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Old 07-30-2016, 12:34 PM   #7426
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This one is asking sub $200K
https://www.realtor.ca/Residential/S...olumbia-V5R4H6

But I guess these are not houses with land so it's not good enough.
Thanks for the heads up. Going to check out the place this coming week. Anyone know the area well?
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Thanks for the heads up. Going to check out the place this coming week. Anyone know the area well?
I have a condo in that area, its close to a lot of restaurants on kingsway, there's a safeway a few blocks away. Joyce skytrain is a 10min walk down the street. This posting is across the street from an elementary school. Busy street though
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Thanks for the heads up. Going to check out the place this coming week. Anyone know the area well?
That area might be a good investment as there are plans to revitalize that area and have a heavier commercial zoning.

http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/joyce-...2016-07-20.pdf

for now tho... its kinda ghetto
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Victoria B.C. officers injured in tent city arrest, police report
Police say four officers suffered non-life threatening injuries during arrest at the camp

By Madeline Green, CBC News Posted: Jul 29, 2016 7:09 AM PT Last Updated: Jul 29, 2016 9:41 AM PT

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/britis...oria-1.3700380


A B.C. judge has granted the provincial government an injunction to shut down the long-running tent city for safety reasons. (Megan Thomas/CBC)

Four Victoria B.C. police officers were injured during an arrest at a controversial makeshift tent city in the provincial capital, police report.

The camp has been in place since last fall, next to Victoria's courthouse.

Two officers are assigned to the site.

Police said the officers heard what they believed was a domestic assault in one of the tents just after 7 p.m. PT on Thursday and tried to intervene.

That's when the alleged assault of officers happened, said a press release.

Two additional officers were called in, and also allegedly assaulted, police said.

The alleged suspect was arrested — using a Taser — and taken into custody.

Three of the four officers involved were treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The fourth officer was treated for minor injuries at the scene of the alleged assault.

The suspect, who police said was not injured, appears in court today.

Tent city is set to be dismantled on Aug. 8 after new transitional housing opens in the city.


Earlier fire inspections at the Victoria tent city had warned of life-threatening dangers. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press)
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Four police officers hurt in violent arrest at Victoria’s tent city
KATHERINE DEDYNA, VICTORIA TIMES COLONIST

Published on: July 29, 2016 | Last Updated: July 29, 2016 10:49 AM PDT

Four police officers hurt in violent arrest at Victoria?s tent city | Vancouver Sun


Four Victoria police officers were injured in a violent tent city arrest after they were assaulted by a man at the Burdett Street encampment Thursday evening. Three officers were sent to hospital for treatment while a fourth was treated at the scene. CHAD HIPOLITO / CP FILES

VICTORIA — Four Victoria police officers were injured in a violent tent city arrest after they were assaulted by a man at the Burdett Street encampment Thursday evening. Three officers were sent to hospital for treatment while a fourth was treated at the scene.

The attacker, who is known to police, was subdued with a Taser and also taken to hospital. He was cleared medically and will spend the night in a cell at Victoria police headquarters on Quadra Street. He was not injured.

Victoria police spokesman Const. Matt Rutherford said special duty officers stationed at the encampment heard an altercation in one of the tents and attempted to intervene in what sounded like a domestic assault. They encountered an “extremely combative” man who began to assault them, Rutherford said.

The two officers called for backup and multiple police units quickly responded. “Two assisting officers were also assaulted and a Taser was then deployed to gain control of the man who was then taken into custody without further incident,” a police statement said.

Detectives are interviewing witnesses who observed the incident.

Police are recommending four charges of assaulting a police officer, possession of a prohibited weapon, assault and resisting arrest. The man is expected to appear in court today.

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Thanks for the heads up. Going to check out the place this coming week. Anyone know the area well?
I live 2 blocks from there. The area itself is fine, though that intersection is very busy. That building is pretty old but at under 200k I guess you won't find anything better.

Lots of traffic at the front of the building, but behind there's a large tower and and just some parking lots; not really too bad. Lots of stuff nearby: 5 banks, 4 bubble tea places, london drugs, safeway, many restaurants within walking distance.
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Thanks guys. It's going to be for investment so as long as there's stuff around and a sky train around, that's all that matters
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it's a good area for renters IMO due to proximity to 5 banks, several asian restaurants, bubble tea/ice dessert places, london drugs, papa johns, safeway & liquor store, etc. there's a 7-11 next door and dominos pizza below. on the other side is a dry cleaners and 2 religious buildings next door (i think a mosque and a chinese church?). that 'tower' right behind is a seniors home and the parking lot next to it is parking for RBC, and a japanese ramen restaurant. that place you're looking at has some parking below but it is not secured and might be only for the retail spaces below. very central as there's buses along kingsway and joyce/41st and down the hill is joyce skytrain which can be walked or bused to if lazy or carrying groceries.

