the magnitude of the new government debt or that same would result in increased interest rates to reflect any kind of increased federal borrowing risk.  That was very reassuring.
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