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Old 11-22-2013, 11:01 AM   #1651
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of course it's all corrupt, otherwise nothing would ever get done. most, if not all, people are motivated by monetary gain to some degree. the "what's in it for me mentality" is why we are here and it's only going to get worse
I did a class of yoga this morning in the heart of Kits. When the class finished, I looked to the studio's windows and appreciated having a wondeful view of the sunrise over the North Shore mountains. Thanks for being such a downer on a wonderful Friday.

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Vancouver has a terrible social scene. Go the Europe, uk, there are social scenes in all the cities there. Vancouver is known as 'no-fun-couver' for a reason, the people are cold, the pubs are not for mingling. That's not to say you're not going there meeting ppl. Good on you, you can bang loose women to the cows come home, I prefer not to.

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You need to travel outside of Canada and open your eyes. Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto could be considered the "fun" cities within Canada. But outside it? They pale in comparison to a real metropolitan city.

Of course I have.

I'll be visiting New York in the new year and staying with my friend in Williamsburg.

Vancouver is quite the playground that caters to the wealthy. This attitude spills over onto the people here, and we Vancouverites really know how to have a good time. (As long as you have the cash!)
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I always hear about co-workers and random people complaining about Vancouver and how much they hate it here and how much the want to move.

I fucking LOVE it here!


I would not love it as much if I were married and trying to afford it here with a wife and kids. It would be much more of a grind then.


For me to live in Vancouver with a wife and kids, and live a relaxed lifestyle, I would probably need to make like $20,000 a month, minimum.
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I did a class of yoga this morning in the heart of Kits. When the class finished, I looked to the studio's windows and appreciated having a wondeful view of the sunrise over the North Shore mountains. Thanks for being such a downer on a wonderful Friday.

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Yes I do. I won't be disclosing exactly what I do, but I'm constantly in contact with developers, contractors, various "decision makers" at city/district levels. It may not always be cash in envelopes changing hands, but "favors" do get thrown around on almost every deal
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Yes I do. I won't be disclosing exactly what I do, but I'm constantly in contact with developers, contractors, various "decision makers" at city/district levels. It may not always be cash in envelopes changing hands, but "favors" do get thrown around on almost every deal

So???
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How is this city not fun? Sounds like some Vancouverites out there are having too much fun!!

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I know, off-topic.
Back on topic. I believe someone was talking about a favour for a favour...
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So???
So the city is being planned/developed/built based on decisions made not for the benefit of the population of the city but for the benifit of a few people's finances. You may not see something wrong with that, but I do. Just bringing up a relevant point in the real estate thread.

You may now go back to talking about your sick partying, traveling, seeing the world, fucking bitches, making it rain, etc....
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You guys have to check this out. Obviously is made to show extremes for shock value, but it sure is fucking shocking.
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but but but we got the views! thats gotta worth at least $20 million.
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Lol all those places in France cost less than a new 5000 sq ft home in Vancouver-west.
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But we have the social scene and awesome lifestyle here
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Lol, French culture and social experiences could never hold a candle to Vancouver. We have GRANVILLE STREET. Culture, art and amazing food all on one street!!!
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We have GRANVILLE STREET. Culture, art and amazing food all on one street!!!
Yea man, all them classy 19 year old girls wearing sequin skirts in the dead of winter puking half-digested poutine and 151 on the sidewalk at 2:30 in the morning

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To be fair, as soon as you start looking for decent apartments within the city of Paris, those prices start shooting through the ceiling. Anything with a view of the Eiffel Tower is over $1 million CAD, and those are the ones with square footage of "only" 400 square feet.

But I would totally forgo a view of the Pacific if it meant living in a place like this:



or this:



or how about your own fucking island with a genuine castle:



All three properties are under 3 million Euros.

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The thing about lots of places in europe (I admittedly don't know much about traffic there) it doesn't seem like living in the countryside and commuting is near as outrageous as canada because the land is so much more packed with big cities. Either way, I know snowboarding in chamonix and cooking in a michelin starred restaurant is beginning to call my name much louder than before.
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France risks ?social explosion? over high taxes - FRANCE - TAXATION - FRANCE 24


French President François Hollande's Socialist government is set to impose an extra three billion euros of taxes in 2014, through measures including raising VAT to 20 percent and a new 75 percent tax rate for the country’s top earners (on incomes over one million euros), pushing France’s tax take to 46.5 percent of the economy.