that used to be a bus depot back in the 80's before they built that building there. there's some meter parking in front and limited street parking the 1 street over to the east where the london drugs is.

i would beg to differ from emperor's assessment that the area is "ghetto". i know E.Van well enough and if you call the joyce/collingwood area ghetto - especially at the top of the hill, you must be rolling in the same circles as gululemon. at worst i would call the area blue collar working class.
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that unit is right on top of a Domino's it seems.... home insurance would be pretty insane...
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it's a good area for renters IMO due to proximity to 5 banks, several asian restaurants, bubble tea/ice dessert places, london drugs, papa johns, safeway & liquor store, etc. there's a 7-11 next door and dominos pizza below. on the other side is a dry cleaners and 2 religious buildings next door (i think a mosque and a chinese church?). that 'tower' right behind is a seniors home and the parking lot next to it is parking for RBC, and a japanese ramen restaurant. that place you're looking at has some parking below but it is not secured and might be only for the retail spaces below. very central as there's buses along kingsway and joyce/41st and down the hill is joyce skytrain which can be walked or bused to if lazy or carrying groceries.

that used to be a bus depot back in the 80's before they built that building there. there's some meter parking in front and limited street parking the 1 street over to the east where the london drugs is.

i would beg to differ from emperor's assessment that the area is "ghetto". i know E.Van well enough and if you call the joyce/collingwood area ghetto - especially at the top of the hill, you must be rolling in the same circles as gululemon. at worst i would call the area blue collar working class.
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I have many friends in HK who took a job in Hong Kong with a great company. We work the same job, infact they have a better one. They work less, get paid probably double (Not even talking about taxes), and they all would like to come back here and take the pay cut. Take it for what it is...

HK as a city is absolutely amazing. There is outdoor activities to do if your in the right areas. Nightlife is great. Obviously it's much more westernized then mainland China. It's completely liveable and you could enjoy living there for life for the right pay cheque. But it wouldn't be my first choice.
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i also know health professionals that work in Hong Kong and Singapore predominately servicing expats...the money is amazing but I can't see myself trading space, hobbies and most importantly fresh air.

I guess if you grew up there and that's all you're accustomed to everyone living in 12F+ highrises that's fine...probably not fun for Westerners adjusting, even a few days there I felt clusterphobic haha
Actually it's not as bad as people say it is. I've met many westerners that love working here. In fact, there's way more to do here than there is to do in Vancouver. People are also more friendly and outgoing than in Vancouver. Also if I wanted I could easily do a weekend trip to Japan, Korea or any other nearby Asian country. You can't do anything like that in Vancouver.

The work culture is harder than Vancouver no doubt, but it gets rid of the useless dirtbags that abuse the union system in Canada. Coworkers are also more closeknit and do more stuff outside of work together.
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^^ I been to HK there are a few things I can't get myself over.
1. Limited living space. Depends on how much you make, most likely you will be living in a 300sq apartment if you make very good money. Otherwise expect to live in a 50 to 100sq ft sharing the bathroom with other people in the apartment. There is little to no personal space.
2. The weather is very different than Vancouver. In HK it is very hot but it also makes you sweat like crazy. It is very common for people to take several showers a day because you sweat a lot. You have to use A/C otherwise you can't even sleep.
3. Too many people. I guess this one depends where you go but during busy hours everywhere is packed.

Other things I like HK
1. Literally you will never go hungry. There are tons of food places around and they are pretty cheap. None of my friends in HK cooks (I guess coz their living space doesn't allow them to cook) but yea food is everywhere and taste great!
2. Easy to get girls. HK girls are pretty easy to get. Most of them are more out going and more friendly than girls in Van.
3. Great transit. I love how HK MTR gets you everywhere! Is fast and cheap.

But if people do plan to go back and work HK is very different than Van. Pretty much OT is normal and you don't get pay for it. Work is also much more stressful than here. A decent profession requires you to dress with the fashion. No shorts or polos at work lol. Yup you have to wear a suit in the summer heat. You have to be very street smart otherwise everyone still step on you. 16hours day are normal.
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^^ I been to HK there are a few things I can't get myself over.
1. Limited living space. Depends on how much you make, most likely you will be living in a 300sq apartment if you make very good money. Otherwise expect to live in a 50 to 100sq ft sharing the bathroom with other people in the apartment. There is little to no personal space.
2. The weather is very different than Vancouver. In HK it is very hot but it also makes you sweat like crazy. It is very common for people to take several showers a day because you sweat a lot. You have to use A/C otherwise you can't even sleep.
3. Too many people. I guess this one depends where you go but during busy hours everywhere is packed.

