• Vancouver housing issues

    A perspective on extra school tax

    Here’s a very well thought out comment from one of the articles in the media : Seniors and changing times. It seems that we all feel that Seniors are hard done by. It is certainly true that Seniors in the previous generation, especially those who were born in the early part of the 20th century, went through a period where people lost everything and they had to build from nothing. My grandparents, on both sides, lived good lives, had good jobs, yet retired quite poor, with little in home equity and little in the way of any income – such as OAS or CPP. This was very common, especially until…

  • Vancouver housing issues

    How uncontrolled capitalism and right wing politics are harmful for the society.

    Exotic vehicles are not an uncommon sight on city streets, and last year the province’s public insurer jacked up premiums on high-end vehicles since repair costs are becoming a concern. The Insurance Corp. of B.C. recently spent more than $790,000 on damage claims for a Ferrari that crashed into a utility pole. And when a nine-year-old rapper and Instagram personality named Lil Tay went viral recently, she seemed to embody the worst excesses of the Vancouver housing market. In her videos, she crudely belittles viewers for not being as rich as her, poses with Lamborghinis and in high-end condos, all while flashing stacks of cash. Her mom, as it turned…

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    Face of hypocrisy in Vancouver

    These and similar signs went up in various locations around Vancouver following NDP’s announcement of the extra school tax on homes which are worth more than 3 million. Now there are several things just wrong with this banner not to say people who oppose the school tax on these grounds are just being hypocritical, selfish and entitled. This banner is so wrong in so many ways that honestly I’m dumbfounded. The extraordinary land values in Vancouver today were not earned by “hard work”. In fact, as a recent report suggest, these extra ordinary land values were generated by low property tax rate relative to the house assessment value (this reducing…

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    A tale of greed, class division, entitlement and lack of compassion and humanity in Vancouver

    If you spend a few minutes on twitter looking through posts tagged #VanRe, you’d notice two groups of people. One group clearly likes to protect the interests of the wealthy, fight for them while they themselves are either pro-conservative in political spectrum or/and are pro-realstate development industry. A significant portion of them are wealthy home owners. Build and build and build more homes to attain affordability are their main mantra* (some of them give themselves attractive names like “Abundant housing Vancouver” and YIMBY) even though It’s very well known how speculative activities around realstate is a significant contributor to Vancouver’s housing prices (hence ignoring policy measures needed to curb toxic…

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    Get a perspective

    I don’t think I’ve shared this experience of mine with any of you because for a long time I debated whether or not it was worthwhile to share. Some realizations are best kept to oneself. Yesterday I read a couple of comments from Dave Eby’s townhall in point gray area in Vancouver, BC, my hometown which made me rethink. So here it is. I’ll mention the specific comments after I describe my experience. Last January I was in New York for few days. There was a cold wave sweeping the entire east coast and days were sub zero. One evening after dinner, I decided to take a walk across the…

  • Vancouver Diaries

    Poor experience with Cathay Pacific.

    I live in Vancouver, Canada. I was visiting India during the festival season. My fight was from YVR to CCU via HKG and back. Cathay Pacific all through. I was carrying with me my DSLR and lenses and also my laptops and my ipad so that I can take photos of the festivals. When I boarded my flight from Vancouver, everything went smoothly and no one complained about my carry on luggage weight. I was carrying mostly my laptops and my camera + lenses with my carry on. I also had some basic minimal spare clothes and couple of small books for light reading. When I was checking in for…

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    Open Mind.

    We live in a strange world today. Technology has created an environment where getting data and crunching numbers becomes easy. Once the numbers has been crunched, social media has enabled us to publish the data and our own thoughts and interpretation on it. The data and the interpretation is then consumed by the mass population in an instant through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. There has never been a time where social networks has been such powerful platform for interacting with the mass population and potentially influencing them. This has created a very interesting opportunity for cunning crafty individuals who can potentially use this medium towards their advantage. Throughout history politicians…

  • Techie

    Does AppleCare Care?

    I will try to keep my personal biases and frustrations away from this post and point readers only to facts and my personal experience dealing with Apple Support. I will keep names and places anonymous intentionally. FileVault 2 has an issue. Period. The issue mostly shows up with MacBook Pros, early 2015, 13″ models for some reasons although people have reported the issue on other models too. The issue shows up when FileVault is turned on and even after the encryption process has been fully completed. If you happen to cold reboot your Mac from power off or for some reason you had to hard reset the MacBookPro, it comes back…