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Get out of my pocket, Uncle Sam

U.S. tax law hits Canadians with a sledgehammer.

The summer is over before it began: Your numerology cycles for August 16–31

Summer is almost over before it’s really begun. Such a short flirtation with warmth and sun seems unfair. When the rains come this year (or should I say when the rains return?), we will all wonder...

Insurance and wildfire tips for safeguarding your home

Nobody wants to think about the possibility of losing a home to wildfires. But every year, there are an average of 2,000 wildfires in this province, and one-third of the province is now under a '...

Dogs are sweating, it’s finally summer: Your numerology cycles for August 1–15

It’s August and it’s finally beginning to feel like summer. What a strange year we’ve had here in Vancouver, with summer weather only arriving in late summer. Finally, I’m able to open my back door...

Bye-bye, wallet: how to avoid pickpockets in Vancouver

Have you ever been pick-pocketed? I was, just a couple days ago. Having just finished my Sunday class, I was making my way up Granville street towards the SkyTrain station, slowly weaving through the...

Amy Winehouse: "No, no, no," to rehab

I’ve seen Amy Winehouse perform on TV several times over the past few years – and I was always amazed at how much her voice reminded me of Janis Joplin’s.  I was a big Janis fan back in the...

It was 24 years ago today

…and if Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play my tune today, it would be a victory march. But it could have been a funeral march.

A time to shed your tension with clothes: Your numerology cycles for July 1–15

“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes [at a certain Vancouver beach?], and the right kind of day is jewelled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you...

Creating the Wall of Hope

Today I received an extraordinary email from Canucks fan Ward Grant. In case you missed seeing him interviewed on TV, Ward is the man who started Vancouver’s “Wall of Hope” – after feeling so angry...

After Vancouver riots, signs of gratitude shown to Vancouver Police

In the wake of the  heartbreaking riots here in  Vancouver after the Stanley Cup hockey finals, citizens gathered in an impromptu fashion to thank police officers -– the men and women who,...