Other things I like HK
1. Literally you will never go hungry. There are tons of food places around and they are pretty cheap. None of my friends in HK cooks (I guess coz their living space doesn't allow them to cook) but yea food is everywhere and taste great!
2. Easy to get girls. HK girls are pretty easy to get. Most of them are more out going and more friendly than girls in Van.
3. Great transit. I love how HK MTR gets you everywhere! Is fast and cheap.

But if people do plan to go back and work HK is very different than Van. Pretty much OT is normal and you don't get pay for it. Work is also much more stressful than here. A decent profession requires you to dress with the fashion. No shorts or polos at work lol. Yup you have to wear a suit in the summer heat. You have to be very street smart otherwise everyone still step on you. 16hours day are normal.
The point is you wouldn't go back unless you will get a decent salary. I'm not telling people who flip burgers to go to Hong Kong to make a living. I'm telling professionals with skills in demand to go elsewhere to make a living. Leave the burger flippers in Vancouver.

I rent a 2br 400sqft high-end apartment near my hospital for about 13K hkd a month and it is completely adequate for one person. I can easily afford a much larger place, but I don't need it.
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Does your partner move with you or you keep a long distance relationship?
How do you start fresh with no circle of friends in another country?
And most important not being close to family.

Just wanna know whats the end game.
From the handful of friends who make good money abroad. Most say they wanna come back home eventually. Problem is they'll have to start from the bottom again.
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Does your partner move with you or you keep a long distance relationship?
How do you start fresh with no circle of friends in another country?
And most important not being close to family.

Just wanna know whats the end game.
From the handful of friends who make good money abroad. Most say they wanna come back home eventually. Problem is they'll have to start from the bottom again.
I'll give you my insight:

There are usually 2 types of relationships, 1) a "birds of a feather flock together" whereby both are driven people, in which case both can advance their career and well being by moving (my case), or 2) a bread winner with a supportive partner, in which case if the relationship is in the appropriate position, they will come along (a good friend of mine has done this, they're as happy as a clam)

Friends - easily made. once you're over 25 you have already got your close friends who will be that way for life, and it should be easy enough to make new friends, especially as most place ppl move to will have lots of people of a similar ilk from different parts of the world

being away from family isn't great, but your family should support you living a happier life. I see mine 4 times a year for 2+ weeks at a time and facetime daily. compared to when my parents moved away from their respective families in the 80's, technology makes it a lot better to deal with.

what do you mean when you say they will have to start form the bottom again? I can tell you the moment I moved away, I moved my career forward 10 years in Vancouver standards. If I were to move back to Vancouver as an employee (won't happen), my problem wouldn't be me starting from the bottom, it would be that there are too few jobs that would keep me interested (I'm sure twdm can support this position).

most of the friends you speak of who move back will do so to start a family and will just appreciate the acceleration in their careers whilst they were away, but, again as twdm will probably support, this is probably because they moved to places where having a family isn't easy (I imagine HK isn't an easy place to have children, in fact, based on all my travel throughout Asia, I can't imagine having kids in Asia). Just know, there are places where you can have family, green space, clean air, safety, and great careers - depending on your career choice.

but it's a trade off, ppl compare working/living in HK and working/living in Vancouver, this is an apples to oranges discussion. Vancouver is a shit hole for careers (seriously, before anyone says its not, it is, it really, really is) - but it's a beautiful clean, safe place - HK is the opposite, though HK is a go-go-go place where you can do so much. HK isn't for me, just as much as Vancouver isn't for me. Vancouver's not for everyone, but it is for some / many, just as HK is, just as SF is, LA, London, etc..

everyone's basket that they look for is different. For me, i've found a place I can live the rest of my life in that fulfills my basket of desires, the problem is, most people will just blindly say that Vancouver is the best without actually knowing what's out there, there is a psychological reason for this, but it doesn't make it right. there are places better in some respects whilst being worse in others - nowhere is perfect ("Best place on Earth"... Fuck off BC government, let me decide that on my own).
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Actually it's not as bad as people say it is. I've met many westerners that love working here. In fact, there's way more to do here than there is to do in Vancouver. People are also more friendly and outgoing than in Vancouver. Also if I wanted I could easily do a weekend trip to Japan, Korea or any other nearby Asian country. You can't do anything like that in Vancouver.