I went on a couple dates with a french girl this summer, she had been here for a few months. While getting to know her, she explained that while things like wine and smokes are cheaper, nearly everything else is twice or three times the cost in France. Also, she claimed crime was much worse, and that many parts of Paris she would not dare venture in after dark. Racial tensions are extremely high over there, and rioting can pop off at any moment. She showed me a few photos from her apartment(something like 200-300 sq ft of falling apart flat for like $1,000 euro a month)of several cars on fire.

Some areas have crazy problems with gypsies as well. If you are female and riding the trains, people WILL snatch-and-run off with your phone, ipod, or purse if you look unprepared for them.

Last I heard she's trying to permanently immigrate here.
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It's not a truly fair comparison at all, but I take it as a satirical look at just how stupid we are in this city.

I'm moving back to Europe in the new year. Vancouver is a joke, I'm getting paid way more, have an amazing career growth opportunity... Or I could stay in Vancouver and stagnate

Decision was easy

As for prior comments about "everyone talks about leaving but no one does" - two reasons why, most ppl are just weak people and do not/can not leave their comfort zone

Most also won't leave their family - I can understand this position, I don't want to leave my immediate family, but I am

Ok, one more, most people can't move internationally b/c they aren't educated or skilled enough to be seeked in foreign lands by companies. THe options in Canada (Alberta, Toronto) are pretty shite

Generally ppl are all talk (especially vancouverites) no action - so don't take ppl's lack of moving away as a reflection of how great Vancouver is, it's more of a reflection of how lame ppl are
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French President François Hollande's Socialist government is set to impose an extra three billion euros of taxes in 2014, through measures including raising VAT to 20 percent and a new 75 percent tax rate for the country’s top earners (on incomes over one million euros), pushing France’s tax take to 46.5 percent of the economy.


I went on a couple dates with a french girl this summer, she had been here for a few months. While getting to know her, she explained that while things like wine and smokes are cheaper, nearly everything else is twice or three times the cost in France. Also, she claimed crime was much worse, and that many parts of Paris she would not dare venture in after dark. Racial tensions are extremely high over there, and rioting can pop off at any moment. She showed me a few photos from her apartment(something like 200-300 sq ft of falling apart flat for like $1,000 euro a month)of several cars on fire.

Some areas have crazy problems with gypsies as well. If you are female and riding the trains, people WILL snatch-and-run off with your phone, ipod, or purse if you look unprepared for them.

Last I heard she's trying to permanently immigrate here.
France isn't that much more expensive to live in on a day-to-day basis, especially compared to some North American cities. Also, you're telling me that snatch and runs are exclusive to Paris?

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Great addition to the thread, a really mature approach.

Do you say this because you're one of the delusional people that think Canada > else?

Based on fact, I can tell you, the economy here stinks. Opportunities elsewhere are abundant, and will provide for huge career growth and significant immediate pay raises and quality of living increases and I currently earn within top 5% of people in Vancouver, based on some recently released surveys (take that information with a grain of salt, I don't believe personally as I can't see how ppl can live the lifestyles they do if I earn more than 95% of ppl)

But then again, based on your comments, I can tell you're mostly sheltered. Such as your Paris comment. Parts of Paris are a dump, your little fuck buddy was probably low brow and lived in a bad neighbourhood - ill advised. Also, yes, huge social and racial tensions all around France, huge problems amongst different religious / immigrant groups.

And yes, French taxes are high - blame socialism, it doesn't work, low working hours, high pay = France. I wouldn't live there.

On the flip side, other European cities are fucking awesome, I will be paying less tax in Europe than here, and we claim to be a 'low tax' jurisidiction, well, that's just not the case.

Also, remember not to compare 20% VAT with our pst/gst system, our system sucks, as we all found out in recent years. VAT is way better.
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Oh...


Do you know anything about the scale of rioting in France?


The Stanley Cup Riots are so incredibly minor to what you find over there.
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You're kidding, right?
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You're kidding, right?
Based on your ignorant comments, no, not kidding.

Also, Vancouver riots were no minor event themselves. Relative to our size/GDP, they were no small thing to ignore (oh, how the mastabatory Vancouver types love to gloss over it)

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