Having lived here for over a year, I'm still as head over heels as I was when we first arrived. I won't pretend that Vancouver's the cheapest place to live -- the affordability aspect is something I often question. But this ocean-wrapped city offers a melange of urban living, outdoor activities, beautiful views, and glitz and glam that you won't find elsewhere.
There has been a murmur of discontent across the political spectrum in the U.S. for some time, with Occupy Now on the left and the Tea Party on the right two prime examples. On May 3 the murmur became a roar, a profound and angry outcry against the status quo. Trump has become the presumptive candidate for the Republicans and Bernie just will not go away on the Democrats side.
People have been moving away from Canada's largest metropolitan areas (Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver) for the last decade, according to Statistics Canada 2004/5 to 2013/4 data. Canada's patterns of dispersion over the past decade mirror the metropolitan dispersion that is continuing in most high-income world nations.
All Canadians, including middle income and lower income households, should enjoy the benefits of rising incomes, not having them eaten away by higher house prices that rise substantially faster. This requires serious policy reforms where urban containment is in place and avoiding implementation elsewhere.