The work culture is harder than Vancouver no doubt, but it gets rid of the useless dirtbags that abuse the union system in Canada. Coworkers are also more closeknit and do more stuff outside of work together.
Asia and Europe, the closely available travel is amazing for weekends away.

I love the Asian comradery in the workplace and socializing after work, though I find you get that way more in TO than Vancouver, but it is the different work culture. You don't get it so much in mainland Europe, but more so in London.

sadly, if you want to see dirt bag employees taking advantage of the system, come to Socialist Europe - the workplace laws here would make any capitalist sick...
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There are usually 2 types of relationships, 1) a "birds of a feather flock together" whereby both are driven people, in which case both can advance their career and well being by moving (my case), or 2) a bread winner with a supportive partner, in which case if the relationship is in the appropriate position, they will come along (a good friend of mine has done this, they're as happy as a clam)

Friends - easily made. once you're over 25 you have already got your close friends who will be that way for life, and it should be easy enough to make new friends, especially as most place ppl move to will have lots of people of a similar ilk from different parts of the world

being away from family isn't great, but your family should support you living a happier life. I see mine 4 times a year for 2+ weeks at a time and facetime daily. compared to when my parents moved away from their respective families in the 80's, technology makes it a lot better to deal with.

what do you mean when you say they will have to start form the bottom again? I can tell you the moment I moved away, I moved my career forward 10 years in Vancouver standards. If I were to move back to Vancouver as an employee (won't happen), my problem wouldn't be me starting from the bottom, it would be that there are too few jobs that would keep me interested (I'm sure twdm can support this position).

most of the friends you speak of who move back will do so to start a family and will just appreciate the acceleration in their careers whilst they were away, but, again as twdm will probably support, this is probably because they moved to places where having a family isn't easy (I imagine HK isn't an easy place to have children, in fact, based on all my travel throughout Asia, I can't imagine having kids in Asia). Just know, there are places where you can have family, green space, clean air, safety, and great careers - depending on your career choice.

but it's a trade off, ppl compare working/living in HK and working/living in Vancouver, this is an apples to oranges discussion. Vancouver is a shit hole for careers (seriously, before anyone says its not, it is, it really, really is) - but it's a beautiful clean, safe place - HK is the opposite, though HK is a go-go-go place where you can do so much. HK isn't for me, just as much as Vancouver isn't for me. Vancouver's not for everyone, but it is for some / many, just as HK is, just as SF is, LA, London, etc..

everyone's basket that they look for is different. For me, i've found a place I can live the rest of my life in that fulfills my basket of desires, the problem is, most people will just blindly say that Vancouver is the best without actually knowing what's out there, there is a psychological reason for this, but it doesn't make it right. there are places better in some respects whilst being worse in others - nowhere is perfect ("Best place on Earth"... Fuck off BC government, let me decide that on my own).
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Canadian government is doing it all wrong, and their worries are coming through.

The US has a much better system for foreign investment in real estate, call FIRPTA (Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act, if memory serves me well).

If you do not file taxes in US, they just withhold. You sell your property, 10% of proceeds must be withheld by the buyer and remitted to the government (title agency will do this) - you must prove you are a US filer to avoid this - the burden is on the buyer (not the seller, buyer is the withholding agent) to ensure everything is correct... ppl don't fuck this up.

I was exposed to this, and set up a structure to avoid FIRPTA (create a tax paying resident entity), but then again, I have nothing to hide and enjoy paying my taxes in the US as they're generally low.

it's a great system, canada should do something very similar. they have a tax on the way in, but you can also tax on the way out if the owner isn't a tax paying resident.

you can then go further and increase property taxes on empty properties (something I don't mind as they are removed from being a productive asset, and are therefore inefficient) or you could even just jack up property taxes for all and offer a rebate based on a number of factors, such as taxable income on your return, or age (would heavily tax students owning $31M properties, but would avoid taxing retirees, if you meet rebate criteria, you don't pay taxes up front just net them so no cash flow difference).

there are so many tools at the disposal of the government / CRA to automatically collect taxes / impose taxes whilst ensuring tax paying residents don't get burdened... but smart thinking isn't the strong point of politicians, nor is protecting the interest of tax paying voters in BC.
yeah Canada seems behind compare to other countries in terms of tax and these kinda stuff.

also they're not very good at infrastructures in general.
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The fire separations/building code should make it so it's the same as any other unit in the building I would think
I'd be more worried about rats making their way up
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everyone's basket that they look for is different. For me, i've found a place I can live the rest of my life in that fulfills my basket of desire
where's that?
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skype/facetime can only do so much once your parents starts getting old

cultural differences i guess
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