UBCM 2017: Housing Crisis What Crisis?


The so-called ‘Vancouver Housing Crisis’ receives gasping responses from local and provincial politicians at Union of British Columbia Municipalities conference. Yet amid the Oohs and Aahs only one thing rang clear—the message is not getting through. Politicians in attendance did not grasp how they must stop runaway housing prices the actions of previous legislatures triggered more than 30 years ago.

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The Birth of Venus and the Allegory of Spring by Sandro Botticelli



Against the grain of art criticism, the only way to look at Botticelli’s enormous paintings from the mid to late 15th century is as a matched pair: A diptych.

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Globalization Is Great Stuff… But Needs Improvement



With a nuclear crisis brimming on the Korean Peninsula perhaps an outside perspective on the West from China’s biggest millionaire can bring fresh insights. When the second WTO was convened, according to Ma, everyone worried that international companies were coming to take away all their stuff. As a result of globalization US companies, and others, made billions. Globalization is Great. But it needs to be improved and made more inclusive.

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Fireworks on the 4th of July

Ahead of the G20 Summit China ups the ante with surrogate Kim Jong Un firing an ICBM on U.S. Independence Day.





Update 3 September 2017—North Korea detonated a thermo-nuclear device in a weapon test on Sunday before Labor Day. A second seismic shock that followed the detonation said Lassina Zerbo of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization is believed to be a geological  tremor caused by the blast. The test came as Russian President Putin was in China meeting with other leaders of the BRICS economic bloc.

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Understanding PostModernism

Jordan Peterson exposes the stuff coming out of our universities for over 40 years as antithetical to classical liberalism

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Peterson, a Canadian professor from Toronto, steps up to the plate and hits one over the wall in a manner inspiring not just for the Blue Jays dugout, or Canadians citizens in general, but for the western world as a whole. If you are unable to open the link, my notes from the video are offered below.

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The Transportation Transect

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TRANSPORTATION TRANSECT (click image for hi-resolution graphic)

The Rural to Urban Transect is Andres Duany’s master stroke for analyzing urbanism. Here, we will use it to classify various modes of transportation according to principles for sustainable urbanism, efficient transportation and democratic land economics. The transportation transect presents an aspirational condition where carbon based transportation technologies have been superseded and cities & towns are built to maximize social mixing.

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Cost of Doing Business in Vancouver Real Estate Markets

One week after British Columbians voted to change their government of 16 years Vancouver real estate markets are back in full swing.

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As of the middle of May 2017 the 15% ‘foreign home buyers tax’ introduced in Vancouver in August 2016 and about nine months later in Toronto will not have the intended effect of cooling real estate prices. One week after British Columbians voted to change the government they have supported for 16 years Bloomberg reports Vancouver markets are back in full swing. Toronto’s can be expected to follow after a brief sojourn to readjust strategies. The culprit appears to remain China. Excess capital made there in a non-democratic command economy leaks out to western markets in search of safe haven. The proposition arises, “If Chinese people can buy real estate in Canada, then why can’t Canadians buy real estate in China?” The imbalance promises to dog international relations until such time as western governments act to discourage using housing as a commodity chip in investment portfolios.